Internal & External Leadership Scholarship

INTERNAL & EXTERNAL LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHP (ILS/ELS)

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.

Through our dedication to servicing and educating others, as well as ourselves, and in an effort to successfully elevate women as contributing members on campuses around the country, CUS has established the Internal and External Leadership Scholarship (ILS/ELS) program.

Section 1: Scholarship Information

Eligibility for an ELS or ILS

This program is a limited, competitive scholarship program open to all first generation undergraduate or graduate women: 1) whom have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; 2) demonstrate a genuine need for these funds as evidence by their application; and 3) are currently attending a two/four-year college or university as a full-time student in one of the following regions:

  • Region 1 – Northeast (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ - north of Rutgers University)
  • Region 2 – Mid-Atlantic (NJ - Rutgers University and southern NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, WV, OH)
  • Region 3 – Mid-West (MN, IA, MO, WI, IL, IN, KY, MI)
  • Region 4 – Southeast (AR, LA, MS, TN, AL, NC, SC, GA, FL)
  • Region 5 – Great Plains (MT, WY, CO, NM, ND, SD, NE, KS, OK, TX,)
  • Region 6 – West (AK, WA, OR, CA, NV, AZ, HI, ID, UT)

Applicants for the ILS and ELS programs must submit the Statement of Accuracy for Students with their application (attached below).  ELS applicants must come from schools targeted by CUS expansion efforts.

Available Scholarship Amount

Scholarship awards will be issued on an annual basis based on the availability of funds.

Internal Leadership Scholarship (ILS)

The ILS program is open only to current active undergraduate/graduate members of Chi Upsilon Sigma who meet the eligibility described below. Children of CUS members are eligible to apply. The total funding amount available for this scholarship is $7,500. CUS will award three (3) $2,500 scholarships to current active undergraduate/graduate members or children of active members who are attending a two/four year college within the six (6) regions identified above. If less than three applications are received, the scholarship may be equally distributed.

External Leadership Scholarship (ELS)

The ELS program is open only to women who meet the eligibility described below. The total funding amount available for this scholarship is $7,500. CUS will award three (3) $2,500 scholarships to minority women attending a four year college within the six (6) regions identified above. Each scholarship will be equally distributed depending on the number of applications received. If less than three applications are received, the scholarship may be equally distributed.

Application Submission
Scholarship Announcement
Distribution Process

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 is attached 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.

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.

ILS and ELS funds will be paid no later than June 30, 2016 directly to the college/university indicated on the application. It will be the student’s responsibility to submit an invoice to the scholarship committee which itemizes semester tuition and fees, student ID number and college contact information. Under no circumstances will funds be distributed directly to a recipient. The ILS/ELS distribution form can be downloaded below.

Section 2: Scholarship Guidelines

Scholarship Requirements
Budget Requirements

All eligible applicants for the ILS and ELS program must submit a completed application in order to be considered for these programs. If awarded, recipients of the ILS or the ELS should consider attending an upcoming national or regional event to receive the award. CUS will inform the recipient of the date, time and location of the event selected.

Once selected, the recipients of all scholarship programs must submit the designated distribution form located below. ILS and ELS recipients must also submit an invoice, which itemizes the semester tuition and fees, along with the student ID number and college contact information.  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
  • Resume/Activity List
  • School Transcript
  • Reference 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 ILS/ELS applications for completeness, academic performance, financial need, school leadership activities and well thought out responses to the essay portion.  The chart to the right shows point values that apply to the evaluation of all ILS/ELS applications.

Any application that is deemed incomplete by the committee will be ineligible to receive any funds. The chart to the right shows point values that apply to the evaluation of all ILS/ELS applications.  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 15
Essay 30
Resume/Activity List 15
School Transcript 15
Reference Letters 25
TOTAL 100

Section 4: Scholarship Downloads

Complete Scholarship Packet
ILS/ELS Application
Statement of Accuracy
ILS/ELS 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.

Download the standalone Statement of Accuracy for Students form. Applicants for the ILS and ELS programs must submit this form with their application.

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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