Who is eligible to apply for the scholarship?
Applicants should be high school seniors
Applicants must plan to attend an accredited college/university/
Applicants must demonstrate leadership potential, and academic and community volunteer achievements
Applicants must be a resident of Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware or Chester counties
How Do I Apply?
Interested applicants may apply online, download application, or request a paper application by contacting RW Sorrell Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 26701, Elkins Park, PA 19027 or by phone at 215-517-5746 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When is deadline for submission of materials?
All materials requested must be submitted to RW Sorrell Scholarship Fund with a postmark no later than the due date posted on the website. All materials should be mailed in ONE envelope. If you applied online and received a confirmation of submission, you may send the additional materials required, i.e., references, transcripts and etc. to the P.O. Box listed.
What constitutes a complete application?
Completed application form with all questions answered
An Official Transcript containing grades, cumulative GPA and attendance record
Two (2) written references (with contact information included)
A 500 word essay summarizing volunteer and community service activities – past, present and future. Include why you believe you should be selected for a scholarship along with college and career plans
What is the value of the scholarship award?
The value of the scholarship is $3,000 annually awarded over a four-year period. Renewal is based upon the recipient maintaining satisfactory progress towards a degree. A GPA falling below the requirement at the end of any semester may result in the loss of the scholarship. Additionally, the scholarship offers a paid summer internship at Independence Blue Cross. The scholarship award may be applied to tuition, books, transportation, supplies and/or other educational fees.
What if I am unable to attend college consecutive semesters?
Extenuating circumstances requiring a student to sit out a semester must be explained in writing to the Scholarship Fund Board. The Board will respond via certified mail to the request.
How are recipients selected?
A Nomination Committee selects recipients based on community/volunteer experience, academic, extra-curricular, and attendance achievements along with consideration of how recipient responded to questions in face-to-face interview.
How will I be notified if I am chosen as a recipient?
All recipients will be notified by mail of the decision of the Nomination Committee.