The Mary John Goree Las Animas County Scholarship Foundation has established a scholarship program for high school seniors who are residents of Las Animas County and plan to continue their education at a four-year college or university. For more information about the Foundation or the Scholarship, please visit our website at www.goreescholarship.org. Renewable scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited four-year institution of the student’s choice in the United States other than Princeton University. Please follow this link if you are interested in Our Sister Scholarship: Mary John Goree Scholarship at Princeton University.
The 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, disability, or national origin.
Applicants to the Mary John Goree Las Animas County Scholarship Program must:
The authorized distribution for new (first time) awards is established annually by the Foundation. Up to six (6) new awards each year, in amounts to be determined by the Foundation, will be granted pursuant to the rules described below:
Minimum awards (adjusted, as necessary, to reflect changes in the college’s tuition and fees and published living and miscellaneous expenses) will be renewed annually upon a student submitting his or her transcript to Scholarship America. Subject to the two exceptions listed below, a student’s need-based award will be renewed based upon the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that was used to compute the student’s need-based award for the previous academic year (no updated financial documentation required):
Students requesting a new need-based award must submit a calculation using the Princeton University online estimator along with the first two pages of their parents’ Federal 1040 for the year before the previous calendar year.
Students will apply using the on-line application process. The application will include questions or request statements aimed at giving students an opportunity to demonstrate (1) their extracurricular activities and special talents, including athletics, the arts, speech, student government and employment; (2) their leadership in and service to the school and the larger community; (3) their strength of character, including concern for others as shown by service to school, religious organization and/or community, commitment to a cause greater than oneself and/or overcoming obstacles; and (4) extent to which (a) the student’s contemplated major and/or career path require a four-year college education (and cannot be satisfied at a junior college or a trade school or with only a high school diploma), (b) the student has thoughtfully assembled a list of colleges to which the student intends to apply in which the colleges represent a range of difficulty of admission for that particular student and that have reputable programs in the student’s field(s) of interest, and (c) the student has demonstrated the intellectual curiosity that will enable and motivate the student to make the best possible use of the academic resources at the college the student decides to attend.
Applicants will be required to submit their transcripts, test scores and two appraisals (one from counselor and one from a teacher who has taught you during your 9th, 10th, 11th and or 12th grade years). (Note: SAT is required, but students may also submit their ACT, SAT Subject Test and Advanced Placement Test scores if they so choose). No financial information will be requested at the time of application.
The Foundation will review applications and select finalists, who will be asked to appear before the Foundation’s board for a personal interview. At their interview, finalists will be required to submit a list of eight (8) colleges or universities to which they have applied or intend to apply. Should a finalist be selected as a recipient, that student may only use his/her Mary John Goree Las Animas County Scholarship at one of the colleges or universities that are on the list the student submitted at the time of the student’s interview or the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University Fort Collins or the University of Colorado Boulder. In the case of Colorado State University and the University of Colorado, only the Fort Collins and Boulder campuses are exempt from the requirement that a college be included in the finalist’s list in order for a recipient to be able to use his/her Mary John Goree Las Animas County Scholarship at that college. Finalists who would like to be able to use their Mary John Goree Scholarship at other campuses of Colorado State University and the University of Colorado must include such colleges on their list. The eight (8) colleges and universities on the list that the finalist submits at the time of his/her interview do not have to be the same colleges and universities where the finalist indicated that he/she had applied or was going to apply in the Academic Essays section of the application. Not all applicants will be selected as finalists. After personal interviews have been conducted, the Foundation will select recipients.
Applicants will be notified whether they have been selected as finalists and asked to interview by February 15. Finalist interviews will be conducted on March 7th. The determination of whether finalist interviews will be conducted in-person or remotely will be made at the time that finalists are asked to interview. Finalists will be notified whether they have been selected as recipients within two weeks of their interviews. An alternate list may be created.
Recipients will be required to accept the award, notify the Foundation of their final college choice, and provide financial documents (if applying for need-based aid) by May 4. The Foundation will determine award amounts and recipients will be notified of their award in late May.
Due to COVID-19, the timeline may change without notice.
Payments are made in equal installments in August and January after the fall term transcript is reviewed and approved by the Foundation.
The below documents are required as part of the application. Please note that if your transcript contains your standardized test scores, no further documentation of your scores needs to be submitted. If your transcript does not contain your standardized test scores, you may submit a photostatic copy of the report of your scores sent to you by the testing service, or a screenshot from an online score report which includes the student’s name. It is not necessary or possible to have the testing service submit your scores directly to Scholarship America. For standardized tests, essay scores are not required and are not considered.
Two completed recommendations – one from a counselor and one from a teacher (must have taught you during your 9th, 10th, 11th, and/or 12th grade year(s)) – must also be submitted on your behalf. You will be asked to provide an email address for your counselor and teacher as part of the application process. This will generate emails to the counselor and teacher to complete and submit the recommendation electronically on your behalf. Your counselor and/or teacher will need to submit the completed recommendations no later than December 3, 2020 3:00 pm.
Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.
Only ONE counselor and ONE teacher appraisal will be accepted.