James L. Streater Scholarship

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James L. Streater Memorial Scholarship 2022
Purpose of Scholarship:
In memory of James L. Streater, the family created the James L. Streater Memorial Scholarship Fund. Captain James Lamar Streater was born August 14, 1943 in Patrick, South Carolina. He was the sixth child of ten children to the late Mr. Lonnie and Candys Hillian Streater. He received his early education form Chesterfield County Public Schools. James graduated from Gary High School in 1961. He attended North Carolina A & T University in Greensboro, NC. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1965-67 with the 532nd medical detachment in Okinawa; being honorably discharged in 1967. James completed highway patrol training in Columbia, SC in 1968 and was stationed in Florence, SC. He rose through the ranks of the South Carolina Highway Patrol to become District Captain in 1999. He served on the Highway Patrol for 33 years having been the second African-American to join the force in South Carolina and the first in the Pee Dee Region. He was a people person who loved to help and serve others. Mr. Streater was loyal, had a great sense of pride, humor and was quick to lend a listening ear and or helping hand; even to those he did not have a personal relationship with. No one he met was ever a stranger and anyone who had the opportunity to meet him was always enriched by the encounter. Captain Streater was an advocate for justice and education. He believed in being positive in the face of adversity, fair and treating others with the kind of love that God would want us to show to one another.

When applying for the scholarship, the applicants are required to submit the following by scanning and emailing it as a zipped file and or mailing originals to Cumberland United Methodist Church.

Note: Email is preferred: Email: jlstreatermemorialscholarship@outlook.com Church Address: 163 S. Coit Street, Florence SC 29501

• Official High School Transcript from a High School within the Pee Dee Region highlighting a 3.0 or above GPA

• 1 Letter of Recommendation (For example from an administrator, teacher or counselor at your school, from a member of the community (showing volunteerism within the public service arena) or one from a leader within your faith/church). Students may submit more than 1 letter of recommendation if they choose, but not more than 3 letters of recommendation can be submitted.

• 500-1000 word essay; students should choose 1 of the following prompts:
1. Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that demonstrates your character or helped to shape it. This should be a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
2. In your opinion, what current or past event has been the most troubling to our society? Who was affected and why? What are your thoughts regarding a solution to what you see as the problem/concern. What have you learned from the event that you have applied to your life?
3. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma- anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. You have unlimited resources to create or invent a solution. What would it be, how would it work and be of benefit to others? Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

James L. Streater Memorial Scholarship 2022
• Resume including statement of career objectives (the student should outline their, employment, scholastic achievements as well as other scholarly or community activities they would like to share with the reading committee)
The member unit’s criteria for selecting a scholarship recipient are based on:
1. Students submitting the application materials by the required deadline.
2. Students who are in Financial Need of assistance.
3. The first 25 students to submit applications will be considered.
4. The reading committee will choose the top 5 students based on timely submittal of required application materials which include review of resume, GPA, letter(s) of recommendation, essay and financial need.

The scholarship monies awarded are to only be used for:
• Graduating High School Seniors (can only apply once)
• Assistance as it relates to post-secondary educational pursuits at an undergraduate four year college or university. Specifically, money will go toward Tuition, Books and or Room and Board
• Money cannot and will not be issued directly to the student. Scholarship money will be sent directly to the college or university
*It is preferred that students be entering a field of public service with a concentration in law, law enforcement or education. Students of law enforcement personnel or teachers is a plus.*
2 scholarships will be awarded annually:
• 1 male and 1female will receive $500.00
• Students must submit proof of enrollment including but not limited to their class schedule
• Money will be sent directly to the college or university. Student must provide cashier or accounts payable contact information including the address to ensure the institution receives his/her scholarship award

Scholarship Timeline (Dates Subject To Change)
April 11th – May 2nd scholarship materials accepted
May 2nd is absolute deadline to submit scholarship materials
May 2nd - May 6th review materials and select top 5
May 6th - May 13th schedule and interview top 5 (if needed)
May 13th - May 20h notify applicants of status
June (Exact Date TBA)- Recognize winners at Cumberland United Methodist Church (students are required to attend recognition event based on Covid-19 regulations)
Scholarship will be distributed in late August /early September (see above for details relating to scholarship distribution)

James L. Streater Scholarship Application