Applications for Souza Foundation music scholarships due April 6

on March 16, 2018

The Souza Scholarship Committee grants two types of monetary awards every year:

  1. to high school seniors in the form of college tuition payments, which will be awarded to one or more deserving students.
  2. to students in grades 6-11 to be used to encourage further development in music or the performing arts, i.e. summer music camp, specialized workshops, advanced lessons or training, and more. Underclassmen are eligible to apply more than once for an award. However, once a student has received one undergraduate award, he/she shall no longer be eligible to apply for another.

The Scholarships are awarded in memory of Robert W. Souza who came to the Monroe-Woodbury Middle School in 1966 as an instrumental music teacher. During his 14 years at Monroe-Woodbury, he served in many capacities including district music coordinator.

The Souza Memorial Scholarships were instituted shortly after Mr. Souza’s untimely death in 1980. The Monroe-Woodbury Teachers’ and the Monroe-Woodbury Administrator’s Associations decided to memorialize Bob in a special way by creating scholarships in music and the performing arts for seniors, and also for students in grades 6-11.


Application Guidelines – High School

Requirements:

1 – Typed essay

The founding Committee recognized four characteristics that best reflect the character of Mr. Souza.

Specific statements (in the form of a typed essay) and supportive evidence of the four characteristics listed below must be submitted with the application:

  • service to school and community
  • appreciation of and commitment to the performing arts and music
  • unselfish commitment in relating to others
  • leadership which is characterized by integrity, compassion and perseverance

All applicants are asked to be concise in their statements and limit the essay to 400 words.

2 – Two letters of recommendation from:

  • one teacher by whom the applicant has been taught at Monroe-Woodbury AND
  • one community member who can verify service

3 – Students should also attach:

  • completed activity sheet
  • copy of student transcript, accompanied by parent note, releasing this information to the committee

The committee will interview all finalists. A finalist will be chosen on the overall quality of his/her application. All applicants will be notified of results.

Completed applications should be mailed to:

Souza Scholarship Committee
c/o Mrs. Ronnee MacDonald
8 Forge Road
Monroe, NY 10950

Completed applications MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN April 6, 2018.

High School Souza Scholarship Application


Application Guidelines – Middle School

Requirements:

1 – Typed essay

The founding Committee recognized four characteristics that best reflect the character of Mr. Souza.

Specific statements (in the form of a typed essay) and supportive evidence of the four characteristics listed below must be submitted with the application:

  • service to school and community
  • appreciation of and commitment to the performing arts and music
  • unselfish commitment in relating to others
  • leadership which is characterized by integrity, compassion and perseverance

All applicants are asked to be concise in their statements and limit the essay to 400 words.

2 – One letter of recommendation from:

  • a teacher by whom the applicant has been taught at Monroe-Woodbury  OR
  • one community member who can verify service

3 – Students should also attach:

  • completed activity sheet

The committee will interview all finalists. A finalist will be chosen on the overall quality of his/her application. All applicants will be notified of results.

Completed applications should be mailed to:

Souza Scholarship Committee
c/o Mrs. Ronnee MacDonald
8 Forge Road
Monroe, NY 10950

Completed applications MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN April 6, 2018.

Middle School Souza Scholarship Application

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