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Scholarships Expiring in December 2017

No Comments 12 December 2017

Often times, the tuition and fees for college can feel overwhelming — no one wants to graduate in the shadow of mounting debt. One of the easiest ways to diminish that burden is by applying for as many scholarships as you possibly can. Keep a running list with corresponding due dates and tackle one each week. No matter what the amount, $500 or $1,000, $100 or $10,000, it chips away at that dark cloud of loan debt to let a little bit more that end-of-the-tunnel light shine through.

While there are plenty of scholarships with due dates farther out than this month, we want to give you a heads-up on what’s being closed December 2017. Some may have specific requirements, such as being part of a group or certain high school, some require a thoughtfully-crafted essay, and others still just need your name. Let’s power through your options in expiration-date order!


Are you heading into the medical field? We all know that most degrees leading towards putting an individual’s life in your hands cost as much, if not more, than the average 4-bedroom house. The AvaCare Medical Scholarship awards $1,000 dollars to high school seniors or currently enrolled college students! It does have a few requirements, though, and, since it’s due on December 15th, you’ll have to hustle! For AvaCare Medical, it’s all about kindness, so they want a blog post, image, and video on what act of kindness inspired you to strive towards that medical degree!


If you’re breaking that stereotype barrier, say becoming an automotive tech while also being a woman, The Clunker Junker wants to hear from you — they offer the Cash for Cars and College Scholarship. Be enrolled in an accredited institution pursuing a degree in automotive technology and you can earn $1,000 towards your tuition!


While you may mostly think about Burger King in regards to your fast-food order (a number 3 with a large Coke ICEE, please!), they also offer a pretty hefty $5,000 scholarship through the Burger King McLamore Foundation. Graduating high school seniors are eligible applicants, while the scholarship itself is awarded based on academic record and participation in school and community activities. Last call for consideration is the 15th of December!


Whether you were born with that natural athletic talent or spent years cultivating your abilities, the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Scholarship is here to reward high school students set to enter college in the Fall of 2018 with $20,000 dollars. Distributed in four installments of $5,000, there’s even the possibility of earning the Ken C. Hicks Scholarship to go along with it! Submit your application by December 15th to be considered for this monetary award.


ValuePenguin’s Scholarship is the next one we’re going to chat about — you can earn a cool $2,000 dollars towards your tuition by submitting 500-750 word replies to their prompts by the 15th of this month. They’re also a good resource for financial education, from getting your first credit card to insuring your first automobile. So, basically, even if you don’t win the scholarship, you could still walk away with some sweet knowledge from ValuePenguin!


Even if you’re already in college, there’s no reason not to continue accruing some sweet money to reduce your school loans. The Publicity.ai SEO and Content Marketing Scholarship offered through AMV is open to high school and college students, and requires an essay explaining a mind-blowing, totally genius marketing plan. This kind of scholarship is great for students looking to pave their way into a business, marketing, computer science, communications, or IT field, though there’s no major or minor requirement. If you have an analytical eye for content marketing, this is one essay you should definitely send in by December 15th.


AMV doesn’t restrict its giving nature to just marketing, though. The Lead Roster B2B Sales and Marketing Scholarship is for the entrepreneur with a fire for selling their ideas. Make a passionate YouTube video and send that golden ticket in by the same date as the marketing scholarship. December 15th, if you didn’t want to roll your eyeballs up a few inches.


The Association on American Indian Affairs, Inc. offer a $1,500 Adolph Van Pelt Special Fund for Indians Scholarship to assist American Indians with their tuition costs. The student must have at least a quarter degree Native American/Native Alaska blood and be enrolled in a federally-recognized tribe. This is the kind of scholarship that you need to also be enrolled in college for, so keep that in mind for the December 15th submission date.


Is your tribe not federally recognized? The Association on American Indian Affairs, Inc, also awards the Allogan Slagle Memorial Scholarship specifically for those Native Americans! Whether you’re already pursuing your degree or a graduating high school senior, apply to be granted a $1,500 scholarship to your full-time, accredited college.


Writing a step-by-step guide to using a product isn’t easy, and the Pretty Lightroom Presets Scholarship wants to recognize those special individuals with the patience to write down directions that are easy to use for anyone who happens upon them. Write an essay-style Adobe Lightroom Tutorial (including helpful screenshots) between 800 to 1,000 words! Submit it by the 15th for $500 dollars towards your future education!


Even before you get your driver’s permit, you know the dangers of distracted driving. For those between the ages of 13 and 18, it’s especially important to really ingrain this into their understanding of operating a coupled-thousand-pound vehicle(!!!). In light of that, By Kids for Kids, Co.  hosts the CTIA Wireless Foundation Drive Smart Contest which asks students to create digital shorts persuading fellow peers to stay focused on the task at hand while driving —  driving. The winner gets a whopping $10,000 dollars for their future education, so put some thought into this one before submitting on the 19th!


Like we said before, it’s nice to be awarded for just being you, and the Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders is another one that does just that. If one of your parents is of Hispanic ancestry and you’re enrolled, full-time, at a 2- or 4-year institution, you could save $1,000 on your tuition! Throw your hat into the ring by the 29th of December to be considered.


The Peter J. Hengel Thai Scholarship is specifically for male students of Thai descent. You must be 23 and planning to enroll full-time at an accredited 2- or 4-year institution for the entire 2018-19 school year. Preference is given to gay students, as well as those attending a Minnesota college, so check your circumstances and apply by December 30th if you fit these parameters for a $15,500 reduction in tuition!


We always like to see the words “short essay” attached to our scholarships. High school and college students have their plates full enough as it is, and we’d like to see you get some beauty rest at some point. The MiniMilitiaModCheats Internet Marketing Scholarship is simple enough: write a short essay on Internet Marketing. International students can throw their hat into this ring, too, so be ready to hit submit by December 30th and not a second later!


The “Impact a Life” College Scholarship through Raffle Ticket, a division of A-Z Discount Printing, was started purely to help reduce some of the cost associated with a 4-year education. You must be 18 years or older and currently enrolled in a college, and the essay should be between 500-1,000 words. Competition is high and they have three prompts on their website to work off of. Follow the directions to a T and claim that $1,000, $600, and $400! Submissions are accepted until December 31st!


Are you fascinated by the development of logos? Do you see a shop sign or company symbol and immediately begin dissecting it into its multiple components? Have you also completed at least 1 semester of a graphic design, product design, branding, or marketing course? Then submit three of your original logo designs that pertain to the automatic, construction, beauty, and massage industries for a chance at winning the Most Promising Logo Design Scholarship, which is worth $1,500! Submissions are due by the 31st.


Who’d’ve thought that pen pack you bought from the store for a few bucks could earn you $15,000? The Pilot Pen G2 Overachievers Student Grant, in conjunction with Shonda Rimes, wants to celebrate an exceptional young scholar who makes a difference outside of the classroom. Use that Pilot Pen G2 to outline a 1,000-1,500 word essay, type that beauty up, and you could be granted $12,500 off your college tuition, as well as earn $2,500 dollars for your school to foster another overachiever like yourself!


We live in a country founded on free speech. If that simple fact got you all fired up to rattle off some dates and American rights, the FIRE’s Free Speech Essay Contest Scholarship is right up your alley. You’ll be awarded up to $10,000 dollars for a fiery 800-1,000 word essay on the article 19 right to articulate your opinions without fear of censorship! Just have those passionate words ready by the 31st, and you’re all set.


Prepare your palette, fire up your digital software, or prep your artistic weapon of choice because the Goodshop Scholarship wants to award $1,000 to reduce college tuition! An original masterpiece is due to them by December 31st to be considered for the scholarship.


They’re JUST POETRY!!! Scholarship Awards and they happen quarterly — which is great news for HS students that love to express themselves in couplets or villenelles or some free-form prose on a regular basis. You can submit for this scholarship, which awards up to $500 dollars, once a quarter! This round ends on December 31st, so start rifling through those journals for your favorites to submit to the Live Poets Society of New Jersey!


We do like the idea of living by “never say never,” but it might be a little late to get started on your application for the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Youth Scholarship Program. The Nicodemus Wilderness Project encourages young people to be environmentally conscious — conduct your own environment clean-up or conservation project and document it for consideration of the $580 scholarship. Due no later than December 31st, now’s the time to show off your conservation methods!


Do you have a 3.0 GPA or higher? Are you interested in studying business in college? Are you a college-bound senior? If you answered “yes” to those questions, then you’re a USDA prime candidate for the SHM Cleaning Scholarship! Submit by the 31st for consideration — it could save you $250 on your college loans!


The Percy Martinez Law Scholarship and the Percy Martinez Autism Scholarship both offer $5,000 to further education. High school students to grad-level students with an interest in law are encouraged to apply. Students at schools that cater to individuals with autism are also excellent candidates — check the website for the rules and regulations and get your application in by the 31st to be considered!


Being first is often really cool. It means you won the race or were revolutionary! What’s not cool about being first sometimes is the uncertainty. Being the first in your family to go to college means that you have to shoulder the burden for figuring out how the whole crazy process works. StudySoup’s First in Family Scholarship is here to soothe some of that aggravation. Be 18, accepted into a college, submit by the 31st, and you can earn $1,000 dollars towards your student loans!


The people at Picture Keeper want to encourage those chasing their dreams. Their Picture Keeper Scholarship is a photo and essay contest that documents just that! Grab some photos that pluck some heart strings, write a heartfelt essay, and submit by the 31st for a chance to make your college tuition $1,500 lighter.


Do you keep a dream diary? If so, you’re in the ideal position to be awarded the MattressFun Scholarship! They want an essay about a dream you’ve had that you’re determined to make reality — like maybe that dream you have about heading off to college and leaving with as little debt as possible, for instance! Have it prepared by the 31st for a chance at a $1,000 dollar college tuition break!


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How Do Colleges that Allow Self-Reported Test Scores Help Me?

No Comments 08 December 2017

Applying for colleges gets expensive. It’s not even really large fees that do it, it’s the nickel-and-diming that goes on. There’s the $25 for this application, the $30 for this application here, the gas cost to visit schools… It adds up. There’s one less cost you’ll have to worry about, though, because the number of colleges allowing you to self-report your test scores is increasing!

So, let’s break down what that means. When you take your ACT or SAT, you have a limited number of colleges that they’ll send your results out to, and you have to indicate them within so many days for each test. After that time period has passed, it can cost up to $13 dollars each time you want to send your scores to a college, depending on whether you go through The College Board or ACT. Most colleges currently require that you send official transcripts when submitting your application, and that’s just for consideration. That means that if you apply to six or eight schools, you can end up dishing out almost a full $100 just to be considered. That may not be an option for you, and you shouldn’t be hindered in the application process just because you can’t afford to send test scores to every school you want to apply to.

All of these fees can really add up, and self-reporting helps reduce that!

This is where self-reporting comes in. Institutions, like Colby College, have been allowing students to self-report scores since last year, and it works like this: when you fill out your application, you mark your ACT or SAT score yourself. They’ll consider you based on the information you’ve provided, and, once you’re accepted, and have chosen that college in return, only then will you be required to send over the official transcripts. The first year of self-reported test scores for colleges reportedly went exceedingly well — the concerns about honesty regarding test scores were proven to be totally unfounded. Every student had reported their scores accurately. This opens up more doors for students who come from low-income families, and the trend is catching! 

The University of Washington is the latest addition to the list of over 25 colleges now accepting self-reported test scores, and we at College Greenlight are over the moon about this gap-bridging process! Check out the current list of colleges accepting self-reported test scores in the nifty table below. An ever-growing list of schools participating in this movement is available in this Google Doc maintained by Gabrielle McColgan, the Director of College Counseling at Castilleja School in Palo Alto. We hope more and more institutions are added, effectively opening up more options for you!

Keep in mind that some colleges also allow counselors to report scores to colleges as part of an unofficial process to help low-income students, and a complete list of those institutions is available here. It’s constantly updated by the Princeton Review, so check back periodically. Importantly, never hesitate to call the school you’re interested in applying to and ask how they can make applying affordable! Listed below is just a taste of the colleges you’ll find on the full document, so check out all of your options!


Amherst Collegehttps://www.amherst.edu/admission/apply/firstyear/testing
Augustana Collegehttps://augustana.net/x65310.xml
Babson Collegehttp://www.babson.edu/admission/undergraduate/applying-to-babson/Pages/standardized-testing.aspx
Baylor Universityhttps://www.baylor.edu/admissions/index.php?id=872011
Birmingham-Southern Collegehttps://www.bsc.edu/admission/apply.html
Bowdoin Collegehttp://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/apply/testing-policy.shtml
Carroll Collegehttps://www.carroll.edu/admission-aid/apply
Catawba Collegehttp://catawba.edu/news-events/news/college-news/catawba-college-announces-enhanced-initiatives-assist-applicants/
Champlain Collegehttps://www.champlain.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/how-to-apply-undergraduate/first-year-applicants
Colby Collegehttps://www.colby.edu/admission/apply/first-year/
Colgate Universityhttp://www.colgate.edu/admission-financial-aid/apply/first-year-applicant-checklist
Colorado Collegehttps://www.coloradocollege.edu/admission/application/instructions/
Columbia Universityhttps://undergrad.admissions.columbia.edu/apply/first-year/testing
Dickinson Collegehttp://www.dickinson.edu/homepage/279/apply
Florida State Universityhttp://admissions.fsu.edu/counselors/
Georgia Techhttp://admission.gatech.edu/freshman/standardized-tests
Hampden-Sydney College (VA)http://www.hsc.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/apply
Harvey Mudd Collegehttps://www.hmc.edu/admission/2017/11/07/harvey-mudd-now-accepting-self-reported-test-scores/
Illinois State Universityhttp://admissions.illinoisstate.edu/counselors/hs/requirements.php
Iowa State Universityhttps://www.admissions.iastate.edu/apply/faq.php
Johns Hopkins Universityhttps://apply.jhu.edu/standardized-test-information/
Kansas State Universityhttp://www.k-state.edu/undergradadmit/qualified_admissions_and_regulations/self_reporting.html
Kenyon Collegehttp://www.kenyon.edu/admissions-aid/how-to-apply/required-submission-of-standardized-testing-score-choice/
Lawrence Universityhttp://www.lawrence.edu/admissions/apply/what_we_consider
New York Institute of Technologyhttps://nyit.edu/admissions/first_year
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineeringhttp://www.olin.edu/admission/apply/process-requirements/
Pomona Collegehttps://www.pomona.edu/admissions/alerts
Saint Anselm Collegehttps://www.anselm.edu/how-apply/first-year-applicants
Southwestern Universityhttp://www.southwestern.edu/live/news/9766-application-faqs
Stanford Universityhttps://admission.stanford.edu/apply/freshman/testing.html
Stevenson Universityhttp://www.stevenson.edu/admissions-aid/admission-requirements/admissions-testing-guidelines.html
Swarthmore Collegehttps://www.swarthmore.edu/admissions-aid/standardized-testing-policy
Texas Christian Universityhttps://admissions.tcu.edu/apply/testing-policy/
University of Hawaii at Manoahttp://manoa.hawaii.edu/admissions/freshman.html
University of Chicagohttps://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/apply/application/standardizedtesting
University of Iowahttps://now.uiowa.edu/2012/07/ui-applicants-will-now-self-report
University of Kansashttps://admissions.ku.edu/freshman-requirements-deadlines/applying-to-ku
University of Northern Iowahttps://admissions.uni.edu/undergraduate-admissions-checklist
Washington University at St. Louishttps://admissions.wustl.edu/apply_site/Pages/Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx
Williams Collegehttps://admission.williams.edu/apply/
Worcester Polytechnic Institutehttps://www.wpi.edu/admissions/undergraduate/apply/how-to/self-reported-test-scores


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.

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.


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.

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