It’s scholarship season at Truman Heartland Community Foundation! Since 1982, THCF fundholders have directed more than $5.1 million in educational funding. Scholarships provide an opportunity for students of all ages to pursue an education . Scholarships help students in many ways. Of course, scholarships decrease the financial burden of higher education for students by reducing the number and amount of loans needed to complete their course of study. But s cholarships also allow students more time to focus on their studies . Research shows that work can eat up more than 15 hours of study time each week and can become an obstacle to a student’s academic success. Scholarships also support students who fall in the gap between high and low-income levels — students who may not qualify for a need-based scholarship and who do not meet the criteria for a merit-based scholarship. For many students, the idea of filling out countless scholarship applications can be overwhelming. Many of Truman Heartland’s scholarships use a single, general application. When a student submits their general application online, they’ll receive a confirmation message letting them know which scholarships they are eligible for, based on the details included in their application. If matched to scholarships, students may need to provide additional materials, such as essays, letters of recommendation from specific people in their life, or statements about participation in certain types of activities. Be sure to provide all the additional requirements by the February 21, 2022, deadline to be considered. Interested students can begin the application process today! Start Here . Remember, the deadline for the general application and all the supplemental materials is February 21, 2022. In 2021, 241 students received scholarship awards totaling more than $468,000. With ten new scholarship funds established for 2022, adding almost $115,000 to the scholarship budget, it looks to be another record-breaking scholarship season. Read more about just one of these new scholarships in this Creating a Legacy story.