A total of 1,683 Long Beach Unified School District high school students have received high qualifying scores to earn a Governor’s Scholars Award of $1,000 each. Hundreds of Cal Grant awards were also announced this month for local seniors who are model applicants for the state financial aid award.
The Governor’s Scholars Award provides $1,000 scholarships to 9th, 10th and 11th graders scoring in the top 10 percent of their high school class or scoring in the top 5 percent statewide on the Stanford 9 exam in math and English. The awards are held in trust until the student is ready to use the award for any accredited post-secondary institution. A student can earn this award for a maximum of three years. Some students are three-time recipients.
Governor’s Scholars who achieve high scores on rigorous math and science exams may also qualify for a Distinguished Math and Science Scholars award of $2,500. Online claiming of this award will begin later this spring.
In 2000, the California Legislature expanded the Cal Grant program, guaranteeing a grant for all eligible college-bound seniors. Cal Grants are awarded based on family income level and high school grade point average of at least 3.0 for students attending a four-year university. Annual grants are intended to cover fees and tuition at the California State University or the University of California.
Cal Grant awards can also be used to pay up to $8,832 for tuition at a private college. Community college students are eligible for a Cal Grant of $1,551 that covers living expenses and education-related costs.
Students can claim their Governor’s Scholars Awards at www.scholarshare.com.
February is Cal Grant Month. Students interested in a Cal Grant must submit their applications this month. A series of "Cash for College" workshops will take place across the state where students and their parents will receive assistance in preparing financial aid applications. For more information on the Cal Grant program or to see a list of events, visit www.californiacollegegoalsunday.com
or call (866) 476-8787.
A Cash for College Workshop will be held tomorrow, February 8, 10 a.m. to noon at Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Campus, 1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway. For information about that workshop, call 938-4257.