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1. General Information
The Merrimack Valley Section of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) has established a scholarship program to:
- Promote education in Quality
- Encourage consideration of the Quality profession as a career
The scholarship is an award of $1,000 each to up to two different students. The scholarship is for an undergraduate or graduate student to be used towards earning a degree at an accredited college or university.
This scholarship is called the Dennis Bennett Scholarship. Dennis Bennett was a longtime member of ASQ Merrimack Valley (ASQMV) and had assumed many section positions over a 20 year period which included Chairman, Treasurer and Arrangements. He had dedicated his entire career in pursuit of Quality at all levels so ASQMV has created this scholarship to honor him.
2. Eligibility Requirements
Eligible candidates are ASQMV Section members, spouses, children, stepchildren, grandchildren and adopted children of an ASQMV Section member in good standing. Proof of eligibility will be verified through ASQ Headquarters member listing.
Candidates must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree or graduate program at an accredited college or university in the United States. Candidates are expected to continue in school the entire academic year without interruption. A candidate cannot receive both scholarships the same year, but may apply multiple years
3. Application Process
ASQ Merrimack Valley (ASQMV) will advertise the availability of the scholarships and the means to obtain the rules governing the applications via the ASQMV website prior to May 30th. By June 30th the application including supporting material must be submitted in electronic format to: email@example.com.
The following items are required:
1. A cover letter from the applicant stating career objectives and community service.
2. A one page essay that shows an understanding of and commitment to Quality as it applies to their selected field of study or their present work place.
3. Letter from one character reference who is in a position of authority describing community service.
4. An official transcript from the most recently completed school year, showing a GPA of at least 3.0
4. Award Selection Procedure
A Scholarship Awards Committee will review applications. The Scholarship Award Committee will consist of ASQMV members who are not a relative, close friend or current applicant for the Dennis Bennett Scholarship.
The Chair of the Scholarship Program will remove all identifying information from the applications before distributing them to the members of Scholarship Award Committee for judging. This is to further reduce the potential for bias in selecting awards. There will be at least two judges. In addition to these judges, the Section Chair will serving as a tiebreaking judge.
The scholarship committee judges will rate the applicants who have submitted complete applications based on the following criteria:
Community Service 33%
Academic Achievement 33%
Scholarship recipients will be selected by August 1st and notified soon after this date.
All submissions are confidential and decisions of the Scholarship Awards Committee are final.
The selected candidates must present proof of enrollment (Student full name, student ID and address of business office for the institution) and a photo for posting on ASQMV's website to receive the award.
Payment will only be made directly to the educational institution. The student can request the funds be applied to books when other financial aid may be impacted.
6. Non-Discrimination Statement
It is the policy and practice of The Dennis Bennett Memorial Scholarship and Merrimack Valley ASQ to treat all candidates for scholarships with dignity and respect and to provide equal opportunity to all persons without regard to color, race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other category protected by law.
Candidates for scholarships with questions or concerns about any type of discrimination in the scholarship award process are encouraged to bring these issues to the attention of the Merrimack Valley ASQ Section Chair immediately so any such questions or concerns may be addressed promptly.