SAEOPP Scholarship Competition 2021-2022

In honor of SAEOPP's 50th Anniversary, the SAEOPP Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that we intend to award $50,000.00 in Scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year! The committee is pleased to announce that the 2021-2022 Scholarship Competition (to be awarded in the 2022 fall semester) is open as of Monday, September 20, 2021 and will close on Friday, November 12, 2021.

TRIO Student Scholarships

For TRIO Students we have the SAEOPP Academic and Survivor Scholarship Competition. The Academic Scholarship is given to those Pre-College and Adult Learners who display outstanding academics and community service within their education career. The Survivor Scholarship is designed for students who have overcome major challenges and obstacles to persevere academically. For the 2021-2022 Scholarship Competition we also have a newly created SAEOPP Doodle Scholarship! See details about the scholarship below.

This year SAEOPP will utilize a single application for all student scholarships. A sample of the application as well as the rubric can be found below. TRIO Staff are expected to complete the application for these awards, please read the directions carefully to ensure all information is provided when the application is submitted.

Only ONE application may be submitted per category, per TRIO Project (per individual project, for institutions with more than one project). NOTE: Projects that send more than one application for the same category AND/OR project will be disqualified.

Sponsors of applications MUST BE CURRENT MEMBERS OF THEIR STATE ASSOCIATION AND SAEOPP (State Association and SAEOPP membership dues must be paid by October 31st annually).

APPLY HERE: This single application will be used for all SAEOPP Student Scholarships

Applicants will be judged and ranked in the following categories:

Pre-College and Adult Learner (See Rubric Above)

  1. Essay (content, grammar, format, etc.) - 50 points

  2. Academic performance/scholarship (unofficial transcript & test scores) - 40 points

  3. Honors & awards received, Leadership, School activities, Community/Volunteer service, and TRIO activities - 15 points

  4. Two recommendation letters - 15 points

Survivor (See Rubric Above)

  1. Essay (content, grammar, format, etc.) - 50 points

  2. Financial Need (each applicant MUST submit verification of income or family income) - 30 points

  3. Two recommendation letters - 20 points

NOTE: SPONSORS (TRIO Staff) MUST submit the application. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Submission Deadline: November 12, 2021 by 5:00 pm CST

Each application will be reviewed and rated by the Scholarship Committee (and SAEOPP Board of Directors , if necessary). No applicant's materials will be reviewed by a person from the same state.

Essays are independently reviewed and ranked by three (3) outside (non-TRIO) readers. Scholarship applications with a raw score of less than 80 will not be considered.

If a student is selected, the award will be disbursed after the start of the fall semester 2022. Documentation to claim an award includes:

  1. Proof that the student is enrolled/attending classes for the fall 2022 (official verification of the most current fall semester enrollment and proof of two weeks attendance at a postsecondary institution).

  2. An address to mail the scholarship.

  3. A letter of gratitude from the student for the award.

All correspondence and award agreements will be generated from the personal information submitted below. So, please use proper spelling, capitalization and punctuation.

Award checks, made payable to the student, will be initiated upon receipt of the requested documentation and forwarded to the designated mailing address.


TRIO Professional Scholarships

For TRIO Professionals we have a $500 scholarship that can be used for academic or professional development. The applicant will complete his or her own application, and must submit all pieces at the same time.

Any award is to be used for educational expenses or to attend professional development.

Nominees MUST BE CURRENT MEMBERS OF THEIR STATE ASSOCIATION AND SAEOPP (State Association and SAEOPP membership dues must be paid by October 31st annually)

Applicants will be judged and rated in the following categories:

  1. Essay (70 points total)

A. Content - 50 points

B. Grammar - 10 points

C. Formatting - 10 points

  1. Resume/Vita (10 points total)

    1. Employment in TRIO - 5 points

    2. Leadership/Mentoring/etc. - 5 points

  2. Honors & awards received, Leadership, Community/Volunteer service, and involvement in TRIO activities - 10 points

  3. One recommendation letter - 10 points

NOTE: Paper applications will not be accepted.

The deadline to apply for all awards is November 12, 2021 by 5:00 pm CST

(applications submitted after 11/12/2021 at 5:00 PM CST will not be accepted)

Each application will be reviewed and rated by the Scholarship Committee (and SAEOPP Board of Directors, if necessary). No applicant's materials will be reviewed by a person from the same state. Scholarship applications with a raw score of less than 80 will not be considered.

Applicants will be notified in writing of the results by the end of January. The names and schools of the winners may be printed in an issue of the SAEOPP Sentinel. IN addition, scholarship recipient's essays may be published in the SAEOPP Sentinel.

If using this award for educational expenses, applicants MUST provide official verification of the most current semester enrollment in order to receive the award.

If using the award for professional development, applicants MUST provide official verification that they have registered for a training session to occur within 12 months after notification of receiving the award.

Award checks, made payable to the applicant, and will be initiated upon receipt of any requested documentation and forwarded to the designated mailing address.


Any questions or concerns regarding Scholarship Competitions should be emailed to the SAEOPP Scholarship Committee at scholarships@saeopp.org. This email address is checked daily so a response should expected within 24 hours in most cases.

The SAEOPP Scholarship Committee is happy to serve TRIO Participants and TRIO Professionals and we are excited to award so many well-deserved scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year!

Best,

Stephen D. Keene, SAEOPP Scholarship Committee Chair (2021-2023)

Summer Bryant , SAEOPP Scholarship Committee Member

Cherry Stallworth, SAEOPP Scholarship Committee Member