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SA/PPS 07.20 - Sallie Beretta Outstanding Senior Woman Award

Sallie Beretta Outstanding Senior Woman Award

SA/PPS No. 07.20
Issue No. 1
Effective Date: 4/16/2020
Next Review Date: 4/01/2023 (E3Y)
Sr. Reviewer: Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

  1. POLICY STATEMENTS

    1. Texas State University is committed to excellence in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education, through the preservation, transmission, and generation of knowledge and through research, scholarship, and creative expression. This policy establishes principles, policies, and responsibilities for coordination of this scholarship. The following procedure contributes to the implementation of the Sallie Beretta Outstanding Senior Woman Award.

    2. The Sallie Beretta Outstanding Senior Woman Award is named for Sallie Beretta who served on the Texas State University Board of Regents from 1933-1951. Since 1963, the university has given the award to an outstanding senior woman based on leadership, scholarship, character, individual potential, and loyalty.

  2. DEFINITIONS

    1. Scholarship Advisory Committee – composed of the Committee chair who will be a staff representative of the Dean of Students Office and appointed by the dean of Students, two faculty members appointed by the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, and two staff members appointed by the vice president for Student Affairs (VPSA). The Committee is responsible for reviewing all applications, interviewing applicants, and selecting the top three candidates in the pool. The Committee will move forward with a recommendation of the top one to three candidates to the dean of Students. Committee members will be appointed every two years.

    2. Eligible students – Texas State undergraduate women who will graduate during the current academic year (August through May).

  3. SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA AND QUALIFICATIONS

    1. The criteria for the award is based on scholarship, leadership, character, individual potential, and loyalty to Texas State, as indicated by the Sallie Beretta historical documents. The general scholarship application must be completed and submitted to the Committee. All scholarship applications will be approved by the Committee to make sure they meet the initial guidelines.

    2. The Committee chair will send an email to each college dean inviting them to submit names of students who may qualify for the award based on the selection criteria. An email will also be sent to students who may qualify to submit an application, outlining the criteria for selection and the submission timeline.

    3. Applicants must submit a completed packet application to the Committee chair by October 15 which will include the Sallie Beretta Outstanding Senior Woman Award application form, cover letter, two recommendation letters, résumé, and essay. Recommendation letters may not be submitted by members of the Scholarship Advisory Committee, Dean of Students Office staff, or Texas State faculty or staff who are family members.

    4. The Committee chair will provide the university-verified grade point average from the Registrar’s Office to the Scholarship Advisory Committee for each applicant.

    5. Disciplinary records will be checked by the Committee chair with the Student Conduct and Community Standards to verify that applicants are in good disciplinary standing with the university.

  4. SELECTION PROCEDURES

    1. Committee members will evaluate applicants utilizing a rubric to determine the top one to three applicants to be forwarded to the dean of Students.

    2. The dean of Students will forward the recommendations of the top one to three applicants to the VPSA. The VPSA, in consultation with the president of Texas State, will decide on the recipient of the award.

    3. A congratulatory letter will be sent to the Sallie Beretta Outstanding Senior Woman Award recipient by the dean of Students.

  5. AWARDS

    1. The recipient of the Sallie Berretta Outstanding Senior Woman Award will receive a stipend amount based on the endowment amount available by the end of the fall semester. The Committee chair will coordinate with the Dean of Students Office for financial disbursement.

    2. The dean of Students will coordinate with the Commencement chair to assure that the recipient will be seated on the commencement platform and will receive a plaque presented by the president of Texas State during the recipient’s graduation ceremony.

  6. REVIEWERS OF THIS PPS

    1. Reviewers of this PPS include the following:

      Position Date
      Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students April 1 E3Y
      Committee Chair April 1 E3Y
      Vice President for Student Affairs April 1 E3Y
  7. CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

    This PPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State Student Affairs policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.

    Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students; senior reviewer of this PPS

    Vice President for Student Affairs