The Society of Torch & Laurel is committed to supporting high school high achievers as they shoot for the stars. To support this priority, we award a variety of scholarships and financial resources annually for college and various career exploration opportunities.

New scholarships are announced and are available throughout the year. Along with those listed below, read the Torch & Laurel monthly newsletter for new announcements and visit our website often to see new and ongoing opportunities that are announced and are available for our high achieving Torch & Laurel Scholars.


Torch & Laurel Scholarships:

Lilly Jellinek Rossi Award:
$20,000 (2) $5,000 (4) $2,500 awards

Trailblazer Award: Dec 1-Feb 15
$20,000 (4) $5,000 awards

Semester at Sea Spring Award: Date TBD

$10,000 award

Scholar on Course: Feb 2-April 15
$2,500 (5) $500 awards

T&L General Scholarship: Throughout the year and announced in the newsletter
$1,000 (25)

Scholarship Reciepients 

2019 Lilly Jellinek Rossi Award

Jake Thomas ($5,000 scholarship)

Jenna Walters ($5,000 scholarship)

Carter Hanson ($2,500 scholarship)

Cassidy Considine ($2,500 scholarship)

Lyla Baker ($2,500 scholarship)

Mychajla Motuz ($2,500 scholarship)

2020 Trailblazer Award

Aaliyah Scott ($5,000 scholarship)

Jackalyn Ballard ($5,000 scholarship)

Kendallee Anyosa ($5,000 scholarship)

Sebastian Gutierrez ($5,000 scholarship)

2020 Leadership Development Award

Derek Lynch ($500 scholarship)

Heather Handzo ($500 scholarship)

Monica Hamilton ($500 scholarship)

Shantae Lynn ($500 scholarship)

Tracey Moore ($500 scholarship)

2020 Scholar on Course Award

TBA by July 1

2020 Beacon Award

TBA by August 15

2020 Lily Rossi Jellinek Rossi Award

Opens July 1

Application Tips

From Scholarship Manager Jen Castillo

Start Early.
A great scholarship essay is not written overnight! Start early and allow time to submit additional documentation like letters of recommendation.

  1. Proofread, Proofread, Proofread
  2. You want your scholarship essay to stand out for its great content, not the grammatical errors. Ask a parent, friend, or teacher to proofread your application before submitting it. One misspelled word can be a reason for you to not be selected.
  3. Personalize the Response
  4. Don’t make your essay a resume. Use the opportunity to share something about who you are, which is far more memorable.
  5. Make sure the scholarship application reader knows that you have applied for the specific scholarship and not just mass-produced your application. Small details count when you are competing with other ambitious students.
  6. Build on your Accomplishments
  7. Remember that you are competing a similar pool of applicants. Use the essay question as a way to prove to the scholarship committee that you are the worthiest applicant for the award.
  8. Highlight jobs you have had, volunteering you have done and obstacles you have tackled.
  9. Seek out and apply for any and every scholarship that you meet the criteria. This is for Torch & Laurel and any scholarship providing organization. Carefully review the details of the scholarship and make sure you check all of the boxes to apply. If you don’t meet the criteria don’t apply. You will not only be creating a reason to be disappointed because you won’t be selected but you also frustrate the scholarship provider for not paying attention to the details.

Q: How will I know if I’m selected as a recipient?
A: For Torch & Laurel, all applicants, recipients and non-recipients, will be notified of their status within 8 weeks of the closing date.

Q: When do scholarships open? close?
A: We are constantly adding new scholarships, so make sure to check the scholarship page often and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates too! Scholarships are also announced in the monthly Torch & Laurel Newsletter. Generally, our scholarships are open for two months, but don’t wait until the last minute to apply!

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