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Paying For School- Merit-Based Government Grants

Many federal grants are awarded based upon financial need, but others are awarded based upon merit and achievement. Here are a few examples of merit-based government programs.

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship ProgramThis program rewards students who have achieved academic honors. Students can get more information from their high school counselor.

National Science Scholars ProgramThis program rewards high school seniors who have achieved academic distinction in science. Students can get more information from their high school counselor.

Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP)This program was formerly known as State Student Incentive Grants. It is still funded by individual states and the federal government. Students can determine their eligibility by talking to their high school counselor or college financial aid office.

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