Lakewood Forest Fund, Inc.

LFCA Scholarship

21st Annual Memorial Scholarship Award

Applications Due: March 19

Your Civic Association is pleased to announce the continuation of its Scholarship Award program for the Class of 2020 high school seniors who reside in Lakewood Forest.
The Scholarship Award program originated as a tribute to our area students who were injured or who died in a tragic nighttime bus crash on December 21, 1999. 

The Civic Association’s Scholarship Award program is primarily essay based, rather than GPA/class rank/academic merit based or needs based. This is so every Lakewood Forest graduating senior can qualify and have an equitable shot at competing for a scholarship award. As the saying goes however, “you’ve got to be in it to win it.” We encourage all Class of 2020 students who live in Lakewood Forest to submit an entry.
Each year the individual award amounts and the number of awards granted can vary.  Generally, we have awarded from one to four scholarships in amounts ranging from $250 to $1,000. Scholarship awards are available for those seniors pursuing technical, associate or undergraduate degrees. The most important factor in our scholarship selection process is the creative essay. Secondary consideration is given to academic achievements, achievements earned outside the classroom, and volunteer/community service. Scholarship entries are scored blindly with students’ identifying information marked out.

Your scholarship application must be received by 6:00pm, Thursday, March 19. Incomplete or late entries will be discarded.

Please carefully read and submit all of the Scholarship Award application requirements:

A personal resume that includes all of the following –

Your name, address, phone number, and parents’ names
Your high school, class rank, and GPA (include scale used, please)
Academic achievements
Achievements earned outside the classroom
Volunteer and/or community service activities
Part time and/or summer jobs you have had
Your chosen field of study and the school (technical, community college, undergraduate college/university) you plan to attend after high school
Future goals (life and career)

A senior picture or other headshot suitable for publishing in the Civic News. The picture should be a separate .jpg file and not embedded in any of the documents. If you don’t have it in a .jpg file, let us know and we’ll make other arrangements. Note: the picture will not be used in the process of selecting scholarship recipient(s). It is only used with the article announcing the scholarship award recipient(s).

A brief biography (about a paragraph in length) that tells the story of you and your family. You should highlight any meaningful events, circumstances, or experiences in your life as you would openly share as a short self-introduction.

A creative, personal essay of 350 to 500 words on “What makes a good leader?”

In this essay, please consider the leaders around you and what you think our society needs for fresh, bold leadership. Here are some potential ideas for you to write about (You don’t have to cover all these points – just tell a good story.):

What makes a good leader? Are leaders born and not made, or can leadership skills be developed and honed over time? What qualities and characteristics do they have? What kinds of actions do they take? How do they resolve conflict and address complex issues?
It’s time for your generation to take on leadership roles. What are you doing, personally, to become a leader of men, women and children? What motivates you to lead others? What moral and ethical guidelines should you follow? Who is someone in a leadership role that has truly inspired you and helped you grow as a person? What is it about them that makes them a good leader? What lessons have you learned from them? Not all leaders are good leaders; for example, a gang leader or a dictator. Have you ever encountered someone who tried to lead you to do something that was against your character or beliefs? If so, how did you react? How did this make you feel?

Essays will be evaluated on creativity, how well they speak to the topic, correct grammar and punctuation marks, and overall composition (just like English class!). Have fun with it.

Scholarship Award applications must be received by 6:00pm, Thursday, March 19. 

Applications must be emailed to:

IMPORTANT!  We do not accept scholarship applications by postal mail; they must be emailed to the address above. Applications must be submitted as MS Word files (.docx) attached to the email. Your Resume, Biography, and Essay must be saved in separate Word documents and labeled as such. Don’t forget to also attach your senior picture or similar in a .jpg file.

For questions or further information, please contact the LFCA 2020 Scholarship Committee Chair Jodi Cole at 817-668-5634, or by email to


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