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Easy Effort Scholarships

No Comments 22 March 2017

Some scholarships only take a few minutes to apply for and do away with extensive applications and essays. Take a look at this list of easy-effort scholarships and see what you’d be eligible for.

ChameleonJohn.com ScholarshipStudents need only to fill out a quick application and answer a few brief essay questions. This scholarship award amount is typically $3,000.

Share Tips to Beat Bullying ScholarshipApplicants only need to share signs of unhealthy or harmful relationship with a friend to be eligible for this scholarship. This scholarship is typically worth $3,000.

Marketing EDGE Scholarship AwardsThis scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing a career in marketing. Eligible students only need to fill out a quick application to apply. This scholarship award amount ranges between $1,000- $5,000.

Sonic Electronix’s Audiophile Scholarship – This scholarship is for students who plan to pursue a career in the audio industry. Eligible students need only to fill out a quick application. The award amount for this scholarship is $1,000.

Frame My Proudest Moment Scholarship – Applicants only need to submit a photo showcasing a proud moment or special achievement in their life. This scholarship amount ranges between $25- $250.

Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship – Applicants just need to write a short essay on a given topic related to cyberbullying. The award amount for this scholarship is typically $1,000.

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship – To apply for this scholarship, students just need to submit a 140-character message about texting while driving. The award amount for this scholarship is $1,000.

SHM Cleaning Scholarship – This scholarship is for college-bound high school seniors with at least 3.0 GPA. Students need only to submit a quick application. The award amount for this scholarship is typically $250.

Catholic Financial College ScholarshipThis scholarship is for members of Catholic Financial Life. Preference is given to students who provide service to a branch/chapter and/or the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and to students who exceed the minimum number of service hours required. Applicants must fill out a short application for this scholarship. The award amount typically ranges between $500- $1,000.

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition – To apply for this scholarship, students just need to submit up to three haiku poems. All poems must be previously unpublished, original work, and not entered in any other contest or submitted elsewhere for publication. The award amount for this scholarship varies.

Pay for College, Resources

Spotlight on Ladder Up

No Comments 17 March 2017

Ladder Up is a community-based organization that provides people with resources and opportunities to move up the economic ladder. This organization provides participants with free programs to help students obtain financial aid to make their college dreams a reality.

This program is based in Chicago and visits local high schools — mainly Chicago public schools and charter schools — to give presentations on financial aid. With its Life-Improving Financial Tools (LIFT), Ladder Up helps participants and their families create a foundation for economic self-sufficiency. The sub-programs, Higher Education Access Initiative (HEAI) and Financial Literacy Program, help participants to secure financial aid for college and gain the appropriate skills to make smart financial choices. Participants learn about FAFSA, award letters, student loans, college finances and personal statements. One-on-one counseling also is offered for parents and students. Ladder Up offers counseling year-round for those who need it.

Students and parents alike can learn about financial aid opportunities through Ladder Up. Participants walk away with follow-up information about award letters, student loans and college finances. They also will learn how to successfully fill out the FAFSA. Keep an eye on Ladder Up’s website to see if they are hosting an event near you.

Ladder Up encourages financial responsibility going into college. Follow their mantra and check out your College Greenlight profile for the newest scholarships you are eligible for. College Greenlight regularly has been a beneficial scholarship resource for Ladder Up students.

Money, Scholarships

Scholarships for African-American Students

No Comments 16 March 2017

Scholarships don’t just celebrate good grades. They also can celebrate a person’s ethnicity and heritage. Take a look at this list of scholarship for African-American students.

The Gread “Lefty” McKinnis Memorial Foundation Scholarship – This award is for African-American men from the Chicagoland area. Applicants must be college-bound high school seniors. Scholarships will be awarded based on community involvement, personal statements, letters of recommendation, and an interview with the scholarship committee. The award for this scholarship is typically $1,000.

UNCF/Koch Scholars Program – This scholarship is for African-American students who are college-bound high school seniors or current college freshmen. Applicants must either be studying, accounting, business, economics, engineering, history, philosophy or political science. The award amount for this scholarship is typically $5,000.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships ­– African-American students with a passion for technology are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must be college-bound high school students who plan to pursue a degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems or certain business programs. Students must maintain at least a 3.3 GPA and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship award amount is typically $5,000.

BCALA Literary AwardsThis scholarship is for African-American writers. Writing submissions must have been published in the previous year and portray some aspect of the African-American experience. The award amount for this scholarship is typically $500.

Visual Task Force Scholarship – African-American students currently majoring in journalism or interest in pursuing journalism are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must be current National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) members, maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA and submit a 1,000- to 2,000-word essay on a given topic. The award amount for this scholarship is typically $1,500.

Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology Scholarship – This scholarship is for African-American students who are studying a scientific or technical field at a Historically Black College or University. The award amount for this scholarship is typically $2,000.

CBC Spouses Education Scholarship – African-American students who hold a minimum 2.5 GPA, demonstrate leadership and participate in community service are eligible for this scholarship. College-bound high school students and current college students are eligible for this scholarship. Congressional Black Caucus member constituents will be given preference for this scholarship. The award amount for this scholarship ranges between $500-$800.

DeWayne Wickham Founder’s High School Scholarship – This scholarship is for college-bound high school seniors who are members of the NABJ. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, community involvement and plan to study journalism or a communications-related discipline. The scholarship award amount is typically $2,500.

Apply to College, Find the Right College, Resources, Study, Volunteer

How to Utilize Your Spring Break

No Comments 13 March 2017

It’s never too early to start preparing for college. Spring break is great time to get ahead of the game. Between your Netflix marathons and beach trips, here are some tips for preparing for college during any grade.

Build a College List

Take some time to think about what you want from your college experience. What size campus do you want? What do you think you want to study? How far from home do you want to be?

Once you’ve answered these questions, research colleges that fit your requirements. From there, you can start to build your college list. Make sure your college list includes a variety of safety, match and reach schools.

Make Time for Extracurriculars

Utilize this free time to make your college application stand out. Reach out to a professional in your desired career path and shadow them for a day. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen. Grades and test scores are important, but colleges want to see who you are beyond those criteria. Show your dream college why you’d be a great fit in their community.

Practice for the ACT or SAT

Complete a few practice questions every day of spring break. Review some geometry concepts. Spend a little more time reading. The earlier you begin preparing for the test, the better you will likely perform on the test. Whether you’re about to take the test for the first, second or third time, any bit of preparation helps.

Look into Scholarships

It is never too early to start looking start thinking about money for college. Make sure your College Greenlight profile is up-to-date so we can match you to scholarships you are eligible for. We always are updating our scholarship database, so check in weekly to see what’s new on your list. Get creative with your scholarship search as well. Reach out to local businesses, your place of worship or leaders in your community to see if they are aware of any local scholarship opportunities

Pick Next Year’s Classes

Your high school courses should be selected with a bit of strategy. Aside from your required classes, think about what classes will best serve you in the future. Experiment with different subject matter to see if you can a course you’d be passionate about to study in college. If you are eligible, see where you can fit in a college credit or AP class.

FAFSA, Grants, Money, Scholarships

FAFSA and Financial Aid Tips for Low-Income Students

No Comments 23 February 2017

If you come from a low-income household, paying for college can be intimidating. Take a look at these tips financial aid and FAFSA tips to receive the most aid you are eligible for.

Apply for the FAFSA early. More than a dozen states award grants on a first-come, first-served basis. That means that the later you apply, the less likely you are to receive grants. Only about 33 percent of low-income students file the FAFSA during the first three months of application season. This is compared to 58 percent of middle-income students and more than 71 percent of high-income students. For this reason, low-income students tend to miss out on billions of dollars in grants by filing the FAFSA too late.

Use the IRS data retrieval tool. You must fill out more than 100 questions on the FAFSA – that can be intimidating if you do not understand each question. That is where the IRS data retrieval tool comes in. This tool will pull information from your tax returns and input them directly onto your FAFSA application.

Seek out free money. There is no limit on how many scholarships you can apply to. The more scholarships a student receives, the less their total out-of-pocket cost will be for college. We are always updating the College Greenlight scholarship database, so be sure to always check in on your scholarship matches. You should also look into grant partnerships between colleges you are considering and organizations to maximize how much money you receive.

Consider work-study. The work-study program is based on financial need and provides an opportunity to earn money to that will help cover college expenses. The amount you earn will depend on how much you decide to work. But it is important to keep in mind that this money won’t be available to pay tuition at the beginning of the semester, but will instead help to cover ongoing expenses throughout the year.

Ask for help. There are multiple free sources you can utilize for help with filling out the FAFSA. Your counselor will be a great resource for any questions you or your parents may have. The U.S. Department of Education sponsors a toll-free hotline (1-800-433-3243) that can answer any questions you may have about student aid and the FAFSA.

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