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

Heads Up, Class of 2017: The Summer Challenge Scholarship is Coming this May

4 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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Scholarships

April Scholarships

No Comments 22 March 2016

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

 

Garmin Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW
This scholarship is for high school seniors and college students who plan to or are attending an accredited school in an avionics or aircraft repair program.

DETAILS

DEADLINE: Apr 4

AVERAGE AWARD: $2,000

 

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

 

Tile Contractors’ Association Of America, Inc. Family Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for full-time employees that are considered overhead staff of a TCAA contractor member in good standing with the association. TMT union employees are not eligible.

DEADLINE: Apr 8

AVERAGE AWARD: $2,000

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 29

AWARD RANGE:               $50 – $10,000

 

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 29

AWARD RANGE:               $500 – $1,500

Money

You’re In, Now What? Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letter

No Comments 16 March 2016

You’ve done the work to search for your dream colleges, you’ve filled out your applications and FAFSA and months later you’ve arrived at the moment you’ve been waiting for–you’ve been accepted! While a lot of the hard work is now behind you, the life-changing decision about which school you’ll attend is still ahead and for many students, finances will be a determining factor in where they attend.

In order to help students get a clear financial picture, each school you are accepted to should send you a financial aid award letter. In this letter, the college has carefully calculated the amount of aid they’ll award you based on the school’s cost of attendance (COA) and your financial need based on your FAFSA.  Each school’s letter may be formatted differently, but in addition to your financial aid award, you’ll also get information on how much a full academic year will cost, how much your family is expected to contribute, and how much you’ll have to make up via loans, outside scholarships or other sources.

It’s incredibly important to understand all aspects of your award letter, as this will impact things like if you’ll have to take out student loans and for how much.  The COA section, for example, will list what is comprised of the total cost of attendance of a certain school.  This usually will include tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and other fees, but pay close attention as some schools will only include tuition in this section, and leave you to cover what can be costly other aspects of attending.

In the section of your letter that outlines your financial aid, you may encounter a few different aid types:

“Free” Money

This is money that you don’t need to pay back.  This can come in the form of grants, merit awards, and scholarships from the school.

Loans

In your award letter, you may see a portion is comprised of federal student loans.   You are responsible for paying these back regardless of whether you complete your degree, and can have varying interest rates; it’s very important you understand the full conditions of your loans.

Work-Study Options

Work-study is money you’ll earn from working a part-time job at the college.  This can be an on-campus or off-campus job, and the money can go toward your living expenses.

 

Once you’ve taken a look at the types of aid the school is offering, figuring out if you’ll have a gap in funding is crucial.  This means the school’s aid package doesn’t meet 100% of your demonstrated need as determined by your FAFSA.  To figure out if you have a gap in your aid from a particular school, subtract the cost of attendance from your financial aid award.  Any money leftover represents your gap and you will have to use outside scholarships, find a part-time job or take out private loans to pay the rest.

 

Your financial aid award is just one factor in the big decision that is where you’ll attend college.  Do your research and make the most informed decision possible that will get you to the college or university that is the best match and fit for you.

 

 

 

Scholarships

Scholarships for High School Juniors 2016

No Comments 15 March 2016

High school juniors and younger may already know that many scholarships require applicants to be seniors or above to apply, so students wait until then to really get their scholarship search going. The good news is, students who want to start their scholarship search earlier DO have opportunities to apply to scholarships even before their senior year.

We’ve compiled a list of scholarships that juniors are eligible for–but this list is just the beginning! Signing up for a College Greenlight account and completing your profile,  keeping your scholarship search organized and updated, and asking counselors and community members about local scholarships are also great ways to start looking for scholarships before everyone else that can help fund your education after you graduate from high school.

 

Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must create and submit a photo, artwork, or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card. Designs should be appropriate for business and consumer use.

DEADLINE:          Feb 25

AVERAGE AWARD:          $10,000

 

The Christophers’ Poster Contest for High School Students

This contest is for students in grades nine through twelve. To apply, applicants must create an original poster that interprets the theme “You Can Make a Difference,” and illustrates the idea that one person can change the world for the better

DEADLINE:          Feb 17

AWARD RANGE:               $100 – $1,000

 

First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association High School Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for members in good standing of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association.

DETAILS

DEADLINE:          Feb 23

AVERAGE AWARD:          $1,000

 

Armstrong Scholarship Program

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for high school juniors who are children of regular, full-time and regular, part-time US employees, expatriates, or retirees of Armstrong World Industries, Inc., or its domestic subsidiaries.

DETAILS

DEADLINE:          Feb 28

AVERAGE AWARD:          $2,500

 

Earth Day Awards

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

These awards are for high school students worldwide. To apply, applicants must be able to demonstrate environmental stewardship, leadership, and volunteerism as expressed through an Earth Day project.

DEADLINE:          Feb 28

AVERAGE AWARD:          $500

 

American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for registered, active members of a Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew chartered to an American Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary unit, or Sons of the American Legion squadron; and for registered, active members of a chartered Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew who are sons or grandsons of a Legionnaire or Auxiliary member.

DEADLINE:          Mar 1

AWARD RANGE:               $2,500 – $10,000

 

VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for registered, active members of Boy or Girl Scout troops, Venturing crews, or Sea Scout ships who are currently enrolled in high school. To qualify, applicants must be at least 15 years old and have received the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venturing Silver Award, or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award. They must also have demonstrated practical citizenship in school, scouting, and the community.

DEADLINE:          Mar 1

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

 

Jessica Powell Loftis Endowment for Acteens

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for Baptist high school students who are Acteens and/or National Acteens Panelists.

DEADLINE:          Mar 1

 

Hays C. Kirby Essay Scholarship Contest

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This essay contest is for high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are attending a public, private, alternative, parochial school, or a home study program. Recent high school graduates are eligible to participate as long as the deadline of the current contest falls within 12 months after graduation.

DEADLINE:          Mar 13

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

 

Hamilton Award

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for college-bound high school juniors who are currently attending a high school in the United States. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have a strong record of community service, show a strong commitment to their academic studies, and demonstrate financial and/or personal need.

DEADLINE:          Mar 2

AVERAGE AWARD:          $500

 

Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for high school students in the graduating classes of 2015 and 2016. To apply, applicants must write an essay of 800-1200 words on a given topic about religion.

DEADLINE:          Mar 6

AWARD RANGE:               $250 – $2,000

 

Annual Kaplun Essay Contest

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This essay contest is for students in grades 7 through 12. To apply, applicants must write an essay in response to a given prompt related to Jewish values. Applicants do not have to be Jewish to enter.

DEADLINE:          Mar 6

AWARD RANGE:               $750 – $1,800

 

Junior Duck Stamp Contest

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This contest is for students in grades K-12 who are attending public, private, or home schools in the United States or the US territories. To qualify, applicants must be US citizens, resident aliens, or nationals. US citizens attending schools abroad may enter through their legal state of residence. To apply, applicants must draw, paint, or sketch a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species.

DEADLINE:          Mar 15

AWARD RANGE:               $500 – $2,000

 

Robert P. Sheppard Leadership Awards

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for members of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have a 3.5 GPA and demonstrate an outstanding commitment to community service and initiative in volunteer activities.

DEADLINE:          Mar 20

AVERAGE AWARD:          $2,500

 

National WWII Museum Essay Contest

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for high school students in the United States. To apply for this scholarship, applicants must submit an essay–1,000 words or less–on the following topic: “How do you define a hero?”

DEADLINE:          Mar 15

AWARD RANGE:               $500 – $1,000

 

Germans from Russia Heritage Society Essay Contest

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This essay contest is for middle school, high school, and university, and college undergraduate students from around the world. To enter, applicants must submit an essay on German-Russian history and culture

DEADLINE:          Mar 1

AWARD RANGE:               $100 – $1,000

 

Virtual Business Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for high school business, marketing, and personal finance students currently enrolled in their junior or senior years. To qualify, applicants must be nominated by their teachers; exhibit excellence in business, marketing, or personal finance classes; and show interest and accomplishment in the use of technologies in these subjects.

DEADLINE:          Apr 1

AVERAGE AWARD:          $2,000

 

NTHS Scholarship for SkillsUSA Members

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for active, dues-paying members of both SkillsUSA and NTHS. To apply, applicant must have an active NTHS chapter, which includes submission of a charter application and approval from the school administration

DEADLINE:          Apr 1

AVERAGE AWARD:          $1,000

 

Nordstrom Scholarship Program

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This scholarship is for high school juniors who live and attend school in a state with a Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack store.

DEADLINE:    May 1

AVERAGE AWARD: $2,500

 

Jane Austen Society of North America Essay Contest

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

This contest is for students worldwide at the high school, college, and graduate school levels of study. To enter, applicants must submit an essay in response to a given prompt related to Jane Austen and her work; see website for complete details.

DEADLINE:          May 15

AWARD RANGE:               $250 – $1,000

 

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

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