The 2016 Samuel A. Green Scholarship Program
Firstrust’s scholarship fund was named in loving memory of our founder, Samuel A. Green, who was a staunch believer in encouraging young people to pursue their education and fulfill their life dreams. In the spirit of his legacy, Firstrust is inspired to carry on our strong commitment toward helping students.
WHAT IS THE SUBJECT?
Students are asked to compose a 250-word essay that explains how a college education will help them cultivate prosperity in your neighborhood/community.
What are the awards?
To commemorate more than 80 years of unparalleled service and dedication to our customers and the community, we will award up to $50,000 in academic scholarships as follows:
- 1st prize – $10,000
- 2nd prize – $5,000
- 3rd prize – $5,000
- 4th prize – 30 additional students will receive a $1,000 award.
Each winner is eligible for only one award. Awards are intended for the student only; no provision is made for spouses or dependents. No substitution of award is permitted.
Checks will be payable jointly to the student and to the accredited college or university they will be attending. Scholarship awards will be paid to winners (one time only) between May and December 2016. If the student is receiving financial aid, accepting a Samuel A. Green Scholarship may reduce the aid. Scholarship awards cannot be deferred. Please contact your financial adviser for details.
Who is eligible?
High school graduating seniors from public, private, parochial and charter schools within our market area who plan to attend a four-year accredited college or university are eligible. Home-schooled students are eligible by providing documentation of high school equivalency and college eligibility as an incoming freshman in the fall semester of 2016. Applicants already attending college or who are 30 years old as of February 29, 2016 will not be considered. Applications from previous years will not be considered.
Winners are required to submit proof of matriculation during the fall semester of 2016 at an accredited college or university to receive scholarship funds, no later than December 2016.
The Samuel A. Green Scholarship is available only to legal United States residents within Firstrust’s market area, except employees, officers and directors of Firstrust, its subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, advertising and promotion agencies and their family members (defined as spouses, children, parents, siblings, and in-laws) and those living in their households. This exclusion also applies to all persons who may become employees of Firstrust after submitting their applications.
How do I apply?
Scholarship applications have been mailed to the Guidance Counselors of area public, private and parochial high schools. In addition, applications are available at all Firstrust branch locations and by clicking here.
a. Compose an essay on the subject, "How my college education will help me cultivate prosperity in my neighborhood / community." The essay must be no longer than 250 words, typewritten in a 12-point font with 1-inch margins, and it must be the student's own work.
b. Send your essay with your completed application to: Firstrust SAG Scholarship Program, 15 East Ridge Pike, 4th Floor, Conshohocken, PA 19428. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit the application and essay in ONE PACKAGE. This package must be received or postmarked by February 29, 2016. Additional correspondence will not be considered. Only one entry per student is permitted.
Firstrust will notify all scholarship recipients of their awards in writing on or around April 15, 2016. Due to the large volume of paperwork handled by Firstrust, it is not possible to respond to telephone or mail requests regarding the status of applications.
How will my written essay be evaluated?
The criteria for judging will be based on:
- Content: the quality of the answer
- Style: the unique presentation and delivery of the student’s ideas
- Grammar and Spelling: the student’s command of the English language
All eligible essays will be evaluated by a panel of judges. Scholarship award decisions are final.
When is the deadline?
The deadline for the 2016 Samuel A. Green scholarship is February 29, 2016.
Firstrust is not responsible for lost, late, damaged or misdirected essays and applications.