YMCA Scholarship for Civic Engagement

Treasure Valley Family YMCA Scholarship for Civic Engagement
NOTE: Limited to one applicant per high school

Typically 3-4 sutdents are selected with the top choice receiving $10,000 or more

Deadline: March 15th

See Link to Application Posted Below

Who Can Apply? Required Application Materials

• Students who are seniors of public, private, charter, or parochial high schools in the geographic area served by the Treasure Valley Family YMCA (Ada and Canyon Counties);
• Who have made significant contributions to their community through community service, etc.
beyond that which may be required by school, church, Key Club, or similar organizations;
• Who demonstrate passion for and dedication to working collaboratively to find solutions for civic issues (whether homelessness, healthcare, education, environment, etc.) and an interest in
pursuing civic work (whether career or volunteer) that will strengthen and improve our communities;
• This scholarship award can be used at the student's choice of public or private junior college, college, university, vocational, or technical school;
• This scholarship will be awarded on the basis of demonstrated commitment to working within our communities to bring positive change and not based on academic or athletic achievement;
• Consideration will be given to students who may have difficulty furthering their education without financial assistance.

Each high school in the service area of the YMCA may nominate one, and only one, candidate for a scholarship each year

• Copy of your most recent high school transcript
• A written statement (no minimum/maximum length) addressing the following:
o Describe your educational, career goals and objectives;
o Describe extra-curricular activities, awards, honors, and/or offices held;
o Describe some of the jobs you have held and indicate if you presently are employed, or if you plan to work while attending college;
o Describe some of your community service achievements;
o Describe your hobbies and interests
• At least two letters of reference from a school official and other volunteer based individual(s) familiar with your commitment to civic engagement work;
• Please provide a narrative (limited to two pages, 12-point font, double spaced) that describes your commitment to community engagement and your areas of interest (homelessness, health care, education, environment, social justice, etc.). Include a written statement specifically about your project(s), including the organization or civic activity through which the majority of your service was completed. Your narrative should also discuss your leadership skills and how you are working with others (such as a government entity, community group, school, or others) to address your identified problem. Please outline the activities you have performed and how you hope your efforts will affect future public policy. Include an explanation of the significance of the scholarship award for continuing your education;
• Signature of School Official indicating that you are the one student chosen for your school.
Application Instructions:
• Complete Pages 1 & 2 of this application and attach the Required Application Materials listed above.
• Combine ALL materials into one, single PDF attachment. We recommend printing each required document, compiling them in the order listed on the application and scanning to create one PDF document. Google docs will not be accepted.
• Email completed PDF applications to Lisa Bearg at no later than 11:59pm MST on March 15th. Late/Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Questions:  Lisa Bearg (208) 342-3535

Civic Engagement Scholarship Application