Tips on Completing 2021 Scholarship Application

The New Outlook Pioneers ( ) are part of the Telecom Pioneers of America (  The New Outlook Pioneers Joe Cleres – Don Sage Scholarship 2021 program is open to any student who is a legal resident of the United States of America who has an intellectual or physical challenge.  In 2019, this program made 49 awards of tuition payments in the amounts of ranging from $500 to $2,500 totaling $30,000.  Most of the awards are $500 with the payments made directly to the institution providing the education of the student.  The payments are for tuition only to the student’s educational institution.  To apply for the one these awards, the student or someone on their behalf needs to submit a two- or three-page application. 

The first page is a coversheet that contains contact information where the student or his or her representative can be reached on May 1, 2021, as well as a brief description of the student’s challenge.  This coversheet is available on the New Outlook Pioneers website ( 

The second page is a one page essay describing how the student met the challenge of their disability highlighting their academic and community service achievements.

Typical third pages are a one-page resume used in college or job applications or a letter of recommendation.  Payments are for the 2021-2022 school year.  The winning student needs to submit a school invoice for tuition payment that includes the address where the tuition check needs to be sent.  If a winning student determines that they will not be attending school during the 2021-2022 year, they should notify us and will still be able to apply for future scholarships.

The coversheet is available in .pdf (Adobe) format.  Tips on filling out the .pdf version of the coversheet: use the freely available (at Adobe Acrobat DC reader.  Using earlier versions Adobe Acrobat should work but have not been tested.   When using Adobe Acrobat, you can tab to the next field or point and click at it.  When describing the disability, each line needs to be entered separately.  Adobe Acrobat does not automatically wrap to the next line when the end of line is reached.  Rather you must manually tab to the subsequent line once the end of line is reached. 

If you have further questions about your application or correspondence, you may call and leave a message at 408-859-3278 or email to us at

Submit your completed application by March 14, 2021

Adobe PDF File (click on this link to select this file)

Submitted by the Scholarship Committee