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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.

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.

Undocumented Students

California DREAM Act Applications Decrease 64 Percent

No Comments 10 February 2017

Applications for the California DREAM Act have plummeted by 64 percent in the 2017-2018 school year.

Concern about immigration reform by the Trump administration could partially be to blame for the decrease of 21,842 applications from the 2016-2017 academic year. So far, California has received 12,299 applications for the 2017-2018 school year. In 2016-2017, it received 34,141.

Applications close on March 2.

The California DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Minors) is a California law that allows some children who immigrated to the U.S. to receive state financial aid. To qualify, a student must have been brought to the U.S. when they were less than 16 years of age and lacked proper immigration paperwork. As long as a student attended high school on a regular basis, is AB540 eligible and meets in-state tuition and GPA requirements, he or she may be eligible for state financial aid.

The California Department of Education responded to the decrease by releasing this statement, which reinforces the fact the department does not reveal a student’s immigration status: “The California Student Aid Commission has not now, or in the past, shared any information which would indicate a student’s immigration status, either documented or undocumented. The California Student Aid Commission also adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.”

No matter what happens at the federal level, the state of California has ensured students that their state financial aid will remain legal. Losing federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status will not affect most financial aid. The California DREAM Act is separate from the federal government.

If you are eligible for the California DREAM Act and have concerns, contact the California Student Aid Commission at 916-464-8271 or the California Department of Education, College Preparation and Postsecondary Programs Office, Career and College Transition Division at 916-323-6398.

Greenlight to College Month

Greenlight to College Marathon FAQs

No Comments 02 February 2017

The Greenlight to College Marathon is Feb. 25. This event gives students the opportunity to earn money for college. If you’re looking for more information before you or your students sign up, here is a guide to everything you need to know.

What is the Marathon?

The Greenlight to College Marathon is a free event that gives students a chance to earn up to $100 every hour from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST, Feb. 25. It occurs online at www.collegegreenlight.com.

I’m a counselor, and I’m hosting an event. What should I do first?

Counselors hosting a marathon must complete this form to be entered to win a $50 gift card.

Do students have to register for the marathon to participate?

All students must register. Create a free College Greenlight account or log in to their existing profile to register.  They’ll be prompted to register for the marathon. Registrations begin Feb. 1 and go until the day of the marathon.

How do I promote the marathon to my students?

Share this blog post with your students and encourage them to register for the marathon here. Make sure your students RSVP to the corresponding Facebook event as a reminder.

How do students enter the hourly contests?

The day of the marathon, students should log into their College Greenlight account. They will be prompted to complete a form and upload photos of the following:

  • Confirmation email or webpage from scholarship provider acknowledging completed application
  • Selfie at a campus visit or college fair
  • College list on College Greenlight (Six schools minimum)
  • Completed Greenlight Scholars application

Take a look at the official rules of the contest here.

How will contest winners be announced?

The winners will be announced during the marathon at the beginning of every hour at facebook.com/collegegreenlight and twitter.com/cgreenlight. The winners will be contacted directly via email from the Greenlight team.

 How can students find match scholarships?

Students must log into their College Greenlight account and completely fill out their profile to be matched with scholarships.

If students applied to a scholarship before the marathon can they enter them in the hourly contests?

Yes, students can upload proof of any scholarship with a screenshot from the scholarship provider acknowledging they received the application.

If I have a question for the College team, how can I get in contact with them?

Contact us at info@collegegreenlight.com.

Greenlight to College Month

Announcing the Greenlight to College Marathon

No Comments 31 January 2017

WHAT IS THE MARATHON?

The Greenlight to College Marathon 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. It occurs online at www.collegegreenlight.com.

WHY THE MARATHON IS IMPORTANT?

We believe our student community on College Greenlight will change the world. Whether working an after-school job to help support a family, spending nights and weekends building relationships with community organizations or striving to be at the top of the class, College Greenlight students embody grit and determination. We want to honor their hard work with generosity.

WHAT HAPPENS ON THE DAY OF THE MARATHON?

On Feb. 25, we welcome all high school and college students to visit CollegeGreenlight.com to enter contests to earn up to $100 every hour. Students who enter the contests will be automatically entered in drawing to win a $1,000 scholarship. To enter, you will submit photos of the following:

  • Completed scholarship applications (a conformation page also works)
  • Selfie from a campus visit or fair
  • College list on College Greenlight (six colleges minimum)

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

All students must register. Create a free College Greenlight account or log into your existing profile to register. After logging on, you’ll be prompted to register for the marathon. Registrations begin Feb. 1 and go until the day of the Marathon.

Take a look at the official rules of the contest here.

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