I. Eligibility Requirements
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In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must:
- Be a resident of the City of Wilmington. Proof of residency is required
- Be a graduating high school senior and has been accepted into an accredited college or univeristy
- Have graduated from high school with a cumulative 2.5 or greater GPA
- Have demonstrated commitment to their community
- Possess leadership qualities
II. Application Procedure
All components of the scholarship application packet must be submitted together; otherwise, it will be regarded as an incomplete application and will not be considered. The components include:
- Completed scholarship application
- Proof of City of Wilmington residency (copy of Driver’s License or State Issued Identification)
- Sealed high school transcript (including overall GPA)
- Completed essay
- Completed FAFSA form
- Copy of college or university acceptance letter
- Three (3) letters of reference. On business letterhead (if applicable) and written by individuals who are not relatives. References should be closely involved with your education or employment. Letters should be sealed in an envelope, addressed to the Office of the Mayor, and should not be opened by the applicant. All reference letters are to remain confidential.
Return your completed application packet to:
Office of the Mayor
800 North French Street, 9th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801
Attn: David Sophrin
III. Selection Procedure
Your completed application packet must be postmarked on or before April 30, 2014. Applications will not be accepted after the established deadline. The City of Wilmington will review all applications and may choose to interview the finalists.
Incomplete applications, those who do not meet minimum qualifications, or those who do not follow the formatting guidelines will not be considered. The decision of the selection committee is final and not subject to appeal. Scholarship winners will be notified by phone, email, or mail after the selection committee has made its decisions. Scholarship winners give the City of Wilmington the right to publish their essay, in whole or in part, on the City website and in press-related materials.
Three (3) $1,500 Scholarships will be awarded (a total of $4,500).
Five (5) $1,000 Scholarships will be awarded (a total of $5,000).
Thirteen (13) $750 Scholarships will be awarded (a total of $10,500).