“One day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.”
- Mission of Teach for America
Things are heating up at the Crown Point Community Foundation office, with just a few days left before the Friday deadline for the submission for scholarship applications. Students are writing essays, gathering official transcripts and making sure all their information is complete.
The foundation scholarship program has grown every year. Donors can utilize the foundation to establish a fund. Donors determine the criteria and the foundation administers the scholarship.
A scholarship award is set at a minimum of $500. Donors often have the opportunity to present the awards and meet with the student and their family. It is, indeed, a "feel good" moment for all.
When the foundation receives scholarship applications, the hard work really begins. Staffers work to analyze each application and determine the eligibility of each student based on the criteria of more thqn 100 separate awards.
Community volunteers then gather to score each application at least twice. The scoring is based on grade point average, SAT and ACT scores, financial need, community service, school activities, work ethic and an essay. After the first scoring is complete, the foundation will invite more than 60 students to personal interviews with the scholarship committee.
It is the goal of the foundation and the scholarship committee to remain fair, impartial and to uphold the criteria set by the donors who established each scholarship fund. The foundation works very hard to accomplish these goals.
We are pleased to introduce several new scholarships for 2013:
- Candace Lynne Walton Scholarship – $500 award to a graduating Crown Point High School senior with a dedication to music and athletics
- Lisa Schaefer Stover Scholarship – $1,000 award to a graduating high school senior from Lake County pursuing a degree in veterinary science
- Crown Point Youth Baseball – $500 award to a CPHS graduating senior or Crown Point resident who participated in CP Youth baseball for at least three years
- Zondor Family Award – $500 award to a Crown Point resident and graduating senior from Andrean, Merrillville or Crown Point high schools attending Butler or DePauw universities.
- Marty Shahbaz Football Award - $500 award to a CPHS graduating senior demonstrating dedication to the Bulldog football program.
- Tri Kappa Scholarships - $1,000 awards to graduating high school seniors with a Crown Point mailing address
- Ronald and Suzanne Borto Scholarship – two, $500 awards to adults (over 21) returning to school – applications available in June.
- McMichael Family Scholarship – scholarships for women over 21 returning to school – applications available in June.
For a complete listing of all the scholarships offered by the foundation, visit www.theCPCF.org.
We wish all applicants success in their educational pursuits. Education is a priority for the foundation. It should be a priority for all.