Are you looking for information about the Walmart Foundation scholarship programs? The retail giant's foundation offers two different types of scholarships. One program is designated to help employees pay to attend school themselves. The other is to provide financial assistance to dependents of employees who want to go to college immediately after completing high school or earning a Graduation Equivalency Diploma (GED). .
Walmart Associate Scholarship Program
The Walmart Associate Scholarship program is open to full and part time employees of Walmart who have worked for the company for at lest six consecutive months prior to application. In addition to meeting employment requirements, individuals who wish to apply for this program must be citizens or permanent legal residents of the United States of America. They must also have earned a high school diploma, home school diploma or a GED prior to applying. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need to cover costs associated with a certificate, undergraduate or graduate degree program. There are no restrictions on field of study.
Annual scholarship limits are based on the type of educational program the recipient is enrolled in, as follows:
- Certificate program: maximum award of $1,500 per year
- Associate degree program: maximum award of $2,000 per year
- Bachelor's degree program: maximum award of 3,000 per year
- Graduate degree program: maximum award of$2,000 per year
Funds are paid directly to the school and must be used for qualified educational expenses, such as tuition, mandatory fees, books, campus housing and board.
The maximum award for a single certificate or degree program that an individual may receive is a total of $16,000 over a period of up to six years, based on how long it takes the recipient to complete his or her chosen program of study. However, there is not a limit on the number of educational programs a person can receive funding for.
There is not guarantee of continued funding from one year to the next. Recipients must reapply each year they wish to seek scholarship assistance and must provide proof of satisfactory academic performance in order to be considered for additional funds.
Visit the Walmart Associate Scholarship Program page for additional details and requirements, as well as current deadlines.
Walmart Dependent Scholarship Program
The Walmart Dependent Scholarship program is open to high school seniors, including those who are home schooled, who are the legal dependents of a Walmart employees with at least six months of service. Eligible individuals may apply for a $3,000 one-time scholarship during the academic year that they graduate from high school or earn a GED.
Financial need is an important consideration, as is academic performance in high school. In order to be considered, applicants must have a high school grade point average (GPA) or 2.5 or higher (on a traditional four point scale). Applicants must also be able to demonstrate financial need to cover costs associated with undergraduate education at an accredited college or university.
Scholarships are awarded to one-quarter of the eligible applicants. As with the associate program, payments are made directly to recipients' schools and funds must be used for qualified educational expenses.
Visit the Walmart Dependent Scholarship Program page for additional details and requirements, as well as current deadlines.
Apply for Scholarship Funding
If you work for Walmart or if you are a dependent of someone who works for the retail giant and are interested in attending college, it's certainly worth your while to investigate and apply for the company's scholarship programs. Visit the Walmart Corporate website for additional details, including deadlines and details regarding how to apply. You just might receive a scholarship that helps defray the cost of your education.