JMS Charitable Foundation
The JMS Charitable Foundation Fund will award up to five scholarships to St. Louis area (Missouri and Illinois counties) students. Applicants may be graduating high school seniors, students who have earned a high school equivalency degree, current college students or adult learners. Preference will be given to students who were in foster care when in high school, are currently in foster care, or have aged out of the foster care system.
To be eligible, the applicant must:
- be enrolling full time or part time in an accredited, nonprofit, public, technical/trade school, two-year college, or four-year college/university in the United States.
- be pursuing their first undergraduate degree or certificate.
- be a resident of one of the Missouri or Illinois counties that comprise the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area. This includes the Missouri counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren, Franklin, Jefferson and the City of St. Louis, and the Illinois counties of St. Clair, Madison, Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Monroe, and Macoupin.
- demonstrate unmet financial need as determined by standard methods of need analysis in practice at the time of selection. In general, unmet financial need will be defined as the difference between the cost of attendance and the sum of the student’s grant aid from other sources plus the family’s expected contribution (as determined by the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of:
- essays that articulate academic and career goals and what they have done to prepare themselves to achieve those goals.
- transcript that demonstrate pasts success and potential degree completion.
- extracurricular and community involvement, including work experience.
- financial need.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please answer all questions that apply to you, even if they are not marked “required.”
Recipients may reapply for award consideration for a maximum of four years of undergraduate funding provided they continue to make satisfactory progress toward a degree and continue to meet the eligibility criteria.
Application status will be changed from submitted to either offered or denied in June. Applicants can view their status by logging in to their Scholarship Central account.
Questions? Contact Ellen Vietor, Scholarship Manager at the St. Louis Community Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-880-4960.
Eligibility, financial need, and award amount for this scholarship program will be determined by the St. Louis Community Foundation. This scholarship program, as component fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national origin, gender, age, color, sexual orientation, veteran status, physical or mental disability.
- $2,500 Renewable
- Supplemental Questions
- To be considered for this scholarship, your Scholarship Central General Application MUST include your FALL transcript for the current academic year. The transcript should show your name, school, grades, and cumulative GPA. If you previously uploaded an earlier transcript, please upload a new transcript to your General Application and change your answer to the GPA question. If your college choice has changed, please update that on the General Application as well.
- List any extracurricular school activities, including the activity, the time involved, dates of involvement, and position(s) held:
- List any work or volunteer involvement, including the activity, the time involved, dates of involvement, and position(s) held:
- List any community activities, including the activity, the time involved, dates of involvement, and position(s) held:
- ESSAY: Tell us about your gifts and talents and how education will help you further develop those gifts and talents. How will you use your gifts and talents to make a difference in your career? This essay is your opportunity to tell the scholarship application review committee about yourself. (500 words or less)
- Upload your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) for next year.
- Enter your EFC that is on your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR).
- UPLOAD: Please upload next year's Financial Aid Award Letter from the college you will attend. This document will be required before an award can be determined and should include: college name, applicant name, loans, grants and scholarships offered.
- What school issued the award letter that you uploaded?
- Upload documentation from the school you plan to attend that shows your total cost of attendance.
- Where will you live during the academic year for which you are applying?
- List the names of any siblings, their age(s), and what school(s) they are attending (if any)
- Preference for this scholarship will be given to students who were in the foster care system when in high school, are currently in foster care, or have aged out of the foster care system. If this describes you, please check all that apply:
- If you were in foster care during high school, are currently in foster care, or have aged out of foster care, please upload a letter from you case worker/social worker that cofirms your status.
- If you wish to inform the reviewers of any unusual financial circumstances, including costs associated with your education or educational loans already incurred for or by you, please provide here. Please note that tax forms, W-2s or other documentation may be requested to verify information on the FAFSA Student Aid Report.
- SCHOLARSHIP CENTRAL RECOMMENDATION: Enter the name and e-mail address of an instructor, counselor, advisor, supervisor or other similarly qualified individual who will submit a recommendation on your behalf. NOTE: As the applicant, it is your responsibility to inform that person to watch for an email sent on your behalf that will explain how to complete this process.
- SCHOLARSHIP CENTRAL SECOND RECOMMENDATION: Enter the name and e-mail address of an instructor, counselor, advisor, supervisor or other similarly qualified individual who will submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. NOTE: As the applicant, it is your responsibility to inform that person to watch for an email sent on your behalf that will explain how to complete this process.
- SIGNATURE: By entering my full name below, I certify that the information I have provided is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge and I authorize the St. Louis Community Foundation and its agents to examine, verify and discuss my academic records and other information that applies to the consideration of this application. My signature also signifies that, if awarded, I understand that it is my responsibility to inform the St. Louis Community Foundation of any changes to my college plans and that I understand that some portion of scholarship awards I receive from any source may be considered taxable income if the total amount exceeds the cost of tuition and course related fees, supplies and equipment.
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