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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Need Money for School? Here's A List of Scholarships & Application Tips!

I received a forwarded email with a list of available scholarships for minority students. This list is a very good place to start but I wouldn't rely solely on these because most of the scholarships are widely popular. This means that there may be a larger pool of applicants than there would be for local scholarships (like the STAR scholarship), but that shouldn't discourage you from trying. Here's what I think about all that:

  1. You should be selective with your time and apply to scholarships that mainly match your background, career goals, etc. (see my last post about applying to scholarships). If a scholarship is for people interested in studying medicine and you are not interested in studying science it would be a waist of your time and the reviewers time for you to apply. 
  2. Some of these scholarships also exist in a local format. Although they may be for less money, local scholarships may have a smaller amount of applicants which is less competition for you. For example, the National Black Association of Police Officers has a scholarship, but I know that this organization had a county chapter and I received $500 from this organization when I was applying.
  3. Did I apply to any of these scholarships when I was going to college? Besides the one I just listed, the only other scholarship that I applied to on this list was the Ron Brown Scholars Program and I don't think I even finished the entire application. This is because I was more focused on local scholarships (i.e. churches, sororities, Long & Foster Realty local scholarship, police officers, feminist women's associations, city Character Counts scholarships, any-scholarship-I-could-get-my-hands-on scholarship, you get the idea) than super popular scholarships.That strategy worked for me because I didn't end up paying for school. However, I do know people who applied to larger scholarships, like the Gates Millennium Scholarship, and that worked for them too.
  4. If you are going to apply, make sure you fill out the entire application and submit ALL of the requested materials (transcripts, resume, recommendation letters, etc.) Sometimes, an incomplete application is grounds for elimination.
  5. Give yourself plenty of time to properly fill out the applications. If you can go to a computer lap during your school lunch time to fill them out or even after school--- the point is to pick a time when you're not stressed. Also give people writing your recommendation letters as much time as possible and then remind them as it gets closer to the due date. I would give people writing you a letter a deadline prior to the due date of the scholarship so that you have time to put all your materials together. I provided envelopes and my resume to all my recommenders, and sent a thank-you note afterwards. Writing the due date on the back flap of the envelope or putting a sticky note on the envelope helped my recommenders remember when I needed the letter.
  6. Submit on time! I know that some of you are punctuality-challenged and are never on time to anything (like me) but a lot of scholarships don't read late applications. Some applications are online and the server shuts down at the time the application is due so you can't even submit the application online if it's late. But if you do all you can and you finished late, but you finished the entire application already then go ahead and turn it in. You won't be losing anything and you never know. Oh, and don't forget to fill out the FAFSA
After you've submitted it, breathe and let it go. You've done your part. Good Luck!

Scholarships for Students

If you know any minority students (of any age) who could use a scholarship, please share this list...
AARP Foundation Women’s Scholarship Program
For women 40+ seeking new job skills, training and educational opportunities to support themselves.
Academic Competitiveness Grant
For first-year and second-year college students who graduated from high school.
Actuarial Diversity Scholarship
For minority students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession.
Akash Kuruvilla Memorial Scholarship Fund
For students who demonstrate excellence in leadership, diversity, integrity and academia.
American Copy Editors Society Scholarship
Available to junior, senior and graduate students who will take full-time copy editing jobs or internships.
AORN Foundation Scholarship
For students studying to be nurses and perioperative nurses pursuing undergrad and grad degrees.
Automotive Hall of Fame Scholarship
For students who indicate a sincere interest in an automotive related career.
AWG Minority Scholarship For Women
Encourages young minority women to pursue an education and later a career in the geosciences.
AXA Achievements Scholarship
Provides more than $600K in annual scholarships to 52 students – one from each state.

Beacon Partners Healthcare IT Scholarships
Awarded to a student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the IT Healthcare field.
Best Buy Scholarship
For students in grades 9-12 who plan to enter a full-time undergraduate program upon high school graduation.
Burger King Scholars Program
For high school seniors who have part-time jobs and excel academically in school.

CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Developed to assist minority and disabled students, but open to all who meet the requirements.
Coca-Cola Scholars Program
Four-year achievement-based scholarships given to 250 high school seniors each year.

Davidson Fellows Scholarship
Recognizes and awards the extraordinary who excel in math, science, and technology.
Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Need-based scholarships for college students are part of the progressive movement in their community.
Dell Scholars Program
For students who demonstrate a desire and ability to overcome barriers and achieve their goals.
Development Fund For Black Students in Science and Technology
For students studying science or technology at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Discovery Scholarship
Annual scholarship for high school juniors to support continued education and training beyond high school.

Ed Bradley/ Ken Kashiwahara Scholarships
Open to full-time students who are pursuing careers in radio and television news.
EMPOWER Scholarship Award
Designed to increase diversity in the medical rehabilitation field by awarding students of color.
ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship Program
For minority and female students majoring in a field related to computer and video game arts.

Fulbright Scholar Program
Sends faculty and professionals abroad each year to lecture and conduct research.
Future Engineers Scholarship Program
For students pursuing a career in engineering who shows outstanding academic performance.

Gates Millenium Scholarship
Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; established to help low income minority students.
Go On Girl Book Club Scholarship
Supports authors of the Black African Diaspora who wan to write their way to college money.
Google Anita Borg Scholarship
For women who excel in computing and technology, and are active role models and leaders.

Hallie Q. Brown Scholarship
For African American women who have a minimum C average, and can demonstrate financial need.
HBCU Study Abroad Scholarship
Provides travel opportunities for students of color who are traditionally under-represented in such programs
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program
Provides fellowships to students who excel in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholarship Fund
To increase diverse students’ access to talent development opportunities through teacher training.
Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund
For low-income women who have a vision of how their education will benefit themselves and their community.
Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship
For cosmetology and barber school students who can demonstrate a financial need.

KFC Colonel’s Scholars Program
For college-bound students who can demonstrate financial need, and have a GPA of at least 2.75.

Lincoln Forum Scholarship Essay Contest
A writing contest pertaining to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era.

McKesson Pharmacy Scholarship
Designed to assist pharmacy students who plan to continue their education.

National Achievement Scholarship
Established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding African American high school students.
National Black Police Association Scholarships
For students pursuing careers in law enforcement, criminal justice, and other related areas.
National Institute of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship
For students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are pursuing science and health-related research.
National SMART Grant
Available to full-time students who are majoring in science, math, technology, engineering, and more.

PMI Educational Foundation Scholarships
Established for students in the field of project management or a project management related field.

Ron Brown Scholar Program
Seeks to identify African American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society.
Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship
Seeks to recognize outstanding young people who are promoting American values on college campuses.

Siemen Competition
Competition for individual or team research projects in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships
For first-generation students majoring in business, finance, science, engineering, and more.
Tri-Delta Scholarships
For students who excel in chapter and campus involvement,community service, academics, and more.
Tylenol Scholarship
For students pursuing a career in health care who can demonstrate leadership and academic qualities.

United Negro College Fund Scholarships
Administers 400 different scholarship programs so low-income families can afford college, tuition, and books.
U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship
For high school seniors planning to enroll or college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors already enrolled.
USDA/1890 National Scholars Program
For students seeking a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, food, or natural resource sciences and related majors.

Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program
Provides merit-based scholarships to minority students studying business, finance, economics, and more.

William B. Ruggles Right To Work Journalism Scholarship
Available to undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in journalism or a related field.
Writer’s Digest Annual Short Story Competition
Contest for writers who can compose the best fictional short story, written in 1,500 words or less.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship
For academic high-achievers in science, engineering, and information tech


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