ETS Cares Scholarship Program

$1,000–$10,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
4/21/2023Submission Deadline

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The ETS Cares Scholarship Program was established by the Education Testing Service (ETS) Community Action Fund administered by Scholarship America. The program seeks to aid high school seniors graduating from a New Jersey public school to attend the college, university, or technical school of their choice.

The program offers a one-time award ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to graduating students. The scholarship is mailed directly on behalf of the student to the recipient’s institution and is disbursed in two installments in August and January.

It is wholly funded by monetary contributions from ETS employees who donate annually to ETS Cares to make a significant contribution to their communities. Selected recipients are awarded based on their financial needs.

Key Information of ETS Cares Scholarship Program

Study Details

Area of Study


Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools


Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study

  • Undergraduate
  • Vocational/Technical School

Award Amount


Number of Awards


ETS Cares Scholarship Program Timeline

March 2023

Applications Opening Date

The application opens on March 1.

April 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on April 21

June 2023

Awards Announcement Date

The scholarship recipients are announced in June.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: High School Senior
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: New Jersey
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Essay
  • Grade transcript
  • Recommendation letters

How to ace the ETS Cares Scholarship Program


Show proof of financial need

The scholarship is need-based. You have to show that financial aid is needed, and the lack of it would be a significant constraint to you gaining higher education.


Get a stellar recommendation

Before applying, ask a mentor or teacher to write you a recommendation letter for the scholarship, focusing on your character and community involvement. Approach whoever you see knows you best and approach them early, allowing them enough time to write a stellar recommendation letter.


Be involved in your community

Applicants are judged based on their involvement in their schools and communities. To ensure you get awarded, get involved in leadership activities or volunteer in a society or NGO in your community or school.


Review your essay before submission

Have a teacher or parent check your essay for grammatical and spelling errors and adhere to the 500-word limit before submitting. Also, ensure your essay focuses on the challenges you've faced and how education would positively impact your future.

How the ETS Cares Scholarship Program is Judged

Recipients are selected by a review committee appointed by Scholarship America. Applicants are assessed based on challenges or hardships the applicant's face and their impact, their need, educational experience, essay, academic transcript, community involvement, and recommendations.

Why We Love the ETS Cares Scholarship Program


No GPA requirement

Applicants are not required to have a minimum GPA to apply for the scholarship, unlike most other scholarships. However, applicants are required to submit their academic transcript during the application.


More than one ETS scholarship

You may apply for more than one ETS scholarship, although you would only be awarded the larger scholarships if selected.


It is open to everyone from New Jersey

Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or disability as long as the applicant attends a public school in New Jersey.

5 Facts About the ETS Cares Scholarship Program


Founded in 2008

The ETS Community Action Fund was founded in 2008. The advisory committee made up of ETS employees has voted since 2010 to fund scholarships for New Jersey's graduating high school seniors.


Administered by Scholarship America

Scholarship America is the largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals in the United States.


$1.2million in scholarships

Since 2008, over 200 students from New Jersey have been awarded over $1.2 million in scholarships.


The largest testing and assessment organization

ETS is an acronym for Educational Testing Service. It was founded in 1947 and is the largest private nonprofit educational testing and assessment organization in the world.


ETS offers various other scholarships

Asides from the ETS Cares Scholarship Program, which employees sponsor, ETS offers various other awards, including: the William Turnbull Award, the ETS-Trenton Central High School (TCHS) Scholarship, and the ETS Presidential Scholarships for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

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