What is the application process?
There are three parts to the application process.
1. You must set up an account.
2. After setting up an account, you must login to your account and complete the online application. Once you have completed the online application, you will get an email back confirming that the online portion of your application was received along with a reminder to complete step 3.
3. You must mail in the additional required materials as explained below.
- Who is eligible for the scholarship?
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
-Be the child of a current employee (parent/step-parent/legal guardian) of Prisma Health, OR
-Be the child or grandchild of an active Prisma Health volunteer (who has worked at least 100 hours) at the time of applying for and granting of the scholarship award and reside in an area served by Prisma Health, OR
-Be an active teen volunteer who has worked a minimum of 50 documented hours within the past twelve months at a Prisma Health facility.
-Be a high school graduating senior.
-Have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 in both mathematics and science while in high school.
-Be planning to attend an accredited college, university or technical college for the Summer or Fall term immediately after graduation.
-Be planning to pursue an Associate or Baccalaureate Degree in a healthcare profession.
-Demonstrate financial need.
-Demonstrate traits of high personal character and leadership.
When is the deadline for submission of materials?
The deadline for submission of the online portion of the application is . Deadline for receipt of the additional required materials is 5:00 PM EST.. The additional materials required must be mailed in ONE envelope to the , PO BOX 1465, Taylors, SC 29687. The additional materials required must be RECEIVED no later than 5:00 pm est. .
- What constitutes a complete application packet?
You must submit the following additional materials:
1. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT with grades, cumulative GPA and SAT/ACT scores posted through the latest Fall semester. NOTE: If the school does not post SAT/ACT scores, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide CSA with a copy of the score report from the College Entrance Examination Board.
2. Signed TERMS OF AGREEMENT found in the application packet.
3. List answering the following questions:
1. What books, magazines, newspaper articles or other literature have impacted your life? Why?
2. Which of your achievements has given you the most personal gratification or has had an impact on other people?
3. List career/personal goals or other objectives you may have.
Applicants must print the LIST OF QUESTIONS FORM from the website and submit along with the other materials listed here.
4. ESSAY. Submit an Essay (200-500 words) on the topic "In what ways do you expect to invest or contribute to your community after you have obtained your professional/career goals." Applicant must include their name and name of scholarship on the Essay. Applicants must print the ESSAY FORM from the website and submit along with the other materials listed here.
5. RECOMMENDATIONS. Submit two (2) LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION from adults who are not family members. Applicants must print the LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FORM from the website and submit them along with the other materials listed here.
6. Applicants who are Teen Volunteers must submit the TEEN VOLUNTEER DOCUMENTATION FORM. Teen Volunteer applicants must print the TEEN VOLUNTEER FORM and have the form completed by the Volunteer Services Office and submit along with the other materials listed here.
7. Submit a copy of your SAR REPORT. (This is the report you receive after your FAFSA application as been processed.)
- What is the value of the scholarship award?
The minimum amount of the award will be $1,000, and the number of recipients may vary from year to year. The awards will be applied to the cost of tuition, lab fees and books. Scholarship awards must be used in the year they are awarded. Unused funds must be returned to the `Light up a Life` Scholarship.
- What college may I attend?
The recipients may attend any accredited college, university, or technical school offering a degree in any healthcare field of study. The recipient's school of choice must be exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
All recipients must be full-time each semester.
What if I am unable to attend consecutive semesters?
Extenuating circumstances requiring a student to sit out a semester must be explained in writing to CSA. You will be notified of the final decision. If a recipient is out for a semester and doesn`t receive approval, then that semester is forfeited.
How are winners selected?
An independent Scholarship Selection Committee will consider the respective ability, academic merit, educational goals, and career ambitions of each applicant.
How will I be notified if I am chosen as a recipient?
All complete applicants will be notified by email of the decisions of the committee.
Is this scholarship renewable?
This scholarship may be renewable for up to (3) three additional consecutive years of undergraduate work, or until a bachelor's degree is awarded, whichever is earlier.