Friday, October 29, 2010

Scholarship opportunity for someone of Puerto Rican background in Wisconsin

PRFWI Scholarship Program

Puerto Rican Foundation of Wisconsin, Inc. Scholarship Program Information

Postmark Deadline: April 30th of current year

The Organization

The Puerto Rican Foundation of Wisconsin (PRFWI) is a non-profit organization based in the city of Milwaukee. The purposes of the PRFWI are:

1.Provide, advance and enhance education and knowledge of Puerto Rican culture.

2.Promote educational programs to provide better understanding and enhanced appreciation by the citizen of Wisconsin of Puerto Rican art, literature, history and culture.

3.Provide and enhance educational opportunities and scholarships for citizens of Wisconsin of Hispanic/Latino heritage.

The major goal of the PRFWI Scholarship Program is to make higher education more accessible to Hispanic/Latino students in the State of Wisconsin.

Scholarship value

A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to eligible senior high school students that are enrolled in a 4-year college or university (public or private) in Wisconsin for the first time. The scholarships will be disbursed in two payments of $1,000.00 per semester. The first payment will be at the beginning of the academic year and the other $1,000.00 will be given at the end of the candidate’s academic year. Recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 at the end of each semester of that academic year with a minimum load of 12 credits per semester in order to receive the remaining award. In addition selected recipients must participate/volunteer in at least a minimum of two events sponsor by the PRFWI and must be present at the award ceremony in order to receive the scholarship award. If a recipient does not fulfill these terms and conditions of the scholarship the PRFWI will withdraw the remaining scholarship money.

Eligibility Requirements:

1.Be of Hispanic/Latino heritage (one parent fully Hispanic or both parents at least half Hispanic/Latino)

2.Be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident (with permanent resident card).

3.Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (3.7 on a 5.0 scale).

4.High school seniors must show evidence of acceptance and planned enrollment at a Wisconsin college/university.

5.Must have financial need based on federal guidelines.

6.Applications received after the due date will not be considered.

Applications Requirements:

Applicants must submit the following items:

1.A completed PRFWI Scholarship Application: You must answer all questions; confine your responses to the spaces provided.

2.Official high school transcripts: with cumulative GPA.

3.Two letters of recommendation from a teacher or academic advisor; if you have been out of school for more than two years, one letter should be from your most recent employer, and the other letter from a former teacher or academic advisor. The letters should address: academic record, academic plans and career goals, personal strengths (including motivation, leadership and commitment), community service and extracurricular activities.

4.Personal statement: Two page essay with a minimum of 300 words and a maximum of 1000 words, double spaced, font size no larger than 12, addressing : Hispanic/Latino heritage and family background, please provide us with your family history demonstrating your parents Hispanic/Latino heritage; personal and academic achievement with concrete examples, academic plans and career goals with specific examples, past and current efforts, as well as future plans towards making a difference in your community, and your financial need for this scholarship for educational purposes.

5.Financial Aid Information: a copy of all pages of your 2009-2010 Student Aid Report (SAR) or, if you did not apply for federal financial aid, copies of your parents (if claimed) and your spouse (if married) 2009 Federal Income Tax return(s) and W-2 forms. Note: be sure to apply early for federal student aid at WWW.FAFSA.ED.GOV . In case your parents do not submit state or federal taxes, you must submit an affidavit stating the reasons why they are exempted of this and stating annual income.



.Scholarship Application

■PRFWI SCholarship Application (127.85 KB) .

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