Jane Gwyn Robertson Zimmermann Scholarship

Criteria: (1) Must be enrolled and fully accepted as a full-time student at an institution of higher learning; (2) must graduate from OCHS with no grade below a “B” in any subject during his/her senior year; (3) must be members of the OCHS chapter of Future Teachers of America or its successor organization, and if no such organization exists then the requirement is waived; (4) preference is to be given to students who (a) express a sincere desire to pursue a career in public school teaching, and (b) are in need of scholarship assistance based on the income levels of themselves and their families.

Amount: $3,500

Instructions for submitting an application for the Jane Gwyn Robertson Zimmermann Scholarship:

Step 1: Complete the Online Application

TIPS on filling out online application:

  • There are several short answer and essay questions included in the application. It is suggested that you type your responses to these in a word processing program such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs and then copy and paste the responses into the application.

Below is the list of short answer and essay questions:

  • List all school activities in which you participated.
  • List your volunteer/work experience.
  • Please indicate why you have chosen teaching as your career field.
  • Please tell us about any other ways you plan to financially contribute to your education if applicable. This can include having a job on or off campus/savings you currently have/ working during the summer, etc.
  • How has residing in Orange County impacted your decision to attend a college or university? (1000 words max.)

Step 2: Please copy the following documents and submit them to the Orange County High School Guidance Counseling Center after submission of the on-line application:

  • Copy of FAFSA Award Letter/Student Aid Report
  • Copy of any Financial Aid Awarded by a College or University
  • An Unofficial Copy of SAT/ACT Scores

The Jane Gwyn Robertson Zimmermann Scholarship provides a one-year award to an Orange County High School graduate who plans to attend a college or university on a full-time basis. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and they must hold “A” or “B” grades in all of his or her senior year courses. Applicants also must demonstrate intent to pursue a teaching career, with preference for those interested in English, journalism, public speaking or debate, and he or she must be members of the Future Teachers of America or its successor organization, if any.

The fund was established in 1999 through a bequest from the estate of Marie Ellis Robertson, to honor the memory of her sister, Jane Gwyn Robertson Zimmermann, who passed away on January 17, 1977. Jane Gwyn Robertson Zimmermann, known to her family and friends as “Gwyn,” was a member of the Orange County High School Class of 1964. During her time at OCHS, Gwyn was involved in numerous activities, including the Debating Club, Future Teachers of America, Latin Club, Spotswood Players, and Girls’ State. She also served as the reporter and historian of the Honor Society, assistant editor of the school newspaper, and manager of the girls’ basketball team. In addition to these activities, Gwyn was an honor student, a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist, Homecoming Princess, and wrote a weekly column for the Orange County Review.

After graduation, Gwyn went on to receive an AB degree from Duke University, where she served as class secretary of the junior class, and a MAT degree from Simmons College. She went on to teach English and speed reading while also serving as the associate editor of Textile Industries, a trade magazine, in addition to reporting and writing feature articles for various newspapers.

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