Covering nearly 200 countries and providing for 1.35 million members, the Lions Club is one of the biggest and well-known volunteer organizations for scholarships in the USA. One goal of the Lions Club is to provide scholarships at different levels and of different types for students graduating high school. Before handing just anyone the money, they need to see what qualifications one has to earn the scholarship.
Typically, to qualify for the Lions Club scholarship you need to be a graduating high school senior who is attending a trade school, university, or accredited college. Also to keep up your end of the deal you must have a constant GPA score.
Depending on which Lions Club scholarship you apply to will vary the GPA requirements. At the majority of the Clubs you need three recommendation letters and an essay about why community service is of importance to the world.
The time limit that applications are under is strict. If people apply by winter time, those who are accepted will be announced by the beginning of the school year. The time limit is different for each part of the organization and can be found on their websites, the headquarters of each Lions Club, or the student’s high school website.
Another special concept that the Lions Club organization has captured is donating money to those individuals who would not normally enter college. For example the visual or hearing impaired. This is a special idea because it gives those who may never have thought of college being a possibility, as an eye opener into their future. This is very generous and opens doors that weren’t available years ago. Often people with handicaps do not have money for schooling and extra money is used for equipment to help improve life.
In the end the Lions Club looks to give out $500 for one full year or $4,000 for four years to any student who is willing to work for their scholarship and prove that they will work to make communities better in the world.
There are also local organizations you can find in your community that may be additional sources for college scholarships. Have you looked at which corporations in your town give scholarships to high school students? If you check your local newspaper, you may find that they may publicize this.
Attend college fairs so you can learn about schools as well as speak to those at the desk about financial aid opportunities.