The O.B. McClinton Foundation Scholarship was established by the O.B. McClinton Community Center Foundation (Non-profit Organization) for the purpose of assisting young men and women in the North Mississippi area obtaining a college education. This scholarship is designated for two (2) qualifying high school seniors who have been accepted to an accredited two (2) or four (4) year public or private college or university.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
O Must be a high school senior in a North Mississippi High School.
O Must demonstrate successful completion of a college preparatory high school diploma with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
O Must demonstrate community service and show financial needs.
O Must provide acceptance letter and proof of enrollment into an accredited two (2) or four (4) year college or university.

THE SELECTION PROCESS
Recipients will be selected by a judging committee comprised of members selected by The O.B. McClinton Foundation Board of Directors. The judges will evaluate eligible students based on academic record, financial need, reference letters, qualities of leadership and extracurricular activities and accomplishments. The winner(s) will be notified by mail. All decisions made by the committee are final. No materials will be returned and will be destroyed in accordance with the proper destruction procedures.

THE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
The winning applicants will be awarded a one-time scholarship of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00). The payment will be made by check for the Fall Semester to the institution verifying the recipient’s enrollment. It is the responsibility of the recipient to submit the required university information for payment of scholarship. If the chosen recipients have not enrolled in a college or institution by the Fall term of the year, he/she is selected, the scholarship shall be deemed forfeited and the award will be given to an alternate student.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must submit the following materials in one package:
o Completed application (must be typed).
o A current official high school transcript in a sealed school’s envelope.
o Minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation (one letter must be from someone familiar with student’s academic performance and potential). Maximum of four (4) letters will be accepted and may include, teacher, counselor or coach who can evaluate the student’s character personality and potential for future success and academic background (one letter must be from a non-family member who can evaluate the student’s Community Service activities and leadership abilities.
o A 500-word essay on the topic, “What I Plan to do with my College Degree in both my Career and Community”. (The essay must be double-spaced and typed).
o Applicants may submit, in writing, any information which would enhance probability of being selected, provided it has not already been covered by the items previously listed.
o An Acceptance Letter from the college/university student plan to attend.
o Application and all requested materials must be received by the deadline to be considered (April 15, 2020).