East End Chamber

East End Chamber of Commerce Foundation

2016 East End Scholars Program 

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In 2015 the East End Chamber of Commerce Foundation awarded $25,000 in Scholarships to East End High School Seniors seeking 2 or 4 year degrees. The Foundation is committed to supporting the educational needs of area students and has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships the last six years.

East End Scholars are students who are seeking bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, or two year certification, and have demonstrated leadership, academic excellence and community stewardship. The Scholars program will consist of career guidance and networking opportunities.  Scholars are required to be full-time students at a college or university, maintain a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. and to stay involved in the East End Scholars program. The awards will be given in 2 allotments, one in Fall semester and one in Spring semester.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

March 15, 2016: Application Deadline

April 2016: Interview

April 2016: Selection Notification

April 27, 2016: Awards Luncheon

 GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS & GUIDELINES

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible to apply for, or to be awarded, a Scholarship, an applicant must:

  1. Be a citizen or resident of the United States. If the applicant’s transcript reflects a place of birth other than the United States, appropriate proof of citizenship must be furnished (i.e., a copy of the photo page of a valid U. S. passport, a copy of Naturalization Certificate or a birth certificate for U. S. Citizen Born Abroad).  Applications submitted without proof of citizenship will not be considered.  
  2. Be a Houston East End resident
  3. Attend an accredited Houston East End High School.
  4. Be a graduating senior in the 2015-2016 school year. 
  5. Provide verification of GPA at the completion of the first semester of senior year.
  6. Provide SAT or ACT score (4 year degree seeking students only)
  7. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and provide a copy of their FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR). Apply at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  8. Provide two letters of reference.
  9. Complete and pass all necessary standardized tests for graduation and admittance to the college and/or university declared in the scholarship application.
  10. Candidates must be willing to be interviewed by the selection committee in April 2016 (Exact date TBD) and attend an Award Luncheon on April 27,2016. 
  11. Candidates are also expected to stay active in the East End Scholars Program to get full advantage of the award through networking and mentorship.
  12. Deadline for application to be received by the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce is March 15, 2016.

GUIDELINES

Selection Criteria:  Applicants will be judged with equal emphasis on (1) educational preparation of candidate, (2) desire of the candidate to attend, (3) community and/or civic involvement, (4) financial need and (5) content and completeness of application.  

Selection Process:  Winners will be selected by the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Committee.  Top candidates will be selected on the basis of written applications and will be interviewed with the selection committee prior to final selection.

Confidentiality:  All information submitted by the applicant will be held in strict confidence by the scholarship committee and used only with the prior consent of the applicant.

Award Winners: The scholarship is not transferable and may not be sold or used by anyone other than the applicant. The scholarship will be awarded to the selected students upon presentation of an acceptance letter from the intended university or college. Scholarship money will be mailed directly to the university/college you have selected.  Half the scholarship money will be applied to the Fall semester and the remaining half will be applied to the Spring semester.

 

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