The Letters About Literature competition, a reading promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress is supported locally by the West Virginia Center for the Book. To enter, young readers write a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves. Readers can select authors from any genre —fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic. The program has three competition levels: upper elementary, middle school, and secondary. The contest theme encourages young readers to explore his or her personal response to a book then express that response in a creative, original way. The entry deadline is January 11, 2019. Visit http://www.read.gov/letters/states-list.html#west-virginia to enter the contest.
Each year, the U.S. Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Foundation grants $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools. The number of grants awarded annually is at the discretion of the Foundation and must be used for educational expenses in the first year of full-time study. Checks awarded will be made out in the name of the recipient and the educational institution of the recipient’s choice.
From September to November of each year, each JCI Senate state organization (or foundation) distributes to schools and boards of education throughout their state the necessary application forms for determination of the recipients of scholarship grants. The deadline for return of the completed application forms to the state chairperson is January 11, 2019. Do not submit the application to any address on the web page except those under the State Scholarship listing section (packages submitted to the wrong address will not be forwarded). Additional information is included in the Application instructions. Click here for more information.
2018-2019 Foundation Scholarship Application
Longtime WV Garden Club member, Esther J. Hinchman, has given a generous donation for an annual $500 scholarship to be awarded to a high school senior planning to major in some form of Horticulture or Environmental Studies at a institution of higher education. Applicants must be sponsored by a WV Garden Club. The District Director for our area is Dr. Carol Ruckman. The application deadline is February 1, 2018. Students should see the counseling office for applications and contact information for Dr. Ruckman.
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program will provide full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, books, use of a laptop, printer, and software while on scholarship and room and board each year for 4 years to scholarship winners. Students must be seeking a 4-year degree in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related fields. The application deadline is January 31. Please visit USDA National Scholars Program for more information
The application process for the NHS Scholarship Program is administered online by International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS). The deadline to complete and submit the student portion of the application form is January 30, 2018. Click here to apply now.
The Mensa scholarship program is open to applicants who will be enrolled next academic year in a degree program in an accredited U.S. college or university, and who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The applicant need not be a member of Mensa nor qualified for Mensa. The Mensa Foundation scholarships are awarded solely on the merits of the essay written by the applicant. The awards are not affected by age, race, gender, level of post-secondary education, or financial need.
Awards will be made on the basis of an essay of no more than 550 words. The essay is to describe the applicant's career, vocational, or academic goal. We encourage students to carefully proofread their essay. The essays will be judged and scholarships will be awarded at three levels: local, regional, and national. Awards are made in amounts ranging from
$300 to $1000. More information and the online application can be found at:
http://www.mensafoundation.org/scholarships/. All entries must be submitted online by January 15, 2018.
The State Fair of West Virginia, in association with corporate, civic and individual contributors, will offer five, four year scholarships up to $1,000 in 2017. The State Fair Scholarship Program recognizes youth who have participated in the State Fair, excel academically and have a proven financial need. Applicants must be pursuing a vocational trade, associate or bachelor degree. All applicants must have participated in the junior livestock show, equine show or 4-H and FFA Youth exhibit program within the previous five years. All applications must be submitted online by January 15th. For more information visit http://statefairofwv.com/scholarships-awards.
Letters About Literature, a project of the West Virginia Center for the Book, is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters About Literature awards prizes on both the state and national levels. A panel of West Virginia judges will select the top essayists in our state. State winners will receive a cash award and advance to the national level judging. A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select one national winner per competition level. The deadline for entry is January 12. Click here for more information.
The US Senate Foundation awards $1,000 grants to incoming college freshmen. The grants are awarded on the basis of scholarship, a personal statement outlining the applicant's college goals, demonstrated leadership ability, financial need and other criteria. The applications are judged on a point system. Each point can make a difference in winning. It is important that students maximize each of their points in section VI, References. Completed application forms must be postmarked no later than January 5, 2017. Winners will be notified on or about April 15, 2015. See the guidance office for an application.
Students the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation scholarship application is now available online. The deadline for this scholarship application is January 15th. There are 90 different scholarship opportunities through this foundation. Last year 400 scholarships were awarded totaling over $400,000. To apply online visit tgkvf.org.