The Robert Byrd Scholarship: 9 Reasons to Apply
The Robert Byrd Scholarship offers free scholarship money for tons of students every year. You should look into this great opportunity to fund college.
Below, you’ll find both the requirements of application and 7 reasons to go for it.
The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program
The federal government funds this great award, named after a senator from WV. He had a hard life, so he wrote up a proposal to help kids get through school, and it passed. It is now a national scholarship program.
Who gets the money – Application Requirements
Let’s take a quick look at who can apply. You have to meet all of these during the school year you apply.
1. HS Grad - Graduate of a public or private secondary school or have received the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma (GED)
2. Legal resident of the State in which he or she applies
3. Legal long-term resident - U.S. citizen or national of the United States or show that the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service has given you permanent residency or is in the United States for other than a short term purpose
4. Going for a degree - Applied or been accepted for enrollment at an institution of higher education
5. No defaults on a Federal student loan or other similar obligations that would disqualify you
6. Young men must register for the selective service
By the way, a student attending a military academy is ineligible to receive a Byrd scholarship. Of course, all military academy students get a full ride for all 4 years and job.
Now I don’t know about you, but those requirements aren’t that tough, thought the competition for the scholarship can be. Most high school seniors would be able to meet them.
Let’s take a look at the reasons to apply.
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9 Reasons to Apply to get the Byrd
The Robert Byrd scholarship offers so many benefits I think you’ll love this opportunity. Take a look at the list below.
1. This national scholarship is offered to residents of all 50 states and the territories as well.
2. Each state awards its own money. The federal government provides money to each state, then the state selects the winners.
3. The average award is $1500. Nice. Not a full year of tuition, but still very helpful.
4. It’s renewable. No, not like wind power or ethanol, like you can apply to renew it every year for 4 years. Now we’re talking about $6000.
5. It’s broad. The award goes to dozens of students, high school and GED. I looked at a list of winners in Kentucky, and the list was more than 50 students. By the way, does every one in Kentucky have a daughter named Rachel? Just curious.
Iowa plans to award this to over 60 new students this year.
6. Funding has been ongoing for years. No one can promise, of course, but this program is likely to continue for a long time to come.
7. Total funding recently was over $40 million dollars. Let’s see, $40 million divided by $1500 = over 26,000 students.
8. You may still be able to apply for this year. Each state sets it’s application date separately, and some haven’t closed yet. Check the Robert Byrd Scholarship site for your state contact, or download my free ebook which links to the program as well as many other scholarships and grants that you can apply for and signs you for my free newsletter.
9. This scholarship can be used at any accredited college or university in the country. Very cool. To find a great school, try the link at the top.
How to Win a Robert Byrd Scholarship
The Byrd is awarded to students based on performance. If you rank high in your class, or have a great GPA, you stand a good chance, and the higher your ACT or SAT the better.
According to Iowa, 20% of the applicants will win a scholarship and about 300 will apply. Pretty good for a scholarship competition.
Stats on the Byrd
New Scholarships: 6,731
Total New Scholarship Funding: $10,098,000
Continuation Scholarships: 20,124
Total Continuation Scholarship Funding: $30,186,000
Total Program Funding: $40,283,730
Total Scholarships: 26,855
Scholarship Amount: $1,500
Hope for those who won’t go for the Robert Byrd Scholarship
First, there are thousands of scholarships. IF you want to look at some more, with a serious database, try this service (CB link to scholarship database).
Also, even if you don't qualify for the Robert Byrd Scholarship, you still have Pell grants and student loans. My free ebook will give you some other grant options as well and sign you up for my occasional newsletter.