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DALLAS--7-Eleven's Education is Freedom Scholarship program announced it has opened the application period for college scholarships to be awarded to 2006 high school graduates. Seniors can apply online through Jan. 15, 2006, at the foundation's website, www.educationisfreedom.org .
Since EIF's inception in 2002, 600 national scholarships have been awarded to high school seniors in all 50 states. The scholarships are targeted to "B" average students, who may not qualify for traditional academic aid, but who show leadership, responsibility and a strong desire for higher education. Each EIF scholarship is a $2,000 award renewable for up to three years, for a total potential value of $8,000. In three years, 85 percent of EIF scholarship recipients have renewed their award after their freshman and/or sophomore year, maintaining a required GPA.
"This is a great scholarship opportunity for those who need it most," said Colleen Walker, president of EIF. "Money is the number one reason students don't go to college and we're removing that barrier. Money is also the number one reason students drop out of college. With our scholarship being renewable, we hope to break that trend. The application takes less than an hour and a student stands to realize $8,000, which will go a long way towards a college education."
7-Eleven, Inc. established Education is Freedom in 2002 as its 75th anniversary legacy. Now an independent public charity, EIF remains the company's signature charitable cause and is the primary recipient of 7-Eleven's in-store canister proceeds.
"Supporting education is our investment in the citizens of tomorrow," said Nancy Lear, national community relations manager for 7-Eleven. "An EIF scholarship can make higher education a reality for deserving young people, which in turn contributes to a more qualified workforce and a better quality of life for us all."