Silent Servant Scholarship Award

Purpose, Guidelines and Conditions

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR

Jim Warford
jwarford@prmfoundation.org

PURPOSE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

EMPATHY IS A LEARNED BEHAVIOR

Students quickly acquire empathy, and successively compassion, by engaging in public service in their communities. Such selfless service achieves peaceful behavior at school and personal self-worth. As adults, these students become able parents and productive members of society.

The primary purpose of the Peter R. Marsh Foundation’s Silent Servant Scholarship Award is to provide high school educators with a meaningful opportunity to utilize an in-school award presentation and the Award Recipient’s personal testimony to create a developmentally-receptive audience of student-peers in a “teachable moment” to learn behavioral empathy and community service opportunities from their educators.

PARTNERS of HONOR

Successful Practices Network
National Dropout Prevention Center

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD GUIDELINES AND CONDITIONS

UPDATED FOR THE 2023-24 SCHOOL YEAR. PLEASE READ THE CONDITIONS, EVEN IF YOU'VE PARTICIPATED IN THE PAST. 

  1. The Student Nominee must be attending a public high school in the United States.
  2. The Student Nominee’s past and current public service activities are:
    • for altruistic reasons only, marked by unselfish concern for the welfare of others.
    • independent, voluntary and beneficial to the citizens of the greater community outside their school (off-campus).
    • without monetary or material reward or personal gain including favor, advancement or recognition.
    • devoid of any imposed requirement to serve, discrimination, matters of social conflict or difference, or service related to social, political and governmental ideologies, activities and practices.
  3. Before completing a Scholarship Nomination, all applicants (Nominators) should read the Scholarship Award Reviews and the Frequently Asked Questions posted on this website as well as the Foundation’s Facebook page.

SCHOOL PARTICIPATION

  • All public schools within the United States are eligible to participate in the Silent Servant Scholarship Award program.
  • To participate, a school representative completes and submits the online “Nomination Form” provided on this website.
  • By submitting a Nomination, the Nominator represents that the school and the Student Nominee meet the Guidelines and Conditions of this Scholarship Award program and the intent to accomplish its Purpose.
  • A Nomination Form may be submitted at any time between September 1st and 30 days prior to the end of the school year. Schools with a population in excess of 500+ may submit two (2) Nominations per school year; schools with a population of 1,000+ may submit three (3).
  • A school representative(s) selects the student nominee and the student-forum in which the Award will be presented.
  • Allow a minimum of four (4) weeks for the Foundation to process the Nomination and provide the Award materials to the school via USPS and UPS.

THE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

The Scholarship Award provided by the Foundation consists of:

  • $500.00 conveyed by check made payable to the student.
  • a custom-engraved plaque which incorporates the student's name.

THE STUDENT AWARD PRESENTATION FORUM

  • Students who believe in their worth as a person have learned empathy. They enjoy emotional health, are peaceful in school and are fit to make meaningful career choices.
    • Empathy is a learned behavior. A well-planned in-school Award Presentation Forum provides educators with an idyllic teachable moment to instill empathy in their students.
  • Family members of the Award recipient should be encouraged to attend the Award Presentation.
  • A photo of the student receiving their award during the assembly presentation is to be provided to the Foundation.

SUPPORTING CONDITIONS

  • Scholarship Award funds provided to a student are unconditional (the student may use the funds in any manner they choose).
  • Scholarship Awards are made in recognition of public service and achievement and are not intended to finance or reward any future activity of the student- recipient.
  • The Foundation reserves the right to adjust the elements of the Silent Servant Scholarship Award without prior notice.

CONTACT AND QUESTIONS

Program Administrator:  Jim Warford • jwarford@prmfoundation.org