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As a high school senior we apply like crazy to a college or university of our choice; however, never stop to think how much college may cost. You hear it on the news how student loans are either being raised or lowered and adding debt once we graduate from the college or university that we attended. Scholarships act as the redeeming quality from student loans, and could potentially give you the chance to have a free ride to college. During the month of February, seniors around the nation, and county, are waiting by the mailbox for their acceptance letter. Once the acceptance letters role in, it becomes time to think of your financial opportunities and gains from just filling out a simple scholarship application. Scholarship’s like the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation (CFMCF), and the Reginald E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship provide financial assistance to those whom ever apply. (VHS Guidance Department: http://vhs.brevardschools.org/Scholarships/default.aspx)
The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides a minority high school senior with an awarded four- year scholarship of up to $7,500 per year to any four-year accredited college or university they may choose. As an applicant, you must plan to attend an accredited four-year school in the United States. Two important qualities you need to show in order to stand out are: leadership potential and dedication to community service. Presentation of financial need is a requirement. SAT scores must be a minimum of a 1000, critical reading and math combined, or an ACT composite score of 21. As a scholar under this foundation once granted the scholarship, you will be assigned a mentor to help enhance your developmental experience. Within the foundation, many internship and leadership opportunities’ are available. The application for the Jackie Robinson Foundation is due February 15, 2013 at 5:00pm to consider being complete.
(Jackie Robinson Foundation: http://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/programs.php)
The Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation (CFMCF) is a scholarship geared towards students that live in the Central Florida and are a son, daughter, or grandchild of an active duty or Reserve United States Marine, or active duty/ reserve United States Navy Corpsman. The CFMCF awards deserving undergraduate students up to $10,000 in scholarships for those who are going to attend a junior, four-year accredited college or university of your choice. You must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher and show proof of acceptance, or enrollment to be awarded. An essay is required; and you must write a 300-500 word essay that should talk about your activities, goal and future plans, or the “Marine Corps” core values of Honor, Courage, and commitment and what they mean to you at this point in your life. You must also include why you are applying for the scholarship. Two letters of recommendation are required, the first must be from a community leader, and the second should be from a teacher. The CFMCF application must be postmarked before or by February 15, 2013.
(Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation: http://centralfloridamarines.org/)
The Reginald E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship provides an opportunity for Brevard County seniors. The applicant must demonstrate need for financial assistance, and plan to attend an accredited college or university. As an applicant you must be accepted to the college or university of your choice in order to be awarded any funds. Three letters of recommendation from three adults representing different sources; however, one must be from a school counselor, principle, or teacher. A current school photograph must be attached and a transcript must be sent. This application is due no later than February 25th, 2013.
(Reginald E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship: http://www.rejscholarship.com/)
If you take a moment in time to glance at scholarships, you would be surprised as a result of how many scholarships are obtainable. A senior named Kenzie Estes stated, “I am looking for any scholarships that help me pay for School! Every penny counts and a part-time job won’t put me through college!” Other seniors like Claire Hendrickson, Diarra Moore, and Lexie Groberski are looking for any scholarship that will help them pay for school. As a senior the more scholarships you apply now, you could be able to pay for four full years of college. I encourage you to apply, apply, apply; because once the deadlines pass, you lose any opportunity to receive money for college.