To further assist college students currently attending classes, the East Montgomery County Scholarship Foundation (EMCSF) is accepting applications for $500 merit-based scholarships through March 1. The EMCSF, a nonprofit subsidiary of the East Montgomery County Improvement District (EMCID), was created to promote the economic, social and cultural development of the area through education. EMCID contributes $705,000 a year to the foundation to ensure the scholarship program meets the needs of students as the community grows.

EMCSF offers a $500 merit-based scholarship for current college students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, service and financial need, and who plan to continue their college education. One of the requirements to be eligible for this scholarship is to be a previous recipient of the EMCID/EMCSF funding as a graduating high school senior.

To be eligible for the merit-based scholarship, the applicant:

1. Must have a cumulative college-level GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for all coursework completed, regardless of the institution attended. If the student has attended more than one school, transcripts may be recalculated to determine the cumulative GPA for all college-level coursework taken. GPA is evaluated at the point of application.

2. Must have a minimum of 48 college-level credits completed by Dec. 31, 2018.

3. Must be a previous recipient of EMCID/EMCSF funding.

4. Must demonstrate leadership and service.

5. Must demonstrate financial need.

All merit-based scholarship applications can be found on the website at Submissions are due by 5 p.m. on March 1 at the EMCID office located at 21575 U.S. Highway 59, Suite 200, in New Caney.

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