ROGERS PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
DEADLINE: 3/12/21 MIDNIGHT [CURRENTLY CLOSED]
RPS COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PACKET
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Rogers Public Schools Community Based Scholarship Program was founded in 1990 by the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce and the Rogers Public Schools. It was created to provide financial assistance to our graduating seniors pursuing higher education. Unless otherwise stated in the individual scholarship's criteria, applicants must be graduating high school seniors of the Rogers Public School District, Rogers, Arkansas and plan to attend an accredited vocational school, college or university in the fall of 2020.
Scholarship awards range from $50 up to $32,000 unless otherwise stated and can only be applied towards the cost of attendance as submitted by your college. Applicants may be eligible for and may receive more than one scholarship award.
LINK TO VIDEO: "How to Complete the RPS Community Scholarship Application" [with Ms. Matkowski]
ITEMS REQUIRED FOR A COMPLETE COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION:
- Completed Smarter Select Application
Smarter Select is the online application system for the RPS Community Based Scholarship Program. The link to the application is on the sidebar of this page. You do not have to complete the application all at once; it is broken down into pages and sections. You can save what you have completed and return at another time prior to the deadline. REMEMBER YOUR LOG-IN INFORMATION. You will NOT be able to access your application without the log-in. Sections within the application include:
- Student Information
- Parent/Guardian Information
- Sibling Information
- Plans Following Graduation From High School
- Estimated Expenses for First Year
- Financial Information
- School Related Extra-Curricular Activities
- Award and Honors
- Community Involvement
- Hobbies and Leisure Activities
- Work Experiences
- References (Names only - no letter required)
- Unofficial Transcript of Grades
Ms. Matkowski will be uploading your transcripts for you this year. However, you MUST send me a Remind text or email to tell me to upload it after you have started your application. You will not be able to submit your application without it. DO NOT wait until the last day to ask for the transcript.
- Unofficial ACT Scores
You are required to upload a copy of your highest ACT score report. Access your highest ACT composite score from the ACTstudent.org website and take a clear screenshot your ACT score report. (ACT Score PDF downloading is not available at this time on the ACT website.) Please make sure that your name is visible in the screenshot before uploading into your scholarship application.
- Current Photo
You do not need a professional photo, but please make sure it is a good image of you (not blurry.) Only include yourself in the photo (no group shots.)
- Extra Documentation For Specific Scholarships (if required)
Some Community Scholarships will require extra submitted materials. If you are applying for those scholarships, you will also upload these requested items. They may include:
- FAFSA Student Aid Report [Downloaded from your FAFSA account]
- Additional applications
- Additional essays
- Recommendation letters [Fill out a Recommendation Letter Request and give your teachers and counselors plenty of time to write their letter. Do not wait until the last minute to ask your teachers and counselors, or you might not get one back in time. This is YOUR responsibility, not theirs.]
- Parent/Guardian Statement
Your parent/guardian may fill out a statement section within the application. This optional section is available for them to tell why they think you deserve a scholarship, or additional financial information that donors should take into account. RHS can provide assistance in translating parent statements from Spanish.
- Individual Community Scholarship Checklist
Once your application materials have been uploaded, you MUST fill out the Google Doc Individual Community Scholarship Checklist form, linked within the Smarter Select application. You must put a check mark by each scholarship you want to apply to, as this form will tell us where to send your application. To determine whether you are eligible for each scholarship, refer to the RHS Community Scholarship Packet. If you do not checkmark scholarships in your Google Doc checklist, your application will NOT be submitted to donors. Do not forget this step!
FINAL STEP: SUBMIT
Once your application is completed, remember to SUBMIT your application. You are finished! You will be notified before the May 11th, 2021 RHS Community Scholarship Ceremony if you will be receiving a scholarship.
- Completed Smarter Select Application