Sylvan Learning Centers were established in 1979 to provide children grades K-12 with supplemental tutoring and educational programs to help them reach their full academic potential in 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 qualified to receive a scholarship to attend a Sylvan Learning Center near you.
In the summer of 2009 Sylvan announced its "Forward to School" Algebra Challenge contest which offered numerous rewards to students nationwide, including college scholarships. According to the press release, the first prize winner earned a $5,000 scholarship from Sylvan to the college of their choice. The grand prize winner won a $10,000 scholarship. Also in 2009, ABC 7 News in Los Angeles, California was assigned to choose which Sylvan Learning Centers nationwide were awarded with up to 44 student scholarships ranging between $1,800 and $2,000. At the time of publication, the official Sylvan Learning Centers website offers no specific scholarship information.
Though the main Sylvan website does not provide detailed information about scholarships, most facilities have their own individual websites and scholarship program information. Because Sylvan Learning is a franchise operation, facilities nationwide are independently owned. Franchise owners are typically responsible for locating and providing educational scholarships and other forms of financial assistance at their own discretion. Scholarship opportunities may vary considerably from one facility to the next. Filling out the contact form on the main website will allow you to obtain information about local facilities and scholarship opportunities.
Funding for Sylvan Learning Center scholarships are obtained in a number of ways. The Sylvan Learning Center in Keene, New Hampshire funds their own scholarship program to assist low-income students. All funds are raised through donations and silent auctions. Several scholarships are offered to cover 1/3 of a a 36-hour curriculum for qualifying students. Sylvan Learning Center of the Cumberlands in Tennessee is sponsored by local businesses such as Wells Fargo and Financial Services and First National Bank of Tennessee and also accepts tax-deductible donations. As of the 2010-11 school year, the facility in Zephyrhills, Florida has been supported by Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce and Youth and Education Committee to provide scholarships to eligible local youths.
Special Needs Scholarships
Certain locations nationwide employ certified professionals trained in teaching special education and developmentally challenged students. Depending on the management, such facilities may offer scholarships to students through the school or accept scholarships from private and government foundations 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 Ohio's Autism Scholarship Program.