The You Can Count on Me scholarship program is designed to recognize high school students who have a desire to pursue post-secondary education and/or training. During the 2019 – 2020 school year, ten students will be chosen to receive a $2,500 scholarship. Additionally, a donation of $250 will be made to the student’s school district in the name of the teacher he/she wishes to recognize. Recipients will be announced beginning late February, 2020.
The focus of this scholarship is to provide financial support for students who have demonstrated a strong work ethic and who wish to pursue opportunities to better themselves through college courses and/or post-secondary training programs. Emphasis will be placed on students who have demonstrated their work ethic through meaningful work experiences. Work experience is not limited to employment outside of the home. Students who demonstrate a strong work ethic by assuming significant support roles within the home or who have contributed a significant amount of time and effort within their communities are equally eligible.
The statement, You Can Count on Me serves as the overarching theme of this program. While academic success will be a consideration for these scholarships, it is not the primary consideration behind the selection process. This program seeks to reward and support students who have a “can do” attitude and who have demonstrated this through a combination of school-related activities, work experiences, and community involvement. Additional consideration will be given for applicants who demonstrate a significant financial need, specifically, those students who might otherwise miss out on post-secondary opportunities due to financial limitations.
Applicants’ personal narratives will weigh heavily in the selection process. Additionally, recommendations from teachers, employers, community members, clergy, and the like will be important factors for consideration.