The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, in cooperation with General Electric (GE), has launched a new scholarship program in the president's honor which will provide $10,000 for twenty college-bound high school seniors. The renewable award gives students the potential to accrue $40,000 over four years to use toward the pursuit of a bachelor's degree.
Successful candidates should display exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship in all aspects of life.
"Like President Reagan, candidates use their formative experiences of their youth to lead, serve, and pursue a life of progress, both individually and for their communities," writes Erin Korsvall, program officer of the scholarship program.
In addition, candidates must:
•demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship at school, at home, at the workplace, and within the community;
•be nominated by an eligible community leader, such as a high school principal, elected official or executive director of a nonprofit organization;
•be recommended by an authority figure, such as a student activity advisor, community service coordinator, coach, employer, teacher, counselor or religious leader;
•demonstrate strong academic performance (3.0 or greater GPA or equivalent);
•demonstrate financial need;
•be a citizen of the United States of America;
•graduate from high school in Winter 2011 or Spring 2012; and
•use scholarship funds for student tuition, room, and board while pursuing a bachelor’s degree at an accredited U.S. college or university in Fall 2012.
According to the award website, "GE-Reagan Foundation Scholars are among America’s foremost young leaders who personify the values that President Reagan took to Washington and inspired a nation with three decades ago. Like President Reagan, candidates use the formative experiences of their youth to lead, serve and pursue a life of progress, both individually and for their communities."
To apply or learn more about the program, visit the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship website. Applications are due no later than February 17, 2012.