Clif Business with Purpose Scholarship Official Program Guidelines
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
Be a full-time senior graduating spring 2019 from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States.
Have outstanding student loan debt upon graduating.
Identify and commit to complete a specific 9-12 month* purpose-driven experience - such as an internship, volunteer project or paid position - that connects to their future career goals in business. Preference will be given to experiences that tie closely to Clif Aspirations.
Be a United States citizen.
*Projects must meet minimum length of 9 months. Projects longer than 12 months will be considered but stipend will max out at 12 months.
Employees, contractors, interns, and agency representatives, as well as children of employees, contractors, interns and agency representatives of Clif Bar & Company are ineligible.
The application period begins October 2018 and ends Jan 25, 2019. Scholarship recipients will be selected and notified by April 2019.
HOW TO APPLY
A link to apply will be hosted at clifbar.com/scholarship throughout the application period. The link to apply will direct students to an application hosted by Scholarship America at https://scholarsapply.org/clifbar/.
Students will create an account and submit an e-application via Scholarship America.
In addition to answering the application questions, students will be asked to submit the following:
Two (2) online recommendations from people (unrelated to the applicant) who best understand why the applicant is a good fit.
An uploaded complete transcript of their undergraduate studies, and
Documentation of their outstanding student loan balance (total amount and expected balance upon completion of their post-graduation internship or project).
If selected as a finalist, students will be asked to submit two creative submissions:
A written Purpose Plan, no longer than one page in length (500 words) in Microsoft Word.
A Personal Video, no longer than 2 minutes in length formatted as an MP4, or MOV file.
Both creative submissions will be requested via email and will serve as key components for applicants to showcase what type of experience this scholarship will enable them to pursue, and how they envision the experience impacting their future career in business.
Finalists must also be prepared for the possibility of a face-to-face interview (in person or via Skype, for example) with a Clif representative at our discretion.
SELECTION CRITERIA AND PROCESS
Candidates will generally be evaluated on the following criteria:
A strong connection between their post-graduation project, their personal passions and their future business career goals. Preference will be given to projects that tie closely to the Clif Aspirations.
Demonstrated desire to bring learnings from this purpose-driven experience into their future business career.
Enthusiasm to discuss and learn from a Clif Bar mentor.
Leadership and participation in school, community activities and work experience to showcase interests outside of the classroom.
Academic record: we’ll review your transcript to make sure you are on-track to graduate spring 2019. We will also take your major area of study into consideration along with your GPA, although there is no minimum GPA requirement to apply.
Willingness to represent Clif Bar as an ambassador.
Special circumstances will be considered for all applications.
Clif Bar does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law. We especially encourage applications from diverse backgrounds.
The selection process will be conducted in two phases:
Phase 1 – Scholarship America
Based on selection criteria, Scholarship America will narrow down the applicant pool to a maximum of 32 finalists and will share those finalists with Clif Bar & Company.
Applicants who are not selected as a finalist will be notified via email.
Phase 2 – Clif Bar & Company
Finalists will be notified via email and invited to submit their creative submissions by March 2019.
A designated interview committee will review creative submissions and invite finalists for face to face interviews at their discretion (skype or in-person).
Recipients will be notified by a Clif Bar & Company representative no later than April 2019.
AWARDS & PAYMENT
Up to four (4) new awards will be granted, each comprised of:
Up to $37,172 toward college debt repayment following the documented completion of the recipient’s 9-12 month experience, upon confirmation of the actual amount owed and payable to the loan servicing agency, and
$3,000/month living stipend for the duration of the recipient’s post-graduation experience/project (9-12 months), payable to the recipient on the first of each month
Awards are one time only. Past recipients may not reapply.
Awards are for post-graduation loan repayment and living stipend while engaged in an internship, fellowship, volunteer project or mission-driven engagement only. Awards are not for further postsecondary or graduate level study. The awards are not intended to create and do not create any employment or joint employment relationship between Clif Bar & Company and the recipient.
Awards will be reported in full on IRS Form 1099 and it is the recipient’s responsibility to determine taxable amount [and pay any resulting tax liability]. It is recommended recipients seek advice from a qualified tax advisor or accountant.
Provide Clif Bar & Company with details of their 9-12 month Purpose Plan experience, including:
Dates for start/finish (min length = 9 months, max = 12 months*)
Personal contact information
Supervisor contact information
Detailed summary of responsibilities and intended outcomes
Connect regularly with designated Clif Mentor to provide updates on their Purpose Plan experience, including:
Initial meeting at Clif HQ for introduction and discussion of goals for their experience.
Written highlights, reflections, and discussions on a monthly cadence to be determined by CB&C and recipient.
Signed statement from a supervisor ensuring that the recipient has completed the full intended length of their experience.
Participate in media or promotional activity, including:
Photos and blog entries may be featured on clifbar.com, Clif Bar social channels, press and media purposes
*Projects must meet minimum length of 9 months. Projects longer than 12 months may be considered but stipend will max out at 12 months.