USSC Scholarship Rules
Open to high school seniors and full time undergraduate students currently attending an accredited college, university, or trade school, who are employees of or a dependent of an employee of a USSC member firm.
This unique scholarship program is designed to encourage employees or children of employees to pursue studies related to the sign industry and to encourage the young, bright and talented to further their studies. This is just another way that membership in your association doesn’t cost — it pays!
PURPOSE: The purpose of the United States Sign Council (USSC) Scholarship Program is to provide financial awards to employees or children of employees of USSC member firms. Preference will be given to students who intend to pursue studies related to the sign industry i.e. graphic arts, studio arts, design, architecture or advertising. It is the desire of the USSC to promote excellence in our industry by encouraging the young, bright and talented to further their studies.
SELECTION PROCESS: Scholarship applications will be evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, honors (including art related awards, contests or prizes), school and community leadership activities, education, graphic design potential and career goals. Selection will be made by the USSC education committee. USSC shall have the right to interpret, modify or discontinue this scholarship award program at the discretion of the full board.
AWARDS: USSC will award up to three (3) $1,000.00 scholarships each year. Under the program, and subject to the renewal eligibility rules, a scholarship recipient would be eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship for an additional 3 years up to a maximum of $4,000.00. Scholarship is for undergraduate studies only. To continue a student’s scholarship in subsequent years, a student must submit a transcript showing current grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Awards are made payable to the college, university or trade school directly.
APPLICATION: Student applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all information and forms necessary for the selection of scholarship recipients. High school transcripts must be signed by the guidance counselor and the application must be signed by the parent/guardian (if applicant is 18 or under) and student. Applications must be postmarked by April 1. Recipients will be notified by May 30. Students renewing an award must submit transcripts by May 30 following the funded year.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for the USSC scholarship, a student must comply with the following requirements:
- Be an employee or dependent of an employee of a USSC member firm during the year of application for the scholarship.
- Graduate from a public or private secondary school during the school year of the award (i.e., Spring 2003 for the 2003 Award), or currently attending an accredited college, university or trade school as an undergraduate.
- Have been accepted or anticipates being accepted at an accredited two year or four year collage or university, or an accredited two year trade school.
- Have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 (where 4.0 is the maximum) at the time of applying and complete either the S.A.T. or A.C.T. exam. (Foreign students will be responsible for providing secondary school transcripts and standardized test information in English including their percentile rankings among college-bound students).
- When applicable, submit between eight and ten photos of applicant’s art, graphic, 3-dimensional or photographic works using an electronic storage media (cd or zip drive acceptable). When applicable, each example should be accompanied by a written description including date of completion, size of work and medium or media used. Submission of photos of examples of artwork is not a requirement for the scholarship program, but is weighed in the decision-making process.
- Submit a transcript of high school course work plus transcripts of completed undergraduate course work if currently enrolled in college, university or trade school.
- Submit scores from S.A.T. or A.C.T. exam signed by the school guidance officer.
- Complete all parts of the application including the required essay, transcript and signatures.
- All submitted items and forms are to be postmarked no later than April 1.
- Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
ELIGIBILITY FOR RENEWAL: The $1,000.00 Scholarship Award is annually renewable for up to three additional years of continuous undergraduate study and must be re-applied for with the following information sent to the USSC Executive Office by May 30 of each year:
- Transcript of course work completed showing at least a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, where 4.0 is the maximum.
- Student must maintain full time student status of at least 12 credit hours per semester or more.
- Student must maintain status as an employee or dependent child of an employee of a USSC member firm.
- The renewal committee may consider extenuating circumstances.
DISCLAIMER: Applicants and the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the applicant indemnifies the United States Sign Coucil harmless from any loss, damage, claim of damage, liability or expense arising out of or resulting from any aspect of this application or this scholarship award program. By signing the application, the applicant and parent(s) or guardian(s) agrees that he/she is aware of and understands all rules, conditions, instructions and provisions regarding all aspects of this scholarship award program; and, applicant agrees to accept the decision of the USSC Education Committee without debate. All submitted forms, transcripts, essays, information and artwork become the property of the United States Sign Council and will not be returned to applicant.