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Student Scholarship Program

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I remember the excitement (of transitioning to online learning), seeing all of the new courses and classes being offered that I never would have had the chance to take otherwise.
— Brianna Abbas

Whether challenged by geography, health, or familial constraints or simply not challenged enough academically, blended and online learning programs have the potential to close enormous opportunity gaps for students and enable pursuit of academic and vocational dreams that surpass their current situations.

A growing number of students are seeking out blended and online learning programs for a variety of reasons all with one common goal — personalizing their learning so they can move beyond present constraints. For those who have already demonstrated their willingness to embrace the power of technology in their educational journey, we have the Student Scholarship Program.

Our student scholarship program provides graduates of accredited blended and online programs access to financial support that will enable them to achieve their educational goals beyond high school. The SSP is the only scholarship of its kind, specifically focused on supporting students who have proven their commitment to digital learning and wish to continue this approach through their secondary education.

With extended blended and online learning support, students such as our Arkansas, Idaho, and West Virginia scholarship recipients, are walking onto a more level playing field when progressing to college and career opportunities. These scholars are entering both their post-secondary programs and the workforce with an expanded set of learning skills thanks to the innovative programs of study they chose to follow.

Through the SSP, we are able to work first-hand with scholars and their parents to demonstrate, through their experience and voice, the impact that technology, innovation, and ultimately digital learning courses play in personalizing the teaching and learning process for all students. This information helps inform decisions down line that impact education policy and practice.

2019 Application Portal is Now Open

 

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Application Process & Timeline

We are partnered with Scholarship America who manages the application process. Applicants must meet the program’s eligibility requirements and submit the appropriate documents by the deadline. Scholarships are accepted for 6-8 weeks in the spring (March-May). The application review takes about one month (May-June) and scholarship winners are notified by Scholarship America in mid July, once the FBOL board approves the recipient candidates.

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Award

Ten scholars matriculating to four-year institutions will receive an award of up to $10,000 per year for two years. Twenty scholars will receive an award of up to $5,000 for their post-secondary experience in any program of their choice, with the opportunity to apply for an additional award as they successfully enter their second post-secondary academic year.

Our scholarship program is highly competitive. The 2017 cohort had over 1,000 initial applicants and 30 were chosen as the final recipients. Recipients of our 2-year awards are required to maintain a certain GPA during their first year in order to qualify for their second-year award.

Eligibility

Our Student Scholarship Program is for high school seniors who have completed a minimum of five (5) blended and/or online courses during their last two years of high school and plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year. All students who meet this prerequisite are invited to apply, and scholarships are not granted based upon financial need.

Evaluation Criteria

Recent high school graduates who meet the specific selection criteria outlined by The Foundation Scholarship Committee will be considered for one-year tuition-based awards to four-year universities, community colleges, and accredited vocational programs.

The evaluation criteria based on a numeric ranking that includes the following components (estimates):

  • academic performance (20%)

  • letters of recommendation (20%)

  • breadth and depth of online courses (40%)

  • extracurricular activities (20%)