“Dollars For Scholars” Offering 10 Scholarships; Deadline Is April 21st

“Dollars for Scholars” is a scholarship program that provides thousands of dollars in funds each year to students who live or go to school in Des Moines or Normandy Park. This year they are offering 10 scholarships, and strangely, to date there have been NO applicants!

The application deadline is Wednesday, April 21st.

Many generous local businesses and organizations donate to this fund to help further education, and we encourage anyone out there needing tuition assistance to at least apply!

Applications are available online at www.scholarsgetdollars.com.

Here’s more info from their website:

What Is Des Moines Dollars for Scholars?
Des Moines Dollars for Scholars is a locally operated and supported, nonprofit, tax-exempt scholarship foundation. Operated by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, the purpose of Dollars for Scholars is to expand access to educational opportunities by involving and assisting our community in the support of students and in the encouragement of educational achievement. Des Moines Dollars for Scholars is a Dollars for Scholars chapter affiliate of Scholarship America®, a nationally recognized nonprofit student aid service organization.

Why Is Dollars for Scholars So Important?
Rising costs are making it more difficult for individuals to pursue continued education opportunities. Through Dollars for Scholars we have the opportunity to make a strong, collective statement about the importance of education beyond high school. We can provide both encouragement and financial support for local students.

Who May Apply for a Scholarship?
Des Moines Dollars for Scholars believes any sincere and determined person should have the opportunity to continue his or her education after graduation. Scholarships can be for two-year, four-year, or vocational and technical colleges. Students graduating from high school (or who have earned their GED) and adults continuing their education who attend school in Des Moines or who live in the cities of Des Moines or Normandy Park, Washington, may be eligible.

How Are Scholarships Awarded?
By completing a common application form, students become eligible for several local awards. Applications are scored anonymously by trained volunteers serving on an Awards Committee. Applicants receive points for a variety of qualities, including work experience, school and community activities, and academic record. In this way, the selection process is objective and nondiscriminatory, making scholarships available to a wide range of deserving students planning to attend an accredited post-secondary institution.

How Can I Help?
Members of our community are invited to demonstrate their support of local students individually and through group fund-raising activities. Funds also come from the generous support of local businesses, service organizations, and individuals or organizations who desire to sponsor scholarships through Des Moines Dollars for Scholars. Anyone in the community can help in a variety of ways: Make a contribution. We encourage you to give as generously as you can, but be assured that any and all gifts are appreciated. Your contribution of $10, $100, or $1000 reflects your pride in our students and commitment to the ongoing education of people in our community. Share your time, your skills and your ideas. We invite you to assist with any of our fund-raising events throughout the year. Leave a legacy of hope. Des Moines Dollars for Scholars may be named as a beneficiary in wills and insurance policies or receive gifts of property.

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