Since 1962, the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries Scholarship Program has awarded more than 560 grants totaling $1,349,504. Last year, 8 NAJA scholarships totaling $41,000 were awarded. The NAJA Scholarship Program remains the Association’s only service project funded through donations from JA Chapters, Honorariums, Memorials and special gifts. The scholarshiops are for individuals seeking graduate degrees that plan on working directly with children and youth. Great importance is attached to the applicant’s purpose in life, dedication to the chosen field and scholastic record. Financial need is not the determining factor. The primary purpose of the Scholarship grant is to present a gift to the children, not to the individual recipient. Last year, JA of Columbus donated $________ towards the NAJA Scholarship fund.
Locally, our Scholarship Project, initiated in 1963, consists of a Junior Auxiliary committee who receives resumes from upcoming graduates. Winners are chosen and scholarships are donated toward their education. Many of our scholarships reward students annually, up to four years in college. Junior Auxiliary gives over $30,000 of scholarship donations annually, both to our recipients from this year and those continuing to receive stipends through their four years of college.
NAJA Scholarship Applications must be submitted online at www.najanet.org. Local scholarship applications will be available by January 15, 2020. Awards will be granted in the Spring of 2020. For additional information, student applicants may seek assistance from their guidance counselors.