2017 Elbert Shaw Memorial Scholarship Application
Due January 10, 2018
About the Scholarship

A man described as a lifelong community servant with the highest integrity will be commemorated through two scholarships for local youth volunteers. In honor of the legacy of Elbert Shaw’s commitment to volunteer service and youth development, Shaw Industries is partnering with United Way of Northwest Georgia to offer two $5,000 scholarships for high school students.
The Elbert Shaw Memorial Scholarship seeks to recognize young people who are active, empowered members of our community. The award recipients will be youth who work in cooperation with their peers and community leaders to create positive change in society, including identifying problems and implementing solutions.
“This scholarship program is a testament to Elbert Shaw, a man that freely gave of his time and resources to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Vance Bell, CEO of Shaw Industries. “Elbert embodied honesty, integrity and a passionate caring for others in his volunteer pursuits. I believe that Elbert would be proud to recognize motivated youths that are driven to create a better future through volunteerism.”
The scholarship(s) will be given out annually at the United Way Annual Meeting held every Spring. Students are only eligible to receive the award once in a lifetime.
Amanda Burt, President of United Way of Northwest Georgia, confirms value in youth service, “When young people volunteer, they help to solve problems that face their communities like hunger, homelessness, a high drop-out rate, vandalism and many more. They also grow on a personal, social and intellectual level. Studies show that teens who reported having positive role models—particularly among their peers—were nearly twice as likely to volunteer as those who did not.”
Becoming an active volunteer plays a pivotal role in character development. According to a Search Institute Study, young people who engage in two hours of service per week are half as likely to engage in high risk behavior such as fights, truancy, smoking, drinking and drug use. Just two hours of service a week bolsters resiliency, improves self-esteem, increases personal responsibility, and connects young people to others. Elbert Shaw was very passionate about helping troubled youth and creating paths to better opportunities.
Elbert Shaw worked tirelessly to have a positive impact on our community’s youth. The Elbert Shaw Memorial Scholarship will honor his life by perpetuating his goals of youth development by sowing the seeds for future volunteers in Northwest Georgia.

Submitting Documents
Along with completing this online application, each applicant will need to submit the Elbert Shaw Memorial Scholarship Application Package. You can print the application package from here- http://www.ourunitedway.org/youth-volunteer. Completed application packets should be hand delivered to United Way of Northwest Georgia, 816 South Thornton Avenue, Dalton, Georgia by Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 5 p.m.

The application package requests the following documents:

- A photograph of the nominee (an action shot of you volunteering while looking at the camera).

- A letter from the applicant's school stating that they are a current Junior or Senior in high school and the grade point average of the student. Students must hold a current high school GPA of 3.00 or higher.

- If the student attends school outside of Whitfield or Murray Counties, but lives in one of the two counties, please submit proof of residency such as a copy of a driver license of the student.

-Two letters of recommendation from non-relatives, preferably from teachers and/or staff of an organization where the student volunteers.

- A letter of verification must be submitted from each non-profit, school, or government agency where the individual has served, stating the dates of service and the total number of hours. The applicant must have completed at least 150 hours of volunteer service in 2017.

- A completed volunteer log of 150 hours or more.

I understand that in order to be considered for the Elbert Shaw Memorial Scholarship, I must complete both the online application and submit the application package with the required documents to United Way of NWGA. *
Applicant Information
Applicant's Full Legal Name *
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School *
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Home Mailing Address *
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City *
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State *
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Zip Code *
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Email *
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Phone Number *
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How many hours of volunteer service have you served during 2017? *
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Volunteer Activities
In this section, you will answer questions based on the volunteer activities you did during 2017. There is space for three volunteer activities. If you volunteered during a class (such as Service Learning) or for a club (ex. 4-H or Key Club), please list all of those activities as one volunteer activity. If you volunteered at two different organizations that were not part of a class or club volunteering then you would count those as two separate volunteer activities. All hours of volunteer service should equal the total reported 2017 volunteer hours from the above question.
Please describe your first volunteer activity. *
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How many hours of service did you complete in 2017 at your first volunteer activity? *
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Which of the following applies to your first volunteer activity? *
Please describe your second volunteer activity (if at a different organization).
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How many hours of service did you complete in 2017 at your second volunteer activity?
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Which of the following applies to your second volunteer activity?
Please describe your third volunteer activity (if at a different organization than one and two).
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How many hours of service did you complete in 2017 at your third volunteer activity?
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Which of the following applies to your third volunteer activity?
If you have more volunteer activities that you need to add, please use this space below. Keep it in this format: Describe your volunteer activity, How many hours of service did you complete in 2017 for this activity, Does school credit or club/organization required hours apply to this volunteer activity? *
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Impact of Volunteer Service
In this section, you will answer three essay questions about your service. Please answer in complete sentences. Each answer will need to be at least one paragraph long, but no more than 250 words for each question. This is your time to shine and toot your own horn! The following essay questions are a way to show the United Way Corporate Volunteer Council who you are and why you should be awarded the Elbert Shaw Memorial Scholarship.
Other than yourself, who has benefited from your volunteer activities? *
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What impact have you made in our community or the environment? *
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What motivated you to volunteer? *
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About You
There are several well-deserving applicants who apply for the Elbert Shaw Memorial Scholarship; however, there are only two scholarships to give out each year. The Corporate Volunteer Council would like to know a little more about you. Please answer the following questions with no more than 250 words for each question.
What is your intended college major? *
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What college or university are you hoping to attend? *
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What are your plans after college graduation? *
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Why should you receive the Elbert Shaw Memorial Scholarship? *
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