The scholarship committee of the Jim and Betty Dye Foundation met today, and it was my first experience with the team. I spent about 6 hours reading through the approximately 80 applications to prepare for this meeting today. Every application was scored based on a number of criteria. As I mentioned earlier --- it was not an easy process.
As we met today it became abundantly clear the Mr Dye and I were the high scores, while a couple others were much more demanding. But it really doesn't matter, because all the scores of the eight members of the team were combined. Thus as long as one was consistent in their scoring, it all come out in the wash. (I think I was consistent, just consistently high.)
If someone is reading this and plans to apply in the future, let me offer a few suggestions. First, type your application --- it is a PDF that can be typed right into it. Second, check your spelling!!! Unbelievable how bad some people spell in a document that they are giving to others!!! Even worse were those who hand wrote theirs and it was illegible! Third, find some people to give you a honest evaluation not a form letter. One teacher from Lake Central wrote the exact same thing for 2 or 3 students, and one point failed to correct the gender of the person they were writing for. Another teacher from Munster hand wrote the recommendation letter and said NOTHING but I suppose it really didn't matter because it was illegible. Shame on you!!! (Not the student, the teacher!, but knowing that particular teacher I was not surprised!) Fourth, BE CREATIVE! I read the same B.S. 75 times, only 4 or 5 were really creative (and I am willing to bet they all will get a scholarship offer).
Jim and Betty Dye are offering a wonderful gift to Northwest Indiana. I hope that next year as we sit down to evaluate the applications that we have twice as many! If you want to know more about the scholarship go to the web site www.jimandbettydyescholarships.org, or drop me an note.
I look forward to hearing the announcement in a few weeks about who has received the scholarships --- we had a great group of kids to select from!