BRAZOS COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX) – It’s no surprise that families often say the road to college can be confusing. In light of the challenges of applying to college, the College Board is launching a unique scholarship program that maps out six simple steps all students can take to get to college. The $25 million College Board Opportunity Scholarships program is open to the class of 2020.
Completing each step will earn students a chance for a scholarship ranging from $500 to $2,000; completing all six steps will earn them a chance for $40,000 for their college education. The key steps are: (1) Build a college list; (2) Practice for the SAT®; (3) Improve SAT scores; (4) Strengthen the college list; (5) Complete the FAFSA, the free government form to apply for financial aid; (6) Apply to colleges.
“These are about effort and action, helping students know the key things they should do to get ready for college. And because that’s what these scholarships reward, they’re open to all students, which means that students who never dreamed of getting a scholarship can earn one through our program,” said Priscilla Rodriguez, Executive Director of Scholarships and Strategy at the College Board.
This isn’t your typical scholarship program. It doesn’t require an essay or an application, or a minimum GPA or SAT score. Students don’t have to be at the top of their class, because these scholarships aren’t about how high you score, but how much you grow. All students can earn one of these scholarships, even students who never dreamt they could.
To start the scholarship application process, click here College Board Opportunity Scholarship.