Every year, billions of dollars are awarded as scholarships to students across the U.S., allowing them to attend the schools of their dreams. But have you ever wondered what the largest sources of scholarship funds are? This fun infographic illustrates the nation's largest scholarships, along with some fun facts thrown in.
For instance, did you know Jerry Seinfeld awards an annual scholarship to low-income students in the state of New York? There’s also billions of dollars available in the Fastweb.com database; $3.4 billion, to be exact!
The NCAA is well-known for grooming students into professional athletes, but did you know that the NCAA awards $1.5 billion in scholarships to students annually? That’s more than 36,000 fully-paid tuition to the most expensive school in the NCAA.
Walmart, in all its pervasiveness, also makes a showing here. The retail giant is the #1 Fortune 500 company in providing scholarships, which it has been doing for over 20 years through the Tam Walton Community Scholarship.
And don’t forget the federal government. Between 2007 and 2008, 47% of students received scholarships from the feds, a staggering increase from 33% between 2003 and 2004. Clearly, the government wants its students educated.