1600 Communications Association
The 1600 Communications Association‘s scholarship program
is established to recognize and award scholarships to eligible students
to assist them in pursuit of studies at the undergraduate and graduate
level. The program is designed to encourage and support the higher
education needs and professional goals of eligible applicants by
disseminating available funds in the form of scholarship awards.
Eligible applicants include those whose academic and career goals
include completing a college, professional school or technical school
education. Those pursuing continuing education to retrain, recertify,
renew technical skills or change careers are also encouraged to
apply. The following members and individuals are eligible:
- All members in good standing, their immediate dependents, and
- All associate members in good standing, their immediate dependents,
- Spouses, children and grandchildren of deceased members and associate
In addition to be considered
for a 1600 Communications Association Scholarship, the applicant
must fulfill the following criteria:
- Be a senior at a public, private
or parochial high school who is admitted to an accredited college
or technical school; or a continuing enrollment student admitted
to an accredited college, technical or professional school; or a
college graduate admitted to an accredited professional school for
continuing studies or advanced degree; or a continuing education
student enrolled in, or admitted to, an accredited college or technical
- Maintain a record of good academic standing in a competitive curriculum.
- Compile a record of commitment to school and community service
that demonstrates leadership qualities.
- Show potential for academic success and evidence of responsible
- Demonstrate motivation to complete higher level educational goals.
- Show evidence of commitment to meeting the financial responsibilities
of earning an education (e.g. part-time work, student loan plan,
work/study program participation, federal or private grants).
Individuals accepted to a school
in which tuition, books, and other academic fees are not charged
to the student are not eligible.
Individuals are only eligible for
two total awards either consecutive or nonconsecutive.
Note: The sponsor
must be or have been a member of the 1600 Communications Association
in good standing for a minimum of two consecutive years prior to
May 31st in the year of application. The sponsor verifies his/her
membership status within the Association by signature on the scholarship
application form. The status of the sponsor’s membership is
confirmed by the Association’s Membership Committee.
The call for scholarship applications is announced in the January
newsletter of the 1600 Communications Association. Concurrently,
the application form and submission instructions are posted on the
1600 Communications Association website at: www.1600commassoc.org.
Applications are reviewed by the
Scholarship Committee according to the eligibility and selection
criteria. Final determinations are made by the Scholarship Committee
and recommended to the Board of Directors. Once approved by the
Board, the decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final. Incomplete
submissions or application forms postmarked after the May 31st deadline
result in the disqualification of the applicant.
All applicants must download the
most current application form from the 1600 Communications Association
web site. The form is available on the web in an MS Word editable
form. (see bottom of page)
All portions of the application
must be completed. If any portion is not applicable, it should be
The application must be completed
on a computer or typewritten. No handwritten applications in whole
or part will be accepted.
Only the application itself will
be considered. Do not send letters of recommendation, school transcripts,
or any other additional information. Only the essay portion of the
application and the financial plan for educational expenses may
be included as separate attachments.
Applicants need to provide information
on where and to whom the scholarship award should to be sent. This
is usually to the university’s bursar’s office. Applicants
must verify the correct office and provide a name, telephone number
and mailing address as well as information on how the check should
be written to ensure it is posted to their own university account.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify this information
to ensure funds are properly posted to their school account. Scholarship
awards will only be sent to the academic institution. Under no circumstances
will awards be sent directly to the student or to a student’s
university credit card or bank account.
Prior to submission, the sponsor and applicant are responsible for
reviewing the application form and ensuring that it is accurate
and complete. The signatures of both sponsor and applicant on the
form complete this verification process. Incomplete applications
cannot be considered and will result in the disqualification of
Applications must be completed and signed by both the applicant and sponsor, converted to PDF format and emailed to: Scholarships@1600commassoc.org.
The email containing the application package must be timestamped no later than 11:59 PM, May 31. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered, so please leave plenty of time and double check your application prior to emailing. Do not take a chance on an email system rejecting delivery - leave enough time to resend.
Evaluation and Award Procedures
The Scholarship Committee is comprised of an appointed chairperson
(a member of the Association Board of Directors) and volunteer members
of the 1600 Communications Association. The Scholarship Committee
reviews the applications after the Membership Committee has certified
that the sponsor of each applicant is a member in good standing
in the 1600 Communications Association.
The scholarship award is based upon
both merit and financial need. Although financial need is an important
consideration, the applicant’s total profile, to include academic
achievement, character, leadership and career potential, is taken
into consideration. Applications will be reviewed and scored in
the following ten evaluation areas:
Character and commitment
Quality of written essay
Financial Plan for educational expenses
Quality and completeness of application
Potential for academic success
Evidence of responsible citizenship
The committee will rank the applicants
and determine the number of scholarships to be awarded. The committee
will forward a recommendation for:
The number of scholarship awards
The amount of each award (based on a total scholarship budget provided
by the Association Board)
The winner of the Ron Thomsen Memorial Scholarship Award
The winner of the BG John S.Tuck Memorial Scholarship Award
Note: The Ron Thomsen Memorial Award was created
in honor of Ron Thomsen – a lifetime member of the Association,
past president, and longtime chairman of the scholarship committee.
After Ron’s death in 2009 the award was created to recognize
an individual applicant who best represents Ron’s commitment
honesty, integrity, and excellence.
The BG John S Tuck Memorial Scholarship
was created in memory of BG John Tuck, Commander of WHCA from 1982-1984.
BG Tuck was a life time member of the 1600 Communications Association
and a major contributor to the scholarship fund. He exemplified
Army values and supported increased educational opportunities for
those associated with the military.
It will be awarded to a highly qualified candidate who is meets specific criteria related to military service including currently serving in the military as follows:
Plans military service
Dependent of a member on deployment
Surviving dependent of a member wounded or killed on active duty
Dependent of a member on active duty
Dependent of a member on active reserve or guard duty
Notification letters will be sent
to all scholarship awardees and non-awardees. Transmittal letters
and award funds will be sent to the educational institutions in
accordance with the information provided by the applicants. The
Board carries no obligation to make awards to each or any of the
The information supplied on the application form is kept strictly
confidential. Applications will be destroyed after review and final
scholarship awards are made. No feedback will be provided by the
Association to awardees or non-awardees.
All scholarship awards must be used
in the academic school year immediately following the award. All
funds which cannot be applied during this period will be returned
to the Association general scholarship fund.
Scholarship Application (2021): Click
here to download in MS-Word Format.
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