Each year the Jill Melmed-Buzzeo Award recognizes a Philadelphia high school student and connects her with our community of “girls with grit.” The selection process we’ve developed ensures we find, and celebrate, a student who best reflects our award criteria.
NOMINATION: JANUARY 1 TO MARCH 1
Principals, college counselors, and leaders of community-based programs nominate eligible students via a brief online nomination form. We encourage nominators to submit detailed responses, and to apply early to allow the nominee ample time to complete her application. Nominators may submit more than one student from their school or organization. We will name more than one student from a school or organization under special circumstances. Please review our eligibility requirements before submitting a nomination.
NOMINEE’S APPLICATION: JANUARY 1 TO MARCH 15
We will reach out to nominated students and invite them to respond to three brief writing prompts. Nominees must submit their responses by March 15. The writing prompts relate to our award criteria and the applicant’s planned use of the award itself. No transcript or financial information is requested.
FINALISTS SELECTION: APRIL TO MAY
The selection committee reviews all nominations and applications to determine a finalist pool. Nominees who have not been selected as finalists are notified at this time.
FINALISTs INTERVIEWS: APRIL TO MAY
Finalists participate in a one-hour in-person interview. Money for travel via public transportation is provided.
JILL MELMED-BUZZEO AWARD RECIPIENT SELECTION: MAY
Recipients and honorable mentions are named in May.
Meet our past recipients.
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