2021 - Bill Fleming Scholarship Application
The Village of Richton Park supports the advancement of higher education for the residents of Richton Park by providing financial assistance for qualifying and deserving residents wishing to continue their education. The Village of Richton Park Bill Fleming Scholarship will award college scholarships to eligible residents of Richton Park who are 2021 high school graduates, students currently enrolled in a college or university, and adults who are continuing their education that meet all of the qualifications required by this application.
The Village of Richton Park Bill Fleming Scholarship, first awarded in 1998, was started to promote and encourage academic achievement among high school students by awarding an annual scholarship to a graduating senior residing in Richton Park. The scope of the award was later expanded to include adults desiring to continue their education. The scholarship was named in tribute to Bill Fleming, a resident of Richton Park, who was instrumental in sponsoring and promoting the President’s Golf Outing, the original source of funding for the scholarship. Several events, including the President’s Candlelight Bowl as well as donations from the residents, currently fund the scholarship.
The Village of Richton Park Bill Fleming Scholarship annually awards college scholarships to deserving residents of Richton Park. Awards are for one year only, but recipients may re-apply each year. All scholarship awards will be paid directly to the educational institutions.
The Village of Richton Park Bill Fleming Scholarship Awards are awarded without regard to race, sex, religion, age, national origin or sexual orientation. An impartial Scholarship Committee completely independent of the Village grants all scholarships on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis. The Scholarship Committee will not award scholarships to applicants who do not meet the requirements stated in this document and reserves the right not to award a scholarship in a given year.
1. Applicants must be residents of Richton Park.
2. Applicants must be:
2021 high school graduates and have received a College Letter of Acceptance, or
Students currently enrolled in a college or university, or
Adults who are continuing their education at an accredited college or university.
3. Applicants must be students with a grade point average of 2.5 average or better on a 4.0 scale.
4. Applicants must complete and submit a Scholarship Application, including all required information, that is received or postmarked NO LATER than the close of business on Friday April 30, 2021.
The Scholarship Committee of Richton Park awards scholarships using a comprehensive process based on objective standards. Areas that are reviewed include prior academic performance, performance on tests designed to measure ability and aptitude for higher education, recommendations from instructors and other individuals not related to the potential awardee and conclusions based on each applicant’s personal essay as to motivation and character.
To be considered for a Village of Richton Park Bill Fleming Scholarship Award, applicants must complete an application and submit it to the Village of Richton Park so that it is received or postmarked by the deadline of Friday, April 30, 2021. All application must include ALL of the following items:
A signed completed application form. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Two signed, dated and current letters of recommendation with at least one from a teacher or school official or an employer. The writers must be at least 21 years of age and not related to the applicant.
Two documents providing proof of residency to include a required copy of the applicant’s driver’s license or State ID plus one additional form of ID showing the applicant’s address (refer to page 6 for additional information). Transcripts will not be considered proof of residency.
A sealed Transcript with ACT or SAT scores (high school seniors) or an official college transcript for all other applicants. If your high school does not normally include ACT or SAT scores in your transcript, you MUST request that the scores be included. High school seniors must also submit a Letter of Acceptance indicating acceptance at an academic institution for post-secondary studies.
A Personal Essay stating the applicant's qualifications and educational and career goals. The Personal Essay must be between approximately 250 and 500 words, typed, and double-spaced using a 12-point font size.
A signed Notice of Disclaimer.
Additional details are provided on each of these requirements in the application itself.
Signed, completed applications must be received or postmarked NO LATER than the close of business on Friday, April 30, 2021.
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered under any circumstances. The completed application must be received or postmarked NO LATER than the close of business on Friday 30, 2021.
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