Finding scholarships and money to go to college can be a hassle. I remember when I first started applying to college, I would write essays for different colleges, just to get my tuition paid for. My first college was a private college, which cost about $30,000 a year. That is $30,000 my family did not have. I was thankful enough to have my academic scholarships and ended up receiving a full ride to a private college, which I did not complete. Scholarships are the key to a paid college. My cousnselor in high school told me this statement. I really did not know what it meant until I could not go to college one year, because we did not have the money to pay for my tuition, or books. Therefore, each year, I search for scholarships online, write essays, and hope to receive some money for my college education. I have been lucky so far. Usually, I just go to google.com and type in “college scholarships.” But, today, I am going to tell you about the <a href=”http://www.upromise.com/scholarship”>Upromise Scholarship.</a> Upromise is a free service that helps families earn extra money for education. Upromise has many partners including Bed Bath & Beyond, ExxonMobil Corporation, McDonald’s, JCPenney.com, LandsEnd.com, Sears.com and more companies who are committed to helping people earn a college education. Upromise is currently giving away $500,000 for college, which means 200 students will receive $2,500 each for the 2009-2010 academic school year. In order to apply for the Upromise Scholarship, students will have to meet the following guidelines:
1.) Be a Upromise member or child of a Upromise member (joining is free at www.upromise.com)
2.) Have a household income of $65,000 or less
3.) Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent)
4.) Be a high school senior or graduate who plans to enroll during the 2009-2010 academic year, or a student already enrolled in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university or vocational-technical school
5.) Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident residing in one of the 50 U.S states or Washington, D.C.
If you meet the following guidlines, I recommend you register to become a member of Upromise and take the opportunity to receive $2,500 for the 2009-2010 academic school year. Every little bit counts. Do not let the lack of money discourage you from receiving a college education, there are scholarships out there to help you!