Continuing The Journey
At VAMOS, we recognize the financial struggles of the community but strive to make higher education a priority for our region’s graduating high school seniors. Funds from the VAMOS four-year renewable scholarship may be used by recipients to pay for tuition and any other obligatory charges. The maximum amount awarded will be distributed throughout the four-year college period.
Standards for Re-Qualification
There are specific standards that recipients must meet in order to be considered for requalification. This includes:
- A minimum of 12 credit hours per semester as a full-time student at an accredited post-secondary institution is required, along with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 per semester. Actions will be enforced if these requirements are not met. These include:
- Scholarship Probation – In which the scholarship semester payment will be disbursed. The scholarship will be suspended if the student fails to meet the requirements at the conclusion of the probation period.
- Scholarship Suspension – If the scholarship requirements are not met for the second time after the probationary semester, funds will be suspended for the following semester. If the student meets the requirements, a formal request for scholarship reinstatement can be submitted.
- Automatic Suspension – These instances vary and are settled on a case-by-case basis. All outcomes of automatic suspensions are dealt with by the Board.
- In order to renew the scholarship, students must submit a renewal form each semester and send the form to:
Attn. Scholarship Renewal
P.O. Box 6882
McAllen, TX 78502
Scholarship Renewal Form
- If a student fails to submit this information by the deadline, scholarship payment may be held or revoked.
- If a student will enroll in summer classes, an advanced request, along with a class schedule and tuition bill, is required.
- If a student must temporarily postpone or be absent from school, a written request is required.
- VAMOS scholars are assigned to a mentor who will monitor their progress through their undergraduate education. Students are expected to meet with their mentor at least twice per year and a report must be sent via email, phone call or mail on a monthly basis.
- The scholarship requires at least 40 volunteer hours per academic year. Community service hours must be performed at a nonprofit agency/organization and must be approved by VAMOS.
- If the student wishes to transfer to a different college, the scholarship may be adjusted and VAMOS must be notified in writing.
- VAMOS alumni will submit an exit interview on their last semester before graduation. Once the student earns a bachelor’s degree, their scholarship is deemed completed.