High School Seniors:  THIS IS FOR YOU!

Good Shepherd has a number of great scholarship opportunities available for parish seniors in high school.

STEPS TO APPLY

1. Answer the following required questions (required for all applicants):

  • 1.  YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT (250 words minimum) – this may include the course of study you hope to pursue in college, your future goals, your in-school and/or after-school activities, your work experience (if any), how you spend your free time, and anything else you want to share and have taken into consideration by the scholarship committee.  Please include your name on your personal statement.
  • 2.  Please tell us why you should be chosen for the specific scholarship(s) you are applying for? (250 words minimum) 

2. Decide which specific scholarships you would like to apply for. (Options listed below)


3. Answer the required questions for the scholarships you have selected. (See below)

4. Complete this application by uploading your answers.

application


5. Receive a Teacher Letter of Recommendation and upload it here. (This is separate from your application.)  

Teacher letter

(Tip: It may be helpful to review the application at the link above before beginning this process so that you know what to expect.  This is a single application for all scholarships, but you will upload each question individually.  PLEASE NOTE: WE CAN ONLY ACCEPT FILES THAT ARE WORD OR PDF.)

ELIGIBILITY
  • All applicants must be a registered member of Good Shepherd Catholic Community.
  • This scholarship is open to all seniors in high school.
  • Financial need is not a requirement for eligibility.
  • Applicants must complete the scholarship application in its entirety, and submit all requested items, in order to be considered.
DEADLINE

Application and Teacher Letter of Recommendation must be submitted online by April 5, 2021 by 5:00pm.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  Notification of Scholarship winners will be presented at the Good Shepherd Award Ceremony on Wednesday, May 26 beginning with Baccalaureate Mass at 7:00pm.  You do not have to be present to win scholarships. 

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE BEING OFFERED BY:
GSCC Women's Group Scholarship

The Good Shepherd Women’s Group Scholarship was established in 2011, to recognize outstanding high school seniors from our GSCC parish community.

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to those individuals attending an accredited college or university.

 Awards:

  • At a minimum, (3) $1,000 awards will be awarded.
  • No award will be paid to the recipient. All awards will be issued directly to the enrolled recipient’s academic institution on his/her behalf. 

Women's Group required question:

Choose ONE (1) of the following two questions (500 words minimum):

1.  Explain:  How has your Catholic faith had an impact on your life?

OR

2.  If your life was a book, what would the title be, and what page would you be on now?  Please explain your answer.  

Kathy Albert Memorial Scholarship

Kathy Albert was a long-time Good Shepherd parishioner and an elementary educator in Birdville, ISD.  In honor of Kathy’s strong faith and love of teaching, the Albert family is offering a minimum of $10,000 total to be awarded in multiple scholarships.

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to those individuals attending an accredited college or university.

Awards:

  • A minimum of $10,000 total to be awarded in multiple scholarships.
  • No award will be paid to the recipient.  All awards will be issued directly to the enrolled recipient’s academic institution on his/her behalf.

Kathy Albert Memorial Scholarship required question:

Choose ONE (1) of the following two questions (approx. 500 words):

1.  Explain: How has your community service experience been an example of “living your faith?”

OR

2.  What would you do or what have you done to make a difference in a child’s life? 

GSCC Men's Club Scholarship

The purpose is to reward students who have been active at Good Shepherd, in their faith, and to help reinforce their faith during their college years. The Men's Club Scholarship criteria consists of both Mass ministry involvement as well as volunteer activity outside of Mass.  View the full criteria by clicking on the participation log below.  It is the Men’s Club intent and desire that all GSCC high school seniors have the opportunity to earn these scholarships. A GSCC student may only earn one of these five scholarships. These awards are to be given to high school seniors, graduate students may not participate. Students should assume that the scholarship committee will confirm their participation level and/or activity with their references. 

Awards:

  • The GSCC Men’s Club will award (4) $3,000 scholarships.
  • No award will be paid to the recipient. All awards will be issued directly to the enrolled recipient’s academic institution on his/her behalf. 

Men's Club requirement: 

Catholic Respect Life Scholarship

The Good Shepherd Catholic Respect Life Scholarship was established to recognize an outstanding High School Senior, from our GSCC community who has demonstrated leadership in the Respect Life cause. 

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to those individuals attending an accredited college or university.

Award:

  • One award will be granted in the amount of $1,000.
  • No award will be paid to the recipient.  All awards will be issued to the enrolled recipient’s academic institution on his/her behalf.

Catholic Respect Life required questions: 

  1. List all of the pro-life activities that you have participated in in high school and explain why you are pro-life.
  2. Choose ONE (1) of the following three questions (approx. 400 words):

A. If a close friend confided in you that she was pregnant and was thinking of having an abortion, how would you help her?

OR

B. How do you plan to promote a respect for life while in college and what can you do to build a pro-life generation?

OR

C. What are the church's positions regarding the following topics:  Invitro Fertilization, Euthanasia, Stem Cell Research?

Knights of Columbus Scholarship

The Knights of Columbus Scholarship was established to recognize an outstanding High School Senior, from our GSCC community who lives our principles based on the foundation of the Knights of Columbus: Charity, Unity Fraternity and Patriotism. 

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to those individuals attending an accredited college, university or seminary.

Award:

  • One award will be granted in the amount of $1,000.
  • No award will be paid to the recipient.  All awards will be issued to the enrolled recipient’s academic institution on his/her behalf.

Knight of Columbus required question:  (500 words - essay will be typed on MS Word 12 pitch, Times New Roman Font. ) 

How have you, in your life according to the principles of our founder, Father Michael J. McGivney. 

Choose ONE (1) of the following Principles for your response (500 words minimum):

  1. Charity – Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”  Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighborsby conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day. Describe in your essay what charity means to you, how you have lived charity in your life to the present and how you intend to live a life of charity in the future.
  2. Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community. Examples: altar boys, ushers, greeters, elected positions in Renovate, Boy Scouts who participate in parish related projects, ministries, mission work, support of any GSCC ministry (please specify which ministry and level of participation). For community activity specify the type of service provided and level of participation. Describe in your essay what unity means to you, how you have lived unity in your life to the present and how you intend to live unity in the future.
  3. Fraternity – Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. Describe in your essay what fraternity means to you, how you have lived fraternity in your life to the present and how you intend to live a life of fraternity in the future.
  4. Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens. Describe in your essay what patriotism means to you, how you have lived patriotism in your life to the present and how you intend to live a life of patriotism in the future.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 5, 2021 at 5:00pm