NEW YORKERS FOR CHILDREN

 SPIRIT AWARD SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

2020 APPLICATION AND GUIDELINES

 


Dear Applicant:

We are proud to support young adults in their efforts to achieving their educational goals through the New Yorkers For Children Spirit Award. The Spirit Award consists of a $10,000 scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship and two $2,500 scholarships awarded each year to four individuals in foster care or former foster youths who are attending a 4-year college with plans to complete a bachelor’s degree. The recipient is a young person who has achieved academic success, demonstrated a willingness to think beyond themselves, shown resilience in the face of challenges, and gained a new sense of self-awareness as a result of the obstacles they have had to overcome. Students are eligible to apply if they are entering the third or fourth year in college in fall 2020.

 

Please review the enclosed guidelines and carefully complete the application. It is important that we have all the requested information, so please take extra care to read the guidelines before finalizing and sending in your application. If you have any difficulties obtaining all the information required by the deadline of September 4th, 2020, please let us know. You may have the information sent directly to New Yorkers For Children in order to avoid further delay. An incomplete application will not be considered. The Spirit Award is only available to youth in, or recently transitioned out of foster care that are enrolled in college and in their junior or senior year. All applications must be received by September 4th, 2020.

 

Our goal is to serve as many foster youth from New York City as possible. If you have any questions or need help with the completion of your application, please contact us at program@newyorkersforchildren.org or 646.257.2930.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez

Executive Director

     NEW YORKERS FOR CHILDREN

New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) works in partnership with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to improve the prospects of children supported by the child welfare system and to engage New Yorkers in that effort. With a focus on young people in foster care, NYFC supports programs that promote paths to stable adulthood through education and sustainable relationships with caring adults. Please visit our website www.newyorkersforchildren.org for more information about our programs.

HOW DO I APPLY?

1.       Assess Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for The Spirit Award if you:

·         Are a highly motivated student currently or formerly in foster care in New York City

·         If formerly in foster care, you must have aged out of care

·         Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

·         Are currently enrolled in college and entering your 3rd or 4th year as a full-time student

2.       Start, Complete, and sign the Application Form

3.       Gather and Submit Necessary Documents

Information about all required documents is included in the application. If any of these materials are arriving after the deadline, please indicate when you will submit missing material. You must include the following documents with your application:

·         Completed Application Form

·         Personal Essay (4-5 pages)

·         2 Letters of Recommendation

o   Please ask a teacher, social worker, educational specialist, guidance counselor, mentor, or other adult in your community who is familiar with your academic background and who can speak about your character and motivation to succeed in college (family members and/or friends are not allowed). By providing the names and contact information, you give New Yorkers For Children permission to contact your references.

·         Printed copy of college student transcript (no screen shots accepted)

·         Completed Income Form

Students that have previously applied and not been accepted are encouraged to re-apply.

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Personal Essay

Please attach a 3-4 page personal essay that demonstrates your candidacy for the Spirit Award Scholarship. Your essay must address each of the questions below. 


1.       Why should you be considered for the Spirit Award Scholarship Program?

2.       What are your educational and personal goals?

3.       What is your long-term vision and how can a college degree help you achieve it?

4.       How would you support yourself in college if you don’t receive this scholarship?

5.       What challenges/obstacles have you faced in life and what did you learn from them?

6.       What are your strengths and weaknesses?



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Applications will NOT be considered without completed Letters of Recommendation

By E-signing below, I affirm that all statements made on this application are true. I understand that a false statement or intentional omission of any material fact may cause me to be disqualified from eligibility of this scholarship.