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Greenlight to College Month, Scholarships

Big Money Scholarships

No Comments 30 August 2017

When it comes to scholarships, the bigger the better. Take a look at this list of scholarships with big money awards for College Greenlight students.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

Award amount: $5,000
Deadline: March 1

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.

Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media Work/Study Program

Award amount: Varies
Deadline: March 31

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.

The Gates Scholarship

Award amount: Varies
Deadline: September 15

This scholarship is open to low-income, minority high school seniors. It provides funding for the remaining financial need after all other financial aid has been awarded.

Generation Google Scholarship

Award amount: $10,000
Deadline: Early March

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. Male students can apply here and female students can apply here.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarships

Award amount: $500 to $5,000
Deadline: March 30

High school and college students of Hispanic heritage are eligible for this scholarship.  Students must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program

Award amount: Up to $40,000
Deadline: Late September

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).

State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship

Award amount: $2,500
Deadline: March 1

This scholarship is for college-bound high school seniors. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and demonstrate financial need.

UNCF/Koch Scholars Program

Award amount: $5,000/year
Deadline: April 1

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.

Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship Program

Award amount: Varies
Deadline: May 1

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.

Wentcher Foundation Scholarship

Award amount: $10,000
Deadline: March 1

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.

Admissions, Choosing A School, Diversity, Low Income Students

Best Colleges for Low-Income Students

No Comments 30 August 2017

Finding an affordable but high-quality college can be challenging for low-income and first-generation students. This article presents lists of public and private 4-year colleges, all of which have a low net price and a high graduation rate for low-income students.

Not only are these colleges affordable for low-income students, but the students are likely to graduate with an affordable amount of debt.


Students should consider a variety of colleges before they begin the application process. Historically, students from low-income backgrounds have applied to too few colleges, often enrolling at institutions that are not a good academic, social and financial fit. This leads to sub-optimal outcomes like low retention and graduation rates and high debt. Students should cast a wide net. Look at private and public institutions, in-state and out-of-state schools, and small and large colleges. Students should be encouraged to learn about colleges and universities you have never heard of before.

Every low-income student should consider their in-state public colleges, as those institutions will often be the most affordable option. In-state public colleges are also a good option because low-income students tend to choose colleges that are close to home. Students may be able to save on college costs by living at home with their families instead of on a college campus.

The net price for public colleges is based on the in-state tuition rates. The net price for out-of-state students may be much higher.

Low-income students should also consider private colleges with low net prices and high graduation rates. In some cases, generous private colleges can have a lower net price than some in-state public institutions.

For both public and private colleges, students should aim to have total student loan debt at graduation that is less than their annual starting salary. If total student loan debt is less than annual income, the student should be able to repay his or her student loans in ten years or less.


The lists of public and private colleges were identified using a combination of two factors:

  • Affordable. Affordability was based on the one-year net price for students with a family income of $0 to $30,000, using data from the 2013-14 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The net price is the discounted sticker price, the costs that remain after subtracting average grants, scholarships and other gift aid from the total cost of attendance. Only colleges with a net price under $12,500 were included.
  • Good Outcomes. Outcomes were based on the 6-year graduation rates for Federal Pell Grant recipients, using data from the Education Trust. The Federal Pell Grant is the largest need-based grant program, awarded mostly to low-income students. Only colleges with 6-year graduation rates of 50% or more were included. This ensures that low-income students at these colleges are more likely to graduate than not.

Some colleges were omitted because the Pell Grant recipient graduation rate data were not available. Examples include Brigham Young University – Provo, Columbia University in the City of New York, Cooper Union and Harvard University.

Several colleges with a reputation for serving low-income students did not satisfy the selection criteria because their net price for low-income students was too high.

We present the lists of recommended public and private colleges in two separate articles. The lists are expected to be stable from year to year.

Money, Scholarships

Scholarships Expiring in May

No Comments 18 April 2017

Scholarship season doesn’t end just because the school year is. Take a look at this list of scholarships expiring in May.

StudySoup Future Innovator ScholarshipThis scholarship is for students who exemplify one or more of StudySoup’s core values: Be a Knight; Make an Impact; Succeed Together. Applications are due May 1 and the award amount for this scholarship is $2,000.

Kids’ Chance ScholarshipsThese scholarships are for children whose parents have been permanently disabled or killed on the job. The award amount for this scholarship typically ranges between $500- $2,500. Applications are due May 1.

Teen Spotlight Scholarship Program ­– This scholarship is for high-achieving teens between the ages of 13 and 17 years old. If selected, you will be interviewed, along with your parents, and participate in a photo shoot. Teens can be nominated by their school administration or by other community leaders. The scholarship award amount is $500 and applications are due May 1.

Illinois AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Worchid Scholarship – To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be high school seniors at an Illinois high school and have taken the ACT or SAT. Applicants must be the children of deceased parents who were veterans of the United States who served after Sept. 15, 1940, and were honorably discharged. The scholarship deadline is May 15 and the award amount is $500.

On The Gas- The Art, Science and Culture of Food ScholarshipThis scholarship is for high school and college students interested in food and beverage and marketing. Each applicant must submit a 1,500-word article related to food and drink or any content related to food and beverage marketing to apply. The award amount for this scholarship is $750 and applications are due May 15.

RCJudge Scholarship – This scholarship is for undergraduate students. Applicants must create a 700- to 1,000-word essay on how the technology for remote-control toys will change in the future. Applications are due May 21 and the award amount is $1,000.

Davis ScholarshipStudents must submit an essay addressing the following prompt: “Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.” The scholarship award amount is $1,000 and applications are due May 22.

Marcia Silverman Minority Student Award – This scholarship is for students who are African American/Latino, Asian, American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Pacific Islander. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in a journalism program, public relations studies or courses preparing for a career in public relations and must also be entering their senior year in college in the upcoming fall. Applications are due May 26 and the award amount is $5,000.

Cameron Impact ScholarshipThis scholarship is for members of the class of 2017 who are planning to attend a four-year institution in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must demonstrate active participation in community service and extracurricular activities, as well as be motivated leaders and have strong work ethics. The scholarship award amount ranges between $20,000 and $50,000 and applications are due May 26.

Emily Woodward Scholarship – This scholarship is for students enrolled in an accredited post-secondary educational institution by the time the winner of the annual scholarship is announced in July 2017. Applicants must be enrolling full-time or part time and submit an essay. Applications are due May 31 and the scholarship award amount is $2,000.


Diversity, First Generation Students

Taking a College Tour as a First-Generation Student

No Comments 14 April 2017

As a first-generation college student, a campus visit is a vital part of the college process. This will be your first opportunity to get a taste of what life is like on that campus. Make sure you ask the right questions so you are truly informed. Here are some topics to hit on during your college admissions tour.

Prepare Ahead of Time

As a first-generation student, you might fall in a minority of incoming college students. That means that the campus visit might not be tailored to someone like you. Make a list of questions ahead of time so that you can find out about information that is important to you. Your tour guide is a current student on the campus and they will be a great resource for any questions you may have,

On-Campus Resources

Being the first in your family to attend college can be overwhelming, so it would be a good idea to find support services geared toward students like you. Statistics show that first-generation students often need more support because most do not have parental support. Ask your tour guide to put you in touch with an admissions counselor so you can ask about programs, guides or other resources for first-generation students.

Financial Aid

The price of college can be shocking to first-generation students. You need to make sure you can afford the college you want to attend. Try to tailor your campus visit so it is focused more on financial aid and not just admissions. Find time to meet with a financial aid counselor who can explain every fee that goes into the cost of attendance and any financial aid options that might be available to you.

Seek Out the True Freshman Year Experience

As a first-generation student, you won’t have the wisdom of you parents to share what the first year of college is really like. Admissions tours typically cover new and state-of-the-art buildings on campus, which freshmen typically do not spend time in. Ask your tour guide to show you building where you will actually have classes. If it’s possible, ask in advance to sit in on a freshman class to get the true experience.

Admissions, Choosing A School

How to Decide Between Two Colleges

No Comments 12 April 2017

Deciding which college to apply to is an important choice. This decision might become even more difficult when there are two schools left on your list. Ask yourself the following questions to see which school is the better choice for you.

Which school ranks highest for your major?

It’s important that you select a top-notch program that can propel you into a successful career. Do a little research and see which program has a better reputation. Having a well-respected department on your resume could make the difference in landing your first job out of college.

Does one school cost more than the other?

If there is a big enough difference between the out-of-pocket costs between the two schools, this could play a big factor in selecting which school you should attend. You also should look into any additional fees that may arise at either school.

How do the internship and job opportunities compare?

Landing an internship in college is vital to getting a job after graduation. Talk to representatives from the departments at each school and see which institution has a better internship program or resources to help you land an internship. You also should compare the statistics for each school for students finding jobs within the six months after graduation.

How do the activities on each campus compare?

Although academics are important, they are not everything when it comes to your college experience. It is important that you enjoy yourself outside time spent studying and in class. See if you can find a list of on-campus activities for each college and see which list sounds more appealing to you.

How do the logistics of each college compare?

Is the size of one school more appealing than the other? Is one school in a more ideal setting in the other? Is one school a more desirable distance from home than the other? These little details should not be the most important thing when selecting your school but they can make a difference in your everyday life on campus.

Do you feel more comfortable on one campus over the other?

This might be one of the most important factors when selecting the right college for you. You will spend every day for the next few years at this college – it is important that you feel comfortable and happy at your new home.



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