Community Assistance Scholarship Program

COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (CASP)

Aware of the prejudices and obstacles facing the minority women of our communities, Corazones Unidos Siempre, Chi Upsilon Sigma, National Latin Sorority, Inc.® (CUS) intends to support minority women in achieving a college education through the development of various leadership scholarship programs. We commit ourselves to Educating, Elevating, and Empowering® all women through our core values of Leadership, Sisterhood, Service and Character.

In our efforts to support member involvement in local communities throughout our regions, CUS has established the Community Assistance Scholarship Program (CASP). The intent of CASP is to impact local communities through our CUS members. This program will increase support for existing local high school scholarship programs and thus develop possible linkages to increase CUS membership and fulfill our mission to support women in obtaining a college education.

Section 1: Scholarship Information

Eligibility for CASP

Eligibility is based on the existing high school scholarship program’s established capacity. The sponsoring CUS member will request funds on behalf of the high school scholarship program. The existing high school scholarship program must meet the following eligibility:

  • Has been operational for the past 3 years
  • Has an established review process and a system of distribution
  • And can provide requested funds to high school senior girls who plan to attend a two or four-year college/university

Members of CUS, regardless of membership status, are eligible to apply for these funds on behalf of their local high school scholarship program.

Available Scholarship Amount
Application Submission

Scholarship awards will be issued on an annual basis based on the availability of funds. The CASP scholarship is open only to CUS members requesting support for an established high school scholarship programs that meet the eligibility requirement described above. CUS will award two (2) $1,000 scholarships under this program. The total funding amount available for this program is $2,000 annually.

All scholarship applications are due via email to the Leadership Scholarship Committee at scholarship@justbecus.org by 4:00 p.m. on March 4, 2016. The PDF version of the application can be downloaded below. The application will have a blind-review by volunteer committee members of Chi Upsilon Sigma. All scholarship recipients will be notified by April 4, 2016.

Scholarship Announcement
Scholarship Data Collection
Distribution Process

Annually, in January, CUS will distribute this scholarship notification through the established listservs, Student Affairs Office, Financial Aid Office or the Office of Fraternity Sorority Affairs at existing and pending chapters.

Recipients of the Community Assistance Program (CASP) scholarship are required to submit the name and contact information for the recipient student in addition to their college/university of choice.

CASP funds will be paid by April 30, 2016 directly to the existing high school scholarship program. The distribution form can be downloaded below.

Section 2: Scholarship Guidelines

Scholarship Requirements
Budget Requirements

Recipients of the CASP scholarship are required to submit the date and time of the local high school scholarship program recognition ceremony. CUS may designate a Board of Directors member to attend; however this is not required.

Once selected, the recipients of all scholarship programs must submit the designated distribution form located below. This information should be submitted to the scholarship committee via email at scholarship@justbecus.org.

Section 3: Completing the Application

General Instructions for Applying
Application Component Checklist

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must prepare and submit a complete electronic application provided below (see application checklist below for required items). Mailed paper copies of the application will not be accepted.

The following components are required to be included as part of your scholarship application. Failure to include a required component may result in your application being removed from consideration.

  • Application
  • Most Recent Annual Program Report
  • Recommendation Letter(s)
Review of Applications

Each scholarship application will have a blind review completed by a panel of three readers, internal to Chi Upsilon Sigma, and may include, but are not limited to experts in: research and evaluation, higher education, leadership development, academic instruction, youth development, and organizational development. The committee will review the CASP applications for completeness, organizational capacity, community need, identified community impact and response to questions. The chart to the right shows point values that apply to the evaluation of all CASP applications.

Any application that is deemed incomplete by the committee will be ineligible to receive any funds.  Once an application is submitted, additional documents or edits will not be accepted. Questions should be directed to the Leadership Scholarship Committee at scholarship@justbecus.org.

**All applications must score 65 points or above to be considered eligible for this program.

APPLICATION COMPONENTS POINT VALUE
Application 20
Community Need 30
Organizational Capacity 20
Community Impact 30
TOTAL 100

Section 4: Scholarship Downloads

Complete Scholarship Packet
CASP Application
CASP Distribution Form

Download the complete scholarship packet to include all instructions listed above, the application and the distribution form.

Download the standalone scholarship application. This application is due via email to the Leadership Scholarship Committee by 4:00 p.m. on March 4, 2016.

Complete this form and return via e-mail only upon selection as a scholarship recipient. This forms must be submitted within 15 days of award notification.

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