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Secor Scholarship Application

United Way of Hancock County Secor Scholarship Information (Read all before scrolling to application.) To print these instructions out, click here.

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 2017-2018 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.

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 one lump sum payment upon confirmation of the student’s enrollment. 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, official start date for 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.

  • 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 are not eligible to apply.

 

Secor Scholarship Application Instructions

Application Deadline:

  • All applications must be completed electronically and submitted by midnight December 1, 2016. All references must be completed and submitted by December 7, 2016.

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. The items needed include:

References

  • 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 are also 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.

Essay Upload
This is an essay of 500 words, in Word, Excel or scanned document.  Your essay should reflect how volunteering or service-learning has had an impact in your life.  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.

Quick Tips for an effective essay:

  • Organize your thoughts into an outline.

  • Make sure your sentences flow from one to the next.

  • Address the topic. Provide supporting details as well as relevant and personal examples.

  • Use transitional phrases, such as "in addition," "however," "therefore," "in conclusion," and so on.

  • Give your essay a personal edge. Include personal attributes that stand out from other applicants.

  • Proofread and revise. Watch out for grammatical and spelling errors; which could make or break your selection.

Faith Based Service Log: Upload a full list, in a Word, Excel or scanned document, of your service in the faith community. Place your name and the words "Faith Based Service" on the top of the document.
Format:
Date (most recent by grade) – Agency/Organization – Position – specific duties – approximate total hours
Example:
St. Michaels – Chairperson leaf pick up – recruited volunteers, assigned hours, assembled teams – raked – 15 hours

School Activity Log: Upload full list in a Word, Excel or scanned file, of your service/extracurricular activity in your school. Place your name and the words “School Activity Log” at the top of the document.
Format:
Date (most recent by grade) – Agency/Organization – Position – specific duties – approximate total hours
Example:
2009–10 – Student Council – Vice President – assisted in planning stuff the bus and facilitated days activity – 8 hours

Community Service Log
: Upload full list in a Word, Excel or scanned document, of your volunteer service in the community. Place your name and the words “Community Service” at the top of the document.
Format:
Date (most recent by grade) – Agency/Organization – Position – specific duties – approximate total hours
Example:
2012-13 – no affiliation – worker – trimmed bushes around the community park – 4 hours

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 Beverly.phillips@uwhancock.org.  Subject line – (student name)/transcript

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 call (419-423-1432) and ask to speak to Beverly Phillips as a follow up 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.

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

Please provide the name 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.
Please provide the name of a reference that 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.
Please provide the name of a reference who knows your leadership skills. Please provide the name and email of a reference 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.
Please prepare, in Word or PDF document, a short essay of 500 words or less reflecting the impact of volunteering and/or service learning on your life. 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. Upload your essay file here.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.
Upload a full list, in a Word, Excel or PDF document, of your service in the faith community. *Refer to instructions for proper format.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx xls xlsx.
Upload full list in a Word, Excel or PDF file, of your service in your school. *Refer to instructions for proper format.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx xls xlsx.
Upload a full list in Word, Excel or PDF document, of your volunteer service in the community. *Refer to instructions for proper format.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx 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 Bev Phillips at beverly.phillips@uwhancock.org
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: jpg bmp tif pdf doc docx.