The Chiyo Watanabe Miles Memorial Scholarship Foundation (the “Foundation”) provides scholarships to qualified full-time senior high school students to encourage them to build their skills and deepen their commitment to further education.

The Foundation offers scholarships, annually, to a qualified student for their studies with the understanding that the applicants will remain in school and in good academic standing, during the funding period.

Scholarship selection is based on academic achievement, character, demonstrated interest in the community, statement of goals, an essay, personal interview, and letters of references.

Each year, the Foundation will award a scholarship to one applicant. The amount of the full scholarship to each recipient will be a maximum amount of $10,000 and may be used exclusively for tuition at post-secondary educational institutions that normally maintain a regular faculty and curriculum, as described as Internal Revenue Code § 170(b)(1)(A)(ii), and for fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses at such institutions, or for room and board expenses payable to the institution. Provided that the recipient continues to maintain its eligibility and enrollment at such institution, the scholarship may be paid over the enrollment term of the recipient.

Once the scholarship is awarded, the recipient will submit to the Foundation his or her course schedule by semester with the cost of those programs. The Foundation will submit payment directly to the institution, and not to the student for tuition or fees. The scholarship awarded shall not exceed $10,000 to any recipient. It will be the student’s responsibility to submit to the Foundation an invoice for semester tuition and fees, student ID number, and all college information and any other requested information necessary to verify continued enrollment.


Eligibility

The applicant must be a full-time senior high school student of Fountain – Ft. Carson High School.

The applicant must exhibit proficiency in overall academics (a minimum of 3.5 GPA). Upon request, the applicant shall cause the High School and college or university to send the official transcript of grades and courses to the Foundation. The applicant shall possess excellent character, including work ethic, honesty, and integrity.

Relatives of the Foundation’s officers and directors are ineligible.

Applicants must have the endorsement of their Guidance Counselor on their application attesting they are a qualified “fit” for this scholarship program.


Additional Scholarship Information

All information is kept confidential. Selections will be made by the Foundation’s board of directors and their decision will be final.  Recipients will be informed directly by the Foundation.

The college or university financial aid office will receive the recipient’s scholarship check. The award shall be applied to the college expenses for tuition and other expenses deemed acceptable by the Foundation for those classes taken each semester; however, not to exceed $10,000 per recipient during his or her enrollment at a post-secondary institution.

An official transcript of grades and courses shall be requested by the recipient and be sent by the college directly to the Foundation, each semester, before any amounts of scholarship monies are paid.


Duration of Award

The scholarship will be a one-time award to cover up to $10,000 in tuition and eligible fees and expenses. A candidate must maintain eligibility to receive the entire amount of the scholarship award by continuing to pursue their college education.  The scholarship will be paid on a semester basis based on actual tuition and fees. Any amount that remains will be applied to the subsequent semester, but only if the recipient remains enrolled at such post-secondary institution.  


Selection Criteria

The selection criteria of the application will be based on the following primary award components and provided a weighted point factor to each dimension:

  • Financial Need (family annual income of $75,000 or less)
  • Academic  Achievement (Official High School Transcripts) Overall 3.5 GPA or above
  • Community / Extracurricular Activities
  • Leadership/Service
  • Work History (if applicable)
  • Awards and Recognition
  • Athletic
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • 3 Letters of References (current) from Teachers, Superintendents and/or Community Leaders with contact information

Each member of the Foundation’s board of directors will assign each application a score on a scale from 1 to 10 for each component, and sum the scores to arrive at a total for each candidate. The three candidates with the highest score will then undergo a personal interview with the Foundation’s board.  The board of directors will then select the scholarship winner.  

Eligible applicants must be an active senior high school student enrolled full-time at Fountain – Ft. Carson High School (only graduating high school seniors may apply).

This scholarship is not tied to any Federal Student Aid or other grants.