Myra Fox Skelton

The Casper-based Myra Fox Skelton Foundation funds a scholarship program for University of Wyoming at Casper students who are single parents. The generous gift from the Foundation to UWC provides a monthly scholarship for the nine months of the academic year. The intent of the award is to help students reduce the number of hours they must work to support their education and families, and to increase the time they are able to devote to their families and studies. Recipients will agree to participate in a community service activity (a minimum of 15 hours of service required per semester) and submit written documentation of that community service at the end of both semesters.

Awards are made to selected single parent applicants who meet the Scholars Program criteria and demonstrate the promise of academic excellence.

The trustees of the Myra Fox Skelton Foundation make this gift to the University of Wyoming at Casper in order to make a difference in the lives of students and their academic endeavors. The generous scholarship provides an unprecedented opportunity to help students focus on learning and family life. A rigorous selection process will be conducted to find the students who best meet the following criteria.

Not only will students selected as Myra Fox Skelton Scholars receive a scholarship, but selection for the Scholars Program recognizes and honors the recipients’ academic promise. The selection process is careful and rigorous. The initial selection process will be based entirely on the written application materials explained; therefore, applicants should ensure that their application, supporting essay, and letters of reference are of the highest quality. Attention to both the quality of writing and the substance of information provided is essential. Individual interviews may be conducted after initial review of the application packet. Please note that your application materials will be seen by the selection committee as well as other authorized personnel in the UWC office._

Myra Fox Skelton Scholars Program Criteria
Students applying for consideration as Myra Fox Skelton Scholars must meet the following criteria:

Selection Criteria

  • be a full-time student (12 credit hours for undergraduate students and 9 credit hours for graduate students)
  • be enrolled in a minimum of three credit hours through UWC
  • be classified as a junior, senior or graduate student
  • be pursuing a University of Wyoming degree approved for delivery through UWC
  • be eligible for federal student financial aid through the University of Wyoming (must have file a FAFSA for the upcoming academic year prior to the application deadline)
  • must have unmet financial need per federal guidelines
  • be a single parent
  • have demonstrated promise of academic excellence

Conditions of Maintaining Award

  • must maintain a 2.0 overall GPA for all University and College courses taken during each semester
  • successfully complete 12 credit hours per semester (9 credits for graduate students) with a minimum of 3 credit hours from UWC
  • attend mandatory August Mentor Meeting
  • students’ academic progress will be reviewed at the mid-term of each semester and the first week of January with their mentor to assure compliance
  • agree to participate in a community service activity (a minimum of 15 hours required per semester) during the period of the award and submit written documentation of that community service at the end of the term of both semesters
  • meet with mentor the first week of January to review academic and community service progress
  • provide your family photo and essay on how the scholarship has impacted your life for the year-end luncheon booklet, this material is due no later than February 15
  • agree to participate in a year-end luncheon program to share publicly how receiving the scholarship positively affected family life and academic endeavors
  • agree to send a thank-you letter for the award to the Foundation within 30 days of notification of selection
  • completion of any other requirements as specified by the Scholarship Committee which may include a committee interview

Myra Fox Skelton Scholars will receive monthly scholarship for the nine months of the academic year. (Please note that these monies represent taxable income.)

Award
Varies
College/Department
UW at Casper
Deadline
07/31/2019
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a single parent attending college full-time?
  2. How many dependent children are living with you? Please list their ages.
  3. Please submit a two-page, double-spaced essay that carefully and fully adresses how you meet the Myra Fox Skelton Scholars Program criteria, what your career goals are, and how recieving this scholarship will make a difference in your life and academic career.
  4. If selected as a Myra Fox Skelton Scholar, I agree to share with the Myra Fox Skelton Foundation Board, UWC faculty, staff and students, and members of the public how receipt of this scholarship has positively affected my life and academic career. I also agree to share information about my community service project. In addition, I also agree to thank the foundation in writing within thirty (30) days of notification of selection, and to participate in a community service activity sometime during the period of the scholarship.
  5. I hereby authorize UWC personnel to publish and release information pertaining to my participation in the Myra Fox Skelton Scholars Program. Distribution will be limited to UWC personnel, fellow award recipients and representatives of the Skelton Foundation.
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