#8 – National Association of Black Journalists Scholarships : Offered to students interested in a career in journalism. The scholarships are for high school students and undergraduate college students who are planning to enroll or currently enrolled in college full-time and majoring in journalism. Deadline is in February 2015.
#2 – “Selma” Speech and Essay Scholarship Contest : Inspired by the recent film released by Paramount Pictures, this scholarship is open to U.S. high school students ages 14-18 who are currently enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. Deadline is in February 2015.
But actions speak louder than words, and so many organizations and companies have launched various scholarship funds for African American and other minority students. Collectively, the scholarships give away millions in much needed college funding.
Here are the top 10 Black History month scholarships for this year:
#1 – Steve Harvey Foundation/ Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Scholarship Program : Offers scholarship awards and once-in-a-lifetime apprenticeship experiences to African American youth looking to pave the way for their futures. Deadline is in March 2015.
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Each year Nordstrom awards 80 scholarships to U.S. and Puerto Rican high school students and 10 scholarships to Canadian secondary school students. The scholarship totals $10,000 which is paid in four annual $2,500 installments. To qualify, students must be committed to attending a four-year university or college and they must demonstrate a history of academic success and community involvement.
The AXA Achievement Scholarship is awarded to 52 students nationwide who demonstrate ambition and drive. One student is selected from each state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Each state winner receives a scholarship award of $10,000. Ten students are selected from the pool of 52 as national winners and receive an additional $15,000, bringing the national AXA Achievers’ total scholarship awards to $25,000 each. AXA has a second scholarship opportunity called AXA Achievement Community Scholarship in which they award up to 375 students a $2,500 scholarship.
Every month Chegg.com has a simple $1,000 scholarship contest. The only requirement is a three-sentence response to a question or a prompt given by Chegg. Contestants must be at least 16 years old and must currently be enrolled in high school. Registration is free. This is one of the easiest ways to get money for college so get started today.
If you love to study and write poetry this scholarship opportunity is for you! Each year, the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships is awarded to five young poets. The scholarship totals $25,800 and is sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. Note that the award is for applicants ages 21 to 31 and is intended to encourage the further writing and study of poetry.
Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a renewable scholarship fund aimed at motivating students to finish college. Students who are entering their second or higher year of college are eligible for application. Scholarship awards are between $5,000 and $15,000 each year and grow by $1,000 each year until students graduate (up to a 5-year degree program).
The Siebel Scholars Foundation was established by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation in 2000. Each year 85 graduate students who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership receive a $35,000 scholarships for their final year of studies. Students are chosen from among 17 of the world’s leading graduate programs in business, computer science, and bioengineering.
Optimist International sponsors an annual essay contest to to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions about life and society. Applicants must be 19 or under and must still be in high school. Students must submit a 700- to 800-word essay to local clubs. Clubs submit the local winning essays to the district competition. One scholarship of $2,500 per District is awarded by Optimist International each year.
Each year, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards 55 to 65 scholarships in the amount of $30,000. Over 600 students apply annually. Applicants need to be driven, ambitious, demonstrate academic success, and dedicated to public service. While this scholarship is competitive, young leaders should apply for this wonderful opportunity to be awarded with a scholarship of $30,000.
The National WWII Museum sponsors an annual essay contest aimed at helping young people understand the significance and the impact of WWII on society. Applicants must be high school students in the United States, its territories or its military bases. They must prepare an essay of up to 1,000 words based on a topic specified by the museum. Get your application in early because only the first 500 valid essays will be accepted.
Nearly 38,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships annually through the Voice of Democracy program (VOD). The goal of VOD is to provide students with the opportunity to express their opinions and beliefs on democratic ideas and principles. Students must be in grade 9 through 12 to qualify. Applicants are required to write and record an original speech on the provided topic and submit their recording. This scholarship is sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization.
The Google Global Science fair is an exciting science competition open to students ages of 13 through 18. The students must formulate a hypothesis, perform an experiment, and present their results. This is a global competition open to students is nearly every country. While the grand prize is $50,000, other finalists have a chance to win various prizes and scholarships starting at $10,000.
Each year nearly 2,000 local Optimist clubs host Oratorical contests aimed at helping young people develop informed voices. The winners at the Club level receive medallions and Zone winners receive a plaque. Districts have the opportunity to provide two $2,500 scholarships or a first place scholarship of $2,500, a second place scholarship of $1,500, and a third place scholarship of $1,000. The contest is open to students who have not graduated high school and who are 19 or younger. While the majority of the local club contests are in March, some may have an earlier deadline.
For more than 25 years, GEICO has offered the GEICO Achievement Award Program. This long-standing tradition provides $2,500 awards to support outstanding undergraduates who are dedicated to academic success, leadership and service. The scholarship is open to college sophomores and juniors, in the U.S. who are majoring in business, computer science, mathematics and related fields.
If you have a passion for community service, this scholarship may interest you. The Carson Scholars Program recognizes and rewards academic excellence in students grade 4 through 11 who embody strong humanitarian qualities. Students must be nominated by their schools. New scholars receive a $1,000 scholarship towards college and previous winners are eligible to reapply for Carson Scholar Recognition annually. If you are interested in having your school participate in the program, have a teacher or administrator email the following contact: [email protected]
The American Legion sponsors an Oratorical Contest for high school students under the age of 20 to help foster a deeper understanding of the constitution among young people. Speeches must be emphasize the duties and obligations of citizens to our government regarding some aspect of the U.S. Constitution. Over $138,000 in scholarships can be awarded each year. The overall national contest winner gets an $18,000 scholarship. Second place takes home $16,000, and third gets $14,000. Each department (state) winner who is certified into and participates in the national contest’s first round receives a $1,500 scholarship. Those who advance past the first round receive an additional $1,500 scholarship.
GotChosen.com offers an easy way for students to win an educational scholarship. Virtually anyone 18 and over can apply for this opportunity which has no GPA, essay, or financial need requirements. The scholarship must be used on educational expenses like tuition, fees, books, and supplies. The graduates can also use the scholarship to help repay student loans. In the past GotChosen.com has offered other scholarship opportunities throughout the year. Check the website even if the April deadline has passed to see if they are offering any additional chances to win money for school.
Ronald McDonald House Charities awards scholarships to successful students who are able to demonstrate a financial need. Since 1985, Ronald McDonald House Charities has awarded more than $52 million in scholarships. Students need to live within a reasonable proximity to a Ronald McDonald House, be under the age of 21, and have at least a 2.7 GPA in order to be eligible. The national scholarships are $100,000 awards payable over four years in an amount of $25,000 per year and are for use in undergraduate education only.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards : Apply in one of 28 categories to earn a scholarship and have your artwork exhibited or writing published. Awards range from $500 to $2,500. New submissions are typically accepted beginning in September each year. Deadlines vary by region and contest.
National Peace Essay Contest : The U.S. Institute of Peace offers this contest. First-place state winners receive a trip to Washington, D.C. and a $1,000 scholarship. National award winners receive $2,500 to $10,000. Essays are typically due in February.
EGirl Essay Contest : The National Academy of Engineering’s EngineerGirl website offers an essay contest on an engineering topic for girls and boys. Awards range from $100 to $500. Winning entries are published online.
Learn how to win college scholarship money now with these 10 essay contests for high school sophomores and juniors.
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