For students attending Marshall University or Marshall Community and Technical College, Two and Four Year Scholarships
A. Program Description
The Trailblazer Scholarship Program is funded by the National Science Foundation, and will last four years beginning September 2010. The purpose of this program is to award students a full scholarship to attend college. Selected students will have a need for financial help with their college tuition and expenses, have dependents (children and/or dependent adults), and want to major in one of the science, math, engineering or technology fields.
The scholarship will be awarded in addition to any federal or state grants the student is awarded. To cover living expenses, Trailblazer Scholars will receive a monthly stipend in addition to other types of assistance that may already be received, such as housing, daycare or food assistance. The program goal is to provide scholarship stipends in a manner that does not interfere with students’ other support systems.
Ideally, these scholarships are meant to cover the entire cost of attending school full-time, including living expenses, so that the student can focus on their education and still have quality time with family. The long-term goal is to blaze a trail for the entire family to someday travel the path of higher education. Therefore, students’ families will be included in enrichment activities whenever possible.
To be considered for a Trailblazer Scholarship, applicants must have a desire to be employed in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) field and be:
The STEM majors available at Marshall University include:
The STEM majors available at Marshall Community and Technical College include:
B. Applicant Instructions
Because this scholarship opportunity is based on financial status, the applicant must also complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If possible, you should complete your FAFSA application by March 1st in order to be eligible for state financial aid. Both your FAFSA and this application to apply for a Trailblazer Scholarship must be completed and submitted no later than December 1, 2012.
Complete the application (section D) and provide the following as attachments:
C. Terms and Conditions
If you have questions, contact Dr. Murray at 304.696.3515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can either complete the main application online and simply mail the required attachments (described in section B) or print and complete the application, filling out all fields in the application, mailing with the attachments (described in section B) to:
Dr. Elizabeth Murray
Trailblazer Scholarship Program
Department of Integrated Science and Technology
College of Science
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755-2506