Connecticut high school students in the Class of 2020 have a chance to apply for national College Board Opportunity Scholarships that offer grants ranging from $200 to as much as $40,000.
In addition, Gov. Ned Lamont and Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell have teamed up with the College Board to launch a supplemental pool of scholarship funds – $40,000 each year from the College Board – that will be available to students from lower-income families.
The Opportunity Scholarships program enables students who take any of six college-preparatory steps such as building a college list or practicing for the SAT to become eligible for random drawings for scholarships ranging from $200 to $2,000.
If a students takes all six steps then he or she is eligible to enter the drawing for the $40,000.
The College Board has committed $25 million over five years to the new program.
Any student can apply for the program regardless of income, but the College Board has said that more than half the funds will go to students with families with annual income of less than $60,000.
Priscilla Rodriguez, executive director of scholarships strategy at the College Board, said the six action steps necessary to apply for the $40,000 scholarship are “critical steps that many students, especially low-income students, don’t pursue, limiting their college prospects. Through [the Connecticut State Department of Education’s] leadership, more students in Connecticut will know about and take these crucial steps.”
Wentzell said the state education agency has been “committed to outreach efforts to engage and encourage more students to participate in rigorous coursework while increasing their access to college-level material and…