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Gwendolyn J. Scott-Paulk was born on May 18, 1955 in Austin, Texas to William and Minnie Scott. In 1970, her parents moved the family to North Las Vegas. Gwendolyn graduated from Rancho High School in 1973. After high school, she enlisted in the Army National Guard and worked for Reynolds Electrical and Engineering Company before moving to Bloomington, Indiana in the early 1980s with her husband. 

At the time of her death from cancer in April 2001, Gwendolyn was the Director of the Neal-Marshall African American Cultural Center at Indiana University in Bloomington (IU). During her more than 20 years at IU, she served the University in numerous capacities. She served as the Associate Director of the Minority Achievers Program and the Mathematics and Science Scholarship Program. She was a Counselor for the Office of Student Financial Assistance and an Advisor to the Indiana University Essence Dance Team from 1995 to 1997. Gwendolyn was a task force member for IU’s mentoring program and served as a working caucus member of “Creating Multi-Cultural Campuses”. In 1999, she was the Professional Staff Council discussant with the President of IU, and a trainer for the Office of Orientation Programs in Programs and Services that assisted minority students succeed in college. She was a presenter for the Groups Student Support Program in 1998 and at a meeting of the Indiana Coalition of Blacks in Higher Education in Indianapolis in 1997. In 2000, she was a member of the Staff Advisory Council Office for Women’s Affairs. In 1999, she participated as a project member of the College Preparatory Initiative and was a 1998 panelist for “Phenomenal Women: A panel of Minority Women Leaders”. In addition, she was a member of the advisory boards of RITE Teacher Education Project and Project Team. 

An always active member of the Bloomington, Indiana community, Gwendolyn served on the Board of the Banneker Community Center and was a member of the Bethel AME Church. For her outstanding service, Gwendolyn was the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2000 Distinguished African American Staff Award and the 2000 Office of Community Partnerships in Service Learning Award. 

Gwendolyn was a giving person, loving wife and mother, caring daughter and sister and loyal friend to all those who knew her. She was a champion for education, a tireless worker for students, and a person who uplifted those around her. She is deeply missed and this Scholarship has been established in her memory by her family to help students realize their goals, achieve all that they can and strive for excellence. 

The Gwendolyn J. Scott-Paulk Memorial Scholarship is administered by the Rancho High School Alumni Association’s Scholarship Committee and is available only to Seniors graduating from Rancho High School. The annual scholarship award may be utilized for any purpose related to the furthering of the Graduate’s higher education. At the Scholarship Committee’s discretion, the Scholarship may be divided into two (2) scholarships. The scholarship(s) will be awarded during the Graduate’s first year of higher education and is non-renewable. Candidates described by the following criteria are eligible:

1.Graduating Senior of Rancho High School
2.GPA: Minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
3.Plans to attend a vocational or business school or an accredited college or university within the United States full-time after graduating high school
4.Feld of study: Any
5.Financial need:Demonstrates financial need
6.Important:Community service, leadership experience, extracurricular activities
7.A 1 to 2 page (double-spaced) personal statement from the applicant including personal achievements, overcoming obstacles in order to pursue academic interests, the students goals for their future education and occupation and how they intend to achieve those goals. Additionally indicate financial need for the scholarship
8.Two (2) letters of recommendation from Teachers, Community leaders or Counselors on letterhead
9.Completed scholarship application

Completed application packets are due by May 15, 2003 and should be sent to:Scholarship Committee, Rancho High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 364467, North Las Vegas, Nevada 89036-8467

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