By Lauren Jeong, program associate, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
This is the time of year when high school seniors in the region are awash in paperwork – college applications, school assignments and, for many, scholarship applications. And the Community Foundation is here to help with many scholarship options now available for the 2017-2018 academic year.
The Foundation has provided over $2.5 million dollars in academic scholarships (and counting) for the 2016-2017 academic year, benefiting over 1,000 students. Scholarships range in size from $500 to $5,000 and many are recurring as long as students maintain eligibility. Each scholarship fund was established by a Community Foundation donor with a unique story and passion, who set eligibility and preferences for scholarship selection.
The Dreams Squared Scholarship was established by a donor who was determined to set up a scholarship for average students who could not access typical merit scholarships because of their less-than-perfect grades. The intent of the scholarship is to support students who demonstrate potential, with the hope that scholarship aid can help the students improve their grades. The Dreams2 scholarship currently provides $2,000 to students who have GPAs between 2.0 and 3.0.
The Nancy Penn Lyons Scholarship was established by a donor who was accepted to an Ivy League school but had to drop out after his first year because could not afford the high tuition expenses. He did well in the insurance business and sold his company after becoming very successful. His desire with the fund was to support young people who, like himself, may not be able to afford the cost of an Ivy League education. Today, the scholarship provides up to $5,000 to students attending an Ivy League school.
Other scholarships were formed with dedication to a specific profession, school or geographic region. The Foundation’s newest scholarship, the Brightstar Education Foundation Nursing Scholarship will award $3,750 to seven nursing students pursing a Bachelor or Associate degree on a registered nursing curriculum track. The James E. Cox Medical Scholarship provides support for medical degrees. The Everett Williams scholarship supports residents of Oconee County, Georgia. The George and Pearl Strickland Scholarship provides funds for students attending Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine or Spelman College.
You can learn more about all of the Community Foundation’s competitive scholarships and apply here. The deadline for many of our scholarships is February 15, 2017, so apply now!