New Hope Christian School: How to Apply

The 2019-2020 JCEF local Scholarship Application is open!

Deadline: February 7th, 2020.   

How to Apply

  1. Fill out the scholarship application. All items are required, if it doesn’t apply, enter N/A.
    • You must save application form (PDF) to your computer or school account. Then, type into and edit the form, re-saving each time you make changes.
    • 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 fillable PDF. Input your data directly into the pdf, 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 Recommendation letters
    • You are required to submit two recommendation letters with your application. One is required to be from a teacher or school-based staff. The second can be from an additional teacher or school-based staff, or a community member.
    • Your Teachers & School Staff have the appropriate form for the recommendation letters available, or they may write a letter.
    •  For community members, Print the instructions (PDF) that you need to give to the people you are asking for a recommendation.
    • Make sure that the person you ask knows you well.
    • Print out your Activities Chart or a Resume. Give it to the person to assist them in writing you a letter.
    • Give each person a reasonable amount of time to complete your request. Politely check back with each person to make sure it is completed.
    • Plan ahead and don’t wait until the last minute to make your requests
  8. Transcript – Your transcript release is covered with the signatures on the scholarship application. Your transcript should include grades and classes taken through December. Attach it to your completed application packet.

Bring your scholarship packet to Mrs. Wicks by, Feb. 7th, 2020

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
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 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.