Public high school seniors from throughout the San Antonio School District are eligible to receive $1,000 scholarships from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Community Action Fund. The program was announced to district officials today and application materials distributed.
The ETS Employees Community Action Fund (ECAF) was created in 2008 to bring ETS staff together to make a significant investment in their communities. The program is funded by donations from ETS employees during the company's annual employee-giving campaign, ETS Cares. Employees at ETS's San Antonio office contributed funds for their community. Scholarships are also being awarded to qualifying students throughout New Jersey.
Application forms are available from local public high school guidance offices. Students should contact their local guidance counselor for application information. Successful applicants will be notified of their award in late April. All applicants for the ECAF scholarships will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:
· Educational experience
· Community involvement and activities
· Demonstrated leadership
· Writing samples
· Academic transcripts
· Recommendations, and
"With the cost of higher education rising each year, students pursuing a college education need help," says George Powell, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ETS K-12 Assessments in San Antonio. "Many students achieve great success during their high school careers while overcoming tremendous hardships that might otherwise derail their dreams of pursuing higher education. This scholarship program acknowledges the accomplishments of these students while providing much needed assistance to make their dreams become reality."
Awards of $1,000 will be offered to students who are pursuing a vocational/technical, or a 2- or 4-year degree from accredited schools/colleges/universities in the United States.
ETS's Scholarship & Recognition Program (SRP), which annually administers millions of dollars in new and renewable awards for companies, organizations and agencies in the United States and abroad, will coordinate notification, recipient selection and management of the effort.
ETS advances quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually - including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments - in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org