2023 Scholarship Application

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. & MRS. ALMITA S. R. WOODS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
Dear Applicant,
The Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. Chapter 10 and Auxiliary (formerly Ladies Auxiliary) is a non-profit Veterans organization established to perpetuate the legacy of the first African-American Marine recruits to join the United States Marine Corps. Camp Johnson, formerly known as Montford Point Camp, is located in Jacksonville, North Carolina. It is the military base that housed and trained approximately 20,000 Marines from 1942 to 1949. Camp Johnson is currently the home of Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools.
Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. is open to all members of the armed forces, regardless of race, creed, gender or national origin. Members can be on active duty, have honorably served in the armed forces for at least 90 days or have received an honorable discharge at the time of separation. Members of the Auxiliary must be the spouse, mother, sister, daughter or family member of persons that meet the above criteria.
The purpose of the Auxiliary is to increase awareness of the many notable contributions made by our original Montford Point Marines; to support educational assistance programs; to support and promote community service; and to improve the social conditions of community veterans, local families, youth, and senior citizens.
Throughout the year, Auxiliary members actively work to coordinate activities and community events that promote unity and goodwill. Similarly, our annual scholarship programs are open to all local high school seniors bound for an institution of higher learning (IHL) and students already enrolled in an IHL. We have also awarded saving bonds to young essay contest winners during African-American History Month.
In 1987, the Auxiliary established the “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Award,” named after the great civil rights leader. This scholarship, further personified by the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Black and White Scholarship Ball, is only awarded to qualifying Onslow County high school seniors who are bound for an IHL.
In 1995, the Auxiliary established a second scholarship program, the “Mrs. Almita S. R. Woods Scholarship Award,” to bestow the highest accolades on an exemplary Onslow County high school senior bound for an IHL OR for a student already matriculated in an IHL.
We offer these scholarship opportunities in hopes that they will facilitate your educational plans and assist you in achieving your educational goals. Thank you for your interest.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PACKAGE GUIDELINES

Please reread this notice before completing and submitting your package.
Dear Applicant,
Please ensure you read and closely adhere to the below guidelines before you complete and submit your package. Scholarship packages must be mailed (do not email your package) and postmarked on or before March 15, 2023.
1. To qualify for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) or Mrs. Almita S. R. Woods (AW) scholarships, each applicant must be or have been an Onslow County high school graduate. Current high school seniors are eligible to apply for both scholarships, in accordance with guidelines below.

2. Graduating high school senior applicants must have at least a 2.8 GPA to qualify for the MLK scholarship and at least a 3.0 GPA to qualify for the AW scholarship.

3. Applicants currently matriculated in an institution of higher learning (IHL) must have at least a 3.0 GPA to qualify for the AW scholarship. Current IHL students may only apply for the AW scholarship.

4. Applicants must be involved in community service.

5. Essay Requirements: Each applicant must submit an essay conveying his/her thoughts on the 2023 Essay Question included later in the application. Submit your300-350 word essay, typed on 8 1/2×11-inch plain white paper, single-spaced and double-spaced between paragraphs. Please use Courier New and 12 Font.(See page 4 for 2023 Essay Question)

6. Photograph: Please submit a professional head and shoulders 3×5-inch or 4×6-inch photograph (graduation photo preferred), suitable for newspaper and other publications. Write your name on the back of your photograph and please do not staple photograph to application! Only one photograph is required.

7. Transcripts: Submit one official sealed copy of your transcript in the original envelope.

8. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required; two from high school/IHL faculty members, and one from an individual in the community. Letters should be on official letterhead (if applicable) but do not need to be sealed in an envelope.
Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. Chapter 10 & Auxiliary
Post Office Box 928, Jacksonville NC 28541

9. Letter of Acceptance: A Letter of Acceptance to IHL for high school seniors or Letter of Continued Enrollment for students in IHL is required.

10. Application: Submit one complete copy (original copy) of all requested items plus three additional copies of your completed scholarship package, collated and stapled separately. (Note: Include only one professional photograph and one official transcript still sealed in the original envelope.)
11. Letter of Hardship (optional): If applicable, please submit a letter detailing your level of hardship. In addition, please include a substantiating letter from the Department of Social Services, your employer, or other supporting agency on official organizational letterhead if feasible.
12. To be eligible for consideration, ALL requested documents MUST be included in your package and ALL guidelines MUST be met. Please only submit requested documents.
13. Completed scholarship application package with ALL requested documents MUST be received in our office or post marked NLT March 15, – NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

Mail packages to:
MPMA Auxiliary Attn: Scholarship Committee

PO Box 928

Jacksonville, NC 28541


THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR MPMA, INC. SCHOLARSHIPS

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