The Joshua Gomes Memorial Scholarship Fund aims to lay a path for hope for young adults like Josh - those with HIV/AIDS - by providing academic scholarships to universities of their choice. Each $1,000 scholarship we award will give the recipient a strong message:

Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of merit and need. We hope to allow Josh's love for learning and community service to continue through another young adult who also exhibits these qualities.

Application Instructions & Deadline

Application Due Date: July 15th.

 

Print the Application Form and type or legibly print all requested information. Mail the completed Application Form together with the Required Documents (see below) for receipt by the July 15th deadline to:

 

The Joshua Gomes Memorial Scholarship Fund
 45767 McKenzie Highway
 Vida, OR 97488. 

 

Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail or email after July 15th but before August 31st.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be HIV positive or have AIDS
  • Applicant must be accepted into or enrolled in a US college, university, institute or technical college
  • Applicant must be accepted into or enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate study
  • Previous applicants and recipients are encouraged to reapply each year

Required Documents (new applicants)

  • Letter from doctor certifying that the applicant is HIV positive or has AIDS
  • Official transcripts from high school showing cumulative GPA
  • Letter of acceptance from school of higher education
  • Official transcripts from college or university if applicable
  • If you experienced any health-related issues that affected your grades, please submit a doctor's letter attesting to this fact
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to motivation and character of applicant
  • A recent photograph of the applicant
  • Minimum 500-word essay:

Briefly explain your hopes, plans and goals for the future and how your schooling will help lay a path to fulfilling these. What motivates you to pursue a higher education? What subjects do you plan to study? What led you to this path of study?

Required Documents (previous applicants & recipients)

  • Official transcripts from college or university since your last application submission
  • If you experienced any health-related issues that affected your grades, please submit a doctor's letter attesting to this fact
  • Proof of registration for next academic quarter/semester
  • A recent photograph of the applicant
  • Minimum 500-word essay:

Tell us about your collegiate experience thus far.  What experiences and lessons have you taken away from your time there?  In what ways are you making an impact there?  Are you facing challenges that you didn't anticipate?  What are they and how are you managing and overcoming those challenges?  What keeps you motivated to rise above and see your higher education through?