WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, today announced the "Path to College" scholarship program. Twice in 2017, U.S. News will grant merit-based awards of $2,500 to assist two high school students pursuing a college degree. To qualify, applicants must:
- Be a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior in a U.S. public or private high school.
- Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year U.S. college or university immediately following high school graduation.
- Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
- Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).
Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic performance, extracurricular activities, community volunteering, leadership honors and awards, paid work experience and a brief essay. The program, administered by Scholarship America, will have two rounds in 2017, with the first deadline for application submissions on or before Jan. 31, 2017.
"For more than 30 years, U.S. News has been dedicated to helping students attain their higher education goals," said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. "We're delighted to announce the first-ever U.S. News scholarship to help ease the financial burden of paying for college – which we know is the No. 1 concern for most families."
In addition to the scholarship, U.S. News unveiled a new "College Compare" tool to help prospective students narrow down their college choices. The new tool allows students to easily compare up to 25 schools at a time on nearly 50 data points, which include graduation and freshman retention rates, tuition and fees, student life, enrollment and more. For those beginning the college application process, U.S. News also offers weekly blogs on applying to college and searching for scholarships.
The new education initiatives serve U.S. News' broader mission of providing trusted information and rankings to help students navigate their higher education options. U.S. News publishes annual rankings of the Best Colleges, Best Global Universities, Best Graduate Schools and Best Online Programs.
About U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News & Opinion, USNews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 40 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
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