College Scholarship Watch – Recent Trends & Gifts

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First in an ongoing series.

Billions of dollars of college scholarship money is made available each academic year, with untold thousands of recipients receiving college
full or partial assistance for their education. Without some form of help many students would find that affording college is well beyond their means.

The current economic slump has put a lot of pressure on colleges and universities, with many cutting their tuition funding accordingly. This means that some students will find that what they’ll be expected to pay for the 2009-10 academic year could go up significantly, perhaps forcing some students to withdraw from school or carry lighter academic load while balancing that with work.

Despite today’s challenges, some organizations, businesses, associations and private individuals are continuing to fund college scholarships with some committing to new or expanded funding. To help our readers keep tabs with some of the newest scholarship offerings out there, SayCampusLife.com will share that information with you from time to time. Please review our current list to see if some of the funding opportunities are of interest to you – in some cases the monies announced have already been awarded, but please bookmark this page for future reference.

SRC – Say Yes To Education is a national, non-profit education foundation committed to dramatically increasing high school and college graduation rates for our nation’s inner-city youth. SRC, a research and development company with its origins in Syracuse, NY, recently announced a $2.5 million contribution to the Say Yes fund to help inner city New York students get the funding needed to attend in state public universities and colleges.

Ford Blue Oval Scholarships – The Ford Motor Company continues to make positive contributions to college bound students. Unlike many of the traditional scholarships available, the Ford Blue Oval Scholarship works with community partners to help students succeed. Visit the website to see how you can register to become a Ford Blue Oval Scholar.

Laid Off Workers – Although not a formal scholarship program per se, a number of community colleges as well as state universities are offering assistance to students who recently lost their jobs. U.S. News & World Report ran a story this past May mentioning this trend, but check directly with your school to see if some assistance is available to you.

Our first list is rather sparse, but we’ll provide additional information once we are able to confirm program details. A number of scholarship programs have awarded funding for the upcoming academic year with some expected to open up their application process for the 2010-11 academic year beginning in September.

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