Scholarships

Chicago Scholarships

No Comments 25 March 2015

We may be a little biased because College Greenlight headquarters is in Chicago, but we think Windy City has some of the best students and there are some great scholarships just for them! If you’re a student living in Chicago, these scholarships are a great opportunity to get some extra money for school and because they’re local, your chances of winning are greatly increased.  We’ve hand-picked scholarships we think would be best for College Greenlight students, but make sure to check out the scholarship link to see if you qualify.

 

QBG Foundation College Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for motivated, college-bound seniors who reside in the greater Chicagoland area in Illinois. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must possess a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better, be accepted to an accredited four-year college or university (preference will be given to a Historically Black College or University or HBCU), and demonstrate financial need.

 

DETAILS

DEADLINE:          Apr 30

AVERAGE AWARD:          $10,000

 

Edward and Shirley Calahan Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for Chicago high school seniors who have demonstrated excellence in education and a financial need. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have maintained a 3.0 GPA during their senior year and have proof of acceptance into a university or college.

DETAILS

DEADLINE:          Jun 1

AVERAGE AWARD:          $2,000

 

Aurelio “Larry” Jazo Migrant Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for migrant farm worker students who have a recent history of migration to Illinois for agricultural employment. To qualify, applicants must demonstrate financial need and scholastic achievement.

DETAILS

DEADLINE:          May 15

AVERAGE AWARD:          $1,000

 

ILACHE Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for Latino/a high school seniors and college undergraduate students in Illinois, who exhibit outstanding commitment to learning, community service, and leadership.

DETAILS

DEADLINE:          May 1

AVERAGE AWARD:          $1,000

 

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for residents of the City of Chicago who are enrolled full-time at a tuition-based Illinois institution of higher education or vocational training school. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must demonstrate significant financial need and provide proof of income for 3 months (13 weeks).

 

AKA Imani Pearls Community Development Foundation Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for African American high school seniors who reside and attend school in the Englewood, Bronzeville, Oakland, Kenwood, Hyde Park, Grand Boulevard, or Washington Park communities in Chicago, Illinois.

DETAILS

DEADLINE:          Apr 24

 

Elmhurst Garden Club College Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for residents of Illinois, who are college juniors, seniors, or graduate students. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have a minimum grade point average of “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) and be majoring in horticulture, environmental studies, biology, botany, or other related sciences.

DETAILS

DEADLINE:          May 15

 

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Scholarships

April Scholarships

No Comments 13 March 2015

If April showers bring May flowers, then what do scholarships that have deadlines in April bring? The answer: free money for college! (Sorry, no flowers here–but we think money can be just as good!) Check out this list and take the time to apply to to a few of these while you still can.

These are organized by date and feature some great scholarships for low income, underrepresented, and first gen students. Remember to check the scholarship out to get more details about the level of competition and effort required and to see if you qualify.

 

HAP Leadership Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

These scholarships are for Hmong immigrant students who are high school seniors graduating in 2014 and entering their first year of college in the fall of 2015.

DETAILS

DEADLINE:          Apr 3

AVERAGE AWARD:          $1,000

 

American Indian Education Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for students of Native American and Alaska Native descent who are enrolled or plan to enroll full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational technical school.

DETAILS

DEADLINE:          Apr 4

AVERAGE AWARD:          $2,000

 

Create Real Impact Contest

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This contest is open to residents of the United States who are between the ages of 14 and 22. To enter, applicants must create an original work — video, music, creative writing, or artwork — showcasing an idea for a solution to the problem of reckless and distracted driving. Applicants may enter as a group or as an individual.

DEADLINE:          Apr 10

AWARD RANGE:               $500 – $1,500

 

Gus Archie Scholarship Program

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for high school seniors who intend to enroll in petroleum engineering in a recognized university program according to their country or region, leading to an undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering. To apply for this scholarship, applicants must upload an appraisal from their high school principal, adviser, or counselor with their academic history and complete the electronic application process.

DEADLINE:          Apr 15

AVERAGE AWARD:          $6,000

 

American Legion Legacy Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for children, legally adopted children, children of a spouse by a prior marriage, and dependent children of active duty US military, National Guard, or military reservists who were federalized and died on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be high school seniors or high school graduates and plan to attend an accredited institution of higher education in the United States on a full-time basis

DETAILS

DEADLINE:          Apr 15

AVERAGE AWARD:          $10,000

Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for high school juniors and seniors between the ages of 16 and 18. To qualify, applicants must be attending a high school located in the United States, or be home schooled students between the ages of 16 and 18 who are residents of the United States.

DEADLINE:          Apr 14

AVERAGE AWARD:          $1,000

 

AIET Minorities and Women Education Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for women and/or minorities who are enrolled in real estate related courses or a related field within a US degree-granting college/university or junior/community college

DEADLINE:Apr 15

AVERAGE AWARD: $1,000

 

Appraisal Institute Education Trust Undergraduate Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for undergraduate students who are majoring in real estate appraisal, land economics, real estate, or an allied field.

DEADLINE:Apr 15
AVERAGE AWARD:$1,000

 

American Legion Legacy Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for children, legally adopted children, children of a spouse by a prior marriage, and dependent children of active duty US military, National Guard, or military reservists who were federalized and died on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.

DEADLINE:          Apr 15

AVERAGE AWARD:          $10,000

 

Gus Archie Scholarship Program

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for high school seniors who intend to enroll in petroleum engineering in a recognized university program according to their country or region, leading to an undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering.

DEADLINE:          Apr 15

AVERAGE AWARD:          $6,000

 

SEED Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for high school seniors who are graduating with the class of 2015. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be of Asian-Indian heritage, with at least one parent of Indian ancestry.

DEADLINE:          Apr 15

 

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This annual award is for outstanding young leaders who have shown leadership and courage in developing and implementing an extraordinary service project. The project must clearly benefit other people. Potential applicants must be nominated as individuals by adults who have a solid knowledge of the nominee and their work, but who are not related to the nominee

DEADLINE:          Apr 15

AVERAGE AWARD:          $2,500

 

Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for Asian American high school seniors and current college students. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be pursuing a major in the performing or visual arts, journalism, or mass communications.

DEADLINE:          Apr 15

AVERAGE AWARD:          $1,000

 

UNICO National Undergraduate Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

These scholarships are for high school seniors of Italian heritage

DEADLINE:          Apr 15

AVERAGE AWARD:          $1,500

 

Princeton Review College Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for high school seniors and college freshmen who are members of NSHSS

DEADLINE:          Apr 18

AVERAGE AWARD:          $1,000

 

Active Calendar Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for high school seniors and currently enrolled college students who will be enrolling in 2015

DEADLINE:          Apr 20

AVERAGE AWARD:          $1,000

 

Ayn Rand “The Fountainhead” Essay Contest

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This essay contest is for 11th and 12th graders worldwide. To apply, applicants must submit an essay for the book “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand on one of the topics listed on the website.

DEADLINE:          Apr 26

AWARD RANGE:               $50 – $10,000

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Scholarships for C Students

No Comments 06 March 2015

There are tons of scholarships for A students… but what if your GPA isn’t your strong suit? Don’t worry: free money for school exists for C students.  Below you’ll see a list of scholarships for students who have between a 2.00-2.50 grade point average.

Check out these scholarships and get matched to even more once you fill out your College Greenlight profile and add them to your list of scholarships to apply to.

 

American Indian Education Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

This scholarship is for students of Native American and Alaska Native descent who are enrolled or plan to enroll full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational technical school.

DEADLINE:          Apr 4

GPA: 2.0

 

Hopi Tribe Grants and Scholarship Program (HTGSP)

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This is a college scholarship for American Indians who are enrolled members of the Hopi Tribe.

DEADLINE:          May 1

GPA: 2.0

 

AKA Financial Need Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

These scholarship awards are for those with good academic standing who have endured great hardship to accomplish their educational goals. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be full-time college sophomores or beyond with a minimum 2.5 GPA (C+ average)

DEADLINE:          Apr 15

GPA: 2.5

 

AIET Minorities and Women Education Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for women and/or minorities who are enrolled in real estate related courses or a related field within a US degree-granting college/university or junior/community college.

DEADLINE:          Apr 15

GPA: 2.5

 

Hungry to Lead Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for high school seniors and college students attending a post-secondary educational institution in the United States. T

DEADLINE:          Jun 1

GPA: 2.5

 

AIMCO Cares Opportunity Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for residents of privately owned federally assisted low income housing properties (Section 8, low income housing tax credits, etc.) or recipients of Section 8 voucher rent assistance who demonstrate both merit and need. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be high school seniors, GED recipients, or current undergraduates enrolling in an accredited college undergraduate program.

DEADLINE: Mar 25

GPA: 2.5

 

Cognizant Making the Future Scholarship Program

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship program is for students pursuing careers in a STEM field. To qualify, applicants must be eligible to enroll or be currently enrolled at a two- or four-year accredited college or university with a full course of undergraduate study or a vocational-technical school

DEADLINE: Mar 31

GPA: 2.5

Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for high school juniors (class of 2016) who reside in the United States and play for a high school sports team or participate in club sports.

DEADLINE: May 31

GPA: 2.5

 

Scholarships

Super Quick & Easy Scholarships 2015

No Comments 27 February 2015

Certain scholarships take awhile between writing a long essay, getting recommendations, and filling out the application.  If you don’t have time, check out this scholarship list! These should only take roughly thirty minutes to complete, so you can knock out a bunch in no time!

 

University Language Services Scholarship

This scholarship is for college students who are studying abroad, have studied abroad in the past, or have chosen a study abroad program that they will soon begin. To apply, applicants must submit a photo that they have taken, along with a description of no more than 200 words on why the photo makes them glad they decided to study abroad. See website for more details.

 

Replace My Contacts Academic Scholarship

This scholarship is for high school seniors and current, full-time college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in the United States. To apply, applicants must complete a brief survey and then answer one of four given prompts in 500 words or less.

 

Marketing EDGE Scholarship Awards

These scholarship awards are for undergraduate and graduate students who are studying marketing and are committed to pursuing a career in the field. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and demonstrated interest in the industry.

 

DW Simpson Actuarial Science Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who are in their senior year of undergraduate study of actuarial science. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have an overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.2 GPA in their major, have passed at least one actuarial examination, and be eligible to work in the United States.

 

Potential Magazine Countdown to College Scholarship

This scholarship is for college-bound teens. Upon signing up for Potential Magazine’s free weekly eNewsletter, students will be entered to win an $1,000 scholarship.

 

National Association of Government Employees Scholarship

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).

 

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

 

Digital Privacy Scholarship

This scholarship is for high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and for students currently enrolled in college or graduate school. Home schooled students are also eligible. Applicants must be US citizens or legal residents. To apply, applicants must submit an application form including an 140-character message about digital privacy. The top 10 applications will be selected as finalists and asked to write a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about digital privacy.

 

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

This scholarship is for high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and for students currently enrolled in college or graduate school. Home schooled students are also eligible. Applicants must be US citizens or legal residents. To apply, applicants must submit an application form including an 140-character message about texting while driving. The top 10 applications will be selected as finalists and asked to write a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about texting while driving.

 

 

 

 

 

Scholarships

Guest Post: Scholarship Essays: Yes You Can!

No Comments 23 February 2015

At College Greenlight, we love to collaborate with other great organizations to help bring a wide-array of resources to our students and counselors. This week, we’re excited to partner with Story2  to give you some tips to help you to write scholarship essays that make you stand out from the crowd.  They’ve even offered a free ebook just for Greenlight to College Month!

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Scholarship Essays: Yes You Can!

 

by Jocelyn Johnson, Marketing and Social Media Coordinator, Story2,story2

Scholarship essays provide the opportunity for you to distinguish yourself from the vast pool of applicants who have similar grades and test scores. Admissions officers and scholarship committees have to select the most deserving candidates to receive their awards—and sometimes there can only be one recipient. Make it easy for them! Use your essay to show that person is you.

The secret to writing great scholarship essays might surprise you—and no, it’s actually not perfect grammar (although that is certainly important). It’s storytelling. Neuroscience research shows that when you tell a story, you ignite a chemical reaction in the brain that connects with the listener or reader. So, as you write scholarship essays, keep in mind that when you reveal who you are through a story, you will be able to establish an authentic connection with the people reviewing your application.

Here’s what you need to do:

 

1. Use the prompt to your advantage

Unlike the open-ended Common App personal statement prompts, which can lend themselves to many different topics, scholarship application prompts are often very specific. Even though you may be applying for many different scholarships, you should still approach each one individually.

Before you get started, ask yourself two questions: “What is this particular scholarship for?” and “What is this prompt really asking?” The answers to those questions should guide your response.

If a scholarship has a more open-ended prompt, like How do you define a hero?”, research the company or organization that is providing the scholarship to see what qualities and values are most important to them. You can find this information very quickly on their website by searching for their mission and values. Once you know the company’s values, think about the times in your life that you have exemplified those values through your actions. This brainstorming exercise helps you find your essay topic.

 

2. Pick one moment

Your first instinct may be to use your essay to explain every activity on your resume, every grade on your transcript, and/or every time you’ve ever exhibited a quality. Don’t get caught in that trap. It will lead to your essay being just another indistinct entry among all of the many other applications in the pile. How can you avoid this? Pick one moment and tell that story.

Even as a high school student, there’s just no way explain all of your life experiences in one application essay (unless you’re planning on writing a memoir) without using interpretations or generalizations. And, using interpretations and generalizations makes it impossible to establish an authentic and meaningful connection between you and the person reading your application.

Be memorable. If you share your story, your readers won’t forget you. But, don’t just tell a random story—make sure your story relates to the question asked in the prompt!

 

3. Focus on your actions/Stay in the action

It’s hard to read a book or essay that lacks action—most people go from reading to skimming very quickly. Admissions officers and scholarship committees are no different. Do everyone a favor, and keep your essay based in your actions!

What do I mean by this? Think about the difference between these two introductions:

  • “I am a very motivated, hardworking, and driven person. When I set my mind to something, I will do whatever it takes to get it done. One example is when I served as student council president”
  • Beep Beep Beeeeeep. I lifted my head off my pillow to look at the clock, and saw that it was 5:30 am. I forced my heavy eyelids open, rolled out of bed, and began getting ready. I needed to be at school 2 hours early to lead our student council meeting.”

Which do you find more engaging? For scholarship committees, the answer is definitely version two. I am not suggesting that you add tangential scenes or plot elements to your story—they will quickly be discerned as inauthentic. Instead, incorporate the real dialogue, details, and description of the moment. That will bring your essay to life.

These 3 steps will get you a long way toward the goal of completing scholarship essays that connect with reviewers and win you money. For more information and resources on scholarships, be sure to attend the upcoming College Greenlight Online Marathon on February 28.

 

Jocelyn graduatjocelyned in 2012 from Princeton University, where she majored in Anthropology and minored in African-American Studies. As an anthropology major, she developed a love and appreciation for storytelling and finds it to be one of the most intriguing cultural forms. Jocelyn joined the Story2 team after working for two years as a counselor with Prep for Prep and enjoys helping students discover and share the stories that make them who they are.

 

 

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