2009 Margaret C. Berry Scholarship The Award The Margaret C. Berry Award was originally established in 1978 by the Orange Jackets, Mortar Board, and the Texas Exes. It is presented annually to an outstanding sophomore woman who has contributed greatly to the University during her short time on campus. The award consists of a scholarship from the Texas Exes as well as honorary memberships into both Orange Jackets (beginning in fall 2009) and Mortar Board (beginning in the winner‟s fourth and/or final year at UT). The Organizations Orange Jackets, which was established in 1923, is one of the oldest student organizations on campus, and its members serve as the official hosts of The University of Texas at Austin. The burnt orange vests worn by members symbolize the qualities of service, leadership and scholarship for the organization was founded. Orange Jackets‟ members are involved in a wide variety of student organizations and colleges across campus. Our members are united by an enthusiasm to serve the University and Austin communities through group and individual service projects and by appearing annually at traditional UT events including Parents‟ Weekend, and the Texas-OU Torchlight Parade. The Visor Chapter of Mortar Board exists as a network of outstanding campus leaders who have achieved senior status at The University of Texas at Austin. Its members come from diverse backgrounds and exemplify a record of demonstrated leadership and accomplishment within the UT and Austin communities. The UT chapter strives to uphold the national Mortar Board's ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service by developing relationships between influential student leaders and serving as the capstone leadership and service experience for UT seniors. Requirements All applicants for the Margaret C. Berry Award must meet the following criteria: Scholarship: a minimum 3.0 GPA, with no less than 30 hours and no more than 3 long semesters completed; must be a sophomore by years (i.e. must have enrolled in college beginning in summer or fall of 2007). Leadership: demonstration of leadership skills and responsibility Service: a commitment to campus and community affairs with a desire to help others and contribute to the University In addition, applicants who are planning to study abroad or to not be enrolled in-residence for any other reason during fall 2009 or spring 2010 are ineligible to apply. As a member of Orange Jackets, the winner will be required to attend weekly meetings on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Each Orange Jacket must also commit to a semester-long service project and meet the other service requirements decided upon at the beginning of each academic year. Orange Jackets are also expected to uphold the traditions of the organization and the honor of wearing the vests. As a member of Mortar Board, the winner will be required to attend a new member retreat, monthly chapter meetings, the majority of major Mortar Board events, including the Preferred Professor Dinner, the Last Lecture series, and chapter socials. Active membership also includes fulfillment of Mortar Board service opportunities and involvement in the chapter‟s activities. Completing the application Please follow these guidelines when completing the application: Please do not abbreviate or include a resume or additional pages. All sections must be typed on the pages provided. Please do not include activities or honors from high school. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The application process is blind, so please do not use your name or UT EID anywhere except the Personal Information Sheet. Please do not use paper clips or submit with report covers, coversheets, or cover letters. Please be sure to include your signature on the Personal Information sheet. Please return one copy of the personal information sheet plus the application and one additional copy of the application only (without the personal information sheet). Both sets should be stapled, hole- punched and submitted together in a single manila envelope to the Student Organization Center on the 4th floor of the Student Services Building no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2nd. Please address applications to: Orange Jackets Attn: Vice Presidents of Membership SSB Box 105 All applicants will be notified by Sunday, April 5th and interviews for the finalists will take place later in the week. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Coghlan at email@example.com or (214) 725-7133. In addition, we will be hosting two identical, and completely voluntary, information sessions: Wednesday, March 25th, 6 – 7:30PM in UTC 4.110. Monday, March 30th, 6 – 7:30PM in UTC 4.110. We will also be available to answer any questions you have about the application or either organization at the Starbucks on 24th and Guadalupe on: Tuesday, March 31st, 7 – 8:30PM. Wednesday, April 1st, 7 – 8:30PM. Good Luck and hook „em! Heather Coghlan Vice Presidents of Membership, Orange Jackets 2008 Margaret C. Berry Scholarship Personal Information Sheet Name Preferred Name Last First Middle Address Street/Apt # City, State Zip Code Email Phone UT EID Grade Point Solicitation: I, , hereby permit Orange Jackets and Mortar Board to solicit my official grade point average directly from The University of Texas at Austin. I have read the description of Orange Jackets and Mortar Board, and if I am selected into these organizations, I promise to fulfill my duties to the best of my ability. Signature ______________________________________________ Date _________________ Application College Major Overall GPA Campus Activities: please list in order of personal importance (“E” = elected, “V” = volunteered, “A” = appointed, “S” = selected) Organization From-To Position E, V, A, S Hrs/wk Community Service: please list in order of personal importance (“#” = number of weeks of active participation) Activity Group From/to # Hrs/wk Work Experience / Research Work / Internships Employer/Business Position/Description From-To Hrs/wk Honors and Scholarships Honor or Scholarship Sponsoring Organization Basis for Award Date Spring 2009 Schedule Class or Organization Unique Number Days Time Location Instructor Reference: Please solicit the permission of any UT faculty member, alumni, or student leader (excluding current Orange Jackets) to serve as a personal reference. Name _______________________________________ Position _______________________________________ Email _______________________________________ Phone Number __________________________________ What time is best to contact him/her? ______________________________________________________________ Essay 1: (One page limit) Briefly describe each organization you have listed in the Campus Activities section and your role in these organizations. This is meant to help graders understand the organizations you are involved in and the ways in which you are involved. Essay 2: (One page limit) In ten years when someone looks back on your time the university up to this point, what will they see as your major contribution to campus with a focus on your commitment to scholarship, leadership, and service? (this could include large accomplishments or many small accomplishments) What more do you wish to accomplish? Short Answer 1: (Half page limit, single spaced, 12 point font) Orange Jackets’ motto “For Texas, I Will” represents the loyalty and devotion to service of the UT community. The new member Tappee class is required to plan and execute a year-long project devoted to an area of need in the UT community or Austin area. Please describe an area of the UT community which could be the focus of the potential Tappee Project 2010 and how the Tappee class could contribute to its cause while focusing on your potential contributions to Orange Jackets.
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