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Scholarship Info

How to Apply

Scholarship Information

Who is eligible?

Students applying for a 101: Fund scholarship must be:

  • Recent graduates from Princeton High School (applicants must apply within two years of their PHS graduation)

  • Admitted to a college, university, non-profit technical school, or non-profit vocational school

  • Financially eligible as determined by The 101: Fund Awards Committee

How is financial need determined?

The 101: Fund offers tuition scholarships to students who demonstrate substantial financial need. The 101: Fund strives to help students close the gap between familial contributions and institutional financial aid. Qualifying recipients may receive up to $12,000 in total; this is the maximal scholarship award for students attending two- or four-year institutions. All scholarships are sent directly to the colleges or universities attended by 101: Fund recipients.  

What do I need to apply?

  • Most recent transcript from the PHS Guidance Department. Grades are not a primary factor in the awarding of scholarships.

  • Personal statement briefly describing field of interest or future studies

  • Federal tax returns from the past TWO years (for both parents, even if they are divorced or separated). Applicants must submit the first two pages of their parents' tax returns along with Schedule 1 and any W-2 forms. **Please redact SSN's on tax returns for security reasons.

  • One letter of recommendation from a PHS teacher; a second letter may also be submitted

  • The 101: Fund strongly encourages applicants to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible. Click here for the current application. Filling out the FAFSA will help you find out if you qualify to receive state and/or federal aid for your college education! 

What is the Timeline?

  • February 7, 2022 - Applications become available online. Paper applications will no longer accepted.

  • April 4 - Applications are due, including letters of recommendation

  • April - May - The 101: Fund Awards Committee will interview applicants.

  • Early June - All applicants will be notified as to whether they will receive an award. Final decisions will be made after financial aid and scholarships from all other resources are known.

  • Mid-June – Awards Ceremony

  • By June 21 - Students who receive scholarships must formally accept their scholarships via email by this date and provide all required information so that The 101: Fund can process tuition payments in time for the fall semester.

Questions? Contact

Already approved and need to submit your renewal documents?


Renewals for Fall 2022 are due June 15th and must be submitted through the online portal by clicking on the "Renew" button below. To get your login information, please contact


New! Mercer County Community College Students are required to complete the renewal process for each semester enrolled.  Spring renewals will be posted in January 2023.

Transcripts and financial aid letters from enrolled college/university are required.

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