The 2017-2018 JCEF local Scholarship Application & period to apply is OPEN
How to Apply
- Fill out the scholarship application. All items are required, if it doesn’t apply, enter N/A.
- It is a PDF that you can type your information into, save and edit as needed.
- Both you & your parent/guardian need to sign & date the application.
- Complete your Academic Resume
- Create your Academic Resume using this template (Word Doc).
- Input your data directly into the template, save and print to include with your completed application materials.
- If you have questions, see Deborah Acosta.
- 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 Deborah Acosta in Counseling.
- Review the list of available scholarships
- 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 into the Career Center with your application.
- Write and submit a typed essay, approximately 500 words 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?
- 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.
- Print out your Activities Chart or a Resume. Give it to the Teacher and/or Staff person to assist them in writing you a letter.
- Give each Teacher and/or Staff person a reasonable amount of time to complete your request. Politely check back with each Teacher or Staff person to make sure it is completed.
- Plan ahead and don’t wait until the last minute to make your requests.
- 2 Community recommendation letters
- Print the instructions (PDF) that you need to give to the people you are asking for a recommendation.
- You are encouraged to use the senior College Forum or College Prep Class credit required letters of recommendation.
- Transcript – Your transcript release is covered with the signatures on the scholarship application. Your transcript should include grades and classes taken through December, 2017. Attach it to your completed application packet.
- SAT/ACT Scores – If you are attending a four-year college or university, include a copy of the test scores with your application. If you are attending a two-year community college, vocational or technical school, the tests are not required.
Bring your scholarship packet to Deborah Acosta in Counseling by Friday, February 9th, 2018.
Get it in early, so that it can be critiqued and checked for completeness. Your scholarship packet needs to contain in this order:
- Scholarship Selection Form (2 copies)
- Completed, signed and dated scholarship application
- Academic Resume
- Activities Chart
- 500-word Personal Essay
- Additional scholarship criteria if needed (essays, forms, applications, proof of involvement)
- 4 letters of recommendation (2 teachers; 2 community members)
- SAT/ACT scores (if you are applying to a four-year college or university only)