Money, Pay for College, Resources, Scholarships

Do I Need a High GPA to Get a Scholarship?

No Comments 10 January 2018

Not everyone out there has a perfect GPA, and that’s perfectly okay. We all shine in different ways, as cheesy as saying that may be, but we thoroughly believe it here at Greenlight. We’ll let you in on a little secret, too – you can still win a scholarship without having a perfect 4.0. Colleges realize that you’re more than your grades, and so do foundations, organizations, and businesses. Take a look at your scholarship match list and we think you’ll be surprised by the number of ways you can earn some cash towards your higher education.

If you tend to be more gifted at athletics than academics, you need to use that to your advantage. Talk to your coach to see if they think you’re eligible for an athletic scholarship. Register with the NCAA and NAIA Eligibility Centers to be considered, and scope out our athletic-geared scholarships, like the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Scholarship!

Not headed to the Olympics any time soon? Are you just happy when you walk without tripping over your own feet? We feel you. Your interests and hobbies can earn you scholarships as well. If you’re an artist, volunteer at a local shelter, or even just love animals, there are scholarships out there specifically designed to help you manage the cost of tuition. Talk to a supervisor or mentor to see if they know of a scholarship you’d be eligible for, on top of checking out our list of varied options right here on our site! Off the top of our head, we can think of the AllTopGuide Scholarship, the Ayn Rand 2018 Anthem Essay Contest, and the BMI Student Composer Award, none of which have a GPA requirement.

It’s a common misconception that you can only get scholarships if your GPA exceeds 3.0 – there are a lot of other options out there, it’s just a matter of finding them. We at College Greenlight are here to make that discovery process easier for you, and to help bring your dream of getting a higher education a reality. Let’s find your strengths and see how you can cash in on them – literally!


Money, Scholarships

Top 7 Scholarships Expiring in January

No Comments 21 December 2017

2018 is right around the corner. The new year signifies a time to set new goals for yourself. Why not include your college goals in your New Year’s resolutions? Here are some scholarships expiring in January that will get you one step closer to your college dreams.


Scholarship –  The Smart Alec Scholarship

Description – This scholarship is open to any high school student in the US. Students must answer the given prompt in order to apply. Submissions are welcomed in any form, from essays to songs to sculptures to mathematical proofs.

Award Amount – $2,000

Deadline – January 1


Scholarship –  Potential Magazine Countdown to College Scholarship

Description – This scholarship is open to all college-bound high school students of all grades. Applicants must subscribe to C2C in order to be eligible.

Award Amount – $500

Deadline – January 5


Scholarship – Dell Scholars Program

Description – This scholarship is for college-bound high school seniors who have participated in a college readiness program for at least of two years (see website for a list of approved programs). See website for complete details

Award Amount – $20,000

Deadline – January 15


Scholarship –  Kyoto Scholarship

Description – This scholarship is for who are graduating from a San Diego County high school. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Award Amount – $10,000

Deadline – January 18


Scholarship –  Norma A. Cull Memorial Scholarship

Description – This scholarship is for Madison Consolidated High School graduating seniors.

Award Amount – $2,000

Deadline – January 31


Scholarship –  Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship

Description – The purpose of this scholarship is to make students aware of the negative impact of technology. Applicants must write a 140-character message about technology addiction. Ten finalists will be selected from the applicant pool and asked to write a 500- to 1,000-word essay about technology addiction.

Award Amount – $1,500

Deadline – January 30


Scholarship –  I Have a Dream Scholarship

Description – This scholarship is for students who are currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an post-secondary institution of higher education. Students applying must submit a written response about what their hopes and dreams are for the future.

Award Amount – $1,500

Deadline – January 31


Money, Scholarships

Scholarships Expiring in December 2017

No Comments 12 December 2017

Often times, the tuition and fees for college can feel overwhelming — no one wants to graduate in the shadow of mounting debt. One of the easiest ways to diminish that burden is by applying for as many scholarships as you possibly can. Keep a running list with corresponding due dates and tackle one each week. No matter what the amount, $500 or $1,000, $100 or $10,000, it chips away at that dark cloud of loan debt to let a little bit more that end-of-the-tunnel light shine through.

While there are plenty of scholarships with due dates farther out than this month, we want to give you a heads-up on what’s being closed December 2017. Some may have specific requirements, such as being part of a group or certain high school, some require a thoughtfully-crafted essay, and others still just need your name. Let’s power through your options in expiration-date order!


Are you heading into the medical field? We all know that most degrees leading towards putting an individual’s life in your hands cost as much, if not more, than the average 4-bedroom house. The AvaCare Medical Scholarship awards $1,000 dollars to high school seniors or currently enrolled college students! It does have a few requirements, though, and, since it’s due on December 15th, you’ll have to hustle! For AvaCare Medical, it’s all about kindness, so they want a blog post, image, and video on what act of kindness inspired you to strive towards that medical degree!


If you’re breaking that stereotype barrier, say becoming an automotive tech while also being a woman, The Clunker Junker wants to hear from you — they offer the Cash for Cars and College Scholarship. Be enrolled in an accredited institution pursuing a degree in automotive technology and you can earn $1,000 towards your tuition!


While you may mostly think about Burger King in regards to your fast-food order (a number 3 with a large Coke ICEE, please!), they also offer a pretty hefty $5,000 scholarship through the Burger King McLamore Foundation. Graduating high school seniors are eligible applicants, while the scholarship itself is awarded based on academic record and participation in school and community activities. Last call for consideration is the 15th of December!


Whether you were born with that natural athletic talent or spent years cultivating your abilities, the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Scholarship is here to reward high school students set to enter college in the Fall of 2018 with $20,000 dollars. Distributed in four installments of $5,000, there’s even the possibility of earning the Ken C. Hicks Scholarship to go along with it! Submit your application by December 15th to be considered for this monetary award.


ValuePenguin’s Scholarship is the next one we’re going to chat about — you can earn a cool $2,000 dollars towards your tuition by submitting 500-750 word replies to their prompts by the 15th of this month. They’re also a good resource for financial education, from getting your first credit card to insuring your first automobile. So, basically, even if you don’t win the scholarship, you could still walk away with some sweet knowledge from ValuePenguin!


Even if you’re already in college, there’s no reason not to continue accruing some sweet money to reduce your school loans. The SEO and Content Marketing Scholarship offered through AMV is open to high school and college students, and requires an essay explaining a mind-blowing, totally genius marketing plan. This kind of scholarship is great for students looking to pave their way into a business, marketing, computer science, communications, or IT field, though there’s no major or minor requirement. If you have an analytical eye for content marketing, this is one essay you should definitely send in by December 15th.


AMV doesn’t restrict its giving nature to just marketing, though. The Lead Roster B2B Sales and Marketing Scholarship is for the entrepreneur with a fire for selling their ideas. Make a passionate YouTube video and send that golden ticket in by the same date as the marketing scholarship. December 15th, if you didn’t want to roll your eyeballs up a few inches.


The Association on American Indian Affairs, Inc. offer a $1,500 Adolph Van Pelt Special Fund for Indians Scholarship to assist American Indians with their tuition costs. The student must have at least a quarter degree Native American/Native Alaska blood and be enrolled in a federally-recognized tribe. This is the kind of scholarship that you need to also be enrolled in college for, so keep that in mind for the December 15th submission date.


Is your tribe not federally recognized? The Association on American Indian Affairs, Inc, also awards the Allogan Slagle Memorial Scholarship specifically for those Native Americans! Whether you’re already pursuing your degree or a graduating high school senior, apply to be granted a $1,500 scholarship to your full-time, accredited college.


Writing a step-by-step guide to using a product isn’t easy, and the Pretty Lightroom Presets Scholarship wants to recognize those special individuals with the patience to write down directions that are easy to use for anyone who happens upon them. Write an essay-style Adobe Lightroom Tutorial (including helpful screenshots) between 800 to 1,000 words! Submit it by the 15th for $500 dollars towards your future education!


Even before you get your driver’s permit, you know the dangers of distracted driving. For those between the ages of 13 and 18, it’s especially important to really ingrain this into their understanding of operating a coupled-thousand-pound vehicle(!!!). In light of that, By Kids for Kids, Co.  hosts the CTIA Wireless Foundation Drive Smart Contest which asks students to create digital shorts persuading fellow peers to stay focused on the task at hand while driving —  driving. The winner gets a whopping $10,000 dollars for their future education, so put some thought into this one before submitting on the 19th!


Like we said before, it’s nice to be awarded for just being you, and the Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders is another one that does just that. If one of your parents is of Hispanic ancestry and you’re enrolled, full-time, at a 2- or 4-year institution, you could save $1,000 on your tuition! Throw your hat into the ring by the 29th of December to be considered.


The Peter J. Hengel Thai Scholarship is specifically for male students of Thai descent. You must be 23 and planning to enroll full-time at an accredited 2- or 4-year institution for the entire 2018-19 school year. Preference is given to gay students, as well as those attending a Minnesota college, so check your circumstances and apply by December 30th if you fit these parameters for a $15,500 reduction in tuition!


We always like to see the words “short essay” attached to our scholarships. High school and college students have their plates full enough as it is, and we’d like to see you get some beauty rest at some point. The MiniMilitiaModCheats Internet Marketing Scholarship is simple enough: write a short essay on Internet Marketing. International students can throw their hat into this ring, too, so be ready to hit submit by December 30th and not a second later!


The “Impact a Life” College Scholarship through Raffle Ticket, a division of A-Z Discount Printing, was started purely to help reduce some of the cost associated with a 4-year education. You must be 18 years or older and currently enrolled in a college, and the essay should be between 500-1,000 words. Competition is high and they have three prompts on their website to work off of. Follow the directions to a T and claim that $1,000, $600, and $400! Submissions are accepted until December 31st!


Are you fascinated by the development of logos? Do you see a shop sign or company symbol and immediately begin dissecting it into its multiple components? Have you also completed at least 1 semester of a graphic design, product design, branding, or marketing course? Then submit three of your original logo designs that pertain to the automatic, construction, beauty, and massage industries for a chance at winning the Most Promising Logo Design Scholarship, which is worth $1,500! Submissions are due by the 31st.


Who’d’ve thought that pen pack you bought from the store for a few bucks could earn you $15,000? The Pilot Pen G2 Overachievers Student Grant, in conjunction with Shonda Rimes, wants to celebrate an exceptional young scholar who makes a difference outside of the classroom. Use that Pilot Pen G2 to outline a 1,000-1,500 word essay, type that beauty up, and you could be granted $12,500 off your college tuition, as well as earn $2,500 dollars for your school to foster another overachiever like yourself!


We live in a country founded on free speech. If that simple fact got you all fired up to rattle off some dates and American rights, the FIRE’s Free Speech Essay Contest Scholarship is right up your alley. You’ll be awarded up to $10,000 dollars for a fiery 800-1,000 word essay on the article 19 right to articulate your opinions without fear of censorship! Just have those passionate words ready by the 31st, and you’re all set.


Prepare your palette, fire up your digital software, or prep your artistic weapon of choice because the Goodshop Scholarship wants to award $1,000 to reduce college tuition! An original masterpiece is due to them by December 31st to be considered for the scholarship.


They’re JUST POETRY!!! Scholarship Awards and they happen quarterly — which is great news for HS students that love to express themselves in couplets or villenelles or some free-form prose on a regular basis. You can submit for this scholarship, which awards up to $500 dollars, once a quarter! This round ends on December 31st, so start rifling through those journals for your favorites to submit to the Live Poets Society of New Jersey!


We do like the idea of living by “never say never,” but it might be a little late to get started on your application for the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Youth Scholarship Program. The Nicodemus Wilderness Project encourages young people to be environmentally conscious — conduct your own environment clean-up or conservation project and document it for consideration of the $580 scholarship. Due no later than December 31st, now’s the time to show off your conservation methods!


Do you have a 3.0 GPA or higher? Are you interested in studying business in college? Are you a college-bound senior? If you answered “yes” to those questions, then you’re a USDA prime candidate for the SHM Cleaning Scholarship! Submit by the 31st for consideration — it could save you $250 on your college loans!


The Percy Martinez Law Scholarship and the Percy Martinez Autism Scholarship both offer $5,000 to further education. High school students to grad-level students with an interest in law are encouraged to apply. Students at schools that cater to individuals with autism are also excellent candidates — check the website for the rules and regulations and get your application in by the 31st to be considered!


Being first is often really cool. It means you won the race or were revolutionary! What’s not cool about being first sometimes is the uncertainty. Being the first in your family to go to college means that you have to shoulder the burden for figuring out how the whole crazy process works. StudySoup’s First in Family Scholarship is here to soothe some of that aggravation. Be 18, accepted into a college, submit by the 31st, and you can earn $1,000 dollars towards your student loans!


The people at Picture Keeper want to encourage those chasing their dreams. Their Picture Keeper Scholarship is a photo and essay contest that documents just that! Grab some photos that pluck some heart strings, write a heartfelt essay, and submit by the 31st for a chance to make your college tuition $1,500 lighter.


Do you keep a dream diary? If so, you’re in the ideal position to be awarded the MattressFun Scholarship! They want an essay about a dream you’ve had that you’re determined to make reality — like maybe that dream you have about heading off to college and leaving with as little debt as possible, for instance! Have it prepared by the 31st for a chance at a $1,000 dollar college tuition break!


Admissions, Scholarships

How to Write a Great Personal Statement

No Comments 24 October 2017

Sometimes, college and scholarship applications ask for a personal statement, which is sometimes called a personal essay. This is an opportunity to introduce yourself. You share your academic and professional goals in a personal statement.

Here are some tips for writing a memorable personal statement:

Read directions. This might be a given, but be sure to read the prompt. And after that, read the prompt again. If a committee sees careless mistakes within your personal statement, they will be less likely to take you seriously.

Tailor each personal statement to the specific college or scholarship. Every college and scholarship is different. Do research and see why each particular program or award interests you. Talk about how your previous academic experience would make this a good fit.

Be yourself. This is the committee’s chance to meet the real you. They want to hear about important moments in your life. Write about your talents, passions and other ways you spend your time. Show the committee what helped you to become the person you are today.

Show diversity. Why are you different than the other students applying to this college or scholarship? If you are a first-generation or low-income student, this is a great chance to write about that experience. How did you overcome those hurdles and how will this college or scholarship help you to achieve your dreams?

Find an editor. Poor spelling and grammar detract from a personal statement. Find someone you trust to look at it before you submit it. Ask your editor if the flow of the personal statement works and if it accurately represents who you are.


Scholarships Expiring in November

No Comments 18 October 2017

Here are some scholarships expiring in November.

Future Designer Scholarship – This scholarship is for students to design a holiday greeting card. Applicants must be accepted to or enrolled in a college or university. Applications are due November 1 and the scholarship award amount is $2,500.

#becauseiloveyou Scholarship Slam – To apply for this scholarship, students must submit a poem discussing healthy relationships. This scholarship is worth $1,000 and applications are due on November 7.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program – This scholarship is for college-bound high school seniors. Those applying to the scholarship must have an SAT combined score of 1200 or above and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above. Scholarship applicants get college planning support, advising through out their college career, and the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholarship community. Applications are due November 14 and the scholarship award amount is $40,000.

Be a Better You Scholarship – This scholarship is for students who are passionate about receiving higher education. Applicants must be at least 16 years old and either seniors in high school or currently attending an accredited institution. Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply. Applications are due November 19 and the scholarship award amount is $1,000.

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition – This scholarship is for high school seniors who plan to attend an accredited U.S. college or university full-time and are U.S. citizens. Scholarships will be awarded based on leadership and financial need. Applications are due November 27 and the scholarship award amount ranges between $4,000 and $50,000.

Best Essay Scholarship Contest – This scholarship is for students pursuing some sort of higher education. High school seniors who have enrolled in college also can apply. Applicants must write an essay following one of the given prompts. Applications are due November 30 and the scholarship award amount ranges between $400 and $1,000.

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