Spirit of Youth Volunteerism Scholarship Application

Deadline: Third Friday in February

The Colleyville Woman’s Club Spirit of Youth Volunteerism Scholarship recognizes outstanding graduating seniors who volunteer in the community. As a nonprofit service organization, CWC believes that through volunteer service, one individual CAN make a difference. Colleyville Woman’s Club awards one or more scholarships annually to graduating seniors that best exemplify this spirit of volunteerism. Scholarships awards are merit based; individual scholarship amounts may vary. The minimum scholarship is $250 and is based on the unpaid volunteer service the applicant has already performed. Scholarships are not given in cash; instead, the award recipient(s) selects a college or post high school continuing education training school to receive the funds established for his or her educational use.

Individuals who choose to apply for a scholarship must meet eligibility requirements and must complete this application in its entirety. Only applications submitted by the receipt deadline will be considered. Selections will be completed and award applicant notified no later than April 15th.

ELIGIBILITY

  1. The applicant must be either (1) a traditional graduating student who meets graduation requirements or (2) a non-traditional student who meets graduation requirements, such as a private schooled, home-schooled or special needs student. Applicants must be under the age of 21.
  2. Applicants may attend any school, public or private, or may be home-schooled, but must either:
    (1) reside in Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, Keller, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Southlake or Watauga OR (2) are non-residents of these cities but are graduating from a public, private or home school located in Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, Keller, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Southlake or
    Watauga. The scope of the nominee’s volunteer service is not limited to these cities, however.
  3. Colleyville Woman’s Club honors individual achievement; however, individuals who perform volunteer community service as part of a group are eligible.
  4. The scholarship recognizes voluntary, not paid, community service. Individuals who volunteer on work release time or for student course credit are eligible. However, individuals paid for their volunteer activities (other than reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses) are not eligible. Community service mandated as part of a disciplinary action, such as through teen court or a school initiated action, is not eligible for consideration.
  5. Only an applicant’s individual volunteer service profile during high school will be considered. (Traditionally encompasses grades 9 through 12).
  6. The program EXCLUDES lobbying efforts toward changing federal, state or local laws, as well as ALL FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES, regardless of good intent. Related educational or public awareness merits may be considered.
  7. Considerations in selecting grant recipients are based on the following:
    1. 40% —Individual Volunteer Service Profile
      (Factors involved in performing volunteer service, such as the level of the service
      commitment, the impact on others, initiative demonstrated, leadership components, the
      ability to motivate others, etc.)
    2. 40% — Amount of Volunteer Service
      (Quantity (hours) and/or quality and length of service)
    3. 15% — Personal Challenges
      (Variables encountered in performing the service)
    4. 5% — Academics
      (Current or graduating GPA)

APPLICATION

  1. The application form should be legible and complete (please print legibly in pen or type).
  2. Applications must be emailed or postmarked no later than the Third Friday in February. To receive verification of receipt of this application, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
  3. Each application must include two letters of recommendation (limited to two only), each from an individual (reference) familiar with the applicant’s volunteer service. Parents, guardians or anyone related to the applicant may not submit letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters may be sent separately.
  4. Supplementary information included with the application is restricted to four (4) 8½”x11” one-sided pages or less. This may include letters, newspaper clippings, non-copyrighted photos, etc. Video, electronic media or audiotapes cannot be considered.
  5. CWC may request additional information from applicants, listed sources or references.
  6. Applicants must sign a Statement of Disclosure, attesting the information is true and correct.
  7. Applicants should include a signed Student Photo Release and photograph, preferably no larger than 2½”x 3½”. Clearly label the back of photo with name and phone number in felt-tipped pen (not ballpoint); Ink jet and laser print photos will not be accepted. Photos will be returned. Submission of this application constitutes permission to use the applicant’s name, and likeness (photo and video) in press materials, advertising and other publications pertaining to the CWC Spirit of Youth Volunteerism Grant Program.
  8. The decision of CWC is final. Applications and supplementary information become the property of the Colleyville Woman’s Club and cannot be returned.

 

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