"Give Back to RA" Scholarship

Give Back to RA Scholarship Award RA Logo with Helping Hands

Purpose:

This scholarship is intended to acknowledge the student who has magnanimously volunteered their time and energy for the benefit of Renaissance Academy (RA) during their 9th -12th grade high school years. The scholarship is also designed to encourage further contributions of time, energy, and financial resources to RA post high school years so that others may witness the benefits of giving back to an institution that has provided a world class education, positive social interactions, a warm and caring environment, and unlimited opportunities for growth.

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Background of Scholarship:

Along with a world class education, Renaissance Academy has provided many opportunities for students to volunteer through sports, student government, fine arts, and other various clubs and organizations. Each of these organizations has provided students an opportunity to give back to RA through service. Colleges and universities are always seeking individuals who meet their GPA requirements, but also those who are service minded students. RA provides opportunities for students to serve . The intent of this scholarship is to thank an individual for their time and talent but to also generate a culture of giving back to the institution post high school that provided opportunities academically, educationally, and socially. It is a hope, of the donor, that as more students graduate from RA they will seek ways to give back to the school that has provided so much to them.

Eligibility:

This scholarship is open to any currently enrolled 12th grade Renaissance Academy student who was enrolled in RA any time during their 9th grade year and remained enrolled until the ending of their 12th grade year.

The student must have:

  • A GPA of at least 2.5 or greater
  • Be accepted to and is committed to attending a 4 year college/university
  • Volunteered for at least 4 activities during their 9th -12th grade years at RA.
    • Volunteer activities may include but are not limited to student government, fine arts clubs, sports teams, and any other volunteer activities that benefit the growth of RA. Senior projects may not be included in the volunteer activities.
  • Note:  Any student who is receiving a Renaissance Academy School Board monetary scholarship for graduation award is ineligible for this award.

Eligibility Requirements:

All RA students who meet the above qualifications will submit an essay listing their RA volunteer activities, their reasons for volunteering for these activities, and what they have learned through volunteering. The essay must also include a section that focuses on how they plan to give back to Renaissance Academy after graduation.  Application deadline is 11:59 pm on May 10th, 2021.

Selection of participants:

The essay and staff signed volunteer activity list will be due at the same time. All students who apply for this scholarship will have their essay read by a panel of 3 staff members. These 3 staff members will reduce the number of essays to 3. These 3 essays will be given to two members of administration, who will make the final determination.

Administration of the scholarship:

The scholarship fund will be administered by Renaissance Academy Business Office. Each year, $500 will be given to the Business Administrator or CEO by an anonymous donor and placed into a dedicated account. If any additional money is contributed to this account (i.e. independent donors) in the future, it will be at the discretion of the Business Administrator or CEO to determine adjustment of award or addition of multiple recipients who may qualify. 

Questions:

If you have questions regarding this scholarship, please contact Tracey Behrens O’Brien at tracey.behrens@rak12.org.

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