2018 Mentor Scholarships
Since its formation in 1914, the Rotary Club of Jackson has reached out to the community with special projects to fulfill its motto: “Service Above Self; He Profits Most Who Serves Best.”
In 1990, the Club’s Youth Charities Committee recommended a college scholarship program for deserving youth who had potential as future leaders of Mississippi, but who lacked sufficient financial means to reach their goals. Instead of providing loans that had to be repaid, the committee wanted the scholarship recipients to give time back to the community in service, tutoring younger students and providing leadership by helping others.
The club established the Jackson Rotary Club’s Mentor Scholarship Program to help fill this need by recognizing young men and women who exhibit potential as productive citizens of Mississippi. The scholarship is designed to help develop the knowledge and skills of future leaders of Mississippi.
Who should apply?  Hinds, Madison or Rankin county high school students graduating in May, 2018, who will be entering a Mississippi college or university in the Fall of 2018.  They should be student leaders, have an ACT score of 18 or higher, high school average of B or higher and a household income of $60,000 or less.
Scholarship recipients will be selected by the club’s Mentor Scholarship Committee.  Their choices will be based on each student’s potential, financial need, and high school performance. Information on test scores, grades, courses taken, quality of written expression, involvement in extra‐curricular activities, attendance, outside employment, and other responsibilities will be considered. Substantiated statements by references regarding potential will be given prime consideration.
This college scholarship program is a maximum $16,000 total grant, payable at up to $4,000 per year for four years. The scholarship awards will be sent directly to the college or university indicated by the recipient and applied to registration, tuition, and other on campus costs. In no situation will the students receive the funds directly.  Students must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA. After each semester, students must have their school submit to the Rotary Club of Jackson office a transcript of their grades. Students must submit signed documentation of volunteer hours tutoring in a elementary or middle school for at least four hours per week during the semester.
To assist the scholarship recipients, a member of the Rotary Club is assigned as a mentor to guide and advise each student.
The Rotary Club of Jackson is proud to offer this opportunity for outstanding seniors who graduate in 2018.
Act Now! The deadline is March 14.
Download and print this application and follow the directions: