BRATTLEBORO -- Based on overwhelming demand for its national Working Parent Scholarship, Job-Applications.com President Doug Crawford recently announced the company is tripling the number of scholarships awarded this year. The deadline for the next Job-Applications.com $1,000 Working Parent Scholarship is June 14.

The average student loan debt of Vermonters is more than $28,000, according to the Project on Student Debt, a non-profit independent research and policy organization. The group noted that 63 percent of Vermont students graduated with debt. Job-Applications.com is inviting Vermonters to apply for the Working Parent Scholarship to help offset some of the costs of obtaining a higher education.

Job-Applications.com, one of the leading job application resources available in the United States, created the Working Parent Scholarship as a way to help families afford a better education. Earlier this year, Job-Applications.com awarded the first of these $1,000 scholarships to Sandra Moore, 26, of Gilbert, Ariz., a computer science major at Arizona State University who has two young children.

Scholarship applicants must submit a 600 word to 1,000 word essay to Job-Applications.com by June 14 on how to successfully balance parenthood, working and excelling in school.

Nearly 500 people throughout the U.S. applied for the first offering of the Job-Applications.com Working Parent Scholarship.

To learn more about the Working Parent Scholarship, visit www.job-applications.com/scholarships/.