NEWBERRY — Applications for the Newberry-PMPA Community Scholar Scholarship, an annual scholarship that awards four qualifying high school seniors $500 for tuition, will be accepted by the City of Newberry through April 6.
Mayor Foster Senn said this is the fifth year that the City of Newberry has offered the scholarships.
“This started a few years ago to invest back into the community for young people going to colleges and it has been exciting to help some of our local young people fund their college expenses, which are very high of course,” Senn said. “We are proud of our local young people. This gives us an opportunity to recognize those who have done well academically.
“We have found that our honorees are generally active in the community and have given back already. So we would like to give back to them,” he added.
Those eligible must be or have as a legal guardian who is a residential utility customer of the City of Newberry Utilities Department and have an active customer account. Applicants also must have attended at least three years of high school or have been home schooled within the city limits of Newberry, meaning they must have attended Newberry High School, Newberry Academy or were home schooled in the City of Newberry.
They also must attend a South Carolina university, college or technical college.
Applicants must show they have outstanding academic potential, as evidenced by GPA of 2.5 or higher, in college preparatory coursework and a combined score of 950 on the SAT or the equivalency of 20 on the ACT Test.
They must also demonstrate personal leadership, as reflected in leadership roles related to academic, co-curricular organizations and clubs, community or church service, athletics or similar areas.
High school seniors who meet these qualifications will need to submit an application, with a letter of recommendation from a non-relative to attest to the student’s character.
The application asks what scholastic honors or distinctions the student has received since the eighth grade, what community related activities the student has participated in, the student’s personal goals and allows for additional comments.
A copy of SAT or ACT scores and a current high school transcript must be included. To receive a scholarship applicants must attend an accredited university, college or technical college in South Carolina, and must provide a letter of acceptance.
Elyssa Haven, program coordinator for the City of Newberry, recommends that students start the application process early.
“You always want to allow yourself plenty of time to address the questions in any scholarship application. It may take longer than you think. It could also be important when it comes to this application’s requirement of a letter of reference to choose someone who knows you well and is familiar with your character,” she said.
The deadline for submissions to the City of Newberry is 5 p.m. April 6. A Scholarship Committee will select the winners of the scholarships. Committee members will not know the names of the applicants. City personnel and relatives are eligible to apply.
The winners will be announced in May. A first and second alternate also will be selected in the event a winner becomes ineligible.
“To be eligible, the applicant must be attending a South Carolina accredited university, college, or technical college and in the fall term following the high school senior’s graduation,” said Haven. “A student could become ineligible by choosing to attend a university, college or technical college that is not a South Carolina accredited school or by choosing a different career path and not attending school in the coming fall following their high school graduation.”
In the event of a tie, a personal interview could be requested of the finalists.
Once the winner has been chosen and the letter of acceptance from a South Carolina university, college or technical college has been provided, a check will be made payable to the school in the student’s name and credited to tuition.
Visit the City of Newberry’s website or visit Haven at City Hall, 1330 College St. for more information.
Applications can either be submitted in person to Haven at City Hall or mailed to Newberry – PMPA Community Scholar, City of Newberry, P.O. Box 538 and made attention to Elyssa Haven.
All mailed applications will be accepted as long as they are postmarked by the due date.
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