Student Scholarships for College
Communities THRIVE when children are prepared to make a difference. It is critical that our City Schools graduates have the opportunity to move on to higher learning and careers.
Student Scholarship Application for 2016-17 graduates of AHS and SILSA are available NOW. The application is due March 6th, 2017.
Please complete the application on our scholarship application site. You will need to start an account, once you see your dashboard go to APPLY. You will find a link to the application there. If you have any issues, please contact email@example.com.
Scholarship Support Session Dates for Students
At these sessions you can receive help on your essay, resume and general scholarship application questions.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure there is adequate volunteer support for that day. If there is low to no RSVP's, we may cancel a date, so please let me know if you plan to attend.
Tuesday January 31st 3:30-4:30 PM
Monday February 6th 3:30-4:30 PM
Friday February 10th 8:00- 8:30 AM
Monday February 13th 3:30-4:30 PM
Tuesday February 21st 3:30-4:30 PM
Wednesday February 22nd 3:30-4:30 PM
Friday February 24th 8:00- 8:30 AM To be held in room 208
Monday February 27th 3:30-4:30 PM
Other Current Scholarship Opportunities!
1)All applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or better (Applicants identified as “exceptional” will be reviewed on a case by case basis.) 2)One of their parents, grandparents, or great grandparents must be a Stephens-Lee or Catholic Hill High School alumna/us.
● A one page personal letter telling why you should be considered for this scholarship and your educational goals.
● An official copy of your most recent high school or college/university transcript.
● Two letters of recommendation.
For additional information please contact:
Ms. Ernestine Watts, Scholarship Chairperson at 828.299.4748. All applications must be received and postmarked no later than May 2, 2017. No hand delivered applications will be accepted.
Mail to: Scholarship Committee Stephens-Lee Alumni Association, Inc. P. O. Box 105 Asheville, NC 28802
Mig Vapor: Scholarship recipients are selected through an essay contest. The winning essays will be selected on the basis of how well-written, compelling, and persuasive they are. There are no costs associated with submitting an application for this scholarship, and the next application deadline is May 31st, 2017.
What is the process for ACSF Student Scholarships?
We have one application for all scholarships. The application is online and only available in that format. The application process will open December 1st and all applications will be due on March 6th.
In November look for posters at school with reminders of when the scholarship application will be open. A link to the application will be included in all advertising, as well as available on this page of our website.
How are scholarship awardees determined?
Two committees made up of 5 members each are carefully selected each year. We select from a diverse pool of retired teachers, active community members, college professors, ACS administrators and ACSF board members. The committee reviews all applications, reads the essays and lastly interviews the final round of eligible students. Together they choose which students are most aligned with each scholarship.
When will my family and I find out if I have received a scholarship?
There are two rounds of scholarship selection. In March the committee reads all applications and essays. The top 35 students are selected for interviews. The student is sent a letter and email notifying them if they have received an interview to be considered for a scholarship. After the interview, held in Mid- April, the student and their family are notified that they have received a scholarship by the beginning of May, but does not know what scholarship(s) they have been awarded until the Asheville High/ SILSA Awards Night in May. This year it will be held on May 23rd.
Students are required to write a thank you letter to the family they are receiving their scholarship from before their funds are disbursed to their school.
Who should I contact if I have questions?
Please contact Miranda Musiker for questions regarding the application process or have an interest in being on our scholarship committee.
Congratulations to the ACSF Scholarship Awardees for 2016!
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