Scholarship Opportunities

Current Openings

NAJA Scholarship

HISTORY OF NAJA SCHOLARSHIP
Begun in 1962, the NAJA Scholarship Program has awarded more than 464 grants totaling over $997,859.00 for graduate study in fields which address the special needs of children and youth. The Betty W. Robbins Endowed Scholarship was established in 1995 by the Robbins family in memory of Betty Robbins of Ruston, Louisiana, who served the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. as Director of Region V, First Vice-President and President (1992-1993). Contributions from Junior Auxiliary Chapters, the National Association, memorials, and honorary gifts from individuals and groups support the Program. The Robbins family makes matching funds available annually to challenge Chapters to increase their support of scholarship.

Please include with your application form a one page typed essay and a one page typed resume. The essay should describe your desire to pursue a degree that will directly impact the lives of children in DeSoto County. Please include your future goals and aspirations that this degree would allow you to pursue. The deadline information for 2017 will be set by NAJA later this year.

Applicant Qualifications

  • Working or planning to work DIRECTLY with children.
  • Pursuing graduate level studies for one year in fields which address the special needs of children and youth. Graduate fields of study include, but are not limited to: Counseling, Psychology, Mental Health, Special Education, Speech Pathology, Exceptional Children, Remedial Skills Development, Hearing Impaired, Gifted and Talented, etc. Scholarships are NOT awarded for graduate work in administration or general education.
  • A U.S. citizen and a permanent resident of a state with a Junior Auxiliary Chapter: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas.
  • Planning to attend a U.S. college or university for full-time or part-time study.

Click here for instructions on how to apply for the NAJA Scholarship.

Click here for the high school scholarship application.

Click here for the Stacy Browning memorial scholarship application.

Stacy Browning Memorial Scholarship

The Junior Auxiliary of DeSoto County 2017 Stacy Browning Memorial Scholarship is in the total amount of $1,000.00. Five hundred dollars of the scholarship will be used for the Fall 2017 semester and the remaining five hundred dollars of the scholarship will be used for the Spring 2018 semester. The applicant should be a DeSoto County resident, at a junior, senior, or graduate level. The student should be attending the DeSoto Center majoring in an area that will directly benefit the children of DeSoto County.

Please include with your application form a one page typed essay and a one page typed resume. The essay should describe your desire to pursue a degree that will directly impact the lives of children in DeSoto County. Please include your future goals and aspirations that this degree would allow you to pursue. More information about deadlines will be released in early 2017.

High School Senior Scholarship

The Junior Auxiliary of Desoto County is making three $1,000 scholarships available to 2017 DeSoto County resident graduates of local high schools. The scholarships will be presented to each student to further his/her education by attending a college, university, vocational/technical, or nursing school. These scholarships are limited to students planning to enroll in a full-time program with a minimum of twelve semester hours. The deadline for returning completed applications will be announced in early 2017. Applications will be available through your high school counselor.

The Junior Auxiliary of Desoto County is a non-profit organization with interest in rendering charitable services to the people of Desoto County. Special emphasis is placed on child welfare. These scholarships, as well as all projects operated by the Junior Auxiliary of Desoto County, are primarily funded by our annual Crown Benefit event.

High School Senior Scholarship Application
Attn: JA Scholarship Chairman
2676 Hill Valley Lane
Southaven, MS 38672

1. Two letters of recommendation, with one being from school personnel.
2. High school transcript.

Consideration will be given to volunteer service in school, church, or community activities. The money will be paid directly to the appropriate institution following verification of the student’s enrollment. A committee of Junior Auxiliary of Desoto members will judge the applications and announce the winners by May 2017.

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