Btar Scholarship Essay

  • Relationship to GE Employee: Are the birth child or adopted child of an eligible GE employee; OR a stepchild who lives with an eligible employee; OR another child who lives permanently with an eligible employee, depends solely on that employee for support, and for whom the employee or his/her spouse is the court-appointed permanent guardian; AND
  • Current level of education: Are enrolled during the open application period at the highest level of studies available at the school level in a public, private, or parochial school (or equivalent of a high school senior, including students who are home-schooled). (For non-US applicants, please see specific link for your country); AND
  • Future level of education: Are preparing to enroll for the first time in post-secondary education – a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university; or an accredited community college or vocational-technical school.

Note: If your first enrollment in post-secondary / university study will be during the calendar year 2018, apply now for the 2018 competition. If your first enrollment in post-secondary / university study will be during the calendar year 2019, you should apply for the 2019 competition, which will be announced in Fall 2018. If you are applying from outside the US, please refer to the country-specific links below:

Canada:

 

Quebec applicants must have attained CEGEP or a Secondary Leaving Certificate. For Quebec students enrolling in a CEGEP program:

* For pre-university CEGEP programs, you will apply for the 4-Year Category in your 2nd year of CEGEP.

* For career CEGEP programs, you will apply for the 2-Year Category in your last year of high school.


India:

* If you are planning on attending a 3-5 year university program, you will apply for the 4-Year Category in your final year of higher secondary school (12th year). In the case of India, where the 10 + 2 secondary education system is common, an applicant is eligible to apply during her/his final year of upper secondary (final year of +2), prior to enrolling in a university degree program.

OR

* If you are planning on attending a 2-year (or equivalent) non-university level post-secondary program such as a technical or vocational program, you will apply for the 2-Year Category in your final year of secondary school (10th year). In the case of eligibility for the 2-year award category within the Indian higher education system, a student would only be considered eligible at the conclusion of year 10 IF s/he were NOT pursuing a further degree, and in fact concluding their HIGHEST level of formalized education at year 10 to then enter a vocational / training career program. At no point would this student be eligible to apply for the 4-year award.

Note: Because in India, the term “college” can refer to a level of education that is required for admission to a higher degree university program, it would not represent the terminal level of education. In such a case, a student in India attending a “college” or “junior college” program could only be eligible for the 4-year category at the conclusion of that program, and consequently at no point would be eligible to apply for the 2-year award category.

Hungary:

* If you are planning on attending a 3-5 year university level post-secondary program where you will graduate with a university degree (Egyetemi, vagy Foiskolai Oklevel), you will apply for the 4-Year Category in your final year of secondary school (12th year).

* If you are planning on attending a 2-year non-university level post-secondary program, such as a technical or vocational program, where you will graduate with a certificate (Bizonyitvany), you will apply for the 2-Year Category in your final year of secondary school (12th year). For further assistance, please contact the IIE European Office in Budapest at +36-1-472-2250. 

Other European Countries:

* If you are planning on attending a 3-5 year university level post-secondary program where you will graduate with a university degree, you will apply for the 4-Year Category in your final year of secondary school. 
 

If you do not find your country details listed in these FAQs, please refer to the following links for more information:

4-Year Category: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bachelor_degree [available in various languages by using the links on the left]

2-Year Category: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Associate_degree [available in various languages by using the links on the left]



After only four months in the United States having moved from Vietnam, Thao Tran chose to attend Lone Star College-CyFair, a place and experience she did not expect to like as much as she does today.

Tran, who is the first in her family to go to college and will soon be transferring to the University of Houston, shared her story of “How My Community College Experience Changed My Life,” along with five other Lone Star College System student essay winners, as part of the recent 20th annual Lone Star College Foundation’s Chancellor’s Breakfast.

At LSC-CyFair, Tran overcame communication challenges to take advantage of many opportunities from participating in class and in campus activities to working in the cafeteria, admission and finally as a Student Outreach And Retention (S.O.A.R.) Leader, who helped with new student orientation, high school visits and more.  

“The minute I got accepted into the S.O.A.R. team, I found where I belonged on campus,” she wrote. “All that time I learned a lot of leadership skills. I met very unique and awesome individuals.”

Christine Timmerman said not only did Tran maintain a perfect 4.0 grade point average while working in S.O.A.R, she was probably the most enthusiastic leader of the team.

“She is unfailingly positive and was always ready to pitch in as needed. Thao is well liked by her peers and gets along with everyone. She was just a joy to have on our team,” said Timmerman. “I know she works hard and as an international student has had to work through more challenges, than some other students. But her energy and will to succeed carry her through.”

History professor Alex Smith said he was often amazed at the quality of work Tran turned in, and that she is an exceptional student who makes teaching worthwhile.

“She demonstrated a level of intellectual curiosity few students can match, and her grades were among the best I’ve ever had a student receive,” he said. “She’s a great human being … one of those kind, good-natured and hard working people. She undoubtedly will be a success in whatever career path she takes, because that’s just the kind of person she is.”

Although Tran was taking government to fulfill a course requirement, her professor Heidi Jo Green said Tran emerged as one of her top students.

“Thao is so dedicated to everything that she does,” she said. “What a bright student with an amazing future.”

Tran said with the support from her professors, advisors and new friends, she found confidence in her leadership and communication skills as well as courage to try harder every day to follow her dream of becoming a pharmacist.

“I am truly thankful for all the great experiences and all the wonderful people I have been lucky enough to encounter at Lone Star College,” she wrote in conclusion of her winning scholarship essay. “They have all made a difference in my life and I hope someday, in the near future, I could become a great influence in someone else’s life like that too.”

Receiving a $1,000 scholarship from the LSC Foundation and representing each of the six LSCS colleges were Tran from LSC-CyFair, Ashley Trunbow from LSC-Kingwood, Sharon Johnson from LSC-Montgomery, Princess Villalta from LSC-North Harris, Alexandra Smith from LSC-Tomball and Felix Ruiz from LSC-University Park.

For information on other foundation events, go to LoneStarCollegeFoundation.org. For information on LSC-CyFair, go to LoneStar.edu/Cyfair.

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