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Scholarships for Undocumented Students

No Comments 18 January 2017

As most scholarships for U.S. colleges require proof of citizenship, undocumented students often have a challenging time finding scholarships. There are, however, organizations that are committed to providing financial assistance for undocumented students. The list below includes scholarships open to undocumented, international and immigrant students.

January

Microsoft Scholarship: This scholarship is for students pursuing a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Applications are due January 27.

Point Foundation Scholarship: This award is for students who are involved with the LGBTQ community and are open about their identity. Applicants must demonstrate a desire to make a difference in the world. Applications are due January 30.

February

The Dream.Us Opportunity Scholarship: This scholarship is for students who do not currently have the financial resources to enroll in college full time. Students must have reached the U.S. before age 16. Applications are due February 1.

Ascend Educational Fund: Immigrant students who will graduate from a New York City high school are eligible for this scholarship. Applications are due February 2.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest: This scholarship is for students registered as full-time undergraduate juniors and seniors. Applications are due February 10.

CORE’s Que Llueva Café Scholarship: College-bound undocumented students of Latino descent are eligible for this scholarship. Applications are due February 25.

Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute Scholarship: This award is for CUNY undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate academic achievement, financial need and a commitment to service in the Mexican community. Applications are due February 28.

March

The Dream.Us Scholarships National Scholarship: This scholarship is for students enrolled at one of TheDream.US partner colleges who do not have financial resources to enroll in college full time. Applications are due March 8.

Association of Raza Educators Scholarship – Los Angeles: This scholarship is for undocumented, AB 540 and DACA seniors who are graduating from a Los Angeles high school. Applicants are due March 17.

National Peace Essay Contest for High School Students: This scholarship is for students of any citizenship attending a U.S. high school. Applications are due March 15.

Ayn Rand Anthem Essay Contest: In order to apply for this scholarship, applicants must submit an essay for the book “Anthem” by Ayn Rand. There are no citizenship requirements for this scholarship. Applications are due March 29.

Foster Care to Success Scholarships: These scholarships are for students who have been in foster care or who are orphans. Applications are due March 31.

April

Davis-Putter Scholarship: The scholarship is for students active in social/economic justice movements.  People who are not U.S. citizens are eligible. Applications are due April 1.

A Voice for Animals Contest: Students who have worked to promote the humane treatment of animals are eligible for this scholarship. Applications are due April 10.

Ayn Rand The Fountainhead Essay Contest: Applicants must submit essays about “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand to be considered for this scholarship. There are no citizenship requirements. Applications are due April 26.

Ayn Rand “Atlas Shrugged” Essay Contest: In order to be considered for this scholarship, applicants must submit essays about “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand. There are no citizenship requirements. Applications are due April 28.

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest: This scholarship is for applicants attending American colleges or universities, regardless of their citizenship. Applications are due July 31.

 

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Step-by-Step Guide to Winning Scholarships

No Comments 12 January 2017

Winning scholarships is an important part of your plan for paying for college. About one in eight students wins some scholarship money with the average amount being about $4,000.

This five-step plan will help you get started on your path to winning college scholarships.

Step 1: Start Immediately

Start searching for scholarships sooner, rather than later. The sooner you begin searching, the fewer deadlines you will miss.

There also are many scholarships available to students in younger grades, such as the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program and the Davidson Fellows Scholarship. Some scholarship applications are restricted to students who already are enrolled in college.

Step 2: Search for Scholarships Everywhere

Be thorough in looking for scholarships. Some of the best sources of scholarships include:

  • Free online scholarship matching services, like collegegreenlight.com/scholarships. These services compare your background profile with a large database of scholarships, providing a personalized list of all the scholarships for which you are eligible.
  • Bulletin boards outside the school counselor’s office and near the jobs and careers section of the public library.
  • Ask friends and family for ideas. Ask your parents’ employers and fraternal organizations if they sponsor a scholarship. Ask local businesses.

Step 3: Beware of Scholarship Scams

Never invest more than a postage stamp to apply for a scholarship, even if the fee sounds reasonable. If you have to pay money to get money, it is probably a scam.

Step 4: Choose Scholarships You Can Win

Apply for every scholarship for which you are eligible. By applying to more scholarships, you increase your chances of winning one.

Applying for scholarships takes less time than you might expect. After your first half-dozen applications, you find that you can reuse previous essays for different applications.

If you have more scholarship matches than you can handle, prioritize them first by deadline. That way, you won’t disqualify yourself by missing the deadlines.

Concentrate on scholarships where you have the greatest odds of winning, such as scholarships with a strong match to your background, local scholarships and less popular scholarships. The most generous and prestigious scholarships get the most applications, which makes them harder to win. Scholarships involving smaller dollar amounts and writing essays tend to get fewer applications.

Step 5: Increase Your Odds of Winning a Scholarship

A few simple tricks can increase your chances of winning a scholarship:

  • You can’t win if you don’t apply. Apply to more scholarships to increase your odds of winning.
  • Create a professional online presence. Delete inappropriate Tweets and Facebook posts. Use a professional email address.
  • Read the sponsor’s web site before starting the application. This will let you tailor your application to the sponsor’s goals in sponsoring the scholarship.
  • Read the directions and follow them carefully.
  • Proofread the application and essays before sending the application. Spelling and grammar errors can give a bad impression.

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Scholarships Expiring in January

No Comments 10 January 2017

We all set goals for the new year. Make applying for as many scholarships as possible one of your 2017 goals! Take a look at the scholarships below and see what interests you! Awards are listed by application due date.

Hamilton AwardThis scholarship is for college-bound high school juniors who have a strong record of community service, show a strong commitment to their academic studies, and demonstrate financial and/or personal need. Applications are due January 13 and the award amount is $500.

Young Filmmakers Contest Applicants must submit a film between 3-8 minutes on one of the following topics: water, waste, food, transportation, energy, or open space and ecosystem. The scholarship award amount ranges between $250- $500. Applications are due January 15.

Prompt $20,000 ScholarshipApplicants must submit any college essay to be considered for this award. Applications are due January 15. The scholarship award amount ranges between $10,000- $20,000.

Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with DisabilitiesThis scholarship is for students with an identified disability. Applicants must submit their materials by January 17. The award amount for this scholarship ranges between $1,250- $2,500.

Girls Impact the World Film Festival ScholarshipApplicants must submit a 3-5 minute film that raises awareness about current issues affecting women and girls and/or proposes solutions to current challenges faced by women. Scholarship award amount ranges between $1,000- $5,000. Applications are due January 18.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education ProgramThis scholarship is for residents of Georgia and Alabama, who have active amateur radio licenses. Preference will be given to students who study electronics, communications, or related fields. Applications are due January 27. The scholarship award amount is $7,500.

Mioy Huynh Scholarship by CengageBrainThis scholarship is for students who are planning to pursue/already pursuing a degree in one of the STEM fields. Applications are due on January 31, with the award amount set at $2,500.

 Dr. Lauren Looker Scholarship by QuestiaTo qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be pursuing a degree in social sciences and have a minimum 3.5 GPA. The award amount for this scholarship is $2,500. Scholarship applications are due January 31.

 I Have a Dream ScholarshipTo qualify for this scholarships, applicants must submit a written response about what the dream about and their hopes for the future. Applications are due January 31. The scholarship award amount is $1,500.

Fifty for the Future AwardThis scholarship is for Illinois students pursuing a career in the technology field. The award is open to high school juniors, high school seniors, undergraduate college students, and graduate students. Applications are due January 31 and the scholarship award amount is $1,000.

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Scholarships for Chicago Residents

No Comments 30 November 2016

Did you know that being a Chicago resident can earn you a college scholarship? Celebrate pride for your city by taking a look at this scholarship list! Awards are organized in alphabetical order.

Alice Thomas Motts Trust Scholarship Fund – This scholarship is for college sophomores who are permanent residents of Chicago, and for students who are enrolled in Chicago area colleges.

Chicago Summer Business Institute Program – Applicants must be Chicago residents who are high school sophomores or juniors who are currently attending a public, parochial, or private school and have an annual family income of $60,000 or less.

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Scholarship – This scholarship is for Chicago residents 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).

CPS Dream Fund Scholarship – This scholarship is for seniors attending Chicago Public Schools. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be DREAMers (non-U.S. citizen or permanent resident high school student who qualifies for in-state college tuition under the Illinois’ HB-60 State Legislation and who will benefit from the Illinois DREAM Act) recommended by a principal, counselor, or college/career coach.

Dolores Saxton-Walker Scholarship Award – This scholarship is for college-bound high school seniors from Chicago Public Schools who plan to pursue a business degree.

Education 4 Excellence Scholarship – This scholarship for high school seniors attending a Chicago Public School in Illinois.

Edward and Shirley Calahan Scholarship – This scholarship is for Chicago high school seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence and financial need. Students must have maintained a 3.0 GPA during their senior year and have proof of acceptance into a university or college.

Engineering Incentive Awards – High School Seniors – This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors from Chicago. Applicants must have a n overall ACT score of 21 and be accepted to or currently enrolled in an engineering program.

Gread “Lefty” McKinnis Memorial Foundation Scholarship – This scholarship is for college-bound African-American men from the Chicagoland area. Scholarships will be awarded based on community or civic involvement, personal statements, letters of recommendation, and an interview with the scholarship committee.

My 2 Sons: John|Sean Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is for ethnic minority high school seniors who reside in the Chicago or South Suburban area. Applicants must plan to attend a 4-year college or 2-year community college.

Villagomez Foundation Scholarship – This scholarship is for high school seniors of Hispanic/Latino origin in the Chicagoland area in Illinois. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale; have a minimum ACT score of 20 or SAT score of 1500, and attend a community college or university in the fall.

Polish Women’s Civic Club Scholarship – This scholarship is for Illinois residents who are US citizens with at least one parent of Polish descent. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled at a Chicago area accredited college or university, be enrolled full-time with sophomore standing or above, and be in need of financial assistance.

QBG Foundation College Scholarship – This scholarship is for motivated, college-bound seniors who reside in the greater Chicagoland area in Illinois and are accepted to an accredited four-year college or university (preference will be given to a Historically Black College or University or HBCU).

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Scholarships Expiring in December

No Comments 29 November 2016

What’s the best holiday gift you could ask for? Scholarships! In between your holiday gatherings, take a look at these scholarships expiring in December. Take a look at this list, featuring the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest. The remaining scholarships on the list are organized by application deadline.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay ContestThis essay contest is for students registered as full-time undergraduate juniors or seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities. Scholarship applications are due December 19. The award amount ranges between $500 – $5,000.

Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program – This scholarship is for students worldwide who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a baccalaureate, graduate, associate’s degree, or diploma program with a declared major in a science-related field. The scholarship award amount is $1,500, with applications being accepted through December 9.

Lammont Belin Arts ScholarshipThis scholarship is for students studying painting, sculpture, photography, music, drama, dance, literature, and architecture. Letters of recommendation from recognized artists, experts, or judges from the chosen field are required for this scholarship. The award amount for this scholarship is $12,000. Applications are due December 15.

Westwind Recovery Residences General Education Scholarship – This scholarship is for students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. Applicants must submit an essay to be considered. Scholarship recipients will receive $1,000. All applications are due December 15.

Nutrition Inspector ScholarshipApplicants must submit an outline of an essay related to fitness, nutrition or dieting. Applications are due December 15. The award amount for this scholarship ranges between $1,000 – $2,000.

AvaCare Medical ScholarshipThis scholarship is for college-bound US citizens or those in possession of an Alien Registration Card. Applicants have at least a 3.0 GPA and be pursuing a degree in the medical field. The award amount for this scholarship is $1,000 with applications due on December 15.

Girlterest Scholarship Program for Young WomenThis scholarship is open to all women who are currently enrolled in high school, college, and graduate school. Applicants must submit a minimum 500-word essay on one of the following topics: “What Feminism Means to Me,” “Body Image in Social Media,” or “The Philosophy Behind Beauty.” Applications for this scholarship are due December 30. The award amount for this scholarship is $1,000.

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Youth Scholarship ProgramThis scholarship is meant to engage young people from around the world in environmental clean-up and conservation projects. To apply for this scholarship, applicants must conduct their own local environmental stewardship project, take digital photos of the project in action, and write an essay about the project. The award amount for this scholarship is $850 and applications are due December 31.

2016 Future of Assisted Living ScholarshipApplicants must submit an essay answering the question: How can your major of study improve the lives of seniors in assisted living facilities in your town? Scholarship applications are due December 31 and the award amount is $2,000.

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