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$1 million in scholarships ready for earlier applications

Posted on Jan 25, 2017, by

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region is now accepting applications for more than $1 million in scholarship money available to students from 60 schools.

A change in federal rules allows many college-bound students to apply for scholarships sooner than they could have in the past. They now can use information from their parents’ 2015 federal tax to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) rather than waiting for them to complete their 2016 return, as the old rules would have required. Many of the Community Foundation scholarships require the FAFSA, which provides information about the family’s financial situation.

See our list of scholarships, available to students from 60 schools, including regional families of funds in Brillion, Chilton, Clintonville, Shawano and Waupaca.

Most applications are due March 1. Many can be filed online from the web page, while others are available from high school counselors.

Some scholarships do not require students to prove financial need, and not all are based on superior academic performance. Some scholarships are directed at students pursuing particular fields of study, attending particular colleges or universities, or coming from designated high schools, based on the wishes of the donors who established the scholarship funds. Last year, the Community Foundation awarded a record $1.1 million in scholarships to 314 students.

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