Citizens and UNCF award high school seniors $50,000 in scholarships

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Applications for the “Citizens Helping Citizens” scholarship are now open. All students are encouraged to apply by midnight ET on May 13, 2024.
Applications for the “Citizens Helping Citizens” scholarship are now open. All students are encouraged to apply by midnight ET on May 13, 2024. (Image provided)

Citizens and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) recently launched a $50,000 scholarship to make post-secondary education more accessible.

The new “Citizens Helping Citizens” scholarship, which was announced on April 22, 2024, aims to help students from low-income and underrepresented communities. The program hopes to present college-bound high school seniors with more accessible university pathways and provide cultural awareness, understanding and leadership, according to a press release.

“Coming together with UNCF to launch the Citizens Helping Citizens Scholarship allows us to accelerate our commitment in building a more inclusive future to meet the ever-changing needs of our young people,” Yvette Vargas, executive vice president and head of development at Citizens, said in a statement. “We are delighted to invest into the next generation of students by providing access to education, which fuels continuous learning, skills development, and professional aspirations.”

Through Citizens and UNCF’s partnership, both organizations continue to provide resources beyond scholarship — including key investments, mentorships and workplace development initiatives for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

“As UNCF embarks on its next 80 years of impact, partnerships like Citizens and UNCF to establish the Citizens Helping Citizens Scholarship, are so vital to ensuring more deserving high school seniors have access to the necessary tools and resources needed to get to and through college,” Arleaya Martin, area director for UNCF New England, said in a statement.

The “Citizens Helping Citizens” scholarship program will grant $50,000 to 10 high school students with plans to enter a two or four year accredited college, university or trade school in the fall semester of 2024. This ensures students are prepared with essential resources and knowledge to help them succeed.

Applications for the “Citizens Helping Citizens” scholarship are now open. All students are encouraged to apply by midnight ET on May 13, 2024.

For more information, visit opportunities.uncf.org