As seniors across Augusta finally finish their college applications, many parents and students are beginning to realize the expense of a college education.
Luckily, there are various organizations, both local and national, ready to provide scholarships to help students fund their college costs. Whether a student has high grades, possesses a special talent or is from a low-income family, there are scholarships that he or she can still apply for that will cater to his or her qualities.
One of the largest scholarships in the local area is the Watson-Brown Foundation Scholarship. Founded in 1970, the Watson-Brown Foundation annually awards $3,000 to $5,000 to students in specified Georgia and South Carolina counties. Students are asked to write a 500-word essay, a tax form, provide two letters of recommendation, and provide their SAT score and transcript by Feb. 15 for evaluation.
Other scholarships include the Kroger Earning Plus Learning Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship which is due on Feb. 1. Also, seniors can apply for the Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship, a $2,500 scholarship which selects students based on individual need, academics, community service, and writing skills, due March 31. Other scholarships are the Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship, which provides a minimum of $1,000 to students who turn in their application by Feb. 16 and are selected for the scholarship.
The scholarships listed are only a handful of the many which are available. Online databases, such as Fastweb.com, contain lists of hundreds of scholarships. Whatever your situation and need, a quick search on the Internet or trip to your high school guidance office is bound to pay off in the end.
Teen Board Member Osama Hashmi is a senior at Lakeside High School