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Greenlight to College Month, Scholarships

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.

For the opportunity to apply for more scholarships like these, join the Greenlight to College Marathon. It is a free event that gives students a chance to earn up to $100 every hour from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Central Standard Time), Feb. 25.

Prepare for College, Resources

Spotlight on Bridges to a Brighter Future

No Comments 16 February 2017

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Bridges to a Brighter Future serves high school students of Greenville County, S.C., whose potential for academic excellence is hindered by economic and educational barriers.

Almost all participants are first-generation college students, and 70 percent of participants come from a household with an income of less than $25,000. The program ensures these issues will not stop students from going to college. Bridges to a Brighter Future students are prepared to graduate from high school, navigate the college admissions process and be successful in college.

Students are selected in the spring of their freshman year to participate. There are three components to this program – the Bridges Foundation, Saturday College and Crossing the Bridge.

The Bridges Foundation is a four-week academic program that begins the summer between after freshman year. The program takes place on the Furman University campus, which also is located in Greenville. Students receive more than 100 hours of academic enrichment, team-building, cultural exposure and peer support. Students participate in the Bridges Foundation program each summer until college begins.

After students complete their first session of the Bridges Foundation, they participate in Saturday College. This aspect of the Bridges program takes place once a month during the school year. Participants receive tutoring in all academic areas and attend workshops that focus on college admissions, financial aid and SAT/ACT prep.

The last step of the program is Crossing the Bridge. This component takes places after high school. Participants attend a one-week program that gets them ready for their first year of college. Students receive ongoing academic advisement, support and career mentoring throughout college.

College Greenlight is an important element of Bridges’ programming. According to Danielle Staggers, Assistant Director for College Success, “College Greenlight has been a communication and resource hub for our seniors. Since we are not able to see our students daily, our students have used the features of College Greenlight to share their updated college list and any status changes. We advise our students to search for scholarships using the College Greenlight blogs.”

The program gives students self-confidence, resiliency and leadership skills by the time of college graduation. Bridges to a Brighter Future graduates are poised to graduate from college and make a difference in their community and beyond

If you are a college admissions representative and you want to connect with Bridges, please contact Danielle Staggers, Assistant Director for College Success, Danielle.Staggers@furman.edu.

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Colleges for Students with Average SAT Scores

No Comments 16 February 2017

High test scores are not the only way to get into college. Take a look at this list of colleges that accept students with SAT scores that range from 1,100 to 1,250.

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Average SAT score – 1,195

The University of Alabama provides an environment that allows its graduates to make a positive difference in their community. Degrees in more than 200 fields of study are offered to Alabama students. UA was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 46th best public university in the country.

University of California- Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, Calif.

Average SAT Score — 1,210

UC-Santa Cruz is a high-impact research university with a commitment to teaching and public service. Students can choose from 65 majors in the fields of arts, engineering, humanities, physical and biological sciences and the social sciences. Undergraduates can go on to pursue a degree from one of the 40 graduate programs.

Butler University

Indianapolis

Average SAT Score – 1,240

Butler is focused on success for all its students. The university offers more than 65 major academic fields of study with a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. When students are not in the classroom, they can participate in more than 150 student organizations

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Mich.

Average SAT Score – 1,180

Michigan State is the nation’s first pioneer land-grant university. Its’ mission is to advance the common good in uncommon ways. Students can chose to pursue on of the 200 undergraduate, graduate or pre-professional study programs.

Ohio University

Athens, Ohio

Average SAT Score – 1,165

Ohio University strives to be the top student-centered transformative learning community in the country. Along with 250 programs of study, students can immerse themselves in any of the almost 500 annually recognized student organizations that spark their interest.

University of New Hampshire

Durham, N.H.

Average SAT Score – 1,190

The university is New Hampshire’s sole public research university that provides top-notch undergraduate and graduate degree programs. By holding land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant charters, the University of New Hampshire is constantly pushing the boundary on continuing education.

Ripon College

Ripon, Wis.

Average SAT Score – 1,220

Ripon is dedicated to help its students pursue their passions, both inside and outside the classroom. Students are given the opportunity to choose from 31 majors, 42 minors or customize their own course plan. Ripon also provides financial aid to 100 percent of its students.

University of Massachusetts-Boston

Boston

Average SAT Score – 1,125

The University of Massachusetts-Boston is recognized for a model of excellence for urban public universities across the nation. The university does this by combining a small-college feel with the resources of a major university. Students choose from 82 undergraduate programs and can expect a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

African American Students, Choosing A School, College Spotlight

Top 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities

No Comments 14 February 2017

In honor of Black History month, we have compiled a list of the 10 best Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the country. Check out their College Greenlight profiles to learn more.

Spelman College – Atlanta

Spelman College is a private, all-women’s college, which originally was established as a female seminary in 1881. It is ranked in the top 50 liberal arts college in the country and consistently is ranked as the best HBCU in the nation. The college is the second-largest producer of black medical students in the country. Spelman’s academic departments have individual accreditation, which makes it one of the most accredited schools in the country.

Xavier University of Louisiana – New Orleans

Xavier has been continuing its mission of promoting leadership and service-based education initiatives since its founding in 1925. The university is the first educational institution in the nation that has produced black graduates with dual undergraduate degrees in biological/life sciences and the physical sciences.

Tuskegee University – Tuskegee, Ala.

Tuskegee University was founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881. The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report both ranked the university as one of the best HBCUs in the country. The university offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and almost 20 doctoral programs and professional degrees.

Howard UniversityWashington, D.C.

Howard is a research university that was founded in 1867 and is considered to be the most comprehensive HBCU in the country. The university offers a medical, law, dentistry and pharmacy colleges, along with a multiple research facilities that have been internally recognized in their respective fields.

Claflin University – Orangeburg, S.C.

Claflin was founded in 1869 by Methodist missionaries to educate freedmen.. The university boasts a world-class faculty and was recently named the best liberal arts college in South Carolina. Claflin offers more than 35 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

North Carolina A&T State University – Greensboro, N.C.

North Carolina A&T State was established in 1891 as a vocational college for black students. Today, the college is recognized as a top-notch research university with the best college of engineering in the country. It has produced the most black engineers who pursue a master’s or terminal degree in their chosen field.

Hampton University ­– Hampton, Va.

Hampton University was established in 1868 as a school that would teach freedmen and their children to enter into citizenship. The university offers more than 75 different degree programs in 40 areas of study across 11 schools. Hampton also holds the rare distinction of being the only HBCU to ever have 100 percent control over a NASA mission.

Morehouse College – Atlanta

Morehouse was founded in 1867 as a private institution for men and has graduated more black men than any other school. The college’s mission includes educating students about black history and culture through programs and scholarships. Martin Luther King Jr. and Spike Lee are Morehouse alumni.

Florida A&M University – Tallahassee, Fla.

Florida A&M was founded in 1887 as an institution dedicated to African-American education. The university offers 54 bachelor’s degrees, 29 master’s degrees, three professional degrees and 12 doctoral programs. These programs have increased black student involvement in science, technology, engineering and math.

Fisk University – Nashville, Tenn.

Fisk was founded in 1866, shortly after the end of the Civil War. As part of its core curriculum, Fisk students must take one course that explores African-American literature and African history. The university also is home to the first chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society on a predominantly black campus.

First Generation Students, Low Income Students, Scholarships

Scholarships for Low-Income and First-Generation Students

No Comments 13 February 2017

Coming from a low-income household or being a first-generation college student can earn you money for college. Take a look at this list to see which scholarships you might be eligible for.

George Geng On Lee Minorities in Leadership Scholarship – This scholarship is for low-income, minority students from the San Francisco Bay area. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at an accredited not-for-profit, four-year institution for the upcoming fall term. The award for this scholarship is typically $1,000.

Coca-Cola First Generation ScholarshipFirst-generation college students are eligible for this scholarship. This award is available at more than 400 colleges across the country. Contact the school you plan on attending to see if they offer this scholarship and how you might apply.

William F. Gandert Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is for residents of federally assisted, low-income housing or recipients of Section 8 voucher rent assistance that demonstrate both merit and need. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents with a valid Social Security number, and demonstrate community leadership. Applicants only can apply for one scholarship offered by the NLHA Education Fund per application cycle.

The Villa Esperanza Scholarship – This scholarship is open to first-generation college students who have enrolled at Austin Community College, The University of Texas at Austin, St. Edward’s University, Concordia University, Huston-Tillotson, Texas State University or Southwestern University. The award for this scholarship is typically $2,000.

AIMCO Cares Opportunity Scholarship – This scholarship is for recipients of Section 8 voucher rent assistance that demonstrate both merit and need or residents of federally assisted low-income housing. Applicants must hold a minimum 2.5 GPA and be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents with a valid Social Security number. Applicants only can apply for one scholarship offered by the NLHA Education Fund per application cycle.

I’m First Scholarship – This award is for a first-generation college student seeking financial aid and scholarship support for college, who has strong writing skills and a unique perspective and demonstrates leadership in their community. Undocumented students are eligible and strongly encouraged to apply. The award for this scholarship is typically $1,000.

Inland Empire Scholarship Fund – This scholarship is for low-income, high-achieving Latino students from San Bernardino and Riverside Counties in California. Applicants must be college-bound high school seniors who demonstrate high academic achievement and community service experience. The award amount for this scholarship typically ranges between $500-$1,500.

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