The 8th Grade Literacy Scholarship program began in 2000 and since then, has benefited over 4,000 local students. To most 8th grade students, the need to prepare for college is a lifetime away. However, parents and educators realize the high school years will pass quickly and have a significant impact in determining a student's future.
This program helps students and parents begin the discussion of post high school plans and the scholarship application process. Terminology such as 'community service', 'work ethic', and 'academic involvement' are common on college scholarships, and it is important for students to understand these terms so they can become competitive in the scholarship arena.
All 8th grade students in Adams County are eligible to participate in this scholarship opportunity. Many schools have chosen to incorporate this program into their curriculum so all students participate. In order to accommodate ISTEP testing, teachers may offer this program to their students in either the fall or spring semester. Fall applications are due in November while spring applications are due in March.
All applications are reviewed by a scholarship committee and placed into one of four categories: 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and participation. All students receive a certificate showing their participation while 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place students receive an additional reward of FREE books and magazines. All awards are presented to the students during each school's end-of-year award ceremonies. To view pictures of the 1st place award winners, please select from the list to the right.
The ACCF has received very favorable feedback about this program from local teachers, parents, and students. Here are some of their comments:
From a teacher - "One of my students said they had never heard of 'community service'. After filling out the application and learning about the necessity to have the community service to be competitive for scholarships, she went to Woodcrest and began volunteering there."
From a parent - "Thank you for having the Literacy scholarship program. My daughter and I learned a lot about the scholarship process. I don't have any older kids, so I really haven't even thought about getting her thinking about college. That application really helped us to start getting things together. My daughter also really enjoyed the magazines. I would never have paid for her to get that many magazines, but she reads them cover to cover and even trades them with her friends."
From a grandparent - "My granddaughter was really getting involved in things as a freshman. She got involved in student council, campaigned for a position of leadership with the Youth for Christ, took additional 4-H projects, and volunteered to be a class officer. When I asked why she was getting so active, she told me that she has to start thinking about college scholarships. This insight was a direct result from the 8th Grade Literacy Scholarship."