Need Cash for College? Apply for a $2,500 Comcast Scholarship by Dec. 7

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If you live in a Comcast service area and have a high school senior in the house, you may want to pay attention.

The telecommunications conglomerate plans to award over 800 scholarships worth $2,500 each to students in need. That’s more than $2 million.

Who is Eligible for the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship?

The scholarship program is open to high school seniors who plan to enroll full time at an accredited two- or four-year college in the U.S. in the 2019-20 school year.

To be eligible, applicants must live in one of these cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, El Paso, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, New York, Washington, McAllen, Texas, and Orlando, Florida; .

You must provide a zip code to establish eligibility.

Students must have a 3.0 minimum GPA, need financial assistance and show a commitment to community service, good character and leadership.

Application Requirements of the Comcast Scholarship

Students must upload current official or unofficial transcripts and have their parents fill out the financial section using their most recent income tax return.

All applicants must complete two short essay questions. They are:

  1. What is your most impactful community service experience? Explain why in 2,000 characters or less (about 400 words, including spaces).
  2. Describe a time when you were able to use your leadership skills. (Keep it to 1,000 characters or less (about 200 words including spaces).

You’ll also be asked to list all volunteer activities, community service, work experience, honors and awards over the past four years.

To begin the application process, you’ll need to create an account, verify your email address and then complete each required section before submitting.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 7, 2018 at 5 p.m. EST. Winners will be notified in March 2019.

Check the FAQ if you have any questions.

The Founder’s Award

The scholarship money doesn’t stop there. Of the 800-ish recipients, an undisclosed number will receive a Founder’s Award on top of the $2,500.

Past Founder’s Award recipients have received anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000.

If you’re strapped for college cash, have good grades and live in the eligible service areas, it can’t hurt to apply for this scholarship because an hour of your time might net you $10,000 toward college.

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Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s never had Comcast.