Scholarships

Jones High School student Samantha Lundy was the 2012 Lee Norris Rayam Scholarship winner. (pictured in the red jacket.)

Each year COMPACT awards 10 – 20 deserving seniors college scholarships ranging from $300.00 to $3,750.00. Scholarships are awarded based on grades; improvement in grades, attendance; behavior; extra curricular activities; letters of recommendation; and community service.

The highest award ($3,750.00) is the Lee Norris Rayam Scholarship which pays $1,500.00 for the first year and $750.00 for the next three years. It is named in honor of the late Mr. Lee Norris Rayam, a COMPACT consultant and motivational speaker, a community activist and a staunch mentor.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION:

  1. Verification of acceptance in school
  2. Grades (2.0 GPA or an acceptable post secondary entry level test score)
  3. Two short essays – Does not have to be typed – but must be legible
  4. Three letters of recommendation:
    1. COMPACT Teacher or another Teacher
    2. One other school-level personnel
    3. One outside resource person (Clergy, employer, mentor etc.)
  5. An OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT of school work through the first semester of the senior year.
  6. Community service and activities outside school.
  7. Student activities/honors/awards.
  8. COMPACT involvement.

APPLICATION PACKET MUST INCLUDE:

  1. Completed application
  2. Essays (2)
  3. Letters of recommendation (3)
  4. Official Transcript
  5. Copy of college/school acceptance letter (if available)

PLEASE MAIL APPLICATIONS DIRECTLY TO:

THE ORLANDO/ORANGE COUNTY COMPACT
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
P.O. Box 1073
Orlando, Florida 32802-1073

Past Scholarship Recipients:

    • Claudia Arrindell, Dr Phillips High School, Valencia Community College
    • Romelyne Augustin, Oak Ridge, Florida Memorial University
    • Nilja Brown, Jones, Bethune-Cookman University
    • Brittany Casseus, Dr Phillips, Valencia Community College
    • Samantha Donaldson, Evans, University of South Florida
    • Shelynn Guillaume, Jones, Florida A&M University
    • Breaunna Farmer, Jones, Bethune-Cookman University
    • Jamijja Herring, Jones, Valencia Community College
    • Antoinette Jones, Dr Phillips, Valencia Community College
    • Natalie Lalanne, Dr Phillips, Seminole Community College
    • Michelle Lespinasse, Dr Phillips, Valencia Community College
    • Chanel Lewis, Dr Phillips, Tallahassee Community College
    • Vickie Mertis, Dr Phillips, Valencia Community College
    • Sheila Rene, Oak Ridge, Int’l Academy of Design Technology
    • Elease Samms, Jones, Cornell University

Former COMPACT student Ruth Joseph delivering the keynote address at the 2010 COMPACT banquet where she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. She is a 2007 graduate of Dr. Phillips, where she was COMPACT Student of the Year and the Lee Norris Rayam Scholarship Recipient. She is a 2011 graduate of UCF.