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Guidelines & Dates

Chase Foundation / Guidelines & Dates

Guidelines for Scholars

Minimum Requirements for a Scholarship

The Funds will only accept scholarship applications from current Artesia High School seniors who are U.S. citizens and who have been accepted to an accredited college, university or trade school in the United States. Applicant must have attended Artesia Public Schools for (4) consecutive years with a minimum 3.0+ solid gpa.

Additionally, the applicant must complete the FAFSA application for the current year attending college.


All scholarship applications must be submitted by March 3rd, 2021. Applications received before the application opens on February 24th, 2021 will NOT be accepted!

Time and Manner of Payment

Payment of any scholarship awarded from the Funds will be paid directly from the Funds to the educational institution the recipient will be attending. A scholarship recipient is responsible for notifying the Chase Foundation each year for which the scholarship is to be paid of the following: (i) the name of the educational institution to which the scholarship should be sent; (ii) the address of the educational institution; (iii) the applicant’s total tuition, books and board for the academic year; and (iv) as to years following the initial year of enrollment that the recipient is still a student in good standing at the educational institution and a 2.5+ cumulative GPA and 15+ credit hours for the semester (Intersession courses are not eligible for the minimum 15+ credit hours. – No more than 6 on-line credit hours per semester will be included in the 15 credit hour minimum).

Duration of Award

As a general rule, scholarship awards will be made for two consecutive years if the recipient is attending a community college and four consecutive years if the recipient is attending an accredited college or university. Additionally to receive funds after the first semester, the recipient must maintain a 2.5+ cumulative GPA and be enrolled for 15+semester hours. In exceptional situations, the Chase Scholarship Advisory Committee may extend the period, but not the amount, of the award. Exceptions may include but not limited to: an interruption in post secondary education due to any of the following:
(i) military service of more than thirty days; (ii) an extended illness; or (iii) the need to take care of a family member during an extended illness or, (iv) a degree program requiring 5 years for graduation.

Scholarship Awards

Generally the scholarships awarded will range from $0 up to $5,500 per year. The awards will vary in accordance with students funding from additional sources and can change on a semester basis. Additionally students maintaining a 3.0+gpa are eligible for an incentive bonus of $250 per semester (see book stipend).

Loss of Scholarship Eligibility

(i) cumulative GPA under 2.5; (ii) less than 15 semester hours; (iii) failure to notify the Chase Foundation of a school transfer; (iv) failure to enroll in a college or university for the fall semester after high school graduation; (v) failure to meet the deadline in providing your GPA after each college semester, (vi) a semester GPA falling below 1.75, (vii) failure to participate in mandatory mentorship program at participating schools could result in loss of scholarship, (viii) misuse of social media – see note below.  (Intersession courses are not eligible for the minimum 15+ credit hours – No more than 6 on-line credit hours per semester will be included in the 15 credit hour minimum).
In the event that a scholar is ineligible, the scholar has one semester to regain eligibility.

**Note**   The Chase Foundation will not tolerate foul language, inappropriate photos, and inappropriate postings in general.  “Inappropriate” is characterized by anything that doesn’t support ‘high moral character’ as noted in the Honor Pledge that applicants agreed to before completing their scholarship application.  Scholarship eligibility will be determined by the scholarship committee based on the infraction.

S/U or CR/NC Grading

In some situations, such as the COVID-19 semester of Spring 2020, your college or university may offer “S/U” or “CR/NC” grading in which your grade will not be calculated in your gpa hours or quality points.  In these situations, the Chase Foundation will only accept 1 or 2 classes to be taken this way.  If more than 2 classes are taken this way, the scholar will be ineligible for funding the next semester.  No dual credits will be added to the scholars’ totals to help save the scholarship.

No Binding Obligation

Although a scholarship applicant may fulfill the requirements for Applying for a Chase Scholarship, there is no guarantee that a scholarship will be awarded.

Participating universities and colleges

All amounts for participating colleges are per academic year.
Please note that the Chase Foundation does not manage the funding for participating schools. Each school’s financial aid department and/or business department is your resource should you have questions regarding your matching funds from your participating school.

Important Dates

January 10th, 2021

Spring 2021 Scholarship Award checks mailed to the colleges

February 24th, 2021

Online Application Opens for the Class of 2021

March 3rd, 2021

Deadline to apply

May 17th, 2021

New 2021 Chase Scholars must download the Contract Release Waiver, complete it and email to the Chase Foundation along with:

    • Acceptance letter from the educational institution to which the scholarship will be paid
    • Financial aid award letter/financial aid package offered to you by your first choice college
    • List of all local scholarships received, including amount of scholarship and duration of scholarship
  • These documents must be scanned into one attachment and emailed to:  |  Please put your full name in the subject line
  • If you have dual credits, email your college transcript that includes the dual credits by May 31st, 2021.

May 17th, 2021

2021 Opportunity Scholar paperwork due. Please refer to ‘Documents’ tab.

May 25th, 2021

Spring 2021 GPA’s, updated grad plans, Spring statement of accounts & new Fall schedules due for current Chase Scholars. These must be emailed to in ONE email. 
(Students must meet the deadline to be eligible for the Fall 2021 semester funding.)

  • Class of 2016 Scholars and beyond are required to send an updated Grad Plan with your transcript and schedule submission.
  • Awarded Chase Scholars & Opportunity Scholars, AHS Class of 2020, community service form is due on or before today.  Scan and send as you would your submission.

June 28th & 29th, 2021

Orientation at Artesia Country Club (see details to the right)

July 8th, 2021

Deadline to transfer schools for the Fall 2021 semester.

(A transfer form must be completed and e-mailed to the Chase Foundation at )

August 7th, 2021

Fall 2021 Scholarship Award Checks mailed to the colleges.

December 21st, 2021

Deadline to transfer schools for Spring 2022 semester.

(A transfer form must be completed and e-mailed to the Chase Foundation at

December 21st, 2021

Fall 2021 GPA’s, updated grad plans, Fall statement of accounts & new Spring schedules due for current Chase Scholars and Opportunity Scholars. These must be emailed to in ONE email with your full name in subject line. 

Community Service tracking sheets for Class of 2021 awarded and Opportunity Scholars, due on or before today. See ‘Scholar Resources’ tab for approved locations and tracking sheets.

(Students must meet the deadline to be eligible for the Spring 2022 semester funding.)

Scholarship Award Amounts

The maximum scholarship award is $5,500 per year. The awards cannot exceed the total cost of attendance, which includes room, board, tuition, fees and books.

Book Stipend

  • Chase Scholars with a cumulative 3.0+ GPA are eligible for a book stipend of $250 per semester. (Not available for Fall 2021 semester)
  • Students must maintain the 3.0+ GPA each semester to receive the book stipend each semester.
  • Students must take a minimum 15+credit hours.
  • Students not meeting the above criteria for any semester will become ineligible for the book stipend.
  • Students not meeting the deadline in providing the gpa transcript or notifying the Foundation of a school transfer will become ineligible for the book stipend.
  • Students must attend an accredited college and no more than 6 on line credit hours per semester.
  • The book stipend cannot exceed the total cost of attendance.

Mentoring Program for Freshman Scholars

All 2021 freshmen in the Chase Scholarship program attending; New Mexico State University, University of New Mexico, Texas Tech University, Eastern New Mexico University and Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell are required to participate in the mentoring program at the specified schools. Chase Scholars will be assigned a mentor and be required to participate in the program.

New Scholar Orientation for 2021 Artesia High School Chase Scholars

All 2021 Artesia High School students receiving the Chase Scholarship are required to participate in the New Scholar Orientation scheduled for Monday, June 28th and Tuesday, June 29th, 2021. Orientation will be held at Artesia Country Club’s large room from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. 

Please arrive by 8:20 a.m. to check-in each day. There will be information sent about signing up for an individual meeting via email from Jennifer Urban. It will be in the reply to your May 17th, 2021 paperwork.

If you are not seeing a reply from in your inbox, please look in your spam/junk folder.

New Scholar Orientation Schedule at Artesia Country Club

  • June 28th – 8:30 am-2:00 pm  |  Scholar Orientation
  • June 29th – 8:30 am-2:00 pm  |  Scholar Orientation

** Please arrive early each day for check-in. Dress appropriately as you will be welcoming guest speakers both days.