The Cape Cod Foundation’s annual scholarship application process has begun. The Foundation offers more than 80 different scholarship opportunities for seniors graduating from high school, current college students, and for adults planning to pursue degrees, complete certificate programs, or take professional development courses.
The scholarship process is entirely online at www.capecodfoundation.org. The deadline for most scholarships is midnight on April 1. Applicants can view an application tutorial and download the Foundation’s Scholarship Information Booklet with complete criteria, deadlines, and application requirements for each scholarship online.
“Our new universal online application streamlines the application process this year,” said Dara Gannon, the Foundation’s Director of Programs and Services. “Once applicants have registered, the system automatically matches them to all scholarships for which they are eligible. This helps ensure they don’t miss any opportunities.”
There are three new scholarships this year.
Advocates for a Community College Education Scholarship for Second Year Students at Cape Cod Community College
For students entering their second year of study at Cape Cod Community College. Preference given to those who are nursing majors or those studying a STEM related field.
George V. Albert Sr. Educational Fund
For graduating high school seniors from Barnstable County in need of college tuition assistance
Jennifer Bradford Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund
For a graduating high school senior from Nauset Regional High School or Monomoy Regional High School with an interest in music to attend a 2- or 4-year accredited college or university. Preference is for students with an interest in voice.
Last year, The Cape Cod Foundation awarded more than $560,000 to 152 students from Cape Cod and the Islands. The Foundation also administers scholarships for its supporting organization, the Cape Cod Association (CCA), which awarded more than $464,000 heritage-based scholarships to 334 students in 2019. Criteria, deadlines, and application requirements for CCA scholarships are online at www.capecodassoc.org.
“While we have been able to increase scholarship awards considerably over the last decade, continued community support is critical,” said Kristin O’Malley, President and CEO of The Cape Cod Foundation. “There are always more applicants than recipients; tuition costs continue to rise, and scholarships for students in their second, third and fourth year of undergraduate programs are not as numerous. It’s not enough to help students get into college; we need to make sure they have the resources to stay there.”
O’Malley said the Foundation has a General Scholarship Fund with broad eligibility requirements to increase opportunities for students. Anyone interested in donating to this scholarship can contact O’Malley at 508-790-3040 or donate online at www.capecodfoundation.org.