Award Application - Application due April 30, 2024

Administered by the Virginia Association for Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences, Inc.

Requirement for Scholarship:
The Helen Hopper Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarship in the amount of $1000 will be awarded to a person or persons meeting the following requirements:

1. A Virginia high school senior who plans to attend college with a major in Family Life Education. *

2. A college student enrolled in a Family Life program.

3. A person pursuing a Masters Degree in a Family Life program, who plans to teach the subject.

4. If no applicant qualifies under categories 1, 2, or 3 above, the annual award funds may be made available to the Family and Consumer Sciences Division of the State Department of Education for workshops or other presentations of Family Life Education.

5. If none of the above options are used, an area or county group of Family and Consumer Sciences teachers may request the annual funds for use in workshops, programs, or other programs or projects on Family Life Education.

Scholarship Policies:

1. The scholarship applicant under categories 1 and 2 must be a graduate of a Virginia high school.  The applicant’s proposed program must lead to a degree in Family Life Education and qualify the recipient for a Collegiate Professional Certificate.

2. In options 1 and 2, the student with the greatest financial need will be awarded the scholarship.

3. The deadline for submitting completed scholarship application is set by the VATFACS Executive Board.

4. The recipient of the scholarship will be notified by May 30 of the year the application is made.

5. All parts of the application must be completed and attachments present in order to qualify.

6. A check in the amount of the scholarship will be mailed by July 31 to the treasurer of the college in which the applicant is enrolled.

7. If the scholarship recipient does not complete the planned course of study or drops out during the year, the college shall be directed to refund the unused amount of the scholarship to the treasurer of VATFACS.

8. By May 1 of the end of the scholarship year, the scholarship recipient must request the registrar of the college to send a transcript of grades to the Past President of VATFACS by way of Virginia’s Family and Consumer Sciences Specialist, Virginia Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120.

9. The recipient is also expected to make a written report of personal progress to the Past President of VATFACS by July 1 following the scholarship year.

*This scholarship is intended to help educate those persons interested in family life education, and with that in mind, the scholarship committee will interpret the term family life education.

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* 1. Name of Nominee

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* 2. Date of Birth

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* 3. Are you a member of FCCLA?

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* 4. How many years have you been a member of FCCLA during middle and high school?

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* 5. Are you a member of Educators Rising?

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* 6. How many years have you been an Educators Rising member during middle and high school?

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* 7. Adviser or Teacher Leader Contact Information

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* 8. List your specific involvement and accomplishments in FCCLA and/or Educators Rising on the school, county, state, and national level.

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* 9. List outstanding accomplishments while in high school.

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* 10. Are you a member of any professional or educational organizations as a college student?  Please share (if applicable).

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* 11. List activities and accomplishments while in college (if applicable).

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* 12. List other scholarships for which you have applied and/or been awarded.

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* 13. Upload statement of financial need, including number of dependents, ages of children, number of college students in the household, and range of family income.

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* 14. Upload essay stating why you wish to major in Family Life Education and describe your general career goals.

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* 15. Upload a transcript of applicant’s high school grades, including senior year first-semester records.  If in college, attach an official transcript from the registrar as well as a high school transcript.

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* 16. Letter of Support One - regarding the character and potential of the applicant. Letter should be from a high school Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, guidance counselor, college professor, and/or employer (do not include relatives.)

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* 17. Letter of Support Two  -  regarding the character and potential of the applicant.  Letter should be from a high school Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, guidance counselor, college professor, and/or employer (do not include relatives.)

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* 18. Photograph - Digital photographs should be at least 300 dpi and in a .jpg, .png, or .gif format. Files 2MB or larger are preferred.

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Please direct questions regarding VATFACS scholarship applications to Diane Breinig, VATFACS Past President, Diane.Breinig@lcps.org. Selected recipient will need to submit their Social Security Number and/or their College Identification Number before scholarship money can be sent to the college/university.

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