New Hope Christian School: How to Apply

The 2018-2019 JCEF local Scholarship Application & period to apply will open November 1, 2018


How to Apply

  1. Fill out the scholarship application. All items are required, if it doesn’t apply, enter N/A.
    • It is an PDF that you can type your information into, save and edit as needed.
    • Both you & your parent/guardian need to sign & date the application.
  2. Complete your Academic Resume
  3. Complete your Activities Chart
    • View the provided sample Activity Chart.
    • Create your own Activities Chart using this template (Word Doc). Input your data directly into the template, save and print to include with your completed application materials.
    • It is important to code your activity correctly in the first column as an A (school activity); B (Community or Family volunteer activity), or C (paid work history).
    • State each activity’s title and department, school club, organization, company or individual it’s associated with.
    • Quantify the time spent (hours/week or month & total hours). Estimate to the best of your ability. Don’t leave blank because it relays the personal commitment you made to each listed activity.
    • Briefly summarize your responsibilities, accomplishments or achievements.
    • If you have questions, see Mrs. Wicks.
  4. Review the list of available scholarships
  5. Complete the scholarship selection form
    • Print the confirmation page once you submit the scholarship selection form and add it to your packet.
    • If you select scholarships with additional criteria, make sure this information gets turned in with your application.
  6. Write and submit a typed essay, up to 750 words (no more than two pages, double-spaced) comprised of an introduction body paragraphs and conclusion. The body paragraphs should address each of the four following questions:
    • What are your specific educational plans and career goals and why? What inspires you to achieve them?
    • What have you done for your family or community that you care about the most and why?
    • Describe a personal accomplishment and the strengths and skills you used to achieve it.
    • Describe a significant change or experience that has occurred in your life. How did you respond and what did you learn about yourself?
  7. 2 Teacher recommendation letters
    • Select two Teachers and/or one Teacher and one Staff member to write you a letter of recommendation.
    • Download the Teacher Recommendation Form (PDF) & print 2 copies.
    • Make sure that the Teacher or Staff person you ask knows you well, and understands what scholarships you are applying for, so s/he can address personal attributes, qualities and strengths that are appropriate to those scholarships to make you stand out.
    • Give each Teacher and/or Staff person a reasonable amount of time to complete your request. Check back with each Teacher or Staff person to make sure that they did what you asked them to do, and you are satisfied with the result.
    • Plan ahead and don’t wait until the last minute to make your requests.
  8. 2 Community recommendation letters
  9. Transcript – Your transcript release is covered with the signatures on the scholarship application. Your transcript should include grades and classes taken through December, 2018. Attach it to your completed application packet.

Bring your scholarship packet to Mrs. Wicks by, Feb. 8th, 2019

Get it in early, so that it can be critiqued and checked for completeness. Your scholarship packet needs to contain:

  • Scholarship Check List
  • Completed, signed and dated scholarship application
  • Transcript
  • Academic Resume
  • CIS Activities Chart
  • Personal Essay
  • 4 letters of recommendation (2 Teacher, 2 Community)
  • Additional scholarship criteria if needed (essays, forms, applications, proof of involvement)

Keep a personal copy of your application and all material in a hard copy file at home. Keep your electronic file materials well organized on your own computer and have a back-up on a flash drive for easy access in case you need to revise, edit or print items to meet other important scholarship deadlines.