Scholarships

How to Prepare for Scholarship Season

No Comments 17 May 2017

As the school year begins to wind down, so does scholarship season. But even though it might become more difficult to find scholarships, you still should look. Follow these tips to make sure you’re ready for the upcoming scholarship season.

Participate in College Programming

Make yourself stand out to scholarship committees by proving you are dedicated to your academics, even in the summer. Many colleges offer summer programs for students who are interested in attending. The programs are designed to give prospective students a taste of college life, and sometimes even include a college-level course. Reach out to a local college to see if it offers one of these programs, or take a look at this list of fly-in programs for your chance to visit a college further away.

Begin to Research

Just because you can’t apply doesn’t mean you can’t research. Start small with your local community foundation, move on to researching scholarships for people with your intended major and then find every big money scholarship you can apply for. Keep a running list of these scholarships so you can check back in the fall and apply as soon as they are open.

Find a Summer Job or Internship

When scholarships are scarce, an internship or job can help earn money for college. It also can beef up your scholarship resume. This shows scholarship providers that you are academic/career-minded and spent your summer in a productive way. Plus, jobs can sometimes lead to scholarships.

Keep Checking College Greenlight

You should be checking your College Greenlight profile year-round. Continue to make sure your information is up-to-date and we will match you with the best scholarships for you. Scholarship season might be a little dry in the summer but as long as you are eligible, we will help you find it.

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College Greenlight Summer Challenge Scholarship

No Comments 04 May 2017

If you’re a junior, we are here to help 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 1 and up to Sept. 1, 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 five 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 college’s name into the search bar on the right side of the page. You also should check messages you receive from colleges. These messages mean that a college believes you would be a good fit on campus.

After you’ve added five 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 five 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 five 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.

If you’re in the class of 2018, we challenge you to take the time to apply for this awesome opportunity.

This scholarship closes on Sept. 1, so make sure to take advantage early.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements: This scholarship will go to a College Greenlight student who adds five colleges to their college list, and five 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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Many Capable Pell Grant Recipients Don’t Attend Selective Colleges

No Comments 02 May 2017

The majority of Pell Grant recipients do not attend selective colleges, a new study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce finds.

Most Pell Grant recipients attend open-access colleges with low graduation rates, according to The 20% Solution: Selective Colleges Can Afford to Admit More Pell Grant Recipients. In fact, “the nation’s most elite universities could enroll more low-income students without significantly hurting their graduation rates or budgets,” the study stated.

Highly qualified students who are Pell Grant recipients are not attending selective colleges whose admissions criteria they meet or exceed. Some 86,000 Pell Grant recipients score at or above the median on standardized tests for students at selective colleges, the study finds.

“If every college was required to have at least 20 percent Pell Grant recipients, more than 72,000 more Pell students would have to be admitted to 346 colleges and universities,” the study states.

“Highly-qualified Pell Grant students are being turned away from the opportunity for an elite college education, which is more and more open only to the wealthy,” said Anthony P. Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and lead author of the study.

Pell Grants, which average $3,724 and have a maximum of $5,815 in 2016-2017, only cover a fraction of the cost of attending an elite college or university. Almost 75 percent of Pell Grant recipients come from families making $30,000 or less a year. Sixty-nine of the most selective private colleges and universities that have less than 20 percent Pell Grant recipients enrolled.

The study found, however, that elite colleges and universities could afford to help offset tuition and room and board for Pell Grant recipients because “the 69 most-selective private colleges had an average annual budget surplus of $139 million from 2012 to 2015.” Those institutions have a median endowment of $1.2 billion.

“Competitive pressures keep elite colleges from admitting low-income students even when they are qualified,” said Martin Van Der Werf, associate director of editorial and postsecondary policy at the Georgetown University Center on Education and co-author of the report. “If the colleges themselves won’t change their admissions policies, it’s worth considering whether we should require a minimum enrollment standard of 20 percent Pell Grant recipients.”

Money, Scholarships

Scholarships Expiring in May

No Comments 18 April 2017

Scholarship season doesn’t end just because the school year is. Take a look at this list of scholarships expiring in May.

StudySoup Future Innovator ScholarshipThis scholarship is for students who exemplify one or more of StudySoup’s core values: Be a Knight; Make an Impact; Succeed Together. Applications are due May 1 and the award amount for this scholarship is $2,000.

Kids’ Chance ScholarshipsThese scholarships are for children whose parents have been permanently disabled or killed on the job. The award amount for this scholarship typically ranges between $500- $2,500. Applications are due May 1.

Teen Spotlight Scholarship Program ­– This scholarship is for high-achieving teens between the ages of 13 and 17 years old. If selected, you will be interviewed, along with your parents, and participate in a photo shoot. Teens can be nominated by their school administration or by other community leaders. The scholarship award amount is $500 and applications are due May 1.

Illinois AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Worchid Scholarship – To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be high school seniors at an Illinois high school and have taken the ACT or SAT. Applicants must be the children of deceased parents who were veterans of the United States who served after Sept. 15, 1940, and were honorably discharged. The scholarship deadline is May 15 and the award amount is $500.

On The Gas- The Art, Science and Culture of Food ScholarshipThis scholarship is for high school and college students interested in food and beverage and marketing. Each applicant must submit a 1,500-word article related to food and drink or any content related to food and beverage marketing to apply. The award amount for this scholarship is $750 and applications are due May 15.

RCJudge Scholarship – This scholarship is for undergraduate students. Applicants must create a 700- to 1,000-word essay on how the technology for remote-control toys will change in the future. Applications are due May 21 and the award amount is $1,000.

Davis ScholarshipStudents must submit an essay addressing the following prompt: “Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.” The scholarship award amount is $1,000 and applications are due May 22.

Marcia Silverman Minority Student Award – This scholarship is for students who are African American/Latino, Asian, American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Pacific Islander. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in a journalism program, public relations studies or courses preparing for a career in public relations and must also be entering their senior year in college in the upcoming fall. Applications are due May 26 and the award amount is $5,000.

Cameron Impact ScholarshipThis scholarship is for members of the class of 2017 who are planning to attend a four-year institution in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must demonstrate active participation in community service and extracurricular activities, as well as be motivated leaders and have strong work ethics. The scholarship award amount ranges between $20,000 and $50,000 and applications are due May 26.

Emily Woodward Scholarship – This scholarship is for students enrolled in an accredited post-secondary educational institution by the time the winner of the annual scholarship is announced in July 2017. Applicants must be enrolling full-time or part time and submit an essay. Applications are due May 31 and the scholarship award amount is $2,000.

 

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Scholarships for Hispanic Students

No Comments 03 April 2017

Scholarships aren’t always based on academics – some celebrate a person’s heritage. Take a look at these scholarships for students of Hispanic descent.

HACU IES Abroad Diversity Scholarship – This scholarship is for students attending Hispanic-Serving institutions that are members of Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). The scholarship award amount typically ranges between $2,500 and $5,000. Applicants must hold a minimum 3.3 GPA.

CORE Que Llueva Cafe Scholarship – Undocumented students of Chicano/Latino descent are eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship award amount typically is $500.

Latinos in Technology Scholarship – This scholarship is for students of Hispanic descent who have a declared major in and have been accepted into a STEM program. Students must hold a minimum 2.5 GPA. The award amount for this scholarship typically is $10,000.

La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarships – College students of Hispanic descent are eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship award amount typically ranges between $500 and $1,000.

Cascajal Foundation Scholarship – This scholarship is for graduating high school students from Houston who are of Columbia descent. Applicants must hold a minimum 2.0 GPA and submit an essay with their application. The award amount for this scholarship typically is $500.

MillerCoors National Scholarship – Incoming college juniors and seniors of Hispanic descent are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must be studying an eligible major, see website for details. The typical award amount for this scholarship is $3,000.

Danny Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is for students of Hispanic descent who are studying electronics and/or engineering and need financial assistance to attend college. The award amount for this scholarship varies.

NSHMBA Foundation Scholarship Program – To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be NSHMBA members and of Hispanic descent. Students must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA. The award amount for this scholarship typically ranges between $2,500 and $10,000.

Rixio Medina & Associates Hispanics in Safety ScholarshipStudents of Hispanic descent pursuing a degree in occupational safety and health or a closely related field are eligible for this scholarship. The award for this scholarship typically is $4,000.

Great Minds in STEM / HENAAC Scholars Program – This scholarship is for students of Hispanic origin who participate in and promote organizations and activities in the Hispanic community. The award amount for this scholarship typically ranges between $500 and $10,000.

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