Captain Jesse Ozbat "Honor Above All" Endowed Scholarship

Purpose

To promote continuing education by awarding scholarships for any course of study. However, priority may be given to a student who has excelled or will major in mathematics. Priority may also be given to a student who is a member of the Prince George High School Junior ROTC program or who is interested in joining the ROTC at the college level. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, extra-curricular involvement, good citizenship, financial need and a commitment to the community through volunteer service. Institutions may include technical colleges, community colleges, and four-year colleges/universities.

Background

Captain Jesse Ozbat was a 2002 Graduate of Prince George High School and a 2006 graduate of Virginia State University. He received his commission on May 13, 2006 and served with the 1st and 14th Infantry, 2nd Stryker Brigade in Iraq and with the 214th Fires Brigade at Fort Sill and assigned to the 168 Brigade Support Battalion in Afghanistan.

On May 20, 2012, Captain Ozbat was killed in action in Afghanistan. He was known for his courage, dedication and leadership; he is the perfect role model for students to aspire to be like. Others who knew Captain Ozbat have said:

“He had a leadership quality that made everyone look up to him.” “I met Jesse in JROTC at Prince George High School. Even then we saw Jesse's commitment to the troops, his Esprit de Corps was unparalleled, and he had a presence of leadership which I could only equate to that of a big brother.” “Time and time again, he would work himself either to a stupor at his desk, or fall asleep at it due to the hours he put in.” The Prince George Community, family and friends, with love in their hearts, gave selflessly of their time and money to work tirelessly together to create this scholarship as a lasting memorial to honor Captain Jesse Ozbat - “an American hero” who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Family and friends are very interested in receiving applications from candidates who truly understand the sacrifice that was made, and more importantly the respect and honor this sacrifice deserves. This scholarship is not about the money, it is about one soldier’s love for his country, service above self and the sacrifices he made so others can live the American dream. It is “Honor Above All”.

Knowing the kind of man Captain Jesse Ozbat was, his love of country and for his family, this scholarship is a fitting memorial to assist other special young people like him to reach their educational goals.

Policy

This $1,000 scholarship will be available for seniors or graduates of Prince George High School with priority may be given to a student who has excelled or will major in mathematics. Priority may also be given to a student who is a member of the Prince George High School Junior ROTC program or who is interested in joining the ROTC at the college level.who is a member of the Prince George High School Junior ROTC program or who is interested in joining the ROTC at the college level. Students may continue to reapply for this scholarship as they continue through their educational experience. However, receipt of this scholarship does not guarantee future awards.

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 college as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student (at least 6 hours per semester);
  2. Priority may be given to a student who has excelled or will major in mathematics. Priority may also be given to a student who is a member of the Prince George High School Junior ROTC program or who is interested in joining the ROTC at the college level.
  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;
  5. Demonstrate commitment to the community through Extra-Curricular Activities and Volunteer Service; and
  6. Must have a G.P.A of 3.0 or better.

Criteria Scoring

  • (10 Points)Letters of Recommendation
  • (6 Points) Financial Need
  • (11 Points)Academics
  • (9 Points) Extracurricular Activities
  • (14 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 Captain Jesse Ozbat "Honor Above All" Endowed 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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