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“Choose Vermont” scholarship program to award $70,000 to incoming college students

The 2021 Choose Vermont scholarship program will award $70,000 in scholarships money to students who commit to attend a Vermont school by June 1. Both out-of-state and Vermont students are eligible to enter.

The program was developed through a partnership across Vermont’s higher education sector to market Vermont as a top destination for attending college. The campaign targets students already accepted to a Vermont school, encouraging them to take the next step and “Choose Vermont.”

“Vermont’s higher education institutions play a critical role in the growth of our state’s workforce,” said Agency of Commerce & Community Development Secretary Lindsay Kurrle. “As we emerge from the pandemic and continue to recover, these institutions will remain key components of the quality of life that drives people to relocate to Vermont, providing students with the foundational experiences that cause many to become Vermonters permanently. The success of this public/private partnership is a testament to our state’s ingenuity and collaborative spirit.”

“The variety of higher education institutions we have in Vermont makes it a wonderful landscape for attending college. Whether you are looking for a top liberal arts school, a leading medical research institution, or learning a trade at a technical school, Vermont has it all,” said Dept. of Tourism & Marketing Commissioner Heather Pelham. “Couple that with tremendous access to outdoor recreation, the arts, and welcoming and vibrant communities, and it all adds up to an incredible place to attend college.”

Students who commit, or have committed, to attend one of the 14 participating Vermont schools between Jan. 1 and June 1, 2021 and then register at will become eligible to win a $5,000 scholarship to their school. The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation will offer an additional $5,000 scholarship to a student who commits to any of the 14 participating schools.

The inaugural Choose Vermont Scholarship Program was launched in May 2019, giving away two $5,000 scholarships and drawing more than 1,400 entries. The success of that program led to more scholarship funding from colleges statewide in the following years.

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