The deadline to apply to the Redding Consortium's scholarships is today at 4:30 p.m. (Unsplash)

College scholarships application deadlines are approaching

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The deadline to apply to the Redding Consortium's scholarships is today at 4:30 p.m. (Unsplash)

The deadline to apply to the Redding Consortium’s scholarships is today at 4:30 p.m. (Unsplash)

A variety of community groups are offering college scholarships, and students who want to apply need to get on it, because at least one deadline is today.

“Our scholarship programs are created by generous people who understand that higher education is expensive and they want Delaware students to have more opportunity,” said Allison Levine, vice president of marketing for the Delaware Community Foundation.

Applying to scholarships is important because being granted one helps ease the burden of debt students can accrue during their college years, she said.

Scholarships available for students of all different backgrounds and interests.

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“Some scholarships are for students who are from certain communities or certain high schools,” Levine said. “Some are for students who are pursuing particular career paths or have certain kinds of experiences. We have some that are specifically for students interested in careers in agriculture or health care or business.”

Here are some scholarship opportunities throughout the state:

Redding Consortium

Deadline: February 15, 4:30 p.m.

Eligible employees or student teachers who are currently working at a Redding Consortium school can apply for a scholarship towards tuition costs at a Delaware institution of higher education. 

Individuals must be actively enrolled or planning to enroll in fall, winter or spring semesters during the 2022-2023 academic year at Delaware State University, Delaware Technical Community College, Relay, University of Delaware or Wilmington University.

Applicants must be a teacher, para-educator, student teacher, principal, nurse, counselor, social worker or other support staff in one of the following schools:

  • Harlan Elementary School
  • Bancroft School
  • Bayard School
  • Stubbs Early Learning Center
  • Shortlidge Academy
  • Lewis Dual Language Elementary
  • Highlands Elementary School
  • Warner Elementary School
  • Edison Charter School
  • East Side Charter School
  • Great Oaks Charter School
  • Kuumba Academy

Click here to apply.

Delaware Community Foundation

Deadline: Wednesday, March 15

The Delaware Community Foundation is distributing about $400,000 in various scholarships this year. 

The foundation partners with donors who create scholarship funds to build opportunity through education and awards roughly 200 scholarships annually.

Explore the more than 50 scholarship opportunities the foundation offers here.

Many of the scholarships are for $1,000 or more.

Department of Education’s Office of Higher Education

Deadline: Friday, February 24; Monday, May 15.

Delaware’s Department of Education lists seven open scholarships for children of dead military veterans, for those pursuing a degree in a high needs career fields, such as education, nursing and computer science, and more.

Awards vary but the highest scholarship amount listed is for $5,000. 

Click here to learn more and apply.

New Castle County scholarship program

Deadline: Friday, March 24

New Castle County students who are currently enrolled in or will attend an accredited college in the fall of 2023 are encouraged to apply here

The scholarships range from $500 to $3,000. 

More than $100,000 in scholarships to more than 80 students were distributed last year.

To be eligible, students must reside in the county, must demonstrate financial need through the following documents: FAFSA student aid report, W2, pay stubs and/or a benefits verification letter or statement.

Family members of the applicant who are also enrolled in post-secondary degree programs are encouraged to apply.

Finalists will be invited to interview with the scholarship committee starting in April and winners will be invited to an awards ceremony in May.

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