All questions & clarification requests should be emailed to: scholarship@asqmv.org

1. General Information

The Merrimack Valley Section of the American Society for Quality 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 to two different students. The scholarships are to be used in a course of study in any undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited college or university. The total amount awarded is $2,000.

This scholarship is called the Dennis Bennett Scholarship.  Dennis Bennett was a longtime member of 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 the Merrimack Valley Section 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.
No one will be disqualified from consideration on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.

The applicant must have at least 3.0 GPA. The applicant will provide a college or high school transcript to document GPA.
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.

3. Application Process

The Merrimack Valley Section 102 will advertise via the website the availability of the scholarships and the means to obtain the rules governing the applications prior to May 30th. By June 30th the application including supporting material must be submitted in electronic format to: scholarship@asqmv.org.

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 describing community service.
4. An official transcript from the most recently completed school year.

4. Award Selection Procedure

The Scholarship Awards Committee will review and approve applications for final selection of recipients. SLT members who are sponsoring an applicant will be excluded from the award review process.
 The scholarship awards will be chosen based on the following criteria:

Community Service                        33%
Academic Achievement                  33%
Essay                                             33%   

Scholarship recipients will be selected by August 1th and notified soon after this date.

5. Award

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.
A selected candidate cannot receive both scholarships within any one year.

ASQ Merrimack Valley - Dennis Bennett Scholarship Policy 

American Society for Quality
Merrimack Valley Sec. 0102
PO Box 275
North Andover,  MA 01845-0275
contactus@asqmv.org