2014 – 2015 BENJAMIN R. CHIRLS SCHOLARSHIP
NJ SHARING NETWORK FOUNDATION
The NJ Sharing Network Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of one Benjamin R. Chirls Scholarship in the amount of $4,000 ($2,000 per semester) for the 2014-2015 academic year. The scholarship recipient must be a donor family member, living donor, transplant recipient, waiting for a transplant, or awareness advocate.
NJ Sharing Network Foundation supports the work of NJ Sharing Network to increase the number of lives saved through education, research and public awareness about the life-saving benefits of transplantation. The scholarship is awarded in honor of those who gave, to pay tribute to those who received, to offer hope to those who continue to wait, and to remember the lives lost while waiting… for the gift of life.
Ben Chirls, a kidney recipient, was a strong advocate for organ, eye and tissue donation. Ben worked tirelessly for many years, ignoring physical limitations and disabilities to bring the message of donation to individuals throughout NJ as a volunteer for New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network. As Treasurer of the New Jersey Coalition on Donation he donated his expertise as a retired accountant. We are proud to award this scholarship in his name.
•Student must be a New Jersey resident
•Student must be a full time high school senior, college, technical, vocational school student or current full time student at any other accredited school of higher education
•Student must be a donor family member, living donor, transplant recipient, waiting for a transplant, or awareness advocate
•Student must be in top 50% of class
•Employees of NJSN or the NJSN Foundation, their spouse and/or children are not eligible for scholarship consideration
•Board Members of NJSN and the NJSN Foundation, their spouse and/or children are not eligible for scholarship consideration
Application Requirement Checklist:
☐ Three letters of Recommendation
Please ask that your involvement in donor awareness activities be highlighted; a letter from a supervisor of that organization would be helpful.
☐ Current Transcript
Be sure to include rank and CEEB scores
☐ Essay about organ and/or tissue donation
How organ and tissue donation has impacted your life, knowledge of organ and tissue donation, active participation in awareness events, etc. Hint: Organ and tissue donation awareness involves educating the general public about the importance of donation. You should elaborate on your activities to promote organ, tissue and eye donation as donor awareness advocacy is the major factor in determining the scholarship award.
After completing this application electronically, please print and mail to the address below with all requested application requirements and paperwork: NJ Sharing Network Foundation, Attn: M. Barlow, 691 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974
•All the above application requirements must be met in full.
•All paperwork must be submitted in one single packet.
•Applications which do not meet these requirements will be considered incomplete and applicants will be ineligible.
Download the 2014-15 Benjamin Chirls Scholarship Application
DEADLINE – COMPLETE APPLICATION MUST BE POSTMARKED BY FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2014
Funding Requirements: The Awardee of this scholarship will receive the scholarship funds in two payments; one in October and one in April. The award will be paid directly to the school. Receipt of the second half of the award will be contingent upon submission of a brief report (1 typed page) describing recent achievements and activities, which will be due in February. A school transcript will be required at that time. A minimum of a C average, or its equivalent, will be required for receipt of the second half of the award.