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Military Order of the Purple Heart
Department of Pennsylvania
Scholarship Policy and Application Procedure
 
General Information:
 
This package includes information relating to the Military Order of the Purple Heart Department of Pennsylvania (MOPH) Scholarship program including eligibility and application requirements, a Scholarship application Form, and a Q&A section with answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the Program.
 
The Military Order of the Purple Heart is a non-profit membership organization associated with the Military Services. Membership is voluntary and not automatic upon receipt of the Purple Heart.
 
A MOPH Associate Membership or membership in the MOPH Ladies Auxiliary does not by itself convey scholarship eligibility.
 
Scholarship funds can be used for tuition, books, incidental fees, room & board, and other direct associated costs of higher education except transportation expenses.
 
Department Scholarship Program:
 
The program is decentralized to the Chapter level where a three member Committee will select their applicants by June 15 annually. The Committee will consist of non- relatives of Scholarship applicants. Scholarship Committee recommendations will be forwarded to the Department Finance Officer NLT July 15.
 
Eligibility:
 
To be eligible to apply for a Military Order of the Purple Heart Department of Pennsylvania Scholarship the applicant must be a resident of Pennsylvania and fulfill the following criteria:
 
-A member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Department of Pennsylvania. A Purple Heart recipient who is not a member of the MOPH can become a member by applying online through the MOPH website: www.purpleheart.org or by calling the Membership Department at (703) 642-5360. Or
 
- The spouse, widow or direct lineal descendant (child, step-child, adopted child, or grandchild) of a member of the MOPH. Great-grandchildren are not eligible. Or
 
- The spouse, widow or direct lineal descendent (child, step-child, adopted child, or grandchild) of a service member killed-in-action or who died of wounds. Great-grandchildren are not eligible. If the Purple Heart recipient is listed as killed-in-action or died of wounds, supporting documentation must accompany the application.
 
And be:
 
-A graduate or upcoming graduate (Senior) of a high school who has been accepted as a FULL-TIME undergraduate student (12 or more semester credit hours, or 18 quarter credit hours, or as determined by the school) at an accredited Pennsylvania college, university or trade school. Or
 
-Accepted by or enrolled as a FULL-TIME undergraduate student (12 or more semester credit hours, or 18 quarter credit hours, or as determined by the school) at an accredited Pennsylvania college, university or trade school at the time the scholarship is awarded, (graduate students are not eligible)
 
Application requirements:
 
A Department of Pennsylvania MOPH Scholarship Application must include a completed Application Form and the following supporting materials:  Official High School and/or College transcript, including the latest completed semester or quarter of the current year; a birth certificate; letters of recommendation; and an essay by the applicant.
 
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that his or her application and his or her academic record is properly presented to the MOPH Chapter.
 
Applications that are not complete, or are not received by the deadline (June 15) will be disqualified and will not be submitted to the Chapter Scholarship Committee for evaluation.
 
The Chapter Scholarship Committee will consider an applicant’s academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community and military service, work experience, strength of letters of recommendation, and content of the essay. Decisions regarding eligibility for a Scholarship or the award of a Scholarship will be made by the Chapter Scholarship Committee and are final. MOPH Scholarships may not be applied to summer school, or to a special program or research project.
 
If selected to receive a MOPH Scholarship, the applicant will be notified in July. Once the enrollment information is received by the Department Finance Officer a $1000.00 check payable to the applicant will be forwarded to the Chapter Commander for presentation. A similar procedure will govern upon proof of enrollment in the second semester, quarter or trade school.
 
Funding:
 
An applicant can possibly receive a maximum of four, one-year $2000 academic scholarships payable in the amounts of $1000 each upon enrollment for the fall and spring academic years as outlined above.
 
Scholarship Selection Schedule
 
June 15: Eligible applications are submitted to the MOPH chapter.
   
July 10: Chapter Scholarship Committee decisions are provided to the Department Scholarship Officer.
   
July 15: Announcement of Scholarship awards.
 
 
Deadline for Scholarship Applications is June 15: This applies to all required documents and materials including transcripts, letter of acceptance and letters of recommendation, any required items received after the deadline date will disqualify the applicant.
 
 
Questions or Additional Information
Should you have any questions or require additional information, you may contact:
Dean Clark, Department Finance Officer
814-623-7809
 
 
 
Adopted on 7 June 2014 at the 81st Convention of the MOPH Department of Pennsylvania as a durable policy and procedure.  This policy and procedure will remain in effect until revised by proper authority.
 
 
            /s/                                                                      CHARLES L. JACKSON
 Adjutant

 

 
Declaration of Scholarship Applicant
 
I have read and understand the enclosed information regarding the Military Order of the Purple Department of Pennsylvania Heart Scholarship Program.
 
During the academic year, I plan to attend a Pennsylvania accredited college, university or trade school as a full-time student.
 
I certify that the information included in my application and all supporting documents is, to the best of my knowledge, true, accurate and complete.
 
I authorize the Military Order of the Purple Heart Department of Pennsylvania to request and receive information regarding my academic records and enrollment status at my designated college, university or trade school.
 
I agree to abide by the rules and criteria established by the Military Order of the Purple Heart Department of Pennsylvania Scholarship Committee.
 
I understand that I must provide the Department Finance Officer proof of enrollment in the second semester of my school in order to receive the second $1000 of the scholarship.
 
I understand that the decisions of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Department of Pennsylvania Scholarship Committee are final.
 
Applicant Signature_________________________________________Date____________________
 
Parent or Guardian Signature_________________________________Date____________________
            (If the applicant is under the age of 18 years)
 

 

DEPARTMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
 
1.  NAME:  ________________________, ______________________, ______________
                                Last                                                    First                                   Middle
 
     DATE OF BIRTH:  _____________________   TELEPHONE #  ___________________________
 
     PERMANENT MAILING ADDRESS:   Street     ________________________________________
 
                                                               City             ________________________________________
 
                                                               STATE         _________________   ZIP CODE  _____________
 
2.  What Pennsylvania college, university or trade school are you attending/going to attend?          
 
      _________________________  ____­­­­­­­______________­­____________________  PA  _______
                       School                                              Address                                                            ZIP CODE
 
3.  What major course of study?  ___________________________________________________
 
4.  High school or scholastic honors achieved:
AWARD SCHOOL
   
   
   
   
   
 
5.  Community activities you have or are participating in:
ACTIVITY PLACE DATES
     
     
     
     
 
6.  Military service you have (active service, reserves, national guard, ROTC/JROTC):
SERVICE PLACE DATES
     
     
 
7.  Have you previously received a MOPH scholarship? Yes   No  
      
        If “YES,” which scholarship and what amount?  ___________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION, Page 2 of 2
 
8.  Name and relationship of Purple Heart recipient from whom you derive eligibility:
 
NAME OF PERSON RELATIONSHIP MOPH CHAPTER # MEMBERSHIP #
       
 
9.  List jobs (including summer employment) you have held in the past three years:
 
EMPLOYER DATE OF EMPLOYMENT HOUR PER WEEK
     
     
     
     
 
10.  I certify that I am either a high school senior who has been accepted into a qualifying school as a full time student or a full time student carrying twelve semester credit hours or eighteen credit hours at a Pennsylvania college, university, or trade school.  If I decide to terminate my educational program, it is my responsibility to return the scholarship money to the Department of Pennsylvania, Military Order of the Purple Heart.
 
Student signature: ___________________________   Date: ____________
         
If applicant is under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must also sign.
         
Parent/guardian signature: ___________________________   Date: ____________
 
Mail or deliver this completed Application, signed Declaration, and all supporting material to the appropriate Chapter by 15 June.  Any required items received after the deadline date will disqualify the applicant.   
 
1.  Transcript.
 
2.  Proof of current registration.
 
3.  For high school seniors:  proof of acceptance to a qualifying school as a full time student.
 
4.  Copy of birth certificate (for initial application).
 
5.  Two letters of recommendation, other than relatives (for initial application).
 
6.  Essay of approximately three hundred words telling why you should get this scholarship.
 
Dept of Pennsylvania Scholarship Policy and Application Procedure, Cont.
 
 
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
 
 
Q: Are changes to the Scholarship Application allowed after submission?
A: Only the name of the college, university, or trade school you plan to attend can be changed after the application is submitted.
 
Q: Who should write the two letters of recommendation?
A: High school, university or trade school faculty members.
 
Q: Can I apply for a MOPH Scholarship in more than one academic year?
A: Yes, an applicant can be  awarded a maximum of four $2000 scholarships. 
 
Q: Will I receive the $2000 all at one time?
A: No, $1000 will be provided in the July timeframe and the second $1000 will be provided upon receipt by the Department Finance Officer of official proof of registration in the spring semester.
 
Q: May I submit a copy of a transcript, or submit and unofficial transcript?
A: No, only official transcripts will be accepted.  A print out of a down-load of a transcript from the web site of a qualifying Pennsylvania school is acceptable.
 
Q: How are the Scholarship winners notified?
A: Each recipient will be notified telephonically and in writing by the Chapter Commander.  
 
Q: Are accredited Pennsylvania community colleges considered a qualifying school?
A: Yes.
 

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