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    Renaissance Scholars Program

    Offered by The Renaissance Foundation

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated May 2, 2024
    Multiple awards worth

    $5,000

    Grade level

    High School Seniors & College Underclassmen

    Expected deadline:

    This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

    March 2025

    Scholarship Overview

    Are you a high school senior from Oregon or Illinois or a college underclassman attending a university in either state? Alternatively, are you a high school senior or college underclassman currently or planning to attend Elizabeth City State University, Stillman College, or North Carolina Central University? If either applies, you may be eligible for the Renaissance Scholars Program! Each cycle, the program offers a renewable college scholarship of up to $5,000 per academic year to multiple eligible students who demonstrate financial need, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and will be the first in their families to earn a bachelor’s degree. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.

    About The Renaissance Foundation

    The Renaissance Foundation, since its inception in 2000, has primarily invested in educational access and services for those with financial need. The Foundation awards grants to organizations that share the same core values of education, social justice, equity and inclusion, environmental justice, and human service.

    Eligibility information

    In order to be eligible, students must meet the below eligibility requirements. However, students who will be or are currently attending Elizabeth City State University, Stillman College, or North Carolina Central University do not need to be from Oregon or Illinois.

    Grade Level

    High School Seniors & College Underclassmen

    Citizenship

    DACA

    Minimum GPA

    3

    Other Category

    Low Income, First-Generation Student

    State

    Illinois, Oregon

    Application information

    In addition to the below application materials, interested students must submit a financial aid document demonstrating their household income.

    2 essays

    Academic transcript

    Resume or CV

    Letters of Recommendation

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    Scholarship FAQ

    Is this scholarship open to international students?

    No, this scholarship is only open to DACA students.

    When will the winner of this scholarship be announced?

    The Renaissance Scholars Program winner will be announced: May 1, 2024.

    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact The Renaissance Foundation at [email protected].

    Is this scholarship renewable?

    Yes, the Renaissance Scholars Program is renewable.

    Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

    For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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