Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants to the AXA Achievementsm Scholarship must:
- Be a United States citizen or legal resident living or claiming residency in one of the 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico.
- Be a current high school senior who plans to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2017-18 academic year. Enrollment at an accredited postsecondary institution outside of the United States will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities.
Special consideration will be given to achievements that empower society to mitigate risk through education and/or action in areas such as financial, environmental, health, safety and/or emergency preparedness.
Employees, associates, financial professionals or immediate family members of employees, associates or financial professionals of the AXA Group, or Scholarship America, or their affiliates, subsidiaries or advertising and promotion agencies are not eligible.
What will be awarded?
Fifty-two (52) students will each receive a $10,000 scholarship. One recipient will be selected from each U.S. state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
From among these 52 recipients, ten (10) will be selected to receive an additional $15,000 scholarship. These national AXA Achievers will each be awarded scholarships totaling $25,000.
Approximately 300 students will be selected to receive a $2,500 scholarship. These will be chosen per AXA Advisors branch office.
Specific award amount – either $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 – will be determined by Scholarship America. A student may only receive one AXA-sponsorsed scholarship.
Every AXA Achiever’s high school – no matter the amount of their scholarship – will receive a grant of $1,000.
AXA Achievementsm Scholarships must be used for education-related expenses for undergraduate study only. Awards are not renewable; however, recipients receiving the $10,000 and $25,000 awards may arrange to receive payment in installments over multiple years as long as the student continues to enroll in undergraduate study. Recipients receiving the $2,500 award must use it during the 2017-18 academic year.
How to apply for a AXA Achievement Scholarship
The first step is to register, create an application account and complete your student profile. Students should gather the following information needed for the application process:
- List of involvement in school and community activities
- List of work experience
- Current high school cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
- The details of your outstanding achievement. Read through the online application’s essay questions and carefully consider your responses. Be sure to fully capture and articulate what makes your achievement truly outstanding. You may wish to use word processing software to write and edit your responses. If you copy and paste your responses into the appropriate application fields, review the pasted text carefully for any character shifting or replacements that may have occurred. Also, place the cursor into the pasted text to activate the application’s character counter function. Essays cannot exceed character limits.
Only electronic applications will be considered. Paper copies of applications, resumes or other materials will not be accepted.
Information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by Scholarship America. The AXA Foundation may participate in the selection of recipients for the national awards. If selected to receive an award, the student must authorize release of scholarship application materials and photographs for use by the sponsor for program promotion and publicity.
Only the first 10,000 applications will be considered. If the program reaches 10,000 applications before the deadline date of December 15, 2016, then the program will automatically close. Your application MUST be one of the first 10,000 submitted electronically.
How are recipients selected?
Selection of recipients is a two-stage process. The first stage will be selection of finalists.
Primary consideration will be given to the applicant’s non-academic outstanding achievement as described in the online application essays when selecting finalists. The achievement may be a long-term achievement, an activity or a project that occurred in their school, in the community or in the workplace. Other extracurricular activities in school and community, work experience, and the applicant’s academic record over the past four years will be considered when selecting finalists.
All finalists and recipients are selected by Scholarship America, a national nonprofit student aid and educational support organization. The AXA Foundation may participate in the selection of the ten (10) national awards. All decisions are final and are not subject to appeal. The program is competitive; not all applicants will be selected as finalists; not all finalists will be selected as recipients.
For more information or to apply, please visit AXA Achievement Scholarships.
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