Scholarships and Opportunities: Aug. 31

4th Annual Write Stuff Teen Essay, Poetry, and Visual Art Contest:

Gilda’s Club of Louisville is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Write Stuff Teen Essay, Poetry, and Visual Art Contest.  Any Teen that has been impacted by cancer is invited to participate.  Essays, Poems, Two Dimensional Artwork, or Videos may be entered.

Cash prizes are awarded to the top three participants in each of six categories.  Cancer connections include a student’s own diagnosis or that of a family member or friend.

University of Virginia Jefferson Scholars:

Valued at over $240,000 over four years – for the most outstanding students with multiple talents, skills, and academic achievements that are interested in attending the University of Virginia.  This scholarship is BY NOMINATION – only one student from Manual may be nominated for consideration for this award.  Nomination instructions and deadlines (October 9, 2015) are in the attachment to this email.

Morehead-Cain Foundation Scholarship to UNC Chapel Hill:

Valued at over $203,752 for non-North Carolina residents plus a laptop computer and approximately $4,500 annually for expenses related to four special summer enrichment programs – for students with exemplary academic records and test scores and who exhibit outstanding qualities in the areas of Moral Force of Character, Scholarship, Physical Vigor, and Leadership.  This scholarship is by nomination – only one student from Manual/YPAS may be nominated for consideration.  Please send all materials requested in the attachment to Mr. Robinson by September 4, 2015.

Danforth Scholars Program to Washington University in St. Louis:

Valued at approximately $189,200 over four years – for exemplary seniors that exhibit a capacity for service and leadership, as well as academic excellence, and, who will embrace the challenges of a rigorous academic curriculum.  The Danforth Scholars Committee is especially interested in students who exhibit qualities that embody the essence of the Danforth family – maturity, strong moral character, selflessness, and commitment to the community.

This scholarship is by nomination only.  Please submit the following materials no later than the close of the school day on Friday September 11, 2015 in order to be considered for nomination by Manual High School:

  • First, submit a letter of request to be nominated to Mr. Robinson by Friday Sept. 11, 2015.  Include your personal resume with the request to be nominated letter. In your letter, you should address the following:
    • Your specific and unique qualities as a person as well as how your qualities match those of the Danforth family.  Provide specific examples/stories/anecdotes to back up your statements.
    • Explain how you exhibit personal integrity, leadership, and academic excellence – provide specific examples to illustrate and provide evidence of these traits.
    • Your potential to be a leader in your future career or community based on specific examples from your past leadership experiences.
    • Any other information you wish to share that sets you apart from the 2600 other nominations they will receive nationwide.

Wells Scholars Program to IU Bloomington:

Valued at full tuition, academic fees, and additional annual living expense stipends of $10,320 for four years, plus a one year study abroad program, and a one time grant of $1,750 to pursue summer internship programs, research, or conduct a service project, creative activity, or other enriching experience – for exemplary students considered to be in the upper 5% of their class, a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.9, ACT Composite of 32 or higher, and/or Critical Reading and Math SAT scores of 1430 or higher.

This scholarship is by nomination only – Manual High School may nominate up to TWO students for this opportunity. To apply for nomination consideration:

  • Inform Mr. Robinson you want to be considered for the Wells Scholarship.
  • Provide Mr. Robinson with a copy of your resume and a statement describing why you are qualified and worthy of nomination for this scholarship. In your statement – address the following topics (these essay topics have been a part of the application in the past):
    • Describe one of your extracurricular activities you found particularly fulfilling and what made it so, or, what you consider to be your most significant involvement or contribution to Manual/YPAS – you will use this in your final scholarship application so make sure you word process and save. (200-300 words)
    • Describe what you would most like to study and what additional interests you would like to pursue at IU and tell us why – you will also use this in your final scholarship application so word process and save. (200-300 words)
    • Formulate a question about an issue of significance about which thoughtful people disagree – be prepared, if selected to be nominated, to write an essay of from 600 – 800 words of your analysis of the issue and your response to the question, noting the strongest competing arguments.  You will also use this in your final scholarship application so word process and save.

The faculty committee at IU will place special emphasis on the significance and clear focus of the question you pose as well as on the quality of the evidence, thinking, and writing shown in your analysis and response. Please provide appropriate acknowledgement of any sources on which you have relied. The deadline to submit the above information to Mr. Robinson is the close of school on Friday, September 4, 2015.

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship:

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarships are open to US high school seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A total of 250 scholarships are awarded each year, with 50 National Scholars receiving $20,000 scholarships and 200 Regional Scholars receiving $10,000 scholarships. (The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation also awards 50 $2,000 scholarships and 350 $1,000 scholarships to outstanding community college students.) Recipients are selected based on leadership, character, civic and extracurricular activities, academic excellence, and community service. This is an extremely competitive program, with more than 100,000 applications received each year. The application deadline is in late October or early November. For more information, call 1-800-306-COKE FREE (1-800-306-2653 FREE).

Jesse Brown Scholarship:

The Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship Program honors young volunteers who are dedicated to serving veterans. Each year, one outstanding applicant receives the top scholarship in the amount of $20,000 to help fund their higher education. In addition, the top winner and parent receives an expense paid trip to DAV National Convention to receive the award and be recognized for their dedication and commitment to veterans.  Additional scholarships are awarded in the amounts of $15,000, $10,000, $7,500 & $5,000.

The Bonner Program:

The Bonner Scholars Award is available to entering first-year students at participating colleges (a complete list of participating schools is located on the Bonner Foundation Web site). You must demonstrate high financial need and have an interest in community service and social justice issues to be eligible for this award. Bonner Scholars will be expected to serve an average of 10 hours of community service each week during the school year and participate in other Bonner Scholars activities. Volunteer Scholarships:

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Gates Millennium Scholars Program:

This is a full tuition scholarship to the college of your choice – for senior African-American, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Islander Americans, or Latino/Hispanic American students who have significant financial need and demonstrated leadership skills.  For those who choose to study one of the seven graduate disciplines of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health, or science, the scholarship can continue through the pursuit of a doctoral degree.  Students will need at least a 3.3 unweighted GPA and must be Pell Grant Eligible.  See the attachment for access to the application.  Deadline to apply is January 13, 2016.

Berea College Pinnacle Scholar Award:

Recognizing excellence in the areas of science, music, and service. Students selected for the Pinnacle Scholar Award and their guests will be honored at a full day event on the campus of Berea College on November 21, 2015. To be honored as a 2015 Pinnacle Scholars, candidates must demonstrate significant accomplishments in one of the following areas:

SCIENCE: Accomplishments in this area include academic, extracurricular, and/or independent study in the areas related to biology, chemistry, or physics.  Students will have demonstrated a mastery of the scientific process, including scientific inquiry, common research practices, and critical evaluation of results.  These students possess the mind of a scientist.

MUSIC: Accomplishments in this area include excellence in either solo or ensemble work, vocal or instrumental, or both.  Contributions may be recognized in the areas of performance, writing, arrangement, or production,  Recipients in this category will demonstrate a passion for music and bringing it to the lives of others.  They may step to their own beat and posses the soul of a musician.

SERVICE: Accomplishments within this area include volunteerism, community service, and/or contributions to the betterment of the lives of others and the world in which we live.  Recipients in this category will demonstrate a tireless commitment to giving generously of themselves.  They are people who are recognized by others as having the heart of a servant.

If you wish to be nominated for this award, please submit your resume to Mr. Robinson no later than the close of school on Friday September 18, 2015.