Flourish Initiative

Scholarship Application & Information

Scholarship Applications are Closed!

Applications will reopen spring 2023.

Eligibility

A member of an underrepresented racial/ethnic marginalized community

Between the ages of 18-22 by date of award (August 1, 2022)

A U.S. citizen by date of award (August 1, 2022)

Pursuing a program within 30 miles of Boone County in Fall 2022

(Trade/Technical/Certificate, Associate’s, or Bachelor’s Degree)

Which path should I apply for? Please select a path below to learn about additional eligibility requirements.

I will be a graduate of a Boone County high school by August 1, 2022 and will begin a Trade, Technical, or Certification program OR Associate's degree in Fall 2022

The Award

Here’s what the scholarship will give you:

  • Up to $2500 in scholarships
  • A semester’s worth of professional development
  • Eligibility to re-apply for the scholarship next year

Additional Eligibility

Do you meet these criteria?

  • Graduate of a Boone County high school by August 1, 2022
  • Beginning a trade, technical, or certification OR an Associate’s degree at a program within 30 miles of Boone County in Fall 2022
  • Member of an underrepresented racial/ethnic marginalized community
  • U.S. citizen by the date of the award (August 1,2022)
  • Between the ages of 18-22 years old by time of award (August 1, 2022)

Preference will be given to students who are first generation, non-traditional, or identify as low-income, so we especially encourage you to apply if any of these describe you:

  • First-generation student
  • Non-traditional student (delayed enrollment into post-secondary education; attends college part-time; works full time; is financially independent for financial aid purposes; has dependents other than a spouse; is a single parent; or does not have a high school diploma.)
  • Student who identifies as low-income and has unmet financial need

Please note! Immediate family members of a Flourish Initiative Board Member are ineligible to apply.

I will be a graduate of a Boone County high school by August 1, 2022 and will be a first-year student at a 4-year college in Fall 2022

The Award

Here’s what the scholarship will give you:

  • Up to $10,000 in scholarships
  • 1 year of mentoring and professional development
  • Eligibility to re-apply for the scholarship next year

Additional Eligibility

Do you meet these criteria?

  • Graduate of a Boone County high school by August 1, 2022
  • Will be a first-year student at a 4-year college within 30 miles of Boone County in Fall 2022
  • Member of an underrepresented racial/ethnic marginalized community
  • U.S. citizen by the date of the award (August 1, 2022)
  • Between the ages of 18-22 years old by time of award (August 1, 2022)

Preference will be given to students who are first generation, non-traditional, or identify as low-income, so we especially encourage you to apply if any of these describe you:

  • First-generation student
  • Non-traditional student (delayed enrollment into post-secondary education; attends college part-time; works full time; is financially independent for financial aid purposes; has dependents other than a spouse; is a single parent; or does not have a high school diploma.)
  • Student who identifies as low-income and has unmet financial need

Please note! Immediate family members of a Flourish Initiative Board Member are ineligible to apply.

I am currently a college student (completed at least 1 semester of college by August 1, 2022)

The Award

Here’s what the scholarship will give you:

  • Up to $5,000 in scholarships
  • 1 semester of mentoring and professional development
  • Eligibility to re-apply for the scholarship next year

Additional Eligibility

Do you meet these criteria?

  • Currently a college student pursuing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree at an institution within 30 miles of Boone County
  • In Fall 2022, will be a college student in pursuing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree at an institution within 30 miles of Boone County
  • Member of an underrepresented racial/ethnic marginalized community
  • U.S. citizen by the date of the award (August 1, 2022)
  • Between the ages of 18-22 years old by time of award (August 1, 2022)

Preference will be given to students who are first generation, non-traditional, or identify as low-income, so we especially encourage you to apply if any of these describe you:

  • First-generation student
  • Non-traditional student (delayed enrollment into postsecondary education; attends college part-time; works full time; is financially independent for financial aid purposes; has dependents other than a spouse; is a single parent; or does not have a high school diploma.)
  • Student who identifies as low-income and has unmet financial need

Please note! Immediate family members of a Flourish Initiative Board Member are ineligible to apply.

Ready to Apply?

Questions? Please email scholarship@allyouthflourish.org.

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Application Information

Application Timeline

Application Timeline

  • The Fall 2022 Application will open March 21, 2022.
  • The application period is open from March 21 at 9:00am until April 15th at 5:00pm CST. You must complete the online application and upload all required documents by April 15th at 5:00pm. All applicants will be notified by Monday, April 25th. Those that move forward will be scheduled for an interview.
  • Interviews will be held April 25th – April 29th.
  • All interviewed candidates will be notified about the scholarship decision by mid-May.
About the Application

About the Application

You must provide these documents with your application:

  • Personal & Demographic Questions
  • Education Questions
  • Financial Questions
  • 3 Short Answer Prompts
  • References Information:
    • Please have two professional references (i.e. teacher, professor, employee supervisor, club/organization leader) complete a recommendation form on your behalf.
    • References’ contact information is needed in order to receive the recommendation form. Links to the forms will not be sent until the scholarship application has been submitted.
    • Recommendation forms must be submitted by Monday, April 18th at 5:00 p.m. CST.
    • Reference will have an option to attach a letter of recommendation to their form.
  • Document Upload
  • FAFSA – Student Aid Report (SAR) Recommended
  • Resume

We recommend you type your answers in another document and copy/paste your responses into this form. Your answers will NOT save if you leave or refresh this page. We strongly encourage that you complete your FAFSA prior to completing this form.

Once you complete the application and upload the requested documents, please hit “submit” at the bottom of the screen. After you submit your application, congrats! You’ll be redirected to a confirmation screen.

Disbursement Information

Disbursement Information

We will review each student individually and develop a scholarship award on a case-by-case basis. Scholarship amounts will vary between $2,000-$10,000. The scholarship will be paid over the course of two semesters (i.e. one payment in the Fall and one payment in the Spring). The scholarship will be paid directly to the school and will cover tuition expenses. If a student has fewer than two semesters left, or their program does not follow a semester-based schedule, scholarship staff will determine adjustments to the disbursement schedule.

Some scholarship recipients will be eligible for flexible spending for a portion of the awarded scholarship amount. We will use the MOST 529 qualified expenses as guidelines for reviewing flexible spending requests.

Recipient Expectations

Recipient Expectations

All scholarship recipients must agree to do the following:

  • Sign media release
  • Provide proof of enrollment for the Fall 2022
  • Provide school or program’s financial aid/bursar/cashier’s office for the scholarship to be applied directly to tuition or program cost
  • Attend monthly meetings or mentor meetings surrounding career informational topics
  • Respond to scholarship staff communication in a timely manner
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA or equivalent satisfactory status in programs without GPA
Other Details

Other Details

  • This scholarship cannot be used to pay off student loans
  • This scholarship cannot be used to pay a prior student balance
  • This scholarship will open once a year, and applications are only accepted within that time frame. However, if your program/institution does not follow a semester date, please reach out to our office.

Our 2021 Scholarship Recipients Update Video

Here at Veterans United, we are committed to live out our values every day. With the Flourish Initiative Scholarship, a 501(c)(3) organization sponsored by Veterans United Home Loans, we create opportunities through relationships and resources. We are excited to support students in Boone County ages 18 – 22 years old with unmet financial needs in their journey toward success within their program/school, intended career path, and community.

Questions? Please email scholarship@allyouthflourish.org or call 573-876-2600 x6626 with any questions.

Scholarship Applications are Closed!

Questions? Please email scholarship@allyouthflourish.org.

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