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TFEC Aspire to Rise Scholarship Fund

The TFEC Aspire to Rise Scholarship provides financial assistance for non-traditional students who have experienced adversity in their lives but are looking to overcome those struggles through further education.

The TFEC Aspire to Rise Scholarship specifically supports individuals who are 22 years of age or older, planning to attend a four year college or university, a two year trade or technical school, or an associates or certificate program on a full-time or part-time basis. Extra consideration is given to applicants who have not completed a post-secondary degree.

This scholarship also supports students who plan to register or are scheduled to take the GED. For more information about how to prepare or register to take the GED test visit ged.com.

Click this link to apply in 2022

 

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Deadline

Rolling Deadline


Award

Multiple Winners / Amount Varies

Scholarship FAQs

Criteria

  1. Non-traditional students 22 years of age or older 
  2. Applicants must have faced challenges that prevented them from continuing their education. Applicants will be asked to write an essay describing the role education will play in their efforts to overcome their circumstances and achieve long-term goals. 
  3. Additional consideration will be given to applicants who have not completed a post-secondary degree. 
  4. Legal resident of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon or Perry County. Or a legal resident of Dillsburg in York County  
  5. Plan to attend a four-year college or university, a two-year trade or technical school, or an associates or certificate program on a full-time or part-time basis. Or plan to register or are scheduled to take the GED 
  6. Financial need 
  7. Essay

Renewability

This scholarship is a one-time only award; however, individuals may re-apply for consideration at the completion of their original award period by completing the full application process.

GED Scholarship Requirements

  1. Personal Resume.
  2.  Most Recent Tax Return: In addition to the tax return, you may also provide a letter with information you believe will be useful in determining your financial need (e.g., family and student income). Are there extenuating circumstances of which we should be aware? For example, illness in the family, loss of employment, or other relevant information?
  3.  Personal Essay: Why will earning your GED be a significant achievement? Applicants should keep in mind that the award is designed to support non-traditional students who are looking to overcome their struggles through further education. Please reference any adversities and the role education will play in achieving long-term goals. Describe challenges that have prevented you from graduating from high school and what has motivated you to earn your GED now. 400 words minimum, typewritten, 12 pt. font, double spaced.

Higher Education Scholarship Requirements

  1. Personal Resume.
  2. Completed Supplemental Form. Applicants who have previously completed a post-secondary degree are asked to provide additional information about the nature of their degree. Click here to download the pdf file that you should complete, save, and attach to your application.
  3. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR): Please attach the report in its entirety. This report must include the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). Please be aware that the SAR is not the same as the Summary Report. In addition to the SAR, you may also provide a letter with information you believe will be useful in determining your financial need (e.g., family and student income). Are there extenuating circumstances of which we should be aware? For example, illness in the family, loss of employment, or other relevant information?
    1. If you are requesting support to enroll in a certificate program that does not require the completion of the FAFSA, you may submit your most recent tax return instead of the Student Aid Report.
  4. Personal Essay: Why is your presence in higher education a significant achievement? Applicants should keep in mind that the award is designed to support non-traditional students who are looking to overcome their struggles through further education. Please reference any adversities and the role education will play in achieving long-term goals. Describe challenges that have prevented you from attending college and what has motivated you to pursue a degree now. 400 words minimum, typewritten, 12 pt. font, double spaced.

 

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