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2018 Morgan Costa-Rhodes Memorial Scholarship

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:31 pm
by Deviant Insider
PACE is proud to announce the Second Annual Morgan Costa-Rhodes Memorial Scholarship, a one-time $2000 college scholarship for current high school seniors.

About Morgan Costa-Rhodes
During her short time at Parkersburg High School, Morgan Costa-Rhodes achieved success in every area in which she was involved. In 2011, Morgan was elected President of the high school's Philosophy Club, was an active member of both the Debate team and Thespian Troupe #264, and, most notably, was a member of PHS's A-team for the Quiz Bowl as Parkersburg High School became West Virginia's state Quiz Bowl champions in 2011. She was also an artist; Morgan's art was selected as the winner of the Young Authors Festival's cover art contest for their annual publication. Serving as artist for PHS'S journalism staff, she also drew the design used for her thespian troupes t-shirts, made especially for their performance of Alice in Wonderland.

Morgan made the most of her time in life. This scholarship serves to commemorate her spirit as a philanthropist, an intellectual force, and a person who was just all-around happy to be here.

Current high school seniors are eligible for this one-time $2000 scholarship. No immediate relatives of PACE Members are eligible.

Students who 1) have demonstrated an interest in quizbowl, 2) have performed community service, and 3) have financial need, are encouraged to apply. These three criteria will be weighted equally.

Required materials
To apply, applicants should email the following materials to It is best to include this information in the body of the message or as a Word document so that it is easy for our secretary to remove identifying information. The people who read the information will not see it in its original format, so don't worry about file formatting.
- Name, address, email address, guardian name, guardian email address, high school, and FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC). If and only if the FAFSA EFC does not accurately portray the applicant’s financial need situation, applicants may add a short description of their financial need, maximum one page.
- A description of the applicant’s high school quizbowl career, at most one page.
- A description of the applicant’s community service, at most one page. Community service need not be quizbowl-related.
- A reference letter from an adult who is familiar with the student's quizbowl experience and/or the student's community service. This letter should be sent directly from the adult, not from the student, with the student's name included in the subject line of the email.

Applications will be considered on the equal basis of the applicant’s demonstrated interest in quizbowl, community service, and financial need. Applications will be reviewed blindly by a member of the Costa family as well as four PACE Members selected by and including the PACE President. The recipient will be selected by a consensus among these five people.

Important dates
The deadline for applications is March 1, 2018 to
Notifications will be made April 1, 2018.

The scholarship money will be sent directly to the college unless the recipient provides a reason why it should be handled otherwise.

For any questions regarding the scholarship, please contact or post here.

Re: 2018 Morgan Costa-Rhodes Memorial Scholarship

Posted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:29 pm
by Deviant Insider
March 1 is coming up soon, so get those applications written and make sure your reference writers know who they are.

Re: 2018 Morgan Costa-Rhodes Memorial Scholarship

Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:15 am
by Deviant Insider
This selection process is taking longer than expected this year, so the notification will be around April 10. Sorry for the delay.

Re: 2018 Morgan Costa-Rhodes Memorial Scholarship

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:49 am
by Aaron's Rod
PACE is delighted to announce that Catherine Qian is the winner of the 2018 Morgan Costa-Rhodes Memorial Scholarship. Catherine is a senior at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School (Richmond, VA). Catherine will be attending the University of Pennsylvania next fall as part of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business.

PACE would like to thank each and every student that applied for the scholarship, and looks forward to awarding the scholarship in future years.

Congratulations, Catherine!