Money, Scholarships

Scholarships for African-American Students

No Comments 16 March 2017

Scholarships don’t just celebrate good grades. They also can celebrate a person’s ethnicity and heritage. Take a look at this list of scholarship for African-American students.

The Gread “Lefty” McKinnis Memorial Foundation Scholarship – This award is for African-American men from the Chicagoland area. Applicants must be college-bound high school seniors. Scholarships will be awarded based on community involvement, personal statements, letters of recommendation, and an interview with the scholarship committee. The award for this scholarship is typically $1,000.

UNCF/Koch Scholars Program – This scholarship is for African-American students who are college-bound high school seniors or current college freshmen. Applicants must either be studying, accounting, business, economics, engineering, history, philosophy or political science. The award amount for this scholarship is typically $5,000.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships ­– African-American students with a passion for technology are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must be college-bound high school students who plan to pursue a degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems or certain business programs. Students must maintain at least a 3.3 GPA and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship award amount is typically $5,000.

BCALA Literary AwardsThis scholarship is for African-American writers. Writing submissions must have been published in the previous year and portray some aspect of the African-American experience. The award amount for this scholarship is typically $500.

Visual Task Force Scholarship – African-American students currently majoring in journalism or interest in pursuing journalism are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must be current National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) members, maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA and submit a 1,000- to 2,000-word essay on a given topic. The award amount for this scholarship is typically $1,500.

Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology Scholarship – This scholarship is for African-American students who are studying a scientific or technical field at a Historically Black College or University. The award amount for this scholarship is typically $2,000.

CBC Spouses Education Scholarship – African-American students who hold a minimum 2.5 GPA, demonstrate leadership and participate in community service are eligible for this scholarship. College-bound high school students and current college students are eligible for this scholarship. Congressional Black Caucus member constituents will be given preference for this scholarship. The award amount for this scholarship ranges between $500-$800.

DeWayne Wickham Founder’s High School Scholarship – This scholarship is for college-bound high school seniors who are members of the NABJ. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, community involvement and plan to study journalism or a communications-related discipline. The scholarship award amount is typically $2,500.

Money, Scholarships

Greenlight to College Scholarship

No Comments 09 March 2017

College Greenlight is dedicated to helping the next generation of college students overcome obstacles to higher education. The Greenlight to College Scholarship is dedicated to making college more accessible to these students. Applications are due Dec. 31 and the scholarship award amount is $1,000.

This scholarship is for juniors and seniors in high school. Applicants must demonstrate academic merit, leadership history and extracurricular activities. Students also should embody College Greenlight’s mission in at least one way: demonstrating financial need, having underrepresented minority status or being a first-generation college student. Preference will be given to students participating in a college preparatory program.

To apply, log on to your College Greenlight profile. Select “College Greenlight Scholarships” in your Scholarship Center. Select the Greenlight to College Scholarship and hit the Apply Now button.

Just like that, you will be considered for the scholarship. At College Greenlight, we want our students to have access to every scholarship opportunity they are eligible for. The Greenlight to College Scholarship can get you one step closer to attending your dream college and landing your perfect job.

Money, Scholarships

Scholarships Expiring in March

No Comments 08 March 2017

Take a look at these scholarships expiring in March. Don’t let that application deadline come and go.

Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest —This scholarship is for high school students in the graduating classes of 2017 and 2018. There are no requirements regarding faith. Applicants must submit an essay on a religious-based topic. See its website for further details. Applications are due March 10 and the award amount varies between $500-$2,000.

American Foreign Service Association National High School Essay Contest — Applicants must write an essay on a given topic related to the Foreign Service. In addition to the scholarship award amount, the winner will receive other prizes. Applications are due March 15 and the scholarship award amount is $1,250-$2,500.

Imagination Begins With You … High School Short Story Contest — Applicants must submit an original, unpublished short story of 1,000 words or less. Any genre of fiction or non-fiction is acceptable. Applications are due March 15 and the scholarship award amount varies between $50-$250.

Ayn Rand “Anthem” Essay Contest Applicants must submit an essay for the book “Anthem” by Ayn Rand on one of the topics listed on the website. Applications are due March 29 and the scholarship award amount varies between $30-$2,000.

Communicative Disorders Scholarship This scholarship is for graduate students who are studying speech-language pathology and/or audiology. Applications are due March 30 and the scholarship award amount is $1,000.

Sleeklens Academic Scholarship Program Students must write a 2,000 to 2,600-word essay on a given topic. Applications are due March 30 and the scholarship award amount is $2,000.

Abbvie Immunology ScholarshipThis scholarship is for students who are living with inflammatory diseases who are seeking an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in the United States. Applications are due March 31 and the scholarship award amount is $15,000.

Association of State Dam Safety Officials Senior Undergraduate Scholarship — This scholarship is for college seniors who are enrolled in a civil engineering program (or related field). Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in a discipline related to the design, construction and operation of dams. The application deadline is March 31 and the scholarship award amount ranges between $5,000-$10,000.

Dr. Arthur A. Kezian DDS Science ScholarshipThis scholarship is for students pursuing a degree in the science field. Applicants must submit a one- to two-page essay on why they deserve the scholarship. Applications are due March 31 and the scholarship award amount is $4,200.

Germans from Russia Heritage Society Essay Contest — Applicants must submit an essay on German-Russian history and culture. See website for essay topics. Applications are due March 31 and the scholarship award amount ranges between $100-$1,000.

FAFSA, Grants, Money, Scholarships

FAFSA and Financial Aid Tips for Low-Income Students

No Comments 23 February 2017

If you come from a low-income household, paying for college can be intimidating. Take a look at these tips financial aid and FAFSA tips to receive the most aid you are eligible for.

Apply for the FAFSA early. More than a dozen states award grants on a first-come, first-served basis. That means that the later you apply, the less likely you are to receive grants. Only about 33 percent of low-income students file the FAFSA during the first three months of application season. This is compared to 58 percent of middle-income students and more than 71 percent of high-income students. For this reason, low-income students tend to miss out on billions of dollars in grants by filing the FAFSA too late.

Use the IRS data retrieval tool. You must fill out more than 100 questions on the FAFSA – that can be intimidating if you do not understand each question. That is where the IRS data retrieval tool comes in. This tool will pull information from your tax returns and input them directly onto your FAFSA application.

Seek out free money. There is no limit on how many scholarships you can apply to. The more scholarships a student receives, the less their total out-of-pocket cost will be for college. We are always updating the College Greenlight scholarship database, so be sure to always check in on your scholarship matches. You should also look into grant partnerships between colleges you are considering and organizations to maximize how much money you receive.

Consider work-study. The work-study program is based on financial need and provides an opportunity to earn money to that will help cover college expenses. The amount you earn will depend on how much you decide to work. But it is important to keep in mind that this money won’t be available to pay tuition at the beginning of the semester, but will instead help to cover ongoing expenses throughout the year.

Ask for help. There are multiple free sources you can utilize for help with filling out the FAFSA. Your counselor will be a great resource for any questions you or your parents may have. The U.S. Department of Education sponsors a toll-free hotline (1-800-433-3243) that can answer any questions you may have about student aid and the FAFSA.

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Big Money Scholarships

No Comments 21 February 2017

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

Generation Google Scholarship – 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. The award amount for this scholarship is $10,000. Male students can apply here and female students can apply here. Applications are due March 2.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program – 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). Applications open in late September and the award amount is usually $40,000.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship – 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. Applications are due March 1 and the scholarship award amount is $5,000.

UNCF/Koch Scholars Program – 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. Applications are due April 1 and the scholarship award amount is $5,000.

Wentcher Foundation Scholarship – 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. Applications are due March 1 and the scholarship award amount is $10,000.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarship – High school and college students of Hispanic heritage are eligible for this scholarship. Applications are due March 30 and the scholarship award amount ranges between $500-$5,000. Students must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship Program – 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. Scholarship award amount varies and the application deadline is May 1.

Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media Work/Study Program – 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. Award amount can vary.

State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship – This scholarship is for college-bound high school seniors. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and demonstrate financial need. Applications are due March 1 and the scholarship award amount is $2,500.

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