Admissions, Scholarships

How to Write a Great Personal Statement

No Comments 24 October 2017

Sometimes, college and scholarship applications ask for a personal statement, which is sometimes called a personal essay. This is an opportunity to introduce yourself. You share your academic and professional goals in a personal statement.

Here are some tips for writing a memorable personal statement:

Read directions. This might be a given, but be sure to read the prompt. And after that, read the prompt again. If a committee sees careless mistakes within your personal statement, they will be less likely to take you seriously.

Tailor each personal statement to the specific college or scholarship. Every college and scholarship is different. Do research and see why each particular program or award interests you. Talk about how your previous academic experience would make this a good fit.

Be yourself. This is the committee’s chance to meet the real you. They want to hear about important moments in your life. Write about your talents, passions and other ways you spend your time. Show the committee what helped you to become the person you are today.

Show diversity. Why are you different than the other students applying to this college or scholarship? If you are a first-generation or low-income student, this is a great chance to write about that experience. How did you overcome those hurdles and how will this college or scholarship help you to achieve your dreams?

Find an editor. Poor spelling and grammar detract from a personal statement. Find someone you trust to look at it before you submit it. Ask your editor if the flow of the personal statement works and if it accurately represents who you are.

Scholarships

Scholarships Expiring in November

No Comments 18 October 2017

Here are some scholarships expiring in November.

Future Designer Scholarship – This scholarship is for students to design a holiday greeting card. Applicants must be accepted to or enrolled in a college or university. Applications are due November 1 and the scholarship award amount is $2,500.

#becauseiloveyou Scholarship Slam – To apply for this scholarship, students must submit a poem discussing healthy relationships. This scholarship is worth $1,000 and applications are due on November 7.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program – This scholarship is for college-bound high school seniors. Those applying to the scholarship must have an SAT combined score of 1200 or above and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above. Scholarship applicants get college planning support, advising through out their college career, and the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholarship community. Applications are due November 14 and the scholarship award amount is $40,000.

Be a Better You Scholarship – This scholarship is for students who are passionate about receiving higher education. Applicants must be at least 16 years old and either seniors in high school or currently attending an accredited institution. Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply. Applications are due November 19 and the scholarship award amount is $1,000.

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition – This scholarship is for high school seniors who plan to attend an accredited U.S. college or university full-time and are U.S. citizens. Scholarships will be awarded based on leadership and financial need. Applications are due November 27 and the scholarship award amount ranges between $4,000 and $50,000.

Best Essay Scholarship Contest – This scholarship is for students pursuing some sort of higher education. High school seniors who have enrolled in college also can apply. Applicants must write an essay following one of the given prompts. Applications are due November 30 and the scholarship award amount ranges between $400 and $1,000.

Scholarships

Scholarships Expiring in October

No Comments 20 September 2017

Take a look at these scholarships expiring in October:

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award – This award is for students who are classical musicians, vocalists and composers. In order to be eligible, applicants must perform “From the Top.” Applications are due October 16 and the award amount for this scholarship is $10,000.

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship – This scholarship is for high school students who have overcome obstacles in their lives. Students must demonstrate determination, integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need. The award amount for this scholarship is $25,000. Applications are due October 25.

Golden Doors Scholars Award – This scholarship is for students with high GPAs who have demonstrated leadership skills and are driven to excel and help others succeed. Students need to live in a state that does not allow in-state tuition for DACA students. Applications are due October 25 and the scholarship award amount varies.

Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program – This scholarship is an audio essay contest. Applicants must record and submit an essay on the theme, “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” Applications are due October 31 and the scholarship award amount ranges between $1,000 and $30,000.

Uncover the Truth Scholarship – Applicants must share a pledge on social media that encourages their friends to talk to their teachers about a propaganda-filled book circulating that denies the human effect on climate change. Applications are due October 31 and the award amount for this scholarship is $3,000.

Coca-Cola Scholarship – This scholarship is for all high school students. Applications are due October 31 and the scholarship award amount is $20,000. This is a renewable scholarship. Children or grandchildren of employees, officers or owners of any Coca-Cola companies are not eligible for this scholarship.

Scholarships, Uncategorized

How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay

No Comments 06 September 2017

Here are some tips for writing a scholarship essay that can earn you free money for college.

Read the prompt. Sure, this might seem obvious. It is vital that you understand exactly what is expected of you. Every sentence and paragraph of your essay should support the prompt.

Plan, plan, plan. Your scholarship essay should not be written the night before the application is due. Begin research a week before you intend to send in your application. After you have gathered your research, schedule when you plan to write. Your essay will be less stressful go in with a game plan.

Add some heart. Whatever the essay prompt is, find a way to make it personal. Tie it back to your life. This will be the best way to make your essay memorable and stick out to the scholarship committee. Your life story is different than the other applicants, so make the scholarship administrator feel it.

Tie it to your ambitions. It’s important to get personal but a scholarship essay is supposed to help you get to college. Be sure your academic goals are clearly stated. You can go above and beyond and talk about your plan after college.

Find an editor. It’s always smart to have a second set of eyes on any essay before you submit it. Find someone you trust, such as your friend who excels at writing or an adult mentor, and ask them to give your essay a look. They might offer feedback you didn’t think of.

If you would like some additional resources check out this article and this additional post from Cappex.

Greenlight to College Month, Scholarships

Big Money Scholarships

No Comments 30 August 2017

When it comes to scholarships, the bigger the better. Take a look at this list of scholarships with big money awards for College Greenlight students.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

Award amount: $5,000
Deadline: March 1

This scholarship is for college-bound high school seniors of African American descent who are passionate about technology. Applicants must plan to study engineering, computer science, computer information systems or select business programs (such as finance, business administration or marketing). Applicants must hold a minimum 3.3 GPA.

Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media Work/Study Program

Award amount: Varies
Deadline: March 31

Minority students who are graduating high school seniors or college freshmen are eligible for this work/study program. Applicants must be pursuing a career in the media industry.

The Gates Scholarship

Award amount: Varies
Deadline: September 15

This scholarship is open to low-income, minority high school seniors. It provides funding for the remaining financial need after all other financial aid has been awarded.

Generation Google Scholarship

Award amount: $10,000
Deadline: Early March

This scholarship is for college-bound high school seniors who are minorities and pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering or a related field. Individuals with a disability pursuing an eligible degree also can apply for this scholarship. Male students can apply here and female students can apply here.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarships

Award amount: $500 to $5,000
Deadline: March 30

High school and college students of Hispanic heritage are eligible for this scholarship.  Students must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program

Award amount: Up to $40,000
Deadline: Late September

College-bound high school seniors who have received standardized testing scores in the top 15 percent (a combined SAT score of 1,200 or above and/or an ACT composite score of 26).

State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship

Award amount: $2,500
Deadline: March 1

This scholarship is for college-bound high school seniors. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and demonstrate financial need.

UNCF/Koch Scholars Program

Award amount: $5,000/year
Deadline: April 1

African American students who plan to study/are currently studying accounting, business, economics, engineering, history, philosophy or political science are eligible for this scholarship. Students must hold a minimum 2.7 GPA.

Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship Program

Award amount: Varies
Deadline: May 1

This scholarship is for members of an American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group. Applicants must be studying banking, resort management, gaming operations, management and administration (including accounting, finance, information technology and human resources). Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Wentcher Foundation Scholarship

Award amount: $10,000
Deadline: March 1

This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors in the Chicago Public Schools. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and been accepted to an accredited college or university. Scholarships will be awarded based on talent, need and character.

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