By Paige Nash
The Ringgold High School Class of 2003 is celebrating their 20th class reunion this year and together they decided to include the local community in on the celebration. After much discussion among the classmates and school officials they decided a scholarship would be an ideal way to achieve that mission.
The class decided to call it the “HOPE Scholarship,” which represents Helping Others Prosper Everyday. The $500 scholarship is available to eligible students of the RHS class of 2023 only. Students who have future plans to further their education by enrolling in a trade school or a college of their choice by Spring 2024 and have maintained a 2.5 grade point average are eligible for this scholarship.
“The class wanted to make the scholarship accessible and equitable to the majority of the 2023 graduates,” said 2003 graduate Angelia Jones. “The requirements we selected allow us to do that. We understand that college isn’t the only route to success, so opening it up to students that are interested in acquiring a trade was important to us.”
Another requirement includes having the applicants submit a 500 word essay explaining how this scholarship would make a difference to them if they were chosen as the recipient.
Jones said, “Our planning committee will review each applicant’s submission using a simple rubric to determine the recipient of the scholarship.”
The RHS Class of 2003 plans to coordinate with the high school in order to present the winner with the scholarship at the upcoming award or graduation ceremony.
Although this is the first year that the “HOPE Scholarship” has been offered, the class has high hopes to make this a tradition and continue to invest in the students at RHS and their futures.
“Hopefully this scholarship will help with one graduate’s future academic or career endeavors,” said Jones. “20 years ago we were in their position and we understand how much this small scholarship can benefit a graduate.”
Students who are interested in applying can complete the application online through the link below. The deadline to apply is April 28. For questions or concerns reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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