METCO Directors' Association Scholarship Application
PURPOSE

For twenty-five years, the METCO Directors’ Association (MDA) awarded annual scholarship in memory of former Scituate Public Schools METCO Director, Florence M. Howes. During that time, over thirty-eight thousand dollars is awarded to eligible METCO seniors to assist in their (post graduate) continuing academic endeavors. Upon the dissolution of the Florence M. Howes Scholarship, the MDA agreed that it was important to continue the tradition of honoring the tremendous commitment and hard work of deserving METCO youth by providing financial assistance through the scholarship award process. Therefore, the METCO Directors' Association has proudly established the METCO Directors’ Association Scholarship.

ELIGIBILITY

Participation in the METCO Program from METCO Directors’ Association Member District.
Maintenance of a cumulative 3.0 GPA; however students with a 2.5 GPA and who have held leadership positions are eligible to apply.
Current and past involvement in community activism and volunteer work within human service organizations.
Completion of admission process to accredited institutions of higher education.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Online Application Submission
High School Transcript (which should include semester 1 and/or first, second, third term grades)
Two letters of recommendation
Resume (including extra curricular activities and/or work history)
** All application materials should be scanned to scholarships.metcodirectors@gmail.com and received by Friday, May 25th.
** Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

The following members of the METCO Directors' Association Student Activities Committee are available to answer questions. All inquires should be sent to scholarships.metcodirectors@gmail.com.

Rasheedah Clayton Natick METCO
Jesensia Castro Foxborough/Walpole METCO
Margaret Credle-Thomas Arlington METCO
Lateefah Franck Lincoln METCO



METCO DIRECTORS' ASSOCIATION BACKGROUND HISTORY

The Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) Program, established in 1966 and funded under the Racial Imbalance Act of Massachusetts, is a voluntary desegregation program formed through the cooperative efforts of urban and suburban parents and educators. The METCO Directors' Association (MDA), founded in 1975, provides educational leadership in the areas of school desegregation, academic achievement for students of color, multicultural education, and parent empowerment. The MDA membership is comprised of concerned professionals who serve as METCO Directors or Coordinators in more than thirty suburban communities in the metropolitan Boston area.

OUR MISSION

The members of this association are committed to providing a quality educational and social experience for all students; strengthening our own personal and professional development and, ultimately, to creating avenues for positive change and growth among all with whom we interact.

OUR OBJECTIVES

* To challenge the forces which obstruct the achievement, development, and educational opportunities for children of color.
* To raise the academic level of all students, while placing particular emphasis on the types of strategies which build positive and realistic self-concepts among students of color.
* To plan and conduct workshops in support of professional development.


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