Scholarship Program

Do you find yourself struggling to better your life, but being held back due to your past?

Do you desire to add skills training and financial security to your life?

Have you overcome addiction or incarceration or abuse (physical or sexual)?

Do you have 1-year of time, space, and healing since that experience?

Have you been actively working to better yourself instead of letting it define you?

Rise Up Hagerstown’s second-chance scholarships are for you!

 

 

Rise Up & Soar!

Check Out the Opportunities

(Scholarship Opportunity & School Information)

Get Your Scholarship Application Here 

(First-time applicants only, renewing scholars visit the renewal page)

Save Time & Apply Online Today

(First-time applicants only, renewing scholars visit the renewal page)

Dates and Deadlines:

Two application opportunities to apply for a scholarship this year. The current application deadline is June 15th. A second application opportunity will run from late August through November 6th. 

 

Application Period: March 1st - June 15th

Application Deadline: June 15th, 2021 (email or postmark date must be on or before this date)

Scholarship Interviews: July 17th, 2021

Announcement of Award(s): July 24th, 2021

Scholarship Orientation: July 31st, 2021 (for those awarded scholarships)

*Rise Up Hagerstown scholarships are awarded in amounts up to $1500.00 per school year.

**Current recipients are encouraged to apply for a renewal scholarship each year in their approved program of study. ***Approved scholars must also apply and be accepted to their school of choice in addition applying for a scholarship.

Rise Up Hagerstown’s primary purpose is to help overcomers like you to achieve their desired financial sustainability. We understand that it took lots of hard work to conquer your past experiences and that having a little support can go a long way in reaching your goals. We all have hurts, habits, and hang-ups that define who we are today because they are part of our experiences, but they should not define our worth. Conquering one’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups shows character and determination. You overcame, but what’s next? Do you find yourself unable to obtain needed job training to reach financial sustainability in order to provide for you and your family? Are you tired of hearing we’d love to hire you but with your history…? Societal stigmas along with cyclic and systemic barriers can be overwhelming, feeling as if there is no use to try to improve oneself. Rise Up Hagerstown is here to assist you in this next step.

 

If you have worked to overcome your past experiences, to be a better person, that is something to be applauded because it is hard work. It should not exclude you from being eligible to advance your education and ultimately your career and financial sustainability. But far too often, our past is used as reason to deny us that opportunity.

 

While keeping your other avenues of support intact such as your recovery group or support networks, begin training for a new career to gain charge of your financial future. Finances affect one’s emotional wellness in a major way. This combined with the emotional and mental health advances you have already made in your recovery journey can help advance you to the next level of success and happiness you have been striving for. It will be a challenging journey but one well worth the effort!

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Eligibility:

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be 18 or older prior to the application due date;

  • Applicant must have overcome a life obstacle in one or more of the following areas: incarceration, substance abuse/addiction, and/or be an abuse survivor. Applicant must have 1-year since that life event and show how they have overcome that instance using it to make them a better person.

  • Applicant must live in the Washington County MD, tri-state area/region. 

How to Apply: 

Applicants will be evaluated on each component of their submission. All applicants are to submit the following:

1. Complete scholarship application form which includes the following:

  • Short answer response as to how you would benefit from this scholarship and what sets you apart from other applicants. Space for response is included in the application, if more space is need you can attach additional pages. (Minimum 2 sentences, no maximum limit)

 

  • Short answer response detailing some hardships you have overcame in your life regarding poverty, legal difficulties/incarceration, substance abuse/addiction, or history of trauma and how you overcame these struggles to become the person you are today. Space for response is included in the application, if more space is need you can attach additional pages. (Minimum 4 sentences, no maximum limit)

 

  • Three (3) character references (not related to you) that are aware of your journey and success in overcoming. References could include but aren’t limited to case managers, professional/educational contacts, self-help groups, recovery groups, social service case managers and more. References should be listed in the application, additionally letters may be included or emailed but not required.

2. Submit completed scholarship application by deadline above via mail or email, or electronically via Google Forms. Postmark must be on or before deadline and electronic submissions must be completed by 11:59pm on date of deadline.

Rise Up Hagerstown
Attn: Scholarship Fund
PO Box 3527
Hagerstown, MD 21742-3527

3. Contact your school of choice (Barr Construction Institute, James Rumsey Technical Institute, Hagerstown Community College or University System of Maryland at Hagerstown) and complete their application process. Scholarship applicants must provide verification of acceptance before funds will be released to the school. 

School Links:

    Barr Construction Institute:  Website: www.abccvc.org | Facebook: @abccumberlandvalley | Programs @ Barr

 

    Hagerstown Community College:  Website: www.hagerstowncc.edu  | Facebook: @hagerstowncc | Degree Programs @ HCC

                                                                                                                                                                 Workforce Solutions @ HCC

 

    James Rumsey Technical Institute:  Website: www.jamesrumsey.com | Facebook: @abccumberlandvalley 

 

    USMH:  Website: www.hagerstown.usmd.edu  | Facebook: @usmhagerstown | Programs @ USMH

   

Check Out the Opportunities

(Scholarship Opportunity & School Information)

Get Your Scholarship Application Here 

(First-time applicants only, renewing scholars visit the renewal page)

Save Time & Apply Online Today

(First-time applicants only, renewing scholars visit the renewal page)

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