Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the Presidential Freedom Scholarship program, which enables high schools in the 27th district to award Presidential recognition and scholarships to two students for their service activities. The scholarship program is open to high school juniors and seniors who exemplify outstanding leadership in service to their community. The students are awarded with $500, which is then matched by a community-based organization, providing eligible students with a $1,000 college scholarship.
“I strongly encourage students to participate,” Higgins said of the scholarship program. “It is a terrific way to gain leadership experience through community service, and earn money towards college tuition at the same time.” Since its founding in 1997, the program has awarded scholarships to 37,000 students across the United States. Recipients of the award also receive a letter of recognition, and a President’s Volunteer Service Award silver pin.
Participating schools must submit certification forms for their students by July 1, 2005. Students who wish to apply for the scholarship must first complete a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer service for a community organization. Additional information can be found at the Presidential Freedom Scholarship website.