It is true that college education can be quite expensive. Find out what options are available to you by way of scholarships or financial aid.
One of the harsh realities of life is having to pay so much in order to get a college degree. Many graduating high school students work hard in order to get grades that will make them eligible for scholarship. Many universities and colleges across the country offer different types of grants and scholarships. Unfortunately, these institutions only accept limited scholars per school term.
However, there are other financial aid options available for eligible students. Below is a list of some of the most popular agencies that provide college scholarships and grants.
Bright Futures Scholarship Program
This particular scholarship program is open to all Florida residents and a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen. Interested students should apply during their senior year or last year in high school, after December 1 and before graduation. They should complete the Initial Student Florida Aid Application form, which can be done online. This will allow the Florida Department of Education to review the student’s transcript and determine whether he or she is eligible for the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.
Students applying for this financial aid must also meet the academic requirements set by the program and earn a Florida standard high school diploma or its equivalent.
Scholarship value is set at $5,000.00.
Coca-Cola Scholars Program
Unlike other grants and scholarships or financial aids that are specific to a certain state, the Coca-Cola Scholars Program is open to all high school graduating students throughout the country. Coca-Cola provides 250, 4-year achievement-based scholarships yearly.
Every mid-November, Coca-Cola pre-selects eligible students as semifinalists. These students are notified via mail or email. Once selected, he or she must complete the next stage of application, which includes submission of transcript, essays and letters of recommendation. The Program Review Committee will then select 250 finalists to undergo the final interview phase. Final interviews are done in Atlanta. 50 students will be chosen as National Scholars and will receive $20,00 financial grant for college. 200 students will be named as National Scholars and will receive $10,000 financial grant for college.
Graduating high school students demonstrating academic excellence are eligible for Georgia’s Hope Scholarship. This is available to all Georgia residents and planning to attend a Hope eligible college in Georgia. What the scholarship does is it provides monetary assistance to help students with their educational finances.
Other requirements include but are not limited to: graduating with a 3.0 average from a Hope eligible high school, meet Hope’s U.S. citizenship or non-citizenship requirement, maintain academic progress set by the college and meet other requirements set by the program.
Scholarship value is set at $4,000.
The Rhodes Scholarship is open to all graduating high school students, at least 18 years old and a certified U.S. citizen. He or she must display academic excellence needed to complete a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election.
Other requirements include: endorsement letter from the applicant’s college or university, at least 5 recommendation letters, personal essay, certified transcript, proof of citizenship, passport sized photo and list of principal activities.
The above list only a handful of scholarships available for eligible students. The requirements provided on the list are just standard and additional documents may be needed.