Helping Students Apply and Pay for College
The College Board Opportunity Scholarship Program
Program Update July 8, 2020
Due to the cancellation of the spring SAT administration, the College Board has updated the Opportunity Scholarships to ensure as many students as possible can take part in this program. Below are the new program updates:
- Improve Your Score scholarship – the scholarships originally scheduled to be awarded in April, May, and July have been postponed
- Instead, there will be 50 Improve Your Score scholarships awarded in September, November and January each
- Students will not need to complete the Improve Your Score scholarship action in order to be eligible for the $40,000 Complete Your Journey scholarship. Students who complete the other five steps (Build Your College List, Practice for the SAT, Strengthen Your College List, Complete the FAFSA and Apply to Colleges) will be eligible for the final $40,000 Complete Your Journey scholarship
- The Build Your College List scholarship will close on July 31st. Students will need to complete the Build scholarship to stay on track for the $40,000 Complete Your Journey Scholarship.
In this webinar, the College Board shared new updates to the SAT and AP testing, resources for school counselors, and information on its new Opportunity Scholarship program for high school students. In addition Dr. Borden of Orange County schools in Florida shared best practices for supporting students’ postsecondary planning during the COVID-19 crisis.
Presenters shared a detailed overview of this unique scholarship program as well as how counselors and educators can support students in signing up for it. Students have a chance to earn scholarships ranging from $500 to $40,000 at every step. 4,000 students each year will earn scholarships totaling $5 million, and at least half of all the scholarships ($2.5 million) are designated for students whose families earn less than $60,000 per year.