January 22, 2013 – 11:48 am
The Virginia Chapter of the Electronic Security Association is inviting high school seniors that intend to enter college next fall to submit an application for the ESA-VA’s 2013 Youth Scholarship Program. Since 1996, the have participated in this national program, and in that time, they have provided many bright and high-achieving young adults with financial support to help offset the rising costs of higher education.
ESA-VA serves the electronic security systems industry throughout the Commonwealth and has five distinct regions. Each of those regions will select one winner and award him or her a $500 Scholarship. The applications of each regional recipient will then be judged to determine one statewide winner who will receive an additional $1,000 Scholarship. Statewide winners are then automatically considered for the national scholarship which now awards four scholarship prizes: first place – $10,000, second place – $5,000, third place – $3,500 and fourth place – $1,500.
Awards are based on a combination of academic achievement, national test scores, extracurricular participation and an essay. Students are awarded up to 25 points for GPA, 30 points for ACT/SAT scores, 25 points for an essay and 20 points for extracurricular activities. Points are awarded through a combination of earned academic points and judging by committee members.
To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, students must be between 15 and 20 years old, a graduating high school senior, and have been accepted for admission to an accredited college or university. For the third consecutive year, home schooled students will be eligible to compete. All applicants must provide a transcript with a calculated cumulative GPA through 11th grade to be eligible.
Each eligible student must have a father, mother or natural guardian who is an active duty, full-time police officer, fire fighter or volunteer fire fighter. Students will be required to write an essay titled, “What it means to me to have my parent or guardian involved in securing our community.”
Click on the link below to download an application. The deadline for submission is March 29, 2013.