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Local students encouraged to apply for help

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Posted at 8:35 AM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-17 11:35:41-05

The Public Education Foundation has launched the 22nd year of its Scholarship Program and is urging high school seniors to start the application process now if they haven’t already done so. The Foundation expects to award nearly $1 million in scholarships this academic year to students who will pursue a post-secondary education.

Most scholarship application deadlines are Feb. 16, 2016. Students can visit The Public Education Foundation’s website – thepef.org – for more information about how to apply and which scholarships are available.

“These scholarships can make the difference for many students, enabling them to attend college,” said Judi Steele, President & CEO of The Public Education Foundation.

The scholarships are provided by community leaders, businesses, organizations, individuals and families. The awards range from $500 to $5,000 annually and some are renewable. The scholarships are based on a variety of criteria such as academic achievement, motivation, planned area of study and/or financial need.

Last year, The Public Education Foundation awarded more than $900,000 in college scholarships to 427 students. Altogether, 575 scholarships were awarded, as some students received multiple scholarships.

In just over two decades, the Foundation has awarded more than 4,800 scholarships totaling $9.5 million. The Foundation’s Scholarship Program has witnessed remarkable growth since its first year, when 19 students received scholarships totaling $16,000.