Scholarship America, the nation’s largest nonprofit scholarship and education support organization, is accepting applications for the 2022 Scholarship America Dream Award through Oct. 15, 2021. Awards are made to students from across the nation who have completed at least their first year of college or beyond. The scholarships are renewable and increase in amount each year.

Concerns about the rising cost of college and high tuition rates are top-of-mind for students, who say COVID-19 has impacted their financial stability and that of their families. Among students responding to a national survey by Scholarship America, more than 64% said that the pandemic has increased their need for financial aid and nearly 66% are taking steps to seek additional aid.

Among students surveyed:

– 47% say the pandemic has dramatically impacted their ability to earn income needed for their education
– 63% are actively applying for scholarships

“COVID-19 continues to intensify the financial struggle students and parents often face to cover the cost of going to college,” said Robert C. Ballard, president and CEO of Scholarship America. Scholarships and other types of aid help make a difference. They help students focus on their studies, stay in school and graduate.”

Students can apply for the Dream Award here. Those who apply will also be notified about additional scholarship programs they may be eligible for. Scholarship America provides access to more than 1,400 scholarship programs.

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