One Friendship Scholarship will be awarded to a high
school senior graduating spring 2009!
Scholarship Applications will be accepted
January 1, 2009 through April 15, 2009 - all applications
must be post-marked on or before April 15, 2009.
Who is eligible? Every student accepted into a four-year
college. No GPA requirement. No sports / student clubs / special
interests required. No income requirement – ANY student is eligible.
Preference will be given to a Merced Union High Applicant,
The HEART of the Friendship Scholarship: First, an
applicant must demonstrate friendship qualities. These
qualities are described through the applicant’s personal letter on the
meaning of friendship, and what it has meant in their life.
A friend of the applicant, who is a peer, and close in age must write a
letter of recommendation, about the friendship qualities of the
applicant. Some of these qualities may include a devotion to serve
others, a commitment to improve our community, and a sense of love,
loyalty, ethics, and compassion.
We are looking for young people who have shown that they already give of
themselves to others. We want to help them achieve their education in a
variety of fields, at the college or university of their choice, knowing
that they have a strong likelihood of further enriching our world in
years to come. We are looking for great friends, knowing they will
enhance their communities and their professions everywhere, touching the
lives of others and making a difference! This tremendous diversity has
one thing uniting them: these people care about others.
Friendship scholarships are awarded at $4,000 each, and renew annually
for four years of college for students maintaining a 2.5 GPA and a
full-time course load.
Applications for Friendship
Scholarships are accepted each year starting January 1st, and must be
postmarked by April 15th. All applications should include your college
acceptance letter (this must be received for the scholarship to be
awarded). Application forms and information on how to best complete your
application can all be downloaded
The application and format are the same from year to year.
A Note from Christine McFadden:
May 6, 2007
To all the wonderful people who have written after
they’ve seen or read about the MSSM Friendship Scholarship Foundation in
the recent national Magazine and TV coverage by Ms. Oprah Winfrey: Thank
you for your kind letters, sharing, and continued support. Many have
inquired about applying for a Friendship Scholarship. I want to thank
you for your interest but need to clarify that the deadline (each year)
is April 15th, and closed for 2007. In addition, at this time
the Friendship Scholarship is only available locally, primarily because
there aren’t funds to open it nationwide. We tried, but without major
public financial support I simply can’t do more and the Foundation must
abide by the current Friendship Scholarship program to fulfill our goals
as defined for our IRS granted 501(c)3 non-profit charity status.
(Fundraising has been a steep learning curve for me). There are so many
wonderful young people out there that it is both inspiring to me to
continue my work and that of the Foundation (more people like my
children! Yes, I want to help!), and sometimes frustrating because
ultimately, I can’t reach out to each and every one of you. Please know
that I’m working hard to make the MSSM Foundation successful and that if
I cannot help you directly now that I wish you my best, with a hug, and
hope in some small way we help each other indirectly in our futures.
DONATIONS and SPONSORSHIP of FRIENDSHIP
This is where YOU can make a difference!
pledged annually for 4 years a Friendship Scholarship can be given
in your name or that of a loved one or business! We are creating a
special web page to honor those in place; local news recognition and
0000 we DO NOT spend your money! We invest it and use the income
(4%+) earned to create a
Friendship Scholarship IN PERPETUITY in your name or as you wish to
designate! Example: The “MSSM ****your name*** Friendship Scholarship”.
Donations – even $10 or $20 – are very much appreciated! Your money
still goes directly, 100%, to a
Friendship Scholarship. It just takes a lot of them to fund one
scholarship, and is slower to build to a permanent endowment. You’re
directly helping a child reach their goals - thank you for your
generosity and love!
The MSSM Friendship Scholarship Foundation is a
501(c)3 non-profit scholarship charity. Thank you for making dreams come
Are you ready to support our children and the Friendship Scholarship
Foundation? Simply download our donation form here, fill
and mail it back to the address on the form. It really is that
easy! If you prefer, you can donate with PayPal by scrolling up
and clicking on the "Donate" button on the left under the menu.
Either way, you'll be helping our children, and that deserves a
BIG THANK YOU!
Nutcracker Ballet and Nutcracker Cookies, a Sugar Plum Fairy
We are pleased to begin a new partnership, in loving memory of Melanie
Willis-McFadden, with the Merced Civic Ballet
annual production of the Nutcracker. This Christmas favorite was
also a favorite of Melanie and Michelle and our memories of them live on
in this age-old tradition. More information regarding this
exciting partnership will follow as we approach the next
Although the Nutcracker Ballet only happens once a year, you can have a
taste of the Nutcracker anytime with our new Nutcracker Cookies
These beautiful pink or white frosted ballet slippers will remind you of
all the good things in the Nutcracker, and you'll feel even better
knowing you'll be helping fund the Friendship Scholarships. This
program is just getting off the ground, so help make it a success by
visiting the Sweet Dreams Gift Shoppe
at the Merced
UC Merced Friendship Cookies
A new program has started at UC Merced to raise funds to provide a
slightly different kind of Friendship Scholarship: this one to any
student entering UC Merced as a Freshman! This program is also just getting
started - please help make it a success!
Interested in selling Friendship Cookies at your Business
We'll make it easy for you - just give us a call at (209) 722-6776.