Scholarships

arts and education

In 2014, the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation awarded 195 scholarships to dependents of Koch company employees across 25 companies, benefiting students living in 44 communities throughout the United States and Canada. Sixty-eight new scholarships and 127 renewal scholarships were awarded.

Eligibility
  1. Applicant must be at least a high school senior and not older than 25 years of age as of March 1, 2014.
  2. At the time the application is submitted, the applicant must be enrolled or anticipate being enrolled in an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university as a full-time undergraduate student (minimum of 12 undergraduate hours of credit per semester) for the fall 2014 semester.
  3. Applicant must be a dependent (as shown on the most current filed income tax return) of a parent or legal guardian who is a full-time employee of Koch Industries, Inc., Koch Holdings, LLC, or any of their wholly owned subsidiaries* in the U.S. or Canada, with a minimum of one year of service by March 1, 2014 (does not apply to applicants who are renewing scholarships).
  4. All applications (for new and renewal scholarships) are accepted online only and must be submitted by March 1, 2014.
  5. The following applicants are not eligible: (does not apply to applicants who are renewing scholarships)
    • Dependents of officers of Koch Industries, Inc. at the level of president or vice president.
      Dependents of officers of Koch wholly owned subsidiaries or divisions are eligible.
    • Dependents of part-time employees or employees working on a contractual basis with Koch Industries, Inc. or one of its wholly owned subsidiaries.
  6. Automatic Renewal Scholarship Applicants Only:
    • Must have maintained at least a 3.3 GPA during the prior year (includes spring, summer and fall grades).



"I am very excited to begin my education at Stanford University and your scholarship has helped make this possible. I will be able to spend more time working on my career as an engineer. Thank you so much."

Jason
Stanford University
Coen Company
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





"I am now entering my senior year and have been pursuing a chemical engineering degree. Thank you so very much for providing me with a scholarship for my years at Lamar University. Words cannot express how much this has aided me over my collegiate career. It really has been a blessing."

Chelsey
Lamar University
INVISTA


*Georgia-Pacific will continue its independent scholarship program. Dependents of employees of Georgia-Pacific are only eligible to apply for the Georgia-Pacific Foundation Scholarship Awards. Please contact the Georgia-Pacific Foundation at (404) 652-4182 for additional details.








Guidelines


JANUARY 1 to MARCH 1

New Applicants Must Submit

  1. Scholarship Application
  2. Transcripts: High School and/or College
    (Scanned copies of official transcripts are acceptable)
    • HS Seniors - official high school transcripts with freshman through 1st semester senior years, including ACT or SAT scores (Test scores are not required for Canadian applicants)
    • College freshman - official high school transcripts including freshman through senior years and 1st semester official college transcript
    • College sophomores, juniors, and seniors - official college transcripts only
    • Grades must be submitted in the American 4.0 system - A=4, b=3, C=2, D=1
  3. Resume: List categories in the following order: Achievements and Honors, Activities, School Involvement, Community Involvement, Work Experience, and Other.
  4. Letter of recommendation: Submit the email address of an instructor, supervisor, youth leader, or other individual not related to the applicant for the purpose of requesting a letter of recommendation. Instructions are included in the online application.
  5. Essay 1: In 100-250 typed words, describe two qualities that will help you succeed in college and your future career. Include examples of what you have done outside the classroom.
  6. Essay 2: In 100-250 typed words, describe what you view as key factors (name at least 3) that lead to the prosperity of individuals and societies in today's world.

Renewal Applicants Must Submit

  1. Scholarship Application
  2. Transcripts:
    (Scanned copies of official transcripts are acceptable)
    • College freshman - First Semester official college transcript is required. If first semester college GPA is below 3.3, official high school transcripts including freshman through senior years must also be submitted
    • College sophomores, juniors, and seniors - official college transcripts only
    • Grades must be submitted in the American 4.0 system - A=4, b=3, C=2, D=1

 

If applying for automatic renewal and applicant has maintained the required 3.3 GPA, applicant does not need to submit a resume, letter of recommendation, or essay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deadline For Application

Complete application/documentation, submitted online by March 1, 2014.


Scholarship Selection


In compliance with IRS regulations, a maximum of 25 percent of all qualified applications received may be awarded scholarships. This does not apply to renewal scholarships. Award decisions will be made by the Scholarship Committee by May 1 and the committee's decisions will be final.

No employee or director of Koch Industries, Inc., or any of its subsidiaries serves on the Scholarship Committee. The committee will base its decisions on a variety of factors including GPA, ACT/SAT scores, class rank, honors, extracurricular activities, community service, and character.

Applicants' grades will be figured as follows:

  • If the applicant is presently a high school senior, grades for the freshman through first semester senior years will be averaged.
  • If the applicant has attended only one semester of college, that semester's grades and the grades for all four years of high school will be averaged.
  • If the applicant has attended more than one semester of college, all post-high school grades will be averaged.





"Thank you so much for your generosity. I will be attending Texas A & M University and have been accepted into the Mays Business School's Business honors program. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me."

Philip
Texas A & M University
Koch Pipeline Company
Alternates


At least two alternate recipients will be named. If a recipient has not enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university by August 1, 2014, an alternate recipient will be chosen.

 

Renewal


Recipients who have maintained at least a 3.3 GPA for the previous year may be automatically renewed for further undergraduate studies upon receipt of a current application and transcripts. Should a recipient not maintain a 3.3 GPA, they should reapply for formal selection as a new applicant. To reapply, recipients must complete all application and portfolio requirements.


Thank you for your interest in the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation scholarship awards.

 

The scholarship application process for 2014 is now closed. Information and applications for the 2015 scholarship awards will be available in early January 2015.