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The Wendel Foundation Scholarship Program
Deadline to apply: May 8, 2021 3:00 pm CT

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.

This scholarship 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, gender, 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
  • Have parents that are residents of and living in area surrounding the applicant’s high school
  • Be planning to enroll full-time in fall 2021 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
  • No GPA requirement
  • Have parents that are residents of and living in the Gullah Community
  • Be planning to enroll full-time in fall 2021 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: Students planning to attend college should first apply for other financial assistance by completing 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 four-year college
  • An award of $2,500 will be granted each year to a student who will attend a two-year college

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
  • honors
  • work experience
  • statement of goals and aspirations
  • unusual personal or family circumstances
  • an outside appraisal

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.

Application Information

Interested students must complete the application and mail it along with a current, complete transcript of grades and a copy of the Student Aid Report (result of filing the FAFSA) to Scholarship America postmarked no later than May 8. Grade reports are not acceptable. Applicants may call 1-800-537-4108 to confirm your application was received. Please allow for delays in mail delivery, and note that Scholarship America staff is working remotely due to COVID-19, so confirmation may be delayed.

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by Scholarship America. A general review of information is made by the Wendel Foundation to determine award allocation, but the Wendel Foundation does not select the recipients.

Application Instructions

Open the Printable Application Form (This will open in a new window)

Use the PDF fill-in-the-blank feature to complete the form:

  1. Save a copy of the form to your personal data storage device
  2. Type in your responses using the Tab key to move between fields
  3. You may save the file while in progress and return to complete or revise it later
  4. When finished, print the completed form

Applicants must print the pages of the application containing the Applicant Appraisal and Transcript Information sections (if part of the application) and submit to the appropriate individuals for completion (if applicable). These sections cannot be completed electronically.

Mail the completed application form (including the completed Appraisal and Transcript sections if part of the application, and any other required documents) to Scholarship America by the program’s application postmark deadline: May 8, 2021. The mailing address is on the application form.

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Questions? Contact us:

Email: support@scholarshipamerica.org
Phone: 507-931-1682 and ask for The Wendel Foundation Scholarship Program

Questions regarding the scholarship program should be addressed to:

The Wendel Foundation Scholarship Program
Scholarship America
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Postmark Deadline: May 8, 2021