Applying for college scholarships is a more direct process now for Bridgeport High School students with the launch of a new Dollars for Scholars website.
Students can fill out a profile on the organization’s website and their information is used to connect them to local and national scholarships, internships and volunteer opportunities, along with other financial aid resources and college success tools.
“It’s a big step for our local organization,” Treasurer Leticia Llamas said. “This will enable us to help our students in more ways than ever before.”
The website went live Dec. 28, according to President Ken Krugel. Scholarship America, the parent organization of Dollars for Scholars, provided the software.
“Bridgeport Dollars for Scholars was able to customize the website to meet its specific needs; including keeping the local community updated on chapter news, events and deadlines; providing information on what’s going on in education on a national level; and giving students and parents a one-stop-shop for chapter scholarships, educational resources, opportunities, and events,” Krugel wrote.
Bridgeport’s chapter, which has helped 182 students earn more than $130,000 in scholarships since its inception in 1997, is urging students to create their profiles as soon as possible to ensure they don’t miss any deadlines.
High school students can start applying Feb. 15, and the application window closes April 30. College students looking for continuing education scholarships can apply between March 1 and May 15.
The website also includes information about volunteering or donating to the organization, which is not-for-profit.
Dollars for Scholars has about 1,100 chapters nationwide. Other local chapters include Pateros and Oroville.
Mansfield had a program, but disassociated itself last year due to rising fees and operates now as the Mansfield Scholars Foundation.