Southeastern states pupil transportation conference 2017 buster bynum education scholarship



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SOUTHEASTERN STATES PUPIL TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE
2017

BUSTER BYNUM EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP
The Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference (SESPTC), comprised of fourteen member states including will announce the 2017 Buster Bynum Education Scholarship at the SESPTC in North Carolina in addition to each local state announcing the winners. Named in honor of R. A. “Buster” Bynum, retired Director of the Virginia Department of Education’s pupil transportation office and former SESPTC treasurer, this one-time $2,500 education scholarship is made available to one deserving public school student in each of the fourteen-member southeastern states.
Qualifications


  1. The parent/guardian listed on application had a Gross Taxable Family Income equal to or less than $75,000 for each of the “Past Three Tax Years.” (For the purpose of this scholarship award, the “Past Three Tax Years” is defined as the 2014, 2015 and 2016 tax years.)




  1. The parent/guardian listed on application has been an active employee in public school transportation during the “Past Three Years.” This includes school bus drivers, aides, monitors, mechanics, parts clerks, foremen, managers, trainers, supervisors, directors, and inspectors that work in public education. (For the purpose of this scholarship award, the “Past Three Years” work history requirement is defined as the period since January 1, 2014.)




  1. The student applicant has at least a 3.0 (B) scholastic average, will graduate from a public high school, and will attend a post-secondary educational institution starting in 2017.




  1. The scholarship cannot be awarded to any student who has a family member serving on the selection committee.


Submission of Application and Timeline (Dates need to be added for your state)


  1. ____________ (Date) – Applications are due to the local school system transportation office in your county.




  1. ____________ (Date) – Entry mailed to state (postmarked by ________, 2017.) A local selection committee established in each school system shall select from all local applicants a finalist whose application must be submitted to the STATE SESPTC Scholarship Selection Committee. Only one application from each school system will be judged at the state level. Applications shall not be submitted to the state by student applicants.




  1. _____________ (Date) – The state SESPTC Scholarship Selection Committee will select the state’s winner.

Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference (SESPTC)

Buster Bynum Education Scholarship

Application

(Application must be typed)

SECTION I APPLICANT PERSONAL INFORMATION
The parent/guardian on behalf of his or her child must submit the application.
Parent/Guardian Name: _____________________________________________________________________

(Must have been a school transportation employee since January 1, 2014.)
Parent/Guardian’s Address: __________________________________________________________________

Street City State Zip


Parent/Guardian’s Phone Number: (_____) ______ - ________
Name of the Organization Employing the Parent/Guardian: _________________________________________
Employer Organization’s Contact Person: _______________________________________________________
Employer Contact Person’s Phone Number: (____) ______ - ________

Name of Student: __________________________________________________________________________


Name of School from which the student will graduate in 2017: _______________________________________
Address of School: _________________________________________________________________________

Street City State Zip


I certify, as parent/guardian of _____________________ that the combined family income of both parents/guardians did not exceed $75,000 for each of the past 3 years beginning with 2014.

_______________________________________________________ _____________

Parent/Guardian Signature Date



Selection Criteria
Selection of applicants will be based on the following criteria:


  • Scholarship (25 points) - The student shall have a cumulative grade point average (grades 9 – 11) of 3.0 (B) minimum, as verified by official high school academic records.




  • Leadership (15 points) - The student shall have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and abilities in co-curricular activities and community service activities.




  • Citizenship/Service (25 points) – The student shall have demonstrated exemplary citizenship qualities that

include not only maturity, loyalty, responsibility, integrity, and trustworthiness; but also a concern for the well-being of all citizens and shall have rendered unselfish service and assistance to others, to the school, and to the community.


  • Essay (35 points) - The student shall have explained in a typewritten essay of not more than 500 words

Why he/she applied for the scholarship nd how the scholarship will be used.

SECTION II SCHOLARSHIP: EDUCATIONAL DATA (PLEASE ENCLOSE TRANSCRIPT)
School now attending: ___________________________________________________________________________
Class Rank: ________________________
In class of: _____ _________________ (Number)
CEEB/SAT/ACT Test: ____________________
GPA: __________________________________ (Score)

College(s) / Vocational Technical School(s) to which you seek admission.




  1. _____________________________________ Accepted? Yes _____ No _____



  1. _____________________________________ Accepted? Yes _____ No _____



  1. _____________________________________ Accepted? Yes _____ No _____

List any part-time or full-time work experience.


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SECTION III: LEADERSHIP/INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE
List all co-curricular activities in which you have participated, including honors and awards.
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List athletics in which you have participated in.


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List community service activities or projects in which you have participated.

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List any special interests or hobbies.

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Why do you desire to continue your education?
___________________________________________________________________________________________
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SECTION IV: ESSAY
Using the space provided below, please describe why you have applied for the scholarship and how you would use the scholarship. Essay must be typed in 500 words or less. Applicants should proofread their essays for grammar, spelling and syntax.

SECTION V: REFERENCES/CERTIFICATIONS


  1. Please provide a letter from the parent/guardian’s employer verifying employment in public school transportation since January 1, 2014, and documenting financial need (Gross Taxable Family Income equal to or less than $75,000 for each of the past three tax years).




  1. Please provide a letter from the student’s high school guidance counselor or other authorized high school official verifying the student’s grade point average, anticipated graduation from high school and planned attendance at a postsecondary educational institution in the fall of 2017.




  1. Please provide a letter of support from one school staff member and one adult family acquaintance of the student, stating why the award should be made to this student.


SECTION VI: SUBMISSION – CHECKLIST
Please check to make sure you have submitted all documentation below:
_____ Completed Application Form, Signed
_____ 500 Word (Maximum) Essay included in this application
_____ Official High School Transcript
Letters for each:
_____ Verified Parent/Guardian transportation employment since January 1, 2014
_____ High School Counselor/authorized high school official statement of student’s grade point average, anticipated graduation, planned attendance at a postsecondary education institution in the fall of 2017
_____ Support letter from two adults – teachers and adult family acquaintances of the student
PLEASE CHECK THE APPLICATION FOR COMPLETENESS BEFORE SIGNING BELOW. APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN ____________________.

_______________________________ ______________________________________

Date of Application Signature of Applicant

_______________________________ ______________________________________

Signature of School Official Signature of Parent/Guardian

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Title of School Official
**FOR LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION COMMITTEE USE ONLY**
The Local Scholarship Selection Committee will use this section in order to certify the selected local applicant to the state selection committee.
LOCAL APPLICANT CERTIFICATION

TO STATE SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION COMMITTEE
Signature: ____________________________________________________________

(Local Scholarship Selection Committee Chairperson)

Print Name: ____________________________________________________________
Signature: ______________________________________________________________

(Local Director of Transportation)

Print Name: _____________________________________________________________
School System: __________________________________ Telephone: ______________

THE LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION COMMITTEE WILL SELECT ONLY ONE APPLICATION FROM THE SCHOOL DIVISION AND FORWARD IT FOR



STATE COMPETITION TO:

Chad Carpenter, Administrator

Pupil Transportation

Alabama Department of Education

P. O. Box 302101

Montgomery, AL 36130

334-242-9730


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