In keeping with its mission to help individuals achieve financial wellness through all stages of life, The Center for Smart Financial Choices (CFSFC) announced its second scholarship opportunities for currentor rising youth and adult college students that include a financial education component. A total of $6,000 is available through the Johnston Financial Education Scholarship program for the 2015-2016 school years.
The scholarships offered include:
- $2,000 for any youth (17-21) planning on or attending college
- $2,000 scholarship for any adult (22-75) pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree, or a first bachelor’s degree
- $2,000 scholarship for any Hispanic/Latino youth (17-21) planning on attending college
To be eligible for consideration of any of these scholarship opportunities, applicants are required to become a member of the Center for Smart Financial Choices and be enrolled or accepted as a full-time student in an accredited college or university. Applicants are also required to attend two financial education classes before April 17, 2015.
Everyone who applies and goes through the program comes out with the knowledge of how to make good financial choices as they enter college or complete their degrees, said Betty Ann Falkner, director, Center for Smart Financial Choices. We want them to start out on the right foot, get out and stay out of debt before and after college and always know that the Center is here as a resource all along the way.
Scholarship applicants will be evaluated by the Centers selection committee based on demonstrated academic ability with a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated writing ability. Youth applicants must submit a 500 word essay titled How I plan to go to college without creating unnecessary debt and adults essay focuses on What going to college will mean for my future.
Deadline for the scholarship application, along with membership fee of $15 to the Center, is Friday, March 6, 2015. Supplemental information (essay, transcripts, acceptance letter) is due by April 17, 2015.