Deadline Approaching for 2014 SHBP Scholarship


January 2014


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Time rapidly is becoming a factor for Seafarers and dependents who are interested in furthering their education through the Seafarers Health and Benefits Plan (SHBP) 2014 Scholarship Program. The application deadline of April 15 now is less than four months away.


Devised as a means through which the financial challenges of college and vocational studies can be diminished, the 2014 iteration of the annual SHBP program offers eight awards. Three of these offerings specifically are designated for Seafarers; five have been targeted for spouses and dependents. One of the Seafarers scholarships totals $20,000 and is intended to help defray the costs associated with attending a four-year, college-level course of study. Two other awards are for $6,000 each and are designed as two-year grants for study at a post-secondary vocational school or community college. The remaining five scholarships are for spouses and dependents. Each is worth $20,000.


The first step in the application process is to send for the 2014 SHBP Scholarship Program booklet. The package contains eligibility information, procedures for applying for the scholarships and an application form. To obtain a copy of this handout, interested individuals need only complete a scholarship program booklet request form and mail it in. The form can be downloaded HERE. Scholarship program booklets also are available at SIU halls.


Once the scholarship booklet has been received, applicants should check the eligibility criteria to determine if they are eligible to participate. They should also begin collecting and assembling the remainder of the paperwork needed to submit with the full application. All required materials must be received by the SHBP Scholarship Program Office by April 15.


Items that need to be incorporated in the final application package include transcripts and certificates of graduation. Letters of recommendation – solicited from individuals who know the applicant’s character, personality and career goals – also should be included as part of the application package. A high-quality photograph and a certified copy of the applicant’s birth certificate are also required and should accompany the package.


Seafarers and dependents who previously applied for the scholarship program and were not selected are encouraged to apply again this year, provided they still meet the eligibility requirements. Prior winners also may apply




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