The Frank and Betty Gooden Estes
The purpose of the Scholarship Plan is
to encourage and assist worthy young men and women to prepare themselves through
vocational, undergraduate, or graduate education for positions of community
leadership and service.
A maximum of four new scholarships may
be awarded each year under the Frank and Betty Gooden Estes Scholarship
Plan. The maximum amount of a
scholarship award shall be $1,000.00 per quarter or $1,500.00 per semester of vocational,
undergraduate, or graduate attendance for 12 quarters or 8 semesters, or a
total maximum value per scholarship award of $12,000.00.
Students receiving scholarship awards
may attend any vocational school, undergraduate, or graduate college or
university of their choice approved by the Frank and Betty Gooden Estes Scholarship
Plan Committee. They will be expected to pursue a full course of study each
quarter or semester during the period of the award. Reports of academic progress must be
submitted to the Scholarship Plan Committee at the end of each quarter or
The amount of any scholarship award
shall not exceed the actual expenses of tuition, room, board, books and lab
fees of the student as approved by the Frank and Betty Gooden Estes Scholarship
Plan Committee. A recipient of an Estes Scholarship award will not be
permitted, without specific approval of the Frank and Betty Estes Scholarship
Plan Committee, to accept any other scholarship funds or loans except from
parents or legal guardian. Such approval is routinely given, unless the total scholarships
received would exceed the actual allowed school expenses.
Additional scholarship awards to
substitute for vacancies in scholarships previously awarded may be made at the
discretion of the Frank and Betty Gooden Estes Scholarship Plan Committee.
by the funding foundation, the student is neither an immediate family member of
a Frank and Betty Gooden Estes Scholarship Committee member, nor of a teacher
or school administrator in any school or system, nor of a member of the
Meriwether County Board of Education. Applicants for scholarship awards shall
have been legal residents of Meriwether
County for at least three continuous years immediately prior to receiving the
for scholarship awards must be graduates of (or scheduled for graduation within
six months) a public or private high school located in Meriwether County. Applicants shall have written an essay, not
longer than two pages, stating why the student should be selected for this
scholarship. Each applicant shall
demonstrate financial need and high moral and ethical character. Each applicant shall have earned grades that
indicate an ability and desire for further learning, reflecting a minimum of a
“C” average throughout high school, and reflecting improvement in grades earned
over the four years of high school.
Applicants for scholarship awards are
preferred to have participated in community work, either through church,
school, a club, or other organizations.
Students who have been recommended by his or her school counselor and a
leader of another organization, such as the Boys and Girls Club, the Boy or
Girl Scouts, Young Life, a church, or other nonprofit organization shall have
Recipients of Gooden Estes Scholarship awards, while
enrolled in a postsecondary education program, may reapply for continuing
scholarships for a maximum of four years.
Each recipient will be required to submit an annual report to the
Community Foundation reflecting the recipient’s current financial need and a
record of the recipient’s scholarship and community achievements during the
most recent twelve-month period.
Recipients who reapply for a scholarship should be given priority
consideration over new applicants provided they maintain their scholastic and
community achievements and continue to have a financial need.
A scholarship award may be withdrawn if
the original eligibility status of the student changes during the period of the
award, except that the award may be continued through the school year during
which such change in status occurs. A
scholarship award will be withdrawn if a satisfactory cumulative scholastic
standing is not maintained, except that the award may be continued through the
freshman year. A scholarship award will be withdrawn if the personal conduct of
the student, in the opinion of the Frank and Betty Gooden Estes Scholarship
Committee, becomes unsatisfactory.
Application forms and information may be
obtained from the school guidance counselors or by contacting the Frank and
Betty Gooden Estes Scholarship Plan Committee, Meriwether County Schools, P.O.
Box 70, Greenville, Georgia 30222. All
applications must be returned to the Frank and Betty Gooden Estes Scholarship
Plan Committee not later than the closing date shown on the application form. The
official transcript of an applicant’s high school record and other information
requested on the application form must accompany the application. Letters of reference must accompany the
Scholarship Award Students
Responsibility for the selection of the
applicants to receive scholarship awards will be vested in the Frank and Betty Gooden
Estes Scholarship Plan Committee. The Committee will give consideration to the
following factors when selecting a student for a scholarship award.
Planned course of study
Qualities of leadership
Participation in school and community
Cooperation with school authorities
Letters of recommendation submitted with
the scholarship application
Personal interview by Scholarship Plan
Committee or by designated representatives
Other information obtained through
investigation by the Committee
The Frank and Betty Gooden Estes
Scholarship Plan is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Tampa,
Florida. The Plan is administered by the
Frank and Betty Gooden Estes Scholarship Plan Committee of Meriwether County as
appointed by the Community Foundation. The
decision of the Scholarship Plan Committee, once approved by the Community
Foundation, will be final in the administration of the Scholarship Plan. Students receiving scholarship awards will be
required to send to the Scholarship Plan Committee a transcript of their grades
from the vocational, undergraduate, or graduate institution after each quarter
or semester. Until quarterly or semester transcripts are received from the college,
no further payment will be made. The
right is reserved by the Community Foundation to modify or discontinue this Frank
and Betty Gooden Estes Scholarship Plan at any time except that scholarships
previously awarded will be fulfilled.
and correspondence should be addressed to:
The Frank and Betty Gooden Estes
Scholarship Plan Committee, Meriwether County Schools, P.O. Box 70, Greenville,
Georgia 30222. Applications must be received no later than 4:00 pm April 19, 2013.