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STUDY AND SEARCH: With schools across Kansas closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, State Treasurer Jake LaTurner has rolled out a new website intended to help those students and their parents take a break from online studying to online locating of college scholarships they might qualify for.

State Treasurer’s office launches scholarship shopping tool

The goal of Kansas ScholarShop is to help students find scholarships and reduce college debt.

With hundreds of high school students staying home for the time being, the Kansas State Treasurer’s office is offering something productive they can do with their time that will help parents and students alike.

College deadlines are looming, and with that comes the cost considerations for paying the high price of a post-secondary education. State Treasurer Jake LaTurner says his office has partnered with Sallie Mae to provide high school students and their parents an exceptional way to find thousands of scholarships quickly and easily on the new Kansas ScholarShop website.

LaTurner says the office was able to test out the system at a Kansas high school back in February, before schools were suspended for COVID-19, and it is now ready to be used by students statewide. At the first Kansas ScholarShop launch event, hundreds of Washburn Rural High School students found the site easy to navigate. After quickly and easily setting up their profile, students were able to get right to finding scholarships that they qualified for.

The tool is simple. After creating a personal profile and selecting areas of interest, the student is able to access over 5 million scholarships worth more than $24 billion from Sallie Mae’s expansive nationwide database.

Aside from the benefit of having such a large number of easily searchable scholarships in one place, another unique feature of this tool is how customizable the search can be to fit the interests and talents of the student. After selecting from a long list of interests, skills, etc., the scholarship search engine then lists the scholarships which best match the student, tailored specifically to the student’s deepest passions, skills, and hobbies.

The Kansas ScholarShop is the treasurer’s proactive response to the crisis of student loan debt in America.

“We know the cost of college can be daunting, but we also know there are ways to pay for post-secondary education that don’t require going into debt,” LaTurner says. “It is our goal to bring the Kansas ScholarShop to as many high schools as we can with the hopes of opening up a world of scholarship opportunities our students may not have known about otherwise.

“We want all students to have the opportunity to reach their educational goals and scholarships can be a great help.”

The office believes this tool will be a great resource for Kansas students and a fun and engaging way to pass the time while so many are home from school.

“We encourage students, parents, high school counselors and the like to utilize the website and feel free to reach out to us with questions,” LaTurner says.

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