Graduating high school senior students are afforded the opportunity to apply for the RC Blakes, Sr. Scholarship. If approved, the student is granted the award over a period of four years. In order for the student to be considered and/or awarded the original scholarship, he/she must meet the scholarship criteria. To continue receiving the scholarship, students must also comply with continuing student requirements. In the event of denial due to an extenuating circumstance, students will be given the opportunity to submit an Exception Appeal.
Students will only be allowed to submit two (2) appeals requests over the duration of their four (4) year scholarship period. Appeals will be reviewed by an appeals sub-committee which includes four members from the scholarship committee, and one member of the ministerial staff. Appeals will be reviewed in a fair and equitable manner and in accordance with policy.
Students may file appeals based on any of the five (5) specified circumstances listed below or may choose to specify a circumstance that is not listed. The definition/explanation for each circumstance is also indicated below.
|Circumstances||Definition/explanation of the Circumstances|
|Severe illness, medical condition or injury||An illness, injury or accident which may require surgery, hospitalization or temporary disability. Condition must be diagnosed by a Licensed Physician deeming the student incapacitated and unable to attend school (college courses) for a period of time.|
|Death of an immediate family member||Death of the student’s parent, step parent, custodian (guardian), spouse, dependent, sister, brother, stepsibling or grandparent.|
|Traumatic life-altering event||A documented circumstance occurring that causes psychological trauma to the student, causing severe stress which does not allow student to function effectively.|
|Grade Point Average (GPA) dropped below the requirement for the scholarship (the student must achieve the required GPA prior to applying for appeal)||The student has dropped below the required GPA, not making Satisfactory Academic Progress, and became ineligible for scholarship; however, has continued to attend school, bringing the GPA back to the required level. Eligible for re-evaluation.|
|Military Deployment/Call to Active Duty||The student in the U.S. Armed Forces or Reserves and is called to active duty status, or is performing emergency service with the National Guard, or enlists and enters on active duty as a member of the regular U.S. Armed Forces during a National Emergency declared by the President of the United States, or when the U.S. is engaged in armed conflict.|
|Other: Please specify||The student has exceptional circumstances, other than those listed above, which are beyond the student’s immediate control, which causes the rejection of the student’s original scholarship application or the necessity of full or partial withdrawal from enrollment.|
CONDITIONS THAT WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES:
IF THE APPEAL IS APPROVED…
NOTE: In order to file an Appeal, ALL APPLICANTS must have an original RC Blakes, Sr. Scholarship Application, and all required documents in accordance with the Student Information Sheet on file.
Upon review of the appeal and supporting documents, the appeals sub-committee reserves the right to request additional documentation from the student.
The Scholarship Committee will notify the student (also referred to as applicant) of the appeals sub-committee’s decision. The decision of the appeals sub-committee is final.