Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarship Opportunity

College is expensive! Not that this is a revelation to any parent, but once one looks at the cost of tuition and books, living expenses and extracurricular activities, the numbers can be overwhelming. High school students are well advised to begin research in their junior year to allow time for college visits, online research and a serious look at the financials for each institution. Scholarship opportunities are one way to help relieve the financial burdens of higher education.

To improve a student’s chances of getting scholarships, preparation should include a student resume listing personal awards, club memberships and community involvement. In the high school senior year, it is also important to have copies of the most current transcript, letters of referral from teachers, coaches, employers and volunteer organizations, and a completed FAFSA application.

Finding College scholarships can be challenging and while many opportunities are online, one of the best places to look is around the local area. For example, at the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, a variety of scholarship opportunities exist. One unique example is the C.O.L.L.E.G.E Scholarship, which awards four $1000 scholarships annually.

The C.O.L.L.E.G.E. Scholarship is available to: 1) traditional graduating high school seniors as well as non-traditional students who may be returning to school year(s) after high school graduation; and 2) it is open to all Portage County residents, not just SPASH graduates. Requirements for this scholarship can be found at the Community Foundation website: www.cfcwi.org. On the Home Page, click on Scholarship Information to learn of all available scholarships. When completing an application, it is important to pay special attention to the instructions on each scholarship to ensure that an applicant will not be disqualified.

Scholarship Applications can be submitted to the Community Foundation between December 1 and March 1, with awards announced in mid-May.

Julie Pope is a community member of the Foundation Marketing Committee.

Marcus
Marcus

Community Foundation of Central WI
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