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SCHOLAR
 
SCHOLARSHIP FUND ASSOCIATION (SCHOLAR)
APPLICATION FOR SCHOLARSHIP
History of SCHOLAR and Scholarships Available
SCHOLAR, whose official name is the Birmingham Student Scholarship Fund Association, is a nonprofit corporation formed more than 75 years ago to provide college financial assistance to students who reside within the boundaries of the Birmingham School District upon high school graduation. Available moneys for scholarships came from annual donations from PTSA groups, individuals and organizations and from earnings from endowed or similar investments. Contributions are tax deductible.
SCHOLAR is operated by a nine-member volunteer board of trustees including the Birmingham schools' superintendent, a member of the Birmingham Board of Education, a representative of the districtwide PTSA, a representative of the AAUW, and five at-large trustees drawn from the community. Additional honorary trustees may be appointed.
In 2013 scholarships ranging from $500 to $3,000 were awarded to approximately 24 high school seniors and 26 college students. Scholarships are awarded each May for the following school year and are based upon the following factors, all of which are considered:
(a) family financial need
(b) student academic performance
(c) student school and community activities
(d) student employment experience
(e) student educational goals
(f) student enrollment in a Michigan college or  school
(g) family and student circumstances
General Instructions
 1.
High school seniors or college students (applying within two years of high school graduation for use for the first two years of college) residing within the boundaries of the Birmingham School District at the time of high school graduation are eligible to apply for scholarships. Depending upon funding, scholarships may be available for 3rd and 4th year college students.
 2.
Only complete applications will be considered by the SCHOLAR board. All requested information must be provided. High school applications must be received by your counselor by Feb. 28, 2014. Incomplete applications, as determined by the SCHOLAR Board, will be returned to the applicant. Applicants attending private schools are asked to return their applications no later than Feb. 28, 2014, to Superintendent's Office, Birmingham Public Schools, 31301 Evergreen Road, Beverly Hills MI  48025. MI. Please write SCHOLAR on the envelope.
 3.
College applications must be turned in to your former high school counseling office by Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.
Student Information

 1.
The student will complete all questions on Academic Performance, School and Community Activities, Employment Experience, Other Scholarship/Financial Aid Information, Student Financial Information and Educational Plans. A copy of the first two pages of the student's 2013 Federal Tax Form 1040 is required.
 2.
The student is to prepare a statement of educational goals and reasons why a scholarship should be awarded, to be attached to the application.
 3.
The college student must obtain a letter of recommendation from a college counselor, teacher or employer to be included with the application.
Parent Information
 
A parent is to complete the Family Information questions including those about parents, dependent children, dependents other than children, family income and family homes of both parents, and any court ordered child support. Copies of the first two pages of the current 2013 Federal Tax Form 1040 for both parents is required. If parents, whether married or divorced, file separate tax returns, both returns are required. In the absence of clear written evidence from an independent source such as the Friend of the Court that one parent has an established pattern of being unable or unwilling to provide support for the student; the SCHOLAR board will presume that both parents will provide support for educational expenses. If one parent's Federal 2013Tax Form 1040 is not provided, the SCHOLAR board will presume that that parent will furnish at least 50 percent of educational support and any scholarship will be adjusted accordingly. The SCHOLAR board understands that no parent is required to provide financial support to children 18 years and older although parents usually provide financial assistance for college education.
Counselor Information
 1.
The counselor is to review the application to confirm the accuracy of the information on Academic Performance and Other Scholarship/Financial Aid Information to make sure the application is complete.
 2.
A counselor's letter of recommendation must be attached to the application.
 3.
The counselor should ensure the application has been completed (including all required attachments) by student, parent, and counselor before forwarding it to the superintendent's office. Incomplete applications submitted to SCHOLAR will be returned to the applicant.


Applications and Brochures to download:
 

High School SCHOLAR Application 

College SCHOLAR Application

SCHOLAR Booster Brochure

What is SCHOLAR?

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