Legacy Scholarship Requirements

Midland College's Legacy Scholarship covers tuition and fees up to $1050 for fall and spring terms ($2100 per year). Summer and Interim sub terms are not covered. If all requirements are maintained, students may renew the scholarship for up to 4 consecutive long terms (fall/spring) immediately following high school graduation or GED Completion. Time limit exceptions may be granted for documented long term medical conditions or military service; however an extension is not guaranteed.

Students must enroll in at least six (6) hours. The scholarship does not include books. Funds may not be exceeded or carry forward to future terms.

Funds are limited and granted on a first come, first serve basis. Completion of requirements is not a guarantee of funds. It is strongly recommended that community service hours and application be submitted as soon as completed.

 

Requirements

The following requirements are for soon to be high school graduates that have not received the Legacy Scholarship.

Application

Please complete the application. This is required of all students wanting to pursue the Legacy Scholarship.

Legacy Scholarship Application

High School Graduation & GPA

Students must graduate from high school within Midland County and have a final GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. All scholarship offers will remain pending and not guaranteed until the final high school transcript is received by the Legacy Advisor.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Students must complete 40 hours of community service at an approved agency for each academic year the scholarship is received. Students may begin their community service the summer following their junior year in high school. It is strongly recommended that students submit their community service hours as soon as possible since the scholarship is time sensitive and granted on a first come first serve basis.

Approved Community Service Agencies

 

FAFSA/TAFSA - Free Application for Student Aid

To be considered for the the Legacy Scholarship, students must have a FAFSA/TAFSA on file at Midland College. Eligibility for State or Federal Aid is not required for Legacy recipients.

 fafsa.ed.gov


Legacy 101 & the Thank You Letter

Attendance at a Legacy 101 session in the month of May or June is required. Students will be informed of requirements to keep the scholarship, future deadlines and steps for renewal, and additional scholarship opportunities.

Maintaining the Scholarship

To maintain the scholarship for the second semester, Legacy Scholars must complete 75% of the hours they enrolled in with a 2.0 current term GPA.

The following requirements are for soon to be GED recipients that completed classes with Midland College's Adult Education and Literacy program.

APPLICATION

Please complete the application. This is required of all student wanting to pursue the Legacy Scholarship.

GED completion

Students must complete their GED after taking classes with the Midland College Adult Education and Literacy program.

GED Verification Form


COMMUNITY SERVICE

Students must complete 40 hours of community service at an approved agency for each academic year the scholarship is received. Students may begin their community service the summer following their junior year in high school. It is strongly recommended that students submit their community service hours as soon as possible since the scholarship is time sensitive and granted on a first come first serve basis.

Approved Community Service Agencies

 

FAFSA/TAFSA - FREE APPLICATION FOR STUDENT AID

To be considered for the the Legacy Scholarship, students must have a FAFSA/TAFSA on file at Midland College. Eligibility for State or Federal Aid is not required for Legacy recipients.

fafsa.ed.gov


LEGACY 101 & THE THANK YOU LETTER

Attendance at a Legacy 101 session in the month of May or June is required. Students will be informed of requirements to keep the scholarship, future deadlines and steps for renewal, and additional scholarship opportunities.

MAINTAINING THE SCHOLARSHIP

To maintain the scholarship for the second semester, Legacy Scholars must complete 75% of the hours they enrolled in with a 2.0 current term GPA.

The following requirements are for soon to be GED recipients that completed classes with Midland College's Adult Education and Literacy program.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Students must complete 40 hours of community service at an approved agency for each academic year the scholarship is received. Students may begin their community service the summer following their junior year in high school. It is strongly recommended that students submit their community service hours as soon as possible since the scholarship is time sensitive and granted on a first come first serve basis.

Approved Community Service Agencies



FAFSA/TAFSA - FREE APPLICATION FOR STUDENT AID

To be considered for the the Legacy Scholarship, students must have a FAFSA/TAFSA on file at Midland College. Eligibility for State or Federal Aid is not required for Legacy recipients.

fafsa.ed.gov


Statement of Impact

The Statement of Impact is a more comprehensive form of a thank you note. Once completed, submit the essay to the Legacy Advisor.

Writing Suggestions:

  • Include your story and allow the donor to get to know you.
  • Answer the question, "if it wasn't for this scholarship, I would..."
  • Write about the goals you have set and how this scholarship will help you get there.
  • If you were having dinner with the donor, what would you say?

MAINTAINING THE SCHOLARSHIP

To maintain the scholarship for the second semester, Legacy Scholars must complete 75% of the hours they enrolled in with a 2.0 current term GPA.

Graduating Legacy Scholars are eligible to apply for the Herbert L. Cartwright Education Continuance Scholarship.

The scholarship awards up to $6250 per semester (reduced by the amount of Pell Grant, Scholarships, or other academic awards) at a public university in Texas. The total award is based on cost of attendance of the school attended and personal situation.

The scholarship is renewable for two years and continues only for the four semesters after leaving Midland College, fall and spring only, or completion of a bachelor's degree. Awards are competitive and not guaranteed.

Complete application packets are due to the Legacy Advisor by April 1st.


Initial Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a Legacy Scholar in good standing. Legacy scholarship recipient, member of SIP.

  • Must graduate with an Associates Degree from MC and participate in the graduation ceremony.

    Graduation Application
  • Must submit a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation.

  • Must complete a Federal Aid Application. Student aid report must be attached to application.

    fafsa.ed.gov
  • Must be accepted to a four-year public university in Texas. The acceptance letter must be attached to your application.
    Selected candidates will be interviewed before the awards are granted.

Requirements for new and returning Legacy Scholars vary. Be sure to complete the correct requirements.

 

 

Legacy Essay Contest

How to be a $500 Legacy Essay Contest Winner

  • Be a current Legacy Scholarship recipient attending Midland College.
  • Write a 500 word (approximately 2 pages) double spaced essay about your Legacy volunteer experience. This essay is an expression of how the experience impacted you on a personal level. Write from the heart.
  • Submit your essay as an attachment in an e-mail to Diana Ramos at dramos@midland.edu no later than October 1st for fall consideration or March 1st for spring consideration.

 

Spring 2017

Legacy Essay Contest Winners

The Experience that Changed My Future

By Jacob Beaty

“Mr. Jacob, Mr. Jacob!! Will you baptize me tomorrow?” This was the moment I knew that the 120-hour week of volunteering, constant running and energy I had put into the week with the kids for Unlock Ministries at Op Camp was all worth it. In fact, I would do it over and over again. And I did. The summer of 2016 was my second year to volunteer with Unlock Ministries, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Op Camp is a free summer camp for at risk children. Most of the kids come from the Permian Basin, but many come from other surrounding areas also. Op Camp is held at Butman Methodist Summer Camp in Merkel, Texas every summer. To be completely honest, my first summer doing Op Camp I was doing it mostly for the hours because I could get them done all at once in one week. But once I got there and saw how much just being there impacted those kids and how happy it made them, I knew that I would continue to volunteer for consecutive summers.

Being a first hand witness and hearing what some of these children had gone through really changed the plans of my future. I now plan to go on and become a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Anesthesia. After that, I plan to use a large portion of my salary to contribute to and help fund a non-profit benefiting at risk children/teens that my fiancée will be running. My future wife and I are getting married this August and we plan to start our own branch of a non-profit similar to Unlock Ministries in our future.

The kids at Op Camp come from all kinds of families. They can come from mixed families, single mom families, single dad families, grandparents as their legal guardian families, verbally abusive families, physically abusive families, and many more. These children and their backgrounds were on mine and my fiancée’s hearts so heavily, that we made the decision to work towards a goal of starting our own branch of a non-profit organization.

While at Op Camp, you get a chance to connect with kids and give them a relationship they’ve never had before. You get to play games with them, minister to them, and just be their friend. I spent a lot of time with Gavin that week, praying with him and being his friend. So when Gavin asked me to be the one to baptize him at the end of the week of camp, it meant so much to me. I really felt like I had made a difference in his life for the better. I cannot remember any other time in my life when I have felt as important and useful as I did in that moment. Of course I accepted his offer and I baptized Gavin the next day, the very last day of camp.

Gavin and I still communicate to this day. He still texts or calls me and asks for advice, or I’ll just text him to see if he’s doing okay or needs anything. My volunteer time with Unlock Ministries at Op Camp changed what I want to do with my future, it helped me learn that my problems aren’t always the worst, and it taught me that everyone needs someone no matter how old they are or what their attitude seems like on the outside. I got the chance to learn things about myself and others, find out what I want to do with my future, and most importantly, be a part of Gavin’s life. And it all started because I needed volunteer hours for the Legacy Scholarship. All of these experiences and things that I learned are thanks to the donors and contributors of the Legacy Scholarship.

By Lauren Bell

Scott Hamilton once said, “the only disability in life is a bad attitude.” I found this to be true when I completed a portion of my community service hours at the Midland Children’s Rehab Center teaching a three and four-year-old dance class. The class was intended to serve children with orthopedic or neurological limitations. Each day would begin with hugs, crushed gram crackers and the song, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” During the class I taught the children a routine for their Christmas recital. However, it taught me more about my capacity to love, and my foolish preconceived judgments.

Throughout my life, I have seen the struggle many parents of children with special needs endure. I would think to myself how hard it must be to continuously care for someone who tests your patience, finances, and joy. But I now realize the gift it must be to care for a child that continually tests the depths of your love. When I try to depict my volunteer experience, I consider the children’s story of the Velveteen Rabbit. I feel as if I underwent the same process. Children clung tight to my arms as they would their own stuffed animals as they learned the routines. They looked to me for guidance when they forgot a part of the routine or when their tap shoes lost their bows. Sometimes my, “fur” became worn as juice or tears leaked onto it. On one occasion, my, “stuffing” flooded out and my heart broke as I began to think about my previous thoughts regarding these kids.

I can’t begin to express the state of my heart throughout my time in this class. There were days when it hurt immensely to see children struggling throughout the building but on others I experienced more joy than ever before. On a typical day in class, both of my hands were being squeezed by two giggly little faces. My shirt was being pulled on, and there was usually a child on my leg. It was quite the juggling act. I was being stretched and pulled in a hundred different directions, but it was there in that moment that I truly experienced love for the first time. It was a very similar feeling compared to the end of the children’s story I mentioned before. The skin horse tells the rabbit, “Real isn't how you are mad it’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become real.” When I stumbled upon this children’s story during my volunteer experience, I realized that I was indeed that velveteen rabbit.

My fur was dirty, and I was stretched in a million different ways, but I also experienced the most genuine of loves. I saw pure bliss in the eyes of the children that looked up to me and I realized the blessing these children are. We as individuals should learn not to diminish a child’s exquisite field by comparing it to the nearest mountain. The journey of a child with special needs is different, but the outcome deserves the same joyful celebration. I am forever indebted to the Midland Children’s Rehab Center for the wonderful opportunity, and the Legacy Scholarship for allowing and prompting students to grow through volunteer efforts.

 

My Volunteering Experience

By Jaycie Brooks

Standing in the Breaking Bread Kitchen, my heart was filled with complete joy and passion as the less fortunate came in to eat a delicious hearty meal prepared by us. As I was walking around asking anyone if they needed seconds, I had the opportunity to sit down and have real conversations with the bunch. Having a tuneful ear to hear their stories absolutely made their day, and it made mine as well.

Ever since that day, I have learned that a small conversation can impact a person greatly. On the streets, we pass by homeless people asking for money every day. People just act like they don’t see them and keep rolling on by. My heart breaks every time I see this happen. What people don’t realize is that there is a story that is unknown behind every person. Imagine yourself in their situation, would you then roll on by without even acknowledging their existence? Volunteering has opened my eyes to this brutal treatment we so happen to thoughtlessly do every day.

I too was guilty of this brutal act against people I have never even met. But volunteering and seeing who they truly are without a sign in their hand has opened my eyes and my heart to them. Now every time I pass by a homeless person, I gather up my spare change and hope that I am helping them in any way I can. Acknowledging who they are and treating them like them and I are the same will reassure them their thoughts on a better future.

Over the winter break I had the wonderful opportunity to go to Glorieta, New Mexico to volunteer at a church outreach program. Over this week in New Mexico, I was serving over 2,500 people in the dining hall, shoveling mounds of snow, and assembling activities every age would enjoy. That week was one of the best weeks of my life! Being able to be around a group of people giving up their time to the wee hours of the morning just to ensure that the guests would have the time of their lives was a very humbling experience. Even much so, I am considering going back to Glorieta to serve over the summer. The people who work and serve down in New Mexico are some of the most selfless people I have ever met in my entire life. Always putting their needs before others and always having a helpful hand has impacted me greatly.

Volunteering over the years has made me into the person I am today. I always think of others before thinking about myself. I am always willing to lend a helpful hand to those in need, and I enjoy every minute of it. I have had the amazing opportunity in my first semester in college to be a part of the Students in Philanthropy program on campus. This experience has also given me the opportunity to help out my community. We are now in the process of reviewing Grant applications to give away to Non-Profits all over midland. It is such an amazing experience to be a part of. I am thankful for every opportunity that God has given me to lend my hand. I hope one day that people my age can see what I have seen and learned what I have learned.

 

Saving and Changing Lives

By Yolanda Contreras

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” -Muhammad Ali

This quote to me is very powerful, I feel that in a way sometimes we all need to help someone every day and we should always be thankful for what we have and work hard for the things that we don’t have. Ever since I was a Freshman in High School I have been helping the Community. The places that I have done community service hours have been places that I have a lot of gratitude to give because they have taught me so many life lessons. But this summer I volunteered at a very special place where I experienced many kinds of emotions and I found myself very fortunate for participating in the organization.

This summer I volunteered at The Lone Star Sanctuary for Animals, this agency is a place for pets to have a temporary home where they find the accommodation of having clean water and a decent meal. On the first day of volunteering at the sanctuary I was nervous and excited because I love dogs and cats, but at the same time I did not know what to expect considering the actual work I had to do. As I arrived to the sanctuary I was guided through a path that had at least eight kennels on each side. I was instructed to wash all the dog’s bowls and after finishing with the bowls I would have to clean their kennel. I did as I was told, I washed the bowls and swept their kennels clean. After I was finished I told the person supervising that I had finished the job, she then came to inspect my work. She was extremely surprised that I had scrubbed the bowls to where the drawings on the bowls were visible. She was impressed with my work and confessed that it was rare when a person who would volunteered did that well of a job. At that moment was when I felt that volunteering was more than just completing several hours, because by me scrubbing the bowls meant that the dog eating out of it would eat clean food. I was very surprised to hear that a lot of people who volunteered at the sanctuary did not even try, I just couldn’t imagine the fact of the dogs not having a proper clean bowl to eat off or a clean place to rest.

After walking along the countless kennels at the Sanctuary I found myself a bit emotional when reading the tags of some of the dogs. There were many that have been there since the year of 2010 and have not yet been adopted. I felt in my heart that the least I could do for them is try my hardest to keep their environment clean. 

I very much admire the group of ladies who work at the Sanctuary. I saw that they grew a strong connection to the animals because they knew so much about each dog and its personality. I really do believe in their mission “Saving and Changing Lives”, because they are truly are hardworking women who with a simple gesture, like a pat on the head, can make a difference to the life of an innocent animal. I was very pleased to volunteer at this organization because by looking into an innocent animal’s eye and feeling a sense of accomplishment I can only imagine how my future will feel when I get that same look from my parents, teachers, and peers.

 

By Megan Madewell

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”. This quote speaks magnitudes to me because this is the exact experience I went through. During high school I felt that I had lost who I truly was and I felt that I did not have a place to fit in. My perspective changed however when I began volunteering. My volunteer experience was truly an unforgettable one. I completed my hours by being an active member of Students in Philanthropy during my last year of high school. I can honestly say that this class was the most fulfilling and rewarding class that I have ever taken.

Through this class I was able to touch many people’s lives and I learned many life lessons. One of our main goals was to reach out to the life skills class that we went to high school with. These students were the most kind-hearted and loving people I have ever encountered. They completely warmed my heart and changed my views on volunteering. Volunteering typically felt like a chore or something that I was required to do. However, being with these kids didn't feel like volunteering at all, it felt like a privilege just to be able to be a part of their lives.

We participated in many activities with these life skills students. Most of the time we just hung out with them in their classrooms and helped them with their homework. They absolutely loved arts and crafts so we would help them with that as well. A couple times during the year we held a special needs talent shows in which the students were able to show off their great dance moves, singing voices, comedic jokes, and much more. These students didn't’t have any fear and were so excited to be able to show everyone their amazing talents.

The Students in Philanthropy class also held a couple Life Skills dances and a Life Skills prom in which the students from most of the schools in Midland were able to interact with one another and have a fun night. The students absolutely loved these events and were so excited to be able to see all of the students from the other schools. Their joy for meeting new people was truly amazing as they are all so friendly and caring. After just minutes of knowing someone, they had already become what seemed like best friends. Being able to throw these events for the students was so rewarding and it made me so fulfilled.

The life skill students truly changed my life for the better and gave me motivation to continue my high school education. After being with the students for about a year, I decided to pursue my education in teaching special education. My career plans have since changed but I still plan on being active with their community. These students gave me a new sense of volunteering and have ensured that I will actively volunteer for as long as I am able to. So just as Mahatma Gandhi said, I truly found myself through serving others.

 

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