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The program is currently closed.

The George Foundation Higher Education Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

The George Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students residing within Fort Bend County who plan to enroll at a public two- or four-year college or university in Texas. Students must demonstrate financial need. Awards are renewable up to three (3) years or until a bachelor’s degree is obtained, whichever occurs first, contingent upon The George Foundation continuing the scholarship program.

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.

Applicants to the The George Foundation Higher Education Scholarship Program must be:

  • Residing in Fort Bend County.
  • U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents or have been granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA)*.
  • Graduating High school seniors or undergraduates who plan to enroll or who are already in a full-time (minimum 12 credit hours) undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year public college or university in Texas.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Demonstrate a financial need.

*Non-U.S. citizen applicants are required to be U.S. permanent residents and must submit a copy of their U.S. permanent resident card with their application. Student visas are not acceptable. DACA students must submit their approval letter.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

High School Senior Awards

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a (4) year scholarship totaling $24,000 on a tiered award system. Year 1 & 2 – $5,500. Year 3 & 4 – $6,500. All pending per meeting the criteria.

Up to forty (40) awards will be granted.

Any potential recipient that can’t be verified as a Fort Bend County resident (per the permanent home address) during The George Foundation verification process and through proof of residency to Scholarship America will become a non-recipient, and an alternate will be selected by Scholarship America. Once the verification process is completed and notification letters have been mailed, recipients are no longer required to be a Fort Bend County resident (per their permanent home address).

Preference is to be given to those who demonstrate the most financial need.

Awards cannot exceed cost of attendance.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Higher Education Awards

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a scholarship totaling up to $18,000 on a tiered award system. College Year 1 & 2 – $4,000. College Year 3 & 4 – $5,000. Depending on when a student applies and is awarded will determine where they start on the tiered distribution scale.

Up to 130 awards will be granted.

Preference will be given to first generation and non-traditional students. A first generation student is defined as a college student from a family in which neither parent has a two- or four-year degree. A non-traditional student is defined as a student returning to college or entering college for the first time.

Award Renewal

Awards are renewable up to three (3) years or until a bachelor’s degree is obtained, whichever occurs first, contingent upon The George Foundation continuing the scholarship program. Recipients must be full-time students attending a two- or four-year public college or university in Texas, and have a cumulative 2.5 or higher GPA, based on a 4.0 scale, to maintain scholarship eligibility.

Recipients whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below 2.5 will be placed on probation for one semester and then eliminated from the program if they fail to bring up their GPA and maintain it at that level. A recipient with more than two nonconsecutive semesters below a cumulative 2.5 GPA may be removed from the program.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship America will select recipients based on financial need, academic achievement, and school/community involvement, as described earlier.

The application form will be extensive. All required documents must be received in order to be eligible to apply to this scholarship program.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of The George Foundation or the schools play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Notification

Applicants will be notified in April. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Applicants may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of The George Foundation. Payment is made in one installment in early August. A check made out to the college/university will be mailed to the student’s address on file. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure the scholarship check is deposited with the college/university.

As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:

  1. A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course, and term in which each course was taken.
  2. A SAR (Student Aid Report) generated from their FASFA form. Should someone not have an SAR report they may submit the first two pages of the IRS Form 1040 used to complete the Financial Information page.
  3. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens but are U.S. permanent residents must also submit a photocopy of their permanent resident card. Student visas are not acceptable. Students who have been granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) must provide a copy of their approval letter (student visas are not acceptable).

Your application is not considered complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

The George Foundation has partnered with Scholarship America. Select the button below to be directed to the Scholarship America Student Hub!