592. Scott Pieper Memorial Scholarship – Additional Essay Required


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  • Award: Variable
  • Eligibility: Graduating senior from Grants Pass High School
  • Selection Criteria: Based on creativity and desire to influence positive global or societal change.  Academics, extra-curricular and community involvement may also be considered.
  • Other Requirement: Essay  Scott’s life was marked by unchecked explosions of curiosity and enthusiasm. Even the ugly parts he would take on with irreverent humor, in hope for future change. His ability to influence and empower others was as great with strangers as with friends, with peers as with adults.  People who knew him recognized these traits as extremely rate and valuable. While few young people have had an opportunity to realize all the positive changes they hope to see in the world, most have future plans to impact the lives of others in positive ways. As you skip across that stage in June and step into life after high school, how will you use your passion to promote positive change? As a guide, consider the following quote from George Carlin, one of Scott’s favorite comedians: “The status quo sucks.” Many people can list problems they see in the world, but few have the courage to confront these problems with creative solutions. Even fewer can inspire others to think in new ways. What’s your plan to do it?
  • Use of Funds: Scholarship checks are mailed directly to the recipients’ college or university for payment of tuition and fees. Award may also be used for books and needed school supplies upon presentation of receipts to JCEF for reimbursement.
  • About the Scholarship: The memorial scholarship was established in 2007 to honor the memory of Scott Pieper, who graduated from Grants Pass High School in 2006. He attended the University of Oregon and died at the age of 19. Scott will be remembered for his youthful exuberance, zest for life, care and concern for others and the whole-hearted desire and effort he put forth to make a difference in the lives of people he touched or knew.