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Published on February 22, 2024
City of Surprise Launches Scholarship Program to Boost Higher Education for Local StudentsSource: Google Street View

The City of Surprise is putting its money where its future is, launching a scholarship program aimed at helping its young residents hit the books in higher education. Local high school seniors and homeschool students set to graduate this spring are eligible to receive financial support for college, university, or vocational schooling through a newly announced annual scholarship. As reported by officials, awards will vary from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on the recipient's eligibility and the selection committee's decision.

Applicants need to definitively prove that they are residents of Surprise through various means, such as an Arizona Driver’s License or utility bill. They will also need to get their words and deeds in order—specifically a 500-word essay on their community impact, and letters of reference from both a school and community leader. These letters are to be a testament to the applicant's active role in making a difference on the ground in Surprise. The Surprise Scholarship Selection Committee will expect to conduct an in-person interview with each candidate.

There are some academic standards to hit as well; students must show off an unweighted GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, via their unofficial transcripts. This bare-minimum academic threshold ensures that scholarship recipients are not only involved in their community but also show a commitment to their education. Students can find the nitty-gritty details the program offers on the city's website login and sift through the application process. The deadline for all submissions, as the city's press release emphasizes, is strictly March 25 by 5 p.m.

Those who manage to successfully navigate the application maze will be notified of their award status by April 29. Payouts will go directly to the educational institutions where the awarded students will further their education, assuming they maintain full-time enrollment. Success in this venture could significantly ease the financial burden of college for many families in Surprise and perhaps even lead to better opportunities for these future scholars. For any confusion or queries, the city has made available a contact at the Surprise Human Service & Community Vitality, ensuring no potential candidate is left to blindly grope their way through the process.

For updates and additional information, city officials encourage following the Surprise Human Service & Community Vitality on social media or reaching out directly to Danielle Osborne at her email [email protected] or by calling 623.222.1034. This scholarship program represents an investment by the City of Surprise in its youth—as the next generation rises, so too does the community's potential for growth and innovation.