Walter and Rose Sampson Promise

The Walter and Rose Sampson Promise is built on the belief that education is the key to achieving dreams and changing lives. It was established by a generous gift from Walter and Rose Sampson in collaboration with the Pattee Foundation, Twomey Foundation, United School District Foundation, Monmouth-Roseville Foundation, and many others.

Walter and Rose Sampson Promise will pay up to 16 credits of tuition per semester, up to a maximum of 64 credits for post-secondary education toward a degree or certificate from Carl Sandburg College. It is a last-dollar grant, which means that the student must apply for federal and state financial aid as well as other scholarships. The Walter and Rose Sampson Promise will provide the remainder of tuition after other financial aid, according to an arranged percentage based on the number of years of qualifying attendance. 

 

ELIGIBILITY

  • Graduate from United High School, Monmouth-Roseville High School or Home School within the district boundaries
  • The Class of 2019 will be the first eligible for the Walter and Rose Sampson Promise
  • Submit initial Application for the scholarship the year you graduate or the following year 
  • Limited to 64 credits paid under the award
  • Enroll in a post-secondary education program that will result in a degree or certificate from Carl Sandburg College
  • Complete the application process each year as outlined below

 

APPLY FOR THE WALTER AND ROSE SAMPSON PROMISE EACH YEAR

APPLICATION DATES: OCTOBER 1 TO MARCH 15

**Funds are awarded on a first come, first serve basis upon completion of the steps below. Apply early as eligible students could exceed money available. Sandburg recommends students file the FAFSA by November 15 for potential MAP Grant funding. 

    STEPS TO APPLY: DUE MARCH 15, 2019
  1. Apply to Sandburg at Application for Admissions
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ to apply for both federal and state financial aid. Carl Sandburg College's code is 007265. Students will begin applying October 1, 2018 for 2019-20 financial aid and will report income from 2017.  
  3. Apply for Walter and Rose Sampson Promise: mySandburg, Student Apps/Scholarship Application, Walter and Rose Sampson Promise Application.
  4. Apply for Foundation Scholarships: mySandburg/Student Apps/Scholarship Application, Carl Sandburg College Scholarship Application OR apply for two outside scholarships and submit proof of application. Foundation Scholarship application dates are October 1 to March 15 - Scholarships.
  5. Submit official high school transcripts (7th semester accepted for awarding). Send to Carl Sandburg College, Attn: Admissions, 2400 Tom L Wilson Blvd, Galesburg, IL 61401. A final high school transcript verifying graduation is required before funds can be applied to the student's account.
  6. Submit financial aid required documents. Recommended deadline for step 6 is June 1, 2019. Awards can be made after that date as long as funds remain available.

FUNDS ARE LIMITED

Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first serve basis to eligible students as long as funds are available. Students should complete their financial aid application as soon as possible to secure funding.

STAY ELIGIBLE

  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and successfully complete 67% of your cumulative hours enrolled.  If your GPA or completion rate falls below the requirements, your award will not be applied to charges. 
  • Enroll in a minimum of 9 credit hours (excluding summer)
  • Reapply annually
     

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DO ALL STUDENTS RECEIVE THE SAME FINANCIAL BENEFIT?

No. The benefit is based on the student's length of attendance at any school in the United or Monmouth-Roseville School District boundaries, including homeschooled students. The Walter and Rose Sampson Promise benefit is prorated based on the student's length of attendance using the following scale:   

13 grades (K-12)   100%
12 grades    95%
11 grades    90%
10 grades    85%
9 grades     80%
8 grades    75%
7 grades    70%
6 grades    65%
5 grades    60%
4 grades    55%
3 grades    50%
Fewer than 3 grades      0%    


The length of attendance is the total of full grades a student completed in school while living in the United or Monmouth-Roseville School District boundaries verified through school records. The percentage is the amount of tuition reduction that will be applied to the student’s account, up to a maximum of 16 hours each semester. 

HOW DO WE DOCUMENT HOMESCHOOL FOR THE WALTER AND ROSE SAMPSON PROMISE?
Students who home school need to provide documentation to show what years the student was homeschooled, transcripts from any courses taken outside of homeschool and documentation of the family residence. Documentation may include tax returns, property tax documents, documentation from City Assessor's office showing years of ownership/occupancy and address. A signed statement from the parent to certify the years homeschooling was provided and location of homeschooling. 

WHAT IF I AM NOT COVERED FOR A 100% ATTENDANCE BENEFIT?

You are responsible for fees, books and the percent of tuition not covered by the Walter and Rose Sampson Promise. For example, if a student has completed nine (9) grades then the Walter and Rose Sampson Promise will cover 80% of tuition. The student will be responsible for the remaining 20% of tuition plus any fees listed on the statement. Scholarships or grants awarded to the student will reduce the Walter and Rose Sampson Promise to allow funding to remain available for future generations. To make arrangements for payment, please contact the Business Office at 309.341.5210. 

PAYMENT EXAMPLE
Tuition $2000, Fees $175, Outside Scholarship $500, Walter and Rose Sampson Promise 80% Award
Tuition $2000  
Fees $175
Student pays all fees
Scholarship and other Aid-$500  
Walter and Rose Sampson Promise-$1100 $2000 x 80% = 1600 less $500 other aid
Balance Due $575 Student Amount Due

HOW LONG AM I ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THE WALTER AND ROSE SAMPSON PROMISE?

Your first application for the Walter and Rose Sampson Promise Scholarship is due by March 15th of the year you graduate from High School or the year following high school graduation. The first eligible are United, Monmouth-Roseville or homeschooled graduates of the class of 2019. Once you are accepted as a Walter and Rose Sampson Promise recipient, you may apply annually for a total of three years of funding toward a degree or certificate for a maximum of 64 hours or whichever comes first.

IS A NEW WALTER AND ROSE SAMPSON PROMISE APPLICATION REQUIRED EVERY YEAR?

Yes. Each year you must complete the Walter and Rose Sampson Promise application and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the established deadline.

DOES THE WALTER AND ROSE SAMPSON PROMISE COVER THE COST OF BOOKS AND FEES?

No. The Walter and Rose Sampson Promise is applied to tuition and the student is responsible for fees and book costs. 

DO I HAVE TO BE A FULL-TIME STUDENT IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE WALTER AND ROSE SAMPSON PROMISE?

No.  Fall and Spring semesters, minimum enrollment is 9 credit hours.  Walter and Rose Sampson Promise will pay for a maximum of 16 hours each semester.  The minimum enrollment requirement does not apply to Summer semester. 
 

WHAT IF I DECIDE NOT TO ATTEND AFTER I HAVE SIGNED UP FOR CLASSES?

If you decide not to attend after signing up for classes, you must officially drop your classes before the refund date. Refund dates vary based on the class. You can find the refund date for each course on the class schedule. If you fail to withdraw before the refund date, you may be held financially obligated for the cost of the classes
 

WILL THE WALTER AND ROSE SAMPSON PROMISE COVER TUITION FOR DUAL CREDIT COURSES?

No. Students must have graduated from high school. 

WILL SUMMER CLASSES BE COVERED BY THE WALTER AND ROSE SAMPSON PROMISE?

Yes. However, students must attend the previous spring semester in the Promise Program in order to qualify for summer session funds.

HOW IS THE FUNDING FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP ADMINISTERED?

Funds are limited. Awards are made on a first-come, first-serve basis upon completion of the Steps to Apply.