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“Changing Destinations: Journey To Excellence, Inc.” Book scholarships are designed for at-risk high school seniors who are planning to attend a 2-year or 4-year college or university, or a technical/vocational institution. The Book Scholarship Program is to assist students with the high cost of textbooks & study materials.


The Book Scholarship program is publicized each year via our website and social media; high school guidance counselors, announcements and publications; public access television, local area businesses, local community centers including public libraries.



Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the book scholarship:


  • Residents of Jessup or Howard County

  • High School Senior (accepted into a two/four year accredited college or university)

  • Demonstrate participation and leadership in school and/or community volunteerism

  • 2.7 or higher Grade Point Average


Award Criteria

Awards will be based on the following criteria:


  • A completed application with high school transcript (5 points)

  • GPA 2.7 minimum (5 points)

  • Financial need (50 points)

  • 2 Minute Video or 500 Word Essay on the Importance of Higher Education (10 points)

  • Two Letters of Recommendation (10 points)

  • Leadership impact on school and/or community (20 points)


The Changing Destinations: Journey To Excellence, Inc. Book Scholarship is a one-time award amount of $500. Awards may be used in any year, but are non-renewable. Awards are paid in one installment, and mailed to the student’s home address at least 2 weeks prior to the upcoming semester. Checks are payable to the recipient. 




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