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News Clips 03/17/2014
UCF Alumni Association brings scholarship money to students
Source: Central Florida Future, 03/16/14
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By Catherine Cipris
What is one thing college students need the most? You guessed it: money.
But there may be a solution for students who are willing to go the extra mile for a scholarship.
The UCF Alumni Association can help with more than $40,000 in scholarships each year, ranging anywhere from $250 to $2,000 each. It offers scholarships for every class standing, as well as for graduate students.
Scholarship applications for the 2014-15 school year are due by midnight on March 31.
Every scholarship awarded by the Alumni Association requires an essay, future personal goals statement, recommendation form, degree audit and an activities summary.
Carla Cordoba, associate director of Constituent Programs, Outreach & Engagement, has tips for students looking to apply.
“Don’t rush when preparing your supporting documents and your application,” she said. “Give as much detail in your activities summary as possible. Spend time on your essay, and make sure to really answer the posed questions. Check your writing, and when you are done, check it again. Be sure to choose the right recommender that truly knows you and your work ethic. Don’t wait until the last minute.”
The Charles N. & Frances Millican Scholarship is the most competitive of those offered, said Cordoba. It is a $2,000 award for a UCF student with senior class standing in fall 2014.
“Students should think of this process in the same manner as they do when they apply for a job,” said senior communications coordinator Zenaida Kotala. “It’s the same mindset: Represent yourself well because this is your first impression.”
UCF alumnus John Mitchell said he received his fair share of scholarships by making his essays very personal.
“If the essay was about veterans, I wrote about my experience with my father, because he went to war. You want people to feel where you’re coming from,” said Mitchell, a 2012 graduate.
Cordoba said that the essay is one of the heaviest-weighted items of the application, with the activities summary coming in second. She also said that holding a leadership position or founding a club or project is a great way to stand out from other applicants.
Recipients will be determined by a committee of alumni volunteers and will be announced during the summer. Winners will receive their scholarship money at the beginning of the fall 2014 semester.
To apply, go to your myUCF portal, and click on “Student Self Service,” then “Scholarship Application,” then “Home Page,” then “Add New Scholarship.” Only the scholarships you are eligible for will be listed.