Smythe Scholarship, 2020

FALMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL

NEWS RELEASE

Henry Smythe application forms  are now available for scholarship aid from the Henry Herbert Smythe Trust.  The total amount of the award this year is $33,000.  The committee typically awards more than thirty scholarships.

The application deadline is FRIDAY, May 29, 2020 by 12:00 P.M.  All supporting documents must be submitted by that date in order for the application to be considered.  INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will not be CONSIDERED.

Decisions will be announced by June 30, 2020.  Applications for the Henry Herbert Smythe Trust Scholarships are available in pdf format here or by emailing jcarrara@falmouth.k12.ma.us  or info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org .  All applications must be postmarked by May 29, 2020 and returned to the Falmouth High School Principal’s Office, 874 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA 02540 or by emailing your completed application to jcarrara@falmouth.k12.ma.us.

Mr. Smythe’s will stipulates that the money may be used for “boys or girls in Falmouth, Massachusetts.”  A maximum age of 24 years as of January 1, 2020 will apply.  Only applicants who are themselves voting residents of Falmouth (or whose parents are) are eligible for the grants.  Applications cannot be considered from families who have second homes in Falmouth.

Scholarship recipients do not have to be graduates of Falmouth High School; they may have attended a private or parochial school in another town.  Recipients may be pursuing a variety of post-high school educational plans at any accredited college or technical school.

Scholarship money is available both to students currently graduating from high school and to those already started in a post-secondary degree of training program.  However, work beyond a bachelor’s degree cannot be considered for scholarship aid.  Post secondary applicants must submit evidence of current educational progress (most recently completed college transcript as of May 2020).  A copy of your personal grade report for the spring semester can be accepted but an OFFICIAL transcript for the fall must be submitted.  All decisions are made by annual applications; no renewals are automatic.  INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will not be CONSIDERED.

The trust agreement states that “character be given equal consideration with scholarship,” and evidence of both personal characteristics and school success is asked for on the application forms.  Financial need is a secondary factor in determining recipients.

The committee will continue its practice of limiting scholarships to one per family.  If two children from the same family apply, the committee will decide which seems most deserving of the scholarship.

The rector of St. Barnabas Memorial Church; Superintendent of Schools in Falmouth, Ms. Lori Duerr; and the Principal of Falmouth High School, Ms. Mary W. Gans are established by the conditions of the trust as the committee which governs the granting of scholarships and which makes the final selections.   Bank of America administers the trust fund left by Henry Herbert Smythe.

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