Scholarship Renewal

Mary John Goree Las Animas County Scholarship awards are renewable up to three years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first, on the basis of maintaining a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent.

Students must submit a transcript at the end of each quarter/semester for review.  Transcripts must be submitted according to the process stipulated by Scholarship America.

For questions, contact us:

The Mary John Goree Las Animas County Scholarship Program
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN  56082

Renewal Criteria:

  1. A Goree Scholar will be expected to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester/quarter and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  2. A warning will be issued to students whose semester/quarter grades fall below a 3.0, but whose cumulative GPA remains above a 3.0. If the student’s term GPA is below a 3.0 for a second consecutive semester/quarter, then the student’s scholarship will be reviewed, and, at the foundation’s discretion, the student may be placed on supported or full academic probation, as defined in 3. and 4. below, even if his/her cumulative GPA is still above 3.0.
  3. Goree Scholars must maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA. If a scholar falls below a 3.0 cumulative GPA but is at or above a 2.5 cumulative GPA, his/her scholarship will be placed on a supported status. After a student is officially placed on supported status, his/her semester/quarter grades will be reviewed each term. If the student’s semester/quarter grades continue to be at or above a 2.5 and below a 3.0 GPA and the student is making use of all applicable services and resources offered by the student’s college or university for the purpose of improving academic performance, that student will not lose his/her scholarship even if his/her cumulative GPA remains below a 3.0. A scholar will be taken off supported status once his/her cumulative GPA is once again at or above a 3.0.
  4. If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 2.5, the scholar will be placed on full academic probation and given one term to raise his/her cumulative GPA to be at or above 2.5. Just as with students on supported probation, students on full academic probation are expected to make use of all applicable services and resources offered by the student’s college or university for the purpose of improving academic performance. After the second term of a cumulative GPA below a 2.5, the scholar must schedule a conference call with the Foundation board, the outcome of which may be one of the following:
    1. Student is placed or remains on supported probation due to extenuating circumstances, or
    2. Student’s Mary John Goree Las Animas County Scholarship is terminated.
  5. Students on probation status, whether supported or full academic probation, are required to send a letter to the board of the Foundation at dvandermeulen@sprynet.com no later than one month after the beginning of classes for each quarter/semester that he/she remains on probation. This letter must include the following: (a) a list of all courses the student is taking during the current quarter/semester, (b) a list of all significant outside activities, including, but not limited to, extracurricular activities and employment, in which the student is currently participating and (c) a list of all resources and services, on and off campus, that the student is using to improve his/her academic performance. For purposes of this letter, an outside activity is deemed “significant” if it takes up an average of 5 hours or more per week of the student’s time.
  6. Individual situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Renewals and Need-Based Awards for Living and Miscellaneous Expenses:

Beginning in the 2017-18 academic year, the Board has simplified the process for renewing scholarship awards for room and board (“living expenses”), and transportation, books, supplies and personal expenses (“miscellaneous expenses”).

When Total Cost is Less than Princeton’s Tuition and Fees:  All recipients whose total estimated college cost for tuition, fees, living and miscellaneous expenses, as published by the college, IS LESS than the amount of Princeton University’s tuition and fees for the year of the award ($49,330 in 2018-19) will receive a full-ride scholarship award for tuition, fees, living and miscellaneous expenses without regard to the recipient’s or their family’s financial circumstances. A renewing student whose total estimated cost IS LESS than Princeton’s tuition and fee amount does not need to submit financial information as part of the renewal process (even if they did in prior years).

When Total Cost is Greater than Princeton’s Tuition and Fees:  In the event the total estimated college costs for tuition, fees, living and miscellaneous expenses, as published by the college, ARE GREATER than the amount of Princeton’s tuition and fees for the year of the award ($49,330 in 2018-19), the recipient will receive a minimum award equal to THE GREATER of (1) Princeton’s tuition and fees or (2) tuition and fees at the recipient’s college. The recipient may request an additional need-based award for the recipient’s unmet living and miscellaneous expenses by providing the following financial information: (1) a copy of the determination of family contribution under the Princeton University Financial Aid Estimator, (2) a copy of the financial aid award letter from the recipient’s institution and (3) a copy of the first two pages of their parents’ IRS Form 1040 for the previous calendar year. The recipient’s family contribution as determined by the Princeton University Financial Aid Estimator will be subtracted from the recipient’s unmet living and miscellaneous expenses to determine the amount, if any, of a need-based award. All need-based awards are in the discretion of the Board.

Automatic Renewal of Need-Based Awards:  Need-based awards that include a family contribution will be automatically renewed in future years and no updated financial documentation is required except as provided below. In those cases, the Board will calculate adjustments, if any, to the award and inform the recipient of the new amount.

 1. If the number of children dependent upon the student’s parents attending college will increase or decrease in the upcoming academic year, the student must submit an updated calculation using the Princeton University Financial Aid Estimator along with the first two pages of their parents’ Federal 1040 for the previous year.

2. If the student submits an updated calculation using the Princeton University Financial Aid Estimator showing a reduction of $1,000 or more in the student’s expected family contribution (“EFC”) compared to the EFC used to compute the student’s need-based award in the previous academic year, along with the first two pages of their parents’ Federal 1040 for the previous calendar year.