Legacy Scholarship Requirements

Legacy Scholarship Requirements

 

Midland College's Legacy Scholarship covers tuition and fees up to $1050 for Fall and Spring terms, $2100/year. Summer and Interim sub-terms are not covered. If all requirements are maintained, students may renew the scholarship for up to 4 consecutive long terms (Fall/Spring) immediately following high school graduation or GED Completion. Time limit exceptions may be granted for documented long term medical conditions or military service; however an extension is not guaranteed.

Students must enroll in at least six (6) hours. The scholarship does not include books. Funds may not be exceeded or carry forward to future terms.

Funds are limited and are granted based on need, grade point average, and application date. Please complete all required documentation by May 31, 2019 for scholarship consideration.  Completion of requirements is not a guarantee of funds.

 

Requirements for ...

The following requirements are for soon-to-be high school graduates that have not received the Legacy Scholarship in the past.
 
  1. Application
    Please complete the application. This is required of all students wanting to pursue the Legacy Scholarship.

    Legacy Scholarship Application


  2. High School Graduation & GPA
    Students must graduate from high school within Midland County and have a final GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. All scholarship offers will remain pending and not guaranteed until the final high school transcript is received by the Legacy Advisor.


  3. Community Service
    Students must complete 40 hours of community service at an approved agency for each academic year the scholarship is received.  Students may begin their community service the Summer following their Junior year in high school. It is strongly recommended that students submit their community service hours as soon as possible since the scholarship is time sensitive.

    Approved Community Service Agencies


  4. FAFSA/TASFA
    To be considered for the the Legacy Scholarship, students must have a  processed FAFSA/TASFA on file at Midland College and submit the Student Aid Report (SAR) to the Legacy Advisor. Eligibility for State or Federal Aid is not required for Legacy recipients.

    fafsa.ed.gov


  5. Legacy 101 & Thank you letter
    Attendance at a Legacy 101 session is required. Registration dates can be selected on the Legacy 101 registration button. Students will be informed of requirements of the scholarships, how to maintain the scholarship, future deadlines, the renewal process, and additional scholarship opportunities. Potential scholars will also complete the required thank you letter.  Note:  To be eligible for the Legacy Scholarship in subsequent semesters, you must complete 75% of the hours originally enrolled per semester and have a 2.0 GPA.

    Legacy 101 Registration

The following requirements are for soon to be GED recipients that completed classes with Midland College's Adult Education and Literacy program.

  1. Application
    Please complete the application. This is required of all students wanting to pursue the Legacy Scholarship.

    Legacy Scholarship Application


  2. GED Application
    Students must complete their GED after taking classes with the Midland College Adult Education and Literacy program.


  3. Community Service
    Students must complete 40 hours of community service at an approved agency for each academic year the scholarship is received. Students continue their community service following their initial award starting the Fall of their Freshman year award. It is strongly recommended that students submit their community service hours as soon as possible since the scholarship is time sensitive, based on GPA and class competition percentage.

    Approved Community Service Agencies


  4. FAFSA/TASFA
    To be considered for the the Legacy Scholarship, students must have a completed FAFSA/TASFA on file at Midland College and submit the Student Aid Report (SAR) to the Legacy Advisor. Eligibility for State or Federal Aid is not required for Legacy recipients.

    fafsa.ed.gov


  5. Legacy 101 & Thank you letter
    Attendance at a Legacy 101 session is required. Registration dates should be selected on the Legacy 101 registration button below. Students will be informed of requirements of the scholarships, how to maintain the scholarship, future deadlines, the renewal process, and additional scholarship opportunities. Potential scholars will also complete the required thank you letter. Note: To be eligible for the Legacy Scholarship in subsequent semesters, you must complete 75% of the hours originally enrolled per semester and have a 2.0 GPA.

    Legacy 101 Registration

The following requirements are for Returning Legacy Scholar recipients.

  1. Application 

    Please complete the application. This is required of all students wanting to pursue the Legacy Scholarship.

    Legacy Scholarship Application

  2. Community Service
    Students must complete 40 hours of community service at an approved agency for each academic year the scholarship is received. Students continue their community service following their initial award starting the Fall of their Freshman year award. It is strongly recommended that students submit their community service hours as soon as possible since the scholarship is time sensitive, based on GPA and class competition percentage. in the Fall of their freshmen year of college.

    Approved Community Service Agencies


  3. FAFSA/TAFSA
    To be considered for the Legacy Scholarship, students must have a processed FAFSA/TASFA on file at Midland College and submit the Student Aid Report (SAR) to the Legacy Advisor. Eligibility for State or Federal Aid is not required for Legacy recipients.

    fafsa.ed.gov


  4. Legacy 201 & Statement of Impact
    Attendance at a Legacy 201 session is required. Registration dates should be selected on the Legacy 201 Registration button below. Students will be informed of the requirements to continue the scholarship, future deadlines, additional scholarship opportunities and complete the required impact statement. Note: To be eligible for the Legacy Scholarship in subsequent semesters, you must complete 75% of the hours originally enrolled per semester and have a 2.0 GPA.

Legacy 201 Registration

Graduating Legacy Scholars are eligible to apply for the Herbert L. Cartwright Education Continuance Scholarship.

The scholarship awards up to $6250 per semester (reduced by the amount of Pell Grant, Scholarships, or other academic awards) at a public university in Texas. The total award is based on cost of attendance of the school attended and personal situation.

The scholarship is renewable for two years and continues only for the four semesters after leaving Midland College, fall and spring only, or completion of a bachelor's degree. Awards are competitive and not guaranteed.

Complete application packets are due to the Legacy Advisor by April 1st

 

Initial Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a Legacy Scholar in good standing. Legacy scholarship recipient.

  • Graduate with an Associate Degree from MC, and participate in the graduation ceremony. 

    Application/Intent to Graduate
  • Have a cumulative 3.0 GPA

  • Complete the Graduating Sophomore Scholarship Application. For more information and a link to the application, visit the Graduating Sophomore Scholarship page.

    Graduating Sophomore Scholarship
  • Submit at least 2 letters of recommendation.

  • Complete a Federal Aid Application. The Student Aid Report must be attached to the application.

    fafsa.ed.gov
  • Be accepted to a four-year public university in Texas. The acceptance letter must be attached to the application.

Selected candidates will be interviewed before the awards are granted

 

Legacy Essay Contest

How to be a $500 Legacy Essay Contest Winner

  • Be a current Legacy Scholarship recipient attending Midland College.
  • Write a 500 word (approximately 2 pages) double spaced essay about your Legacy volunteer experience. This essay is an expression of how the experience impacted you on a personal level. Write from the heart.
  • Submit your essay as an attachment in an email to scholarships@midland.edu no later than October 1st for Fall consideration or March 1st for Spring consideration.

 


Fall 2018

Legacy Essay Contest Winners


The Legacy Scholarship

By Levi Brooks

I moved to Midland Texas in April of 2017. This was at the very end of my junior year of high school. I would go to Midland High School to finish out my high school career. Of course, being a senior meant talking a whole lot about college and where we would be at that time the following year. For me personally I had no clue what I wanted to do in the fall of 2018. My parents both went to Texas Tech so that has always been an option for me, but unfortunately that option was monetarily impossible for me last fall. Then my government teacher told me about Midland College and more importantly the Legacy Scholarship. I almost instantly knew that Midland College was the best option for me, it was affordable, flexible classes, and in my home town. To have the best first year of college I could have I knew I would want to apply for the legacy scholarship.

For the community service I needed to complete to qualify for the scholarship I worked at a couple of different organizations around Midland. Those organizations were Breaking Bread, Washington Carver Elementary, and The Petroleum Museum. The least hours I completed was at Washington Carver Elementary. In November I did five hours as a student science fair judge for their fourth graders. Out of all of my community service these hours were my favorite. I got to judge the science fair projects of some of the brightest kids is Midland. These kids truly amazed me with their ability to take what was in their mind and apply it to a real-life scientific situation.

The second organization that I completed a good chunk of my community service at was Braking Bread Midland. This organization provided a nightly meal during the week to whoever came and wanted food. No one was ever turned away. My job while I was there was to do whatever was asked of me while I was on the clock. I did about thirty different jobs in my time at Breaking Bread. Whether I was peeling potatoes, slicing meat, or just conversing with the people who came to enjoy a hot meal, I always felt I was making a difference in everyone who came through that door’s life.

The last organization in which I completed a majority of my scholarship hours was the Petroleum Museum. More specifically the bot’s program that the museum holds every other Tuesday night for kids’ kindergarten through sixth grade. For this function I was in charge of a table of kids that were all pretty close in age. They were given a kid’s robotics kit to complete the task of the night. Whether that task was to pick up ten blocks or race other robots they would build it out of that kit. Just like with the science fair kids they astounded me with their ability to build and code a robot to do specific tasks in under thirty minutes.

In conclusion, I am so grateful for the founders of the legacy scholarship program. I am not only thankful for the fact they have given me the opportunity to go to college for almost free, but they gave me the motivation to get out into my community and see it for what it is. Through my forty hours of community service I completed I learned that Midland is full of really bright and talented kids and no matter what someone might look like or the situation they are in they are just like me.

 

Love Letter to the World

By Fabby Torres

Many people whenever they hear the word volunteer automatically think working for free. Many people do not realize that volunteering is a way to be making a difference in this world. People all over the world are constantly busy running around doing their everyday things that sometimes society forgets to think about those who are in need of a smile, hug, advice, food, clothes, and much more that everyday people may be needing. The Legacy Scholarship was mentioned and presented to me at a time where I was needing a real awakening. I have had the Legacy Scholarship for all the semesters that I have been attending college, and to this day I continue to feel blessed to have a great scholarship like the Legacy Scholarship. Every year, this scholarship allows students to go out to their community and volunteer at approved agencies. All the agencies that I have gone to volunteer at have left a tremendous impact on my life. The Legacy Volunteer Experience has recently once again impacted me on a personal level. I went back to my Alma Mater which is Midland Lee High School to volunteer as a tutor at Communities in Schools of the Permian Basin. I remember that day was a tough day for me because I had received some news about an assignment and I felt that would be the end of my college career. My only focus that day was that I wanted to get the hours out of the way and leave. A young girl walked in and asked me if I could help her on her math homework, I thought to myself how am I going to help this student out in math if math has been my biggest nightmare. I have no idea why but I decided to sit down with the young lady and attempted to help with math. This young lady began our conversation by asking where I went to school, what my career goal was, etc. I responded that I am a Midland College student planning on going into the Education field. She began by telling me a bit about her life. This young lady began to tell me how it was her dream to attend college, but she could not be able to attend because her mother could not afford to pay for college and because she was afraid she was not college material. As I was sitting there listening to this young girl and her worries about what she was going to do with her life, it finally hit me that it was no coincidence that this young girl and I were paired up that night. Mother Teresa once said, “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” I am a firm believer that God does not make mistakes. What I realized after I was listening to this young girl speak to me about her worries was that she was a reflection of a younger Fabby. I was living in worry of only myself and not noticing that this young girl was in need of advice just like many people in this world. We were brought to this world to make a difference, and I had forgotten that until this young girl recently contacted me with great news. The great news was that she was going to attend college and that she wanted to thank me for supporting her, giving her advice when she needed it the most, and for me to always remember that I was an inspiration and reason for her continuing her higher education. God puts different people with different situations in our paths every day. God has already written the story of the world, but we choose to write our own story. Society has the power to be light in this world. With this volunteer experience I recently came across with, I know I can and will always strive to be part of God’s love letter to the world.

How has the Legacy Scholarship impacted my life?

By Bailee Vessels

Volunteering can be very rewarding in a vast number of ways. It can help change your community, impact someone’s life, learn social skills and much more. The Legacy experience has impacted me in many ways. It has made me a more humble, caring person and definitely opened my eyes to different ways I can give back to my community. I met many kind-hearted people who want nothing more than to help those around them and I hope that one day I can be like them.

Growing up, people around me were often volunteering at shelters or any other place that needed help and they always talked about how good they felt afterwards. I never understood what they meant until I volunteered somewhere. I get this incredible feeling after I help someone, it makes me feel like I matter and that I have a purpose. I really enjoyed this feeling so, I started helping those around me including people I didn’t know, in any way that I could. While volunteering, I also realized that I really enjoyed giving back to my community and decided that this was something I wanted to do as often as I could. It is important for me to help my community, because it has invested so much into me. I am who I am today because of my community and the people in it, so the least I could do in return is give back. For my Legacy hours, I chose to volunteer at the George W. Bush childhood home. I thought it would be a good place to meet many people from all around the world who would visit the home to learn about one of our great presidents. I have seen people from Russia, Australia, and so many other places that visited the home and by volunteering there, I was given the opportunity to learn a little bit about them and their countries. By interacting with these people, I learned that there are so many people out in the world who are selflessly helping others. Many times, people will tell you stories and it’s very inspiring to listen to them talk about volunteering Most of the time, they speak with a burning passion about volunteering because they enjoy it so much. It makes me happy, knowing that there are others out there like me who get happy when volunteering.

My volunteering experience has made me feel as though volunteering should be a high school requirement so that everyone can be exposed to it. Everyone should be exposed to volunteering, as it can impact and inspire everyone. It is perhaps the most satisfying and fulfilling experience to do something for others rather than for yourself. This awareness is important for everyone to understand, as they often think about personal gain only. I am so happy that I volunteered in my community, because it has made me an overall better person and has given me insight to other’s needs.

The Impact of the Legacy Experience

By Haley Jones

Ever since I was a little girl, one of the most intriguing things to me was to help people and learn about their different lifestyles. As the years went on I started volunteering at local organizations that not only help people, but were beneficial to our community. Volunteering has been a fun way to meet new people and has helped give me new insights on how I portray certain things. By taking initiative to help our community, I have learned that even the smallest things can have a huge impact on others.

Last year I was involved in Lee’s Students in Philanthropy, SIP, which primary deals with volunteer work and giving back to the people. Being involved in SIP, allowed me to volunteer weekly every Wednesday at Manor Park in the senior alzheimer’s division. By doing this, I was able to communicate with some of the elderly patients that had not had a visit in years. Just by simply talking to them, made their dull facial expressions change to smiles that lit up the entire room. This small example not only effected others by making them happy, but it also touched my heart by having the satisfaction that I had done a good deed.

Another way I was able to volunteer to help the people of our community, was at the Food and Bank center. There, I was able to learn more about what the non-profit organization does, and I was able to participate in packaging food and drinks for the less fortunate. This to me, was an eye opener because I had not realized how many grown adults and children in Midland, were going without necessities; food and drinks. I realized that such small things that I was taking for granted, meant everything to someone else. This particular organization impacted me greatly showing me the value in everything and to be grateful for the things that I have been blessed with.

Not only was I able to work with people that I was able to provide aid to, but I was also able to make our community a cleaner place to live. One way I conquered this was by picking up trash through Keep Midland Beautiful. This organization solely focuses on making sure there is no trash throughout our community. Midland, Texas is full of empty lots filled with trash and wastes. Seeing how bad our community is polluted, I had the fulfillment of picking up remains of excess trash and making our city cleaner and nicer. Through this, I was able to meet new people and humbly remember that the more people that helped, the stronger our community became.

Not only was the Legacy experience inspirational, but it is something I will cherish forever. With this Legacy scholarship I do not have to worry about how I am going to pay for school and I can actually focus on my studies. The outlook I had on getting this scholarship was something I genuinely looked forward to doing; I wanted to help the people around me. The fact that doing community service, helping others and bettering our society, meant I was able to receive this scholarship is mind-blowing to me. If it were not for this scholarship I would not have had the benefit to gain additional experiences that honored my skills.

Stepping Outside

By Quinn Thompson

I have been homeschooled for my entire life. I have a rare hip condition known by its proper name as ‘’Legg-Calve-Perthes’’, so my parents were understandably hesitant to put me out in a world where I would have to walk around. I did however go to daycare at a local school to hang out with some kids my own age, but after enough bad memories and unpleasant experiences at said school, I decided to cut my attendance short. I continued the last years of high school in the comfortable confines of my house. It was lonely, but it was an escape. When I was smaller, I came up with a quote that I often repeat in my head even to this day. ‘’Just because the world is a mess doesn’t mean mine has to be.’’ This is something that has always kept me going and motivated me in some of my not-so-great times.

That, of course, was before my Legacy Experience. When my mom told me that it was time for me to start volunteering, I became quite worried, because I quickly realized that it meant I would have to go somewhere where I would have to interact with others. I didn’t really have a lot of faith in people, and I wasn’t ready to put myself out there again. My family is very social, and hanging around them has taught me what makes people smile when you are conversing with them. I know how to play the part, but there’s a big difference between being social and knowing how to talk to people. I am the latter.

I started my job at the library and volunteered twice a week. At first, the job was pretty easy, and it was better than I had expected it to be. There weren’t a lot of people there trying to converse with me. My boss would just tell me what needed done and then send me on my way. I have done a lot of hard work in my life, so the labor was something I was more than happy to do. As time went on however, more people came by and asked me if I needed help. They would come and visit with me. I didn’t think much of it at first, but over time it started to put a smile on my face.

After four months of volunteering, I made several friends and now have one past girlfriend. My boss knew of my leg condition and let me off early several days. I had not experienced kindness like this outside of my house in quite some time. There was a kid that volunteered there who was my age. He had more trouble adjusting to the work than I did. The people at the library would make us put these little colored labels in the books we organized so someone could check them and make sure we were doing a good job of organizing them. Three strikes and your out.

He had two strikes against him and was well on his way to being fired from volunteering. I would always finish organizing my books early. After I finished, I went through and re-organized the books he misplaced. At the time I was just thinking of how much it would hurt his reputation if he got fired from volunteering, but looking back on it, I think it was more than that. Doing that made me feel like I could help someone. I knew I was already doing that by volunteering in the first place, but something about this deed moved me, like if we all did that for each other, maybe the world would be a pretty cool place.

That four months really impacted the person I am right now. I am happy to say that it was one of the best experiences in the last few years of my life. It helped me and made me happy realizing that by helping this boy, I was really helping myself. Not only has it made me more optimistic in regards to college, but it has changed the way that I look at people, and it all started with stepping outside. It’s always a risk, but maybe it’s a risk worth taking. In my quote, I made it clear that my world didn’t have to be a mess. Maybe I’m not the only one that thinks that.

 

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