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Public Service Scholarships

Here are some of the Public Service scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

WOSL Scholarship Awards

Scholarship awards are based upon the decisions of the Scholarship Committee of the Women's Overseas Service League Board of Directors. Scholarships average $500.00 to $1000.00 annually and may be renewed for a second year if the recipient maintains and reports satisfactory progress as delineated in the scholarship award criteria. Scholarship awards may be granted to women who Are committed to advancement in military or other public service careers. Have demonstrated such commitment through life experiences. Have successfully completed a minimum of 12 semester (or 18 quarter) hours of study in any institution of higher education with a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Are admitted for study in an institution of higher learning in a program leading to an academic degree (Associate Degree or higher). The program may be professional or technical in nature. Agree to enroll for a minimum of six semester (or nine quarter) hours of study each academic period. Agree to maintain academic standards. Applicants must complete the Scholarship Application form in its entirety and include all documentation, including resume, transcripts, essays and references as specified on the application form.

Williams Law Group Opportunity to Grow Scholarship

Are you a New Jersey student who will be enrolled in a New Jersey two-year to five-year institution in 2018-2019? Do you need help paying for schooling or supplies? You are not alone. College is not cheap, but we don’t want that to stop you from pursuing this irreplaceable experience. At Williams Law Group, we have experienced the benefits of higher education. That is why we are offering a $1500 scholarship to help one New Jersey student go to college, law school, or other institute of higher education. To apply for this scholarship, you must be a New Jersey high school or college student and are enrolled in a two-year to five-year institution in New Jersey in 2018-2019. Additionally, the student must want to pursue their Juris Doctor, a degree in Social Work or a closely related field. The student must be well-rounded and demonstrate a commitment to their school and community. A minimum GPA is not required. Read the Instructions and Terms and Conditions for more eligibility information. To apply, create a short (30–120 second) video and essay, telling us the following things: 1. What does your community mean to you? 2. How have you demonstrated a commitment to both your school and larger community? Upload your video to YouTube. Fill out the application, and include a link to your video on YouTube. Applications are due May 11, 2018

JFEW Eleanor Roosevelt Scholarship

For students with a demonstrated interest in public policy and public service; JFEW provides tuition assistance and summer internship stipend to female participants, as well as special programming to enhance professional development (based at Roosevelt House) Eligibility: JFEW works with its grantee partners to identify and support women who meet these criteria: Full-time enrollment in a degree-granting program Financial need. Demonstrated financial need is a prerequisite for all JFEW awards Academic Achievement. Students must also demonstrate merit with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 Permanent residence in New York City or within a 50-mile radius. In determining awards, preference is for candidates who are from New York City, who have a strong connection to the community, and who are likely to stay and contribute to life here US Citizenship, Permanent Residence or Deferred Action Status. All JFEW grantees must be U.S. citizens or the equivalent, or have employment authorization under deferred action status. Students who are in the U.S. legally, but who are not citizens, permanent residents or the equivalent, are not eligible for JFEW awards

David J. Crouse & Associates Public Service Scholarship for High School Students

If you are a graduating Washington State high school student planning to enroll in a 2-5-year institution to pursue a career in public service, apply today for the $2,000 David J. Crouse & Associates Public Service Scholarship. Read the Instructions and Terms and Conditions for more eligibility information. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating student of any Washington high school. This scholarship is designed for the student who desires to serve their community through joining the military, police, fire, or any other form of public service (medical, humanitarian, charitable, ministry, etc.). There is no preference to the form of public service intended. We look forward to helping one high school student each year to continue his or her education. David J. Crouse previously served in the United States Air Force, Washington Air National Guard and as a city police officer. He and the rest of the team here at David J. Crouse & Associates are excited to help someone else pursue their public service dream. To apply, create a short (30-120 second) video telling us how you plan to better your community through service in the military, police, or another form of public service. Also, please tell us how continuing your education will help you achieve your goals! Upload your video to YouTube. Fill out the application and include a link to your video on YouTube. Applications are due June 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 college year. For all future years, applications are due by May 1 for the following school year.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The mission of the scholarship foundation is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

South Dakota Corrections Association Fallen Heroes Scholarship

Applicants must South Dakota residents, of junior or senior standing, who are interested in South Dakota Corrections or the Human Services field. One $500 scholarship.

Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship

Background: Number of awards: 2 Amount: $1,500 Renewable? No Established in memory of Matt Fong, former California state treasurer Eligibility Criteria: Grade level: Incoming sophomore, junior or senior at a four-year college or university Must be enrolled in California college or university Major: Accounting, political science, public policy, business administration or related fields Ethnic heritage: Asian (at least 50%) Minimum GPA: 3.0 Financial need Preference given to those with record of community service or volunteer work

Samuel Huntington Public Service Fellowship Award

Amount: $10,000 Description: This award is to allow recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or career

APIASF/Frances Sonn Nam Memorial Scholarship

Minimum Eligibility Criteria Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply Be enrolling in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall. Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15 Submit one letter of recommendation online. Plan to pursue a career in law, public service, or government affairs. Must be enrolled in a 4-year institution as a college junior in the upcoming year Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Harold D. Lasswell Award

The Harold D. Lasswell prize is awarded annually for the best dissertation in the field of public policy. The award is co-sponsored by the Policy Studies Organization and the APSA Public Policy Organized Section. It carries a prize of $1,000.

Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant (WSSAG) Program

The Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant (WSSAG) program is for students who plan on working in specific career/occupational programs upon graduation. Eligible fields include: child care, human services, teaching, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, social work, and public service. Who may apply: Current high school seniors, full-time and part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an eligible accredited Maryland postsecondary institution. How to apply: Complete the Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant application online at https://mdcaps.mhec.state.md.us and submit official transcripts from all institutions you have ever attended. To be considered based on need, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov for the application year. The FAFSA is not required; however, it will be used to determine the order in which students will be awarded. Certain majors may require additional documentation, which will be noted on the application. When to apply: File the WSSAG application by July 1 Eligible majors: Eligible majors and employment fields will be determined by an Advisory Council biennially and will address statewide and regional workforce needs. Employment fields may be limited to certain occupational areas within a field. Eligible majors and employment fields (see website). ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS You and your parents (if you are a dependent student) must be Maryland residents. You must enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university as a full-time (12+ credits per semester) or part-time (6-11 credits per semester) degree seeking undergraduate student, or a full-time (9+ credits per semester) or part-time (6-8 credits per semester) degree seeking graduate student. Audited courses cannot be used to reach the minimum credit hours for full-time or part-time status. NOTE: Individuals who have received scholarships in prior years under MHEC's former career/occupational programs (Child Care Provider; Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Workforce Tuition Assistance Program) will continue to receive their awards as long as they remain eligible. Students who receive one of these former awards are not eligible to also receive a WSSAG award. MERIT AND/OR NEED-BASED CRITERIA Both merit and need-based criteria will be used when making awards. Applicants will be ranked by Grade Point Average (GPA) and then by need within each occupational field. Those students with the greatest need within each GPA range will be awarded first. To determine a student’s merit ranking, transcripts will be required. To determine the GPA ranking of students, a cumulative, unweighted GPA will be used. If necessary, GPAs will be recalculated to be considered on a standardized 4.0 scale. To determine a student’s need ranking, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed by the applicant and received by OSFA by the July 1 deadline; however, it is not mandatory to file the FAFSA to be eligible to receive an award. AWARD AMOUNT Award amounts are set at the statutory minimum and are based on the type of institution and the student’s enrollment status. The award is $2,000 per year if attending a Maryland community college full-time (12+ credits per semester) or $1,000 per year if part-time (6-11 credits per semester). The award is $4,000 per year if attending a Maryland four-year institution full-time (12+ credits per semester for undergraduate; 9+ credits per semester for graduate) or $2,000 per year if part-time (6-11 credits per semester for undergraduate; 6-8 credits per semester for graduate). The total dollar amount of all State awards may not exceed a student's cost of attendance as determined by the school's financial aid office or $19,000, whichever is less.

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