March 3 is the deadline for graduating students to apply for $150,000 in two- or four-year scholarships, depending on the type of higher education institution they choose to attend, the result of San Diego Unified being a finalist for the 2013 Broad Prize for Education.
selected as a Broad Prize scholarship recipient, students attending
four-year colleges or universities will receive up to a $20,000 award
($5,000 per year, paid out over four years). Students attending two-year
colleges or vocational schools will receive up to a $5,000 award
($2,500 per year, paid out over two years). Awards are for undergraduate
Named by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation as one of the top for US
school districts to demonstrate the greatest overall performance and
improvement in student achievement, while at the same time reducing
achievement gaps across ethnic groups and between low-income and
Students can apply for the Broad Prize at https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/broadprize/information.php. They can also check with their school counselor for assistance in completing the application.
Although The Broad Prize recognizes urban school district efforts on the
whole, the beneficiaries of The Broad Prize funds are the students
themselves. The Broad Prize winning district receives $550,000 million
in college scholarships for graduating high school seniors, and the
finalist districts each receive $150,000 in college scholarships. As an
extra bonus, the first high school to reach 100 applicants, or 100
percent of seniors in the case of schools with fewer than 100 seniors,
will receive a $500 bonus to support its school counseling center.
All awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a
bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Students attending
a two-year college or vocational school may transfer to an accredited
four-year college or university. The award amount will be adjusted upon
transfer. In no instance will an award exceed $20,000.
Renewal is contingent upon maintaining a cumulative 2.5 grade point
average on a 4.0 scale in a full-time course of study and continuation
of the scholarship program by The Broad Foundation.