One $2500 scholarship will be awarded to a high school junior or senior currently living in the state of Idaho with a parent or guardian actively employed by a city or county fire department. Applicants are invited to submit an essay that demonstrates how they provide service with integrity and compassion to their community. Students are also asked to submit transcripts and letters of recommendation to display excellence through academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and/or community involvement.
The scholarship is payable to the college of the recipient's choice and is not restricted in any manner other than it must be used for school-affiliated expenses during the first academic year. This can be fees, tuition, books, room and/or board, or other related items. A recipient must apply this scholarship to the college of his/her choice within two years of the date awarded.
Applications will be accepted beginning March 1, 2017. The award will be presented on August 15, 2017. Applications must be received by July 31, 2017.
Applicants must be either a high school junior or senior currently living in the state of Idaho with a parent or guardian actively employed by a city or county fire department. Applicants must attend a school within the United States and must plan to attend a college or university after graduating high school.
The essay topic will be service with integrity and compassion. Include a specific and personal example of how you have demonstrated this in your community.
Please provide a copy of everything requested below:
- Application Form. (Please note: all fields in the form must be completed. Applicants submitting incomplete forms will be disqualified.)
- Letter of Recommendation and Cover Sheet from a counselor, teacher, employer, or representative from a charity that can verify and speak to your activities, honors, character, etc.
- List of Activities including school clubs, memberships, involvement in community organizations or charities, sports teams, etc.
- Essay: Include your 750-1000 word essay written using MLA format. All essays become property of CTR. Winners' names may be released to the public and news media for promotional purposes. Please include the word count at the bottom of the essay.
You will be scored on content, presentation, ability to follow directions, spelling and grammar. Your essay will be a critical part of your overall score.
An independent panel of judges will evaluate essays using the following criteria:
- understanding of given topic in relation to service to others;
- literary style, grammar, and spelling;
- originality in presenting a thoughtful interpretation of the topic;
- and effectiveness in presenting a point of view.
The panel of judges will also review letters of recommendations and other information provided by the student that details extracurricular activities, etc. Your essay, however, will be a critical part of your overall score. Judges will be looking for an applicant that serves as a positive example to his or her peers.