The criteria are set, the award is publicized and the deadline set. Each year, Council 14132 gets scholarship applications from young people from diverse backgrounds with incredible achievements and stories to tell. For example, in 2020 there were six applicants for the scholarship
- Four of the six are basically straight-A students and have taken the hardest courses available throughout their high school careers,
- These students have taken Honors courses, Advanced Placement courses, and have been in the IB program. They have been very successful with four years of high school courses.
- One student was homeschooled with (FLVS) virtual school courses.
- One student has a GPA of 4.49
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- One student plays music at church every Sunday
- One student is a cheerleading coach
- Most of the applicants teach 1st through middle school religious education
- Most of the applicants are altar servers, several for 8 years
- One has been a server for 11 years
- One has 176 hours of volunteer service
- One was an Eagle Scout
- One teaches 3 to 5-year-olds
So, if you were a judge, how do you choose? Who are these judges anyway?
Council 14132 is blessed to have members with incredible and varied backgrounds at our disposal. The long term chairman of the committee is a retired administrator from the Celebration High school. Our judges include a retired school superintendent from New York state who also has served as an Associate Professor at Stetson University, a retired professor from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a former Catholic school teacher from New York who has a Ph.D. Needless to say, we have some members with experience judging the applications.
Once the applications come in and are checked to make sure they are complete, the documentation is copied and prepared to the judges. Each application is rendered anonymous and is assigned a number. The judges have no idea who has submitted the application. The judges work individually so they cannot influence one another so, each judge receives a complete packet of documentation. Each judge gives each applicant a numerical score for each of the criteria. When they have completed their review, the numbers are tallied and each applicant is given a final score.
Once each just has completed the review of all the applications, the applications are returned to the committee chairman. It is his responsibility to total up the final scores from each of the judges and therefore determine the winner. It is interesting to note that over the past couple of years, the judges have been unanimous in their choice of a winner.
Once the judging is complete, the winner will be recognized at Mass and congratulated.