Sylvan Learning Centers was established in 1979 to provide children in grades 12 through 12 with additional education and tutoring to help them reach their full academic potential in school. Since then, the franchise has grown to include about 900 tutoring establishments nationwide. Depending on where you live and your personal financial situation, your child may be eligible for a scholarship to study at the Sylvan Learning Center near you.
In the summer of 2009, Sylvan announced the “Transfer to School” Almodal Challenge that offers many rewards to students nationwide, including college scholarships. According to the press release, the first prize winner received a $5,000 scholarship from Sylvan to the university of their choice. The grand prize winner won a $10,000 scholarship. Also in 2009, ABC 7 News in Los Angeles, California was tasked with selecting the Sylvan Learning Center nationwide that was awarded up to 44 scholarships for students between $1,800 and $2,000. At the time of publication, the official website of Sylvan Learning Centers did not provide specific scholarship information.
Differences in the region
Although Sylvan’s main website does not provide scholarship details, most institutions have their own website and scholarship program information. Because Sylvan Learning is a franchise operation, facilities nationwide are independently owned. Franchise owners are usually responsible for finding and providing educational scholarships and other forms of financial assistance at their own discretion. Scholarship opportunities can vary significantly from one institution to the next. Filling out the contact form on the main website will allow you to get information about local facilities and scholarship opportunities.
Funding for Sylvan Learning Centre scholarships is obtained in a number of ways. The Sylvan Learning Center in Keene, New Hampshire funds their own scholarship program to support low-income students. All funds are raised through silent donations and auctions. Some scholarships are offered to cover one-third of the 36-hour study program for eligible students. Cumberlands’ Sylvan Learning Center in Tennessee is funded by local businesses such as Wells Fargo and Tennessee’s First National Banking and Financial Services and also accepts tax-deductible contributions. Since the 2010-11 school year, the campus in Zephyrhills, Florida has been supported by the Chamber of Commerce and the Zephyrhills Youth and Youth Education Commission to provide scholarships to eligible local youth.
Scholarships for Special Needs
A number of locations nationwide recruit certified professionals trained to teach special education and students with developmental challenges. Depending on the management, such institutions may offer scholarships to students through the school or accept scholarships from private and government institutions. For example, in 2009, three Sylvan Learning Centers were registered as providers and approved by the Ohio Department of Education to accept funds from the state of the Ohio Autism Scholarship Program.