If your relative is a senior in high school and involved in efforts to create atmospheres of inclusion for their peers, particularly those peers prone to bullying or exclusion, and meet the values of iSparkle, then they are eligible to apply. Applications are NOW being accepted and we hope to decide by March 2018.
How To Apply: Applicants must make a selfie 2 to 3 minute video, example below - you can use smartphones, video cameras, laptop camera. Applicants need to use as many of the letters of iSparkle and tell us how you have made a difference for your peers who experience bullying or exclusion in your school and/or community. Also, tell us what was your outcome success? Send your video link to iSparklescholarship@gmail.com Please use YouTube or Vimeo or other platforms, you can set your settings to non public if you wish, but just make sure we are able to connect and listen to your application by making sure you link is unlisted or made public, please DO NOT REMOVE until further notice.
We do also need the name and address details of your relative who lives in The Villages.
Good Luck and I look forward to hearing your wonderful experiences.
Meet Connor Merow one of our award winners of $500 this is his application below
Hello Villages home owners! We are excited to tell you about a new scholarship designed for relatives of Villages Homeowners. The family member may reside ANYWHERE in the United States and must be in their graduating year of high school (application details bottom of this page).
My name is Petrina, an Entertainer and Singer here in The Villages, Florida. I moved here from United Kingdom in 2008 and became an American Citizen in 2014. I absolutely love this wonderful opportunity to spend the second half of my life in this country. Thanks to my sister 'Julia' sponsoring me 13 years prior to my moving here, my world has blossomed and my support from fans and family has been just overwhelming.
I was very much bullied growing up in the multiple schools I attended. I just wasn't able to stand up for myself (too soft as some would say) and no one would dare stand up for me to the bullies. I understand what it feels like to have deep sadness, despair and desperation to be accepted. Since then, I have learned that I'm not the only one. My life's journey has been to find out what I'm good at, believing in myself and following through with my dreams. America has allowed me to do just that, and iSparkle is an added bonus.
Being an entertainer was natural for me; to let go and have fun; to make other people happy. It is my wish to make my audience feel good about themselves, as well as to bring them laughter. I know how sad bullying can affect someone, not only as a child, but in adolescence and adulthood. I continue to strive to be the best I can be and I want to encourage others to do the same, to believe in themselves. I'm happy and secure as a woman and entertainer, and because I am in this good place in my life, I feel it's a good time to give back and to keep learning and growing myself.
I cannot thank my team enough to help me achieve iSparkle
Jane Bloom Vice President
Bob Bloom Treasurer
Rosemary Ahrens Team Events Coordinator and Secretary
Also Event's helpers Donna Wolf and Ann Smalley
Golf Tournament organizer Penny Schritz and her team of helpers 2016 click here
if you wish to join us for September 28th 2017 please contact Penny on firstname.lastname@example.org
also previous organizers Donna Palumbo for Bowling in 2015
and Linda Bernat for Water Volleyball in 2015
Want to help raise money for iSparkle? There are many ways to do so. You can hold a small fundraiser like a bake sale or garage sale; you can put on a fundraising event such as a dinner/dance; hold a scramble golf tournament or a bowling game; and support Petrina’s variety of shows including song, dance, comedy. Contact us at iSparklescholarship@gmail.com and let us know your ideas.