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Scoop on scholarships: Kirkwood offers millions of dollars in scholarships each year

Even though it may seem early, it’s time to start thinking about the fall 2023 semester at Kirkwood Community College.  The college awards more than $3 million in scholarships to students each year, so every student planning to return for the 2023-24 school year should be thinking about filling out the Kirkwood scholarship application. 

Navigating this process may seem a bit difficult or overwhelming but Alison Robinson, from the Kirkwood Foundation, has a few inside tips and tricks to help students get started. According to Robinson, the most important part of the application is the personal summary. This is the only chance that the review committee has to get to know the applicant, so students should make sure to take their time and have it proofread by somebody else.  

The next thing to keep in mind is the deadlines; even the best application won’t do a student any justice if it is turned in late. Students should have their application submitted before March 15. There is a second deadline on July 15, however Robinson said that most of the available scholarships are awarded during the first round of selections, so it is better to get applications in for the first round.  

Additionally, Robinson said it is important to remember that all students are still eligible for Kirkwood scholarships, even if they are receiving funding from other sources such as the Pell Grant. Scholarships never need to be paid back and range from $250 to the entire cost of tuition. Robinson added if a scholarship is awarded, the recipient will be informed both via postal mail and by their Kirkwood email. They will then have to write a short thank you note in order to receive the scholarship.  

The staff at Kirkwood aren’t the only ones advocating for students to apply. Catalina Hernandez, Liberal Arts major, was selected for a scholarship last fall. Hernandez described the experience as “unique” but also said that the application process was pretty smooth and fast.  

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