Broward Education Foundation College Scholarship Applications Due May 13

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(Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – The stress of paying for college will be eased for nearly 200 Broward County high school graduates this year, thanks to the Broward Education Foundation’s  (BEF) annual scholarship program.   Awarded to students with unmet financial need, these scholarships range from $900 to four-year, 120-credit hour Florida Prepaid tuition-only scholarships.  In 2012, 180 students received $1.1 million in aid to attend college, a university or vocational school.

Applications for these scholarships are being accepted now through May 13, 2013.  For information on how to apply, visit  http://www.browardedfoundation.org/what-we-do/students/broward-education-scholarship-fund or contact  Claudette Lavoie at 754-321-2036 or claudette.lavoie@browardschools.com.

Since the creation of this scholarship program, the Broward Education Foundation has provided more than 4,045 scholarships to graduating high school seniors, totaling more than $8.9 million.  The program was formerly called the BRACE (Broward Advisors for Continuing Education) Scholarship Fund in recognition of the advisors who work with guidance counselors throughout the Broward County school system to provide students with information on scholarships, financial aid, college application processes, as well as insight into technical schools, military options and direct workforce entry.  The scholarship program was established to assist students who have exhausted all other avenues of financial support. 

“These scholarships make the dream of attending college a reality for so many students,” said Jorene Jameson, president and CEO of the Broward Education Foundation.  “Thanks to the on-going support of individuals, other foundations and businesses in our community, we are able to help students who otherwise may not be able to continue their education beyond high school.”

BEF is able to purchase Florida Prepaid scholarships for half price, thanks to support from the Stanley Tate Stars Program.  As a result, donors who contribute to a two-year or four-year pre-paid scholarship are matched dollar for dollar through the Florida program.

For information on how to contribute to the scholarship fund, contact Shea Ciriago at (754) 321-2033 or shea.ciriago@browardschools.com.

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