College is just around the corner for many high school seniors, and it’s really not too far off for juniors either. Arlington ISD and the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce want to make sure these students are ready and can get as many scholarships as possible. The district and Chamber both have websites that list scholarships and often work together to maximize opportunities and outreach.
“There’s so much money out there,” says Telisa Brown, Arlington ISD director of guidance and counseling. “Apply!”
Alicia Collins-Butler, the Chamber’s director of education, workforce and community development, echoes that sentiment.
“No scholarship amount is too little,” she says. “It all helps.”
Even a small scholarship makes an impact, especially if a student can stack it with others.
So, take Brown’s advice. Check out these websites and apply for as many scholarships as you can.
Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Website
The Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s newly-launched page, arlingtontx.com/scholarships, highlights the Chamber’s four scholarship programs. This year, the Chamber has partnered with the Arlington ISD, the M.E.T.A. Foundation, the Pettinger Foundation, Medical City Arlington, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and Texas Health Resources to provide 27 scholarship awards totaling $70,000 to the Arlington community.
The Greater Arlington Chamber knows that one of the best ways to develop a strong business community and economy is to invest in the future workforce of greater Arlington. To date, the Chamber has provided over $238,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors within the Arlington ISD and students attending Tarrant County College and the University of Texas at Arlington.
“We are committed as an organization to developing our community’s future,” Collins-Butler says. “This year, we are excited to offer more scholarships than ever before. It is our opportunity, and responsibility, to impact the next generation of business and community leaders by investing time and resources into their success.”
Two of the scholarship programs – the Chamber scholarship and Innovation scholarship – come with more than tuition dollars. They also include mentorship during the application process. Students are interviewed as part of the application. But before the interview, applicants go through an orientation that teaches them how to interview. As part of that orientation, former scholarship winners return to help the new applicants learn the nuances of an interview. The skills taught not only prepare high school students for the scholarship interview, they also help equip them for college.
Arlington ISD Scholarship Website
The Arlington ISD scholarship page, tinyurl.com/mngqsva0, includes a long list of opportunities, including five scholarships only available to Arlington ISD students.
“We continuously update the page to make sure our students and school counselors always know about their many scholarship opportunities,” Brown says.
The website is just one of many resources Arlington ISD high school students have as they prepare for college and careers. Each high school has a scholarship counselor, and every high school counselor can help students find and apply for scholarships.
Plus, every high school has a GO Center. The GO Centers offer students college and career advisement, mentorship, financial aid assistance, virtual career resources and more.
Students, now is the time to prepare for your future. Talk with your school counselors, visit your GO Center and check out the scholarship webpages as you prepare for life after high school.