Matt Saye Memorial Scholarship

Purpose

To promote continuing education by awarding scholarships for students pursuing a career in criminal justice, legal and law enforcement field, physical therapy or speech pathology or has been a member on the Prince George High School Baseball Team, or will continue their baseball career at institutions which may include technical colleges, community colleges, and four-year colleges/universities. Applicants must demonstrate extra-curricular involvement, good citizenship, financial need and a commitment to the community through volunteer service.

Background

On the afternoon of August 6, 2011, Matt Saye lost his life in a single car accident. He was a 2008 graduate of Prince George High School, a student of Southside Virginia Community College (Alberta Campus) and was employed as a Corrections Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Matt was an outgoing, energetic, hardworking young man. He had a passion for working in law enforcement and was an avid athlete in high school and college, where he excelled as a baseball catcher. Unfortunately, Matt broke his back while playing baseball which took him out of contingency for several college baseball scholarships.

Matt wanted to serve others but was unable to do so due to his back injury, so he attended college to pursue a career in criminal justice. He was very patriotic, loved his country and his main goal in life was to help people. With this in mind, the Matt Saye Memorial Scholarship Program was established in October, 2011 by his friends and family. Matt would be honored to know he is helping other young people pursue their educational dreams through this scholarship.

Policy

This $1,000 scholarship is available to seniors attending Prince George High School. Student interns working for John Randolph Foundation are eligible to apply; however, foundation trustees, other foundation employees and their immediate families (parents, spouses, brothers, sisters, and anyone claimed as a dependent for tax purposes) are not eligible to apply.

Scholarship Applicants Must

  1. Express an interest in attending technical colleges, community colleges, and four-year colleges/universities as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student (at least 6 hours per semester);
  2. Interest in pursuing a course of study in criminal justice, legal and law enforcement field, physical therapy or speech pathology or has been a member of the Prince George High School Baseball Team, or will continue their baseball career at institutions which may include technical colleges, community colleges, and four-year colleges/universities. OR is a dependent of a full-time or part-time police or corrections officer. Students currently enrolled in such a program are also eligible to apply.
  3. Submit a completed “John Randolph Foundation Scholarship Application” ONLINE to include the required documents which must be uploaded with the application;
  4. Demonstrate financial need; and
  5. Must have a G.P.A of 2.5 or better

Criteria Scoring

  • (5 Points) Letters of Recommendation
  • (5 Points) Financial Need
  • (7 Points) Academics
  • (8 Points) Extracurricular Activities
  • (15 Points)Statement & Essay

Procedure

The scholarship amount is $1,000 and will be paid directly to the school for current year tuition, fees, books purchased through the institution attended, and on-campus dormitory and meal plan expenses. The scholarship committee will review and evaluate all applications and announce awards each spring. The committee will also review and revise the scholarship policy and criteria as necessary.

The application must be submitted online at johnrandolphfoundation.org.

The deadlines are as follows:

  • The application must be completed online. All required documents must be attached to the online application. Any documents mailed or dropped off at the John Randolph Foundation will not be accepted and the application will be deemed incomplete.
  • The deadline for the submission of the online application is on .
  • If the above due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or a legal holiday, then the deadline becomes the next business day by .
  • Direct any questions to the foundation office at 458-2239.

Required Documents

All required documents must be uploaded with the application. Any mailed or hand-delivered documents will not be accepted.

  • Academic Transcript(s) (High School or College whichever applies.)
  • SAT Scores or Relevant Test Scores (GRE's, ACT, MCATS, etc.) - Check to see if SAT Test Scores are listed on your official high school transcript. If so, no need to submit separately.
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) – Submit pages 1 & 2 of the SAR Report which provides the EFC# (Expected Family Contribution) and Student’s Information – SAR and EFC# is generated from the completed FAFSA Application
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (Current)

Failure to submit the online application with all documents attached to the application by the deadline will disqualify an applicant from consideration for the Matt Saye Memorial Scholarship. The John Randolph Foundation Scholarship Committee reserves the right to interview applicants in the final stages of selection.

The decision of the scholarship committee in all matters regarding scholarships is final. Canvassing a scholarship benefactor, any John Randolph Foundation trustee or employee shall result in immediate disqualification. Scholarship awards are subject to the availability of funds, meeting the criteria as outlined in the guidelines of the individual scholarship program and contingent upon acceptance and enrollment in an approved program.

John Randolph Foundation respects the privacy of scholarship applicants. Any personal or financial information will be used for the purpose of assessing the scholarship application and will be made available solely to the Foundation's staff and scholarship selection committee. We make every effort to maintain your confidentiality.

John Randolph Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Organization

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