Think You Need a High School Diploma to Get a College Scholarship?
GED scholarships can be difficult to find, but there are tons of them out there! It's a common misconception that you have to be a high school graduate with a 4.0 GPA to qualify for scholarships. Whether you chose to get your GED online or at a testing center, there are plenty of GED scholarships you can apply for!
Don't let friends, family, or coworkers convince you that you have no future without a high school diploma! You CAN have a great life with a GED, and you DESERVE to! Keep reading for a list of GED scholarships that could be yours!
Southeast Missouri State (SEMO)
SEMO offers 20 scholarships per year to incoming freshmen. You must have a GED score of 3000 or higher (300 or higher if your GED was taken prior to January 2002).
St. Charles Community College (SCCC)
SCCC was the first college I ever attended, and they have some great degree programs. To qualify for a GED scholarship of $500, you must attend 12 hours of GED test prep at SCCC, as well as obtain a score of 2700 or higher.
Trinidad State Junior College (TSJC)
TSJC awards 3 GED scholarships per year. The scholarships are not based on financial need.
Calumet College of St. Joseph (CCSJ)
CCSJ offers a GED grant which can be renewed for up to 9 semesters. Minimum score is a 250 or 2500, which is definitely attainable!
Hinds Community College
Hinds Community College offers GED scholarships for part-time and full-time college students. A minimum 2.5 GPA must be maintained.
Seminole State College of Florida
Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech offers a $500 scholarship ($250 per semester) for new and current students with an excellent GED score.
Georgia's HOPE GED grant
Georgia's HOPE GED grant requires more from you than other GED grants I have seen, but that shouldn't discourage you from applying. You can receive an award in the amount of $500 for books, tuition, or any other education-related expenses. A list of guidelines can be found here.
Pat Fencl GED Scholarship
The Pat Fencl GED Scholarship is for students who have completed GED prep classes through the Clark College ABE program. If you receive the scholarship, you must agree to attend Clark College as a full time student.
Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC offers a scholarship to Allegheny County residents with a GED. The scholarship must be used within 6 months, and covers the tuition for one 3 credit hour course.
Ozark Technical Community College (OTC)
OTC has a GED scholarship for county residents with a score of 2900 or higher. The scholarship is up to $900 per semester for full time students.
GED Next Step Scholarship
If you attended GED classes at McHenry County College, and have a GED score of 2500 or higher, you qualify for the GED Next Step Scholarship. This scholarship pays full tuition, books, registration, and course fees. Very nice!
A Few Parting Words
Getting your GED is one of the best decisions you can make. You can still become a teacher, lawyer, doctor, or anything else that appeals to you with a GED-but you have to attend college first. The list provided here is just meant to show you that GED scholarships exist; it does not list every scholarship available. Check with local colleges to see if they offer a GED grant. Also, don't forget to apply for traditional scholarships that aren't geared specifically towards GED recipients.
Best of luck on your educational journey! I know you'll do well!
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Sunnyglitter (author) from Cyberspace on August 28, 2014:
I would start by asking your local community college, NeedHelp. They might have info on grants for GEDs. Also, if you have a place like Job Corps near you, they might pay you to go to school for your GED. You have to live on campus at Job Corps, but they have free daycare if you have kids. You have to be within a certain age range to attend, but I'm not sure what the age range is.
Need help on August 27, 2014:
Should have mention I live in orlando fl
needhelp on August 27, 2014:
I am looking to get my ged and would like to know how to get a grant to go back to school for my ged do they exist
Sunnyglitter (author) from Cyberspace on April 10, 2012:
Hi Roohullah, I think you are a bit confused. This is an article that gives you tips on finding GED scholarships. I am not personally accepting applications. I'm a college student myself.
Take care, and good luck.
Roohullah on April 10, 2012:
I recently learned about your scholarship program for young. I belong to the recent batch of class ten khana-noor . As you well know, there war in Afghanistan and I have same economic problem. I dream to complete my education in uk. I believe I would be an ideal candidate for a scholarship award.
I shall be thankful for your this act of kindness
thank you for taking time to read this letter of application for scholarship.
Roohullah yar tanai
Student Loans on November 08, 2011:
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Rider43 on November 04, 2011:
You can still get your high school diploma online for real but it's hard for me to do myself and work a full-time job so I have negated to do it.I'm thinking of just taking the GED test because I'm so busy in the real world with bills to pay and no time.But the only bad thing is that I live in Georgia and hope is only for high school grads so I can't get hope if I go take the GED because Georgia is racist to GED holds.
Karen on October 17, 2011:
My daughter is working on getting her GED because she has an anxiety disorder that makes regular h.s. too much of a challenge for her. People tell her all the time she should go back to high school, but I am supporting her in this decision. She wants to go on to college, and I had no idea there even were scholarships for those with a GED so thanks so much for the info.
Online GED... on March 04, 2011:
Kaskaskia College in Centralia Illinois DOES offer an online GED course. One must take the actual final test through an R.O.E. office, just like any other G.E.D. Student would.
Sunnyglitter (author) from Cyberspace on January 23, 2011:
Where is an online GED mentioned? I must have missed that. I looked through my article, but don't recall writing about getting a GED online.
Ron on January 22, 2011:
Online GEDs are not legit. I'd suggest removing that before someone falls for a scam... You can ONLY get them at a testing center.
schoolmarm from Florida on December 08, 2010:
Great hub! This is excellent information for students that think they have no options due to the choices they made earlier. I see a lot of students entering college with their GED now and their futures are very bright!
Congratulations to you on your success so far - you are an inspiration!
Lisa Singer on October 20, 2010:
Cagsil, that was very nice of you to post this. Especially after reading your comment about you not even needing your GED. I wanted to let you know about a 3rd option students now have, which is to earn their high school diploma online. It's a more comfortable option for many students over 18, and if they sign up this week we will give them 50% off. Just visit our facebook and become a fan of our page to get the promo code http://www.facebook.com/franklinvirtualschools
Sunnyglitter (author) from Cyberspace on July 28, 2010:
Thanks Cagsil! I have a GED, and I'm tired of people trying to convince GED recipients that they have no future (I actually hear that a lot from people who don't realize I have a GED myself). I go to college, and have had several excellent jobs. Life is what you make of it.
Raymond D Choiniere from USA on July 28, 2010:
Pretty interesting hub. I'm not in the need of getting my GED, because I graduated high school, but I found your hub to be very useful to other people. I rated it up and marked it as useful. :) Thank you for sharing. :)