Did you know that November is National Scholarship Month? The month aims to build awareness of scholarships and celebrate the common goal of getting students to and through college.
There is a significant need for scholarships to help students attend school. According to Think Impact, a free source for education and career-related statistics, in 2020, 58 percent of families used scholarships to help pay for college.
Luckily, in Flint and Genesee County, there are several different scholarships available to students based on merit, interest and need. Many scholarships are housed at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and, with one application, area students can find out what they are eligible for. The application will be open to students starting in December.
Some scholarships include:
To be awarded to residents of Genesee County who are attending an institution of post-secondary education, maintaining a 3.0 GPA and who are active in civic and/or political community affairs.
To be awarded to graduating seniors of any high school in Genesee County with at least at 3.0 GPA.
To be awarded to a male and female who are graduating seniors of a Genesee County school, with a GPA of 2.0 or higher and who have lettered in tennis.
To be awarded to an African-American graduating senior in Genesee County attending a college, university or technical school, with a 2.5 GPA or better.
To be awarded to an African-American graduating senior in Genesee County attending the University of Michigan-Flint.
To be awarded to a young woman graduating from a Genesee County high school. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, an interest in becoming an entrepreneur, 40 hours of volunteer service experience in Genesee County, and leadership roles in school or out-of-school settings. Financial needs must be established.
To be awarded to graduating seniors at Flint Community Schools with at least a 2.5 GPA who have demonstrated exemplary community service both to their high school and to the greater Flint community.
To be awarded to graduating senior high school students at Flint Community Schools who have been accepted to a college, university, vocational or technical school.
Another program available to graduating seniors who live and attend school in the city of Flint is the Flint Promise Scholarship Program. By covering the cost of tuition after federal grants and other scholarships have been applied, Flint Promise allows eligible students to attend participating colleges at little to no cost. For more information and to apply, visit www.TheFlintPromise.org.