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National Scholarship Opportunity

by Erik Fogel | Jan 05, 2014 |



National Scholarship opportunity in honor of Richard Holland and his passion for helping others. Applications accepted through March 15th. $2500 scholarship, renewable for up to three years. Visit the link below for more information.http://www.rjhollandscholarship.org/

Excerpted from the Website (http://www.rjhollandscholarship.org/)

Richard was the best of us. There was a tangible aura that he emitted that made those he came in contact with a happier person. When he was around, there were far more smiles on people lips, more mischief in people’s eyes, and more adventure in the air.  He was always doing something; he had to be out making this world better for us. His heart was kind, gentle, and honest.  He was a beacon of joy, a light in a room, truly the life of the party.  His friends will tell you in the following video that in this endeavor he was more than successful, he created moments and memories out of the smallest things.  He touched more people’s lives than most of us can ever imagine.  Not necessarily in the large life altering ways, though he did do that, but in the little things.  He could make anyone’s day and he would without even thinking.  There was this effortlessness to the way he went through life, as if nothing could go wrong.  “He was a man, he could do anything.”  And he did.  With his family he climbed mountains, swam with dolphins, overcame every obstacle put before him and came out on the other side smiling.  There is no person most of us have or ever will look up to more.  He will continue to inspire us as he inspired everyone he ever met.  He accomplished so much throughout his life, constantly striving to be the best he could be.  He was respected as a leader, not because he had authority, but because he was dedicated to the people he led. His compassion shone through in everything he did, in every choice he made.  His family and friends remain in awe of this man, this boy, who could touch the lives of so many.  He knew how to live.  He did it right. 



  • 3.5 GPA (on 4.0 scale for High School applicant) or 3.0 GPA (on 4.0 scale for College applicant)
  • Plan to enroll or be enrolled in full time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university for the entire academic year.


The selection board will evaluate applications considering the following criteria:
  • Prior academic performance, as reflected in grade point average.
  • Performance on standardized aptitude tests such as SAT and ACT.
  • Demonstrated leadership and personal attributes.
  • Applicant’s goals and aspirations.
  • Extracurricular activities, awards and recognition, special talents, and other noteworthy activities.
  • Recommendation from a teacher and/or coach.
  • Recommendation from a peer.
  • Community Service.
  • Work History.
  • Financial need.

Application Process:

Applications will be accepted online starting January 1 through March 15, annually.
  • The Holland Family Legacy Foundation will appoint the scholarship selection board.
  • The National Forensic League will notify the recipient of the scholarship by May 1.
  • The scholarship award may be used for undergraduate tuition and fees only.
  • Funds will be distributed directly to the school and split evenly between fall and spring semesters.
  • The selection board is not required to award a scholarship in a particular year if the board believes there are not enough qualified applicants. 
  • If the recipient is unable to accept the award, the board may select an alternate recipient.

Scholarship Application

Application Requirements:

The following materials are required with the application:
  • Completed online application
  • 3-5 minute speech (uploaded on YouTube)  

             Tell us something you are passionate about and why?

  • Written Essay (500 word maximum, choose one of the following)

            - You are stuck at an airport for 8 hours. What would you do with the time while you are in the airport? 
               Include 3 of following words in your essay.  (spray, can, phone, ball, tile, wheel, hot, horn, card, alien).

            - You are in charge of the first human colony on Mars and must form a government.  

              What is the first law you would enact and why?

  • Peer recommendation

            - Explain how the applicant has made an impact on your life.

  • Coach or Teacher recommendation 

           - Explain how the applicant's involvement has impacted others.

  • Transcripts
  • Certification Form - Signed

Application Instructions:

  1. Download Certification form.
  2. Obtain required transcripts.
  3. Obtain letters of recommendation from both an adult and peer.
  4. Upload required video essay to YouTube. 
  5. Submit completed application form with all required documents to the Holland Family Legacy Foundation by the submission deadline. 

Submission deadline: March 15

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