The Sara Scholarship was established in 2012 as part of the final will of Sara Sheehan, who passed away in 2011. The award, funded through the Henry & Sara Sheehan foundation, is granted annually to female high school seniors who plan to pursue a college degree and who demonstrate academic achievement, excellence of character, financial need and active engagement with the sport of golf. Skill in playing golf is not a criterion.

The Sara Scholarship awards $2000 per year to be applied towards tuition, books, board and other expenses.

A minimum of twelve $2000 scholarships will be awarded per year. The grant is eligible for renewal throughout the applicant’s undergraduate college career up to four years, for a total amount of $8000.

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How to Apply for the Sara Scholarship

The Sara Scholarship application for 2016 is open. The 2016 application deadline is Monday, May 2, 2016. A minimum of twelve (12) $2000 scholarships will be awarded in 2016 to female high school seniors who have some involvement with the sport of golf. 

The application can be downloaded from the link below.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Sara Scholarship, applicants must...

  1. Be female
  2. Be high school seniors with the intention to graduate at the end of the school year
  3. Meet entrance requirements and plan to enroll at an accredited college or university in the United States
  4. Have a cumulative minimum unweighted GPA (grade point average) of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  5. Demonstrate financial need
  6. Demonstrate excellent character and active involvement with the sport of golf. Skill in playing golf is not a criterion
    • Examples include playing golf as a hobby or as part of a team, working at a golf course, as a caddy or in a pro shop, and any other direct, active engagement with the sport

Application must include...

  1. Completed Sara Scholarship Application form
  2. Copy of Official High School Transcript (including Fall semester grades from senior year)
  3. Applicant’s personal essay (see section VI of application)
  4. Copy of applicant’s Student Aid Report (SAR), including the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
    • In order to qualify for the Sara Scholarship, you must first file a Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) with the U.S. Department of Education to determine your eligibility for student aid. It is extremely important to do this as soon as possible, as the application takes time to process and deadlines vary from state to state. Once your application is processed, the Department of Education will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR) detailing your eligibility for aid
  5. ONE letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, counselor or administrator such as a principal. As an alternative, a letter of recommendation from a local business or professional person is acceptable. Please send only ONE letter of recommendation

Deadline

The completed Sara Scholarship application and all supporting documents (see application checklist above) must be put in the same envelope and postmarked on or before May 2, 2016.

Mail applications to:

The Sara Scholarship
The Henry & Sara Sheehan Foundation
310 N. Kensington Ave.
LaGrange Park, IL. 60526

Notification of receiving an award

Recipients will be notified on or before August 15, 2016.

Renewal criteria

The Sara Scholarship awards $2000 per year to be applied towards tuition, books, board and other college expenses. The grant is eligible for renewal throughout the applicant’s undergraduate college career up to four years, for a total amount of $8000.

To be eligible for renewal the applicant must…

  1. Satisfactorily complete the renewal application
  2. Continue her standing as a full-time student (a minimum of 12 course hours per semester) in the same accredited college or university, or transfer to a school of similar standing as a full-time student
  3. Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.1 (C+ average) for her first year and a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B average) for each consecutive year
  4. Continue to demonstrate financial need
  5. Not incur disciplinary action from the college or university for infractions suggesting a lack of character
     

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About The Henry & Sara Sheehan Foundation

The Sara Scholarship was established in 2012 as part of the final will of Sara Sheehan, who passed away in 2011. Sara was a true golfer who possessed a lifelong passion for the game. Whether in good or ill health, she played as much as she could – later in life managing only a few holes at a time.

Sara loved to practice and took countless lessons. She loved the sport because she believed that, aside from being fun, it taught important life skills and instilled character, especially the qualities of discipline and patience. In her thinking, not enough young women played or enjoyed golf. The Sara Scholarship, established in her memory, aims to support the life goals of the young women who do.

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