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      CollegeCounts: new scholarships available for students

      State Treasurer and CollegeCounts Board Chair Young Boozer is calling on eligible Alabama students to apply for the newly-established CollegeCounts Scholarship.

      "This scholarship program will help qualified Alabamians who may find it difficult to get other types of scholarship assistance," said{}Boozer. "Not every student makes a 30 or higher on their ACT, or has parents who can afford to write a check for tuition. But there are thousands of bright young minds in our state who work hard and deserve help achieving their dream of a college degree."

      The program is designed to offer financial assistance to Alabama students who plan to enroll in Alabama colleges and universities. It will provide one-time awards of $4,000 to qualified recipients enrolling in four-year schools and $2,000 to those enrolling in two-year schools. Eligible students may apply online beginning January 2nd.

      Applicants must meet{}all{}of the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:

      • Be a high school senior or first-time college freshman
      • Be a U.S. citizen
      • Be an Alabama resident
      • Be enrolled or planning to enroll in an Alabama eligible educational institution
      • Demonstrate financial need
      • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75
      • Have an ACT score of 26 or below (applicants attending a two-year school will not be required to submit ACT scores)

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