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Scholarships for Low-Income, High-Performing Students

1 Comment 08 November 2016

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Even if you have financial difficulties in your life, everyone deserves a shot at their college dreams. The following scholarships recognize that, and reward students who have excelled academically, despite financial hardship. These scholarships are among the most popular and most generous scholarships for academically talented, low-income students. Take a look!

  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program– College-bound high school seniors who test in the top 15% (1200+ SATs or 26+ ACT) are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must have a 3.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. College Scholars receive college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholarship community. Scholarship recipients will receive $40,000 per year. Applications are due in November.
  • Dell Scholars Program– This scholarship is for college-bound high school students who have participated in a college readiness program. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. This scholarship is a one-time award of $20,000. Applications are due in January.
  • Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition– This scholarship is for high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time at an accredited US college or university. Scholarships will be awarded based on leadership, scholarship, and financial aid. The award amount for this scholarship ranges between $1,000 – $12,500 each year. Applications are due in November.
  • Horatio Alger Association Scholarship– The purpose of this scholarship is to assist high school students who have faced and overcome great challenges in their lives. Applicants must demonstrate determination, integrity, and critical financial need. Applicants receive a one-time award that ranges between $7,000 – $25,000. Applications are due in October.
  • Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Award– Minority high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year institution are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must have achieved a minimum 1000 SAT score combined on the math and critical reading sections or an ACT composite score of 21. Scholarship recipients are awarded $7,500 per year. Applications are due in February.
  • Ron Brown Scholar Program– African American high school seniors who excel academically and make significant contributions to society are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Scholarship recipients receive $10,000 every year. Applications are due in November.
  • Greenhouse Scholars Program Scholarship– This scholarship is for college-bound high school seniors who come from a household with an annual income of less than $70,000. Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in their community, persevere through difficult circumstances, hold a minimum 3.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. The overall award amount is $20,000 doled out in annual installments of $5,000 over the recipient’s four years at college. Applications are due in January.
  • QuestBridge National College Match Scholarships– This scholarship is for graduating seniors from households earning less than $65,000 a year and have experienced long-term economic hardship. Non-US citizens, undocumented, and international students are welcome to apply. This scholarship is a one-time award of $200,000. Applications are due in September.
  • Aziz Jamaluddin Scholarship– This scholarship is for Muslim American students pursuing a degree in Journalism and Political Science. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and hold at least a 3.5 GPA. This scholarship is a one-time award of $4,000. Applications are due in March.
  • CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program– This scholarship involves working at the CIA in Washington, D.C. during summer breaks and after college. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and receive at score of at least 1500 on the SAT or 21 on the ACT. This is a one-time award of $18,000. Applications are due in July.
  • Gordon A. Rich Memorial Scholarship– Students whose parent/guardian work in the financial services industry are eligible for this award. Applicants must be college-bound high school students who rank in the top 20% of their class. Students must hold a minimum 3.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. The award amount for this scholarship is $12,500 per year. Applications are due in February.
  • Hadden Scholarship College-bound high school seniors pursuing higher education at an accredited four-year college or university in the US. Applicants must hold a minimum 3.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. The award amount for this scholarship ranges from $2,500 – $4,000 per year. Applications are due in February.
  • Mas Family Scholarships– This scholarship is for students of Cuban descendant. Applicants must have a 3.5 GPA, display leadership qualities, potential to contribute to the advancement of a free society, and financial need. This scholarship is worth $8,000 per year. Applications are due in January.
  • Walmart Associate Scholarship– This scholarship is for Walmart associates who have been employed part- or full-time with any division for at least six months prior to the application due date. Students must demonstrate financial need. Scholarship recipients are awarded $1,500- $3,000 per year. Applications are due in June.

Be sure to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to get the Federal Pell Grant. Most low-income students will qualify for a Pell Grant, which typically provides several thousand dollars of gift aid, which is money that does not need to be repaid. You need to maintain a 2.0 GPA to keep the Pell Grant.

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  1. Anna G says:

    thank you for providing this list


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