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WOW Seeks Applicants for 2016 WOW Scholarships

Looking for the WOW Scholars Scholarship Application (renamed the Ernie Sylvester Community Service Scholarship)? Click here.

If you’ve shown a commitment to academics and community service during your high school career, WOW encourages you to apply for its Ernie Sylvester Community Service Scholarship.

Ernie 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 was renamed this year after Greens resident Ernie Sylvester, whose life reflected a commitment of service to his country and to his beloved Westchase community.

The Ernie Sylvester Community Service Scholarship, sponsored by WOW, is open to Westchase residents who are high school seniors (or home-schooled students) and who will attend their first year of college in 2016. 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 seven $2,500 scholarships; winners were featured in our June 2015 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 by Monday, Feb. 15, 2016.

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