The Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte Foundation Scholarship Program offers academic scholarships to high school graduates planning to attend a two- or four-year college or university in the state of Texas.
Applications for high school students graduating in spring of 2016 will open on January 11, 2016. Please watch the web site for deadlines to be posted.
Mitte Scholarship Program Application Guidelines
Guidelines for Initial Application
- Geographical Focus: Scholarship applicants must be a US citizen and meet one of the three geographic criteria:
- graduate from public high schools included in Region XIII by the Texas Education Agency, or
- graduate from private high schools located in the 16-county geographic area included in Region XIII, or
- complete a home-school curriculum that meets the state minimum standards of the “Recommended” graduation plan for STARR and reside in the 16-county geographic area included in Region XIII.
- Target Student Population: High school seniors located in the Region XIII geographical area.
- College Selection Choices: Students may attend any public or private accredited four-year or two-year college/university located in Texas.
- Eligibility Criteria: Initial focus on high school students entering college for the first time with minimum requirements to include the following factors:
- Academic Merit: Minimum high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale, composite ACT score of 25 OR composite SAT score of 1767 (includes writing)
- Community Service: Student must exhibit a high commitment level to community through service involvement throughout their high school experience with various community organizations.
- Leadership: Student must exhibit leadership experience at national, regional, or local level in school, work, church, community organizations, or other.
- Financial Need: Assessment of financial need will be screened using the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $10,000, with additional assessment of reason for need between $7,000 and $10,000.
- Three letters of recommendation will be required from:
- An academic team member (teacher, counselor, tutor, etc.)
- A manager within an organization for which the student has provided community service (executive director, program director, volunteer leader, etc.)
- One other adult advisor that has known the student at least one year and has direct observation of leadership ability, values, and character (coach, youth director, employer, etc.)
- One general essay that includes student’s academic plans, career plans, and commitment to community service.
- Scholarship Award Amount: Annual scholarships of $10,000 to a four-year institution and $5,000 to a two-year institution.
- Renewal Opportunity: Scholarship renewal is available to all students awarded an initial Mitte Foundation Scholarship for their freshman year, and meeting all of the requirements for renewal (see Guidelines for Renewal Application).
- Time Limits: Scholars attending a four-year institution must graduate within five years of initial enrollment. Scholars attending a two-year institution must graduate within two years of initial enrollment.
Guidelines for Renewal Application
- Must be a current recipient of a Mitte Scholarship within the previous 12 months.
- Must achieve a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4-point scale by the end of the current scholarship academic year. However, if, at any time, a student’s semester/quarter grade point average falls below 3.0, regardless of the cumulative grade point average, then the scholarship will not be renewed.
- As an undergraduate student, must maintain and pass at least 12 credit hours of undergraduate study per semester. For a four-year curriculum, up to a one year break from attendance is allowed, provided the student submits a detailed explanation of the interruption in his/her academic plan.
- Must volunteer time towards meaningful community service.
- Must participate in events that are scheduled specifically for recipients of Mitte scholarships. Events might include dinners, barbecues, presentations, seminars, or other similar type events.
- At the end of each award year, must submit the following materials:
- Resume listing number of hours worked at current job and any leadership positions held.
- Copy of unofficial transcript
- Personal essay outlining what type of community involvement the student had during the prior 12 months
- Letter of recommendation attesting to the student’s volunteer activities and leadership abilities.