The students who apply for this scholarship must have a high school diploma with a weighted grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.6 or equivalent or a GED. The students must formally apply when they are candidates at a technical trade school; two or four year nationally accredited college or university. Full time students in the reapplication process must reapply yearly and be enrolled in full time classes during the reapplication procedure.
A NARI member can nominate the scholarship applicant. The first consideration for applicants is NARI member employees or families.
All high school seniors must have a documented overall weighted 2.6 academic GPA upon graduating high school. The current GPA documentation must be attached to the scholarship application. Currently enrolled students must maintain an academic 2.6GPA post-secondary overall while attending all programs.
All applying high school graduating seniors must complete the required paperwork and bring the paperwork to the NARI Jim Harkey Fund Inc. board of directors. Students who receive this scholarship are required to attend the meeting they are to receive the scholarship certificate and are required to send grade reports to the chapter every semester documenting their academic progress.
The application must be completed and submitted by the student. One letter of recommendation from a teacher, school administrator, or immediate supervisor, is required to accompany the application. The letter must state why the student should be considered as a candidate for the NARI- Jim Harkey Scholarship program. The student is also required to write an essay with a minimum of 250 words or a maximum of 500 words describing why they should be considered as a recipient of the NARI scholarship. All decisions by the selection committee are final and the Board of Directors of NARI Jim Harkey Memorial Inc. approves all scholarships.
The schedule for review and distribution is as follows: Applications for the scholarship are available beginning January 1. All applications are due to the selection committee April 1. All applications are reviewed and selected by the selection committee in April. Board review and approval is at the May Board meeting. Scholarship awards are announced and disseminated at the June meeting. Funds will made payable directly to the institution.