When it comes to applying for college scholarships, many students are encouraged by their academic advisors, teachers or university representatives visiting high schools. Foundations of East Chicago (FEC) scholarship recipient Kiana Clark, was prompted by her family members, several of whom have also received an FEC scholarship.


Kiana received a scholarship in the amount of $1,500, renewable for up to four years when eligibility requirements are maintained. She attended East Chicago Central High School before enrolling at Indiana University for college, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology.


“The scholarship allowed me to further my education and bring me closer to my goals,” said Kiana.


But her goals don’t end with a bachelor’s degree. Kiana hopes to also pursue a master’s degree in social work so that she can help families after she graduates.


Today, college is very expensive. If students had to take out the full amount of loans to cover four years of tuition, fees and campus housing, they would be in significant debt for the majority of their working lives. That is why applying for scholarships like those awarded by FEC is so important.


“Do all that you can [for scholarships] because every little bit helps,” said Kiana.


In addition to applying for FEC scholarships, East Chicago junior and senior students can attend the FEC Scholarship, College and Career Resource Fair. This fair is the first of its kind and will feature over 35 schools, scholarship distributors and prospective employers giving students a one-stop-shop with information that will help them decide what path to take after high school. The fair will be held at the East Chicago Central gymnasium from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on January 20, 2017.


To learn more about the FEC scholarship program or to hear stories from other scholarship recipients, visit foundationsec.org.