College Scholarships Provide A Path To Higher Education For Many

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With Stafford loans being more difficult to get and private student loan debt another concern, students who wish to pursue their higher education studies oftentimes feel that their choices are quite limited. Fortunately, thousands of scholarships are available each academic year ranging from a one-time contribution of a few hundred dollars to the occasional scholarship covering four full years of education.

college scholarshipSayCampusLife keeps a watchful eye out for the many scholarships currently available and we have some very good news to report: college students are reaping the largess of this multibillion dollar philanthropy movement, but with one caveat: you must apply for most scholarships in order to be eligible.

A recent survey of the news reveals the following awards made during Spring 2008:

  • The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship fund of Salem, MA awarded a $3,000 college scholarship to Lynn Classical High School graduate Eric Silva, who plans to attend Boston College in the fall. Silva was recognized for his academic achievement, as well as notable community, school and work activities. The Phillips Scholarship annually awards 550 new and renewed grants totaling about $3 million; the scholarship program was established in 1991 by Bessie Wright Phillips of Salem, in memory of her husband Stephen.
  • Eight Syracuse, NY high school seniors were awarded college scholarships of $1000 each thanks to union Local 58, the sheet metal workers. Eligible students’ parents are members of the union.
  • Athletic students aren’t the only ones receiving full scholarships. A young musician, Britney Stokes of Mableton, GA will be attending Furman University thanks to her harp-playing talent. Furman will waive her $40,000 college cost and gain a prized rarity: an accomplished harpist for the university’s orchestra.
  • Five high school seniors in the Greeneville, TN area are recipients of scholarships totaling $20,000 thanks to Laughlin Memorial Hospital which awarded what amounts to $500 per semester assistance over the next four years. Each recipient is a health-care major and will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA in their core curriculum to continue receiving funding assistance.
  • Living in public housing can be particularly challenging with gangs evident, housing conditions deteriorating, and the stigma of living in a government-funded building weighing in. For students who manage to excel academically under tough conditions, having scholarship opportunities geared toward their needs is especially helpful. In Virginia, five students are the recipients of college scholarships totaling $104,000 thanks to a program managed by the Petersburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Virginia State University and Choate Development Corp.

College scholarships range from the normal to the wacky, with tens of thousands awarded each year. Some are geared to students of a certain gender of ethnicity, others have specific academic requirements, while still others have other restrictions in place to help narrow the pool of applicants. The good news is that in many cases students can apply for and receive multiple scholarships, an important way to receive funding that can cover at least some, if not all, of the costs related with attending college.

(Sources: The Daily Item; News 10 Now; Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Greeneville Sun; and The Progress-Index)

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