This year, our non-profit organization the First Financial Foundation – will be awarding (4) $500 scholarships to high school seniors who apply on or before 11:59pm on July 3, 2015 for its Erma Dorrer Literary Scholarship. The Foundation will begin accepting entries on Monday, June 8, 2015.
Based on membership feedback, the Foundation Committee has realigned this year’s scholarship requirements and all 4 scholarships will be given to high school seniors, who have been accepted to a 2 or 4 year college and will be attending in the Fall of 2015.
Applicants must answer the following two-part question to qualify (the questions can be answered via written essay or short YouTube video clip):
What is the best piece of financial advice you ever received and why? Who gave you the advice, and how are you using it currently or to shape your financial future?
Applicants can submit either a written essay or video clip to answer the question. Essays should be no longer than two pages, double spaced in 11 point font. Video clips should be recorded and uploaded to YouTube prior to applying, and no more than 2 minutes in length. Creativity is encouraged!
- Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to two First Financial members (must be a member as of December 31, 2014) who will attend (Fall 2015 Semester) a 2 or 4 year college anywhere within the country. The student must also be a graduating high school senior from the class of 2015. *Selected recipients of the scholarship will receive the scholarship via a deposit into their First Financial account. No printed checks will be awarded.
- Two additional $500 scholarships will be awarded to two graduating high school seniors from within the Freehold Regional High School District (Howell, Freehold Township, Freehold Boro, Colts Neck, Manalapan, or Marlboro High School), who will attend (Fall 2015 Semester) a 2 or 4 year college anywhere within the country. The student must also be a graduating high school senior from the class of 2015. *The student does not have to be a First Financial member to apply for the scholarship, however in order to receive the $500 scholarship – the student will need to open a First Financial membership and should they be selected as a recipient of the scholarship, it will be directly deposited into their First Financial account only. No printed checks will be awarded.
- Students accepted to trade or technical schools will not qualify for this scholarship.
- A valid copy of either a college acceptance letter, student schedule, or registration confirmation must accompany all applications.
Winners will be announced and notified via email by 5pm on July 24, 2015.
Deadline for entry submission is 11:59pm on Friday, July 3rd.
*To apply, please email the essay or the link to your YouTube video to the First Financial Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may send a printed copy of your essay or flash drive (these will not be returned to you), and supporting documentation to the First Financial Foundation at PO Box 1172, Toms River NJ 08754. Please be sure to list your contact information on your entry including your full name, address, phone, email, name & location of high school you graduated from in 2015, membership number and date of membership (if applicable), where you will be attending college in the Fall 2015 Semester, any volunteer work you participate in, and a valid copy of either a college acceptance letter, student schedule, or registration confirmation to a 2 or 4 year college.
**Children or relatives of First Financial employees or members of the Board of Directors, or those living within the same household as a First Financial employee or Board Member – are not eligible to apply for the Erma Dorrer Scholarship.