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Calling 8th Grade Parents! Watch this video prepared by Heavin College and Career Readiness Services about how to pay for college or career training beyond high school and earn a $20 scholarship for your student's Early Award Scholarship Fund.
4th-8th Grade Students
The Early Award Scholarship Program provides financial awards for in-school achievements in math, reading, and language arts; for completion of college-preparation activities; and for deposits to students’ CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Accounts.
The scholarships and savings matches are deposited quarterly into each student’s Community Foundation Early Award Scholarship Fund. For maximum effect on the child’s identity and on their family’s expectations, achievements are recognized in the newspaper, on social media, and at school sporting events. Families receive a Progress Report and Scholarship Fund Statement each quarter showing the scholarships awarded to each student’s Early Award Scholarship Fund and the associated investment activity.
Participating Wabash County students can earn up to $1,000 in scholarships through completion of the Program in grades 4-8. Click here Year 5 2020-2021 Scholarship Amounts to see how each scholarship is earned at each grade level. Now in its 5th year, the Community Foundation has opened funds for more than 1,900 Wabash County students. The combined assets of these funds total more than $760,000.
High School Graduates
After graduating from high school and enrolling at a qualifying post-secondary education institution, students may present a tuition bill to the Community Foundation and request a grant from their Early Award Scholarship Fund directly to that school. Click here Instructions for requesting grant from EAS Fund for instructions on how to submit a request.
From kindergarten through 3rd grade, children and families begin to think about the future and build educational assets through Wabash County Promise WabashCountyPromise.org, a children’s savings account program operated by the Wabash County YMCA. Each fall, this program provides in-school career discovery activities and a campus field trip for all K-3 students, and a $25 savings match challenge for students who enroll a Promise-linked CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Account. These experiences prepare students and families to participate in the Community Foundation’s Early Award Scholarships beginning in 4th grade.
Parents of children as young as kindergarten are encouraged to complete both steps 1 and 2 in advance of their eligibility to earn Early Award Scholarships in 4th grade.
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