Are you planning to attend a two year college? Many students are. Some students plan to attend only a two year college while others will transition to a four year university afterwards. You might already know about university scholarships, but did you know there are also two year college scholarships available also? It’s true — you can find financial assistance in the form of scholarships for two year colleges. While they are not as plentiful as four year scholarships they are available from various providers. One of the most prestigious is awarded by the Coca-Cola company.
The Coca Cola Scholars Foundation awards scholarships for those attending two year colleges. The scholarships from this foundation are awarded on the basis of merit which is demonstrated by the student through academic performance, extracurricular activity and community involvement. For the two year scholarship program, high school students must apply by October 31 of their senior year. This program awards 350 $1,000 scholarships to students preparing to attend a two year college. They also offer a very large scholarship award to outstanding students heading to a four year university. This scholarship awards multiple prizes of $20,000 and $10,000 to deserving students around the nation.
Another organization that offers two-year scholarship programs is Phi Theta Kappa. This organization offers 30 $1,000 scholarships each year to students who will be attending a two year college then transferring to a four year university. This organization also has a great many other scholarship programs for students attending a four year university. You may want to do some online research to find out more about the many opportunities offered by this society. Another resource is the financial aid office of the two year college you are planning to attend.
When you sit down with a financial aid counselor he or she can educate you further on the various programs available to help you. The college may offer their own two year college scholarships that you can apply for. You can also find out more about obtaining grants and student loans. A grant is money for college that you do not have to repay, while a student loan is money that you will have to repay, often starting after you graduate. No matter what financial aid route you choose, it is important to understand the application process and the deadlines. If your application is received late, it most likely will not be considered and you will have to wait until the next year.