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Q.WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY SELECTION CRITERIA?

A: Most scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit; thus, students distinguished by academic excellence, participation in extracurricular activities and involvement in community service have the best chance at receiving one of our firm’s awards.

Q:WHO SHOULD I ASK TO WRITE MY LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION?

A: Start by asking a teacher, employer or mentor. Do not ask a friend or family member. A letter of recommendation is similar to a professional reference; choose someone who can articulate your strengths and praise your accomplishments.

Q:HOW DO WE CHOOSE A WINNER?

A: A winner must meet all of the standard criteria required for this scholarship but also distinguish himself/herself from the rest of the applicants. It is suggested for you to review our website, all of the scholarship criteria, and write a thoughtful, informative essay.

Q.HOW QUICKLY WILL I BE NOTIFIED?

A: The winner will be announced on January 31, 2020. All communications will occur via email. Please do not call our office.

Q.DOES THE AMOUNT I RECEIVE IN SCHOLARSHIPS AFFECT MY ELIGIBILITY FOR FINANCIAL AID?

A: Typically. If you are awarded this scholarship, our firm will give the award directly to the school you are attending as credit towards your tuition and other eligible expenses. Your school may adjust your unmet financial need accordingly.

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    Ashcraft & Gerel Annual Scholarship

    Who Should Apply​

    This award seeks female students with diverse backgrounds of race, ethnicity or faith, obtain the degree of their choice from any eligible college, university, graduate school, or law school. Applicants are encouraged to apply in fields in which women have traditionally been underrepresented: science, math, engineering, technology, business, and law. Applicants must be enrolled in or committed to attend a college, university, or professional school for the 2019 – 2020 school year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of their application. Applicants should not be immediate family members of employees of the Ashcraft & Gerel law office.

    Scholarship Description​

    This scholarship is intended to help students with high character, above-average intellect as demonstrated by academic achievement and a commitment to community service. Our 2019 scholarship is open to any American citizen, who will be attending a college, university, graduate school, or law school in the United States during the 2019 – 2020 school year. Only students who have a 3.0 GPA or higher may apply for this scholarship.

    This $1,000 one-time scholarship award will be sent directly to the registrar’s office of the winner’s college or university and can be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, housing, and/or books up to the Cost of Attendance. This scholarship is not renewable. Applicants will need to submit an official transcript and one letter of recommendation from an employer or professor/teacher in addition to submitting an essay.

    • Essay Requirements: 750-word maximum
    • Essay Topic: If you had the authority to change your community in a positive way, what specific changes would you make?
    • How to Apply: For more information on how to apply, please visit https://mcdonaldworley.com/scholarships
    • Deadline: All written scholarship submission materials must be received by 11:59 PM CST on December 31, 2019. The winner will be announced on January 31, 2020 and will receive a one-time award of $1,000 in one lumpsum.