The 2017 Corpus Christi Catholic-Christian Community College Scholarship

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1 The 2017 Corpus Christi Catholic-Christian Community College Scholarship The Scholarship The Corpus Christi College Scholarship (CCCS) is a merit-based financial aid grant awarded to an individual student for furthering her/his education. The Scholarship is awarded annually based on criteria reflecting the values of our Corpus Christi Catholic-Christian Community, parish involvement, academic and non-academic achievements. Who Is Eligible to Apply? Graduating students whose families are registered, financially participating members of Corpus Christi Catholic-Christian Community (verifiable registration, weekly Offertory/Stewardship and yearly Pastoral Services Appeal since March 2015) may apply for this award. Specific eligibility criterion requires that the successful applicant: Be a high school senior graduating in Spring 2017 Be fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Faith through the reception of Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation Be a member of Corpus Christi and a current, active participant in HAVEN Youth Ministry for a minimum of 2 years Have a GPA of at least 3.25 for the last 2 years of high school Be a United States citizen Have a combined SAT score of at least 1500 or a combined ACT score of at least 20 Applied to enroll full time (minimum 12 credit hours or otherwise be classified as a full-time student) at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with the intention of completing the requirements of a baccalaureate (BA or BS) degree. Consideration will also be given to those who have applied to enroll full time at an accredited community college with the intention of then transferring to a four-year college/university to complete a baccalaureate degree. What Can the Scholarship Be Used For? The financial aid award can only be used for direct educational expenses limited to: tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and miscellaneous expenses. What Is the Amount of The Award? The amount of the award will be determined pending fund-raising but is expected to be between $1,000 and $5,000. The award will be paid by check made payable to the student. This award is intended to provide partial support. The recipient is encouraged to explore other financial aid resources to develop a complete financial aid package. Corpus Christi Scholarship Application Page 1

2 Do Scholarship Monies Need to Be Paid Back? The CCCS is a charitable grant that does not need to be paid back. What Does the Application Include? All the following materials must be submitted: 1. Completed application form 2. Official School Record (signed by a school official and sealed in a separate envelope) 3. High School transcripts (may be included in Official Record) 4. 3 letters of recommendation (sealed in separate envelopes) 5. A Curriculum Vitae (CV) 6. A personal application essay (1000 words maximum, double-space typed) 7. Haven participation verification form (sealed in a separate envelope or submitted directly by the Coordinator of Youth Ministries) 8. Parent s Corpus Christi participation verification form How Are Letters of Recommendation Submitted? Candidates must have three (3) letters of recommendation. All recommendations should be given to the student in a sealed envelope. The student should send the unopened envelopes with the application to the Scholarship Committee. Recommendations that are sent separately must arrive by April 3, When Is the Application Due? The application, sealed recommendation letters, sealed transcripts and other supporting materials must be received by the Corpus Christi College Scholarship Committee (CCCSC) on or before April 3rd at 4:00 PM Pacific Time. Transcripts can come directly from the applicant s school if it is the policy of that institution not to give official documents to students. It is the applicant s responsibility to ensure that all documents arrive before the April 3, 2017 deadline. Candidates are strongly encouraged to utilize the reminders/checklist and submit their complete packages well before the deadline. Where Does The Application Get Submitted? The application should be sent or delivered to: Scholarship Committee Corpus Christi Parish Office Aliso Parkway Aliso Viejo, CA How are Applications Evaluated? Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. In the initial review phase the CCCSC will review each application and rate students based on the established criteria. In evaluating the applicants, the committee will consider the applicant s academic records, test scores, extra curricular activities, Corpus Christi Scholarship Application Page 2

3 community involvement and recommendations about leadership, character and potential. The evaluation will emphasize the information that reveals the student s demonstration of Catholic Christian values and her/his contributions to our community. The highest rated applicants will be interviewed by the Committee in the second phase of the review process. With these two phases completed, the Committee will meet to select the recipient. What are the Award Recipient s Responsibilities? The scholarship recipient must attend college on a full-time basis in the fall of the year in which the scholarship is awarded and continue in college that entire academic year without interruption, barring illness or emergency. The recipient is responsible for having the CCCSC notified of his/her enrollment and academic progress (GPA) each quarter or semester by the school. When Will the Scholarship Award Recipient Be Notified? The recipient will be notified prior to the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (June 4, 2017). Will the Scholarship Award Recipient Automatically Receive an Award for the Following Year? No. The CCCS is granted for one academic year beginning in the fall semester. The primary objective of the award is to give a graduating high school student an opportunity to get started with her/his college career. What Should the Application Essay Contain? Candidates for the Corpus Christi College Scholarship must write an essay revealing aspects of their personality, goals and achievements and their relationship to the scholarship qualification criteria. The essay enables applicants to highlight those subjective qualities that are not immediately evident from an academic transcript. In the essay, applicants will explain how these achievements and experiences have prepared them to take advantage of the Scholarship. Detailing their involvement with the community of Corpus Christi, the applicants will describe ways in which they have contributed to the health of our parish. Describing specific extracurricular activities, students will reveal ways in which they have demonstrated leadership and service. The essay will express to members of the Scholarship Committee how applicants have grown while within our parish and how they see their Catholic Faith providing them a direction as they proceed toward college. Corpus Christi Scholarship Application Page 3

4 Corpus Christi College Scholarship Application Personal Information Last Name First Name MI Permanent Mailing Address Address City State Zip Home Phone Cell Phone Birthdate (mm/dd/yyyy) Social Security No. address United States Citizen Yes No Gender M F Academic Data High School City Expected Graduation Date (mm/dd/yyyy) College/University you plan to attend (1 st Choice) Have you been accepted to this college Yes No Is Your Application Pending Yes No Location of College/University City State Degree you will be pursuing BA BS Other Major/Field of Study How many credit hours will you be taking If you plan to attend a community college, what 4-year school do you hope to transfer to (students do not apply for transfer until their second year) Location of 4-year school City State Roman Catholic Experience Have you been fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Faith through the reception of Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation? Yes No Has your family been registered with the Corpus Christi Catholic Christian Community since March of 2015? Yes No Have you been a member and active participant in Corpus Christi s HAVEN Youth Ministry since March of 2015? Yes No Corpus Christi Scholarship Application Page 4

5 Activities/Volunteer Experience Identify up to five parish, community and school activities in which you have participated within the last two years. These may include service, sports, clubs, student government, employment, volunteer projects, etc. Be specific regarding your involvement including hours per week when appropriate. Activity 1. Roles, Responsibility, Special Honors, Hours Name Corpus Christi Scholarship Application Page 5

6 Reminders/Check List Application Form Official School Record (sealed in a separate envelope) High School Transcript (may be included in Official School Record) Curriculum Vitae (CV) Three letters of recommendation (sealed in separate envelopes) Haven Participation Verification Form (sealed in a separate envelope or submitted directly by Coordinator of Youth Ministries) Personal Essay (1000 words maximum, double-space typed and proofed) Parent s Participation Verification Form Make a copy of your application for your records Mail or deliver to: Scholarship Committee Corpus Christi Parish Office Aliso Viejo Parkway Aliso Viejo, CA Application must be inclusive of all required documents and must arrive no later than April 3, 2017 at 4:00 PM PDT. Certification & Signatures In submitting this application, I certify that the information provided to the Corpus Christi College Scholarship Committee is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge. Falsification of information will result in termination of the scholarship grant. I understand that the Corpus Christi College Scholarship may be used towards direct educational expenses only. I understand that the materials supporting this application are subject to verification by the (CCCS) selection committee. I also understand that these materials are confidential, they will remain the property of the committee and they cannot be returned. If selected to receive the scholarship, I authorize the Scholarship Committee to use my name, likeness and any other information in any media form and type of publication. I grant to the Corpus Christi Scholarship Committee any and all rights to said use without compensation. Applicant Signature Date of Signature Corpus Christi Scholarship Application Page 6

7 The Scholarship Essay The application essay is a way for you to highlight those subjective qualities that are not immediately evident from an academic transcript. They won t be completely revealed by letters of recommendation either. You must tell us what you want us to know about you. What personal characteristics, accomplishments, primary interests, plans and goals define and set you apart from others. As you begin to develop the essay you should understand that the essay is about you. Clearly, the Corpus Christi College Scholarship Committee, more than anything else, wants to know about you, your personality, your near and long-term goals, your beliefs, and your ideas. What are your personal traits that reflect Catholic Christian character, good citizenship and community service? How have these attributes developed as you have grown within the Corpus Christi Community? How do you see your Catholic Faith guiding you toward your college experience? The finished product is not to exceed 1,000 words (double-space typed and proofed). Grammar, spelling, punctuation and typographical errors, as well as content, are important. Be sure to add your name and enclose the essay in the application submission package. Corpus Christi Scholarship Application Page 7

8 HAVEN High School Youth Ministry Eligibility for the Corpus Christi College Scholarship requires that the student be a current, active participant in the HAVEN High School Youth Ministry. Further, this membership must have begun prior to March is an active member of the Corpus Christi HAVEN High School Youth Ministry. This membership began prior to March YES NO (circle answer) This student had previously been a member of JAMS Middle School Youth Ministry. YES NO (circle answer) Attendance at HAVEN meetings and events (circle the most appropriate answer) Rarely Present Often Present Consistently Present Always Present Leadership (circle all answers that are consistently demonstrated by the applicant) Sets Examples for others Interacts Positively with Others Supports Others Efforts Mentor Guide Teacher Role Model Counselor Character (circle all answers that are consistently demonstrated by the applicant) Responsibility Dedication Commitment Passion Integrity Sensitivity Positive Attitude Christian Values Giving of Self Desire to Serve Others Planning (circle all answers that are consistently demonstrated by the applicant) Preparer Strategist Founder Visionary Organizer Volunteering (circle all answers that are consistently demonstrated by the applicant) Serves Willingly Takes Initiative Works behind the scenes Arrives First-Leaves Last Participation (circle all answers that are consistently demonstrated by the applicant) Active Enthusiastic Engaged Involved Very Active Other Attributes that define this student include Signature Vini Nunez Coordinator of Youth Ministries Corpus Christi Catholic-Christian Community Date of Signature Corpus Christi Scholarship Application Page 8

9 Letters of Recommendation Applicants must obtain three letters in support of their candidacy for the Corpus Christi Scholarship. One of these will be written by an education professional employed by the high school from which the student is graduating. Two of the letters will be authored by professionals to whom the applicant is known. Each letter should explain the author s connection to the student, how long they have known the student and how they are qualified to recommend the student for the Corpus Christi Scholarship. The Scholarship Committee must evaluate student applicants based on their academic and personal accomplishments, their character and personality, their goals and potential to succeed, and their demonstration of a commitment to Christian values. Each letter should state whether the student has waived her/his right to see the letter written on their behalf. A letter of recommendation may NOT be authored by a relative of the student nor by a Corpus Christi staff member. Corpus Christi Scholarship Application Page 9

10 Official School Record Student Name: School ID Number Applicant: Sign below and give this form to your School Official/Guidance Counselor. Have him/her complete the Official School Record section below and attach a copy of your current transcript. The School Official/Guidance Counselor should place both of them in a sealed envelope and should sign the seal for security. Enclose the unopened envelope with the completed application as you forward it to the Scholarship Committee. Your transcript can come directly from your school if it is the policy of that institution not to give official documents to students. Transcripts must arrive before the deadline or your application will be viewed as incomplete and will not be reviewed. Official School Records: Please complete the information below. An official school transcript must accompany the student s application. If, because of school policy, the official records are to be sent to the Corpus Christi College Scholarship Committee please know that these records must arrive prior to the April 3rd deadline. You should place the school record in a sealed envelope and sign the seal for security. Return the envelope to the student for inclusion in the completed application that is forwarded to the Scholarship Committee. Please make sure that the transcript is readable AND includes a class schedule for this year. Check one: Public High School Private High School Home School Other Cumulative GPA on a scale, covering a period of his/her entire Junior year through the most current grading period of the Senior year. SAT Scores: Date Taken Reading Math Writing Total ACT Scores: Date Taken Reading Math English Science Composite Verification of Student Record to Be Completed by the School Official/Guidance Counselor I certify that all the information on this form is true and complete to the best of my (our) knowledge. If asked by any authorized official of the Corpus Christi College Scholarship Committee, I (we) agree to give documentation for information given on this form. Name of Official (print) Title School Address City Zip Signature Phone FAX _ ALL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE SUBMITTED BY April 3, 2017 Corpus Christi Scholarship Application Page 10

11 Parent s Participation Verification For a student to be eligible to apply for the Corpus Christi College Scholarship, it is required that the family of the student be registered members of Corpus Christi Parish for a period of at least the last two years. Eligibility also requires that the family verify that they have been financially participating in the Corpus Christi Catholic Christian Community through weekly Offertory/Stewardship and the yearly Pastoral Services Appeal for at least the last two years. Verification of financial participation through weekly Offertory/Stewardship can be done with a copy of the tax receipt issued to parishioners by the Parish Office each year or by copies of cancelled checks or credit card statements. Verification of Pastoral Services Appeal participation can be done with a copy of the appropriate receipt from the Diocese of Orange or by copies of cancelled checks or credit card statements. Certification & Signatures The parents of Student Applicant (First Name, Middle Name, Last Name) certify that we have been registered members of Corpus Christi Parish for the last two years and that, during that period, we have financially participated through the weekly Offertory/Stewardship collection and the yearly Pastoral Services Appeal. Verification of financial participation is attached to this form. Mr. Ms. Parent Signature Date Corpus Christi Scholarship Application Page 11