Panda Cares First-Year Scholars 2020

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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. 

 * Must be a graduating high school senior planning to enroll in fall 2020 as a full-time, first-year student at an accredited U.S. located four-year college or university;

* Must be a resident of eligible states or territory: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico;

* Must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale;

* Must be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States;

* Must have a completed FAFSA, qualify for Federal Pell Grant and must demonstrate unmet need;

 Selection Process

* A letter of recommendation;

* A personal statement to demonstrate 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;

* Their final high school transcript;

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


For questions regarding the scholarship program, please email

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