Mar 18, 2011

Nordstom Doubles Its Commitment to College Scholarships

In spite of or perhaps because of the economy, Nordstrom recently announced a huge expansion of its generous scholarship program targeted to college-bound high school juniors.

Acknowledging that educational funding has become a “greater challenge than ever,” Nordstrom decided to fund an additional 40 scholarships this year, bringing the total to 80 deserving students in line to receive $10,000 each.

A chain of upscale department stores located in 28 states, Nordstrom is extraordinarily commited to the communities in which the company does business. “Helping students achieve their dreams of higher education is a meaningful way” to show this commitment.

Limited to students residing in specified states and the District of Columbia, these scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, awards/honors, leadership, school activities, community/volunteer activities, financial and employment history.

To qualify, students must:

  • Be a high school junior

  • Live and attend high school in an eligible state (including Maryland, Virginia, and DC)

  • Have participated in community or volunteer activities

  • Have and maintain a cumulative unweighted GPA of at least 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) throughout high school

  • Plan to apply for financial assistance to attend college

  • Be eligible for and plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university in the US

  • Not have been convicted of any crime

Applications must be completed online, and an online recommendation from a current high school official will be required for applicants who become semifinalists. The recommender will be asked to discuss how the applicant meets the selection criteria.

Key to winning the scholarship will be a thoughtful, well-written essay on one of three topics as well as a personal statement addressing a character-defining moment, cultural awareness, or a personal hardship or barrier overcome.

The Nordstrom scholarship application may take a little time to complete, so try to get started as soon as possible. It will be great practice for completing college applications!

Applications must be submitted by no later then 5:00 p.m., CT, on May 16, 2011. And all applicants will receive an email by the end of May to elt them know if they are selected as a semifinalist.

This is an amazing opportunity for a student anticipating financial need, who has a proven track record of service to his or her community. More information and the complete application may be found on the Nordstrom website.

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