Buffalo Soldiers Scholarship Program 2014



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Buffalo Soldiers

Scholarship

Program

2014



Who Are The Buffalo Soldiers & Troopers M/C

Of Alabama, Birmingham Chapter?


In 1993, the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club was founded in Chicago by Ken “Dream Maker” Thomas to socialize men and women who shared similar ideals and the common bond of motorcycling.
The name was chosen to uphold and perpetuate the heroic legend of the original Buffalo Soldiers and the legacy of excellence of the African American soldiers who followed.
In 2007, we merged with the Buffalo Troopers Motorcycle club to become the Buffalo Soldiers & Troopers M/C. With that merger our national organization grew to 62 chapters in 32 states and 2 countries.
Mission of the Birmingham Chapter
*Educate ourselves and others about the history and contributions of the Buffalo
Soldiers, notably the 9th & 10th Cavalry

*Demonstrate and promote safe individual and group riding experiences

*Support the charitable needs of the community in the local and Southeast Frontier


Our Vision

We are a family oriented, non-profit organization comprised of


males and females from the military, law enforcement and other
professional affiliations, (Active and Retired )who are dedicated to
the sport of motorcycling . We strive to become a highly respected
and notable motorcycle club that our community, as well as other
organizations, will seek out for support.

The Buffalo Soldiers & Troopers M/C of Alabama

Birmingham Chapter

SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT AND APPLICATION
The Buffalo Soldiers & Troopers M/C of Alabama, Birmingham Chapter announces its 2014 Scholarship Awards. The scholarship awards total $2,000.00 (one male student for $1000.00 and one female student for $1000.00) for two graduating seniors that attend the Birmingham and the surrounding Metro area high schools. If only one Scholarship is awarded, he / she will be awarded $1500.00. These Scholarships may be used at any Higher Educational Institution of their choice.
Students will be selected for the scholarships based on the following criteria:


  1. 1) Academic achievement: minimum 2.5 GPA (official school transcript)

  2. 2) Financial need

  3. 3) Contribution to school and community

  4. 4) Acceptance to a degree granting institution

  5. 5) Two letters of recommendation

  6. 6) An interview

Applicants must complete and submit a two page (minimum, do not exceed three pages) typewritten (double-spaced), essay on one of the following topics:




  1. 1) The 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments (one or both of the regiments)

  2. 2) My Career Goal and My Achievement Plan

  3. 3) Barriers and Enhancements to my Educational Experience

One copy of all official transcripts must be mailed to the Scholarship Committee Chair- person (address below). Additionally, letters of recommendation from two of the following must be included in the scholarship application packet.




  1. 1) Teacher

  2. 2) Guidance Counselor

  3. 3) Minister

  4. 4) Employer

  5. 5) Community Leader

Completed scholarship packets must be mailed and postmarked before May 5, 2014.



SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT AND APPLICATION

The Scholarship Committee will choose scholarship recipients. Scholarship recipients and school officials will be notified via certified letter as soon as practical, following selection of the recipients. The recipients will be recognized at the Chapter’s May meeting. Additionally, a representative from the Chapter will recognize the recipients (sometime after May 17, 2014) at an appropriate school sponsored function – to be jointly determined by the school’s point of contact and the committee.


Scholarship awards will be mailed, via certified letter, directly to the institution chosen by the recipient at the start of school, in early September 2014.
Contact (to be determined), Scholarship Committee Chairperson, at (phone number) for addition information or application forms.
Applications and Official Transcripts should be mailed to the Scholarship Committee at the address below:
Scholarship Committee

Buffalo Soldiers Scholarship

P.O. Box 11081

Birmingham, Alabama 35202

Website: www.bsmcbhamal.org

Email: scholarship@bsmcbhamal.org



SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT AND APPLICATION

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

(FOR CHAPTER USE ONLY)
DATE RECEIVED_____________________
ALL INFORMATION MUST BE TYPEWRITTEN

Student Name: ___________________________________________________

(Last) (First) (Middle Initial)



Address:


City/State/Zip:


Telephone:


Date of Birth:


High School:


Email address:


Parent/Guardian Information (If different from your own)


Name:


Address:


City/State/Zip:


Telephone:



SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT AND APPLICATION

School Activities: (Indicate offices and year held)

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.


College(s) Applied To:

1.

2.

3.


Church and Community Service Activities (Indicate offices held and year)

1.

2.

3.


Employment (List and describe duties of job(s) held):

1.

2.

3.


Special Honors, Awards, Recognitions, etc. (Scholastic and Community):

1.

2.

3.

4.

SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT AND APPLICATION

College(s) Accepted:

1.

2.

3.

NOTE: Your complete application packet must include a two (2) page, typewritten, double-spaced, essay on one of the following topics:




  1. 1) The 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments

  2. 2) My Career Goal and My Achievement Plan

  3. 3) Barriers and Enhancements to My Educational Experience

All Applicants are required to have an interview with the Chapter’s Scholarship Committee on a prescribed date and designated time and location set by the committee.


Mail application packets: application, essay, official transcript, and letters of recommendation to:
Scholarship Committee

Buffalo Soldiers Scholarship

P.O. Box 11081

Birmingham, Alabama 35202

Website: www.bsmcbhamal.org

Email: scholarship@bsmcbhamal.org




SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT AND APPLICATION

I certify that the above information is true.



Applicant’s Signature:


Date:


Parent’s Signature:


Date:



Have a counselor to sign completed application below:



Counselor’s Signature:


Telephone:


Date:

The Counselor is to be used as the school’s point of contact for validating the entry and arranging the opportunity to recognize the student.
Applicants are required to have an interview with the Scholarship Committee. Completed applications will contain:


  • Application

  • Essay

  • Official transcript (can be provided separately, must be unopened)

  • Two letters of recommendation.


SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT AND APPLICATION
Grading Scale

School and Community Service Activities


Five (5) or More

50 Points

Four (4) Activities

40 Points

Three (3) Activities

30 Points

Two (2) Activities

20 Points


Essay

(Correct Grammar, Punctuation, Content Quality, Typewritten/MS Word,



and a minimum of 150 words)


Meets High Expectations

20-15 points

Meets Minimum Expectations

14 points or less


Application Deadline


Achievement of the established deadline

10 Points

College/University Acceptance Letter Included in Application Packet

10 Points


Application Form


Form Completion

10 points



Scale


90-100 points

Outstanding

80-90 points

Very Good

70-79 points

Satisfactory









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