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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.

 


Spring 2019 Legacy Essay Contest Winners

The Legacy Scholarship

By Savannah Perales

My name is Savannah Perales, and I was born and raised in Midland, TX by my two loving parents, Matt and Amanda Perales. They had me at a young age, during high school and struggled to escape the low-income life to raise me the way they wanted to. My parents knew from the beginning that they did not want to put me in the same situations they experienced during their childhood. From being so young themselves and raising a child on their own, college did not become an option for them. Overall, they knew they had to do everything they could to raise my siblings and me to be better than their struggles. All my life, they pushed me to be my best and succeed in everything I put my mind to. If it was for academics or sports, I always tried my hardest to make them proud. I always knew that they went through so much to get me where I am today; therefore, everything I do in my life is for them.

The Legacy Scholarship has not only impacted my life, but my family's as well. I am so thankful for the very generous people that donated this money to help relieve the stress my parents could have gone with paying for my college. This scholarship has helped me begin my life and future career without having anything to worry about. I have no college debt or money issues that most college students go through their first year. This scholarship has given me the chance to become something big in my life and make something of my parent's hard work.

With volunteering, I have helped out HEB's Feast of Sharing, Helping Hands, COM Aquatics and Keep Midland Beautiful. These opportunities have affected my self-growth and the way I see the world. These events have opened my eyes and showed me how helping others can also help me. With the Feast of Sharing, I realized how most people are not as lucky as myself and others. Having a community that is so great at giving and being supportive can make someone else's life easier. Seeing everyone so happy with smiling faces showed me that it doesn't matter what problems you are going through or the situations you might be in but being with your loved ones and family can make everything in life seem so much better. It is incredible to see whose lives you can change and help only by volunteering.

In conclusion, I would like to thank the Foundation Board and the Trustees for everything that they do and the generous gift they give to the other applicants and I. Without the Legacy Scholarship, who knows how different this journey could have been, but with this great opportunity, I have become motivated and influenced to become great in my life. I hope one day I grow as a person and become blessed enough to give back to my community and help others just like the donators helped me.

My Legacy Experience

By Crystal Rodriguez

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give,” and through my experience with Legacy, I have seen this become a reality. There are so many opportunities in this world, and there are so many people who do not get to experience those things. Through my Legacy experience, I have found a passion for non-profit organizations because of their dedication to giving back to the people of our community as legacy does for me. Not only do these organizations work together to make a change in the world, but they have opened my eyes to the evil in the world and how something so simple as packing lunches can equal a base in someone else’s life.

When people get to a place in their life when they believe there is no way up, the many non-profit organizations in Midland say otherwise. They not only give their time to these people who are at their lowest, but they offer a helping hand in any way they can. For example, Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit that builds houses and transforms houses into decent places for people to live. Midland has become very expensive due to the oil being up, and this has left many people struggling to keep their houses because prices keep increasing or have caused them to live in some run-down places. In working with Habitat for Humanity, we painted the outside of a house that had spider webs and chipped paint all over to make the house look as if it was brand new again. Now, this may not seem like much, but to the person living there who didn’t have the finances to do so, it meant the world. One of Habitat for Humanities sayings is that “no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity” and that “every person has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities”. So again, I saw the phrase by Winston Churchill come to life by what Habitat for Humanity works to get done every day. We did not gain anything from making other people’s living arrangement a little better, except for the satisfaction that we were able to do something that will continue a legacy to help people around the world in the same boat.

Furthermore, what Habitat for Humanity has done for others is what I believe Legacy has done for many other people and me. They have created this legacy of hard-working and dedicated students working to give everything they have into the career they want to do. Legacy is leaving a mark in our lives because as habitat for humanity does; they offer something small that means the world to people like me who possibly wouldn’t have had the chance to continue their education without the Legacy scholarship. Even though the Legacy scholarship or organizations like Habitat for Humanity only reach a small range of people, the time they have put into people like me has created a society that wants to give back in the same ways. Sooner than we know it, everyone will be passing the torch forward to help make a change in the world, as I know I will continue to do.

The Legacy Experience

By Gabriel Dudley

I would love to start this essay by saying that I am so grateful for the Legacy scholarship and program. Right now in my life, my family, which really includes my Mom and I, have been going through so much personally and financially. If it wasn’t for The Legacy Scholarship, I know I would not be here right now.

First and foremost, my name is Gabriel Dudley. I am a 19 year old from this great City of Midland. I have autism and let me tell you, learning has been a struggle for me. Some things come very easy for me, but others are so hard. Math and trying to get my words and thought from my brain to paper, or even out of my mouth is a struggle. But my Mom helps me so much. When she told me about the Legacy Scholarship and the things I would have to do to keep the scholarship, I was terrified. I told her that I couldn’t go volunteer anywhere, because I felt that people would laugh at me. It takes me a while to learn to do things. And sometimes I need for the person to explain the directions or instructions several times, so that I can understand what they want me to do. Once I know, I will work so hard for them and do my very best. My mom has always taught me to work hard give nothing but my best. But I just couldn’t see myself stepping out and being in the public helping with things I had no idea about. In my heart I wanted to be excited because I really like helping people. I just get so scared that I’m going to make a mistake or not be able do what I’m told to do until I tend to shy away from those activities.

I can’t even explain to you how important and how Legacy has made such a big impact on my life. Through the scholarship I have been able to step out, meet and help my community. So I guess I can say that through Legacy, I am able to go to school, get a college degree and not be a burden on my mom financially. Just the other day, I proved to my mom, that I could walk to the Library from my dorm, so that I could help with the activities they were having for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. I will tell you, I was very scared and was the longest distance I have ever walked by myself. But, with a prayer in my heart and determination, I did it.

So in conclusion, I have to give thanks to Legacy for making me take those steps I needed to take to become the young man I know I can be. Thank you for this scholarship and lifelong lessons that I have been able to learn because of the Legacy Foundation. I will be able to take these experiences with me wherever I go.

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.

Legacy Experiences

By Thian Sui

The Legacy experience has impacted my life when I started volunteering in Helping Hands here in Midland. Those experiences helped me not only focus on my gain, but it helps me focus on community. It has changed my life in a way of caring for others to bring a strong connection in our community. The three experience that impacted my life are not to be selfish, taught me how to be a better person for people around me and make new friends.

Firstly, I have always think about myself and never really think about for others. I am a hundred percent sure that I am not the only one person who is selfish but most of us are selfish in a way of putting the first thing for ourselves. But, I have learned that it is very mankind to be also focus on our community. I find myself happy to do little things for others than focusing for myself. We as part of the community services found that volunteering for the society bring us happiness including those who we serve.

The second Legacy experience that impacted my life was to be a better person for everyone. I think that I have the ability to pass down my valuable Legacy experiences to the next generation of ours. Which makes me a better person to be able to share the goodness of helping peoples. So that the younger generation can follow my footsteps. That made me feel that I am planting a good seed to bloom. By volunteering, I had received two thousand dollars to be able to attend in Midland College. This help my financial stable and gave me a chance to start the journey of my dream as the first generation to attend college in my family. I have made my family proud for giving them a hope. This was all because the plants that I have grown and I hope I will see its fruits of achieving my goals.

Finally, it impacted me to make a new friends. Those experiences gave me the opportunities to change myself, including it gave me a chance to play a role is someone’s life. It was fun to work with people who has the same goal as you. I met new friends and they bring me the joy that I have never felt. We created meaningful and beautiful memories that we can share to the world. The people from Helping Hands were super nice, caring, and friendly. The best part was we got along so well.

It has changed my life in to meaningful, fresh my mindset and that taught me to be humble. I could never imagine how my life would be without those valuable Legacy experiences. By helping and supporting others, I met new people who became part of my life and improved social skills. I am willing to continue Legacy volunteering in the future as long as I am in the school. I am not just looking for my benefits, but for others as well to make them smile again.

The Legacy Experience

by Claire McPherson

I have always reached and thrived for a lifelong occupation that I knew was going to be more than difficult for me to accomplish financially. Since the age of six, I have wanted to work towards getting my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. I am still pushing hard and as fast as possible towards this goal but, it can be discouraging. The main reason I do not hold my breath on becoming a veterinarian is money. Vet school is said to be one of the most expensive schools to pay for. With my family not being rich by any means, I have always been cautious of money.

Sophomore, Junior and Senior year I had the same agriculture teacher who was always finding scholarships that I could apply for. She always talked about the legacy scholarship and how great of an opportunity it was. We looked through qualifications and forty hours of community service really jumped out at me. Forty hours seemed like so many at that busy time in my life. I applied and turned in all my paperwork except for the community service hour resume. Being the animal lover that I am, I volunteered at Lone Star Sanctuary and finished a few hours. Lone Star Sanctuary is a no kill shelter for dogs, cats, and a few other animals. I washed dog bowls, filled water buckets, cleaned pens, walked and played with dogs. The work was enjoyable and, it was nice meeting new people and learning about important parts of their lives. I finally had a break from work and sports for a few weeks and was able to finish up my hours. I was actually sad to be done, I knew I was going to miss the dogs, people, and even more the feeling of giving back to the community. I turned in my community service hour resume and waited to see if I would be a lucky recipient. I received the final spot for the Legacy Scholarship and instantly so much financial pressure was lifted off me. I could finally breathe a stress less over financials of school.

In all of this, I am here to say the Legacy Scholarship has more benefits than receiving money. This scholarship opening my eyes in so many different ways. For one, this scholarship made me realize forty hours of community service is nothing when you’re doing it for a good cause, with good people, and a good heart. In the beginning the qualifications and requirements to receive Legacy seems tough, it is not, once you put the money into action you realize how far it goes and that it was all worth it. Working for the Legacy Scholarship also opened my eyes to giving back, before I would have never thought to go out and do community service during my free time. Now, on my not so busy weekends I dedicate my hours to helping out the community. I do not regret the work or time I put into the Legacy Scholarship. It was all worth it.

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