Friends of Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) Environmental Stewardship Scholarship

Purpose

To promote continuing education by awarding scholarships for any course of study at institutions of higher education to individuals who demonstrate academic achievement and commitment to community service. Priority may be given to a student with an interest in pursuing an environmental-related career and/or extracurricular participation in an environmental service program is highly recommended. To be a steward of the Lower Appomattox River, the applicant shall be a motivated team player and self-starter with good communication skills.

Background

The Friends of Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) Scholarship was established in September, 2016 through a generous contribution from the Victor and Reiko Liu Charitable Fund. The vision that drives Environmental Stewardship award is that service and commitment to natural resources conservation are vital to the complete education of our future leaders. Through the establishment of the environmental stewardship scholarship, we will enable talented and committed students to develop as community leaders with the skills necessary to make positive changes to their future communities. Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) is the only organization in the Tri-Cities and surrounding counties dedicated to conserving and protecting the natural, cultural and recreational resources along the Lower Appomattox River. FOLAR has served the region as a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization since 2001 working to develop river stewardship, improve parks, establish trails, access to the river, and protect special places. Additional information can be found on the FOLAR website, www.folar-va.org

Policy

The scholarship program is available to seniors and graduates of those High Schools located in the Friends of Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) service area which includes the Cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, and Petersburg and Counties of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, and Prince George.

Scholarship Applicants Must

  1. Plan to attend college as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student (at least 6 hours per semester). Priority may be given to a student with an interest in pursuing an environmental-related career and/or extracurricular participation in an environmental service program is highly recommended.
  2. Submit a completed “John Randolph Foundation Scholarship Application” ONLINE to include the required documents which must be uploaded with the application; and
  3. Must have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better.
  4. This scholarship award is based on academic record, plan of study, career goals, recommendations and extra-curricular activities without consideration of financial need, sex, race, national origin, or physical disability.

Criteria Scoring

  • (5 Points) Letters of Recommendation
  • (10 Points)Academic
  • (10 Points)Extracurricular Activities
  • (10 Points)Statement & Essay
  • (5 Points) Priority may be given to a student with an interest in pursuing an environmental-related career
  • (5 Points) Priority may be given to a student who has participated in an environmental service program

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 4:00 PM on February 15.
  • If the above due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or a legal holiday, then the deadline becomes the next business day by 4:00 PM.
  • 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 Friends of Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) Environmental Stewardship 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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