The common goal of improving the lives of children in urban communities has drawn MARTIN’S Food Markets and Urban Views Weekly together to create the Scholar of the Week program. Since 2012, the Scholar of the Week program has encouraged students to excel academically and build a life that includes civic and community service. The overarching goal is to help them be more competitive when they apply for scholarships and admission to schools after high school.
Competition for scholarships and admission to schools of higher education is intense. Good grade point averages (GPA’s) and community service can make a difference as students compete for scholarships and acceptance.
The American Council on Education reports that all education received after high school increases the chances that the individual will earn good pay. Also, the more education received, the greater chance that individual will get a job.
Whether it’s a university, junior college, or vocational school, post secondary education provides important benefits to the individual and to society.
In the Scholar of the Week program there are 52 scholars each year, one per week. Each scholar receives a $100.00 award to be used as they see fit. They also receive recognition in Urban Views Weekly – a half page in the paper as well as a post on our website devoted to his or her story, including a photo and an article highlighting his or her accomplishments. In June, there is a random drawing from all of the previous year’s scholars, with one scholar receiving an Apple iPad.
To be eligible for the Scholar of the Week award the applicant must be a senior attending a public school in Central Virginia. They must also have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be a participant in community service activities.
A selection committee consists of members from Richmond Public Schools, Petersburg Public Schools, Virginia State University, MARTIN’S Food Market and Urban Views Weekly. This committee is responsible for reviewing and selecting the scholars.