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Paul Ward Memorial Scholarship

Description:  Established in 2011, The Paul Ward Memorial Scholarship was established to support graduate level students majoring within Counseling and Student Development. Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria: Recipient(s) shall be a full-time graduate student majoring in the M.S. in Counseling degree program at Eastern Illinois University. The recipient must be in good academic standing at the time the award is issued with a minimum of a 3.25 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). For those students applying to the program, the GPA is determined by the Graduate school which includes the last 60 hours of your undergraduate program. (For those students reapplying for the scholarship, the GPA refers to your graduate GPA). Applicants must submit a short essay discussing his/her intent to become a guidance counselor. "Guidance counselor" refers to anyone applying to or currently admitted to the M.S. in Counseling degree (School or Clinical Mental Health). The essay should not exceed two pages double spaced in Times New Roman- 12 font size. Financial need is not a consideration, but may be used by the selection committee as a determining factor should all other criteria be equal. Students are encouraged address financial need in the essay. The recipient(s) may be eligible to apply for, and receive, the award again provided he/she continues to meet criteria. For those students reapplying for the scholarship, the following is required: 1. Maintain GPA as stipulated in the eligibility requirements; 2. Be in good standing as determined in Student Review (see departmental handbook); and 3. Demonstrate potential for future achievement as determined by the scholarship committee. The application deadline is 4:30pm on Friday, February 10. Award winners are selected by the Counseling and Student Development Awards Committee. Candidates selected for the award are expected to demonstrate outstanding academic performance and professional disposition as determined by GPA and the Student Review Committee. The scholarship committee will verify GPA, good standing and future potential for renewals. For more information, please contact the Department of Counseling and Student Development.

Year in School:Graduate
Required GPA:3.25
Semester(s) of Selections:Spring
Semester(s) Awarded:Fall , Spring
Contact:Chair, Counseling & Student Development - 217-581-2400