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  1. 1. WINNING 2013 Scholarship Program Message from Gilbert Winn In honor of Winn’s four decades in business and in furtherance of our objective to enhance the lives of all that we serve, high school seniors, high school graduates and GED graduates living in communities managed by WinnCompanies or its affiliates are invited by the Board of Directors of WinnCompanies to apply for scholarship grants for the 2013–2014 academic year, to be awarded in May 2013. WinnCompanies WinningEdge Scholarship Program, is issuing this invitation to distinguished residents who are pursuing some form of higher education, in community college, college, university or trade/professional school. We encourage the financial support of clients, companies, families, private trusts, and individuals wishing to join us in this effort to honor and assist those who are the future of WinnCompanies communities. Please contact us at scholarships@winnco.com if you have any questions about any phase of this initiative to help students living in Winn managed communities throughout the nation. On behalf of the Board of Directors we extend our sincerest gratitude and best wishes to all aspiring applicants. Gilbert Winn, Managing Principal The mission of WinnCompanies’ WinningEdge Scholarship Program, a subsidiary of the WinnCares initiative, is to provide financial assistance to high school seniors, high school graduates and GED graduates who are residents of communities managed by WinnCompanies or its affiliates and matriculating at a post-secondary educational institution.
  2. 2. WINNING 2013 SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS AND PARENTS ELIGIBILITY All high school seniors, high school graduates and GED graduates that are planning to begin postsecondary studies in the 2013–14 school year and high school graduates and GED graduates currently enrolled in a community college, college, university or trade/professional school are eligible for these grants and may apply for a WinnCompanies Scholarship provided he/she resides at an apartment community or military base which is professionally managed by WinnCompanies (WC) or its affiliates. The applicant/family must be in good standing with the rules and regulations of HUD and WC. Employees and/or their relatives of WC and its affiliates, HUD or any applicable governmental agency that regulates the WC apartment communities and/or military bases are not eligible for consideration for these grants. SELECTION CRITERIA The criteria used to select grant recipients include academic performance, character, and proficiency, or potential proficiency in a chosen field of study. Each of these criteria carries equal weight in determining who will receive grants. Academic performance is determined by evaluating high school or college grade transcripts released to WinnCompanies by the student. All high school seniors and matriculated college students applying must possess a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent. College students applying for grants who have attained sufficient credits at their institution of higher learning to be considered as a junior, must provide documentation of a declared major. WinnCompanies values student efforts in working toward a degree. Character will be evaluated through examination of an essay written by the student and two references. As part of Winn’s continuing efforts to revitalize neighborhoods with socioeconomic challenges, WinnCompanies will give at least one annual scholarship to a deserving applicant from certain Targeted Communities which are identified from time to time. Such Targeted Communities include the cities of Lowell, MA and Worcester, MA. 1
  3. 3. WINNING DETERMINATION OF FINANCIAL NEED The application requires that the student provide their 2013 FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC) score, as well as, a listing of all scholarships, work study grants, student loans, and any other form of financial aid they are receiving during the 2013–14 school year. This information and the estimated cost of tuition, room and board (if applicable), student fees and books will be utilized to determine an individual applicant’s financial need for the year. This financial need will be considered when determining the amount of the award, in the sole discretion of the WinnCompanies, if an applicant is selected to be a recipient. DESCRIPTION OF AWARDS Each award will represent a scholarship grant provided to the selected students. These grants should not be mistaken in any way for student loans. The exact number of awards and the total amount of money to be awarded in 2013 will be determined during the selection process, in the sole discretion of WinnCompanies. PAYMENT OF GRANTS All grants are made payable to the colleges or other post-secondary institutions where the recipients will attend during the 2013–14 school year. The student must provide WinnCompanies a copy of an admissions acceptance letter or other suitable documentation to an accredited school. It is the intent of WinnCompanies that the full amount of these grants will be applied toward the recipient’s school related expenses including on campus housing costs. We suggest that the recipient contact WinnCompanies before accepting any scholarship from WinnCompanies, if there is any doubt about the continuance of other financial aid, especially need-based scholarships. APPLICATION PROCEDURES There are five essential parts of this application, and all must be received in order for WinnCompanies to consider an application. The deadline for completed applications is April 12, 2013. Please submit Parts I, II, III, IV, and V (listed below) to your community office. I. Application Form. The completed Application Form that contains basic information about the applicant, as well as, the applicant’s and parent/ guardian statement with signatures. II. Official Grade Transcript. An official grade transcript that shows the courses you have taken and the grades awarded through the fall semester of the 2012 school year. These transcripts will allow us to evaluate academic performance. 2
  4. 4. WINNING III. Personal Essay. The selection committee wants to get to know you on a personal level and gain insight into your character and chosen field of endeavor. In a typed essay of approximately 400 words identify and describe what you feel are your most positive personal qualities. Also inform the selection committee of your chosen field of endeavor. Additionally, in bulleted format please list extra-curricular activities (sports, educational, social, civic, religious, job experiences, and/or family responsibilities) which reflect your interest in the field you have chosen to pursue through your post-secondary studies. We encourage you to elaborate briefly on the length of time of your involvement and describe any projects that reflect your interest in your chosen field of study. Creative alternatives to this essay are also acceptable. Musical and/or dramatic presentations may be submitted. This presentation should be 5 minutes or less in length, submitted on a DVD. Submissions of a portfolio of artistic work, not to exceed 10 pieces, is also a suitable alternative to this essay. A brief written description including the title(s) of your artwork, performance or musical composition must also be provided. Please do not submit original artwork. Artistic submissions will not be returned. IV. Utilize the attached reference forms to secure references from two (2) individuals. These references should come from people who have first-hand knowledge of your functioning as a student on a regular basis. WinnCompanies WinningEdge Scholarship Program assumes that recommendations from teachers, guidance counselors, professors, principals, deans, and/ or other school administrators are better indications of a student’s future performance in school than personal recommendations. AS A RESULT, BOTH RECOMMENDATIONS SHOULD COME FROM THE AFOREMENTIONED TYPE INDIVIDUALS. References from relatives will not be accepted. If you are unable to secure references from school personnel, employers and/or clergy people qualified to comment on your leadership ability, your personal work accomplishments and/or your character in general would be acceptable. V. Certification of residency in good standing. The WinningEdge Scholarship Program will require a form signed by the property manager certifying that the applicant’s household is in good standing with WC apartment community or military base. This statement will ensure that the resident/applicant’s household is in good financial standing and not in violation of any lease requirements where they reside. It should also be noted that the WC will make follow-up contacts with the recipient’s property manager prior to the actual payment of any grant money in order to endure that the applicant/ resident has maintained their good standing status. Recipient/residents falling out of good standing will have their scholarship funds withheld until such time as they resolve the financial obligation and/or program violation to the satisfaction of WC. 3
  5. 5. WINNING NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE The selection committee will meet during the month of May. All applicants will be notified by May 24, 2013. IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES February 14, 2013 Application forms available April 12, 2013 FINAL DEADLINE for all parts of the application for a 2013 WinnCompanies grant. Submit the application form, references, essays and grade transcripts to your community office. May 24, 2013 All applicants notified of the outcome status of their application. June 21, 2013 Acceptance forms must be returned by this date if grant recipients wish to accept the offer of a scholarship. Grants not accepted by this date will be awarded to other applicants. July 31, 2013 Scholarship checks, made payable to post-secondary institutions, will be mailed via U.S. mail directly to the post-secondary institution on behalf of the scholarship recipient to help pay for the student’s 2013–14 school year costs. 4
  6. 6. WINNING 2013 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM Application Deadline is April 19, 2013 1. Name (Please include middle initial) Social Security Number (SSN) X X X X X (Last four digits only) Phone Number Address Street or P.O. Box City State Zip Code Name of Military Housing Community Where You Reside D.O.B. / / Female Male Please complete the following optional section: Ethnic Categories Racial Categories Hispanic or Latino American Indian or Alaska Native Not-Hispanic or Latino Asian Black or African American Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander White Other 2. Post secondary institution you are attending School Student Identification (ID) Number 2012 FAFSA EFC Score Fall of 2013/2014 class status College Freshman College Sophomore College Junior College Senior Other (Please provide explanation) If you have indicated college junior or college senior, please provide an indication of your declared major. Entering College Freshman Only: College Board Scores SAT Reading Math Writing or ACT Score (all entering Freshman must provide this information, unless it was not required by your school of attendance) Degrees currently held (not including high school) Page 1 of 3
  7. 7. WINNING 3. List all scholarships, work study grants, student loans and any other form of financial aid you have been promised or have received for the 2013–14 school year as of April 1, 2013 SOURCE OF FUNDING AMOUNT EFFECTIVE DATE PLEASE PROVIDE COPY OF DOCUMENT CERTIFYING THE AWARD 4. Utilize the attached reference forms to secure references from two (2) individuals. These references should come from people who have first-hand knowledge of your functioning as a student on a regular basis. WinningEdge Scholarship Program assumes that recommendations from teachers, guidance counselors, principals, deans, and other school administrators are better indicators of a student’s future performance in school than personal recommendations. AS A RESULT, BOTH RECOMMENDATIONS SHOULD COME FROM THE AFOREMENTIONED TYPE INDIVIDUALS. References from relatives will not be accepted. If you are unable to secure references from school personnel, employers and/or clergy people qualified to comment on your leadership ability, your personal work accomplishments and/or your character in general would be acceptable. 5. The selection committee wants to get to know you on a personal level and gain insight into your character and chosen field. In a typed essay of approximately 400 words identify and describe what you feel are your most positive personal qualities. Also, inform the selection committee of your chosen field of endeavor. Additionally, in bulleted format please list extra-curricular activities (sports, educational, social, civic, religious, job experiences, and/or family responsibilities) which reflect your interest in the field you have chosen to pursue through your post-secondary studies. We encourage you to elaborate briefly on the length of time of your involvement and describe any projects that reflect your interest in your chosen field of study. Please submit on white paper only. Creative alternatives to this essay are also acceptable. Musical and/or dramatic presentations may be submitted. This presentation should be 5 minutes or less in length, submitted on a DVD. Submissions of a portfolio of artistic work, not to exceed 10 pieces, is also a suitable alternative to this essay. A brief written description including the title(s) of your artwork, performance or musical composition must also be provided. Please do not submit original artwork. Artistic submissions will not be returned. 6. Utilize the attached Certification of Residency in Good Standing Form. This form must be signed by the property manager certifying that the applicant’s household is in good standing with WC apartment community or military base. Page 2 of 3
  8. 8. WINNING APPLICANT AND PARENT/GUARDIAN STATEMENT COMMUNITY SERVICE WinnCompanies and its affiliates believe in giving back to the communities which they serve. Just as WinnCompanies provides scholarships to worthy students as a portion of its commitment to assist the community, WinnCompanies values community service from students. If you have at any time over the last three years, been of service to the apartment community in which you live, please include relevant information regarding this in your essay. If you have not provided previous service, would you be willing to provide service over the course of the next year to the WinnCompanies’ community in which you reside? YES NO Know that if you are selected, and have indicated a willingness to serve, a Property Manager will try to establish a reasonable commitment for community service for you between June 2013, and December 2013. We have read the instruction sheet and this application form and wish to apply for a WinnCompanies Scholarship. We agree to comply with all procedures outlined in the application information and we agree to release to WinnCompanies the applicant’s academic records. PERMISSION TO RELEASE FINANCIAL STATEMENT As parent/guardian of I hereby release all necessary financial information on file to WinnCompanies for the purpose of determining financial need. PRIVACY I further agree that, if I am selected as a scholarship recipient, any information provided by me to the WinningEdge Scholarship Program in connection with this application may be used by the WinnCompanies WinningEdge Scholarship Program in promoting its purposes. PERMISSION TO PUBLICIZE NAME AND PHOTOGRAPH If awarded a scholarship, permission is given to use applicant’s name and /or photograph in publicity releases related to WinnCompanies. Applicant’s Signature Date Parent/Guardian’s Signature Date (only required if applicant is under 18 years of age) Page 3 of 3
  9. 9. WINNING PERSONAL CHARACTER REFERENCE FORM SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION Applicant Name of Address of Applicant Name of person providing referral Address of person providing referral Telephone number of person providing referral In what way have you come to know the applicant? (Professor, advisor, employer, etc.) Circle the most appropriate response for the applicant you are referring. Please consider each item independently from the others listed. Poor Good Outstanding Dependability…………… X X X X X Honesty…………………. X X X X X Perseverance……………. X X X X X Cognitive Aptitude……… X X X X X Conscientiousness………. X X X X X Concern for Others……… X X X X X Leadership………………. X X X X X I attest that the aforementioned reference is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I am not a blood relative of the applicant. Provider’s Signature Date Reference Please return this form to the applicant for submission prior to April 12, 2013. CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE Page 1 of 2
  10. 10. WINNING PERSONAL CHARACTER REFERENCE FORM, CONTINUED Please provide a brief narrative of your thoughts regarding the applicant’s personal character. Be sure to mention how you came to know the applicant and how long you have been acquainted with the individual. Other information helpful to the Selection Committee would include your perception of the applicant as a student, your belief in the applicant’s ability to successfully pursue a college degree, and any unique characteristics of the individual. Page 2 of 2
  11. 11. WINNING PERSONAL CHARACTER REFERENCE FORM SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION Applicant Name of Address of Applicant Name of person providing referral Address of person providing referral Telephone number of person providing referral In what way have you come to know the applicant? (Professor, advisor, employer, etc.) Circle the most appropriate response for the applicant you are referring. Please consider each item independently from the others listed. Poor Good Outstanding Dependability…………… X X X X X Honesty…………………. X X X X X Perseverance……………. X X X X X Cognitive Aptitude……… X X X X X Conscientiousness………. X X X X X Concern for Others……… X X X X X Leadership………………. X X X X X I attest that the aforementioned reference is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I am not a blood relative of the applicant. Provider’s Signature Date Reference Please return this form to the applicant for submission prior to April 12, 2013. CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE Page 1 of 2
  12. 12. WINNING PERSONAL CHARACTER REFERENCE FORM, CONTINUED Please provide a brief narrative of your thoughts regarding the applicant’s personal character. Be sure to mention how you came to know the applicant and how long you have been acquainted with the individual. Other information helpful to the Selection Committee would include your perception of the applicant as a student, your belief in the applicant’s ability to successfully pursue a college degree, and any unique characteristics of the individual. Page 2 of 2
  13. 13. WINNING RESIDENCY IN GOOD STANDING STATEMENT Applicant Name of Address of Applicant Name of Military Housing Community Where You Reside Lease Holder Name of RESIDENCY Property Manager certifies that the address listed above is the applicant’s primary place of residence and his/her name is on the household’s current Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or government agency’s annual income certification or respective specific WC lease as finalized by WC or its affiliates. The applicant can be an enrolled boarding student of the school if the aforementioned criteria is satisfied. GOOD STANDING Property Manager certifies that as of the signature date, the applicant/household is in good standing with the rules and regulations of HUD or applicable government agency that regulates the WC apartment or military base and the lease requirements of the WC apartment community or military base where they reside and relevant guidelines of WC or its affiliates. Manager Property Signature Print Name Date 12

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