SCHOLARSHIP NAME: American Public Works - Western Slope
APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOT YET OPEN FOR 2018MARCH 19, 2018
DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION HERE: 2018 Scholarship Application
The West Slope Chapter of the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) Scholarship Program is directed towards high school/college students who are considering a career in public works
Acceptable degrees/programs of study include;
- Biology (emphasis in public sector)
- Civil Engineering
- Construction Management
- Construction Inspection
- Landscape Architecture
- Structural Engineering
- G.I.S./Data Management
- Vo-Tech/Trade School
- Public Administration
- Traffic Engineering.
The West Slope Chapter will award the following scholarships. Horizon Scholarships and (2) Memorial Scholarships in varying amounts* (Grand total of all scholarships not to exceed $8,000) *
The West Slope Chapter reserves the right to modify/change number of scholarships and amounts awarded depending upon application pool.
Below is a detailed description of the program as well as the selection criteria.
1. Senior high school/college student with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Vocational applicants must be in good standing in their educational program.
2. Complete an essay on why the field of public works is of interest as a career path to the student and what the student can contribute to the public works profession. The essay must be typed, double spaced, and at least 250 words but not more than 400. The essay must be signed by their counselor. Also, two recommendation letters must accompany the essay. Of the two letters, one shall be from a teacher and the other from a personal acquaintance who is not a family member (this may be a current employer or personal/family friend over the age of 25). Applicants already employed in the public works field shall submit a letter of recommendation from their employer and another acquaintance.
3. Candidates must be enrolled in any public works related curriculum at any college, university or vocational school within the State of Colorado, beginning the fall semester of 2017 .
4. Candidates must be West Slope residents.
5. Candidates must complete the application form.
6. The West Slope board members will choose scholarship recipients based on essays/application.
7. The West Slope Chapter would like to track the recipients to see where their career takes them. Each year, the recipients are encouraged to report back to the West Slope Board to give updates.
8. Job Shadowing – After being selected, students will be responsible to contact at least two (2) professionals representing the three areas of public works; local government, private consulting, or construction. These professionals may be from the field of engineering, business, architecture, biology, chemistry, construction management, finance, accounting, or other public works related fields. The student will be required to contact at least (2) individuals and schedule a time to shadow them for a half a day each. Transportation to and from the work place, along with any meals, will be the responsibility of the student. To verify that the student has completed the job shadowing, the student must obtain a signature from at least two (2) professionals on the attached form. Alternatives to job shadowing would be internships and summer employment in an area of public works.
9. Scholarship recipients will be assigned a “local” representative from the West Slope Board. Your representative can be called upon if you have any questions or need assistance in lining up job shadow contacts. By August 1st, “shadow forms” will need to be faxed to the West Slope Board at (970) 479-2166, along with student ID number and school payment address. Scholarship money will be disbursed at the beginning of the fall semester.
Scholarship Application Deadlines / Submission Information:
All applications MUST BE RECEIVED by: MARCH 19, 2018
APWA West Slope
Town of Vail Public Works Department
1309 Elkhorn Drive
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 479-2166 (fax)
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