Awareness Garden Foundation 2017 Scholarship Program Announcement



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Awareness Garden Foundation

2017 Scholarship Program Announcement
In 2003 the Awareness Garden Foundation established The Awareness Garden in Lynchburg, Virginia to honor the families, friends, and caregivers whose lives have been touched by cancer. In 2004 the Awareness Garden Scholarship Program was established to help students whose lives have been impacted by cancer or who plan to work in a cancer related field to pursue their educational goals.
In 2017 the Awareness Garden Foundation will award at least one $2,500 scholarship to a student attending an accredited two or four year college, university, or technical school. Those who wish to apply for this scholarship must meet the following requirements:



  • Application must be received by the Awareness Garden Foundation by 5:00 p.m., March 3, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  • Children of present Awareness Garden Foundation board members will not be eligible to apply.

  • All information must be completed as noted. (Applications must be typed or clearly written and essays must be typed. All materials must be submitted on hard copy. )

  • Application should be mailed to the address listed below.


The Awareness Garden Foundation

Attn: Scholarship Committee

P.O. Box 3231

Lynchburg, Virginia 24503

Contact: Kim Grant: 434-384-6740 or kim@awarenessgarden.org
Applications will be available online at www.awarenessgarden.org or from school guidance and/or financial aid departments.
GUIDELINES AND INSTRUCTIONS
PURPOSE: The purpose of the Awareness Garden Foundation Scholarship Program is to assist students whose lives have been impacted by cancer or who wish to pursue work in a cancer related field. In 2017 at least one Awareness Garden scholarship in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded.


  1. REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Applicants should reside within the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, or the cities of Bedford or Lynchburg in the state of Virginia.



  1. Applicants must show evidence of acceptance or enrollment in an accredited 2 or 4 year college, university, or technical school.




  1. Applicants must include in their application submission written recommendations from two teachers and one personal acquaintance. The Letter of Recommendation Form is found in the application packet. If applicants have not attended school in the past five years, three personal references will be acceptable.




  1. Applicants must submit an essay addressing all topics listed below. While the Selection Committee is concerned about the quality of their writing it will be primarily concerned about the quality of their thinking. Essays must be approximately 500 words long, typed and double spaced, and address the following topics:

a. How has their experience with cancer affected their life and their value system?

b. How has their experience with cancer affected their volunteer/extracurricular activities?

c. What are their career goals, and how has their experience with cancer affected those goals?

d. How will this scholarship assist them in achieving their career goals?




  1. SELECTION CRITERIA:

  1. Applicants must submit an essay in which they clearly outline their career goals and demonstrate how their lives, value systems, activities and career goals have been affected by their experience with cancer. This essay should also indicate how this scholarship could assist them in achieving those goals.




  1. Applicants must submit evidence of academic potential and performance such as SAT or ACT scores and high school and/or college GPA’s.




  1. Applicants must submit a typewritten resume listing their extracurricular activities; volunteer and paid job experience; and honors and awards




  1. EVALUATION CRITERIA:

  1. Effectiveness of applicant’s essay in responding to questions posed above in I., 4. a), b), c) and d).

  2. Evidence of academic motivation and potential for success as demonstrated in the recommendation letters.

  3. Demonstration of leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, and work experience as outlined in the resume.


THE AWARENESS GARDEN FOUNDATION

2017 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION COVER PAGE
Instructions: Please type or print clearly all requested information. Essays must be typewritten.
Applicant’s Full Name: __________________________________________________________

(First) (Middle) (Last)

Address: _____________________________________________________________________
Mailing Address (if different): ____________________________________________________
Home Phone: _______________Work Phone: _________________ Cell Phone:__________
Email: ______________________
Birth Date: ______ Age: ______
Parent(s) or Legal Guardian: ________________________________________________
Address: _______________________________________ Phone:_______________
High School Name/Address: _______________________________________________________
SAT or ACT Scores: ________________________________
Grade Point Average: ____________________ Class Rank _______ out of ________
Indicate the major you intend to pursue in college: ___________________________
If you have been accepted, identify the college, university or technical school where you are accepted and will attend.

Name: ________________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________

Name of Contact person: ________________________________________

Telephone number: ____________________________________________

List the colleges, universities, or technical schools to which you applied for admission and specify whether you were accepted, rejected or have not yet heard. (If more than five, include an attachment.

Name Accepted Rejected Waiting List Not heard

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

Notify Kim Grant (434-384-6740, kim@awarenessgarden.org) of acceptances received after March 3, 2017.
SCHOLARSHIP AGREEMENT
Applicant: I certify that all statements made in this application are true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I understand that the scholarship is contingent upon the following items:


  • I will notify the Awareness Garden Foundation by June 30, 2017 regarding which college, university, or technical school I will attend to allow scholarship funds to be paid directly to the school.




  • The period of my scholarship award will be from August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018. Any request for exceptions to this time frame must be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors and include a full explanation of circumstances for the request.




  • If requested, I will inform the Awareness Garden Scholarship Committee of my academic progress at my chosen college, university, or technical school.




  • I will permit the Awareness Garden Foundation to use all information obtained as part of the scholarship application process for any reason, including, but not limited to, public relations announcements or my attendance at Awareness Garden events.




  • I will keep the Awareness Garden informed of my current home and school addresses and contact information.



____________________________________________________________________________________

Applicant’s Signature Date

Parent/Guardian: I have reviewed the application and the verify statements are true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I have reviewed and fully understand the terms of the Scholarship Agreement and am in agreement with the requirements.

Parent/Guardian’s Signature Date

Guidance Counselor: I have reviewed the applicant’s responses and verify that they are correct, insofar as the official school records indicate.

__________________________________________________________________________________

Guidance Counselor’s Signature Date

APPLICATION TIMELINE:
Applications must be received by the Awareness Garden Foundation no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 3, 2017. Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted. All information must be completed as noted (application must be typed or clearly written and essays must be typed. All material must be submitted in hard copy. )
DATE: March 3 Completed applications and all supportive materials are due to Awareness Garden Foundation.

DATE: April 14 Semi-finalists are notified of their selection.

DATE: April 24-28 Semi-finalists are interviewed by the Scholarship Committee.

DATE: May 1 Award recipients are notified of their selection.

DATE: May 5 Awarded recipients must notify Awareness Garden of their decision regarding scholarship acceptance.

DATE: May 21 Award ceremony will take place at the Awareness Garden.

NONDISCRIMATION STATEMENT:

The Awareness Garden Foundation scholarship process is fair and demonstrates equal access to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other characteristics protected by law.




APPLICATION CHECKLIST:
Please submit five copies of the following:
_____ Fully completed and signed application, scholarship agreement, and attachments.
_____ Certified high school or college transcript (whichever is more recent).
_____ SAT/ACT scores.
_____ Complete resume including extracurricular activities, volunteer work, awards and honors.

_____ Three letters of recommendation.

_____Teachers (2)

_____ Personal (1)


_____ Essay on topics provided.

LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FORM

Name of Scholarship Candidate: ______________________________ Date:______________
To the Recommendation Writer:
Please return 5 copies this completed form, in a sealed envelope directly to the person applying for the scholarship. YOU MUST ALSO ENCLOSE FIVE COPIES OF A PERSONAL LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION WITH THIS FORM. These items accompany the student’s application submission.

The following form is to be completed by the person making the recommendation.


  1. What words come to mind when describing the applicant?




  1. Please rate this student by circling a number from 1 – 5. (5 is the highest rating, 1 the lowest.)


Quality: Student Rating:
Lowest Highest

Academic Motivation 1 2 3 4 5 ( ) No basis for judgment

Academic Potential 1 2 3 4 5 ( ) No basis for judgment

Creativity 1 2 3 4 5 ( ) No basis for judgment

Self Discipline 1 2 3 4 5 ( ) No basis for judgment

Leadership 1 2 3 4 5 ( ) No basis for judgment

Initiative 1 2 3 4 5 ( ) No basis for judgment

Reaction to Setbacks 1 2 3 4 5 ( ) No basis for judgment

Oral Communication 1 2 3 4 5 ( ) No basis for judgment

Classroom Participation 1 2 3 4 5 ( ) No basis for judgment

Independence 1 2 3 4 5 ( ) No basis for judgment

Problem Solving 1 2 3 4 5 ( ) No basis for judgment

Overall Impression 1 2 3 4 5 ( ) No basis for judgment
Your Name:________________________________________________________________
Telephone: (Office) ____________________________ (Home) ___________________
Relationship to student: _____________________________________________________

(Cannot be a relative)
How long have you known the student? _______________________

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