Scholarship Application

About the Paul (Doc) and Jean Chaffee Memorial Scholarship

Deadline March 1, 2018

The Paul (Doc) and Jean memorial scholarship is open to graduating seniors who are interested in the life sciences, in particular, the study of zoology, biology, or pre-vet. The applicant will have shown extraordinary academic growth, community involvement, school participation, and financial need. It is also open to applicants wanting to continue their education and is enrolled in a program leading to employment. The Award is between $1,000 and $5,000 dollars.

Your application will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • 60% Grade point improvement in grades 9-12
  • 25% Community and School activities
  • 15% Financial Need

  • Dr. Paul S. Chaffee was the longtime director of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and passed away in 1990. The Fresno Chaffee Zoo was re-named in 1990 in honor of Doc and his love for animals.

    About the Applicant

    First Name

    High School(s) Information

    High School(s) attended, click on "add new" to enter more than one school

    Post-Secondary Plans


    Please list all the ways you have been a leader or active volunteer in your school and community.


    List all school and/or individual activities in which you have participated in the last four years (sports, the arts, student government, clubs, volunteer projects, religious groups, scouting, etc.).


    List any paid work experiences you have had in the past four years.

    Personal Essay

    Please answer one of the following questions, limit two pages:

    • What do you plan to major and minor in? Why?
    • How have you pursued this interested outside of the classroom?
    • What motivates you to spend your time in community service? What do you give up?
    • Discuss the relationship of your major choice of study to your future and your place in society?
    • What are some of your best capabilities or talents?
    • Describe some things you feel you have done well, enjoying doing, or are proud of?


    Include the following attachments

    • A photo the applicant
    • a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR)
    • a copy of your college or vocational school acceptance letter
    • financial aid award letter (if available)
    • your high school transcripts
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