How to Apply
To apply for any of our scholarships, please visit the Holt High School counseling office and complete the scholarship application packet. Guidance counselors will help you through the process!
Scholarship applications are due to the Holt High School counseling office by MARCH 24, 2017
About the Scholarships
Giving scholarships to Holt High School students is one of the perks of our movement! We offer $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors every year with the promise to give $1,000 each of the following years (up to four years) as students pursue a college degree.
We offer four scholarships:
- Craig Anderson Memorial Scholarship
- Taylyr Cochran Memorial Scholarship
- Jason “J-Nice” Barager Memorial Scholarship
- Anthony Harris Memorial Scholarship
If you would like to donate to help support the scholarships, please click here
About the Purpose
Each year, it seems that we get the same question posed to us by student-athletes who are applying for the OMIA Foundation Scholarships in memory of Taylyr Cochran and Craig Anderson. The question is: “What should be included in the Statement of Purpose?” This is a great question and we are glad it is being asked! One of the major reasons that we ask for a Statement of Purpose is to learn more about the applicants but another reason is that it will be helpful to the applicants in their futures. For example, many colleges and universities (especially grad schools) ask for a Statement of Purpose and place a lot of value in what the applicants choose to convey through it. Therefore, the OMIA Foundation Scholarship application can be sort of a “practice run” for future use!
The best Statement of Purpose is going to be an honest and a clear representation of the student’s values. The first thing the student needs to do is be upfront and straightforward about what is important to you! Admissions officers and scholarship committees become frustrated by “cookie cutter” statements that seem too generic. For example, if a medical school values volunteerism in its applicants, it wants to see a really strong, deep commitment to those values. This means that the applicant didn’t just perform as a greeter in a hospital for a few months to make the application look good. A strong commitment to those values would be represented by a long-term volunteer effort where the student experiences real life impact like patient contact hours and physician interaction. In addition, the effort itself is not as important as the lessons learned and life-long impact that the experience has given the applicant. Again, these things need to be clearly conveyed in the Statement of Purpose. Don’t force the committee to try and guess how your life experiences have shaped your values. Be very clear and explain how “experience A” has taught you to prioritize “value B.” This is a good way to structure the statement.
Regarding the values that you write about, they need to be your values and priorities and you should not just line up your interests with that of the organization just to gain acceptance or approval. Again, the committees can smell a phony from a mile away. You need to think about your own values first… and, then decide how your value systems aligns with the organization. With that preface, here are some things that the Craig Anderson Scholarship Committee values:
Family, Education, Athletics, Mentoring and Community Support
As a psychology major at Michigan State University, Craig learned to analyze the world around him. He was curious and leveraged an interest in humanity to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Craig spent endless hours playing catch, shooting hoops, and staying actively involved with his three sons’ lives. Craig also befriended kids in his neighborhood, many of whom lacked a positive male role model in their lives.
It was common to see Craig shooting hoops in the driveway and acting as an unofficial mentor for these kids. He also volunteered countless hours as a coach for all of his sons’ teams growing up. He focused on every member of his team and made each individual feel as though they were the most important part of the team. His ability to communicate and create positive relationships with these kids went well beyond the playing field. Many people in the Holt area are better off because Craig was a part of their life and instilled the importance of family, education, athletics, mentoring, and community support.
The scholarship committee looks for varsity letters to show evidence of education and athletic performance. Grade point average and sports statistics are not weighed more than the effort shown toward all values including family, mentoring, and community support. The applicant should provide solid evidence of giving back to the community and, above all, pursue a passion to make a difference!
If you want to make a positive impact on your community, it will show in your application! This is why you need to be honest and up-front about all the ways that you value family, community, education, athletics, and similar priorities. The scholarship committees are going to read a lot of application packages from student-athletes who exceed in a single area. For example, many applicants have high GPA. But, we’re looking at the whole picture. What do you value? What sets you apart? What is your passion and purpose? If you can clearly express the answers to those questions, you will write a wonderful Statement of Purpose.
Holt Alumnus Evan Wilson has been a perennial donor to the Anderson and Cochran Scholarship Funds and continues to increase his involvement in supporting our efforts to get outside movement inside academia. We want to thank Evan for his recent gift of $400 in October 2016. Evan has donated thousands of dollars to the scholarships over the years but this particular donation was unique because he created a new way to donate to the scholarship by contributing a portion of his business referral revenue towards the cause. We are so thankful that Evan chose to think of OMIA Foundation first when being philanthropic in the Holt community. Thanks so much, Evan!