Panda Cares First-Year Scholars

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 The Panda Cares First-Year Scholars Program is a one-time postsecondary scholarship and college success program for graduating high school seniors entering their first year of college. 

 *Possess a demonstrated financial need as verified by the student’s college or university.

* Possess a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

* Plan to be enrolled as a full-time freshman in fall 2022, attending a U.S.-located, four-year, accredited college or university.

* Be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S.


 Selection Process

Applicants must submit the following in order to have a completed application considered:

* A letter of recommendation;

* A personal statement to demonstrating their grit in their pursuit of a college education;

* A copy of their financial aid award letter from the college they are attending;

* A full copy of their most recent FAFSA student aid report;

* Final high school transcript with graduation date;

* A statement describing their extracurricular activities, honors and awards, and community service


For questions regarding the scholarship program, please email

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