Copper Lamp of Knowledge Scholarships

The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society (AVHOFS) Scholarship Plan is in compliance with guidance set forth in the organizational bylaws and the Strategic Plan.  It will be subject to annual review by the Scholarship Committee, and will be included in Operating Instruction #4 (Patriotic Recognition - TBP).

The AVHOFS Strategic Plan requires that we enhance and perpetuate the image of the AVHOFS, serve our communities, partner with veterans organizations and civic and charitable organizations that support our veterans, military personnel and their families and survivors. The Student Scholarship plan seeks to accomplish a portion of the plan by partnering with those who emphasize recognition of Patriotism, Youth, and Education while serving Arizona veterans.

lampThe AVHOFS Scholarship program currently recognizes the Arizona Veterans Administration (VA) and the Veterans Heritage Project (VHP) by providing financial Scholarships to high school students participating in their respective programs.

The Veterans Administration Scholarship: The AVHOFS Scholarship committee initiated the first AVHOFS scholarship plan in 2007 by partnering with the Veterans Administration.  High school students who volunteer at any VA facility in Arizona are eligible while supervisory VA student program administrators are invited to submit nominations in accordance with guidance specified in ANNEX A.

The Veterans Heritage Project: The program is nationally recognized as the premier High School level military veteran’s appreciation program in the USA.  The program founder, Mrs. Barbara Hatch was the AVHOFS Copper Sword honoree and Arizona ‘Teacher of the Year” in 2012.  A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the VHP and the AVHOFS was signed in 2012.  High School students participating in the VHP are eligible for AVHOFS scholarships.  Nominations may be submitted in accordance with guidance that is specified in ANNEX B.

Expansion Considerations: The program may be expanded to include various ROTC activities or JROTC activities, BSA or GSA initiatives.  Of interest to the committee is the MOWW Youth Leadership Program which ranks high as a program that emphasizes patriotism, youth, education and leadership.

Respectfully submitted:
Jesse Gersten, Scholarship Committee Chair

Annex A: (Veterans Administration (VA) Student Scholarship Program)

Date:  November 12, 2012

Subject: Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society (AVHOFS) Student Scholarship Program for Arizona Veterans Administration Facilities

Purpose:  To provide monetary assistance to clearly outstanding college-bound students supporting the Arizona Veterans Administration.

Description: Applicants for Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society (AVHOFS) scholarships must be seniors planning to attend a four or two-year school.  They must have provided volunteer assistance at a Veterans Administration facility located in Arizona this academic school year. They must have maintained an excellent scholastic standing, demonstrated qualities of leadership and be of good moral character.

Annual Policy: Administrators of Arizona Veterans Administration facilities are encouraged each November to nominate exceptional AZ VA high school seniors who are student volunteers for consideration for Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society’s (AVHOFS) annual scholarships. The scholarships may range in the amounts of $500 to $2,500 awards or higher (amounts may vary each award year).

Program Requirements:

  • Applicants must be a HS Senior student volunteer working at an AZ Veterans Administration facility.
  • Student will submit a 500-word, typed essay.  This essay should specify why being a VA volunteer is important, and how it will influence his/her future academically and later in life.
  • A one-paragraph letter of recommendation from the VA student volunteer Advisor, sealed in an envelope with the Advisor’s signature written over the seal, must accompany each student essay.
  • The nomination packet will consist of the essay and the recommendation letter.
  • Nomination packets must be sent to: AVHOFS Scholarship Committee, 4980 South Alma School Road Suite A2-619, Chandler AZ 85248, and be postmarked NLT December 10th.
  • AVHOFS recognized Student Scholarship programs include the AZ Veterans Administration and the Veterans Heritage Project.  (At this time, the program does not extend to JROTC or the MOWW Student Leadership Program).
  • The AVHOFS Scholarship Committee review panel will rank finalists.
  • The number of scholarships to be awarded and the monetary amount of the award will be recommended by the AVHOFS Scholarship Committee with final approval to be determined annually by the AVHOFS Board of Directors.
  • Students receiving scholarships must attend the annual Patriotic Recognition ceremony to receive their award.  The AVHOFS Annual Patriotic Recognition (The Copper Sword) event is held in February of each year on a date close to Arizona Statehood Day (Feb 14th).

Notification: The AVHOFS Scholarship Committee Chairperson will notify all successful applicants by January 5th in writing, congratulating them on their selection and inviting their attendance at the February Copper Sword event, where they will receive their award.

The parents of the student and their VA Program Advisor will also be invited as guests of the AVHOFS.  Meals of the student and parents, and the VA advisor will be provided compliments of the AVHOFS

The Scholarship Chairperson will notify all unsuccessful applicants in writing to thank them for their participation.

Award Presentation Procedure:  At the February Copper Sword event the AVHOFS President or his/her designee will present a check for the approved amount to each recipient.  Recipients will be invited to thank the members present.

Jesse Gersten
Director, AVHOFS
Scholarship Committee Chairman
November 12, 2012

Annex B: (Veterans Heritage Project (VHP) Student Scholarship Program)

Date:  November 29, 2012

Subject: Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society (AVHOFS) Scholarship Program; Veterans Heritage Project (VHP) Applicants (Only)

Purpose:  To provide monetary assistance to clearly outstanding college-bound students of VHP and students supporting the Arizona Veterans Administration.

Description: VHP Applicants for Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society (AVHOFS) scholarships must be seniors planning to attend a four or two-year school, have maintained an excellent scholastic standing, demonstrated qualities of leadership and good moral character, and been in good standing as a member and participant of a VHP Chapter this academic school year.

The number of scholarships to be awarded and the monetary amount of the award will be determined by the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society’s Scholarship Committee.

Procedures: During the month of November the VHP Scholarship Chairperson and VHP Chapter Liaison will send a letter to the VHP Chapter Advisor at each eligible school, civic group, or organization advising them of the scholarship award program:

This letter is to encourage VHP Chapter Advisors to nominate  an exceptional VHP senior for consideration for Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society’s (AVHOFS) annual scholarships. The scholarships may range in the amounts of $500 to $2,500 awards or higher (amounts may vary each award year).

The requirements are as follows:

  • Senior in good standing, participating in the Project.
  • 500-word, typed essay.  This essay should be open-ended and specify why VHP is important to the applicant and how it will influence his/her future academically and later in life.
  • A one-paragraph letter of recommendation from the VHP Chapter Advisor, sealed in an envelope with the Advisor’s signature written over the seal, must accompany each student essay.
  • The essay and recommendation letter must be postmarked to VHP’s Scholarship Chairperson by December 15th.
  • The selection will be reviewed by the VHP Scholarship Review Panel and top winners selected and ranked.
  • Send to: VHP Scholarship Committee, PO Box 1297, Carefree, AZ 85377-1297
  • Be present (strongly recommended) at the award ceremony, which will be held at the AVHOFS Annual Patriotic Recognition (The Copper Sword) event in February of each year on a date close to Arizona Statehood Day (Feb 14th)
  • Student Scholarship honorees meals, and the meals of the parents will be compliments of the AVHOFS.
  • All application forms will be submitted to the VHP Chairperson no later than the December 15th. VHP Chapter Advisor verification of application information and letter of recommendation are required to be submitted at that time.
  • By December 10th, the VHP President will appoint a Scholarship Review Panel consisting of two to four members, including representatives of the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society, to serve with the Chairperson.
  • The Scholarship Review Panel, using the Scholarship Grading Sheet matrix as an aid, will rank the candidates.
  • By December 20th, the VHP Scholarship Chairperson will submit the names of the recommended scholarship awardees by rank for final selection and determination of monetary awards by AVHOFS.

Upon approval of the awards by AVHOFS, the Scholarship Chairperson will notify the VHP Advisors of each awardee to inform him/her of the scholarship recipient from his/her Chapter.

The Chairperson will notify all successful applicants by January 1st, in writing, congratulating them on their selection and inviting their attendance at the February Copper Sword event, where they will receive their award.

The parents of the selectee and their VHP Chapter Advisor will also be invited as guests of VHP and AVHOFS.

The AVHOFS Scholarship Chairperson will notify all unsuccessful applicants in writing to thank them for their participation.

Award Presentation Procedure: At the February Copper Sword event the AVHOFS President or his/her designee will present a check for the approved amount to each recipient.  Recipients will be invited to thank the members present.

Good luck to all and thank you,

Laura Byers
President
Veterans Heritage Project
November 29, 2012

Appendix 1: (VHP 2013 AVHOFS Scholarship Application) to Annex B

Description: VHP Applicants for the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society (AVHOFS) scholarships must be seniors planning to attend a four or two-year school, have maintained an excellent scholastic standing, demonstrated qualities of leadership and good moral character, and been in good standing as a member and participant of a VHP Chapter this academic school year.

Note, the winner(s) of the award(s) or representative from their school must be present at the award ceremony, which will be held at AVHOFS Annual Patriotic Recognition (The Copper Sword) event in February -- close to Arizona Statehood Day (Feb 14th).

Please include the following information in your submission:

  • VHP Chapter
  • Your Name
  • Social Security Number
  • Home Address
  • Home phone number
  • Mobile phone number
  • Institution to which you have or are planning to apply
  • What is your career choice and what is your proposed field of study.

Include:  Your essay and letter of recommendation from your chapter advisor

500 word, typed essay.  This essay should be open ended and specify why VHP is important to you and how it will influence your future academically and later in life.

A one-paragraph letter of recommendation from the VHP Chapter Advisor, sealed in an envelope with the Advisor’s signature written over the seal, must accompany your essay.

Submission: Application information, essay and letter of recommendation should be typed and submitted to:

VHP Scholarship Committee, PO Box 1297, Carefree, AZ 85377-1297

And be postmarked no later than December 15, 2012

Good luck to all!!

Laura Byers
Veterans Heritage Project
602-421-9419
November 29, 2012