Madison Taylor Scholarship Application
Read carefully through all instructions. Your first submission will be the only submission considered for award.


MADISON TAYLOR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 
FOR GRADUATING POWAY HIGH SENIORS
Madi means joy. She brought joy to all who knew her. She kept all who loved her laughing with her irreverent approach to life. Getting chemo? That means it’s time for a dance party not time to wallow. Nurses, friends, and family would dance with her. Her joy was contagious.

Cancer may have taken her physically from us, but it didn’t take her spirit. Madi lives on everyday through the people whose lives she touched. We are more apt to live in the moment, we will stop to remember that life should be fun, we will go out of our way to give back to the world around us, we will not let our worries about what might happen stop us from doing great things. All these things are due to lessons we learned from Madi.

Madison Taylor passed away from leukemia after successfully beating Ewing’s sarcoma. She will forever be 14. But in those 14 years, she lived true to herself. She valued an authentic life. She loved animals and was a student leader.

In Madi’s honor, and to recognize Madi’s spirit in others, we invite graduating Poway High students to apply for a scholarship in her name.

WHO SHOULD APPLY? Anyone who values Madi’s approach to life: authenticity, laughter the face of adversity, giving back, loving animals, loving family, being a leader…if this is you, then we invite you apply.

AVAILABILITY
MADISON TAYLOR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP scholarship funds are available to Poway High School seniors graduating in June of the current academic year. The scholarship award is to be used during fall semester/quarter following high school graduation at an accredited college or university, community college, or trade/technical school.

QUALIFICATIONS
This scholarship recognizes Madi's legacy in the school and community and does not have a grade point average restriction or requirement.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Only one submission will be accepted per applicant. Please compose your essay in your preferred word processing software then paste it into the appropriate box on the electronic form below. Applications must be submitted no later than 11pm PST on May 8, 2020.

There are three components to the application: basic biographical information, an essay, and two letters of recommendation. The basic biographical information and the essay will be submitted below on this form. The letters of recommendation require you to download and print the Reference Forms at the Step 2 link on the Madison Taylor Memorial Scholarship webpage located at www.powayptsa.org/MadisonTaylor. Next you will submit the Reference Forms to two teachers, staff members, or community leaders, or combination thereof, and ask for letters of recommendation. The letters of recommendation and the Reference Forms will be returned to you in a sealed envelope from the teacher/staff member/community leader who wrote the letter. It is your responsibility mail the letters to 13912 Country Creek Road, Poway, CA 92064 with a postmark of no later than May 8, 2020 to be eligible.

* Each reference must be a PHS faculty member or a community volunteer leader who is familiar with the student and can speak intimately to the character of the student.
*Neither reference can be related to the student.
*The letter must be written specifically for this scholarship application.
*Copies of recommendation letters for college admission are not acceptable.
*Each completed reference form and letter should be given to the applicant in a sealed envelope.

Essay:
In no more than 1000 words, please address the following:
*How Madi’s approach to life--authenticity, laughter the face of adversity, giving back, loving animals, loving family, being a leader--relates and inspires you.
*Your career plans, goals, objective, and any other information you feel would be valuable to the selection committee.
*All school service-related activities including any service you have provided to others in your school.
*Your volunteer service in our community.

DUE DATES
Submit two sealed letter of recommendations, each along with a reference form via US Mail to 13912 Country Creek Road, Poway, CA 92064. Sealed envelopes containing reference forms and letters of recommendation must be postmarked by Friday, May 8th. No exceptions.

Online application deadline is 11:00pm PST Friday, May 8, 2020. No exceptions.

SELECTION
Each applicant’s information is kept confidential. Recipients are selected by members of Team Taylor. A check for the scholarship will be sent directly to the recipient and will be made payable to the student.

For questions, please email madisontaylorscholarship@gmail.com
Email address *
First Name *
Middle Name *
Last Name *
Mailing Address *
These people will be writing my Letters of Recommendation: *
List names of colleges, universities, community colleges, trade/technical schools to which you have been accepted or applied to (indicate which). Scholarship recipient must attend an accredited college, university, community college, or trade/technical school within the first year following high school graduation. Please be prepared to show proof of such (either forwarded email or copy of acceptance letter) at a later date if requested. *
In no more than 1000 words, please address the following: 1. How Madi’s approach to life--authenticity, laughter the face of adversity, giving back, loving animals, loving family, being a leader--relates and inspires you. 2. Your career plans, goals, objective, and any other information you feel would be valuable to the selection committee. 3. All school service-related activities including any service you have provided to others in your school. 4. Your volunteer service in our community. *
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