MVYouth, a community fund established in 2014 to benefit children, teens, and young adults on Martha’s Vineyard, will host an information session to promote its college scholarship program on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 7 to 8 pm at the West Tisbury library. According to a press release, executive director Lindsey Scott will describe the program and outline the evaluation criteria and selection process. Interested students and parents are invited to attend.
Students who have demonstrated exceptional aptitude, dimension, service, and leadership, and qualify for financial assistance, are eligible to receive support that will enable them to pursue educations at their schools of choice. Financial support will be determined based on merit and need, and will extend for all four years of college. The deadline for college scholarship applications is Jan. 19, 2017.
The advisory board uses a variety of evaluation criteria to make their selections. Applicants must be year-round residents of Martha’s Vineyard. Transcripts and grades, activities, employment and community service, character, recommendations from teachers and community members, and ultimately financial need will be assessed in the selection process.
The local advisory board comprises Meg Bodnar, Marta Camargo, George Davis, Beth Kramer, Brian Mackey, Duncan Pickard, Liz Pickman, Ron Rappaport, Jane Seagrave, and Jim Weiss. The board of trustees is Steve Barnes, Drew Conway, David Fialkow, Mimi Haas, Bob Higgins, Ron Rappaport, Dan Stanton, and Jim Swartz. Lindsey Scott is the executive director.
MVYouth also administers an expansion grant program. Expansion grants support organizations that enrich the lives of young people — birth to 25 years old — on Martha’s Vineyard through quality programs and services. Grants support capital investments and program expansions, and generally do not support operating budgets. The letter-of-intent deadline for expansion grant applications was Oct. 1, 2016. Expansion grant applications are due Oct. 15, 2016.