Minimum Requirements for a Scholarship
The Fund will only accept scholarship applications from current Cloudcroft High School (NM), Hagerman High School (NM) and Lake Arthur High School (NM) Seniors who are U.S. citizens and who have been accepted to an accredited college, university or trade school in the United States. The applicant must have attended their respective High School for at least 3 years and must have maintained a solid grade point average of 3.0 or better through their first seven semesters of high school. Additionally, the applicant must complete the FAFSA application for the current year attending college. (Extra consideration may be given to students who have taken advanced placement, honors, or dual credit course work during their high school career.)
Scholarship Application Opening and Deadline
The on-line application will open Monday, February 22, 2021. All scholarship applications must be submitted by Friday, March 12, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Generally, the scholarships awarded will range from $0 up to $6,000 per year. The awards will vary in accordance with students’ funding from additional sources and can change on a semester basis. The awards cannot exceed the total cost of attendance that includes room, board, tuition, fees and books.
Duration of Award
As a general rule, scholarship awards will be made for two consecutive years if the recipient is attending a community college and four consecutive years if the recipient is attending an accredited college or university. Additionally, to receive funds after the first semester, the recipient must maintain a 2.5+ cumulative GPA and be enrolled for 15+ semester hours. In exceptional situations, the Written In Red Foundation Scholarship Advisory Committee may extend the period, but not the amount, of the award. Exceptions may include but are not limited to: an interruption in post-secondary education due to any of the following: (i) military service of more than thirty days; (ii) an extended illness; (iii) the need to take care of a family member during an extended illness or, (iv) a degree program requiring 5 years for graduation.
Time and Manner of Payment - Student Responsibility
Payment of any scholarship awarded from the Funds will be paid directly to the educational institution the Scholarship recipient will be attending. The Scholarship recipient is responsible for notifying the Written In Red Foundation each semester for which the scholarship is to be paid of the following: (i) the name of the educational institution to which the scholarship should be sent; (ii) the address of the educational institution; (iii) the applicant’s total tuition, books, room and board for the academic semester; and (iv) as to semesters following the initial semester of enrollment that the recipient is still a student in good standing at the educational institution and a 2.5+ cumulative GPA and 15+ credit hours for the semester (Intersession courses are not eligible for the minimum 15+ credit hours. – No more than 6 on-line credit hours per semester will be included in the 15-credit hour minimum.) The student will accomplish the above by providing the WIRF a copy of their transcript each semester and a copy of their enrollment for each semester.
Loss of Scholarship Eligibility
The following could cause loss of scholarship eligibility for a student: (i) cumulative GPA under 2.5, (ii) taking less than 15 semester hours, (iii) failure to notify the Written In Red Foundation of a school transfer; (iv) failure to enroll in a college or university for the fall semester after high school graduation; (v) failure to meet the deadline in providing your GPA after each college semester. In the event that a scholar is ineligible, the scholar has one semester to regain eligibility.
S/U or CR/NC Grading
In some situations, such as the COVID-19 semester of fall 2020, your college or university may offer “S/U or “CR/NC” grading in which your grade will not be calculated in your GPA hours or quality points. In these situations, the Written In Red Foundation will only accept 1 or 2 classes to be taken this way. If more that 2 classes are taken this way, the scholar will be ineligible for funding the next semester. No dual credits will be added to the scholars’ totals to help save the scholarship.
No Binding Obligation
Although a scholarship applicant may fulfill the minimum requirements for applying for a Written In Red Scholarship, there is no guarantee that a scholarship will be awarded.