Maintaining a Union League Scholarship
To maintain their Union League Scholarship, scholars must meet several requirements:
Each Union League scholar is required to submit the following paperwork:
• Grades from the most recently completed semester (every semester)
• Bill for the upcoming semester (every semester)
• Annual update letter (once each year)
The annual update letter should be sent to the Foundations office, addressed to the Board of Trustees of the Scholarship Foundation. Scholars should share information about what has been going on in his or her life for the past year and any exciting upcoming events. This letter is meant for each scholar’s file, but can be shared at any time with the Board or donors.
While scholars are not required to attend the programs that the Scholarship Foundation conducts, it is a great way to stay in touch with the staff,Board of Trustees, and fellow Union League Scholars.
Each year, the new incoming class of Union League Scholars is asked to sign a meaningful piece of paperwork in acceptance of their scholarships. This document is called The Franklin Letter, a letter that Benjamin Franklin wrote to a young man to whom he had lent money. In the document, Franklin explains that while he expected no direct re-payment of the loan, it was not simply a gift. The letter reads in part: “When you meet another honest man in similar distress, you will pay me by lending to him, and then you will discharge the debt. I hope it may thus go through many hands.” By accepting their scholarship, we ask the Union League Scholars to make a pledge to give back this gift, to continue paying it forward.