Schools from all over the country were invited to apply for a ScholarDollars grant last month and now the fun begins. We all get to be part of the process as we vote for schools to get one of the grants offered by ScholarShare!
How to vote: From March 1, 2017, through March 24, 2017, parents, relatives, boosters, and community supporters are encouraged to vote for their school. Top vote getters in each category (according to school size) will receive an award, to be announced in early April.
About Scholar Dollars
The Scholar Dollars grant program will award 20 grants of up to $25,000 each to eligible K-8 public and charter schools in California. Schools are free to spend the grants on musical instruments, computers, library books, sports equipment, or support enrichment programs such as tutoring labs, student counseling, science and technology and many other activities. There are two parts to the program: registration period (Feb. 1-22, 2017) and the voting period (March 1-24, 2017).
Schools have registered online at MyScholarDollars.com and applied for a grant. All registered schools appear on an online ballot, along with respective details on how each plans to use the funds if they are selected. From March 1, 2017, through March 24, 2017, parents, relatives, boosters, and community supporters are encouraged to vote for their school. Top vote getters in each category (according to school size) will receive an award, to be announced in early April.
How to vote
Voting is so easy! Just jump onto MyScholarDollars.com and scroll down. There you’ll see the schools currently in the lead. If you keep scrolling, you’ll see a search bar where you can search to see if your school participated.
Once you find a school, you can click on the school name and a box will pop up with their intentions, should they win the grant. Once you find a school to vote for, click “Vote For This School” button and a box will pop up. A short form asking for your name, email address and zip code will appear and once you complete that, you’ll get an email in your inbox.
Jump over to your inbox, confirm via the email and that’s it! You can vote up to once a day until the last day, March 24th.
Unfortunately, you school did not participate in the program, so what I’m doing is finding a local school and voting for them… because when one grows, right?
p.s. I’m a big fan of ScholarShare, it’s where I have both of my kids’ 529 plan. If you’re looking to open up a college savings account for your kid(s), I highly recommend that you visit them. They’re not a broker, and you can open up an account with them with as little as $25!