Some foundations offer legacy scholarships

Legacy scholarships are still a thing and you should investigate whether or not you might be eligible to receive one


College education costs are at an all-time high, and landing a scholarship (or two, if you’re fortunate) could make the difference from graduating debt-free or paying loans for years and years after you finish college.

Scholarships are the golden ticket to paying for college. Unlike loans, a scholarship does not need to be repaid. Think of it more like a gift. And the good news is that there are thousands opportunities you can take advantage of. But you’ll have to search for them online.

The Internet is you friend and the gate towards obtaining funding for your on-campus or online degree program.

Before you start, make sure to create a list of all your personal characteristics, skills and talents and use them to search for scholarships. Yes, the majority of scholarships for students of traditional or distance learning degree programs are offered based on merit or financial need, but that doesn’t mean average learners can’t apply for funding opportunities.

You see, things are slowly changing. Holding true to the dogma which declares that “everyone has a right to higher education”, third-party institutions, foundations and so on often set up funding programs for certain classes of students.

For example, some might be looking to sponsors those who have a passion for chess, others might target students looking to pursue a career in technology and so on.

It’s important to seek out and apply to these niche scholarships, if you want to maximize your chances at getting funding.

But you should also be aware of other types of grants. Like legacy scholarships. Legacy scholarships are often awarded to encourage a family tradition. For example, a certain company might be willing to offer sponsorships to the children of their employees. Or a college might do the same, to ensure new family members follow the footsteps of their parents and grandparents and attend the same university.

Note that not all universities or institutions offer such scholarships, but it’s worth asking your parents or your offline or online degree program provider whether it offers any.

Here’s an example for you. The Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) awards each year the Albert E. Phillips Scholarship. Eligibility is limited and includes only students who are a relative of an employee of a COAA Member, an employee of a COAA Member Organization or full-time student at a COAA Member Organization of higher education.

The $1,500 scholarship is intendent for students enrolled with a traditional or distance learning degree who has successfully completed their freshman year. Applicants need to be able to demonstrate a minimum GPA of 2.5 and have an interest in pursuing a career in the construction industry.

How can you apply for the grant? Well you will need to go on the official COAA website and fill out the scholarship application. On top of that you need to write an original 1,000 words essay answering one of the following questions:

  1. What attracted you to construction and what are you career plans in the industry
  2. What do you find to be the most critical issue facing the construction industry and why?

The deadline to send your application is March 1, 2018.

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