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There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you. While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier. This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week. Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

Student leaders, this one is for you! The Reagan Foundation recognizes student leaders with drive and integrity not only at school, but also within their communities and workplaces.

Scholarship: GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship

Awarding Organization: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute and GE

Program Administrator: Scholarship America

Amount: $10,000 per year, renewable for up to four years, for a total of $40,000

Number of Scholarships Awarded: Up to 20

Eligible Students: High school seniors with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, who demonstrate leadership, integrity, and drive in school, their community and the workplace. Must also be a U.S. citizen who plans to enroll full time in a in a four year degree program in the U.S.

Eligible College(s): Any accredited four-year college or university in the U.S.

How to Apply: Apply online with the following information:

  • Parent contact information
  • High school transcript
  • Resume – extracurricular, volunteer , and work experience
  • Short statement stating educational and career goals
  • Ideas on leadership experience for short essay
  • Three references
  • Financial information – most recent parent tax return

Semifinalists will also need to have a nomination form completed by one of their references, preferably a high school principal, elected official, or executive director of a non-profit.

Interview will be required via Skype or telephone.

Deadline: January 3


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.


Written by Beth Feinberg Keenan
Beth Feinberg Keenan is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Before joining College Coach, Beth worked as a Senior Financial Aid Officer at Northeastern University. Visit our website to learn more about Beth Feinberg Keenan.