Press Release

Great Lakes Awards $1.875 Million in Scholarships to Support College Access

August 27, 2014

750 STUDENTS MAJORING IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, OR MATHEMATICS AWARDED $2,500 EACH

Madison, Wis., August 27, 2014 —As part of an ongoing commitment to help change lives for the better through higher education, Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc., a nationwide servicer of federal loans, recently selected 750 qualified recipients to be awarded $2,500 each through the Great Lakes National Scholarship Program.

Now in its third consecutive year, the Great Lakes National Scholarship Program makes awards to full-time students majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 and a demonstrated financial need.

"When six in ten U.S. employers report having trouble finding qualified workers for good jobs in STEM fields, it's clear that more needs to be done to attract students to these disciplines and keep them there," said Richard D. George, Great Lakes Chairman. "We're fortunate to see the positive difference that higher education makes in lives every day, and we're happy to renew our scholarship commitment to help these 750 ambitious students advance their careers and meet critical workforce needs."

Applications were accepted from February 15, 2014 through April 5, 2014 for the scholarship, which is administered by Scholarship Management Services®, a division of Scholarship America®. From a pool of 17,835 applicants, 750 recipients were selected, and notified in early July.

Providing $1.875 million in support of students pursuing careers in STEM disciplines is just one of the ways Great Lakes works to increase college access, readiness, and success for students of all backgrounds. Through various partnerships and initiatives, Great Lakes community investments make it easier for traditionally underserved students to succeed in college, so that they can reach their full potential. To learn more about the ongoing initiatives Great Lakes is leading to put more students on the path to and through college graduation, visit the About Us page on the Great Lakes website.

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