Guidelines: Jesse Bemley Scholarships

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Guidelines and application for the 2012 Jesse Bemley Scholarship. $20,000 in college scholarships for the high performing students at the 2012 national high school computer competition championship being held this year in Baltimore, MD

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Guidelines: Jesse Bemley Scholarships

  1. 1. BDPA EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATION Dr. Jesse Bemley Scholarship 2012 Guidelines © BDPA/BETF 4423 Lehigh Road#277 College Park, MD 20740 Phone (513) 284-4968 • Fax 202 318-2194 Website: www.betf.org Blog: http://betf.blogspot.com/
  2. 2. 2012 Jesse Bemley Scholarship Guidelines Page 2 Table of ContentsHistory of Dr. Jesse Bemley Scholarship .............................................................................................................................................................................. 2How to Contact BETF Scholarship Committee ................................................................................................................................................................... 3Award Process ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 4Eligibility................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 4Application Procedure ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 5Summary Comments.............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 5The Jesse Bemley Scholarship Application Form ................................................................................................................................................................ 7History of Dr. Jesse Bemley ScholarshipIn 1992, the BDPA Education & Technology Foundation (BETF), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizationwas established to support the broad range of computer workshops and seminars, computer-based studentactivities, training programs, partnerships and other BDPA sponsored solutions to education and technologyopportunities in minority communities. Toward this end BDPA, in collaboration with BETF, has beensuccessful in the creation of specialized programs that advance the skill sets needed by minority youth tocompete in the Information Technology (IT) industry. A scholarship program was established to further theeducation of high school and college students as well as their involvement in the IT industry. The firstscholarship within the SITES program was The Jesse Bemley Scholarship to recognize exemplaryperformance in the National Conference High School Computer Competition (HSCC).Dr. Jesse Bemley, a former National BDPA Education Chairperson, developed the High SchoolComputer Competition (HSCC) program in 1986. Dr. Bemley instituted the conference proceedingsand spearheaded the effort to get BDPA accepted as a constituent society of the Institute forCertification of Computing Professionals (ICCP). Dr. Bemley noted the large number of minoritystudents who had little or no computer literacy skills. With the ever-growing need to possess basiccomputer skills in the current job market, Dr. Bemley realized that in the future, individuals withoutthese skills would be left with no employment opportunities. Dr. Bemley has worked since the early1980s to get students, especially from high school, involved in national and international computingand engineering conferences, meetings, conferences, symposia, etc both in the US and abroad. He haswritten numerous articles on computer topics. The purpose of this scholarship fund program is to serveas the vehicle for the BDPA organization to increase the interest of minority youth in IT and to helpfacilitate the emergence of minorities into the industry.The Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program is a formal IT trainingprogram offered by most of the BDPA chapters nationwide. The SITES program offers high schoolstudents exposure and hands-on IT training. Many chapters provide workshops on basic computerskills and competencies providing a baseline of IT literacy. BDPA continues many of these basictraining opportunities into more in-depth IT and web development experience.The students learn to work in teams and they get exposure to the task management, role definition, andsupport critical for all teams to succeed. The teamwork aspect of the training receives its biggest test atthe SITES HSCC competition held annually at the National BDPA Conference. Revised 7/21/2012
  3. 3. 2012 Jesse Bemley Scholarship Guidelines Page 3Chapters are invited to bring one team of students to compete at the National Conference event. Thetop five winning teams win the Jesse Bemley scholarship.How to Contact BETF Scholarship CommitteeShould you have any questions or problems, please contact BETF through the contacts listed below. Yourlocal BDPA Chapter President will also have the name of the BETF Director assigned to work with yourBDPA chapter. E-mail scholarships@betf.org NOTE: If your email does not go through, check the www.betf.org website for the new email address. Phone (781) 962-4772 Fax (202) 318-2194 Web www.betf.org Mail 4423 Lehigh Road #277 College Park, MD 20740 Attention: BETF Scholarship Revised 7/21/2012
  4. 4. 2012 Jesse Bemley Scholarship Guidelines Page 4Award ProcessThe Jesse Bemley Scholarship goes to the top five high school student teams competing in the annual HighSchool Computer Competition (HSCC) at the BDPA National conference. The top five teams are those thatreceived the highest team scores in the three phases of the HSCC competition (Oral, Written, andProgramming competitions). Monetary college scholarships award of $20,000 allocated for the 2012competition as follows: Five 1st place winners each receive $1,500 for a total of $7,500 Five 2nd place winners each receive $1,000 for a total of $5,000 Five 3rd place winners each receive $500 for a total of $2,500 Five 4th place winners each receive $500 for a total of $2,500 Five 5th place winners each receive $500 for a total of $2,500The awards are handed out at the National Conference Awards Banquet held on Saturday night of theAnnual Conference. Students will receive packets at the conference containing a scholarship certificate, anaward letter, and the current scholarship guidelines. The certificate and letter are important to students forHigh School recognition, as well as, documentation for their college application process.Each year BETF will send a letter to the family or guardian to confirm contact information, as well as,remind families of the timing for application. It will also remind families when the scholarship funds willexpire. BETF will also notify local BDPA Chapter presidents so they know when letters have gone out tofamilies.EligibilityStudents who receive The Jesse Bemley Scholarship at the BDPA National Conference will be eligible fortheir awards once they fulfill the following requirements: 1. Complete High School Graduation; 2. Maintain BDPA Student Membership ($25/annually) 3. Gain Acceptance to an Accredited College Program; 4. Request the scholarship funds from BETF within two years after High School graduation, or six years from the date of The Jesse Bemley Scholarship Award, whichever is sooner. Revised 7/21/2012
  5. 5. 2012 Jesse Bemley Scholarship Guidelines Page 5Application ProcedureWhen a Jesse Bemley Scholarship award winning student graduates from High School and is accepted intoan accredited college program, he or she needs to apply for funds as follows: 1 Notify BETF by regular mail, e-mail, or fax of your acceptance to an accredited college or university. This alerts BETF to expect your application. 2 Submit Brief Biography, Digital Photo & HSCC Testimonial 1. Submit a brief biography. Be sure to include your career goals, current major, current school, and employment experience, if any. 2. Submit a digital photograph. 3. Submit an HSCC testimonial. Be sure to include your most memorable HSCC moments and what impact participating in HSCC has had on you. See the “Programs” section of the BETF website (www.betf.org) for examples. 3 Complete the Application Complete the application at the end of this document or visit the BETF web site (www.betf.org) and print out The Jesse Bemley Scholarship Application. Sign the application, then mail or fax the application to BETF. This form contains personal information and should not be sent via email. NOTE: The Application asks for two additional pieces of information: 1. Copy of either your Award Certificate or Award Letter 2. Proof of Enrollment at the College or University. Proof of Enrollment can be your acceptance letter or other official correspondence from the school (class registration is acceptable).Upon receipt of the student’s application BETF will: 1 Verify eligibility and notify you upon completion of the verification process 2 Remit the award funds to the College or University on your behalf and notify you when the payment is sent.Summary CommentsThe Jesse Bemley Scholarship is a one-time cash award. When BETF remits funds, it will be for the fullscholarship amount. At the present time, the scholarship cannot be split across multiple academic years.The scholarship monies will be a check made payable in the student’s name to the student’s college oruniversity. The student can apply these funds to tuition, or any other school expense payable through thecollege. Applicable expenses other than tuition could be room and board, school fees, or books, but eachschool is different as to which of these expenses are payable to the school. BETF only makes checks out tothe applicable college or university. Revised 7/21/2012
  6. 6. 2012 Jesse Bemley Scholarship Guidelines Page 6The family and/or guardians of the student are responsible for any income tax implications associated withthe scholarship award. Please contact your financial advisor for advice on your personal situation.The application form contains a “Funds Due Date” field where the student can specify when funds should besent to the college or university. This often relates to the college or university payment schedule. BETF willdo its best to meet the requested date, but the ability to meet that date will depend on: A complete and accurate scholarship application Verification of the student’s eligibilityPlease note that some local BDPA chapters have their own scholarship awards. The guidelines outlined hereapply to BETF’s Jesse Bemley scholarship for the first five winning teams of the annual High SchoolComputer Competition. If there is a local chapter scholarship award, please contact the local chapter for theguidelines to process that award.BETF would like to receive all scholarship applications AT LEAST 60 DAYS prior to when the fundsare needed. This will provide enough lead time to handle any questions or issues, and also allow time forinformation to be sent in the mail. At most colleges and universities you can notify the Financial Aiddepartment that you are processing scholarship funds. They will most likely ask you for the award certificateor award letter for their records. They often will then adjust your balances on their records noting that ascholarship check will cover those funds. There usually are no issues holding up any processing at theschool as long as they have the documentation and know the check is being processed.If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact BETF. Revised 7/21/2012
  7. 7. 2012 Jesse Bemley Scholarship Guidelines Page 7The Jesse Bemley Scholarship Application Form1.LAST NAME 2. FIRST NAME 3. MI4. NUMBER AND STREET (INCLUDE APARTMENT NUMBER)5. CITY 6. STATE 7. ZIP CODE8. SOCIAL SECURITY# 9. DATE OF BIRTH (MM-DD-YYYY)10A. TELEPHONE #. 10B. EMAIL ADDRESS11.PARENT or GUARDIAN .LAST NAME 12. PARENT FIRST NAME13. PARENT’S ADDRESS (IF DIFFERENT FROM ABOVE)14. CITY 15. STATE 16. ZIP CODE17. NAME OF ACCEPTING COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY WHERE REGISTERED18. STREET ADDRESS OF ACCEPTING COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY WHERE REGISTERED19. COLLEGE CITY 20. COLLEGE STATE 21. COLLEGE ZIP22. DEGREE23. ACADEMIC YEAR THAT YOU WILL BE GRADUATING24. PLEASE LIST THE CHAPTER, YEAR, AND PLACE (1ST, 2ND, 3RD , 4TH , OR 5TH ) OF THE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD (I.E. 2002, 1ST, MEMPHIS)YEAR(S) PLACE(S) BDPA CHAPTER (S)25. FUNDS DUE DATE.PLEASE ENCLOSE 1. A COPY OF YOUR SCHOLARSHIP AWARD LETTER OR CERTIFICATE 2. PROOF OF ENROLLMENT AT THE COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITYSIGNATURE Revised 7/21/2012

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