College-bound students from the communities of West Hempstead and Island Park have an opportunity to ease their financial burden by winning a scholarship from their community.
For more than 40 years, the West Hempstead Community Scholarship Fund, a group of public spirited residents who seek to promote the education of students in West Hempstead and Island Park, have raised funds through the cooperation and generosity of members, neighbors, businesses and service groups in the community.
For 2013, the Fund plans to award at least three scholarships of $2,000 each. To be eligible for consideration, a graduating student must reside in the West Hempstead Union Free School District and can attend any high school, public or private. Island Park residents are eligible only if they attend West Hempstead High School. The scholarships are based on an evaluation of character, potential, community service, and financial need.
Applications are currently available in the West Hempstead High School Guidance Office as well as several locations in town: West Hempstead Public Library, St. Thomas Church Rectory, Young Israel of West Hempstead, and the West Hempstead Jewish Center.
All completed applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2013 for consideration. Applications are reviewed by the Selection Committee and semi-finalists are selected. Semi- finalists are then interviewed by the Selection Committee at the beginning of May and scholarships will be awarded at the Fund’s annual dinner on May 23, 2013.
So if you are looking for ways to supplement that big tuition bill, pick up an application. If you have questions, contact the Selection Committee Chairman, Karen Crowley, at the West Hempstead Community Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2132, West Hempstead, NY 11552 or by phone (516) 385-2206.