Local Scholarships

2017-2018 Local Scholarships

 

When completing applications, students can insert their information directly into the areas provided.  All completed applications are due to the guidance office, unless otherwise noted.


The scholarships are updated regularly, so continue to look at the website for new scholarships.  




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Name 

Description Deadline 
THE ELLEN AND ALBERT SMITH SCHOLARSHIP A substantial, four-year renewable scholarship is offered to seniors who are SK residents and who are applying to a college or university.  This scholarship is based on academic achievement and financial need.    
The preliminary application



The remaining sections are
 due to SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE by

 
SEE MS. McCALLIG IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP

ARBUTUS GARDEN CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

$1000
given to a student pursuing a career related to the field of natural resources, including horticulture, agriculture, marine biology, and environmental sciences.

PAST DUE
 AMERICAN LEGION POST 39 SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to seniors pursuing a two or 
four-year post secondary education. The scholarship is available to children or grandchildren of a United States veteran.

PAST DUE
 AUGUSTA HAZARD SCHOLARSHIP  Awarded annually to a senior accepted at a post-secondary school; scholarship is based on need and scholarship.


PAST DUE

 BOB CONWAY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 
$400
awarded in memory of Bob Conway, who worked hard and enjoyed life while he had a good time.

PAST DUE
BRIT PIEZ SCHOLARSHIP   
 
(2) $500 scholarships given to graduating seniors who participated in the SKHS Varsity baseball and/or softball program, has good academic standing and displays the characteristics of the “spirit” of Little League.

PAST DUE
 COOPERATIVE CREDIT UNION ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP
 Awarded to a graduating senior.
 Student and/or parent must be a member of a credit union.

PAST DUE
 
DAR (DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION)
NARRAGANSETT COOKE-GASPEE SUSAN B. WILSON SCHOLARSHIP

 $1000 award given to a senior who has shown achievement in political science, history, conservation, or education fields. 
PAST DUE 
DUE TO THE GUIDANCE OFFICE
 DESIREE MESOLELLA ART SCHOLARSHIP 
(2) $5000.00
scholarships awarded to a graduating senior planning on pursuing a degree in an art field. Materials will be returned in June is a SASE has been provided.  

April 20,2018
 DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS- LARRY DEFRANCISCO  SCHOLARSHIP   $1500  scholarship awarded to a senior who has a relative who is a disabled American veteran.  


PAST DUE  

APPLICATION TO BE SENT DIRECTLY TO THE ADDRESS PROVIDED ON THE ATTACHED FORM.  PLEASE INFORM THE GUIDANCE OFFICE IF YOU APPLIED

 EDWARD SAFFRON MEMORIAL (SK ELKS LODGE) SCHOLARSHIP   $500.00 scholarship awarded to children or grandchildren of  SK ELKS members

May 25, 2018
 BRING TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE OR
 MAIL DIRECTLY TO THE ADDRESS LISTED ON THE APPLICATION.


 FRIENDS OF SOUTH KINGSTOWN PARKS & RECREATION SCHOLARSHIP  Awarded to a senior pursuing a post-secondary education.
 The applicant must have participated in recreation sponsored programs and completed community service hours for the recreation department. 

PAST DUE

  DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE OR SEND DIRECTLY TO THE
 RECREATION DEPARTMENT


 FRIENDS OF SOUTH KINGSTOWN PARKS & RECREATION SCHOLARSHIP 
Howard C Chadwick
The scholarship will be awarded in an amount ranging from
$500.00 to $1000.00 depending upon available funds as authorized by the Friends of South Kingstown Parks and Recreation Department. 

PAST DUE


 DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE OR SEND DIRECTLY TO THE
 RECREATION DEPARTMENT
 
 GARDINER-GARDNER SCHOLARSHIP   $500 awarded to a student pursuing the study of agriculture or the environment.
 

DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE
 

 JAMES D. WRIGHT  Given to an SK senior who has shown good school citizenship and demonstrated financial need.  The award is given in honor of James D. Wright, a past principal and the first athletic director of SKHS.
PAST DUE

DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE
 

 JANET BERRY MEMORIAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP  $1000 scholarship given to a graduating senior planning on pursuing a degree in the field of music: education, performance, composition or technical production.  
PAST DUE
 

 JASON D. FOREMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP   $1000 scholarship awarded to a graduating senior who is attending a technical school

  
May 1, 2018 

APPLICATION IS TO BE SENT DIRECTLY TO THE ADDRESS PROVIDED.
 PLEASE INFORM THE GUIDANCE OFFICE IF YOU APPLIED

 JOHN MICHAEL CROWLEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP   Awarded to an SKHS senior who is attending a 2 or 4-year post-secondary school.  Preference will be given to students from a challenging socio-economic background.
PAST DUE

 DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE 


KIKI'S GARDEN ASPIRE HIGHER ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

 
   A $750. scholarship awarded to a graduating student interested in pursuing a         career in the Arts.   Due April 29, 2018

to the guidance office or to the address provided 
KATIE DECUBELLIS 
MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
 
 INFORMATION SHEET      


KATIE DECUBELLIS
MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
 

KATIE DECUBELLIS 
MAKE A DIFFERENCE 
INFORMATION SHEET


Make a Difference Scholarship Application

KATIE DECUBELLIS
VICTIM RELIEF
INFORMATION SHEET


 Victim Relief Scholarship Application Scholarship

KATIE DECUBELLIS
NOBODY'S GLORY 
INFORMATION SHEET


KATIE DECUBELLIS
NOBODY'S GLORY

Four scholarships will be given to a student pursuing an education in a technical program or in a two or four- year college program.

The scholarships have specific guidelines; please check each application carefully.   




APPLICATION IS TO BE SENT DIRECTLY TO THE ADDRESS PROVIDED. 
 PLEASE INFORM THE GUIDANCE OFFICE IF YOU APPLIED
 

‚ÄčApril 27, 2018
 LEONA A. KELLEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
 (2) $500 awards to high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduates of South County schools. Contact Guidance Office for more information and application.

PAST DUE
 LESA MENG 
NARROW RIVER PRESERVATION SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP
  $1000 awarded to promote and reward excellence as well as initiative in environmental stewardship and scientific coursework. Award based on academic excellence in the sciences.


April 23, 2018

MATTHEW SIRAVO SCHOLARSHIP    $1000.00 awarded to two seniors pursuing a post-secondary education and has been diagnosed with a seizure disorder.  
 

PAST DUE


 MICHAEL MORISSETTE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP  $1000.00 awarded to a senior planning on attending a 2 or 4 year institution in the fall.   Preference is given for affiliation with the annual Michael Morissette Memorial Tennis Tournament.   PAST DUE

DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE 

 MILITARY SPOUSES OF NEWPORT SCHOLARSHIP  
 $500-$1000.00 awarded to a senior that is a military dependent and who meets all eligibility requirements.

Click Here For More Info 

PAST DUE 

DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE 
NARRAGANSETT RUNNING ASSOCIATION
SCHOLARSHIP 

 

 

The Narragansett Running Association, a local non-profit committed to supporting the health and wellness of student athletes involved with running activities, is awarding one time $500 scholarships to 2 seniors at SKHS planning to further their education in a technical program or in a 2 or 4 year college program.  These scholarships are for students who participated in either Cross Country, Indoor Track or Outdoor Track during their junior or senior years.  


 

May 11, 2018

             DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE

NEASK SENIOR AWARD    Awarded to students who show a great deal of promise, consistently present a positive attitude towards learning and have contributed in special ways to their classes.
PAST DUE

DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE

 NEW ENGLAND / RHODE ISLAND RED SOX SCHOLARSHIP  
This prestigious $1000.00 scholarship award is for seniors pursuing a degree from a 4-year, 2-year or technical school. Open to graduating seniors at South Kingstown High School and the selection will be based on academic performance, demonstrate community service, and eligibility for financial aid.

Click Here For More Info

 
PAST DUE

 PAUL F. RONCI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP  Awarded to a graduating senior who has attained academic excellence, demonstrates financial need and who displays leadership skills and a desire to better society.

  

PAST DUE


 POINT JUDITH FISHERMEN'S SCHOLARSHIP  Given to student(s) residing in South Kingstown and Narragansett.
Special consideration is given to students dependent on someone who derives much of their income from commercial fishing in Point Judith.
  
PAST DUE


DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE

 RAYMOND C. DUFAULT SCHOLARSHIP  Given to a student who will pursue education in Culinary Arts, Arts, Music, Public Safety or Public Service and who shows the greatest financial need
    PAST DUE 

DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE

 RICK SCHOMP MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP   Awarded in honor of the memory of Coach Rick Schomp to a student who has participated in track.      


   PAST DUE 
            
DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE


RHODE ISLAND ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL MAINTENANCE DIRECTORS SCHOLARSHIP
 
RHODE ISLAND ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL MAINTENANCE DIRECTORS
 An award given to a graduating senior who is planning on pursuing a degree from a 4-year, 2-year college or technical program.   PAST DUE

DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE 

RHODE ISLAND BUILDING INDUSTRY SCHOLARSHIP 


Rhode Island Building Industry Scholarship Fund has scholarship money available who has an interest in pursuing an education in the construction field. 

PAST DUE
 
RI ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES-KATHLEEN HIRD INFORMATION SHEET

 RI ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES-KATHLEEN HIRD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

  $500  scholarship awarded to graduating seniors who plan on pursuing a career in early childhood education, Foods and Nutrition, Consumer Affairs, Textiles, Fashion, Merchandising, Apparel Design, or Interior Design.
PAST DUE

APPLICATION IS TO BE SENT DIRECTLY TO THE ADDRESS PROVIDED. 
 PLEASE INFORM THE GUIDANCE OFFICE IF YOU APPLIED
  

 RHODE ISLAND CHIEF OF POLICE SECRETARIES ASSOCIATION    $500 award given to a graduating senior pursuing a degree in business.  


DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE

RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION
Patty and Melvin Alperin First Generation Scholarship
 

In order to qualify as an applicant, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Rhode Island resident and high school senior
  • Parents did not graduate from college (2 year, 4 year, or graduate)
  • Planning to attend or accepted in an accredited two- or four-year college
  • Able to demonstrate financial need
 
April 27, 2018 
 
RHODE ISLAND ITALIAN AMERICAN HALL OF FAME SCHOLARSHIP

 Awarded to graduating seniors who demonstrate excellence in academics, athletics, and artistic ability.
www.iahsofri.org/scholarships
for more details

May 21, 2018

 Rhode Island PBS Scholarship. In 2017, Rhode Island PBS established the Rhode Island PBS Scholarship. The scholarship offers awards to residents of Rhode Island PBS’ demographic market area who demonstrate promise of a successful career in the fields of broadcasting, communications, and/or journalism.   PAST DUE
RI Saltwater Anglers Foundation  (2) $500 scholarships awarded to a senior who will be attending either URI or Roger Williams Univ., pursuing a degree in fisheries or marine studies or a scholarship for a child or grandchild of an active member of the association.


 

May 5, 2018

RHODE ISLAND SPORTSFISHERMEN COVER LETTER  

 RHODE ISLAND 
S
PORTSFISHERMEN
FISHERIES AND MARINE SCIENCES AWARD
APPLICATION
 

$500 A grant is available to students enrolled in South County High Schools.  To a college bound senior in need of financial aid who demonstrates qualities of commendable academic performance, noteworthy character and integrity, and community service.

 
PAST DUE
 ROBERT J. ASHER SCHOLARSHIP  Awarded to an SK senior residing in South Kingstown with a demonstrated record of community service. Selection based on academic achievement, 
PAST DUE



_ROTARY_SCHOLARSHIP SERVICE ABOVE SELF APPLICATION  $1000 awarded each year for four years to a
South Kingstown resident who best exemplifies service, leadership, and scholarship.
 
 
PAST DUE

DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE  OR SEND DIRECTLY TO THE ADDRESS PROVIDED


 ROTARY CLUB OF WAKEFIELD - CAREER TECH SCHOLARSHIP   $1000 each year for two years to a South Kingstown resident who will attend a two-year technical or vocational education program.  

PAST DUE

DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE  OR SEND DIRECTLY TO THE ADDRESS PROVIDED


 Slocum Grange 36 One scholarship of $500 each will be awarded as follows:
 High school senior who is a resident of Washington County or affiliate of
Slocum Grange who has
been accepted to an accredited school of higher education.
 Official high school transcript must accompany application.

 
May 1, 2018 
SOUTH COUNTY HOSPITAL  Awarded to a graduating senior planning to enter the healthcare field.


PAST DUE


SOUTH KINGSTOWN EDUCATION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP      (2) $1000 scholarships awarded to graduating senior who plan on attending a post-secondary school.   Based on financial need, evidence of helping children in the community and in the top 25% of their graduating class.  
PAST DUE

DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE

 SOUTH KINGSTOWN 
FIREFIGHTER RELIEF ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP
 $500.00 awarded to a firefighter or a child of a SK firefighter and who plans on attending a post-secondary school or vocational career after graduation. 

April 28,2018

Must be mailed to address provided


 SOUTH COUNTY YOUTH SOCCER CLUB (SCYSC) SCHOLARSHIP  two - four scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000 awarded to seniors who have been members of the South County Youth Soccer


PAST DUE

 SOUTH KINGSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB SCHOLARSHIP  Awarded to a senior(s) planning to major or minor in Theatre in college and who has contributed to the theatrical community at South Kingstown 
April 01, 2018

DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE

 
SOUTH KINGSTOWN MUSIC BOOSTERS INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

SOUTH KINGSTOWN MUSIC BOOSTERS INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION FORM

 Awarded to a graduating senior who is a member of the music department instrumental group and is planning on pursuing a 2, 4-year, or technical degree or military career.  


PAST DUE


 
SOUTH KINGSTOWN MUSIC BOOSTERS VOCAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP

SOUTH KINGSTOWN MUSIC BOOSTERS VOCAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
 INFORMATION FORM

 Awarded to a graduating senior who is a member of the music department vocal group and is planning on pursuing a 2, 4-year, or technical degree or military career.   


PAST DUE


SOUTH KINGSTOWN
 MUSIC BOOSTERS-
DIANE REBELO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHP
 


 SOUTH KINGSTOWN
 MUSIC BOOSTERS-
DIANE REBELO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHP
INFORMATION SHEET

  $1000 award to a graduating senior planning on pursuing a degree in music education or performance.


PAST DUE

 SOUTH KINGSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL VISUAL ARTS SCHOLARSHIP  Awarded to a graduating senior planning on a major in the visual arts. Based on a portfolio of 3 works and essay.  

PAST DUE
DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE

SOUTHERN RHODE ISLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce is awarding two $750 scholarships to High School Seniors in Southern Rhode Island in recognition of academic excellence and community service.  


 

 STEVEN P. FOLLETT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP     $3000.00 scholarship to a resident from either South Kingstown or Narragansett who is pursuing a post-secondary education. The student must be planning to major in marine studies.  
 
PAST DUE


 TERENCE M. HANDRIGAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP   $1000 award given to a student who has overcome significant difficulties during his/her high school career to successfully complete his/her education. Offered to students pursuing a two or four year college. PAST DUE

DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE

 WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP  $1000.00 awarded to a graduating senior who plans on pursuing a technical education or community/junior college education
April 26, 2018

Mail to Kristine Bell
26 Honey Locust Drive
Charlestown, RI 02813

 WASHINGTON COUNTY POMONA GRANGE SCHOLARSHIP  (2) $500 scholarships given to two seniors, one of whom must be a Grange member.

April 26, 2018

Mail to Kristine Bell
26 Honey Locust Drive
Charlestown, RI 02813


 WASHINGTON COUNTY RETIRED TEACHER SCHOLARSHIP

WASHINGTON COUNTY RETIRED TEACHER INFORMATION SHEET
 $1000.00 awarded to a graduating senior who plans on pursuing a technical education or community/junior college education


May 1, 2018

WESTERLY AIRPORT ASSOCIATION The Westerly Airport Association (WAA) was founded to support and promote aviation and our local airport.  To this end, our Humphrey J. Amedeo, Jr. Aviation Scholarship Foundation was formed to assist young people seeking careers in PAST DUE
 
WESTERLY COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION    SCHOLARSHIP

WESTERLY COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION    VOCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP


WESTERLY COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION FLYER

 (3) $1000 awards given to graduating seniors.  Student and/or parents must be members of the credit union.
PAST DUE

WESTERLY COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION    SCHOLARSHIP  The Westerly Community Credit Union is proud to offer scholarships for local area high school students. To be considered, the application must be fully completed and submitted no later than Friday, March 9, 2018. Applicant or Parent/Guardian must be a member of the Westerly Community Credit Union to be eligible.  PAST DUE
 WESTERLY-PAWCATUCK FRIENDLY SONS OF ST. PATRICK

This scholarship is to be awarded as a financial grant to worthy graduates who are accepted for admission to a post secondary institution.  The applicant must be a relative of a member in good standing of the Westerly-Pawcatuck Friendly Sons of St. Patrick

 


DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE 
2018 GFWC Women Club of SC Scholarship  The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Women’s Club of South County, founded in 1962, provides a forum for women to discuss and address issues of concern to the community. In 1997, the Club established a Scholarship Fund to support continuing education among women with limited financial and educational opportunities.
 
PAST DUE 
 UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND SORORITY LEADERSHIP RECOGNITION AWARD    $500 award given to a graduating FEMALE planning on attending URI.  Based on leadership and academic excellence.  Attach a resume with your application.


DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE

 UNIVERSITY OF
RHODE ISLAND
 FRATERNAL LEADERSHIP RECOGNITION AWARD
  $500 award given to a graduating MALE planning on attending URI.  Based on leadership and academic excellence.  Attach a resume with your application.

DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE






NOMINATION SCHOLARSHIPS
Recipients are chosen by selection committee; there are no applications for the following scholarships.
These scholarships will be awarded to students during the SKHS Senior Honors Night.
 

BETTY ANN KENYON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP  awarded to a student who has achieved academically in the areas of history, political science and/or American government and who has demonstrated community service.

DAN J. ROBINSON MEMORIAL AWARD –presented to a student demonstrating achievement commensurate with ability in any of the following: automotive programs, electronics, woodworking, technical drawing or drafting, marine technology.

DR. DAY CARE SCHOLARSHIP- $250. scholarship awarded to a student planning on furthering their education in early childhood or elementary education. 

ESTHER B. SHANNON SCHOLARSHIP  presented to a student who has demonstrated creativity and excellence in English studies.

HOWARD & LILLIAN WALSH SCHOLARSHIP TRUST AWARD  $1500 awarded in equal amounts of $250 to six South Kingstown students who plan to further their education in college, business, trade or other schools.~ Selection is based on concise career goals, commitment, academic record, and need.

JOSIE FOX MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:awarded to a senior who has made significant contributions to the school and community through leadership, strong connections to the student body and faculty.  

MISSY STARK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: awarded to a senior who is a key member of the senior class and has made significant impact on the school community.  


NEW ENGLAND INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY BOOK AWARD – awarded to students interested in technical education at New England Institute of Technology.

PRINCIPAL LEADERSHIP AWARD: awarded to a senior, based on leadership and service to the school community. 

RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE BOOK AWARD  given to a student who will be attending Rhode Island College in September and who has shown criteria of scholarship, leadership and achievement.

RHODE ISLAND GENERAL TREASURER’S AWARD  awarded to a student who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship and has demonstrated potential for future success in the world of business.

RHODE ISLAND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR’S LEADERSHIP AWARD  awarded to a student who has shown leadership by planning and organizing charitable or educational activities, motivating other students to excel or achieve,excelling in school-sponsored clubs, sports, and other activities, demonstrating a positive attitude, and maintaining good grades

RHODE ISLAND SECRETARY OF STATE’S LEADERSHIP AWARD  recognizes one male and one female student who demonstrate the qualities of good scholarship, leadership and achievement.

SMILE AWARD  given to students who have been members of the SMILE program and who have shown academic achievement, participation in high school and community activities, and commitment to diversity.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST’S AWARD $200.00 award to two students who exemplify the joy of reading and a love of learning.

SOUTH KIN
GSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL TRANSITION AWARD: awarded to a  student who continually persevered through challenges, has an understanding of self and has demonstrated significant growth in academics and independence.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN STUDENT COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIP - awarded to a senior who has been involved with student council and student government. 

WILLIAM ROSENGREN MEMORIAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP: Given to a senior who has been actively involved with the high school music program.

 

RHODE ISLAND SALTWATER ANGLERS:
DUE TO THE SKHS GUIDANCE OFFICE BY APRIL 16 OR MAIL DIRECTLY TO THE ADDRESS PROVIDED

SOUTH KINGSTOWN MUSIC BOOSTERS VOCAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP 
SOUTH KINGSTOWN MUSIC BOOSTERS VOCAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP 
SOUTH KINGSTOWN MUSIC BOOSTERS VOCAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
STEVEN P. FOLLETT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
......awarded to a student who continually perservered through challenges, has an understanding of self and has demonstrated a significant growth in academics and independence.
......awarded to a student who continually perservered through challenges, has an understanding of self and has demonstrated a significant growth in academics and independence.
......awarded to a student who continually perservered through challenges, has an understanding of self and has demonstrated a significant growth in academics and independence.
......awarded to a student who continually perservered through challenges, has an understanding of self and has demonstrated a significant growth in academics and independence.