The Scholarship Application for 2014 will be due on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Thank you for your interest in the City of Commerce Scholarship Program. The Commerce City Council is dedicated to promoting education in the community and is happy to help make a college education more available to you. Studies indicate that a college education helps adults to earn more. According to the National Center for Education statistics, for both males and females, earnings increase with education. In 2002, male college graduates earned 65 percent more than those with only a high school diploma. Females with a bachelor's degree or higher earned 71 percent more than those with only a high school diploma.
The City of Commerce Scholarship Program began in 1980. In its earliest years, donations were given from local civic organizations and service clubs. Scholarships ranged from $50 - $300. The program proved to be very successful and well received. Before long, contributions began coming in from the business community, as well as from civic groups. Scholarships increased both in the size of the award and in the number given. In 2013, scholarships ranging from $750 - $5,000 were awarded to 52 Commerce residents.
Information for the 2014 City of Commerce Scholarships is provided in the downloadable application. Please review the instructions carefully before submitting your application form and documents. It is very important that you complete and submit all requested materials, including an official sealed transcript. It may take time for your school to provide you with the transcript, so be sure to request it early. The application form and documents must be turned in to the Commerce Public Library by 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014. However, we encourage you to turn in applications early and not wait for the last day. Oral interviews will be held on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21, 2014. You must be available for an interview on both days. As the applicant, it is your responsibility to inform us if one interview date is better than the other.
For more information, please call (323) 722-7323 or (323) 722-6660 ext. 2823.