College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

The Michael Kiely Strong Roots Scholarship

Sponsor:   |  Application Deadline: March 1, 2016

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Scholarship Description

Michael Kiely is proud to sponsor the Strong Roots Scholarship and Essay Contest as a way to promote discussion about the meaning of community in the digital age and as a way to sponsor educational opportunities for individuals who are dedicated to building strong communities where passions and careers can take root.


Eligibility Requirements

 All candidates must be currently enrolled (or planning to enroll) in an accredited post-secondary program, which includes: community colleges, private or public undergraduate colleges and universities, private or public graduate degree programs, law programs, and business programs. If the essay contest winner cannot provide evidence of enrollment at the time of scholarship disbursement, a new winner will be selected. All candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. All candidates must possess an interest in community building, as demonstrated by their essay and resumé.

Application Information

An updated resumé that includes academic, professional, and volunteer experiences with a focus on community building. Candidates can feel free to highlight relevant coursework or experiences that might not be included in a typical resumé. This document must, however, be limited to actual experiences (that is, “interests” do not count as experiences). A 500-word essay that answers the following question: “How is the meaning of the word community changing in today’s world, and what does that mean for people who wish to build strong, healthy communities?” A current official academic transcript demonstrating that the candidate’s cumulative grade point average is 3.0 or greater. (Note: applicants who cannot provide an official transcript from their current institution may submit both an unofficial transcript from their current institution, as well as an official transcript from his or her last school.)

HOW TO APPLY: Scholarship candidates must submit a complete application by no later than March 1, 2016.  The materials should be submitted all together by U.S. mail or fax.  Candidates may address fax or mail submissions to:

Michael Kiely Strong Roots Scholarship

4124 East Parham Road

Richmond, VA 23228

Fax: 804-265-1451

DEADLINE: 03/01/2016

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