Changes to Scholarship and Award Programs Help More Students

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Foundation Highlights

In an effort to continue to help the growing number of students applying for the Imagine America scholarship and award programs, the Foundation has made several significant changes to the Imagine America high school and ASEP programs. This will enable more students to apply for our scholarship and award programs.

Each high school can now nominate five students per scholarship year. The Foundation increased this number from three to five in response to high schools and colleges who would like to provide more opportunities to more students. To help promote the scholarship and award programs, promotional materials such as “How to Apply” flyers, program description flyers and steps to apply can be found on the Foundation’s web site. We encourage you to print these materials and supply them to students who may be interested in attending a career school. Another great way to provide scholarship and award information to students is through the Foundation’s web banner. If you would like the Imagine America web banner, please contact Jenny Faubert at

The Imagine America high school scholarship program is for current-year high school graduates. High school students graduating in 2011 may begin applying for the scholarship on January 1, 2011. Students applying should have a likelihood of successful completion of postsecondary education, a high school GPA of 2.5 (only recommended), financial need and completed community service. For more information on Imagine America, see here.

The Foundation has changed the application criteria for ASEP. Students aged 19 to 20 can now apply for the Adult Skills Education Program (ASEP). Previously, students between the age of 19 and 20 lost out on that opportunity. The new criterion gives those students an opportunity to apply.

ASEP is for adult learners choosing to pursue a career education. They may apply to receive a $1,000 award to attend an Imagine America-participating ASEP school of their choice. All adult students must complete a student assessment provided by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Once the application is completed, the assessment will be scored, and all information will be forwarded to the corresponding career college for review.

In addition to completing the assessment, students must enroll in a participating career college; meet the eligibility requirements of the college; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; be 19 years of age or older; and have a high school diploma, GED, or pass an Ability to Benefit test. For additional information on ASEP, see here.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please feel free to contact a Foundation representative at 202.336.6800