WCEJ Thornton Foundation Low-Income Scholarship

Funded by
WC & EJ Thornton Foundation
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$20,000
20 winners, $1,000 each
In Review
Application Deadline
Jul 1, 2021
Winners Announced
Aug 1, 2021
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
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Eligibility Requirements
Financial Status:
Low-Income
Education:
High school senior, going back to school, or already in a post-secondary program
Financial Status:
Education:
Low-Income
High school senior, going back to school, or already in a post-secondary program

Everyone deserves an opportunity to receive a high-quality education, but unfortunately, socioeconomic status is a common barrier limiting the educational opportunities of students across the country.

Only 14% of low-income students receive a bachelor’s degree within 8 years of graduating from high school. This is staggeringly low. 

While a college education can be a great way for low-income students to escape the cycle of poverty, many of these students do not take this path. They often face difficult choices – Do I get a job and support my family, or do I take out large loans and further my education? These are tough choices to make at a young age.  

As one small way to make higher education more accessible to low-income students, the WCEJ Thornton Foundation Low-Income Scholarship will be awarded to five students in any field of study who have an exemplary academic record, but are in need of financial assistance to pursue their dreams in higher education. 

To apply, you must be a high school senior, someone returning to school, or already enrolled in a post-secondary education program. please write about your greatest achievement, what it taught you about yourself, and what you hope to achieve in the future.

General
Selection Criteria:
Essay, Low-Income, Ambition, Perseverance
$20,000
20 winners, $1,000 each
In Review
Application Deadline
Jul 1, 2021
Winners Announced
Aug 1, 2021
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

What do you think is your greatest achievement to date? What did that experience teach you about yourself? What you hope to achieve in the future? 

400–750 words

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