Freshman Opportunity Scholarship

Freshman Opportunity Scholarship

Phi Delta Theta is a fraternity that was founded in 1848 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  The fraternity includes a large network of over 251,000 current college students and notable alumni, and they currently have active collegiate chapters in 43 U.S. states as well as five Canadian provinces.  The fraternity has what they call the “Three Cardinal Principles” which include “friendship, sound learning, and moral rectitude.”  As the fraternity so values these attributes, many collegiate chapters of Phi Delta Theta give out generous scholarships to incoming male freshmen students who exemplify these values in their daily lives.

While the scholarship application process for these scholarship opportunities differ by collegiate campus, the common thread is that the successful freshman receiving the scholarships will be able to demonstrate a commitment to the previously stated values, and the scholarship recipient is not under obligation to join Phi Delta Theta or any other collegiate fraternity.  The Phi Delta Theta Freshman Opportunity Scholarships also differ in amount from all of the collegiate campuses as well as application process.  The following will detail information about applying for the scholarship offered by the collegiate chapter of Phi Delta Theta at the University of Washington.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates interested in applying for this Freshman Opportunity Scholarship must be male students starting their college careers at the University of Washington.  Applicants for the scholarship must be able to demonstrate to the scholarship selection committee the ways in which they embody the fraternity’s values of friendship, sound learning, and moral rectitude in their everyday lives.  The applicant must also demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence, community service and involvement, and organizational leadership.  While the scholarship recipient is under no obligation to join the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, or any other fraternity at the university, those candidates who are successful in the application process may be a good match to join this organization because of clear similar shared values.  However, the organization makes it very clear that the scholarship candidates do not even need to express interest in joining the fraternity community in order to be eligible for the opportunity.  Instead, they simply seek to recognize and reward outstanding leaders entering their university community.

Application Details

Interested candidates will need to complete a thorough application detailing the way they exemplify the fraternity’s values as well as their high school academic history and recommendations from those who can speak to the candidate’s abilities and achievements.

After reviewing all of the applications, the selection committee will narrow down the selection pool to the final candidates who will then be invited for the opportunity to interview individually to receive the scholarship award.  All of these final candidates must also be able to attend a summer leadership camp hosted by Phi Delta Theta, so applicants must be prepared to make that happen with their schedules if selected as a finalist.

Award Amount

This scholarship opportunity differs from many other scholarships in that the award amount is not static and depends entirely on the strength and merit of the applicants and eventual scholarship recipients.  The Phi Delta Theta chapter at the University of Washington will give out $20,000 in scholarships to exemplary applicants.  The organization has given previous scholarships in varying amounts between $1,000 and $4,000.  The organization clearly states that those scholarship recipients who have received the top tier scholarship amount of $4,000 have been able to demonstrate and exemplify “extraordinary leadership characteristics.”

Application Deadline and How to Apply

The application for this scholarship can be found on the fraternity’s website or by contacting the University of Washington’s Phi Delta Theta Scholarship Coordinator, Nicholas JM. Hanson, for information. The application for this scholarship is due by the beginning of June each year, but the fraternity notes that the scholarship application process is rolling and encourages applicants to submit their application materials sooner rather than later for their best shot at receiving the award.

Allen Meyer Family Scholarship

Allen Meyer Family Scholarship

The Dallas Foundation, established in 1929 is the oldest community foundation serving Northern Texas and refers to itself as a keystone between donors and those seeking scholarships and grants for the purpose of attaining their educational and professional goals. The Foundation hosts a variety of funds ranging from Donor Advised Funds to Community Impact Funds. Most recently, The Dallas Foundation began a highly respected initiative around early childhood education called Zero to Five Initiative. The Foundation brought together donors with similar motivation to create a fund that would invest in the future of children by assuring adequate programing in language and literacy before the children enter formalized primary school.

Much of the success of the program can be given to the technique of educating parents on how to become teachers and leaders in their communities as well as partners to the schools and the Fund. A new five-year plan under the name of Bachman Lake Together Family Center has been established where all the resources are gathered and available to sustain the community. The Center’s trusted providers provide coordinated early learning experiences for parents and young children. The Dallas Foundation’s financial allocations are primarily (32%) for the public and civic benefit with Education second at (28%) and Social Services coming in third at (15%). The Fund’s remaining allocations are for Health, Environment/Animals, Arts, Religion, and International. Additionally, The Fund has a three-year $5 million Animal Funders Coalition group which focuses its effort on a free spay-neuter program fro the lower-income Dallas areas. With the Coalition’s support, the program has serviced more that 15,000 dogs and cats. Among the various financial support opportunities are scholarships. One special one for high school students is made available by the Allen Meyer Family.

The Allen Meyer Family Scholarship is available to students pursing their secondary education (high school) at Parish Episcopal School. The amount of the award is a full-tuition scholarship renewable for all four years of high school. There are no residency requirements for students. Applicants must be a new or current Parish student entering the 9th grade at Parish Episcopal School. Along with the completed application form, candidates should submit their Parent’s Financial Statement, any required documentation, including a Federal Tax Return and a W-2 Form. Candidates must demonstrate financial need and a financial gap between cost and ability to pay for the education. Final determination of financial need will be determined in tandem by the school and the Student Service for Financial Aid. Finally, it’s crucial that the candidate displays merit as well as be an active participant in every aspect of school life including community service and extracurricular activities while maintaining high academic standards and achievement.

Scholarship renewal is dependent upon the recipient maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0 as fellas their ability to participate in community service, extracurricular activities or part-time employment in place of the activities. Students interested in the Allen Meyer Family Scholarship should contact the Admissions Department at Parish Episcopal School. The scholarship deadline is provided during the inquiry process.

Life Gets Better Scholarships (Florida A&M)

Life Gets Better Scholarship

Florida A&M, founded in 1887 and located in Tallahassee, Florida is the only black university in the state and one of the largest in the country. FAMU is a comprehensive institution offering degrees from bachelors to doctorates. There are 62 different bachelor’s degrees, 36 master’s degrees and 11 doctoral degree programs offered with a total of over 150 majors from which to choose. Consistently ranking at the top of college reviews like Princeton’s 2016 Best Colleges: Region-by-Region to The Washington Monthly College Guide in which it won a place as one of the top 100 national universities. Additionally, FAMU was recently ranked number one on the country’s list of HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities).

The university has 13 different schools, and it has distinguished programming in the sciences including a College of Pharmacy. There are also esteemed colleges of Engineering and Law. FAMU is a hub for research and development and has an enormous facility in Quincy, Florida that backs the university’s pre-veterinary medicine and veterinary technology programming. In addition to top ranking academic offerings, Florida A&M is well known for its NCAA Divison I-AA sports teams as well as it’s gospel choir and the marching band. The school’s endowment, over 127 million dollars, supports a generous financial aid program for incoming freshmen, transfer students as well as those already enrolled at the university.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is offering a full-tuition, room and board scholarship, a laptop and a $500 semesterly book stipend. The awards total $66,176 for in-state tuition and $113,940 for out-of -state to students who have been appointed as semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in the areas of National Achievement, Hispanic or Merit. Additionally, qualifying students must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.5 and 1800 on the SAT or a 27 on the ACT. Incoming freshman test scores must be 1900 for the SAT or 29 for the ACT as of this year. Program requirements for scholarship eligibility apply which limits applicants to students with majors in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, and Physics. It should be noted that high school juniors must take the PSAT in the fall to compete in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation programs. Students interesting in applying for the LGBS should be in the top tier of a US high school graduating class. Also, it is a prerequisite to enter into FAMU’s first-in-time degree track.

To be considered for the scholarship, students should demonstrate “Excellence with Caring” as it pertains to the fundamental cornerstones of the University’s mission and seal. Recipients are selected on their potential of continued demonstration and growth in “Excellence with Caring” throughout their time at the university. To apply for the scholarship, students should create an online account and submit their application before the end of November. The scholarship deadline is November 30, 2017. You can find more information online.