Great Expectations Scholarship

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Annual Great Expectations Scholarship
for College-Bound Seniors

The International Baccalaureate Support Foundation’s Great Expectations Scholarship recognizes a Senior IB student who demonstrates an active intellect and social  consciousness in the development and execution of their Community Action Service (CAS) project.  The goal of the Great Expectations Scholarship Project, sponsored by IBSF, is to inspire creative, thoughtful, and effective Community Action Service (CAS) projects that promote community awareness and interactions beneficial to IB students and the community. The CAS component of an IB education encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports, and community service work, thus fostering students’ awareness of life outside the academic arena.

Eligibility to apply for the scholarship is based on academic merit, requiring a minimum GPA of 3.0 (unweighted scale). The award will recognize a college-bound, IB Senior student’s design, development, and execution of the major CAS project, and the student’s ability to articulate the project in a written document. The recipient will be selected from eligible applicants based on the quality of student’s CAS projects and written CAS project presentations to the review committee. This $500 scholarship is a one-time award and non-renewable.

Applications are due in the Spring.  Please check back in January for the exact date.
Below is general information from the year 2016-2017.

If you would like to be considered for the scholarship, please complete the application and provide four copies to Mrs. Laura Brewer, IB Coordinator the Due Date .

The winner will be announced at the Senior Awards Assembly

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact
Lesa Stack , Great Expectations Scholarship Chair at: 850-232-6837

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An application consisting of a student profile and CAS project report including the following information must be completed and submitted in a sealed envelope to the IB office no later than the Due Date.  Click here to download a copy of the application.


Great Expectations Scholarship Application Requirements

Student Profile:  On separate paper, format a document using Microsoft Word or similar formatting software and using 12-point font, provide your profile, including the following information as it is applicable.  Be brief.

  • Student’s name
  • Student’s GPA (unweighted, as of January 2017)
  • Student’s address
  • Parents/Guardians
  • Extracurricular activities, listing the most significant and years of participation and honors/awards, including clubs, organizations, and non-classroom music and theater
  • Student government, listing positions and participating years
  • Organized sports, listing high school sports played and participating years and honors/awards
  • Community activities, listing most significant community activities (other than CAS project) and dates of participation
  • Employment:  if you hold or have held a job during the school year or summer, please provide specifics about employer, position/duties, and dates
  • Academic honors, listing only the most significant (no more than 10 lines)

CAS Project Report:  On separate paper, format a document using Micosoft Word or similar formatting software and using 12-point font, provide a description of your major CAS project, including the following points.  Limit your description to no more than 1500 words.

  • Informative title
  • Brief description of project, including contact information for at least two individuals (not family) as references to validate project
  • How and why you decided to pursue this project
  • How you developed and executed the project, including contacts you made, organizations and people who helped you, and their roles
  • Who directly benefited from your project, perhaps including, to indicate efficacy of project,
    • numbers or groups of individuals and how you determined these numbers
    • tables/charts/diagrams (no more than one page)
  • Who indirectly benefited from your project, perhaps including
    • numbers or groups of individuals and how you determined these numbers
    • tables/charts/diagrams (no more than one page)
  • If project were to be repeated, what components you would retain and what you would do differently, explaining why
  • Whether or not project will continue without you, explaining why or why not
  • How this project has affected you

Sign your name in ink at the end of the report as verification that the application is your own work.

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