Apply for the Lt. Matthew Vandegrift Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Application Form and Guidelines

Amount


The Vandegrift Family Foundation (VFF), supported by the Capital City A&M Foundation and Capital City A&M Club (CCAMC), will award two scholarships to Vandegrift High School students who plan to attend Texas A&M University. Each scholarship is a total of $16,000 over four years. The recipient will receive no less than $4,000* each year for a total of four years.  Funding for the scholarships come from the Vandegrift Family Foundation (VFF) and the Capital City A&M Foundation (CCAMF). The VFF and CCAMF coordinates the administration of the scholarships.

* actual amount subject to change by VFF and CCAMF approval

Types of Scholarships


Lt. Matthew Vandegrift Memorial Corps of Cadets Scholarship.  This scholarship is to be awarded to a VHS student that intends to enter the Corps of Cadets.  This scholarship is awarded on a four year cycle.  The next scholarship will be awarded in 2021.  This scholarship was funded with a match made by the TAMU Foundation from a grant supporting The Corps of Cadets and is awarded by The TAMU Foundation in conjunction with The Corps of Cadets.  VFF works in conjunction with all parties to help identify a suitable VHS candidate for this scholarship.

Lt. Matthew Vandegrift Mays Business School Scholarship.  This scholarship is to be awarded to a VHS student that intends to enter the TAMU Mays Business School and has qualified for the Honor’s Program.  This scholarship is awarded on a four year cycle.  The next scholarship will be awarded in 2018.  This scholarship was funded with a match made by the TAMU Mays Business School (MBS) and is awarded by it.  VFF works in conjunction with MBS and VHS to help identify a suitable VHS candidate for this scholarship.

Eligibility


Initial Eligibility.  To be eligible, applicants must be a Vandegrift High School senior and the student must have applied for admission to Texas A&M University (College Station campus only)

The student does not need to have been accepted to Texas A&M University prior to submitting this scholarship application, but the payment of the scholarship award is contingent upon their acceptance and enrollment at Texas A&M University in College Station. Note, this also includes acceptance and enrollment to the Texas A&M-Blinn Team or the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn-Brenham (TEAB).

Continuing Eligibility.  Scholarship funds for the second year are contingent upon the scholarship recipient achieving a grade point average of at least 2.0 for their freshman year. For purposes of this application the term “recipient” refers to the applicant chosen for the scholarship award.

Application Deadline, Submission and Award


Applications must be received no later than October 1, 2018. The Scholarship Application can be downloaded here, or at the bottom of this page. Submit application to scholarship@vandegriftfoundation.org.

If you have any questions, please contact VHS AP Mike Heath.

Scholarship recipient will be notified during the second week of April. (Applicants not chosen as a recipient will be notified by mail before April 21st.)

Scholarship recipient will be introduced and recognized for their accomplishments at the following events. Recipients are expected to attend all of these events.

  • VHS Valor Day
  • VHS Senior Awards Ceremony.
  • Aggie Muster ceremony on April 21, 2018 (http://muster.tamu.edu/ ).
  • Annual CCAMC Coach’s Night event.
  • Annual CCAMC membership luncheon held during the winter break in Austin to report to the CCAMC on their fall semester.

Funds will be disbursed through the Texas A&M University financial aid office.

Criteria for Selection


The VFF Scholarship Committee will choose recipients using the following general factors:

  • Financial need;
  • High school grades and college entrance exam scores;
  • Extracurricular activities, community involvement, and work experience;
  • Essays and a letter of recommendation from principal, teacher, or community leader;
  • Winners will be determined without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or educationally unrelated handicaps.

In addition, to be eligible, must meet the following criteria for each scholarship:

Matthew Vandegrift Memorial Corps of Cadets Scholarship.

  • Desire to be a member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. For more information regarding the Corps: http://corps.tamu.edu/academic-advantage/
  • Submit Scholarship Application found as part of the ApplyTexas.org admission application.
  • Establish contact with the Corps Recruiting Office or attended or have scheduled to attend one of the Corps Recruiting Programs. The deadline for submitting the Scholarship Application is December 1st.
  • Qualify for the Texas A&M Corps 21 Scholarship as determined by the Corps Scholarship Committee. Recipients will be notified starting in February and continue through the summer.
  • Able to perform the following requirements to continue the scholarship:
    • Remain a member in good standing within the Corps of Cadets.
    • Enroll in a minimum of 12 hours per semester at Texas A&M (Blinn TEAM and Engineering Academy at Blinn [TEAB] excepted). This may be waived on a case-by-case basis by the Commandant.
    • Maintain a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.3 for SulRoss/Corps, 2.5 for Commandant’s Leadership Award and General Rudder Scholarship, and 3.0 for Corps 21 Scholarship.
    • Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours by the beginning of sophomore year and a minimum of 75 credit hours by the beginning of the senior year in the Corps.
    • Write a “Thank You Letter” to the scholarship donor(s) each semester, and submit to the Corps Scholarship Office.
    • Allow grades to be sent to the donor(s) each semester.
    • Allow contact information such as phone number and e-mail address to be sent to donor(s).
    • Participate in Corps or Donor sponsored social events in honor of the scholarship donors.

Matthew Vandegrift Mays Business School Scholarship.

  • Desire to major in a business related field in the Mays Business School. For more information regarding the Texas A&M Mays Business School: http://mays.tamu.edu/incoming-freshmen/
  • Score 1360 or higher composite on the new SAT (1300 on the old) or 30 or better on the ACT.
  • Submit Scholarship Application found as part of the ApplyTexas.org admission application. In addition, send official SAT/ACT test scores (including writing portion) and an official high school transcript (including class size and rank) to the Texas A&M Admissions Office.
  • The deadline for submitting the Scholarship Application is December 1st.
  • Qualify for the as determined by the Mays Business School Scholarship Committee. Recipients will be notified by early March.

Additional Responsibilities of VFF Scholarship Recipients


In addition to completing the criteria and requirements listed above, each VFF Scholarship Recipient is expected to do the following:

  • At the end of each school year while attending Texas A&M, send a photo and a brief summary to the VFF Scholarship Committee of your activities and accomplishments. This will be posted on the VFF website
  • Upon graduation, volunteer as a member of the Vandegrift Family Foundation as a way of giving back and paying it forward to the next VFF scholarship recipients. Participation may be performed remotely if you are located away from Austin.

Tips on Applying for a Scholarship from the Vandegrift Family Foundation


We are glad you want to attend Texas A&M University, and we wish you success in your college career. Every scholarship application is evaluated very carefully. We choose our recipients on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, and general factors such as motivation, community service, letters of recommendation, and the overall impression given by your application.

Academic achievement and financial need are facts. However, we only know about your motivation, community service, and you as a person from what you tell us about yourself, and how you tell us about yourself. Both the “what” and the “how” are important and can really influence our decision. Therefore, we are including the tips below to help you present yourself well. This advice may seem obvious, yet we receive applications every year with mistakes that these tips address.

Overall Tips:

  • Start working on the application as early as possible. We can tell who spent time and effort on the application and who did not. The short essays at the end will require some time to complete successfully.
  • Make it easy for the committee to learn about you. Please use the attached electronic document to type your application. 
  • Write clearly, completely, and succinctly.
  • When you are finished, proofread your application. Read it aloud. Proofread it again!

Tips for the Application Sections:

Eligibility:   If you have any questions about your eligibility, you may contact your high school counselor, or contact the VFF Scholarship Committee directly via email at donations@VandegriftFoundation.org.

Background Information:  Please be sure to complete all requested information in this section.

High School Curriculum and Performance:  Please include the most recent grade information possible. Please attach an official High School transcript and your SAT or ACT score report.

Financial/Family Information:  Give us general information about your family’s finances and ability to pay for your college education. 

Work Experience/Extracurricular:  This section gives you an opportunity to identify your non-academic accomplishments. We are particularly interested in knowing about the leadership roles you have held and the volunteer activities you have performed. These experiences may include activities in clubs, athletics, churches, and civic organizations. This section is also the place to describe any special family responsibilities, work experiences, or other extracurricular activities outside of the classroom. Make sure each item is understandable to someone who is not familiar with a specific organization.

Essays/Letter of Recommendation:  You should not attach additional sheets here. We want something short but full of information.

  • Describe your career goals and vocational objectives. What are your career or vocational goals and objectives? If you are still unsure, describe what your interests are and what you hope to accomplish.
  • Describe your time at VHS and how it has shaped your perspective, your academic credentials, or motivation to succeed to be a better person. Describe your time at VHS.  Have any teachers or coaches helped shape your life, provided a positive perspective, or the motivation and determination to succeed and be a better person?  Describe how Matthew Vandegrift’s legacy may have influenced you.
  • Explain why you want to attend Texas A&M University. What have you learned or already know about Texas A&M that made you choose to go there? What does A&M offer that other schools do not? Are there personal reasons for you to attend A&M?

Letter of Recommendation:  Select the person to write your letter of recommendation very carefully. Make sure this person understands your specific goals so they can emphasize the aspects of your personality, academic performance and extracurricular activities that relate to that goal. The letter should explain the position or status of the person writing the letter and their relationship with you. It should contain specific examples that illustrate your abilities and accomplishments. The letter should not exceed one page in length. It is a good idea to share these requirements with the person who writes your letter.


Download Scholarship Application Here!