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Scholarship program wants to give away millions to Richmond students

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Posted at 7:33 PM, Oct 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-25 07:49:04-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - A national scholars program will return to Richmond on Saturday and recruiters will provide tuition money on the spot for the right candidates.

The Infinite Scholars and the Richmond Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority have partnered to host the annual Scholarship and Admissions Fair.

It’s the only event of this sort in the  Commonwealth and students from all over Virginia are encouraged to attend.

The event is free and students will have a chance to speak one on one with college recruiters from forty different in and out of state colleges and universities, including VCU, JMU, Virginia Union and more.

As in years past, some universities will accept students on site and give away scholarship money for qualified students.

Event Co-Chair  Renee Johnson said they’re eager to spread the word so as many parents and students as possible will attend the event.

“It's a wonderful event. We will also offer free financial aid workshops for parents whose kids are attending. Last year more than $7 million in scholarships were given away that day and we hope to increase that this year,” Johnson said.

The Annual Scholarship and Admissions Fair will be held this Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Students are encouraged to bring the following paperwork, if they have it:

  • Five or more copies of an unofficial transcript
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A resume and a completed essay on why they want to attend college

Qualifications for high school juniors and seniors include a minimum GPA of 2.7, minimum ACT score of 20 and a minimum SAT score of 1050.

If you are transferring from a community college the qualifications are as follows: Minimum GPA of 3.0, minimum ACT score of 20 and minimum SAT score of 1050.

Students are also encouraged to dress to impress.