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About the Close Scholarship

 Established in 1998 with generous gifts from the Springs Close Foundation, the Close Scholars Program supports the commitment of the Springs Close Foundation to give back to the communities of York, Lancaster, and Chester counties, as well as Winthrop's vision of enrolling "an achievement-oriented, culturally diverse and socially responsible student body." The idea that drives the Close Scholars Program is that service is vital to the complete education of college students because future leaders have a civic responsibility. Through the establishment of the Close Scholars Program, the Springs Close Foundation, together with Winthrop University, enables talented and committed students to develop the social consciousness and inner strength that comes from helping others, as well as a legacy with a rich yield to the greater community.

The benefits of being chosen as a Close Scholar are numerous and include:

  • The fulfillment of four years of college with the financial assistance of the Springs Close Foundation ($3,600 per year). 
  • The opportunity to serve the community.
  • The opportunity to gain leadership skills through participation in service and enrichment activities.
  • The freedom and creativity to explore new service opportunities.
  • Support from the program coordinator and other Close Scholars.

Close Scholars must fill the following requirements:

  • Volunteer 112 hours per semester in one or more pre-approved service sites.
  • Attend in-service activities planned at least once a month by the program coordinator.
  • Follow all policies of the university.
  • Maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA throughout all semesters.

 The Close Scholars Program is not easy, and the decision to take on these responsibilities should not be taken lightly; however, students who choose to apply and are chosen will have a life-enriching experience like none other they'll receive in college.  

 Applications from incoming freshmen are accepted with a deadline of March 28, 2015.  For more information, or to request an application, please contact Ellin McDonough at mailto:mcdonoughe@winthrop.edu