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2020 LAWA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Currently Enrolled Scholarship Application

PURPOSE

LAWA Scholarships are financial awards that support female and male students seeking to attend and complete certificate programs, associate, or bachelor’s degrees.

•LAWA Scholarships are given annually to eligible Latino(a) students accepted by accredited vocational schools, colleges or universities of their choice.

•LAWA Scholarships are renewable for up to two consecutive academic years.
•LAWA Scholarships are competitive and the selection criteria is based on student’s financial need, academic merit, and community involvement.
•The scholarship money is intended ONLY for tuition and fees.


WHO CAN APPLY

Students currently enrolled in post-secondary education:  Any student of Hispanic origin, defined as the heritage, nationality, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person’s parents or ancestors before arriving in the United States (U.S. Census Bureau www.census.gov/topics/population/about.html.) The student’s permanent residence is in Mecklenburg, Concord/Cabarrus, Gaston, South Iredell/Mooresville or Union Counties. The student is currently enrolled in an accredited vocational school, college or university as a full-time student and has not received a LAWA Scholarship before.

HOW TO APPLY

Complete the 2020 New Currently Enrolled Scholarship Application below online. Some documents may be sent via electronic mail to Scholarships@lawanc.org

REQUIREMENTS:

1)  Must be of Hispanic origin as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau above

2)  Must permanently reside in one of the following counties: Mecklenburg, Concord/Cabarrus, Gaston, South Iredell/Mooresville, or Union.
3)  Must have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATIONS:

Must send two (2) letters of recommendation from Faculty (instructors/professors)
The following must be included in the letter of recommendation from either a instructor/professor      

a) Relationship to the applicant          
b) How long has the Instructor/Professor known the applicant and in what capacity        
c) Instructor/Professor name, title, email address, phone number, signature, and date          

A student’s community involvement after-school in clubs, sports, work or volunteering is very important. Send one (1) additional letter of recommendation (not from an Instructor/Professor) describing volunteer or community related activities that support the application.          

The following must be included in the letter of recommendation (not from teacher or counselor)          

a) Relationship to the applicant          
b) Volunteer or community related activities, and demonstrated leadership of applicant          
c) Reference’s name, title, email address, phone number, signature, and date          

Must send a personal essay (typed, Times New Roman, double spaced, must not exceed 2 pages) discussing the following:          

a) Career aspirations          
b) Community involvement and personal or academic interests          
c) Academic achievements          
d) Reasons for applying for the scholarship          
e) Any obstacles overcome during school years (if applicable)          

**Must be available for a personal interview, if requested.

TIPS BEFORE COMPLETING THE APPLICATION:

Please upload all required documents.
Documents should be scanned from original copies and saved as PDF files.
Gather all required documents before starting the application.
Start as early as possible.
Please save all documents sent in a folder on your computer.

You may send letters of recommendation electronically to scholarships@lawanc.org  

PRIVACY STATEMENT

We use your personal information only for the grant selection process.  No information is shared with other parties outside of the LAWA organization.   

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