Michael, an 11-year-old boy, came to us with a simple request: “I need braces for one reason: the people make fun of me at school because my teeth are crooked. That makes me sad.”
Michael’s teeth not only affected his self-confidence, but they also impacted his speech, which caused additional problems at school including reading and his ability to read fluently.
“He often walks with his head down and is hesitant to talk to others,” his teachers said.
Unfortunately, Michael’s family did not have the means to help make his wish come true. But Michael wasn’t the only one struggling. Jaden, a 13-year-old girl from the same area, was also dealing with self-confidence issues surrounding her teeth. When her mom lost her job and the family lost their house, she had little reason to smile.
She commented, “I don’t like to smile right now. If I got braces, I would be excited. It would want to make me smile all the time.”
When the staff at Molen Orthodontics heard the heart-breaking stories of Michael and Jaden, we knew we had to do something. So we decided to put a smile back on these kids’ faces and pay it forward to the community that has helped us for so many years.
Molen Orthodontics partnered with Smile for a Lifetime (S4L), an international program that provides orthodontic scholarships for kids in need. We even decided to head up a local chapter in the South Puget Sound area to provide additional scholarships to families in need. The scholarships cover the cost of receiving braces for children between the ages of 11 and 17.
With a plan in motion, Molen Orthodontics set out to help Michael and Jaden by providing them with orthodontic scholarships. As a matter of fact, we just finished putting the new braces on their teeth. It was a life-changing moment for both children as well as the staff at Molen.
Many of us have families that have lived in this community for generations. To hear stories about local kids who are struggling with self-confidence, speech impediments or pain in their mouth is difficult. Knowing that we can make an impact and instill some newfound confidence gives us a reason to smile as well.
As part of the scholarship program, Molen asked Michael and Jaden to submit a Pay it Forward plan of their own. We like to think of it as a business plan for the soul. Each youth will give back to their community by providing 40 hours of community service and may choose to donate their time however they like. They might volunteer at a local food bank, an orphanage, an animal shelter or any number or charities. The specifics are up to them. We just encourage them to choose a cause that touches their hearts.
Both Jaden and Michael have decided to give back to the community by volunteering their time at the local food bank. Giving back teaches kids about the power of service. It helps them to develop character and compassion. And it allows them to develop skills and gain experiences that will prepare them for college and for being a responsible adult.
We believe that when you seek to change lives for the better, you discover that it is you who has been changed. Reaching out and serving others impacts you in ways you might never imagine. It makes each of us, not only better citizens in our community, but better human beings. At Molen, it is our hope that this scholarship program will be the means of inspiring hope in our community while changing lives for the better, one smile at a time.
It's here! The Orting Community Scholarship! Please follow application directions carefully, due date is 3-16-18
- The application!
- Brief personal statement (respond to one of the prompts at the bottom of the app in 250 words or less)
- One (1) letter of recommendation (here's the form to give to teachers!)
- Verification of college acceptance
- Scholarship Donor Checklist; simply check-mark which scholarship/donor that fits your circumstances according to the criteria - this must be attached to your application!!! NOTE: The Anytime Fitness and John L. Scott Scholarships have an additional essay component!!!
- The Ben B Cheney Scholarship is a separate app! Please make sure you participated in a qualifying sport before completing the app - make sure the application is attached to your Community Scholarship application!!!
- The Molen Orthodontics Scholarship is now posted! Please follow this link for all the details!!!
- The Orting Summerfest Scholarship is available! Please follow this link for all details and the application! Due date is 4/1/2018 - good luck, Cards!!!
It's here! The Redefining Ready! National Scholarship
for 2018! Please follow the link for their application and for more details! Good luck!!!
Opening 1/2018!!! If you are STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math or Health Care leaders) bound, the Washington Opportunity Scholarship might be open to you - to find out if you qualify, visit their site:
New! The Pierce County Nurses Association Scholarshipis now open - if you plan to attend a college in Washington to pursue nursing, this is a great opportunity. Due date is 3/31/18!
PLEASE READ!!!Most scholarships requireat least one Letter of Recommendationto include with the application! Print and completethis formto give to recommenders so they can write the most informed letter on your behalf!It's customary to give your recommenders at least 2-weeks to write your letter. If you need the letter sooner, please respectfully thank them for being so flexible!!!
Plus, don't forget these great search engines to help you get started ...........
The Best Scholarship Search resource has links to the above, and many more search engines - it's worth a look!
Scholarship search engines are a good tool that can help you look for scholarships in one place. It can save you a great amount of time. You spend around 30 minutes creating a profile including information like race, major, colleges, financial need, GPA, etc. The search engine takes all this information and searches for scholarships that match your profile. All that is left for you to do is apply.
1. Some scholarship search engines ask you to pay - you should never pay for a scholarship search. There are several free search engines - I've provided a few.
2. You always want to make sure you actually meet the requirements of a scholarship. Even though the search engine states that you meet a requirement for a scholarship, it might not always be the case.
Example:You say you are a high school senior but it does not specifically ask you what high school. Every high school senior in Washboard will be told they qualify for the "Auburn High School" scholarship. However, the scholarship is only for seniors who are attending and graduate from Auburn High School.
Scholarship Websites, Handbooks and Newsletters month-by-month
There's also an interesting site highlighting "Weird" scholarships. Visit WeirdScholarships.Net
If you are interested in military, our Navy rep, Cory Jones provided this Powerpoint, which explains the ROTC Scholarship Program
Check out these new scholarships!!!
Opening 1/2018!!! If you are STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math or Health Care leaders) bound, the Washington Opportunity Grant might be open to you - to find out if you qualify, visit their site:
Interested in Nursing? Follow this link for the Pierce County Nurses Association scholarship! Due date is March 31, 2018!
Are you a member of a union family? The JERRY BECKENDORF COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP is for you. It will post after the first of the year!
Remember, if a site is asking you for money - it's not a good site! You should never be paying for anything in your search for scholarships!
And finally ... some specific sites according to interests!