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The Wendel Foundation Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

The Wendel Foundation Scholarship Program has been established to assist high school seniors who plan to continue education in college and university programs. Renewable scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited two- or four-year U.S. institution of the student’s choice.

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. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team. Awards for this scholarship are granted to eligible recipients without regard to creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or national origin.

Applicants to The Wendel Foundation Scholarship Program must:

  • Be high school seniors meeting the criteria as designated below in Maine or South Carolina
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Must have completed the FAFSA

**Preference will be given to students who are foster children or are from single parent households.

In addition to meeting the above criteria, students must meet the following criteria based upon their state

Maine Applicants

In addition to meeting the above criteria, students must:

  • Be from the following high schools:
    • George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, ME
    • Deer-Isle Stonington, Deer Isle, ME
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and above on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent; preference will be given to students with a 2.5 to 3.0 GPA, but those above 3.0 are encouraged to apply
  • Parents must be residents of and living in area surrounding the applicant’s high school
  • Be planning to enroll full-time in fall 2022 in an undergraduate program of study at an accredited four-year “brick and mortar” college or university in the United States for the entire academic year

OR

  • Be enrolling at Maine Maritime Academy (MMA), Castine, ME, and graduating from high schools located within the surrounding counties of MMA.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and above on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent; preference will be given to students with a 2.5 to 3.0 GPA, but those above 3.0 are encouraged to apply
  • Parents must be residents of and living in area surrounding the applicant’s high school

South Carolina Applicants

In addition to meeting the above criteria, students must:

  • Be from the following high school:
    • Beaufort High School, Beaufort, SC
  • Applicant must have come from the Gullah Community
  • Parents must be residents of and living in the Gullah Community
  • No GPA requirement
  • Be planning to enroll full-time in fall 2022 in an undergraduate program of study at an accredited two-year or four-year “brick and mortar” college or university or vocational technical school in the United States for the entire academic year

NOTE: As part of the application, applicants must provide proof of applying for other financial assistance by uploading their EFC as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive one of the following:

  • An award of $5,000 will be granted each year to a student who will attend a “brick and mortar” four-year college or university
  • An award of $2,500 will be granted each year to a student who will attend a “brick and mortar” two-year college or vocational school

If attending a four year school, awards are renewable up to three years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned whichever occurs first, on the basis of satisfactory academic performance and full-time enrollment. A student may receive the scholarship no more than two years for study at a two-year college. However, recipients may transfer from two-year colleges to four-year colleges. In that circumstance, each recipient may receive an award a maximum of four years. For students attending MMA, award renewal is contingent upon continued enrollment at MMA.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • academic record
  • financial need
  • demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • work experience
  • statement of career goals and aspirations
  • unusual personal or family circumstances
  • an online recommendation

Financial need will be considered. Recipients must demonstrate need.

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

Notification
Applicants will be notified in late June. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships
Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of The Wendel Foundation. Payments are made in August.

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

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken
  • NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

  • An upload of EFC as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than May 9, 2022 3:00 pm Central Time.

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

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