About

The Jamie and Lisa Hatfield Family Foundation provides college scholarships to seniors of Holmes and Dixie high school who read and summarize in writing a chosen grouping of books selected by the foundation.  The reading list will normally consist of around five books and roughly 1000 to 1400 pages of reading.  One reading portion will be theologically based, another will be historically/constitutionally based and the final portion will have an economic emphasis. The specifics of each group will be as follows:

Theological

This section will normally consist of three books depending on the length of each book.  One book in this section will always be emphasizing a specific book of the Bible.  The other two books in this section will emphasize apologetic and theological topics that will encourage the student to consider arguments for the existence of God, the person of Jesus Christ and His completed work on the cross, the exclusivity of the Gospel, Sin, Salvation and significant historical figures within Christianity.

Historical/Constitutional

This section will emphasize the unique founding of the United States of America and its founding documents, their significance to Americans and the world today.  It may also include biographies of significant people both American and foreign who have demonstrated leadership, principles, and character that are admirable.  Generally this section will only include one book. 

Economic

This section will emphasize free market capitalism as an economic system and its importance as it relates to liberty and prosperity for the greatest number of people.

Enlightening minds...one book at a time

GOAL

To introduce young people to the works of great authors in the fields of theology, politics, history and economics.

WHO

This scholarship opportunity would be open to the student who the board considers serious about completing the reading and summary requirements.  Agreement with the content of the books chosen is not required.  It is the hope of the Hatfield Family Foundation that by simply requiring students to complete and summarize the books chosen that the seed of curiosity and critical thinking will be planted, and promote a desire to pursue more knowledge and information in the selected subjects.  An applicant will be chosen to participate in the scholarship opportunity through a written request and personal interview with the board members.  The board members will also review and determine if the requirements have been met to receive the scholarships.  No direct family members of Jamie and Lisa Hatfield or any active board member may apply for scholarships. This would include children and grandchildren.  

After successfully reading and demonstrating comprehension of key topics of these books, the student will earn a scholarship of $1500 to be paid directly to the accredited institution chosen.  Partial completion of the reading list will not satisfy the reading requirements and therefore earn no part of the scholarship award.  It is the intent of the Jamie and Lisa Hatfield Family Foundation to provide up to four $1,500 scholarships the first year.  Future scholarships will be based on the discretionary contributions by Jamie and Lisa Hatfield and contributions from other individuals who may wish to contribute.

The long term purpose, once the Foundation has been successful in its initial purpose, is to provide scholarships for the student throughout college and/or technical school by more extensive reading lists each year in college with the same basic premise as stated above.  The goal ultimately would be for a student to have the potential to earn an additional $4,500.00 over 4 years for a total of $6,000.00 worth of scholarships over a four year college career.  Assuming each group of reading averaged five books, this would require a student to read and summarize at least 25 books of the foundation’s choosing in order to earn the full scholarship.  Five years of influence on young minds. 

Applications for consideration must be received no later than June 1 of the year prior to the applicant’s senior year of high school.  Students chosen to participate will be selected no later than July 31 of that year. All reading and summaries must be completed by April 1 of the student’s senior year. Early applications are encouraged.

ACCOUNTABILITY

Summaries must be between 800 to 1000 words, and must include in detail five things the student has learned from each book. Page and chapter references must be included.