Memorial Scholarship

NIBA – The Belting Association honors the memory of past officers, directors, and committee members for their strong dedication to the NIBA organization, with six (6) $2,000 scholarships for employees and children of employees of NIBA Distributor/Fabricator and Manufacturer member companies who make a difference in their communities, their churches, and their schools, through service.*

Award: $2,000
Application deadline: March 1, 2018

* The number of scholarships given changes each year based on the previous year's net income from the Scholarship Fund.

 

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be an employee, or the child of an employee, in an active NIBA company.
  • Distributor/fabricators, conveyor belting manufacturers, and conveyor component manufacturer's employees and their children are all eligible to apply.
  • Applicant must be planning to attend and use the scholarship for a two-year or more, accredited college, university, or technical school.
  • Applicant must be a high school senior (or have GED equivalent), or a college student.
  • Applicant may not be the child of a current Officer or Board Member of NIBA.

 

Selection Criteria

20% - Community/school service history
20% - Personal history of leadership in family/school/work
60% - Essay

 

Required Submissions

  • Community/school activity history
  • Personal leadership history
  • One-page essay on one of these topics:
    • Why are you a good candidate to receive this award?
    • What do you think the industry you are studying will be like in the next 10 years?
    • Who in your life has been your biggest influence and why?
  • Eligible community and school service

 

While we encourage active participation in sports, band, choir, and religious groups, the time spent in these are not eligible unless if they are doing some type of active outreach in the community, such as benefit concert, car wash for charity, Vacation Bible Schools, etc. The applicant shall only state the hours spent with these affiliations for actual outreach; do not include general hours. Service must have been performed in past three years.

 

Scholarship Rules

  • Application must be completed online
  • Application must be completed in English
  • Applicant must attend a 2-year or more accredited college, university, vocational school, or technical school.
  • Applicant must be a high school senior (or have GED equivalent) or a college student
  • Applicant may not be the child of a current Officer or a Director of NIBA
  • Winner(s) will be sent a form to complete so that the check may be issued to your chosen school.  Winners must notify NIBA of where funds to be sent by August 1
  • All funds will be paid directly to the school. Funds will be awarded in $USD on August 15
  • Scholarship funds must be used within 12 months of Award Date
  • Winner must notify NIBA if institution is changed.
  • NIBA will send the award to the new institution once funds are received back from the original institution.
  • Scholarships must be applied for on an annual basis
  • There is no limit to the number of years a person may apply
  • No special consideration will be given to previous winners
  • Recipients of scholarships to be chosen annually
  • Scholarship winners will be published online, in NIBA marketing materials and broadcast at Convention.
  • Winner(s) agrees to submit a photo, course of study and institution they will attend.

 

Applications will be deemed to be disqualified for the following conditions:

  • Incomplete application
  • Application doesn’t meet the requirements
  • Application not submitted by cut-off date
  • Plagiarism
  • Applicant did not answer one of the provided essay questions

 

Implementation

All applicants must submit their application using an official online form distributed by NIBA, and also available on the NIBA website. All applicants will receive a letter from NIBA informing them of the results of their application (both winners and losers).

 

Grading

For all NIBA scholarships, NIBA maintains a rigorous method of double blind evaluation.

All submissions must meet the requirements of submission, including all fields completed and attachments included properly.

Reviewers receive a packet of blinded applications to review and score with a standard grading sheet.

  • Leadership (20 points)
  • Community Service (20 points)
  • Essay (60 Points)

A committee of at least three judges will be selected to choose the winners. Jusges typically include NIBA Past-Presidents, current Board and Committee members, and more.

NIBA staff provides a list of the top submissions from the first round with a new grading sheet to score the essay again to select the winners.

  • The average of the judges score will determine the winners.
  • In the event of the tie, the tiebreaker will be the first round scores. The applicant with the highest average score from the first round wins.