The good news for cash-strapped families of college-bound high school seniors is that scholarships offer “free money.” Unlike loans, scholarships don’t need to be repaid. This means fewer out-of-pocket costs and the potential to graduate with less student debt.
In Delaware, college-bound high school seniors can apply for one of 50 Diamond State Scholarships. These scholarships make $1,250/year available per student and are renewable for up to three additional years with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- Legal residents of Delaware
- High school seniors who rank in upper quarter of class
- Combined score of at least 1290 on the SAT
- Enrolled as a full-time student in a degree program at a nonprofit, regionally accredited institution
Diamond State Scholarship Deadlines:
- Application opens on December 1, 2017 and All application materials must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on March 6, 2017.
Students can apply online by completing the application on the Delaware Higher Education Office’s secure Student Account Access site. First-time users must establish an account and provide a valid email and mailing address before proceeding to the application. Incomplete applications cannot be processed. Students must provide all of the required information:
- Completed application, including activities.
- Essay of no less than 1,000 and no more than 1,200 words, excluding headings and footnotes. Word count will be verified.
- Provide academic information to the Delaware Higher Education Office: For students attending Delaware public or charter high schools: The Delaware Higher Education Office will access your 9th through 11th grade unweighted cumulative GPA and SAT scores through eSchool. For home-schooled students or students attending private high schools in Delaware: Please send a copy of your SAT scores and your 9th through 11th grade high school transcript showing your unweighted cumulative GPA directly to the Delaware Higher Education Office by the scholarship deadline.
Helpful College Scholarship Resources for Delaware High School Seniors:
- To learn more about the Diamond State Scholarships, please visit The Delaware Department of Education.
- For more great college scholarships, please click on the College Scholarships category, at right.
- To learn how to WIN those scholarships, visit our popular How to WIN College Scholarships tutorial.
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