About Our Scholarship
Cheshire's Lights of Hope Scholarship aims to encourage the next generation of volunteers to serve their community to continue spreading the message of hope and encouragement amongst neighbors.
Congrats to our 2016 candidates who were awarded. See the information below for the 2017 application.
Our scholarship has been awarded each year to deserving candidates since 2009. To learn more about the current and past years winners and their commitment to volunteerism scroll down and select by year.
This scholarship will be awarded to two Cheshire residents who are seniors in high school and best exemplifies the mission and vision of Cheshire’s Lights of Hope through volunteerism and community service. IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE CHESHIRE’S LIGHTS OF HOPE ANNUAL LUMINARY EVENT TO APPLY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP.
Cheshire’s Lights of Hope was established in 2005 by Don and Jenifer Walsh to encourage their neighbors to have hope in the midst of the darkness that often seems prevalent in our world. Through the dedication of hundreds of volunteers, luminaries have lit up the streets of Cheshire while raising over $700,000 for local charities including the Cheshire Community Food Pantry, Cheshire Department of Youth and Social Services, Mari Hall Family Foundation, Petit Family Foundation and numerous others.
The Lights of Hope Scholarship Committee will specifically look at the community service and volunteer work the candidate has done as well as the number of years he/she participated in volunteer events. The impact this volunteer work has had on the community will be considered. The candidate should have maintained above average grades (2.5 GPA minimum) although all candidates with exceptional service records to the community are encouraged to apply. The recommendations and essay will have a strong impact on the Committee in its selection of worthy recipients.
Two, $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduates in full-time attendance at accredited colleges. These scholarships will be awarded directly to the students upon the successful completion of the first semester of their college studies.
HOW TO APPLY
- The Cheshire’s Lights of Hope (CLOH) 2017 Scholarship - The application must be completed by ALL applicants. The Cheshire High School (CHS) Common Scholarship Application does not need to be submitted; only the CLOH 2017 Scholarship Application is required.
- As part of the CLOH 2017 Scholarship Application, each applicant must submit an essay (approximately 500 words) describing the local community service activities you have participated in and how those activities have impacted your life and the lives of others.
- SAT information is NOT required.
- Financial information is NOT required.
- Must self-report Grade Point Average (GPA) on application form. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater is required to apply for this scholarship.
- Transcript of grades is NOT required
- A copy of your resume is required.
- Two letters of recommendation are required, at least one of which must be from an organization the volunteer has performed community service with, and neither of which should be from a relative of the applicant.
- All Cheshire residents, regardless of high school attending, are encouraged to apply.
- IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE CHESHIRE’S LIGHTS OF HOPE ANNUAL LUMINARY EVENT TO APPLY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP.
- YOUR APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED IN FULL BY MARCH 18, 2017. Applications with support documentation may be submitted through the following methods:
- Via the Cheshire High School Counseling Dept. (CHS students)
- Electronically using the Scholarship Application request form below
- Mailed to the following address (must be postmarked by March 18, 2017):
Scholarship Committee Chair
Cheshire’s Lights of Hope
PO Box 553
Cheshire, CT 06410
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Online Scholarship Application Submission Form
This form allows you submit your application after you have obtained a copy of the Scholarship Application (above), downloaded it to your local computer, completed and saved, and then uploaded as an attached file (i.e. pdf, doc, docx, etc.) along with four other optional supporting documents. Fields with * are required.
Please allow up to 3 days for our Scholarship Committee to respond.