Featured Partner Scholarships: January 2022
By Matt Konrad
A new year means new opportunities to kickstart your scholarship search! As the scholarship and financial aid season ramps up and gets busier, we’re featuring four unique programs from Scholarship America partners, including a full-tuition award for Missouri students; a program just for aspiring culinary students; a scholarship supporting families impacted by cystic fibrosis; and a generous opportunity for students with disabilities. Learn more below, and don’t forget to bookmark our Browse Scholarships page for a constantly updated list of what’s available!
James L. and Nellie M. Westlake Scholarship
For 40 years, the James L. and Nellie M. Westlake Scholarship Foundation has been helping high school and community college students in Missouri turn their dreams of a bachelor’s degree into realities—and applications are now open for the 2022 class of Westlake Scholars.
Recipients of this prestigious and generous award earn renewable scholarships covering the full cost of tuition, plus a stipend for books, supplies and other expenses. Up to 50 Westlake Scholarships will be awarded — if you’re a high school senior or a community college student in Missouri, don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!
To be eligible, you must be a Missouri resident, and either a graduating high school senior with a cumulative 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, or a student at a Missouri community college with a cumulative GPA of 2.25 on a 4.0 scale. High school seniors must be planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study for the entire upcoming academic year at an accredited four-year college or university. Community college students must have completed one or two full years, with sufficient credits to transfer to an accredited four-year college or university at the sophomore or junior level, respectively.
Applicants must also demonstrate financial need, including a family adjusted gross income (AGI) of $60,000 or less and an expected family contribution toward college (EFC) of $7,000 or less.
If you meet the guidelines and earn the Westlake Scholarship, you can also renew your award for multiple years. For high school seniors, the award is renewable up to three years; for students transferring from two-year institutions, the award is renewable up to one additional year.
Applications are open until February 1. Apply now
Nicole V. Reed Memorial Foundation Culinary Award
Nicole Reed was a full-time software services consultant in Jackson, New Jersey—but it was her custom cake creations that garnered her a huge following of devoted clients. When Nicole passed away suddenly in May of 2019, her husband Charles sought to honor her memory, and the Nicole V. Reed Memorial Foundation Culinary Award does just that, by providing a $5,000 scholarship to a student embarking on a degree in the culinary arts.
Last year, the Foundation awarded its first scholarship to Aiden Kincaid, now enrolled as a culinary arts freshman at Johnson & Wales University. This year, applications are open to a wider group of students: high school seniors age 25 or younger in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania are invited to apply. You must be planning to enroll full-time in a culinary arts program at an accredited two- or four-year college for the entire 2022-23 academic year.
As Charles Reed says, creating culinary masterpieces “was [Nicole’s] passion. The reactions of her clients drove her creativity, and the Nicole V. Reed Memorial Foundation seeks to encourage such passion and creativity in others.” If you have a passion for food and you want to turn it into a career, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity.
Applications are open until January 18. Apply now
Vertex Foundation Scholarship Program
The Vertex Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation, seeks to improve the lives of people with serious diseases and contribute to the communities where Vertex Pharmaceuticals is located through education, innovation and health. Established in 2017, the Foundation is a long-term source of charitable giving and is an extension of Vertex’s corporate giving commitment.
To help families and caregivers who have been impacted by cystic fibrosis (CF), the Vertex Foundation Scholarship Program offers awards of $5,000 to students impacted by CF who are pursuing two-year and four-year undergraduate and graduate degrees. Since 2017, the program has awarded over 350 scholarships to members of the CF community.,
Applications to the Vertex Foundation Scholarship Program are open to high school seniors, college and technical school undergrads and grad students in the U.S. and Canada. Applicants must either be diagnosed with CF or be an immediate family member (sibling, child, spouse or caregiver) of someone diagnosed with CF. The scholarship awards can be used for part-time or full-time undergraduate or graduate study in any field, as long as it’s at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college, university or technical school.
Applications are open until February 1. Apply now
Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities
According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, Americans with disabilities face an uphill battle when it comes to joining the workforce. While nearly 75% of working-age people (ages 16-64) without disabilities are currently employed, only 35% of those with disabilities are active in the workforce. Educational opportunities can help close that gap; that’s why Wells Fargo is proud to offer the Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities. This program is geared specifically toward part- and full-time college students with disabilities, helping them pursue the education or training they need to succeed in their chosen career path.
In partnership with Scholarship America, Wells Fargo has provided nearly $1 million to help 175 scholarship recipients with disabilities achieve their educational goals. In 2022, the Wells Fargo Scholarship for Program for People with Disabilities will once again provide awards of up to $2,500 to qualifying full-time students, renewable up to three years. Awards of up to $1,250 are available to qualifying part-time students and are renewable up to seven years, or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first.
“I believe programs like this have pushed me to use my voice to represent myself and others,” said Gloria Li, a 2019 University of Florida graduate with Tourette’s syndrome, who received the Wells Fargo Scholarship for People with Disabilities for two years. “I am truly grateful for scholarship programs like this one that seek to bring these experiences to light and show people with disabilities that their potential transcends the limitations they were born with and that they deserve this voice in our society.”
Applications are open through February 18. Apply Now >