Scholarships

July Scholarships

No Comments 16 June 2016

With Fourth of July just around the corner, summer has finally arrived–and we’re in the thick of it.   While this time isn’t the most popular for scholarships, there are still a few opportunities available at this time for students willing to take the time to apply to July scholarships.

Below, you’ll find a list of all kinds of scholarships with deadlines in July.  Before you apply, carefully check the eligibility requirements and if you qualify, send in that application!

 

Eli Lilly and Company/Black Data Processing Associates Scholarship

DEADLINE: Jul 3
AVERAGE AWARD: $2,500

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
These scholarships are for members of Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) who are graduating high school seniors or currently college students in good standing.

 

HomeCity Real Estate Scholarship

DEADLINE: Jul 15
AVERAGE AWARD: $1,000

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students. Applicants must submit an essay on the topic of home buyers advice. See website for further details.

 

Polish Union of America Scholarships

DEADLINE:Jul 10
AWARD RANGE:$100 – $200

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for members of the Polish Union of America who complied with the requirements set by a rededication commitment letter sent in February 2011.

 

Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program

DEADLINE: Jul 8
AVERAGE AWARD: $1,500

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for students worldwide who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a baccalaureate, graduate, associate’s degree, or diploma program with a declared major in a science-related field.

 

Joshua Gomes Memorial Scholarship

DEADLINE: Jul 15
AVERAGE AWARD: $1,000

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for students who are HIV positive or have AIDS. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be accepted at or enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate study at a US college, university, institute, or technical college.

 

NCGA Educational Foundation Scholarship

DEADLINE:Jul 15
AVERAGE AWARD:$1,000

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for students who have been or who are currently employed in the church goods industry, or who are family members of a current or former employee in the church goods industry.

 

Greg Baumgartner Scholarship
DEADLINE: Jul 15
AVERAGE AWARD: $1,000

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for students with at least a “B” average GPA who are paying their way through school without parental assistance.

 

Console & Hollawell Paralegal Scholarship

DEADLINE: Jul 15
AVERAGE AWARD: $1,000

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for students attending community colleges, technical schools or business schools in the United States pursuing degrees or certifications in paralegal studies, legal assistant, court reporting, or other law-related field.

 

ERCA Community Contribution Scholarship

DEADLINE: Jul 15
AWARD RANGE: $1,000 – $5,000

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for high school students who are legal residents of the United States and have recognized a need or problem in their community and developed an action plan

 

FAFSA

What You Need to Know about Prior-Prior Year

No Comments 13 June 2016

Starting with the 2017-18 award year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be based on prior-prior year (PPY) income and tax information instead of prior-year (PY) income and tax information. For example, the 2017-18 FAFSA will be based on 2015 federal income tax returns instead of 2016 federal income tax returns.

The switch to PPY enables two key benefits for all students:

  • Students will be able to start filing the FAFSA three months sooner, on October 1 instead of January 1. This will align the start of the financial aid application season with the start of the college admissions application season.
  • Students and their families will be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to pre-fill the FAFSA, making it easier to complete the form. Most taxpayers will have already filed their federal income tax returns. Even taxpayers who use the automatic 6-month filing extension must have filed their federal income tax returns by October 15, near the start of the FAFSA application season.

The switch to PPY may be especially beneficial for low-income students:

  • Generally, low-income students are more likely to be selected for verification because they are more likely to qualify for the Federal Pell Grant. But, low-income students are also more likely to face challenges in completing verification, causing them to lose the financial aid they need to pay for college. However, with the use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, any data element that is transferred unmodified from the IRS onto the FAFSA will not be subject to verification. This will significantly reduce the number of FAFSAs selected for verification, helping more low-income students to qualify for need-based financial aid.
  • Low-income students tend to file the FAFSA later than middle- and high-income students. Students who file the FAFSA earlier tend to qualify for more grants than students who file the FAFSA later, because some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and some states and colleges have very early FAFSA deadlines for their financial aid funds. The earlier start date may encourage low-income students to file the FAFSA sooner, helping them meet more state and college deadlines. Nine states will still award state grants on a first-come, first-served basis, but the 12 or so states with February and March deadlines have not yet moved up those deadlines.

Note that if there is a significant drop in income from the prior-prior year to the prior year, applicants cannot substitute prior-year income for prior-prior year income, even if it is available. The prior-year income, and now the prior-prior year income, are proxies for income during the academic year. However, families experiencing a decrease in income can and should appeal to the college financial aid administrator for a professional judgment review, arguing that their prior-prior year income is not reflective of ability to pay during the award year. The financial aid administrator can choose to substitute an estimate of income (and income taxes) during the award year for the prior-prior year income and taxes, when the student and/or family have experienced a sustained decrease in income. If the family normally has volatile income from one year to the next, as is common among small business owners, the financial aid administrator can choose to substitute an average of income during the last 3-5 years.

To help low-income students take advantage of the switch to prior-prior year, counselors and colleges must encourage them to file the FAFSA, to file the FAFSA sooner and to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to simplify the application process. This will help more low-income students qualify for grants, which will help more of them enroll in and graduate from college.

College financial aid administrators should also consider distributing financial aid award letters and notifications earlier. Even a few weeks earlier, in early March, will students and their families with more time to choose a college before the May 1 National Candidates Reply Date. It will also allow more time for families to prepare for college costs and for financial aid administrators to counsel students and parents.

 

Scholarships

June Scholarships 2016

No Comments 19 May 2016

Here comes summer! (And the deadlines for these scholarships in June!)   As always, make sure to check the full scholarship page to see if you meet all the qualifications and to get more information about competitiveness, level of effort to apply and more.

Want to get matched with even more scholarships just for you?  Make sure you’ve registered with College Greenlight and completed your profile as much as possible and don’t forget to apply for the Summer Challenge Scholarship!

 

 

MJSA Education Foundation Jewelry Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for students who are pursuing a jewelry-related curriculum. Although this scholarship is administered by the Rhode Island Foundation, applicants are not required to be Rhode Island residents to qualify.

DEADLINE: Jun 3
AWARD RANGE: $500 – $2,000

 

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship

This scholarship is for high school juniors and seniors as well as students currently registered at an accredited college or university. To qualify, applicants must submit an essay discussing their educational career and life goals.

DEADLINE: Jun 10
AVERAGE AWARD: $1,000

 

Ted Rollins Eco Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for students who are majoring in fields related to sustainability. Applicants must take at least 10 credit hours during the fall 2016 semester and write a 500-word essay on a given topic

DEADLINE: Jun 15
AVERAGE AWARD: $1,000

 

Digital Marketing Scholarship
SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for students who plan to or currently major in a field related to digital marketing. Applicants must write a 500-word essay on a given topic. See website for further deta

DEADLINE: Jun 15
AVERAGE AWARD: $1,000

 

Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This contest is for hearing impaired students through grade 12 in the United States and Canada, to CEGEP in Quebec and grade 13 in the Caribbean.

DEADLINE: Jun 15
AVERAGE AWARD: $2,500

 

Liberty Scholarship & Leadership Program

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is sponsored by the National Liberty Museum, an institution dedicated to honoring heroes of liberty throughout history and encouraging future leaders. It is open to Liberty Scholar Members of the Museum.

DEADLINE: Jun 15
AWARD RANGE: $500 – $7,500

 

Rosemary Quigley Memorial Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for students with cystic fibrosis who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees. To qualify, applicants must have a clear sense of life goals and a commitment to living life to the fullest, despite having cystic fibrosis.

DEADLINE: Jun 17
AWARD RANGE: $500 – $2,000

 

ICCF General Scholarship Fund

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for children of code enforcement employees. The jurisdictional authority must be an active governmental member of the International Code Council.

DEADLINE: Jun 24
AVERAGE AWARD: $2,500

 

William J. Tangye Scholarship
SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for children of active members of the International Code Council or children of code enforcement agency personnel employed by an active governmental member of the International Code Council.
DEADLINE: Jun 24
AVERAGE AWARD: $2,500

 

Navigate Your Future Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for high school seniors who are planning a career in the general aviation field.

DEADLINE: Jun 24
AVERAGE AWARD: $2,500

 

Rimington Trophy Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for students with cystic fibrosis who demonstrate scholastic ability, character, leadership, service to the community, need for financial assistance, and daily compliance to CF therapy.

DEADLINE: Jun 24
AWARD RANGE: $1,000 – $2,000

 

Chief Manuelito Scholarship for High School Graduates

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for Navajo high school graduates who have completed required Navajo Language and Navajo Government courses prior to graduating from high school.

DEADLINE: Jun 25
AVERAGE AWARD: $7,000

Scholarships

Scholarships with May Deadlines

No Comments 19 April 2016

By now, the sun is beginning to shine as spring is in full swing and summer is on its heels.  Before you know it, we’ll be in May, the month that the following scholarships have deadlines! We’ve included scholarships for underrepresented and first-generation students, as well as a few others.  Make sure to follow the link to get the full information and find out if you qualify.  If you do, take some time to apply!

NSHSS Ambassador Awards

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for high school seniors who are NSHSS Ambassadors. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have maintained a cumulative 3.7 GPA and serve as good will ambassadors within their high schools and community.

DETAILS

DEADLINE:          May 2

AVERAGE AWARD:          $1,000

The Sara Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for women who are high school seniors planning to pursue a college degree.

DETAILS

DEADLINE:          May 2

AVERAGE AWARD:          $2,000

East Villagers Service Scholar Contest

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This contest is for young, service-minded scholars enrolled in middle through high school in the United States and Canada.

DETAILS

DEADLINE:          May 2

AWARD RANGE:               $150 – $500

Quill and Scroll Foundation Student Scholarships in Journalism
SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for high school seniors who are members of the Quill and Scroll Honor Society. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must major in journalism or mass communication.

DETAILS

DEADLINE: May 10

National Collegiate Cancer Foundation (NCCF) Legacy Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for students who who have lost a parent or guardian to cancer. To qualify, applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35 (an exception will be made for 17-year-olds who are entering college who are planning to attend an accredited institution.

DETAILS:

DEADLINE: May 13

AVERAGE AWARD: $1,000

Asylees as Authors Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for asylees, refugees, and legal permanent residents who used to be asylees or refugees. Documents showing immigrant status must be provided by applicants.

DETAILS

DEADLINE:          May 15

AWARD RANGE:               $1,000 – $5,000

National Association of Government Employees Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for members and spouses, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and significant others of members of one of the following organizations: National Association of Government Employees (NAGE), International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO), International Brotherhood of Correctional Officers (IBCO), and the International Association of EMTs and Paramedics (IAEP).

DETAILS

DEADLINE:          May 22

AVERAGE AWARD:          $500

James J. Davis Memorial Scholarship for Students Studying Abroad

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for undergraduate students enrolled in a full academic year or fall, spring, or semester/quarter study abroad program at an accredited university.

DETAILS

DEADLINE:          May 22

AVERAGE AWARD:          $1,000

Money

The Summer Challenge Scholarship is Here!

6 Comments 08 April 2016

If you’re a junior, you may be watching the class before you get ready to choose their colleges and graduate, but we haven’t forgotten about helping you to get started looking for colleges this summer!

The College Greenlight Summer Challenge Scholarship is your chance to win one of two $500 scholarships for getting started on your college and scholarship search. Starting May 1st and up to September 1st, you’ll be able to take these easy steps to qualify for the scholarship!

How to Qualify

1. Fill out a free profile on College Greenlight and make sure it is complete and up-to-date 

2. Add 10 colleges to your college list by logging into your account and clicking on the “college” tab at the top of your student dashboard. 

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To add colleges to your list, we recommend checking out the profile pages of colleges you’re interested in by entering the school’s name into the search bar on the right-hand side of the page. You should also check out any messages you receive from colleges who are interested in meeting you. These messages mean that a college thinks you would be a good fit on campus, and are a great way to get to know awesome schools you may not have heard of or may not have considered before!

After you’ve added 10 schools to your list, make sure to adjust your rankings so that your favorite schools are listed at the top of your page!

3. Choose 5 scholarships that you’ll apply for and change their status in your scholarship center 

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Your scholarship center will include dozens of opportunities that we’ve matched you with based on your profile. You’ll need to pick at least 5 scholarships that you will apply for and change their status to “will apply” under the “next steps” tab (pictured below).

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4. Click the APPLY button for the Summer Challenge Scholarship in your College Greenlight Scholarship Center 

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Access your College Greenlight Scholarships page from your student dashboard and then click the bright green apply button listed next to the Summer Challenge Scholarship!

It’s that easy! So if you’re in the class of 2017 we challenge you to take the time to apply for this awesome opportunity, and get your summer started on the right foot.

This scholarship expires on September 1st, so make sure to take advantage early!

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements: This scholarship will go to a College Greenlight student who adds 10 colleges to their college list, and 5 scholarships to their scholarship list. Applicants must have a valid College Greenlight profile, and must click the “apply button” listed with this scholarship here. Applicants should embody College Greenlight’s mission in one or more of the following ways: demonstrated financial need, underrepresented minority status, or by being the first in their family to attend college. Membership in a college preparatory program is a plus.

 

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