Scholarships are available for college and trade schools
It is an exciting time of year for high school seniors. Many are receiving acceptance letters from colleges and career schools and others are still trying to decide what to do after high school.
It also is the time of year to fill out scholarship applications.
This year the Richland County Foundation transitioned from a paper application to an online form to make it easier for students to apply for scholarships.
Also, new this year the Board of Trustees earmarked $40,000 for trade or career technical school scholarships from its unrestricted funds.
Richland County students attending a trade or career school can apply for a scholarship up to $2,000. Students working on post-secondary education goals involving welding, precision machine, small engine repair, bricklaying, diesel and auto mechanics and others are eligible to apply.
Foundation President Brady Groves said the new scholarships were created to better meet the needs of local students. Some students attending trade or career technical schools have difficulty acquiring scholarships to help pay for their tuition.
All scholarships are based on financial need.
New applicants and high school seniors must have at least a 2.5-grade point average (GPA), college students and returning applicants must have at least a 2.0 GPA, attend an accredited school on a full-time basis and be a resident or student in Richland County.
These are not recurring scholarships and students must re-apply each year. The application deadline is April 1.