2015 scholarship information

Greetings, Scholarship Seekers!

It's that time of year again when many of you are hard at work, busily preparing to enter college in the fall, but you are having a bit of trouble finding ways to offset the cost of little things that every college freshman needs—like books or a well-stocked dorm room—and cash for always-rising tuition fees. Whether the amounts are large or small, the books are new or used, and the dorm room single or shared, every dollar counts these days, doesn't it? And who better to know this than college graduates who were once in the very same position as you?

The Eisenhower College Alumni Association Scholarship essay contest is designed to help deserving high-school seniors bound for college in just such a way. For the young man or woman who can give us the best answer to one of our contest questions, it could mean a very tidy sum, ranging from $100 all the way up to $1,000 in prize money. And for you seniors who are thinking of passing up our contest because you feel you might not be able to "cut it," DON'T! We also award merit prizes and honorable mention awards, ranging from $100 to $300, to those who can also show us the "right stuff" in his or her entry.

All you have to be is a senior graduating from high school this June and attending college—any accredited college—in the fall.

So sharpen your pencils, put on your thinking caps, and get that computer a-processing! Our deadline is May 14, 2015. Don't delay!

P.S. Are you the kind of student who likes to think "outside the box"? A person of "very few words"? To put a modern twist to an ancient Chinese proverb, "A picture is also worth up to $1,000" for the student who can successfully "envison" and set in any media format the best answer to one of our essay questions.

Think you might now want to give our contest the "old college try"? Just download the application form, rules, and guidelines from this website to get you started.

This year, we are asking applicants to apply online (in the form below) and to submit essays electronically via email.

We recognize, too, that submissions may not be in an email-friendly format (multi-media submissions still require a paper application); these should be sent to the following address:

Eisenhower College Alumni Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 876
Ithaca, NY 14851-0876
Attn: Scholarship Contest

It's that easy!

Good luck, and good "essaying." We can't wait to hear from you!

Frances Emerson
Chair, Eisenhower College Alumni Scholarship Program

Click here for the 2015 Essay Questions:



The Program
The Eisenhower College Alumni Association Scholarship, established in 1985 by the Eisenhower College Alumni Association, provides financial assistance to students who, in the judgment of alumni, best exemplify the goals of Eisenhower College, its World Studies program, and the ideals of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

To be considered for the scholarship, interested persons should follow the process outlined below. Submission of the scholarship application and an essay or media presentation based on one of the current-events questions provided are required. Essay questions are designed to emphasize use of basic social studies knowledge (as taught in the New York State curriculum) and the student’s interpretation of the event.

The Eisenhower College Alumni Association Scholarship is funded by the alumni association through contributions designated for this purpose. The alumni association is a non-profit organization.

The Eisenhower College Alumni Association Scholarship Program is open to any high school senior bound for college or any child of an Eisenhower alumnus/alumna. Applicants must plan to continue their studies beyond high school in a liberal arts program at either a two- or four-year college.

Scholarship Award
A one-time award of up to $1,000 can be used toward tuition and related expenses at the recipient's college of choice. The scholarship award committee may opt to award two (2) $500 scholarships in a given year. The award committee also reserves the right to not award a scholarship based on the quality of submissions received. The decision of the scholarship award committee is final.

If you are interested in making a contribution to our scholarship fund, you may do so on the dues and gifts page of this site.