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Objective The Ada L. Mason Memorial Scholarship of the Greater Washington, DC Area Chapter of the Jackson State University National Alumni Association enables scholarship awards to be presented annually to assist students in attending Jackson State University. About the Ada L. Mason Memorial Scholarship Ada L. Mason, a native of Picayune, Mississippi, is a 1973 graduate of Jackson State University who was tragically killed on September 11, 2001 at the Pentagon.  Ada was an active member of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area Alumni Chapter who worked diligently in support of her alma mater and her community. She served as the chapter's assistant secretary, and co-chairperson of the Annual Scholarship Dinner and Dance at the time of her death.  Ada leaves two children, Sean and Shannon, and one grandson. In memory of her tireless work for the Greater Washington, DC area, the chapter is re- naming its scholarship so that although her physical presence is no longer with us, her spirit and commitment to Jackson State continue to live on. Selection of Scholarship Recipient (s): The Jackson State University Scholarship Office or representatives is responsible for selecting the recipient(s) of the scholarship.  All scholarships are considered part of a student's financial aid package and will be credited toward current charges on the student's account. Awards maybe made based on financial need at the discretion of the University.  The Committee will use the following criteria for selection: Admission to Jackson State University and enrollment as an undergraduate student; Recipients must be a resident of the Greater Washington, DC area (which includes the District of Columbia, Maryland (Counties of Prince Georges, Montgomery, and Anne Arundel) and Northern Virginia (Counties of Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William); Minimum 2.5 major (C+ average) GPA or an equivalent combination of GPA and scholarly achievement.  Applicants must complete a 500 word essay on one of the following topics: (1) "The Advantages/Benefits of Attending a Historically Black Institution", (2) "Why a College Education is Important to Me", (3) "My Plan/Goals for Success" Scholarship Awards Two scholarships will be awarded annually.  One half will be given each semester: $1,000 for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, and $2,000 for seniors dependent upon the available balances.  The scholarship can be renewed for a maximum of four consecutive years.  Recipient must reapply annually. Announcement of Recipients Scholarship recipient(s) will be announced at the Chapter's annual Scholarship Gala which is usually held in April.  The scholarship award will be applied to the cost of tuition or fees. Preference will be given to new applicants who satisfy the scholarship requirements.  The JSU Development Foundation will notify The Greater Washington, DC Area Chapter of selection(s).
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