Overall weighting of the application components:
- Community Service, Reference letter and Essay: 65%
- Grades: 35%
Based on the number of people who apply each year, the competition for these scholarships can be high. The minimum requirements for community service hours, exam results, reference letter and the essay are items all students need in order to just be considered for a scholarship. Meeting or exceeding these requirements does NOT guarantee that you will be chosen as a winner. Please keep in mind that only the top applicants from across the UK, as chosen by the Selection Committee, can be selected as winners.
Decisions of the Selection Committee is final and are not subject to appeal. No application feedback will be given.
All applicants must have performed a minimum of 40 hours of community service in the 24 months leading up to the application deadline (1 March 2016 – 28 February 2018). Community service is volunteering for any recognised community organisation (e.g. Foresters, Boys & Girls Club, Lions Club, Girl Guides, charity, scouts, sports camps, school or religious institution, etc).
In this category, preference will be given to applicants who have:
- Volunteered with Foresters in the past
- Been involved in volunteer activities that support family well-being, including:
- Playgrounds/public space
- Children's health/wellness
- Other projects connected to family togetherness
- Held leadership roles in their community service
Applicants completing secondary school must provide copies of certified exam results indicating scores of B (A-levels/AS-levels), 4/C (GCSE) or equivalent.
Applicants currently enroled at university must have a minimum weighted average mark/grade point average of 70% (or institutional equivalent) in the last academic year of study before the year of the award.
If the applicant is considered a "Mature Student" as defined by the attending institution, academic eligibility for the entrance level will be based on proof of registration at an eligible institution. Such proof of registration will also be required if the candidate is awarded the scholarship.
All applicants must provide a recommendation from a person who is not related to the applicant and who is familiar with the applicant's community service. Each recommendation should describe the applicant's specific contributions in their volunteer work, as well as the impact of their efforts. Please refer to the “Reference Letter” section in the online application for more details.
The Reference Letter must be submitted by 28 February 2018. It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up with their designated references to ensure that reference letter forms are completed and submitted by the deadline.
Foresters exists to enrich the lives of its members, their families and the communities where they live. Giving back and supporting local communities is part of our core.
* In 250 words or less, all applicants will need to share a written response about their experience with a volunteer project where they gave back and supported a community. Why was it meaningful and how did it impact the community?