Let Your Scholarly Ship Set Sail!

By: Meaghan Malinowski, marketing intern

Applying and preparing for college is a very exciting and important milestone in a child’s life. This milestone can also be a struggle that neither teen nor parent are prepared to deal with on many different levels. Teens may spend their days daydreaming and fantasizing about living on their own with no regard to rules and chores; oh the life! Parents, on the other hand, may not be as excited. With college tuition rates increasing at about 8% each year, parents worry over educational funding and the financial burden educational loans can put on a family.

Four years ago, as a new high school senior applying for colleges, I knew the importance of applying to colleges that were right for me but also right for my (and my parents’) wallets. It was important for me to find the right college for the right price since my sister would be starting her undergraduate career immediately following my graduation from Salisbury University.

Finding financial aid and applying for scholarships became my least favorite task as I prepared to make the big move to live on my own. Scholarships are available in all shapes, sizes and more importantly, can include more restrictions than luggage security at the airport. I was stuck. No, I wasn’t class valedictorian, I wasn’t a star athlete or even abnormally tall (yes, there’s a scholarship for that), but I did actively apply myself to achieving good grades, working part-time and participating in extracurricular activities.

In order to help alleviate this major stressor, MidAtlantic Farm Credit works hard to help its’ members and their families finances by providing 12 scholarship awards for $1,000 and over to applicants planning to attend or continuing their education at a two or four-year college or technical school on a full-time basis. These scholarships are available exclusively to members of MidAtlantic Farm Credit and their children and are awarded based on scholastic achievement and extracurricular activities.

Please visit our Scholarships page to view more about the selection criteria and procedures for submission. All applications for the 2014-2015 school year must be received my MidAtlantic Farm Credit on or before January 17,2014.

How are you preparing for your children to obtain higher education and let their scholarly ship set sail? Comment below and let us know!

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