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Eligibility Requirements: New Applicants


New applicants must either be:

a) A high school senior currently attending an affiliated school and who is scheduled to graduate from an affiliated school before August of the current year; or

b) A high school graduate of an affiliated school who graduated before August of the current year and who has gained admission to or is currently enrolled in a college or university ranked in the annual US News & World Report “Best Colleges” publication at the time of application with a min 3.00 GPA or any other 4-year US colleges or universities with a min 3.25 GPA.

Applicants must have earned a grade point average of 3.50 or higher for all high school.




Eligibility Requirements: Continuing Recipients


Participants who have been selected to receive a CSS-MS award must meet the following requirements to maintain continuing eligibility.

1. The recipient must provide proof of enrollment as a full time student (a minimum of 12 undergraduate credit hours per semester) at his or her selected university or college.

2. The recipient must have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher for all college undergraduate courses taken top 100 US News & World Report “Best Colleges”.

3. The recipient must have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher for any 4-year US colleges and universities.

If a recipient fails to satisfy any of the eligibility criteria listed above, his or her CSS-MS award may be discontinued and/or suspended until the recipient satisfies all eligibility criteria in a later semester. If an award is discontinued and/or suspended, the applicant will need to submit a new application form.




Application Process: New Applicants


New Applicants. The application period for new applicants to receive an award for the Fall semester will be open from September 10th through October 12th of this year. Required Documentation for New Applicants All first-time applicants must submit the following documentation: 1. Application Form: Each applicant must submit a completed application form published on CSS’ website. 2. Statement of Purpose: Each applicant must provide a one-page statement of purpose that describes description of the applicant’s academic and career goals, as well as the applicant’s financial need and reasons for applying for an CSS-MS award. The statement should be 300–500 words in length, and double-spaced in 12-point font. The applicant’s full name must be included at the top of the statement. 3. Two letters of recommendation: Each applicant must provide two letters of recommendation. For applicants enrolling in college for the first time, at least one letter should be from an affiliated schools’ teacher at the applicant’s graduating campus who is familiar with the applicant’s academic performance and qualifications. The second letter may be from another affiliated schools’ teacher at the applicant’s graduating campus who is familiar with the applicant, or from a professional reference with knowledge of the applicant’s character and qualifications. For applicants who have attended one or more semesters of college, one letter of recommendation must be from a current or past college-level instructor familiar with the applicant’s academic performance and qualifications. The second letter must be from a professional reference, of the applicant’s choice, with knowledge of the applicant’s character and qualifications. Letters of recommendation are confidential, and applicants agree that they will not review the letters prior to submitting them to CSS with the remainder of their scholarship application. Letters of reference should be submitted in a sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature written across the back flap. 4. High School Transcript (for applicants enrolling in college for the first time): Each applicant who is enrolling in college for the first time must obtain an official and certified copy of his or her high school transcript from the graduating affiliated school. 5. Official College Transcript (for applicants previously enrolled in college): Each applicant who has attended one or more semesters of college must obtain an official and certified transcript from the college or university registrar’s office. 6. Verification of Full-Time Undergraduate Enrollment: Each applicant must provide an official and/or certified class schedule from his or her college confirming that the applicant is or will be enrolled as a full-time student, meaning a schedule of 12 or more semester hours.




Application Process: Current Recipients


New Applicants. The application period for new applicants to receive an award for the Fall semester will be open from September 10th through October 12th of this year.

Required Documentation for New Applicants

All first-time applicants must submit the following documentation:

1. Application Form: Each applicant must submit a completed application form published on CSS website.

2. Statement of Purpose: Each applicant must provide a one-page statement of purpose that describes description of the applicant’s academic and career goals, as well as the applicant’s financial need and reasons for applying for an CSS-MS award. The statement should be 300–500 words in length, and double-spaced in 12-point font. The applicant’s full name must be included at the top of the statement.

3. Two letters of recommendation: Each applicant must provide two letters of recommendation.

For applicants enrolling in college for the first time, at least one letter should be from an affiliated schools’ teacher at the applicant’s graduating campus who is familiar with the applicant’s academic performance and qualifications. The second letter may be from another affiliated schools’ teacher at the applicant’s graduating campus who is familiar with the applicant, or from a professional reference with knowledge of the applicant’s character and qualifications.

For applicants who have attended one or more semesters of college, one letter of recommendation must be from a current or past college-level instructor familiar with the applicant’s academic performance and qualifications. The second letter must be from a professional reference, of the applicant’s choice, with knowledge of the applicant’s character and qualifications.

Letters of recommendation are confidential, and applicants agree that they will not review the letters prior to submitting them to CSS with the remainder of their scholarship application. Letters of reference should be submitted in a sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature written across the back flap.

4. High School Transcript (for applicants enrolling in college for the first time): Each applicant who is enrolling in college for the first time must obtain an official and certified copy of his or her high school transcript from the graduating affiliated school.

5. Official College Transcript (for applicants previously enrolled in college): Each applicant who has attended one or more semesters of college must obtain an official and certified transcript from the college or university registrar’s office.

6. Verification of Full-Time Undergraduate Enrollment: Each applicant must provide an official and/or certified class schedule from his or her college confirming that the applicant is or will be enrolled as a full-time student, meaning a schedule of 12 or more semester hours.




Selection Process


The CSS Board or designee shall appoint a CSS College Scholarship Committee (the “Committee”) to evaluate all applicants and their credentials according to the factors discussed below. The Committee shall be comprised solely of individuals employed in the CSS Office, and shall not consist of individuals employed at schools CSS provides services. Applications will not be reviewed by any Committee member who has a personal or family relationship with an applicant, or by any Committee member who has or has had employment duties at the HPS and affiliated schools high school campus from which the applicant graduated. Generally, the first step in the selection process involves a preliminary screening of all applicants. Incomplete applications are taken out of the running first, followed by applications that do not meet all eligibility requirements set by CSS. After all eligible candidates are identified, the entire application is read by members of the Committee. The Committee will determine awards based on the following weighted criteria:

  1. Statement of Financial Need: _10_ points. Consideration shall be given to those applicants who demonstrate the greatest need for financial assistance. The Committee shall also consider the total amount of financial aid received by the applicant through other sources, including scholarships and grants.
  2. Scholastic Achievement: _10_ points. This criterion includes an applicant’s cumulative GPA and class rank upon graduation from an affiliated school and, if applicable, cumulative GPA for all undergraduate courses completed to date.
  3. Academic and Professional Recommendations: _10_ points. The strength of an applicant’s academic and professional qualifications will be determined by the letters of recommendation submitted on the applicant’s behalf.
There are a total of _30_ points possible. Awards will be based on the highest score. In the case of a tie, recipients will be determined by a drawing of the names of the tied applicants. All awards shall be made without regard to an applicant’s race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, disability, or any other protected class under applicable law.




Scholarship Awards


Scholarship awards will be made in one time during fall semester if possible or in two installments, fall and spring. A check will be issued to the recipient.

Scholarship amounts:

- Current recipients : $1,000/year

- New recipients for 2018-19: $500/year

Generally, scholarship awards are not considered taxable income for income tax purposes. According to the IRS, certain conditions must be met for a scholarship to be tax-free:

  1. The recipient must be a degree candidate at an eligible educational institution, which generally means an institution with a regular faculty and curriculum and a regularly enrolled body of students.
  2. The money does not represent wages for teaching or other work.

Recipients are encouraged to consult with a tax advisor regarding the potential tax implications of participating in the CSS-HS program.




Eligible Universities


1- Any 4-year US universities or colleges

2- Best National Universities

https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities

3- Best Liberal Arts Colleges

https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-liberal-arts-colleges





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