Cabela's Bass Pro Shop Scholarship
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 2019
“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader,
a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.”
In 2012 Cabela’s created its first Women in Leadership Council (WIL). The company, fortunate to have a deep pool of very talented women, built this program to nurture this valuable resource by preparing these women to assume key leadership roles in the organization. In 2017, Cabela’s merged with Bass Pro Shops, further growing this pool of talented women.
The mission of the WIL is “to support growth and development of female leaders by strengthening leadership skills, championing inclusion and Diversity and promoting Innovation.” Toward that end, the Women in Leadership Council identified three objectives:
- Initiate and support innovative programs to enhance leadership
- Create a supportive culture that connects aspiring women with female role models
- Encourage current female leaders to champion the organizations as diverse employers
Out of this initiative came the Women in Leadership Scholarship program. The purpose of the scholarship is to identify young women who exhibit the potential to become tomorrow’s leaders—in their chosen professions, in their local communities, and in their broader interaction with the world.
In an effort to help young women realize those objectives, the Women in Leadership Council has worked with The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation to create a comprehensive program of both financial and professional support for these future leaders. To help cover college expenses, the Women in Leadership Council has committed $2,500 a year to each of four scholarship winners for an individual total award of $10,000 over four years. To enhance students’ professional development, they have created special opportunities for scholarship winners to interact with successful professionals at both organizations and at the Huge Foundation. The scholarship winners will have access to personalized educational and career mentoring as well as help gaining internships and connecting to other professional networking opportunities.
Additionally, both Nebraska Wesleyan University and Doane University will match the Women in Leadership scholarship award for any student who attends either of those universities. Therefore, the $10,000 award becomes $20,000 at those schools, dependent on the student continuing to fulfill the requirements of the scholarship.
Congratulations on your decision to explore this special opportunity. We look forward to receiving your application materials and learning more about you and your ambitions.
The application deadline is 2/12/19 .
THE HARRY AND REBA HUGE FOUNDATION
This scholarship program is made possible by generous contributions from Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops to The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation. The “Women in Leadership Scholarship” is administered by The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation, which is recognized by the IRS as a qualified organization exempt from United States federal income tax and one to which contributions are deductible as charitable contributions for federal income, gift, and estate taxes. United States citizens may deduct their charitable contributions to The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation on their federal income tax returns. The Foundation’s headquarters is at 25 East Battery Street, Charleston, SC 29401. To learn more about The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation and its educational programs, please visit their website at www.thehugefoundation.org
THE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
The Women in Leadership Scholarship (the "Scholarship") will provide $2,500 annually toward the tuition andIor related educational expenses (such as room, board, books) of an undergraduate program at a regionally accredited four-year degree granting college or university or a two-year community or junior college. The option of attending a two-year community or junior college must be part of an educational plan to continue a student's education at a regionally accredited four-year college or university. The plan of first attending a two-year community or junior college must be discussed with the Scholarship Selection Committee (the "Scholarship Committee") during the interview and agreed to and approved by the Scholarship Committee. The scholarship is not limited to colleges or universities located in the state of Nebraska or Missouri. The scholarship awards will be issued annually by The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation directly to the scholarship winners.
The scholarship is renewable up to three times for a total of $10,000 of undergraduate study as long as the recipient is a full-time undergraduate student and maintains a GPA of 3.0 for the preceding scholastic year. If in the opinion of the Scholarship Committee, unusual and unexpected circumstances result in a scholarship recipient not reaching the 3.0 GPA, that requirement may be suspended following discussion with the Scholarship Committee and the scholarship recipient.
It is expected that the scholarship recipients will file a report with the Huge Foundation at the end of each academic year (but no later than July 1st) summarizing the scholarship recipient’s college experience and to verify by submission of official transcripts that the recipient has met the criteria for continuation of the scholarship. At this point, the student must express her intent to continue her college education for another year. Unless otherwise approved by the Scholarship Committee, students who have received funding for another academic year but do not complete that year will be expected to return the scholarship money to The Huge Foundation.
ELIGIBILITY AND PREFERENCES
In order to be eligible for the Women in Leadership Scholarship, candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Applicants for the scholarship must be female.
- Applicant must live in the state of Nebraska or the state of Missouri.
- Applicants must be in their senior year of high school planning to graduate by Spring of 2019.
- These scholarships will be awarded to the most qualified young women, following the guidelines described above, and based upon the selection criteria set forth below in the “SELECTION OF WINNERS” section.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE APPLICATION
If you have questions about your eligibility, the application process, the application form, or the scholarship, please discuss them with your guidance counselor. If he or she cannot answer your questions, please feel free to contact:
The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation
(phone) (843) 718-3119
SELECTION OF WINNERS
The Scholarship Selection Committee will select winners based on a holistic evaluation of the complete application and the personal interviews with the finalists. The Committee will strongly consider academic achievements and credentials, such as the applicant’s high school class rank, intended major, transcripts, GPA, curriculum, and ACT or SAT scores. The Committee will consider evidence of leadership qualities, extracurricular activities, community service, work experience outside of school, honors and awards, and recognition by her peers. The Committee will also evaluate the applicant’s personal qualities and interests as demonstrated in the letters of recommendation and the personal essays.
The twelve students selected to move to the interview phase of the selection process will be notified in the Spring, prior to the end of the school year. If the interviewee cannot travel to the interview, a phone interview may be an option, but these are strongly discouraged.
The interviews, which are informal, will last approximately 30 minutes and are being conducted so that the Scholarship Committee will have an opportunity to meet personally and get to know the applicant and the applicant will get to know the Scholarship Committee members. The applicants will also be able to ask questions of the Scholarship Committee and make a final statement to the Scholarship Committee at the end of the interview.
In consultation with the Scholarship Committee, the Huge Foundation representative will make the final determination regarding winners and will notify all finalists, by telephone or email, as to its final decisions.