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Scholarships for Genesys Works Twin Cities Students

No Comments 15 October 2014

We’ve put together a special list of scholarships just for our Genesys Works Twin Cities students! These scholarships include both nationwide opportunities with large awards and great scholarships just for Minnesotans. You can find links to these scholarships on College Greenlight below.

APIASF Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 9

Award: $2,500 – $15,000

These scholarships are for students of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the US Census. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolling in a US accredited college or university in the Fall of 2015 and have a minimum cumulative 2.7 GPA.

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

Deadline: October 31

Award: $10,000 – $20,000

This scholarship is for current high school or homeschooled seniors who are attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools). To qualify, applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school and plan to pursue a degree at an accredited US college.

Dell Scholars Program

Deadline: January 15

Award: $20,000

This scholarship is for high school seniors who have participated in an approved college readiness program for a minimum of two years (see website for a list of approved programs). To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be planning to enter a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after high school graduation. Applicants must have earned a minimum 2.4 GPA, demonstrate financial need, and be US citizens or permanent residents.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Deadline: January 14

Award: $10,000

This scholarship is for students who will enroll for the first time at a US accredited college or university in the fall of 2015 as full-time, degree-seeking, first-year students. To qualify, applicants must be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American; have a 3.3 GPA; and be US citizens.

Horatio Alger Minnesota Scholarship Program

Deadline: October 25

Award: $7,000

These scholarships are for high school seniors of the class of 2015, who have plans to enter college no later than the Fall following graduation. To qualify, applicants must live in and attend high school in Minnesota, have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives, and demonstrate the following: a strong commitment to pursuing and completing a bachelor’s degree at an accredited US college/institution; critical financial need; involvement in co-curricular and community activities; and integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity. Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and be US citizens.

Children’s Defense Fund Beat the Odds Scholarship – Minnesota

Deadline: October 10

Award: Varies

This scholarship is for high school seniors who are currently enrolled in a public/alternative school system in the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have overcome significant obstacles such as, but not limited to, poverty, disability, homelessness, or family hardships.

MnACC Student of Color Scholarship 

Deadline: March 30

Award: $500 – $1,000

This scholarship is for students of color graduating from a Minnesota high school. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must enroll as full-time, first-year students for the 2014-2015 school at a MnACC member institution. To apply for this scholarship, applicants must write an essay of 500 words or less about one of the following five given topics: leadership, community engagement, diversity, overcoming adversity, or future educators.

Page Education Scholar Grant

Deadline: May 1

Award: $1,000 – $2,500

This scholarship is for students of color who are graduates of Minnesota high schools and are enrolled full-time in a Minnesota college/university. Scholarship recipients are required to complete a minimum of 50 hours for a Service-to-Children project, where they are serve as mentors/tutors younger children of color (K-8th grade).

Pohlad Scholars Program

Deadline: March 1

Award: Varies

The Carl and Eloise Pohlad Family Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist students from the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. Scholarships are offered for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice in the United States.

The Power of YOU

Deadline: May 1

Award: 2 years of free education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College

  • Meet the criteria to apply for federal financial aid (FAFSA).
  • Meet the family adjusted gross income cap of $75,000.
  • Take the assessment tests and score above ABE in two or more placements.
  • Complete the application process by May 1, 2015.
  • If accepted to the Power of YOU program, you must submit your final high school transcript or a copy of your high school diploma.

Wallin Education Partners Scholarship 

Deadline: Jan 12

Award: $4,000

To qualify for these scholarships, applicants must be applying to at least one eligible college or university; these are accredited four-year public or private (not-for-profit) colleges in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, or one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Optimist Club of St. Paul

Deadline: Feb 20

Award: $2,500

Who: Youth under the age of 19 as of 12/31/14 who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent.

An Optimist International program for students to have the opportunity to earn scholarships to pursue opportunities in higher education. Club winners advance to District, where District winners receive a $2,500 scholarship.  For 2015  essays are due February 20th, 2015

 

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Making the Most of Your Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Application

No Comments 09 October 2014

Have you heard the news? The application for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is available!

They’ll be selecting up to 40 high-achieving high school seniors to receive these awards, which are worth up to $40,000 per year to attend one of the country’s best four-year institutions.

Additionally, the application period for their Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which will provide up to 85 awards to the nation’s top community college students who seek to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges and universities, just opened.

Our friends at Jack Kent Cooke have developed a list of tips that will be helpful when applying for one of the Foundation’s scholarships, as well as any other competitive scholarships to which you may be applying.

Start early

Read through the whole application before you begin so you can identify the sections that will require the most time and effort and manage your time the next few months accordingly.

Read through all of the information on their site, such as the FAQs for the College Scholarship Program and for the Undergraduate Transfer Program.  They are also pleased this year to offer a College Scholarship Program Twitter chat on October 13 at 5 p.m. and an Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Twitter chat on October 29 at 2:00 p.m. (both Eastern Time) to answer your questions live.

Importantly, realize that the forms for the recommenders and parents will not even be sent to those people until the applicant has completed and submitted their application. Be sure to leave enough time for them to write you recommendations.

Read the directions and follow them carefully

Do exactly as the application says. Fill in all of the blanks, gather all of the right materials and nothing else. Make sure your essays actually respond to the question or prompt.

Tell your story

They want to know who you are, and it’s very difficult to “get to know” an applicant from grades and test scores and lists of activities and awards. Use the short answers and essays, and any other spaces you can, to really give them a chance to see who you are, what you think, what you believe. That will stand out even more than a 4.0.

For some tips on writing your scholarship and/or admission essays, check out two previous blog posts they wrote on the topic here and here.

Arrange for superior recommendations

You’ll want to provide your recommenders with at least a few weeks and some written materials about your accomplishments to write a truly great recommendation. Make sure they are willing to give you a very good recommendation, and be willing to accept a “no” if they feel they can’t do it.

Click here for some more tips from the College Board on how to secure the best possible recommendations.

Don’t wait until the last minute

Computers crash, people get sick, things happen. Don’t lose your chance to apply because you waited.

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Apply for the Largest Undergraduate Scholarship in the Country!

No Comments 26 September 2014

We want to let you know about the opportunity to apply for the largest undergraduate scholarship in the country: the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program! The application period has just opened for this prestigious scholarship. Here’s everything you need to know:

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is for high-achieving high school seniors with financial need and seeking attendance to the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. To qualify for this program, applicants must have a 3.5 GPA or above (unweighted) and demonstrate significant unmet financial need. Applicants must receive standardized test scores in the top 15%: SAT combined score of 1200 or above,  and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above. College Scholars receive up to $40,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholarship community.

Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive.

This highly competitive scholarship includes:

  • Up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school
  • Ability to pursue any area of study
  • Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid
  • Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the college student experience

SELECTION CRITERIA

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholars are selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, a desire to help others, and leadership.

SELECTION PROCESS

A rigorous application review includes analysis of grades, standardized test scores, participation in available advanced courses, student essays, letters of recommendation, and family finances. Each year up to 40 students will be selected into the program.

MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

At a minimum, applicants must:

  • Plan to graduate from a US high school in spring 2015
  • Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2015
  • Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Receive standardized test scores in the top 15%: SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 or above and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above
  • Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. Applicants with family income up to $95,000 will be considered. However, it is anticipated that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant

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31 October Scholarships

No Comments 23 September 2014

October is one of our favorite months. Pumpkin Spice Lattes, football, the world series, and Halloween are just a few of the reasons October is one of the best months in the fall. And it’s also the month that scholarships really start to ramp up! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite scholarships with October deadlines below.

You still have time to complete these great scholarships, so take advantage of them ASAP. Also remember to sign up for our upcoming Diversity + College Access Fair if you haven’t done so already!

Raymond Davis Scholarship

 

Deadline: Oct 1     Award: $1,000

This scholarship is for undergraduate students who have completed two academic years of study and for graduate-level students.

Marshall Scholarship

 

Deadline: Oct 1     Award: $1,000

This scholarship is awarded to American students to enable them to study in the United Kingdom.

Choctaw Nation Higher Education and Grant Program

Deadline: Oct 1     Award: $2,000

These scholarships are for students of Choctaw descent pursuing a college or university education.

Golden Key Graduate Scholar Award

 

Deadline: Oct 1     Award: $10,000

This scholarship is for Golden Key members who are enrolled as full-time students, or who plan to enroll in the next year.

Higher Education Scholarship

 

Deadline: Oct 1     Award: $3,000

This scholarship is for enrolled members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in southeastern Montana.

George J. Mitchell Scholarship

 

Deadline: Oct 1     Award: Full Tuition

This scholarship is for students between the ages of 18 and 29 who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Students with Heart Scholarship

 

Deadline: Oct 1      Award: $6,000

This scholarship is for students who have cardiac disease or a cardiac deformity.

Christian Pharmacists Fellowship

 

Deadline: Oct 1     Award: Varies

This scholarship is for Christian students who are studying pharmacy.

Cochlear Americas Graeme Clark Scholarship

 

Deadline: Oct 1     Award: $2,000

This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors to mature aged students who have been accepted to a university, and current undergraduate and graduate university students.

Golden Key Education Debt Reduction Award

 

Deadline: Oct 1     Award: $5,000

This award is for alumni, graduate, and post-graduate Golden Key members.

Golden Key Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship

 

Deadline: Oct 1     Award: $5,000

This scholarship is for Golden Key members who are currently enrolled in classes in an undergraduate degree-granting program.

George Bartol Memorial Scholarship Fund

Deadline: Oct 1     Award: $3,000

This scholarship is for students who have a parent battling a primary brain tumor or who have a parent who has passed away as a result of a primary brain tumor.

Build U. Scholarship

 

Deadline: Oct 1     Award: $2,000

This scholarship is for students in good standing at an accredited public or private university.

Bridging Scholarship

Deadline: Oct 8     Award: $4,000

This scholarship is for undergraduate students who are participating in study abroad programs in Japan.

MyProjectorLamps Scholarship

 

Deadline: Oct 13     Award: $500

This scholarship is for students who are in their final year of high school or are currently enrolled as college undergraduates in an accredited program in the United States.

Two Year/Community College BEA Award

Deadline: Oct 14     Award: $1,500

This scholarship is for full-time college freshmen and sophomores who are communications majors studying an area of broadcasting at a BEA Member two-year college.

Richard Eaton Foundation Award

 

Deadline: Oct 14     Award: $1,500

This scholarship is for full-time college graduate students who are communications majors studying an area of broadcasting at a BEA Member college.

ACSM Fellows Scholarship

 

Deadline: Oct 15     Award: $2,000

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be college juniors or seniors enrolled in a four-year surveying (or closely related) degree program, either full- or part-time.

American Concrete Institute Foundation

Deadline: Oct 15     Award: $3,000

This scholarship is for students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program from an accredited institution of higher education.

Future Engineers Scholarship Program

 

Deadline: Oct 15     Award: $5,000

This scholarship is for full-time undergraduate students who will hold sophomore or junior status during the 2015 calendar year.

Hal Leonard Collegiate Scholarship

 

Deadline: Oct 15     Award: $1,000

This scholarship is for deserving university students entering or continuing their collegiate jazz studies.

HotelsCheap General Scholarship for Higher Learning

 

Deadline: Oct 15     Award: $1,500

This scholarship is for legal residents of the United States who are at least 16 years of age.

Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship

 

Deadline: Oct 15     Award: $1,500

This scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate student members of SHAPE America.

Mutual of Omaha Actuarial Scholarship for Minority Students

 

Deadline: Oct 20     Award: $5,000

This scholarship is for minorities who are enrolled as full-time college undergraduate students.

Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship

Deadline: Oct 22     Award: $2,500

This scholarship is for graduate students enrolled in a graduate program during the 2015 calendar year with major interest in crystallography.

Ayn Rand “Atlas Shrugged” Essay Contest

Deadline: Oct 24     Award: $10,000

This essay contest is for 12th graders, college undergraduates, and graduate students.

Williams-Mystic/Joseph Conrad Essay Contest

 

Deadline: Oct 24     Award: $500

This essay contest is for high school seniors and college undergraduates of any major who are attending an accredited college or university.

HACU IES Abroad Diversity Scholarship

 

Deadline: Oct 25     Award: $5,000

This scholarship is for students attending Hispanic-Serving institutions that are members of Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).

KSTF Teaching Fellowship

 

Deadline: Oct 29     Award: Fellowship

This fellowship is for high school STEM teachers in the United States who have earned, or will earn by September 2015, a degree in a discipline related to the STEM subject(s) they intend to teach.

Alexander Scholarship Fund

 

Deadline: Oct 30     Award: $2,500

This scholarship is for YMCA-oriented college students seeking an undergraduate degree and a YMCA career.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon Student Award for Academic Excellence

 

Deadline: Oct 31     Award: $500

This scholarship is for active members of the IEEE Computer Society.

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Scholarship Tips for Undocumented Students

No Comments 28 August 2014

Paying for college is tough, but for undocumented students it can seem nearly impossible. The US Government does not allow undocumented students to receive any federal financial aid. Furthermore, most states also do not allow undocumented students access to taxpayer-funded aid (however, some states do! See our official list of these states here). Without the help of federal or state financial aid, undocumented students must heavily rely on scholarships and extreme patience. Here are some tips if you’re undocumented and trying to finance your education.

Figure out exactly how much your degree will cost you

Finding out just how much students need to pay for their higher education is difficult to estimate. Some states permit undocumented students to pay the lower in-state tuition state residents pay for their state’s public institutions. On the other hand, other institutions may treat undocumented students like a foreign student and charge them out-of-state tuition regardless if they have resided in the state.  This all varies from state to state. You can review which states currently offer in-state tuition in the link above.

Be especially careful when reviewing residency and eligibility information 

Regardless if they’re paying in-state or out-state tuition, any tuition will be costly without the help of scholarships. Any scholarships requiring students to be U.S. Citizens or to provide a Social Security number disqualify undocumented students for applying. When searching for scholarships look carefully over the eligibility requirements and look for what if any residency requirements are listed.

Don’t see any residency requirements listed? Students may assume that just because they don’t explicitly state it, that it’s OK for you to go ahead to apply. Don’t make any assumptions. If they don’t list citizenship requirements or specifically indicate that undocumented or Non US Citizens can apply, then students should contact the scholarship to clarify. If you meet all the requirements except for the residency requirements listed, then you should still contact the scholarship provider to see if they can make an exception. It never hurts to ask!

Do not be afraid to tell your story 

For scholarships that are specifically for undocumented students, students should use their personal story of being undocumented to their advantage. In your personal statement be sure to discuss your undocumented status, but don’t make it the centerpiece of your story. Undocumented students are often only judged for their undocumented status, that’s why it’s important to highlight all of the accomplishments made despite the setbacks that being undocumented brings.

Find scholarships on College Greenlight 

We can help you find scholarships as well. Not only can you fill out a free profile on College Greenlight to access a list of scholarships matched to you based on your academics, citizenship status, and accomplishments, but we regularly publish lists of scholarships available to students regardless of citizenship status. You can find our most recent list of these scholarships here.

 

 

 

 

 

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