Sylvan Learning Centers was established in 1979 to provide children in grades 12 through 12 with additional education and tutoring programs to help them reach their full academic potential at school. Since then, the franchise has grown to include about 900 tutoring facilities nationwide. Depending on where you live and your personal financial situation, your child may be eligible for a scholarship to study at the Nearby Sylvan Learning Center.
In the summer of 2009, Sylvan announced the “Transfer to School” Digital Challenge competition that offered many rewards to students nationwide, including university scholarships. According to the press release, the first prize winner received a $5,000 scholarship from Sylvan for 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 from $1,800 to $2,000. At the time of publishing, the official Website of Sylvan Learning Centers does not provide specific scholarship information.
Although Sylvan’s main website does not provide details about the scholarship, most facilities have their own website and scholarship program information. Because Sylvan Learning is a franchise, facilities across the country are independently owned. Franchise owners are generally responsible for finding and providing educational scholarships and other forms of financial assistance at their sole decision. Scholarship opportunities can vary significantly from one facility 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 acquired in a number of ways. The Sylvan Learning Center in Keene, New Hampshire sponsors its 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 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-exempt contributions. Since the 2010-11 school year, the facility in Zephyrhills, Florida has been supported by the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce and Youth Education Committee to provide scholarships to eligible local youth.
Scholarships for Special Needs
A number of locations across the country recruit certified professionals trained to teach special education and students with developmental challenges. Depending on management, such institutions may offer scholarships to students through the university 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 receive money from the state of the Ohio Autism Scholarship Program.