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Admissions, Choosing A School, Low Income Students

Economic Mobility in College

No Comments 06 April 2017

A study from the Equality of Opportunity Project revealed that elite colleges are more focused on being affordable to low-income families than expanding college accessibility.

“At elite colleges, the share of students from the bottom 40 percent has remained mostly flat for a decade. Access to top colleges has not changed much, at least when measured in quintiles,” according to the New York Times.

Low-income students admitted to elite institutions do not appear over placed because their earnings end up being similar to those from wealthier families. This finding debunks the concern that attending a selective college might be disadvantageous to low-income students.

Recent trends in college access show a decline in mobility rates at colleges that had high mobility rates and little change in mobility rates at elite colleges, despite their efforts to increase financial aid. This should call for a revaluation of policies at the national, state and college level.

The study recommends “considering changes in admissions criteria, expansions of transfers from the community college system, or outreach efforts targeted at promising students in primary school before they begin applying to college.”

Higher education often is viewed as the pathway to upward income mobility, which leads students to success. Restricted college accessibility could limit or completely stop colleges from promoting economic mobility among students.

Money, Scholarships

Scholarships for Hispanic Students

No Comments 03 April 2017

Scholarships aren’t always based on academics – some celebrate a person’s heritage. Take a look at these scholarships for students of Hispanic descent.

HACU IES Abroad Diversity Scholarship – This scholarship is for students attending Hispanic-Serving institutions that are members of Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). The scholarship award amount typically ranges between $2,500 and $5,000. Applicants must hold a minimum 3.3 GPA.

CORE Que Llueva Cafe Scholarship – Undocumented students of Chicano/Latino descent are eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship award amount typically is $500.

Latinos in Technology Scholarship – This scholarship is for students of Hispanic descent who have a declared major in and have been accepted into a STEM program. Students must hold a minimum 2.5 GPA. The award amount for this scholarship typically is $10,000.

La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarships – College students of Hispanic descent are eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship award amount typically ranges between $500 and $1,000.

Cascajal Foundation Scholarship – This scholarship is for graduating high school students from Houston who are of Columbia descent. Applicants must hold a minimum 2.0 GPA and submit an essay with their application. The award amount for this scholarship typically is $500.

MillerCoors National Scholarship – Incoming college juniors and seniors of Hispanic descent are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must be studying an eligible major, see website for details. The typical award amount for this scholarship is $3,000.

Danny Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is for students of Hispanic descent who are studying electronics and/or engineering and need financial assistance to attend college. The award amount for this scholarship varies.

NSHMBA Foundation Scholarship Program – To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be NSHMBA members and of Hispanic descent. Students must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA. The award amount for this scholarship typically ranges between $2,500 and $10,000.

Rixio Medina & Associates Hispanics in Safety ScholarshipStudents of Hispanic descent pursuing a degree in occupational safety and health or a closely related field are eligible for this scholarship. The award for this scholarship typically is $4,000.

Great Minds in STEM / HENAAC Scholars Program – This scholarship is for students of Hispanic origin who participate in and promote organizations and activities in the Hispanic community. The award amount for this scholarship typically ranges between $500 and $10,000.

Money, Scholarships

Scholarships Expiring in April

No Comments 31 March 2017

The end of the school year will be here before you know it. End the school year on a high note and apply for these scholarships with April deadlines.

American United for Separation of Church and State Student Essay Contest – Applicants must submit an essay about a given topic on church-state separation violations. See website for more details. The award amount ranges between $500 and $1,500. Applications are due April 15.

Notes for the Future Scholarship Program – Students planning to study music in college should check out this scholarship. Applicants must submit a recording of a live performance. Applications are due April 28 and the scholarship award amount is $1,000.

Prevent Texting and Driving Scholarship – Share a text message guide on how to keep your friends safer while driving to be considered for this $5,000 scholarship. Applications are due April 30.

Ruth Lily Poetry Fellowships – Young poets interested pursuing writing are eligible for this scholarship. The award amount for this scholarship is $25,800. Applications are due April 30.

Women in STEM Scholarship ­– This scholarship is for women pursuing an undergraduate or master’s degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Applications are due April 15. The award amount for this scholarship is $3,000.

NSORO Educational Foundation Scholarship Program – High school graduates who have been in foster care for the consecutive 12 months leading up to their 18th birthday, or have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship from foster care after their 16th birthday or have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday are eligible for this scholarship. Applications are due April 17 and the award amount ranges between $1,000 and $10,000.

A Voice for Animals Contest – This scholarship is for students who have actively participated in programs that promote the humane treatment of animals. The scholarship award amount ranges between $150 and $650. Applications are due April 10.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes – Students who demonstrate leadership and courage in developing a service project are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must be nominated by an adult who has an understanding of their project. Applications are due April 15. The scholarship award amount is $5,000.

A Place for Mom Senior Care Innovation Scholarship – This scholarship is for students who are pursuing an associate’s, bachelor’s or graduate-level degree in a medical nursing or social sciences related major and planning on a career that involves working with senior citizens. The scholarship award amount is $1,000 and applications are due April 15.

Ayn Rand “Atlas Shrugged” Essay Contest – Applicants must submit an essay on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Applications are due April 28. The scholarship award amount ranges between $50 and $20,000.

Diversity, First Generation Students, Low Income Students

Spotlight on Chicago Scholars

No Comments 28 March 2017

Chicago Scholars is an organization that supports academically ambitious students who are first-generation college students and/or come from low-income households. This organization provides support to its participants during the three transitional periods that typically are the most difficult for first-generation students: the transition from high school to college, the years spent navigating college and the transition from college to career.

Students come from 88 high schools across the Chicago area and 84 percent of program participants from the class of 2021 are first-generation college students. About 91 percent of participants are students of color, with 96 percent of participants attending Chicago Public School high schools.

The first phase of the Chicago Scholars program, College Access: Launch, takes place the summer before a participant’s senior year of high school. This portion of the program allows students to receive help with the college application process, find a best match-fit college and begin to build leadership skills. Scholars are matched with an experienced college counselor who will mentor them for eight one-on-one sessions and guide them through college access workshops.

In October, students have the opportunity to participate in the Onsite Admissions Forum. Chicago Scholars’ more than 175 partner colleges come to Chicago to meet with Scholars and other qualified students from Chicago community-based organizations. Program attendees have the chance to interview with up to six of their best fit colleges, with many students receiving admissions decisions and merit aid scholarships that day.

Scholars begin the College Persistence: Lift portion of the program during their transition to college. Students are exposed to experiential learning, supportive relationships and leadership development so they will be empowered to be confident and self-efficient individuals in college. Participants can participate in a retreat and connect with a peer mentor to help them get through their first year of college.

The final portion of this program, College to Careers: Lead, provides Scholars with career planning and leadership development training that allows them to successfully move into the workforce. Students can participate in workshops and one-on-one training that allow them to explore career paths, write strong résumés and build interview and networking skills.

College Greenlight is a vital part of Chicago Scholars’ counseling and scholarship search process. Program participants learn about College Greenlight through workshops and they are encouraged to create profiles to assist them in meeting their scholarship application goals.

Chicago Scholars aims to create a supportive community and provide access to college resources that students might not have otherwise. If you are a college admissions representative and want to connect with this organization, email Rachel Accavitti at raccavitti@chicagoscholars.org.

Money, Scholarships

Scholarships for Students with Average GPAs

No Comments 27 March 2017

Students with average GPAs are as capable of winning scholarships as students with high GPAs. Take a look at this list of scholarships for students with GPAs ranging from 3.0 to 3.5.

Thermo Scientific Antibody Scholarship Program – This scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate students with a declared major of biology, chemistry, biochemistry or a related life science field. Applicants must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA. The award amount for this scholarship typically ranges between $5,000 and $10,000.

The Sara Scholarship – This scholarship is for female high school seniors who actively engaging in golf. The typical award amount for this scholarship is $2,000. Applicants are required to hold a minimum 3.2 GPA.

Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) Scholarships ­– These scholarships are for Muslim students majoring in an ISF-supported field of study. Students must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA. The award amount for this scholarship typically ranges between $2,000 and $5,000.

AlgaeCal Health Scholarship ­– Applicants must submit a 750-word essay on a healthcare. The award amount for this scholarship typically is $1,000. Students must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Inspire Our Future Scholarship ­– Students studying education or teachers looking to continue their education are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must hold a minimum 3.50 GPA. The award amount for this scholarship typically is $2,500.

Women in Technology Scholarship (WITS) ­– This scholarship is for female students planning on a career in information technology or a related field. The scholarship award amount typically is $2,500. Applicants are required to hold a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Golden Key Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship – Golden Key members currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must hold a minimum 3.5 GPA. The award amount for this scholarship typically is $5,000.

Cory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship Program – This scholarship is for student pursuing an advance degree in public policy or public health. The award amount for this scholarship typically is $15,000. Students must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA.

HACU IES Abroad Diversity Scholarship – Students attending Hispanic-Serving institutions that are members of Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must hold a minimum 3.3 GPA. The scholarship award amount typically ranges between $2,500 and $5,000.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships – This scholarship is for African-American high school students who demonstrate a passion for technology. The award amount for this scholarship typically is $5,000. Applicants are required to hold a minimum 3.3 GPA.

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