Scholarship America has established a scholarship program to help students currently enrolled in higher education programs (two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school) pay for their second year and beyond.
This program is administered by Scholarship America®. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria as of the application deadline date:
Applicants are also encouraged to use a permanent email (hotmail, gmail, yahoo, etc.) when registering their profile, rather than a school email that they may lose access to in the future.
Scholarship semifinalists are selected on the basis of:
A personal statement of goals and unusual personal or family circumstances that demonstrates the student has overcome barriers to school success will also be considered. The emphasis will be on financial need and the ability to overcome challenges and barriers.
Financial need will be considered in determining the amount of each award. Recipients must demonstrate need.
SA will select finalists. An external selection committee comprised of educators and community leaders will select recipients. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students who are not previous recipients may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.
If selected as a recipient, award amounts range from $5,000 to $15,000, and will be granted in the following categories:
Awards are renewable up to three additional years or until a first bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first, on the basis of full-time enrollment, satisfactory academic performance, and availability of funding. Each year of eligible renewal, the award will increase by $1,000.
A deferral of up to one year may be granted for any reason. Previous recipients are not eligible to reapply.
Awards are for undergraduate study only.
Applicants will be notified of their status in mid-November. Semifinalists will be notified of their status in mid-March. Not all semifinalists will be selected as recipients.
Scholarship America will process payments in one installment in August.
If selected as a semifinalist, the following documents will need to be uploaded:
Additionally, if selected as a semifinalist, an online recommendation will need to be completed by a teacher or counselor.