Large Local Need
Eliminate Fear of the Cost of College
Our outreach to younger students aims to dispels the mystery about the high cost of college and inform young students that funding is available. Awarding scholarships during 10th grade eliminates the fear of not knowing how to pay for college. We want students to keep college as a goal and to keep working towards college admission by continuing to challenge themselves with rigorous coursework and aim to complete high school as a college-ready graduate.
Raise Awareness of free funding for college
Each year, we continue to provide extensive outreach to raise awareness to 10th grade students that college is an option and both scholarship funding and financial aid are available. For many students, our scholarship application is an introduction into the process of applying for funding support. Our application guides students in collecting necessary documentation, providing practice similar to verification required for college financial aid applications. Students also need to request letters of recommendation and draft personal essays, an important skill for college applications and content for building scholarship portfolios.