The Last Dollar Scholarship
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Our scholarship program is focused on bridging the funding gap left after Pell grants, loans and other merit-based scholarships — providing those last dollars needed to make college a reality.
Why the focus on ‘last dollars?’
To help the maximum number of students, we’ve elected to award “last dollar” grants which help cover the gap between total cost of attendance and financial assistance (including grants, scholarships and low-interest loans). Combining the GMFF scholarship with other sources of financial aid enables us to spread our dollars to more students. Our scholarships average $4500.00; depending on an applicant’s need. GMFF awards scholarships on the basis of a competitive application process without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
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GMFF provides scholarships to support initial and continuing enrollment in post-secondary degree or certificate programs in colleges, technical, or vocational institutions. GMFF awards scholarships on the basis of a competitive process that may consider the following: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community involvement, a statement of the applicant’s personal aspirations and educational goals, financial need and references. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the GMFF Board of Directors. GMFF pays scholarship funds directly to the recipient’s school. Scholarships are designated for tuition, room and board, required fees, books and supplies only. Scholarships are awarded for one year only. GMFF will consider renewal scholarships upon receipt of application for students who remain in good standing with their chosen school. Scholarships are awarded without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
GMFF scholarship applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
- qualify for a federal Pell Grant using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (fafsa.ed.gov) through the US Department of Education,
- commit to a minimum of eight (8) hours per semester of volunteer work*,
- be an active participant in one of our partners’ programs.
- be willing to complete a personal interview**, and
- be a student in good standing with no disciplinary and/or academic citations (for applicants already enrolled)
You can begin the application process as early as December using our online application. Applications are due by midnight EST on the first of March.
* Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GMFF has elected to wave the volunteer work requirement until further notice. You may be asked to complete this requirement once health officials deem it safe to return to normal activities.
** Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GMFF has elected to wave in-person interviews for the 2022/2023 cycle. However, we may ask to speak with you via phone, Face-time or a Zoom meeting.