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Cost and Financial Aid

Donald and Itasker Thornton Memorial Scholarship

The Thornton Sisters Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation organized for the purpose of annually providing one or more one-year educational scholarship(s) to deserving young females of color. The Foundation will be sending this information to Public High Schools within the State of New Jersey.  Consequently, any female who satisfies the student requirements should be allowed to apply. (See   requirements below).

The scholarship(s) shall be used to contribute to the students ‘college tuition and/or books depending upon the amount of funds available to the Foundation for that fiscal year. All completed applications with their supporting documents must be postmarked no later than May 7 of each calendar year. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

The enclosed original application may be duplicated by the school’s guidance counselor. Any student who has or will receive a full scholarship at any time should not apply. All Awards will be presented at the Foundation’s Annual Banquet; and the Finalists will be notified prior to the formal Awards Ceremony. 

Student Requirements

1. A New Jersey High School Senior

2. A female of color [African-American, Latino-American, Caribbean-American, Native American, etc.]

3. A High School Grade Point Average (GPA) of C+ or better

a). an official school transcript is required

4. Submit three (3) letters of recommendations:

a). must be from a teacher or faculty member

b). must include to what capacity person has known applicant and for how long

c). each letter must be signed and then sealed with author’s signature across the sealed portion of the envelope

5. Submit most recent copy of parents’ Income Tax statement or any equivalent  documentation of parents’ income. Note: individual W-2 Forms will NOT be accepted.

6. Must complete the Personal Statement section of the application form:

a).  a 500 word essay describing family background, personal and financial hardships, honors or academic distinctions and community involvement/activities

b). a photograph of applicant must be attached

7. Entering a four-year accredited college or university:

a). official verification of college acceptance is required and all scholarship monies will be payable directly to the college

b). any finalist* who does not complete her first year of college, shall reimburse the Foundation for all scholarship monies received and all legal costs incurred with that reimbursement

* When the student becomes one of the finalists, a personal interview with the Board of Trustees shall be required.

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