The Jane Calmes ALS Scholarship Fund
Deadline to apply: May 21, 2019 3:00 pm CT

The purpose of the scholarship fund is to provide financial assistance to students pursuing an accredited college degree or vocational certificate, and whose ability to cover the costs is severely compromised as a result of their family’s financial burden of ALS.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age,  gender, or national origin.

Applicants to The Jane Calmes Scholarship Fund must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be an individual who has had their finances impacted by having been diagnosed with ALS themselves, or a parent/guardian or immediate family member* (living or deceased) having been diagnosed with ALS.
  • Be a high school senior, graduate, or current postsecondary undergraduate.
  • Plan to enroll a minimum of 6 credits per semester in undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year in pursuit of completing a degree program.

*Immediate family member refers to an individual’s parent/guardian, spouse, siblings, parents’ spouses, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and children (including step children and adopted children) and their spouses.

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive:

  • An award in the amount of $5,000. Awards are to be applied $2,500 per semester.
  • At least thirty (30) awards will be granted.

Awards are renewable up to three years or until a vocational school certificate, associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is also contingent upon the student maintaining satisfactory academic performance.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • Statement of career and educational goals and objectives
  • Description of financial implications of having a family member with ALS
  • An online recommendation

Financial need will be considered and recipients must demonstrate need.  Applicants will be asked to upload their, or their parent/guardian’s, most recent tax return.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Notification

All applicants will be notified of their status in early July.  Finalists will receive a Diagnosis Verification Form to be completed by the physician that made the diagnosis of ALS. If the family member with ALS is deceased, the student finalist will also be required to provide an affidavit confirming this information.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes payment in early August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  • A copy of the first two pages of the most recently filed IRS Form 1040 used for the Financial Information Page.

Your application also requires one online recommendation form submitted on your behalf.

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

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