Priscilla Rodriguez: December 10, 2018

THE COLLEGE BOARD LAUNCHES FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

MAPS OUT 6 SIMPLE STEPS TO COLLEGE PLANNING PROCESS

 

 

 

 

PRISCILLA RODRIGUEZ

Executive Director of Scholarships Strategy at the College Board

 

It’s no surprise that families often say the road to college can be confusing. In light of the challenges of applying to college, the College Board is launching a unique scholarship program that maps out six simple steps all students can take to get to college. The $25 million College Board Opportunity Scholarships program is open to the class of 2020, and officially launches in December.

Completing each step will earn students a chance for a scholarship; completing all six steps will earn them a chance for $40,000 for their college education. The key steps are: (1) Build a college list; (2)

Practice for the SAT®; (3) Improve SAT scores; (4) Strengthen the college list; (5) Complete the FAFSA, the free government form to apply for financial aid; (6) Apply to colleges. Pretty simple.

And, this isn’t your typical scholarship program. It doesn’t require an essay or an application, or a minimum GPA or SAT score. Students don’t have to be at the top of their class, because these scholarships aren’t about how high you score, but how much you grow. All students can earn one of these scholarships, even students who never dreamt they could.

Priscilla Rodriguez, executive director of scholarships and strategy at the College Board, is available to talk about how the College Board Opportunity Scholarships work and how students and parents can get more information.

 

ABOUT PRISCILLA RODRIGUEZ

Priscilla Rodriguez is the executive director of scholarships strategy at the College Board, where she leads the organization’s work on extending access to college for students through scholarships, including the development of the College Board Opportunity Scholarships program. Prior to joining the College Board, Priscilla was an SVP at the Poses Family Foundation, where she led the Webby-winning resource for parents of children with learning and attention issues, Understood.org. Priscilla is a first-generation American of Colombian and German heritage and a graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard Business School.

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