In the school year 2015-16, there will be 33 children of GMP members in college benefiting from the GMP Memorial Scholarship program. Each winning student in a 4-year degree program receives $4,000 per year, renewable for up to three years, if adequate academic standards are maintained. Each winning student that is enrolled in a two-year program received $2,000 and is renewable for one additional year.
In the school year 2008-2009, the program was broadened. Six award winners receive a $4,000 renewable scholarship for study in a four-year college program.
In 2009, the GMP added four vocational/technical/2-year associate degree programs awards in the amount of up to $2,000 each. These awards may not exceed program costs. The awards are renewable for one year with proper progress toward completion.
To ensure complete impartiality in selection of recipients and to maintain a high level of professionalism, the GMP Memorial Scholarship is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS), Inc., a firm that specializes in managing sponsored scholarship programs.
In 2015, GMP and ISTS announced the program was going “all electronic”. All applications for the 2015-16 academic year were completed online by students at https://aim.applyists.net. Going electronic allowed the students the ability to connect to the ISTS homepage where they could complete the electronic application, upload electronic documents (transcripts and test scores) and the ability to monitor their individual application process through completion.
The program is funded entirely by donations. Local Unions and individuals contribute in memory of friends, co-workers and loved ones who have died. The memorial contributions, which note the honored persons, are recognized periodically in Horizons.
The application period for the 2016-17 academic school year will be from October 26, 2015 through January 26, 2017. Students can apply at https://aim.applyists.net using the program key “GMP” or going directly to the application at https://aim.applyists.net/GMP. All documents such as transcripts and test scores can be uploaded directly to the application.
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:
- be a graduating high school senior.
- be a dependent child of a GMP member who is:
- in good standing with the Union
- a retired member who has retained their retirement status
- deceased - who passed away within the last (3) three years and was paying dues at the time of death
Note: Children of officers and employees of the International Union are not eligible.
What are the selection criteria?
An independent selection committee will evaluate the applications and select the recipients considering:
- Academic achievements
- SAT or ACT test scores
- Community involvement
- Extracurricular activity
- Honors and awards
- Essay content
- Based on your current achievements and interests, describe the kind of work that you plan to be doing in 10 years, both in your career and in your community
Renewing your GMP Award
To qualify for the GMP award renewal you must have remained in “good academic standing” by maintaining a 2.5 cumulative GPA. ISTS will send an email to your email address listed on your ISTS homepage in early spring with the renewal instructions. If you do not receive the renewal instructions by March, 2016 please contact ISTS customer care.
If applicants have questions, they can contact ISTS Customer Care via live chat http://www.applyists.com/contact-us/contact-us-customer-care or email at email@example.com (Subject Line: GMP) or call toll-free at 855-670-ISTS (4787) Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm central time zone.