The GlaxoSmithKline Opportunity Scholarship Fund was established to offer residents in the five Pennsylvania counties of Greater Philadelphia (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia) who have overcome significant adversity the opportunity to pursue their dreams and improve their lives through higher education.
Who is eligible?
Any person who is a U.S. citizen for a minimum of one year and residing in the five Pennsylvania counties of Greater Philadelphia (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia) for a minimum of one year may apply. The applicant must demonstrate the potential to succeed despite adversity, as well as an exceptional desire to improve himself or herself through higher education. Past recipients, for example, have included individuals who have overcome physical and sexual abuse, as well as homelessness as children, a recovering alcohol and heroin addict finishing a pre-law program, a young man living with Hodgkin's disease who just completed the physician's assistant program, and a woman who raised three children on her own, survived bankruptcy and clinical depression and who is now studying to be a teacher of the deaf at a small four-year college. Due to the nature of the scholarship, high school students seeking general scholarship assistance are discouraged from applying unless they have faced significant adversity.
There are no limitations on age, income level or previous education. Scholarships may be used to begin a new program of study or continue a program in which the applicant is already enrolled.
Scholarships may be used at community colleges in the State of Pennsylvania and the following Pennsylvania state owned and state related universities; Bloomsburg University, California University of PA, Cheyney University, Clarion University, East Stroudsburg University, Edinboro University, Indiana University of PA (IUP), Kutztown University, Lincoln University (PA), Lock Haven University, Mansfield University, Millersville University, the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Penn State University, Shippensburg University, Slippery Rock University, Temple University, the University of Pittsburgh, and West Chester University. Awards will be made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age or national origin. GSK and The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF) employees or their family members are not eligible.
What does the scholarship cover?
The Scholarship may be applied toward expenses for tuition, required fees, and required books or materials not covered by other financial aid, up to four years and up to $5,000 per year. It is automatically renewable provided the recipient remains a student in good standing in the program he or she has chosen. The scholarship does not cover living expenses such as room and board, transportation or child care. Scholarships may be used only for state universities and community colleges in Pennsylvania; those attending or planning to attend private or independent colleges or universities are not eligible.
How does one apply?
Applicants must submit a completed application form, typed answers to the narrative questions, and transcripts from each high school and institution of higher education the applicant is currently attending or has attended in the past five years. In addition, applicants must have one person who knows him or her well (but not a family member) submit a recommendation form. The recommendation is a critical part of the application; it is wise to choose someone who can specifically address the applicant's adversity and desire for further education. All application materials, including transcripts, must be submitted on or before March 30th, 2018.
Who chooses the recipients?
Applications are screened by The Philadelphia Foundation, and final recommendations are made by an Advisory Committee of community leaders knowledgeable about education and training. All recommendations made by the Advisory Committee are approved by The Philadelphia Foundation Board of Managers and are final. The Philadelphia Foundation retains the right to revise/change the provisions of this program at any time.
When will applicants be notified?
Letters of notification will be mailed to all applicants by June 1. If notification of the decision has not been received by June 10, please contact The Philadelphia Foundation. Payments will be made to the institution or program on the student's behalf, not directly to the student.
Whom should I contact if I have questions?
Questions regarding the GSK Opportunity Scholarship should be addressed to Rosybell Maria at The Philadelphia Foundation
(215) 863-8117 or email@example.com
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT GSK DIRECTLY !
• Must be a U.S. citizen for a minimum of one year and a resident of the five Pennsylvania counties of Greater Philadelphia (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia) for a minimum of one year.
•Must attend (or plan to attend) a community college in PA or a PA state-owned or state-related university.
• Must demonstrate the potential to succeed despite adversity.
Four (4) renewable scholarships will be awarded up to $5,000 per year. The scholarship may be applied toward expenses for tuition, fees, required books and materials not covered by financial aid. The scholarship does not cover living expenses such as room and board, transportation or child care.
A COMPLETED APPLICATION INCLUDES:
• Copy of your high school transcript (if applicable)
• Copy of your post high school transcript (if applicable)
• Copy of your acceptance letter from the college/university you plan to attend (for students entering freshman year).
• Copy of your financial award letter from the college/university you plan to attend
• Copy of your college/university’s estimated cost of attendance.
• One Letter of Recommendation
Number of Awards4
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