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Community Based Organization Spotlight: 10,000 Degrees

No Comments 20 January 2017

10,000 Degrees is a community-based organization dedicated to achieving educational equity. This organization, located in San Rafael, CA,  aims to support low-income students who demonstrate a need for access to higher education. Participants leave this program poised to impact their communities and the world.

Every 10,000 Degrees participant comes from a low-income household. Ninety percent of students are first-generation, and 84 percent of participants are people of color. The organization offers multiple programs to provide college accessibility.

One program is the 10,000 Degrees Institution. This four-day program is open to rising high school sophomores and juniors from Marin or Sonoma County, Calif., who demonstrate financial need. Participants receive a crash course in college life during The program; they live with a roommate, learn how to choose a college and pay for tuition. They also receive tips for succeeding on the ACT/SAT.

After attending the program, participants automatically become a part of the 10,000 Degrees Year-Round Program. A 10,000 Degrees college advisor guides students through the college application and financial aid processes.

10,000 Degrees has prepared 18,700 students for college. These alumni often return to assist the 6,200 students and families that 10,000 Degrees serves each year. 10,000 Degrees students also receive $14.4 million annually in financial aid. Each student receives an average financial aid package of $16,000 each year. The aid does not include loans and does not need to be paid back.

Students served by the organization are annually awarded $2.6 billion in scholarships. The 10,000 Degrees Undergraduate scholarships are open to students who demonstrate financial need. Applicants must be enrolled in a program full time toward their first associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or teaching credential for the 2017-2018 school year.

10,000 Degrees offers a number of undergraduate scholarships. The majority are open to students from Marin and Sonoma County, Calif.. A few, however, are open to students from the Bay Area.

Apply for the 10,000 Degrees Institution by March 2.

Money, Scholarships

Step-by-Step Guide to Winning Scholarships

No Comments 12 January 2017

Winning scholarships is an important part of your plan for paying for college. About one in eight students wins some scholarship money with the average amount being about $4,000.

This five-step plan will help you get started on your path to winning college scholarships.

Step 1: Start Immediately

Start searching for scholarships sooner, rather than later. The sooner you begin searching, the fewer deadlines you will miss.

There also are many scholarships available to students in younger grades, such as the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program and the Davidson Fellows Scholarship. Some scholarship applications are restricted to students who already are enrolled in college.

Step 2: Search for Scholarships Everywhere

Be thorough in looking for scholarships. Some of the best sources of scholarships include:

  • Free online scholarship matching services, like collegegreenlight.com/scholarships. These services compare your background profile with a large database of scholarships, providing a personalized list of all the scholarships for which you are eligible.
  • Bulletin boards outside the school counselor’s office and near the jobs and careers section of the public library.
  • Ask friends and family for ideas. Ask your parents’ employers and fraternal organizations if they sponsor a scholarship. Ask local businesses.

Step 3: Beware of Scholarship Scams

Never invest more than a postage stamp to apply for a scholarship, even if the fee sounds reasonable. If you have to pay money to get money, it is probably a scam.

Step 4: Choose Scholarships You Can Win

Apply for every scholarship for which you are eligible. By applying to more scholarships, you increase your chances of winning one.

Applying for scholarships takes less time than you might expect. After your first half-dozen applications, you find that you can reuse previous essays for different applications.

If you have more scholarship matches than you can handle, prioritize them first by deadline. That way, you won’t disqualify yourself by missing the deadlines.

Concentrate on scholarships where you have the greatest odds of winning, such as scholarships with a strong match to your background, local scholarships and less popular scholarships. The most generous and prestigious scholarships get the most applications, which makes them harder to win. Scholarships involving smaller dollar amounts and writing essays tend to get fewer applications.

Step 5: Increase Your Odds of Winning a Scholarship

A few simple tricks can increase your chances of winning a scholarship:

  • You can’t win if you don’t apply. Apply to more scholarships to increase your odds of winning.
  • Create a professional online presence. Delete inappropriate Tweets and Facebook posts. Use a professional email address.
  • Read the sponsor’s web site before starting the application. This will let you tailor your application to the sponsor’s goals in sponsoring the scholarship.
  • Read the directions and follow them carefully.
  • Proofread the application and essays before sending the application. Spelling and grammar errors can give a bad impression.

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Winter Break Checklist

No Comments 26 December 2016

The moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here – it’s winter break! A time for catching up with friends and celebrating the holidays with loved ones. This is also a great opportunity to get a head start on college applications. Here are some suggestions for how to spend your time over break.

Search for scholarships. Is your College Greenlight profile up to date? The more information you give us in your profile, the more scholarships we can match you to! While you’re on break from school, this is a great time to go out into your community to look for local scholarship opportunities. Community scholarships may be smaller in award amount, but those amounts add up! Visit places like your library, local businesses, and your community newspapers to get started.

Find volunteer opportunities. Academic excellence is vital in college, but it is not the only thing schools want to see. Colleges are looking for well-rounded students to add to their student body. A great way to show this is by volunteering in your area. Colleges value students who are active citizens in their community. A shelter, a local chapter of a national organization, or your church are great places to look for volunteer positions.

Go on college visits. Are you interested in any colleges fairly close to home? Winter break is a great time to check out these schools! While students will not be on campus at these times, it is still valuable to visit. You’ll be able to get a feel for the campus and have questions answered by various members of the college’s staff.

Write college application essays. A good essay will take a lot of thought and time. For those applications due in the second half of the school year, winter break is a great time to gather your thoughts and start writing those essays. If you take a few days to develop an idea, plan out your essay, and then compose, as opposed to doing it all a few days before your essay is due, you will likely see better results!

Work on your Greenlight Scholars Application. Use winter break to make sure your Greenlight Scholars Application is in tip-top shape! Clean up your social media accounts. Make sure there’s nothing on there you wouldn’t want a college admissions counselor to see. Take the time to reflect on the colleges you’re interested in to see if there are any other colleges you should add to your list.

One suggestion for your winter break – relax! Recharge your batteries and finish out the school year strong!

Money, Scholarships

Scholarships Expiring in December

No Comments 29 November 2016

What’s the best holiday gift you could ask for? Scholarships! In between your holiday gatherings, take a look at these scholarships expiring in December. Take a look at this list, featuring the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest. The remaining scholarships on the list are organized by application deadline.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay ContestThis essay contest is for students registered as full-time undergraduate juniors or seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities. Scholarship applications are due December 19. The award amount ranges between $500 – $5,000.

Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program – This scholarship is for students worldwide who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a baccalaureate, graduate, associate’s degree, or diploma program with a declared major in a science-related field. The scholarship award amount is $1,500, with applications being accepted through December 9.

Lammont Belin Arts ScholarshipThis scholarship is for students studying painting, sculpture, photography, music, drama, dance, literature, and architecture. Letters of recommendation from recognized artists, experts, or judges from the chosen field are required for this scholarship. The award amount for this scholarship is $12,000. Applications are due December 15.

Westwind Recovery Residences General Education Scholarship – This scholarship is for students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. Applicants must submit an essay to be considered. Scholarship recipients will receive $1,000. All applications are due December 15.

Nutrition Inspector ScholarshipApplicants must submit an outline of an essay related to fitness, nutrition or dieting. Applications are due December 15. The award amount for this scholarship ranges between $1,000 – $2,000.

AvaCare Medical ScholarshipThis scholarship is for college-bound US citizens or those in possession of an Alien Registration Card. Applicants have at least a 3.0 GPA and be pursuing a degree in the medical field. The award amount for this scholarship is $1,000 with applications due on December 15.

Girlterest Scholarship Program for Young WomenThis scholarship is open to all women who are currently enrolled in high school, college, and graduate school. Applicants must submit a minimum 500-word essay on one of the following topics: “What Feminism Means to Me,” “Body Image in Social Media,” or “The Philosophy Behind Beauty.” Applications for this scholarship are due December 30. The award amount for this scholarship is $1,000.

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Youth Scholarship ProgramThis scholarship is meant to engage young people from around the world in environmental clean-up and conservation projects. To apply for this scholarship, applicants must conduct their own local environmental stewardship project, take digital photos of the project in action, and write an essay about the project. The award amount for this scholarship is $850 and applications are due December 31.

2016 Future of Assisted Living ScholarshipApplicants must submit an essay answering the question: How can your major of study improve the lives of seniors in assisted living facilities in your town? Scholarship applications are due December 31 and the award amount is $2,000.

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