The ASBA Educational Foundation is currently seeking scholarship applications for the ASBA Freshman and J.K. Williams Memorial Scholarships. The Foundation has awarded college scholarships to children of Arkansas school board members since 1994. The awards are based on a student’s academic record and leadership potential. The ASBA Freshman Scholarship will be at least $600 and is awarded to four high school seniors who will enter two-year or four-year Arkansas institutions of higher education. The recipients will represent each of the state’s four congressional districts. The J.K. Williams Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of former ASBA Executive Director J.K. Williams, is a $600 scholarship that will be awarded to the son/daughter of an ASBA-affiliated Arkansas school board member who is pursuing an advanced degree in the field of education at an Arkansas institution of higher education. A committee assigned by the ASBA Board of Directors reviews scholarship applications and determines awardees. Recipients must be the sons/daughters of publicly elected Arkansas school board members who are serving on their local boards on September 1 of the school year in which the scholarship is awarded. Grants are one-time scholarships. Scholarships are based upon academic performance, demonstrated leadership, community involvement, extracurricular activities, special talents or unique endeavors, and future educational and career plans. Financial need may be a consideration.Application submissions must include:
- Completed ASBA Educational Foundation Scholarship Application Form
- Three letters of recommendation (one each) from a teacher; principal or assistant principal; and a member of the community
- Student’s official transcript (seven semesters)
- An essay of no more than 500 words written by the student expressing goals, future plans, past activities, life/educational influences and a statement about how the scholarship would help the student to achieve his/her education and goals.
- A counselor-completed form and statement to include student’s seven-semester grade point average; class standing (rank and size of class); PACT/PSAT/ACT/SAT scores with state rank; End-of-course exam scores; and other pertinent information.