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The Colombian Education Fund (ColEF) recognizes, rewards, and promotes academic excellence and community service in the Colombian-American community. We are currently seeking Colombian students, and/or children of Colombian citizens, who are New York State residents and wish to pursue or continue a post-secondary education. Scholarships will be available to graduating high school seniors or college sophomores currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.
Scholarship recipients will be expected to complete internships for a total of 20 hours per semester in an affiliated nonprofit institution, or in the Colombian Consulate. In addition to the internship, students will have multiple professional development opportunities, including mentoring.
Applicants must have applied to or be enrolled as a full-time student in a college or university, including a 2-year college or vocational school that leads to an associate’s degree. Students not currently matriculated in a college or university may also apply, but funds will not be disbursed until the student is matriculated. A student will not be eligible for a scholarship if he/she is related to any Consulate employee, scholarship committee member, or an individual contributor to the local funds.
Applicants are eligible for the following 2 types of scholarship awards:
High School Senior: Applicants must be Colombian or of Colombian descent, a resident of New York State and a high school senior or a recent high school graduate.
College Sophomore: Must be Colombian or of Colombian descent, a resident of New York State and a matriculated college sophomore at an accredited university.
Recipients will be selected based on financial need, academic performance* and commitment to the immigrant community. Additionally, emphasis may be placed on the individual’s motivation, sincerity, and integrity, which can best be revealed through a personal interview and in the personal statement. Community service, leadership and extracurricular activities will also be considered.
* Please note, a minimum college G.P.A. of 3.0 or High School average of 85 is expected of all applicants. However, if your G.P.A. is under 3.0 or average is under an 85 and you feel that it is a misrepresentation of you and the quality of student you are, please continue to submit your application, in addition to a letter that that explains the factors that contributed to your current G.P.A./average.
To be considered please make sure to submit:
An application form (Available online: November 12, 2013)
An official transcript.
A statement of financial need (1 page) that describes: your financial situation and that of your family, eligibility for financial aid or scholarships, employment, health and other issues.
A personal statement (1 page) that explains what makes you the perfect candidate. Additionally, please include what your involvement with the immigrant community has been or how you plan to give back to the Colombian community when you accomplish your professional goals, your commitment to community advancement, any obstacles you have faced in your educational career and what this scholarship would mean to you.
One letter of recommendation.
Letter stating commitment to match award value from an outside organization/person (optional.)
Applications are due by 11:59PM on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Review of applications will begin on February 12, 2014. Scholarship award recipients will be announced by March 1st, 2014 and will continue until all funds have been distributed.
All scholarship recipients will be expected to:
Complete two(2) – twenty hour internships during the academic year that the scholarship was given for (one per semester.)
Recipients will be assigned a mentor which they will need to contact once a month during their scholarship period.
Students will be required to host an event on their respective campus that will help connect Colombian students together and/or highlight the culture of Colombia.
Must attend a mandatory professional development conference and award ceremony to occur August 2014. (Exact Date to be Determined.)
For more information, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions section or contact the Colombian Scholarship Fund at firstname.lastname@example.org