2014 SWASAP Scholarship Application

Objectives

To financially support the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP) students who embrace postsecondary education.

To honor the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP) students who demonstrate leadership potential at school and in their communities.

Eligibility

To be considered, an applicant must be:
  1. A current TRiO participant with a minimum of 1 year of TRiO participation;
  2. Current college student enrolled in courses for the Fall Semester or High School Senior accepted into a postsecondary institution for the 2014-2015 year;
  3. In academic good standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on 4.0 unweighted scale or GED equivalency;
  4. Recommended by TRiO personnel who is a SWASAP member in good standing.

Selection Criteria

Application materials must demonstrate:
  1. Leadership Skills
  2. Potential for Continued Success
  3. Extracurricular/Community Involvement

Application Packet

Applicants must submit electronically:
  1. Completed Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs Scholarship Application (form on the next page).
  2. An essay with a minimum of 350 words (included in the next page of this application) from the applicant to the Scholarship Committee that addresses the following:
    1. "How Are You TRiO Strong?"
    2. Please include information regarding your history with TRiO and how you plan to utilize the information and experience you've gained through TRiO to further your future educational endeavors.
  3. Two letters of recommendation:
    1. 1 letter of recommendation from a current TRiO employee (current SWASAP Membership required) outlining the applicant's successful involvement in TRiO.
    2. 1 letter of recommendation from a non-family member outlining the applicant's successful leadership experience or extracurricular/community involvement.

    During the application process, the applicant will be asked to submit the names/contact information of their desired references. Each reference will be emailed a link with a passcode so that recommendation letter can be submitted electronically. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that they have a working email address for each reference selected. In addition after completing this application, the applicant must verify that references have received and submitted the form.
  4. Verification Form

  5. During the application process, applicant will be asked to submit the name/contact information of their TRIO Program Director. The TRIO Director will be emailed a link with a passcode so that verification can be submitted electronically. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that they submit the correct name, telephone, and email address of their TRIO Program Director. In addition after completing this application, the applicant must verify that the TRIO Director has received and submitted the form.

Deadline

The SWASAP Scholarship Committee Chair MUST RECEIVE the completed application, all reference letters, and the verification information by the end of day on July 1, 2014. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. In addition, it the applicant’s responsibility to submit accurate information concerning names, contact information and email addresses. SWASAP is unable to contact individuals for references or verification and is not responsible for emailed links that get routed to inaccurate email addresses or junk/spam email folders.

Awarding the Scholarships

The SWASAP Scholarship Committee will make recommendations to the SWASAP Board at the August, 2014 Board Meeting. After final selection has been determined, each successful applicant will be contacted along with his/her Program Director. In order to receive funds, each recipient’s Program Director will be required to submit college enrollment verification at the beginning of the Fall 2014. Upon receipt of enrollment verification, scholarship checks will be sent to the Program Director for dispersal to student(s).

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Questions may be directed to:
Jeanette Youngblood, SWASAP Scholarship Chair
Phone: 870-307-7263
Email: jeanette.youngblood@lyon.edu Subject: SWASAP Scholarship