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Even 6-Year-Olds Can Apply for College Scholarships

For Release:
Contact: Martha Savery
Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (617) 224-4813


BOSTON – While parents know they should save early for college, they may not know their children can start applying for college scholarships as early as the first grade. Many companies and organizations offer scholarships for children as young as 6, giving them a chance to win and save for college.

The college financing experts at the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority have assembled five examples of scholarship contests students can enter long before their senior year of high school. They range from the serious – discussing the impact of literature on the student’s life – to the lighthearted – most original sandwich recipe.

“Scholarships are a great way to add to your college savings, and students don’t have to wait until their senior year in high school to start applying. These scholarship opportunities are more than a chance to win money for college, they encourage the students to dream of attending college and remind the parents of the importance of saving,” said Martha Savery, Director of Public Affairs at MEFA (, the state authority on planning, saving, and paying for college.

While most families are aware of scholarship opportunities for high school students, many families are surprised that there are scholarships available for younger students. To find out more information on the scholarships available to young students, read MEFA’s blog here.




The Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) was created in 1982 by the state legislature at the request of Massachusetts colleges and universities to make higher education more accessible and affordable for students and families. The extensive community education programs and online resources offered by MEFA provide families guidance on saving, planning, and paying for college. Throughout its over 30-year history, MEFA has assisted hundreds of thousands of families in financing the dream of a college education. MEFA is a not-for-profit self-financing state authority, not reliant on state or federal appropriation. Visit to learn more or follow MEFA on Twitter @mefatweets and on Facebook at mefaMA.

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