Scholarship Opportunities

Posted On November 30, 2018
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Financial security is often an unfortunate determinant in student success when completing higher education. According to a recent study conducted at East Carolina University, more than 57% of the students surveyed reported difficulty funding their education without help from external resources (Millea, Wills, Elder, & Molina, 2018). Students who experience financial constraints often either end up dropping out of college or have to delay graduation. Another survey conducted by LendEDU, an online student loan refinancing company, revealed that 51% of students drop out of college due to lack of funding and 79% have to delay graduation (Scipioni, 2018). For many students who cannot afford college, financial support in the form of grants or scholarships is essential for them to be able to pay for their degree. Students who receive grant aid are 9% more likely to graduate college (Millea, Wills, Elder, & Molina, 2018).

Georgia State University has made it their mission to improve college retention and graduation rate of students by offering a wide range of scholarships to students who are currently enrolled. Disability Services supports this mission by offering two scholarships which are available to Georgia State students who are seeking financial assistance in funding their education at the university.

Although each of the two scholarships, the Bennett A. Brown Scholarship and the Margret A. Staton scholarship, have different application criteria, both scholarships are geared towards providing financial assistance to students with documented disabilities. These scholarships have been made available as a result of the generous support of the Margaret A. Staton Foundation and the Bennett A. Brown Foundation. The amount awarded for the Bennett A. Brown scholarship for the 2018/2019 award year was 10,277.72, which was dispersed among two recipients, while the amount awarded for the Margret A. Staton scholarship was 41,973.29, dispersed among four recipients.

The following is an outline of the basic qualifying criteria for the Bennett A. Brown Scholarship:

  • Applicants Must have a documented language-based learning disability (a learning disability which substantially limits the ability to read, write or comprehend spoken language);
  • Applicants must be registered with Disability Services;
  • Applicants must also have a demonstrated financial need and be an entering freshman accepted for admission or an undergraduate already enrolled.

The following is an outline of the basic qualifying criteria for the Margaret A. Staton Scholarship:

  • Applicants must have a documented disability;
  • Applicants must be registered with Disability Services;
  • Undergraduate students who wish to apply must have completed at least one semester at Georgia State University and have maintained a GPA of 2.5 or higher;
  • Graduate students who wish to apply must be accepted into, or currently participating in, a specific graduate or professional program at Georgia State University and have a GPA of
    3.0 or higher.

Both scholarships will open up on December 12 this year and close on March 29, 2019. Scholarships will be awarded on April 26, 2019. Only applications submitted online and by the deadline will be considered. Please visit the Scholarships and Grants page to get more information about and to apply for these wonderful opportunities.

Written by Whitley Tucker.

References

Millea, M., Wills, R., Elder, A., & Molina, D. (2018). What Matters in College Student Success? Determinants of College Retention and Graduation Rates. Education, (4), 309. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.gsu.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edsgov&AN=edsgcl.543610935&site=eds-live&scope=site

Scipioni, J. (2018, January 9). 51% of college students dropped out of school due to costs, study finds. Fox Business. Retrieved from https://www.foxbusiness.com/features/51-of-college-students-dropped-out-of-school-due-to-costs-study-finds