Heritage Scholarship Competition


HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

NOVEMBER 16-17, 2018 OR JANUARY 18-19, 2019 

COMPETITION REGISTRATION   COMPETITION SUBMISSIONS

  • Heritage Overview
  • Competition Details
  • Submissions
  • Event Schedule
  • Travel Info
  • FAQ

The Heritage Scholarship competition is designed to find students who will make an academic, spiritual, and personal impact on our campus from orientation through graduation and beyond. This "invitation only" event brings together the top students from all over the globe to LeTourneau University's Longview campus for a time of fun and competition.

The requirements to be invited to Heritage vary by the school at LeTourneau, but we are looking in the range of a 3.6+ GPA, and a score of 28+ composite on the ACT or 1260+ (critical reading plus math) on the Pre March 2016 SAT or a 1320+ on the New SAT . Every year students come and compete for one of these prestigious Heritage Scholarships. The value of a Heritage Scholarship is more than $100,000 (over four years).

We will be hosting two Heritage scholarship competitions. The 2018 Heritage Competitions will be held November 16-17, 2018 and January 18-19, 2019 in Longview, TX. Students must be present to compete.

The 2019 Heritage Scholarship Competitions will be held November 16-17, 2018 and January 18-19, 2019 in Longview, TX. Students must be present to compete. While we understand the dates may not work out for everyone, for consistency of the competition these are the only dates students will be allowed to compete.

A $300 Heritage Travel Grant is available for students who attend the Heritage Scholarship Competition. This can be in addition to the Travel Grant used for a separate visit to LETU. Travel Grants are applied to the student's account pending fall 2019 enrollment.

Download the Heritage Travel Grant form. Must be returned to LeTourneau University by February 25th, 2019.

COMPETITION COMPONENTS

SAT and ACT Test Scores: Your highest composite test score will be used. We allow "superscoring" and will take your best Math and Critical Reading to make your best combined SAT score and we will take your best subscores on the ACT to determine your best composite ACT score.

High School GPA: Your unweighted High School GPA will be used as one of the factors for determining your overall performance.

Video: Before the competition, students will be required to upload a short video as a response to a prompt.

Resume: Students must submit a resume of high school achievements, involvement, and academics.

Interview: Students will be interviewed by a panel for approximately 10-15 minutes.

 

TIMELINE OF NOVEMBER HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION:

October 1st, 2018 - November 6th, 2018: Invitations sent out electronically to eligible, accepted students. Registration opens.

October 1st, 2018 - November 6th, 2018: Essay and video prompts emailed to registered students.

November 6th, 2018: LAST day to receive an invitation and register.

November 12th, 2018: All items (essay, video, and resume) MUST be submitted.

November 16th, 2018: Heritage Scholarship Competition begins!

*These dates are firm. No late registrations or items will be received for the Heritage Scholarship Competition 2019. If you miss the November Heritage competition registration deadlines, you can register for the January Heritage Competition.

 

TIMELINE OF JANUARY HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION:

November 21st, 2018 - January 5th, 2019: Invitations sent out electronically to eligible, accepted students. Registration opens.

December 1st, 2018 - January 5th, 2019: Essay and video prompts emailed to registered students.

January 5th, 2019: LAST day to receive an invitation and register.

January 12th, 2019: All items (essay, video, and resume) MUST be submitted.

January 18th, 2019: Heritage Scholarship Competition begins!

*These dates are firm. No late registrations or items will be received for the Heritage Scholarship Competition 2019.

ESSAY & VIDEO SUBMISSIONS

Essay and Video: Before the competition, you will be required to upload an essay and short video as a response to a prompt.
For the video, upload it to YouTube or Vimeo (or something similar) and you will paste the link into the submission form.

Resume: Students must submit a resume of high school achievements, involvement, and academics.

There are two different ways to join us for a Heritage Scholarship Competition. For those of you who have not visited LeTourneau, we recommend checking in on Friday morning at 9:30am and allowing us to give you a mini-preview of LeTourneau before the competition begins at 5pm on Friday.

We also understand some of you have been here before and/or need the extra time to travel. This is why we have moved the REQUIRED check-in time to 4-6:30pm on Friday. You will make this choice on the registration page. Below you will find tentative schedules. Final schedules will be provided upon arrival.

 

PREVIEW AND COMPETITION SCHEDULE

Friday:

  • 9:30 - Preview Check-In
  • 10:00 - Welcome / Schedule Overview
  • 10:50 - Chapel
  • 11:30 - Campus Tours
  • 12:30 - Lunch
  • 1:30 - Classes, Campus Store, Student Life, and Financial Aid Sessions
  • 4:00 - Heritage Competition Check-In
  • 5:00 - School Intro
  • 6:15 - Dinner with Faculty
  • 7:30 - Activity with Current Students

Saturday:

  • 8:30 - Breakfast and Move-out of dorm room
  • 9:00 - Scholarship Competition Interviews begin
  • 12:00-2:00- Lunch and Check-out

If you are coming by yourself and you make flight arrangements, plan to fly American Eagle into East Texas Regional Airport (GGG) in Longview, Texas;

We are only able to provide transportation to and from East Texas Regional Airport (GGG) for students traveling by themselves on Thursday through Sunday.

You may also travel to Longview by bus or train. We have pick-up service from the Longview Amtrak Station as well as the Greyhound Bus Station. Students can be picked up anytime on Friday. We will also provide transportation for students to the airport terminal, train and bus stations.

Please try to schedule your return flight on Saturday afternoon to allow plenty of time to complete the morning's activities and arrive at your designated airport. We are not able to provide transportation for parents to/from airports, campus, or hotels.


HOUSING

Limited availability for students who request on-campus housing. Parents and siblings of participants should arrange for accommodations at one of the local hotels in Longview. Here is a partial listing of area hotels with LeTourneau discounts.

 


HERITAGE TRAVEL GRANT

A $300 Heritage Travel Grant is available for students who attend Heritage 2018. This can be in addition to a Travel Grant used for a separate visit to LETU.

Travel Grants are applied to the student's account pending fall 2018 enrollment.

Download the Heritage Travel Grant form. Must be returned to LeTourneau University by February 25th, 2018.

When is the Heritage Competition?
The Heritage competitions will be held November 16-17, 2018 and January 18-19, 2019. It is by invite only. Invitations will begin being sent to eligible, accepted students on October 1, 2018 for November Heritage.

Why are there two Heritage Competitions?
With the success of previous events, we wanted to offer a second option to compete for a scholarship.

Do I have to attend both events?
No, we are offering two events out of convenience for you and your family.

Will the November Heritage event be different than the January Heritage event?
We will change the prompts, but aside from that, they will be identical events.

When do I need to arrive on Friday? 
If you want to participate in the preview on Friday, then you will need to arrive by 9:30 am. If you do not plan to join us until the competition, you will need to check in by 5:00 pm.

Do I need to attend the preview portion on Friday morning?
No. We understand some of you have already been here for a preview. We also understand that some of you will need the extra time to travel and some of you can't miss any more school. As long as a student checks in between 4-6:30pm, they will be good. 

When is the absolute latest I can be there to check in on Friday and still compete?
All students must check in between 4-6:30 pm on Friday.

What if I need to come in on Thursday?
If a student is coming in without any parents and we (LeTourneau) pick them up from the Gregg County Airport (GGG), bus station, or Amtrak; we will house the student on campus for Thursday and Friday night. If a student is coming with a parent and they are here on Thursday, then the student will need to stay with the parent at the hotel for the night.

Does it cost anything to come and compete? 
LeTourneau does not charge students a fee to compete in the Heritage Scholarship Competition. Once on campus, meals and lodging are free for the competing students. Parents should expect to pay for a hotel if they choose to attend with their student. Some area hotels offer LeTourneau discounts for parents. 

Do I have to come to Longview to compete? 
Yes. Due to the nature of the competition, students are required to be on campus for the event.

Should my parents come with me?
Absolutely. We highly encourage parents to come and learn more about LeTourneau.

What items do I need to submit before I arrive?
You need to upload your essay, a link to your video, and your resume if you have not done so already. Upload your items here.

How should I dress for the interview?
Here are the minimums.
Men: A button down shirt, tie and appropriate pants to match.
Women: Dress pants or skirt and an appropriate top to match.

What do I need to bring to campus with me?
Aside from the professional attire for the interview (see above), you should pack like it's a two-day vacation. It can be chilly (it has snowed in the past), so pack a jacket or sweater and keep checking the weather. I would also recommend bringing a blanket as we will be able to have sheets for your bed, but we cannot provide everyone with a blanket. The rooms are heated (of course) so you don't need a heavy blanket, just something to keep you comfortable.

How many scholarships are awarded?
There are 10 Heritage scholarships in total that will be split between the 2 weekends.

Exactly how much is the Heritage Scholarship worth?
The Heritage Scholarship covers full tuition for 4 years, including tuition increases.

When will I know if I have been awarded the scholarship?
All students will be notified of their results in the two weeks following the competition.

What do I do if I win?
Celebrate! A Heritage Scholarship contract will be sent to you with specific details. 

Who can I talk to if I have more questions?
Call Kristine Slate, Heritage Coordinator, at 903.233.4331 or email at KristineSlate@letu.edu.


Questions? Contact:

Kristine Slate
Director of Admissions
Heritage Coordinator

KristineSlate@letu.edu
903.233.4331