Friday, March 23, 2018

Community Foundation of Greenville Scholarships

The Community Foundation of Greenville’s Scholarship Program includes several different scholarship funds established by individuals, companies, and organizations wanting to assist individuals with furthering their education.  Students apply to the program and, if eligible, may be awarded grants from one or more of the different funds held by the Community Foundation.
The scholarships currently available are:
Alice Watkins Scholarship
Greenville County Fire Chiefs' Association Scholarship
Greenville County Library Staff Education Fund in memory of Anthony Messineo
Margaret and Jack Paylor Family Scholarship Fund

Obermier Scholarship Fund in memory of John N. Obermier, Edith M. Obermier and 
     Mary Belle Obermier

Rama Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Greenville City Fire Department
John I. Smith Charities Scholarship
The Environmental Education Grant

Please click here to access the Online Scholarship Application.  
Who is eligible to apply?
Each scholarship fund has specific eligibility criteria defined by the donor when the fund was established.  When you apply through the Foundation’s online process, you will be asked a series of questions that are designed to determine your eligibility.  The online system will determine which scholarships may be applicable to you.  To determine if you are eligible for a scholarship from a particular fund, please read the specific criteria found in the complete list of scholarship funds. Scholarship application deadlines vary. 
Are all scholarships limited to Greenville County residents?
No, however some of our scholarships do have a residency requirement.  
How much does it cost to apply for a scholarship?
There is no charge to apply.
Are the scholarships awarded sufficient to pay the cost of my college education?
No. These scholarships are intended to provide only partial support.  In addition to applying for scholarships through the Foundation, you should look for other financial aid resources such as federal grants, loans and work-study awards.  A complete financial package can be put together by your high school counselor or your college financial aid office and may include a portion of each of the above types of financial aid.
If I am awarded a scholarship, how much will I get?
Our scholarships offer varying award amounts, which range from $500 to $1,000, depending on the size of a particular fund and the terms established when the fund was created.
Where can I go to school with these scholarships?
The scholarships are for accredited colleges and universities anywhere in the United States.  We cannot make awards outside of the United States.
May I receive grants from more than one scholarship?
Yes, you may apply to all the scholarships for which you are eligible.
How do I apply? 
You will sign up and create a student profile through our Online Scholarship Application.  You will complete only one application, regardless of how many scholarships you meet the specified criteria. 
Do I need to pay scholarship money back?
No.  These charitable grants do not need to be paid back.
How are the scholarship decisions made?
A selection committee appointed by the Board of the Community Foundation and comprised of impartial members meet after the application deadline to review each application and select the recipients based on the criteria established by the established fund criteria.
How will my application be evaluated?
All scholarships will be evaluated on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis using policies approved in advance by the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors.  In evaluating the applicants, the committee will consider the applicants’ academic records, test scores, extracurricular activities, work experience, community involvement, and recommendations from teachers, employers, etc.  The selection process shall balance merit and financial need.  
If I am awarded a scholarship, do I get the check?
No.  Award checks will be made payable to the institution and mailed prior to the beginning of the semester.
What can my scholarship be used for?
The scholarships are for educational expenses that include tuition, school fees, books and supplies.
If I am awarded a scholarship, what are my responsibilities?
Scholarship recipients must attend college based on the scholarship criteria of the year in which the scholarship(s) are awarded and continue in college that entire academic year without interruption, barring illness or emergency.  Scholarship recipients are responsible for notifying the Foundation pertaining to grades and enrollment for each semester while receiving scholarship funds.
If I receive a scholarship one year, will I automatically receive an award for the following year?
No.  In most cases, students must complete the application process again in order to be considered for a new scholarship award.  If you have received a scholarship in the past, refer to your scholarship agreement that accompanied your award letter.
How will I be notified?
Scholarship deadline and award time-frames vary.  A representative of the Community Foundation will contact you either by mail or phone after the selection process has been completed.
If you have questions about the scholarship process or application, please contact Debbie Cooper at 864-331-8414 or e-mail Debbie Cooper.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Tywanza Sanders Legacy Scholarship

Purpose
The Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Scholarship was established in 2017 to honor the legacy and commitment to education of Tywanza Sanders®.  Tywanza was a victim of the Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.    The mission of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to individuals enrolling in undergraduate study at a four-year college or university in the United States in the Fall of 2018. 

Awards
One (1) applicant will receive a one-time scholarship award in the amount of $5,000.  The scholarship award will be in the form of a check made payable directly to the accredited post-secondary institution of higher education attended by the scholarship recipient (once the scholarship recipient has enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education and submitted proof of enrollment to the Foundation).
One (1) applicant will receive a one-time scholarship award in the amount of $2,000.  The scholarship award will be in the form of a check made payable directly to the accredited post-secondary institution of higher education attended by the scholarship recipient (once the scholarship recipient has enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education and submitted proof of enrollment to the Foundation).
Applicants will be eligible to win only one scholarship award per year from this foundation.

Eligibility Criteria
  1. Applicants must have permanent residency in South Carolina, and must be a United States citizen.
  2. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior from a South Carolina high school.
  3. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Applicants must be accepted into an accredited 4-year college or university in for the Fall 2018 academic semester.
  5. Applicants must demonstrate a financial need using this form.
  6. Applicants must submit a completed scholarship application along with the required supporting documentations.
  7. Applicants must complete a 500-800 word written essay or a 3-5 minutes video essay.

Selection Criteria
The Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Scholarship awards scholarship on the basis of a comprehensive review process.  The review committee will assess the following areas: written or video essay, academic performance, and financial need.  Scholarships are awarded upon the availability of funds and additional qualifying criteria.

The Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Foundation awards scholarships without regard to race, sex, religion, age, national origin, or sexual orientation.  Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants who do not meet the qualifications.  The Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Foundation reserves the right not to award a scholarship in a given year.

Timeline
  • Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm (EDT) on April 15, 2018.
  • Award notification will be given by May 15, 2018.
  • Award will be formally presented during a Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Foundation recognition ceremony on or around July 21, 2018.

Essay Scholarships

Purpose
The Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Scholarship was established in 2017 to honor the legacy and commitment to education of Tywanza Sanders®.  Tywanza was a victim of the Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.    The mission of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to individuals enrolling in undergraduate study at a four-year college or university in the United States in the Fall of 2018. 

Awards
One (1) applicant will receive a one-time scholarship award in the amount of $5,000.  The scholarship award will be in the form of a check made payable directly to the accredited post-secondary institution of higher education attended by the scholarship recipient (once the scholarship recipient has enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education and submitted proof of enrollment to the Foundation).
One (1) applicant will receive a one-time scholarship award in the amount of $2,000.  The scholarship award will be in the form of a check made payable directly to the accredited post-secondary institution of higher education attended by the scholarship recipient (once the scholarship recipient has enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education and submitted proof of enrollment to the Foundation).
Applicants will be eligible to win only one scholarship award per year from this foundation.

Eligibility Criteria
  1. Applicants must have permanent residency in South Carolina, and must be a United States citizen.
  2. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior from a South Carolina high school.
  3. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Applicants must be accepted into an accredited 4-year college or university in for the Fall 2018 academic semester.
  5. Applicants must demonstrate a financial need using this form.
  6. Applicants must submit a completed scholarship application along with the required supporting documentations.
  7. Applicants must complete a 500-800 word written essay or a 3-5 minutes video essay.

Selection Criteria
The Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Scholarship awards scholarship on the basis of a comprehensive review process.  The review committee will assess the following areas: written or video essay, academic performance, and financial need.  Scholarships are awarded upon the availability of funds and additional qualifying criteria.

The Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Foundation awards scholarships without regard to race, sex, religion, age, national origin, or sexual orientation.  Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants who do not meet the qualifications.  The Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Foundation reserves the right not to award a scholarship in a given year.

Timeline
  • Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm (EDT) on April 15, 2018.
  • Award notification will be given by May 15, 2018.
  • Award will be formally presented during a Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Foundation recognition ceremony on or around July 21, 2018.
Application Process

To be considered for the Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Scholarship applicants must submit the application via the secured online application system by April 15, 2018.  Incomplete applications and applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

Applicants MUST provide:
  • Completed application
  • High school transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  • Identification verification (copy of state-issued ID or official school photo ID)
  • Proof of acceptance at an accredited 4-year college/university in the United States (enrollment will be verified upon award distribution)
  • A 500-800 word essay or 3-5 minutes video essay.

ESSAY QUESTIONS
Choose 1
Choice 1 - Describe something that you have done in the past year that has made a difference in your community. How have you been an agent of change?
Choice 2 - How has Tywanza's story impacted your outlook on racism. What is your recommendation on improving race relations among your peers, and to dissolve racial barriers?
Choice 3 - How will your education or entrepreneurial endeavors impact or make a difference in the world?