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For years, Gain has been a leading provider of teen financial literacy starting with the renowned Independent Advantage program.

To expand on that tradition and to advance the education of teens in our community, Gain will award deserving local students with scholarship amounts of up to $2,000 each.

Scholarships are broken into application categories:

We're accepting applications from now until April 5th, 2024, so don't delay!

For years, Gain has been Burbank's leading provider of teen financial literacy. The Gaining Ground Scholarship Program is a continuation of Gain's renowned Independent Advantage financial literacy program for teens. We look forward to contributing to the continued education of our Independent Advantage alumni and students all across our community.

Applications are closed for 2024. Stay tuned for details on next year's application window.

Scholarship Requirements

  • Must be a senior, or first year college student
  • First time High School applicants must be a senior in high school and be scheduled to graduate in the current school year
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for Independent Advantage graduates and 2.5 for general applicants
  • Must be going to college/university/technical school at least "part-time" (equivalent to 6 units or more)
  • Must be planning to attend a
    • 4-year college or university, or
    • 2-year community college, or
    • An accredited vocational or technical school

Application Materials

Before you apply, you'll want to prepare the following:

  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher, school official, or academic mentor.
  • An official copy of your high school or college transcript(s)
  • Copy of acceptance letter AND proof of enrollment from educational institution
  • A Personal Statement Essay

For full details, click the application links above!

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