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Secor Scholarship Application

United Way of Hancock County Secor Scholarship Information
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General Information:
The United Way Foundation of Hancock County has established a scholarship as a memorial to the generosity of Steven and Doris Secor. It is awarded to a high school senior in Hancock County who has a 3.5-grade point average or higher and plans to attend an accredited institution of higher learning to pursue any undergraduate field of study, full time, in the subsequent academic year. The candidate must exhibit a strong emphasis on volunteerism, community service and service learning, which will be evaluated through their leadership, character, and diversity of service experience. The amount of the scholarship will be reviewed and adjusted periodically by the Board of Directors based on recommendations from the Secor Scholarship committee. The award for the first academic year will be $2,000 and may be renewed annually for three years (for a total of four years) for a total of $8,000.Upon renewal, scholarship money is applied toward tuition in the name of the scholar and the annual amount will be paid directly to his or her educational institution upon confirmation of meeting the initial and renewal requirements.

One new scholarship will be awarded per year, which is renewable by the recipient, contingent upon satisfying the conditions of the renewal clause (below).
 
Initial Award Distribution:
Scholarship money is to be applied toward tuition, in the name of the scholar and will be paid directly to his/her educational institution in each year the student qualifies. If the student determines that financial assistance is not needed for that particular academic year the award amount will be available to the selected alternate. The original award winner will still be eligible to receive the scholarship in subsequent years at the awarded “per year” level, but scholarship awards may not be “rolled up”.

Renewal:
Scholarship award recipients may receive a maximum of four awards. However, an award winner that forfeits his/or her award for lack of need reduces the awards he/she is eligible for. Alternate award recipients are eligible for renewal only in years forfeited by the original award recipient. Failure by an award winner to apply for renewal will be treated as a forfeit thus making the alternate eligible. To be considered for renewal applicants will be contacted to submit by July 1 proof of a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point minimum, proof of full-time status for the upcoming year, the official start date for the upcoming year and documented evidence of recent past year's volunteer or extracurricular service involvement.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Residence: Must be a high school senior residing in Hancock County who plans to attend, full time, in the subsequent academic year, an accredited institution of higher learning, to pursue any undergraduate field of study.

  • Academic Consideration: Grade point average must be at or above 3.5 on a 4 point scale.

  • Volunteer/Extracurricular Involvement:  The scholarship candidate must exhibit a strong and diverse emphasis on volunteerism, community service and service-learning evidenced through their activity logs and reference categories of leadership, character and service. Special notice will be given to activities that are voluntary and not required through student group involvement.

  • Students related to anyone on the Secor Scholarship Selection Committee or United Way of Hancock County paid staff members are not eligible to apply.

Application Deadline:

  • All applications must be completed electronically and submitted by midnight December 1, 2017. All references must be completed and submitted by December 8, 2017.

Completing the Application:
As you prepare to complete this information, we suggest that you complete and gather all items before filling out the electronic application.

Scholarship Tips

  • Be organized. Stay on top of deadlines, gather all pertinent documents, and make copies of everything you submit. Once submitted you should receive a confirmation email.  However, it is a good idea to email julie.leone@uwhancock.org  to ensure that your scholarship application was received. Although technology can be convenient, sometimes there are unexpected glitches.

  • Choose wisely. References are heavily weighted during the selection process, make sure their specific category is understood and the reference is submitted by the deadline.

  • Be honest and specific. Don't exaggerate your grades, memberships, skills, or qualifications. Speak to your specific roles and not generically to the experience.

  • Follow instructions carefully. Send in what is requested and proofread everything. Typos and missing materials can cost you a scholarship.

High School Transcript (if accessible): If you have access to your transcript in an electronic format, upload it during the application process. Some schools require that transcript requests go directly to the school. Please have your guidance counselor email it to julie.leone@uwhancock.org.  Subject line must be: "{Student Name} Transcript."

Do you have everything ready? Great! Continue on to complete this form.

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References Instructions:

References are weighed heavily in the selection process. When selecting references choose those who will give clear, concise information based on their assigned category. Please provide one name along with two email addresses (if possible) for each reference. United Way staff will contact them to provide complete instructions. References must be submitted electronically.  It is imperative that the student follow up with their references to see that they have been completed and submitted by the deadline date of December 7, 2017.

Your "service" reference should be very specific to this category. Please provide the name and email address of an individual who can provide a reference for your work in the area of "service." Your reference will score you on preset competencies and must include a specific example related to your involvement in a volunteerism/service learning experience.
Please provide a secondary email address for references. Some school email addresses will not accept the form that we send to be filled out for reference.
Your "character" reference should be very specific to this category. Please provide the name and email of an individual who can speak about your "character". Your reference will score you on preset competencies and must include a specific example describing your characteristics including respect, responsibility, honesty, integrity, self-worth and self-discipline.
Please provide a secondary email address for references. Some school email addresses will not accept the form that we send to be filled out for reference.
Your "leadership" reference should be very specific to this category. Please provide the name and email of an individual who has observed and experienced your leadership skills. Your reference will score you on preset competencies and must include a specific example of your leadership, i.e.; your ability to listen, motivate and guide others, communicate at all levels, show initiative, enthusiasm and dependability.
Please provide a secondary email address for references. Some school email addresses will not accept the form that we send to be filled out for reference.

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Essay Instructions:

Please prepare, in Word or PDF document, a short essay of 500 words or less titled What Really Matters.  Place your name and the words "Essay" at the top of the document. It is suggested that you use the "word count" option in Word to ensure you are within the 500-word limit.

Quick tips for an effective essay:

  • Organize your thoughts into an outline
  • Address the topic.  Provide supporting details as well as needed.
  • Give your essay a personal edge with attributes that will make your essay stand out.
  • Proofread and revise.  Watch for grammatical and spelling errors.
Upload your essay here.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.

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Service Log Instructions:

In an Excel spreadsheet, provide 2 service logs.

The first sheet will be for community/faith-based service. The column headings are:

  • School Year by Most Recent
  • Agency/Organizations Served
  • Assignment
  • Specific Duties
  • Approximate Total Hours
  • Mandatory? (Yes or No)

The second sheet will be for school activities. The column headings for this sheet are:

  • School Year by Most Recent
  • Group/Organization
  • Role (officer, committee chair, committee member, etc.)
  • Duties
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: xls xlsx.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: xls xlsx.
If you have access to your high school transcript, please upload it here in pdf format. Otherwise, please have your guidance counselor or school representative email it to julie.leone@uwhancock.org.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: jpg jpeg bmp tif pdf doc docx.