The William and Susanna Botts Scholarship for Immigrants
The Botts family has been supportive of and advocates for the immigrant community for many years. Susanna taught English as a Second Language in Stafford County schools for eleven years until her retirement in 2010. Since that time, she has continued to work part-time with county ESL students; in addition, she has worked with immigrant families in their homes. Bill provided legal assistance to lawfully represent immigrants in civil matters for many of his 40 years as a legal aid attorney. In 2002, while Executive Director of Rappahannock Legal Services (now Legal Aid Works), he encouraged the Board of Directors to give up all federal funding for the legal aid program so that the organization could represent undocumented immigrants as well. Since 2016, he has served as a volunteer attorney for Baptist-based LUCHA Ministries Immigration Legal Services.
Bill and Susanna have also worked together through Catholic Charities to assist endangered children to come to the United States as refugees from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. They have worked through their church, Fredericksburg United Methodist, tutoring ESL students at Hugh Mercer Elementary School. All of their efforts have been informed and inspired by their experiences on over a dozen church mission trips to Central America and Mexico.
The Botts believe supporting the educational dreams of immigrant youth will serve not only the immigrant community, but also the community at large. The William and Susanna Botts Scholarship for Immigrants will award at least two annual scholarshipsof $1,000 to support high achieving and or/highly motivated immigrants or refugees in our community. Applicants must be a graduating senior from a local PD 16 high school with demonstrated financial need.
Scholarships are eligible for yearly renewal but require reapplication and will be considered along with all applicants for the award.
Applicants to The William and Susanna Botts Scholarship for Immigrants must:
- Be a graduating senior from any PD 16 area high school (Caroline, Fredericksburg, King George, Spotsylvania, Stafford)
- Be an immigrant or refugee to America and may have documented status, deferred status (e.g. Dreamers) or undocumented status
- Be a highly motivated and/or high achieving student with a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Demonstrate financial need
- Demonstrate either:
- plans to attend an institution of higher learning, which may be a 2-year or a 4-year college, or
- plans to pursue any skilled trade, vocational or technical education certification or degree, or a similar business program
Eligible Localities: Caroline County, City of Fredericksburg, King George County, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County
Eligible High Schools: Caroline High School, Chancellor High School, Colonial Forge High School, Courtland High School, Fredericksburg Academy, Fredericksburg Christian School, James Monroe High School, King George High School, Massaponax High School, Mountain View High School, North Stafford High School, Riverbend High School, Spotsylvania High School, Stafford Senior High School
Deadline: March 01, 2020 by 11:00 PM
Award Amount: $1000
How to Apply
The online application portal will walk students through our application process.
- Students submit general information such as address and high school, as well as information about extracurricular activities or awards.
- Students use the online application to provide the name and email address of their guidance counselor and other individuals. These contacts will receive an email requesting the student’s high school transcript or a personal reference.
- Each of our various scholarships has its own essay guidelines, as described below.
Call 540 373-9292 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The William and Susanna Botts Scholarship for Immigrants also requires:
Describe your family and educational background, including any challenges you faced as a newcomer in America. What are some of your academic achievements, and how have you overcome obstacles in your educational journey? Explain how your volunteer experiences and/or involvement in the community have affected your goals in life. Please include the field of study you plan on pursuing and how your education will prepare you to contribute back to society.
- Two letters of recommendation: one from a teacher and one from a teacher, counselor, coach, employer or other individual who knows you well.
- A copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) Summary page as documentation of financial need.
- An essay of no more than 900 words that answers the following:
More information on how to Apply for a Scholarship.