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The scholarship funds of your Community Foundation of Greater Jackson:


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APWA Scholarship Fund

The Mississippi Chapter of the American Public Works Association established this scholarship fund in 2000. The fund will honor a full-time junior or senior at a public university in Mississippi studying to enter the field of public works. "Public works" is generally the municipal or county governmental agency or department which administers projects such as road building, storm water retention, lot clearing, street lighting, engineering review of construction site plans, and other related duties. Those entering this profession most often study engineering, and eligible majors include civil engineering, electrical engineering, public administration, environmental engineering, biology and chemistry.  Applicants must have graduated from a high school in Mississippi.  This award is based both on merit and need.

Required materials: Scholarship Selection/Certification Form, Application, Activities Sheet, Financial Form (with tax return), Transcript and Letter of Recommendation.

>> Click here to download an application.

2012 Award: One Scholarship of $1,000

Application cycle open, apply by April 15, 2014.

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Dennis Bomgaars Memorial Scholarship Fund


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The Dennis Bomgaars Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of the Iowa native who originally came to Mississippi to study at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson . After obtaining his Masters in Christian Education and Biblical Studies, he accepted the position as business manager of a christian school in Clinton . With a special place in his heart for children, he mentored and trained young people for nearly 20 years through his work at the school and in his church. After he died of cancer in 2006, his family established the fund to provide an annual scholarship based on need.

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John Robert Boswell Memorial Scholarship Fund

The John Robert Boswell Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in December 1999 by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Boswell of Jackson in memory of their son John Robert Boswell, a National Merit Finalist and STAR Student at Jim Hill High School. A Carrier Scholar at Ole Miss, he was graduated in 1984 with a degree in chemical engineering and worked in the field until his death in 1993 of a brain tumor. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding senior majoring in chemical engineering at Ole Miss. The recipient must be a full-time student and cannot belong to a social sorority or fraternity. This award is based both on merit and need.

Contact the University of Mississippi's Chemical Engineering Department for an application.

2013 Award: One Scholarship of $1,000

Application cycle open, apply by April 15, 2014.

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Dave Cannada Memorial Scholarship Fund

Dave Cannada graduated from Murrah High School in 1968. During his time at Murrah, Dave was Student Body President, a scholar, an athlete, and a role model to all of his classmates. Dave died of leukemia in 1970. The Dave Cannada Memorial Scholarship Fund was created by Dave’s classmates to honor Dave’s memory, and to provide financial assistance to students whose academic and leadership skills mirror those of Dave. The scholarship is available to students graduating from Murrah High School who plan to attend a four year college in Mississippi. Requirements are a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, ACT score of at least 25 and demonstrated strong leadership skills through athletics, church or ministry involvement, civic endeavors and/or student government.

Click here to read Dave's story written by his Dad.

Contact a senior counselor at Murrah High School for an application.

2013 Award: Two Scholarship of $5,000 each

Application cycle open, apply by April 15, 2014.

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Harrison Clark Scholarship Awards Fund

The Harrison Clark Scholarship Awards were established in 1999 to benefit outstanding Madison Central High School graduates. The Harrison Clark Scholarship Fund was the first endowed scholarship founded for Madison Central graduates. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and score in at least the 60th percentile on college entrance examinations. Special consideration is given to participants in the Madison Central Band, but band participation is not required. Applicants must plan to attend a two or four year college on a full time basis. The awards are merit based.

Contact a counselor at Madison Central High School for an application.

2013 Award: Two Scholarships of $1,500 each

Application cycle open, apply by April 15, 2014.

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Aura Neely-Gary Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Aura Neely-Gary Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 in memory of Mrs. Gary by her family.  Mrs. Gary’s strong commitment to education and self-improvement was the impetus for her family’s desire to establish this scholarship.  The family wanted to honor her memory by providing a college scholarship to a person whose secondary school education may have been interrupted for various reasons or those who require assistance to continue their education.  The fund awards one scholarship annually in the amount of $2,000 based on merit and need to a male or female student planning to enter a college or university in Mississippi.  Preference will be given to students who desire to resume their education following a period of personal difficulties. Special consideration will be given for young women who had previously dropped out of school and are now enrolled at a post-secondary institution.

Required materials: Scholarship Selection/Certification Form, Application, Activities Sheet, Financial Form (with tax return), Transcript and Letter of Recommendation.

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2013 Award: Three Scholarships of $2,000 each

Application cycle open, apply by April 15, 2014.

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Anthony "Tony" Gobar Juvenile Justice Scholarship Fund

Named in honor of Anthony Gobar of Jackson, a long-time juvenile justice specialist, this fund will provide an annual scholarship based on both merit and need for a full-time junior or senior at a public university in Mississippi or at Southern University in Louisiana majoring in criminal justice, political science, or counseling.  The student must have a stated career interest in juvenile justice or a similar field and have demonstrated a strong commitment to community and public service.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and have at least a current grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Demonstrated financial need must be provided via the student’s university or college financial aid office.

Required materials: Scholarship Selection/Certification Form, Application, Activities Sheet, Financial Form (with tax return), Transcript and Letters of Recommendation.

Applications available from University FAO, the corresponding University Departments or

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2013 Award: One Scholarship of $1,100 

Application cycle open, apply by April 15, 2014.

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Charles "Chuck" E. Griffin, Jr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Charles E. “Chuck” Griffin, Jr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor the life of this talented young man whose life was cut short when a drag racer lost control of his vehicle and struck and killed Chuck as he stood in front of his best friend’s home.  The fund awards an annual scholarship to a graduating student at Jim Hill High School and to a graduating student at Hinds Community College who plans to continue his or her higher education at a four year institution.  The fund also awards an annual scholarship to a Tougaloo  College graduate that has been accepted into the American Bar Association Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) program.

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Or contact the Principal of  Jim Hill High School or the Chair of the English Department at Hinds Community College for applications.

2013 Award: Two scholarshisp of $2,000  

Application cycle open, apply by April 15, 2014.

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Magnolia Bar Foundation Scholarship Fund

The Magnolia Bar Foundation established the scholarship fund at CFGJ in 2012. This fund will administer three separate scholarships.

MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION
Three scholarship awards will be given to high school seniors who compete and are determined to be the best senior advocates. The scholarship award amounts are $700 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place and $300 for 3rd place. The top senior advocate will receive an award based on his/her rankings. The award winners must also show proof of enrollment in a college or university. Please visit the website of the Magnolia Bar Association at www.magnoliabar.org for more information about the annual mock trial event.

YOUNG/HALL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is named after Jack Young, Sr. and Carsie Hall who were two of the cofounders of the Magnolia Bar Association. The scholarship of $1,000 is to be awarded to a second or third year law student who is enrolled at Mississippi College School of Law or the University of Mississippi School of Law. The award is based upon the student’s academic achievement and need. . Please visit the website of the Magnolia Bar Association at www.magnoliabar.org for more information about applying for this scholarship.

LEONARD MCCLELLAN SCHOLARSHIP
Leonard was a champion of social justice long before becoming a lawyer. This scholarship will honor a senior who graduates from a private or public high school in Mississippi who has shown a strong interest in and is enthusiastic about the science of jurisprudence. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4 point scale and demonstrate a need for financial aid in order to attend college. The award will be based on a combination of need and merit. Applicants will be asked to submit the application form and letters of recommendation which should include a statement of the student’s academic and career goals and how the scholarship will help to achieve such goals. One annual scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded beginning in spring 2014.  Please click this link to contribute to the Leonard McClellan Scholarship


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Bill Hunsberger Scholarship Fund

William W. Hunsberger, publisher of The Clarion-Ledger newspaper and a board member of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, died of a heart attack in 2004. In his honor, his family and friends established the Bill Hunsberger Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to students studying the programs at the universities attended by his three daughters. The award rotates annually among a journalism major at the University of Southern Mississippi, a journalism major at the University of Mississippi, and a political science major involved with student media at Mississippi State University. Applicants must be full-time, female students entering their junior or senior years of study.

Contact the USM School of Journalism for an application.

2013 Award: One Scholarship of $2,000

Application cycle open, apply by April 15, 2014.

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Ryan Kirkpatrick Memorial Scholarship Fund

Ryan Edward Kirkpatrick, a 17-year-old senior at MadisonCentral High School, was killed in a car accident in 2003. Ryan had won a national award for wildlife photography, was a filmmaker who had photographed plants and animals in the Amazon and was an amateur horticulturist who raised orchids and bromeliads. The Ryan Kirkpatrick Memorial Scholarship Fund, started by his parents, will provide scholarships to graduates of Madison Central High School. Applicants must have a strong interest in the natural sciences and submit an essay on the natural world. A 2.50 minimum GPA is required.

Contact a senior counselor at Madison Central High School for an application.

2013 Award: One Scholarship of $2,500

Application cycle open, apply by April 15, 2014.

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Robert E. Luckett Memorial Scholarship Fund

When Rankin CountySchool District director of special projects Robert E. Luckett died in February 2002, his family looked for a way to honor him and his lifelong dedication to education and children. His wife, Jeanne, and their son, Robby, created the Robert E. Luckett Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor graduates of Richland High School, where Mr. Luckett served as principal for 19 years. Selected as statewide Principal of the Year in 1997, Mr. Luckett had also served as principal of St. JosephHigh School and assistant principal at JimHill High School. Children were always important in the Luckett household, with the couple serving as foster parents for 17 children during their 35-year marriage, resulting in their receiving the Lookin' To The Future Award from Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth.

This award is based on a combination of merit, need and teacher recommendation.

Contact a senior counselor at Richland High School for an application.

2013 Award: Two Scholarships of $500 each

Application cycle open, apply by April 15, 2014.

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Rick Ross Madison Avenue Upper Elementary Honorary Scholarship

To honor Rick Ross, their Principal, the PTO of the Madison Avenue Upper Elementary School decided to harness their resources and focus on instilling the importance of higher education in the students at their school. Preference will be given to students who otherwise have little or no other scholarship funds available to them. Students who have shown above average achievement; who are active in the various clubs, activities, and organizations of Madison Central; and who may have limited opportunities are eligible. The scholarship is not based on financial need but does require that the recipient has attended all years of school in the Madison County School District with the 3rd through the 5th grade exclusively at Madison Avenue Upper Elementary. Other criteria are a 2.33 or better grade average, 60 percentile or better on the ACT or SAT, and a written essay. Recipients are also required to attend a trade school, college or university in Mississippi.

This award is based on a combination of merit, need and teacher recommendation.

Contact a senior counselor at Madison Central High School for an application.

2013 Award: Two Scholarship of $1,500 each

Application cycle open, apply by April 15, 2014.

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Mae Meriwether Zifcak Girl Scout Scholarship Fund

Named in honor of the longtime director of the Middle Mississippi Girl Scout Council, this scholarship fund was created in 2001 to assist girls involved in the local council with their post-secondary education, primarily at trade schools.

Contact the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi's Program Director for an application.

2013 Award: Five Scholarships of $750 each.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

1.       What is The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson's scholarship program?
Our scholarship program is made of funds established by individuals or organizations wanting to assist Mississippi residents in obtaining a college education. Students apply to the program and, if eligible, can be awarded a scholarship from one of the scholarship funds. Top

2.       Am I eligible to apply?
Each scholarship fund has specific eligibility criteria that were defined by the donor when the fund was established. Please read through the specific criteria for each fund to see if you are eligible. Top

3.       Where can I find information on the programs?
You may find information on all programs and application process on the Internet at our Web site, located at www.cfgreaterjackson.com. Top

4.       What is the deadline to apply?
Deadlines vary by scholarship. Application materials must be received at the Foundation's offices or by the person indicated on the application no later than 4 p.m. on the day specified for the fund to which you are applying. See the actual application for the exact date. All application materials must be sent together as a single packet, and the application should be typed. No application will be considered after the deadline. Top

5.       Is this application available on the Internet?
Yes. You may find it on our Web site at www.cfgreaterjackson.org. Top

6.       When will I find out if I have been awarded a scholarship?
Applicants will be notified by The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson in the summer, usually around June. Scholarships will be announced and awarded on an annual basis. Top

7.       Are these scholarships taxable?
Although different scholarships have different restrictions, awards generally apply to direct college expenses, such as tuition, fees and books. Monies received for tuition, fees and books may not incur tax liability while monies applied to room and board may be considered taxable income. The recipient is responsible for any tax liability incurred as a result of this award. The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson will not provide tax information to the student or the Internal Revenue Service, and the student is fully responsible for filing any tax documents. Top

8.       If I am awarded a scholarship, how much will I receive?
Most of the scholarship funds offer small awards, ranging between a few hundred to a thousand dollars. Previous scholarship awards for each fund are listed following that scholarship's description. Top

 9.       Where can I use a scholarship?
Eligible schools vary by scholarship. Please see each scholarship's description for the eligible schools. Top

10.    May I receive scholarships from more than one fund?
Yes, but we ask that you send one copy of the application and supporting materials for each scholarship for which you are applying. Top

11.     Does the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson make the decisions about who is awarded a scholarship?
Each scholarship has its own selection committee, but final approval of each recipient must come from The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson Board of Trustees. Foundation staff members process the application materials for the committees that make the decisions. Top

12.    If I am awarded a scholarship, do I get the check?
No. The check will be mailed directly to the financial aid office of the appropriate college or university. Top

13.    If I am awarded a scholarship for one year, will I automatically receive that award for the following year?
Please consult the eligibility of each scholarship to determine whether you may reapply. Top

14.    Do I need to send a copy of my parents' tax return?
This requirement varies by scholarship. Please see each scholarship's requirements. If required, attach a copy of either your or your parents' most recent IRS Form 1040, 1040EZ, etc. and any other documentation supporting unique financial circumstances. Need is generally based on your parents' financial situation, but yours will also be taken into account. Top