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WOW Seeks Applicants for 2017 WOW Scholarships

Note: The WOW Sylvester Scholars Scholarship Application for 2018 is not yet available. Please check this page in the late fall for the updated scholarship application.

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Have you shown a commitment to academics and community service during your high school career?

If so, WOW encourages you to apply for its WOW Sylvester Community Service Scholarship.

The WOW Sylvester Community Service Scholarship (formerly the WOW Scholars Program) recognizes Westchase students whose high school careers reflect a commitment to both academics and community service. The scholarship commemorates Greens resident Ernie Sylvester, whose life reflected a commitment of service to his country and to his beloved Westchase community.

The WOW Sylvester Community Service Scholarship is open to Westchase residents who are high school seniors (or home-schooled students) and who will attend their first year of college in 2017. Eligible Westchase students have a parent or guardian residing within the boundaries of the Westchase Community Association (WCA), including residents of the West Park Village Apartments and Lexington apartments.

Since the inception of the program in 2006, the WOW Scholars program has awarded dozens of scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, to Westchase college-bound students. Last year WOW awarded eight $2,500 scholarships (scholarship awards may vary based on WOW income). The 2016 winners were featured in our June 2016 cover story.

Interested students must fill out an application, which can be downloaded by logging onto and clicking on the link for WOW’s Sylvester Scholars, located at the very bottom of the homepage after WOW Info. The completed application and supporting materials must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.

Supporting materials for the application include certified copies of the student’s high school transcript; copies of  SAT and/or ACT score reports; two character reference letters, one of which must attest to community service; and a personal essay including information about the student’s community service, academic achievements, other achievements, personal goals, and any other information or factors, including need, that the student believes bears upon why he or she should receive a scholarship.

For more information, contact WOW Publisher Chris Barrett at 920-9809 or e-mail

By Chris Barrett, Publisher