Delaware...you could almost say it's where it all began. Delaware achieved statehood in 1787; it was the first state admitted into the Union. It's one of the smallest states in the nation but also one of the most historical. This makes it a great place to study American history and much else besides.
There are 12 colleges and universities in the state and they run the gamut from the smaller community colleges to the large University of Delaware, which has nearly 22,000 students. The state's top industries include banking and finance, education, healthcare and farming.
In addition to merit-based and need-based scholarships, there are also tuition wavers and loan forgiveness plans offered by the state. In the private sector, there are a host of scholarship opportunities both for in state and out of state applicants.
The links below should provide you with a clearer picture of the scholarship opportunities available in the state of Delaware.
Legal residents of Delaware
U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens
Demonstrate substantial financial need, as determined using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Have a minimum cumulative, unweighted grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Enroll full-time in an undergraduate degree program at a nonprofit, regionally accredited institution (http://www.chea.org/default.asp) in Delaware or Pennsylvania
Or enroll full-time at a nonprofit, regionally accredited college in an undergraduate or graduate degree program that is not offered at the University of Delaware (http://www.udel.edu/academics), Delaware State University (http://www.desu.edu/academics) or Delaware Technical Community College (https://www.dtcc.edu/academics/programs-study).
The Governor's Education Grant for Working Adults is funded by the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) and administered by the Delaware Higher Education Office (DHEO). The grant is designed to assist under-employed working adult students seeking to acquire new or enhanced skills that will permit them to increase their earning potential in present or future employment. To qualify, you must be:
18 or older.
a high school graduate or GED recipient.
a resident of Delaware and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
The maximum grant for one academic year (July 1 through June 30) is $2,000 and is subject to available funding. Schools accepting the Governor's Education Grant for Working Adults are currently limited to not-for-profit Delaware-based institutions of higher education and adult education training programs at vocational-technical high schools who have agreed contractually to adhere to the following payment schedule:
Governor's Education Grant for Working Adults: 65% tuition & fees, up to $2,000/year
Participating school: 10% tuition & fees
Employer and/or employee: 25% tuition & fees
Although applications may be submitted through the close of the term or conclusion of the training program for which they are intended, it is recommended that applications be submitted prior to the start of the term/program. Grants are nonrenewable. You must submit a new application each term.
See website for more information: http://www.doe.k12.de.us/infosuites/students_family/dheo/how_to_apply/financial_aid/FA_webpages/govworking.shtml
Applicant must have been a resident of the state of Delaware for three or more consecutive years prior to the date of application.
If the applicant's parent is a member of the armed forces, the parent must have been a resident of Delaware at the time of death or declaration of missing in action or prisoner of war status.
Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
Applicant must be between the ages of 16 and 24.
Applicant must be the child of one of the following:
member of the armed forces whose cause of death was service-related;
member of the armed forces who is being held or was held as a prisoner of war;
member of the armed forces who is officially declared missing in action;
state police officer whose cause of death was service-related; or
state employee of the Department of Transportation routinely employed in job-related activities upon the state highway system whose cause of death was job-related.
Priority sequence for awards is
tuition and fees at a public college in Delaware;
tuition and fees at a private college in Delaware, if the program of study is not offered at a Delaware public college; or
tuition and fees at an out-of-state public or private college, if there is no institution in Delaware offering the program of study.
Award will be prorated for eligible students who choose to attend an institution that is out of this sequence. Award is limited to four years.
Completed application is due 6 - 8 weeks before classes begin.
Print a copy of the application form (PDF document) and return the completed application to the Delaware Higher Education Office.
A Korean student currently enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program is qualified to apply. Applicants are judged on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and community service. For the Eastern Region, schools must be located in either: New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, or Kentucky.
LA Tutors awards a monthly $500 Innovation Scholarship to high school and college students who showcase their creativity and make a positive impact.
Legal residents of Delaware
U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens
High school seniors who rank in upper quarter of class
Combined score of at least 1800 on the SAT
Enrolled as a full-time student in a degree program at a nonprofit, regionally accredited institution
Renewable for up to three additional years with a cumulative GPA of 3.0
Approximately 50 awards/year
You can apply online by completing the Common Merit Application on the Delaware Higher Education Office's secure Student Account Access site at https://dheo.doe.k12.de.us/dhec_student/login.aspx. 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. You 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.
High School Academic Record Report and Transcript Request and high school transcript submitted directly from your high school to the Higher Education Office. Students are responsible for ensuring that their schools provide these forms by the deadline.
MusicAuthority recognizes the positive impact that music can have on a student’s learning experience. Studies have shown how music can enhance learning- from improving memory performance to relieving anxiety, music can be a great component to aid a student’s college experience.
We are proud to offer our $1,000 scholarship to one current or prospective student. We will be offering this scholarship on a continual basis and we are excited to promote a passion for music and higher education.
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural education or agricultural sciences. Must be resident of Delaware with preference to applicants with local or state leadership experience. Minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale required.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $1,000. Not guaranteed.
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural education or ag sciences. Minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale required. Must be resident of Delaware. Preference given to applicants with local, state or national leadership experience in honor of Dale Wolf’s service as Governor and St. Governor of the state of Delaware.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $1,000. Not guaranteed.
Eligible students will:
Write an essay of no fewer than 600 words about their career aspirations and how their current course load will help them achieve success in their careers. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Thinking outside the box is encouraged!
Email their essay as a .doc or .pdf attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
YouTube submissions are optional, although not required. Video should be no longer than 5 minutes. (Essays submitted via YouTube must also be submitted in writing.)
The Joseph and Marion Greenbaum Scholarship Fund, a permanent restricted endowment of the Jewish Fund for the Future, provides scholarships for undergraduate students to attend accredited colleges or universities.
For more information email Scholarships@ShalomDel.org.
The Jerusalem Study Fund is a permanent restricted endowment of the Jewish Fund for the Future and supports students 16 or older (with preference to applicants aged sixteen through twenty-four) in their study at educational institutions located in Jerusalem, or its proximate suburbs in Israel. The Fund supports payment toward international transportation, tuition, books, room and board to defray expenses which otherwise would be paid by recipients. Funding varies depending on the number of requests received and program cost.
Scholarships only applicable for specific counties within this state
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