Emily Lester Vermont Opportunity Scholarship

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Amount
Awarded

$2,647

Awarded

Application Deadline

February 12

Wednesday
Awarded By:

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC)

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually based on the number of qualified applicants. In the 2013-2014 academic year (the most recent for which data is available), there were 17 awards given.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  3. Must be a resident of Vermont.
  4. Must attend an accredited school located within Vermont and approved for federal Title IV funding (Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans).
  5. Must currently be under the custody of the Vermont Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) or have been under DCF custody for at least six months between the ages of 16 and 18.
  6. Must be 18 to 24 years of age if not currently under the custody of DCF.
  7. Must be an incoming or current undergraduate student.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This scholarship is available for Vermont undergraduate students who have demonstrated financial need. The student must currently be under the custody of the Vermont Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), or be 18-24 years of age and have been under DCF custody for at least six months between the ages of 16 and 18.

Application requirements for the Emily Lester Vermont Opportunity Scholarship are:

  • FAFSA
  • Application forms (2)
Additional Information: This scholarship is administered with the proceeds from a trust fund established through an annual appropriation from State of Vermont's general fund. Funding for this program is conditional upon annual legislative approval. All applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Award Amount: Scholarships generally range from $1,000 to $2,000, and may not exceed $3,000. The amount disbursed cannot exceed the recipient's total costs (tuition, fees, room, and board) minus his/her expected family contribution (EFC) as calculated on the FAFSA and all other sources of gift aid combined All scholarships are non-renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $2,647.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, February 12

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, February 12

Applications are available from the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) website. Applications may be completed either online or in paper form beginning on November 1. Please note: The student is only required to submit one application for all scholarships for which he/she wishes to apply. In addition, if a particular document is required for more than one scholarship, the student need only submit one copy of that document. To apply, the student must complete and submit the VSAC Unified Scholarship Application and submit the following materials: a letter of recommendation; an essay; and official transcripts. NOTE: Required additional materials MUST conform to the detailed instructions in the VSAC Scholarships Booklet. The student is highly encouraged to review the booklet thoroughly when assembling materials. Electronic applications and any digital versions of supplemental materials must be submitted by midnight on the deadline date. Paper applications or any supplemental materials in paper form must be postmarked by the deadline date.
Contact: -
Address: 10 E. Allen St. P.O. Box 2000 Winooski, Vermont 05404

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