This renewable scholarship is open to high school seniors with a 3.5 or higher high school GPA enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year college or university. This scholarship is focused on students who strive for academic excellence despite the barriers to obtaining a higher education degree. The Foundation gives priority to students with a parent or guardian working for Mountain Side Investment Group (Weslaco, Texas), but students meeting the other criteria are encouraged to apply.
Scholarship award amounts vary depending on the choice of educational institution. Awards can be used for tuition, books, and room and board for one year and are eligible for renewal. Renewable scholarships are neither guaranteed nor automatic; certain criteria and standards must be met in order to renew them.
A high school senior or currently enrolled in an accredited two-or four‐year college or university, trade school, technical school, performing arts or similar post‐high school institution. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.
Priority is given to a student whose parent or guardian works at Mountain Side Investment Group. However, all students meeting the criteria are encouraged to apply.
School and civic engagement (extracurricular activities and/or community service).
Must maintain a 3.5 grade point average. For renewals, the Foundation understands the rigor of higher learning; staff will work with student scholar as long as the student can demonstrate perseverance and dedication to his/her academic success.
Demonstrated financial need.
REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
A one-page typed letter (double-spaced, 12-point font) to the Hope-2-Others Foundation Board of Directors describing the student's personal goals and why they desire a scholarship from the Foundation.
Proof of college acceptance or current student enrollment. A copy of the college acceptance letter is required for receipt of funds.
A personal essay outlining the student's educational and professional goals/objectives. If a current college student, how has attending college impacted your life? Must be at least two pages, but no more than four, typed, double-spaced, and in 12-point font. Please proofread your essay to avoid grammatical errors.
Two letters of recommendation. At least one must come from a teacher. The second can be from a teacher, guidance counselor, youth leader, pastor, or other person who can attest to your character. Neither recommendation can come from a family member.
Most recent official high school transcript. Photocopies are acceptable, if signed by a guidance counselor or principal.
A listing of community service hours, along with documentation in the form of a letter on official letterhead from the agency the student completed their community service hours.
Community scholarship recipients eligible for renewal submit formal renewal request.
Scholarship recipients notify Foundation of the institution of their choosing. Returning or renewal students notify of any changes in education institutions, if applicable.
Scholarship awards are sent to education institutions.
Community scholarship recipients submit mid-term report to Foundation.
Community and One Act of Hope applications open.*
Community scholarship applications due
to Hope-2-Others; One Act of Hope applications due to high school guidance counselor.*
Community scholarship applicant interviews conducted.
All scholarship recipients notified.
*The application process will open by February 1 each year. If the first falls on a weekend or holiday, the application will be released the following business day. Students need to complete the scholarship application in its entirety by March 1. If the first falls on a weekend or holiday, the application will be due the following business day.