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MetLife Foundation Pathways Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

Translated Program Guidelines:

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MetLife Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist employees’ children who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. Renewable scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

The program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the MetLife Foundation Pathways Scholarship Program must be:

  • Be dependent* children of MetLife employees, age 25 years of age or under at the time the scholarship is awarded. The employee parent must have completed at least one year of continuous service within the MetLife family of companies as of the application deadline.
    *Dependent children are defined as natural or adopted children or dependent stepchildren primarily supported by the employee (the employee must provide more than one half of the child’s total support during the calendar year).
  • Be high school seniors or graduates or be current postsecondary undergraduates. Students outside the United States must be in their final year of upper or higher secondary school or be current technical or university level students.
  • Plan to enroll in full time undergraduate study at an accredited or bona fide** college, university or vocational-technical school or school of nursing or other accredited training institution for the entire upcoming academic year.
    **For students outside the United States where no accrediting body exists, bona fide is defined as having a student body, curriculum, faculty, and campus.

Children of Vice President, Sr Vice President, Executive Vice President, President and above within the MetLife family of companies are ineligible.

Previous one-time honorarium award recipients are ineligible.

Children of contract employees are ineligible.

Award Amounts
If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree or equivalent is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance in a full-time course of study.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Selection of Recipients
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of career and educational goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • Financial Need
  • An online recommendation.

Academic evaluation of international applicants will include a review of the grade/mark average based on the grading system used in the applicant’s country and a review of the results of academic examinations.

Recipients must demonstrate financial need. Recipients who attend federally subsidized military academies are eligible to receive a $1,000 one-time award. The number of awards will be based on the number of applications received within budget and IRS Revenue Procedure 76-47 guidelines.

Provided there are qualified applicants, recipients will be selected per country in proportion to the number of eligible applications received.

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

Applicants will be notified by email at the end of April. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Payment of Scholarships
Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of MetLife Foundation. Award checks will be issued in U.S. currency. Recipients in the U.S. and Canada will receive payment in one installment mid-July. The check is mailed to each recipient’s home address and is made payable to the school for the student. Recipients outside the U.S. and Canada will be paid by wire transfer payable in one installment in August.

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

  • 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.

    NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than January 23, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

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

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