Deadline approaches to apply for college scholarships - February 18 2016

OSHKOSH, WI - High school seniors have the opportunity to apply for scholarships that can help offset the burden of paying for college, but time is of the essence. Many application deadlines are in February and March.

"There are so many scholarships for kids and every little bit of financial help can make a difference," says Cheryl Fowler, education coordinator for the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. "We are encouraging students and their parents to use our website to search for scholarships that match their college plans and fill out the online application right away."

The Foundation's scholarship website, FoxRiverScholarshipCenter.org, serves as a one-stop shop for all scholarships that local students might be eligible for, including those funded by local donors and organizations, as well as those offered by statewide groups and by specific universities or colleges.

Students search for scholarships that match their background and educational plans and explore options such as how their university of choice, majors and grades could make more scholarships available to them. Students can apply for those scholarships online, or obtain scholarship application materials on the website.

Scholarship deadlines for specific high schools are:
  • Feb. 22, Oshkosh Area Community Foundation scholarships (many for Oshkosh North and West High School students)
  • Feb. 25, Green Lake School District scholarships
  • March 1, Winneconne Area Education Fund scholarships (for Winneconne Community School District students)
  • March 11, Omro Area Scholarship and Education Foundation scholarships (for Omro High School students)
  • March 21, Neenah High School scholarships
  • March 31, Oshkosh Corporation scholarships
Fowler has visited many area high schools to show seniors and their parents how to search and apply for scholarships using FoxRiverScholarshipCenter.org. "I also encourage nontraditional and part-time students to search the site too. We have scholarships for all types of students with a variety of post-high school plans," she says.

Since its founding 88 years ago, the Foundation has given away millions of dollars in scholarships for young people to pursue higher education and achieve their career goals.

During the 2014-15 academic year, the Foundation awarded more than 240 scholarships totaling $273,845 to students from Oshkosh, Ripon, Omro, Neenah, Winneconne and the surrounding areas. More than $600,000 was awarded to students, including those students who received multiyear scholarships.

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call 920-426-3993.

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