By Janey Cantwell, Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation Scholarship Chairman
As the cost of college continues to climb, students and parents are searching far and wide for ways to help ease the burden. Some students work their way through school, some parents help by paying, and some have a combination of loans, scholarships and part-time jobs to pay their tuition. While there are more than $46 billion in scholarships available each year according to College Planning Services, many students feel that they don’t fit into that framework of what a scholarship recipient looks like. They think, “Oh, I’m not smart enough,” or “I don’t volunteer enough.” Kappa kicks those misconceptions to the curb. Kappa recognizes college is expensive for all students, and places a high value on women’s education.
Because of this, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation has gone a step further by modifying its scholarship requirements. Applicants are no longer required to include their parents’ income on the scholarship application. A parents’ present income level does not necessarily reflect our member’s personal circumstance. We realize that many of our members are self-sufficient, and asking for this information may have overshadowed the true position of the applicant.
We want to make sure that any student who needs help has the opportunity to earn a scholarship. You do need to be a Kappa in good standing (as defined in Article III, Section 6., of the Fraternity Bylaws), in school full-time for the following school year, an initiated member, and have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The average scholarship awarded is $3,000, though the amount varies depending on the scholarship.
In June 2014, the Foundation awarded 159 Kappas a total of more than $620,000 in scholarships for the 2014–2015 academic year. With more than 450 applicants, Kappas applying had a 1 in 3 chance to receive a scholarship.
I know what you are thinking, though. “Janey, there are more than 100 scholarships available! How will I know which ones to apply for and which ones I qualify for?” Fear not! Kappa does that work for you. Fill out a single application and, based on your responses, we match you with the right scholarship. Recipients are notified in late May and checks are mailed in August.
What are you waiting for? Applications and supporting documents are due by February 1. Apply today! Still have questions? Check out the Scholarship FAQs available on the website.