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Scholarship America announced today that the Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund, to assist outstanding high school seniors from Connecticut who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs, is now open for student applications.
To be eligible, students must be United States citizens or permanent legal residents, be high school seniors who reside in and receive their high school education in Connecticut , plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the upcoming academic year, have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent), and demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and a record of community service.
Up to five students will be selected to each receive a $1,500 award – renewable for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever comes first.
“Serving the people of Connecticut has been a great privilege,” said Sen. Lieberman, who is using excess funds from his campaign fund to seed the scholarship program, with additional funds raised by the Senator as time goes on. “The Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund is a way for me to both thank and give back to Connecticut by helping outstanding seniors go to college and pursue their dreams.”
The scholarship will be administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin, and scholarships will be awarded for full-time study at an accredited institution of the students’ choice.
“Scholarships, particularly those that are renewable, can make the difference between a student obtaining a degree or not attending college at all,” said Scholarship America president, Lauren Segal. “Scholarship America is thrilled to administer the Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund in support of students in his state.”
Because only the first 500 applications received will be opened and processed, Scholarship America encourages students to apply for the scholarship as soon as possible. Application will close on April 1, 2013. The application and additional information can be found at http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/joe-lieberman-scholars.
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