Monday, December 19, 2016
URBAN LEAGUE OF ROCHESTER
GOES PAPERLESS TO EXPAND REACH OF SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Urban League of Rochester today launched an online application for students involved in the Black Scholars program that allows them and their families to research close to 50 local college scholarships and to apply to as many as five directly on the Urban League’s website, www.ulrochester.org. Over 25 scholarships are available to apply for through the website, with the remainder of scholarships of interest having links so students can apply for a scholarship directly.
For over 37 years, the Urban League of Rochester has conducted the Salute to Black Scholars program. The program identifies Black Scholars from school districts in Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, and Wayne counties. Workshops are held every fall and spring to prepare college-bound students and their parents for college selection, admissions testing, and applications, financial aid and college survival. The highlight of the program is the annual Black Scholars dinner held each June where each Black Scholar is publicly recognized and over $2.5 million in scholarships is presented.
In the past, the Urban League has helped organize hundreds of scholarship applications each year, but this is the first year the process has eliminated paper applications and gone completely online.
“Our goal is to ensure that every student in the program has the opportunity to apply for any scholarship they may be eligible for. The new system helps ensure students are well informed about available scholarships and makes it easy to apply for more than one scholarship at a time,” said Timothy Johnson, Black Scholar Program Coordinator.
Completed student scholarship applications are processed through the system immediately, allowing reviewers to make decisions more efficiently. Students must submit, via electronic attachments, all required forms and recommendations before they can submit an application. The system allows a student to save their progress and return to the application later.
Students and parents can find a listing of all the available scholarships on the Urban League’s website. Links to the scholarship list are also available within the application itself. Deadlines vary, so interested high school seniors should get started right away.