Please be sure to select which two letters of recommendation you would like to attach to this application. Selecting these recommendations is YOUR responsibility.
List your siblings (INCLUDING YOURSELF) in order by age starting with the oldest. State whether they are currently in college (IF SO, WHERE) or have graduated from college.
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This $500 scholarship was established by the Jolie family in loving memory of Erika Jolie, a 2010 graduate of York High School, who died in the fall of 2010 in a tragic automobile accident. The scholarship is presented to a senior who plans to attend a two or four-year college. The recipient shares Erika’s belief that “small actions and gestures can have a much bigger impact than expected. What is truly important is the type of person you are and how being a good person can influence others.”
The recipient of this scholarship agrees to have their name & essay displayed on the memorial website erikajolie.com
The Mike Ford Memorial Scholarship
Who was Mike Ford?
The Mike Ford Memorial Scholarship is offered in memory of W. Allen “Mike” Ford, a York resident until his death in 1980. Mike had a passion for kids and believed team sports were a great way to teach important life lessons to adolescents. He believed strongly in this community, and in the late 1970’s he worked with great dedication, determination and desire to combine the power of sports, values and community service.
Of the many activities he was involved in, Mike was particularly dedicated to the York’s youth. He gave freely of his time to help build a strong and vibrant community, and several of his initiatives continue to have an influence in town today. The obvious connection was his son’s participation in various athletics, but his commitment went well beyond his family to impact a generation.
For instance, Mike was one of the founders of the York Youth Hockey Association. In 1977 he championed a new team sport for York High School, and in 1978 YHS put a hockey team on the ice for the first time. Mike was the team’s inspiration, its coach and occasional bus driver. Today, that program is alive and well, inspired by his determination to press forward despite many obstacles his way.
In addition to hockey, Mike had a passion for baseball. In the early 1970’s he was actively involved in Little League, serving on the league’s board, coaching and frequently donating his time to maintain the fields. In the late 70’s, it was Mike’s desire to create a baseball program for kids between Little League and high school age, and because of his fortitude, York put an American Legion baseball team on the field for several years. He later went on to support the high school baseball program with his time and energy.
While sports were at the center of Mike’s volunteerism, it wasn’t the game itself – rather the values it taught – that inspired him. He always impressed on his kids that while winning was fun, learning to win humbly and lose gracefully was what really mattered. Mike impressed a message that being a team player came first and often reminded you that participation was a commitment and came with obligations – to yourself and your teammates. Win or lose, he demanded that you always demonstrate sportsmanship and honor coaches, opponents, parents and officials with respect. Even when the game seemed lost, Mike asked that you still give your best effort – every time.
About the Scholarship
The Mike Ford Memorial Scholarship is inspired by the values that Mike lived; dedication to community, determination to overcome obstacles and the desire to set a lofty goal and see it through to reality. Beginning with the class of 2005, one York High School student will be awarded a four year renewable scholarship of $1,250. While sports played a big role in Mike’s life, the scholarship is open to any student who has demonstrated the values that were so important to Mike.
Applying for the Scholarship
Any graduating York High School senior who plans to attend a two or four year accredited college, university or vocational technical college may apply for the scholarship. Applications can be submitted by completing the standard York High School scholarship application form, along with an essay of 500 words or less that describe his or her life experiences with respect to Mike Ford’s values of dedication, determination and desire.
The scholarship recipient will be a leader among their peers, have achieved uncommon results in their endeavors or overcome unique challenges in their personal lives. Candidates who have demonstrated a strong commitment to serving the community, participated in extra curricular school activities or achieved academic excellence are encouraged to apply. Financial need is not a factor in the selection process. Nominees should submit their application no later than May 1st to Student Services.
A committee of school administrators and the Ford family will select the winner, with the announcement coming before the end of the school year. Attached is a complete list of the scholarship rules and eligibility criteria.
Rules & Applicant Eligibility
The scholarship winner will be selected on the quality of their essay in relation to the values of dedication, determination and desire that Mike Ford lived. Scholarship applicants will self nominate by writing an essay of up to 500 words submitted by May 1st to Student Services. Applications will not be accepted after that date. The recipient will be announced at York High School graduation.
The scholarship recipient will be selected by a committee comprised of York High School staff with input from members of the Ford family.
The scholarship will award $1,250 per year, renewable annually up to a total of $5,000.
The Mike Ford Memorial Scholarship recipient must be a graduate of York High School and be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two or four year college, university or vocational technical school.
To be eligible for renewal, a student must remain a student in good standing and maintain a “B” average (3.0 on a 4 point scale) or higher.
Scholarship funds will be presented to the scholar upon completion of the first semester of each year, with payment made directly to the institution.
The scholarship will be available to the recipient for up to five years from high school graduation.
The scholarship award will be granted without respect to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, disability or national origin.