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Deadline: January 11
Amount:$1,000 Award of Excellence Scholarships, $100 Merit Awards
All high school seniors with documented asthma who will graduate in 2008 and who have achieved excellence in a wide variety of areas including academics, extra curricular activities and community service are eligible. In addition, students must also be United States or Canadian citizens. Children of AAAAI members, employees and contractors are not eligible to participate. Only applications in English will be accepted.
Application available: January
Amount: $10,000 or $1,500
A great education is the foundation for success. At Best Buy, we believe academic achievement and volunteerism are equally important. That's why the Best Buy Scholarship Program rewards students for all of their homework; inside and outside of the classroom.
Recipients are selected based on their volunteer efforts, work experience and academic achievements. Since 1999 Best Buy has awarded over $10 million in scholarship to more than 9,000 students. Scholarships go to graduating high school seniors Students must attend a college, university or vocational school in the fall immediately following graduation.
Application available: November 1
Deadline: January 15
The Dell Scholars Program is an initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The Dell Scholars Program is a need-based scholarship that recognizes academic potential in under served and low-income students. The program is offered to those high school students participating in an approved AVID program. The funding for each Dell Scholar is substantial: $20,000. The value of these 250 scholarships equals $5.0 million. MSDF believes that funding a significant percentage of their college expenses will enable these students to focus on their college studies and complete their bachelor program.
Deadline: January 31
Amount: Up to 10 scholarships of $30,000 each
Discover Card sponsors the Tribute Award Scholarship Program for high school juniors to applaud exemplary accomplishments and to support continued education and training beyond high school. State and national scholarships can be used for any type of post-high school education or training/certification, licensing, two- or four-year trade and technical school, or two- or four-year college.
Most Valuable Student Competition
Deadline: January 9 (deadline varies)
Amount: $4,000 - $60,000 (four year awards - $1,000 - $15,000 yearly)
Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks. College students are not eligible to apply. Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; resident alien status does not qualify. Male and female students compete separately. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.
Deadline: January 11, 2008
Amount: Unmet need based on financial aid award package (full paid tuition)
The Bill Gates Foundation initially started the GMS award in 1999 with a one billion dollar grant. The goal of the Bill Gates scholarship is to reduce financial barriers to higher education for minority groups. Whether awarding scholarship money for aspiring students or improving the standard of living in a third-world country, the Gates Foundation provides resources to help people enjoy healthier, more productive lives. The foundation provides outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Islander Americans, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education, in all discipline areas and a graduate education for those students pursuing studies in mathematics, science, engineering, education, or library science. The Gates Millennium Scholars is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is sometimes referred to as the Bill Gates Scholarship.
Ron Brown Scholar Program
1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 206
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Deadline: November 1st OR January 9th (click here for more details)
Amount: $10,000 annually for four years
To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Black or African American and current high school seniors at the time of their application. Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement, exhibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need.
International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc
Phone: (866) 524-7385
Application available: November
Amount: varies - up to $100,000
A $3,000 college scholarship available to graduating seniors with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and a demonstrated financial need.
Deadline: February 1
Amount: $1,500 to $5,000
Scholarships will be awarded to children, grandchildren, or legal guardians, of persons who currently hold full time employment with, or who are proprietor of, a company holding a valid California liquor, beer or wine license. This includes restaurants, hotels, retail wholesale grocery establishments, airlines, breweries, wineries, distributors, etc.
Deadline: February 1
Amount: An annual monetary recognition award of $2,000 for each of their four years of college
With the help of college advisors at high schools in the Los Angeles area, the Milken Scholars Program identifies outstanding students who will graduate by June. These students are nominated for the Program based on the following criteria:
Minimum grade point average of 3.6 (unweighted) or 90% in all academic high school subject areas; Minimum composite SAT I Reasoning score of 1850 with results submitted for Critical Reading, Math, and Writing, or a minimum ACT score of 28; Active participation in community service activities; A record of leadership; Financial need; Admission to a four-year college or university prior to final selection; and United States Citizenship or Permanent Residency.
120 Wall Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10005-3902
Application available: December
Amount: $1,000 - $10,000
This scholarship is for female minority students studying computer science or engineering who are attending or planning to attend an institution that is SWE approved or has an Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology program. Awards are based on academic achievement and leadership experience or potential.
335 45th Street
New York, NY 10017
Application available: November 30
Deadline: February 6 (deadline varies)
Amount: $2,000 the first year, $3,000 every year thereafter
Any African-American, Hispanic American, or Native American U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is majoring or planning to major in physics, and who is a high school senior, college freshman, or sophomore is eligible to apply for the scholarship.
Deadline: February 8, 2008
Amount: $2,500 - $3,000 (varies)
Limited to Hispanic, African American, or Native American freshmen planning a career in atmospheric science. Transcripts, standardized test scores, and a letter of recommendation are required.
Application available: Fall
Deadline: February 15
Amount: $1,000 (varies)
The RMHC Scholarship Program provides academic scholarships to high school seniors. Applications are accepted from Hispanic high school seniors who reside in participating markets (call the toll-free number or check website for a complete list of participating areas).
Deadline: February 15
Students may apply from public, private, vocational, technical, parochial and alternative high schools throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Applicants must be high school seniors who:
Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent. Work part-time an average of 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per year (unless individual circumstances prevent the student's involvement). Demonstrate participation in community service and/or co-curricular activities. Demonstrate financial need. Plan to enroll in an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational/technical school by the fall term of the graduating year. Graduating high school senior or graduating from home school education
Deadline: February 29
A high school senior planning to enroll (or already enrolled) full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college or university; Enrolled by September 2008 in a full-time course of study at an accredited school; A United States citizen or permanent resident alien.
393 Ramsay Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
Applications available: October 1
Deadline: March 1
Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, financial
need, excellence of character, and an interest or involvement in the sport
of golf. Skill of excellence in the sport is not required. You must be
a female high school senior who intends to graduate in the year of application
and plan to attend an accredited college or university. PRELIMINARY APPLICATIONS
may be obtained by sending
a request, stating you have read the information concerning your eligibility, with a self addressed stamped envelope, after October 1st, to the above address.
Deadline: Early March
The OCAPICA/United Way AAPI Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to Asian American & Pacific Islander high school and college students who demonstrate significant merit in academics, workplace, and/or community involvement. Twenty students will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship to offset their expenses at a two or four-year accredited institution.
High school seniors and students who are currently or will be attending a two or four year institution that offers accredited, post-secondary instruction may apply. Applicants must be of Asian American or Pacific Islander* descent and must reside in Orange County, or attend an Orange County university or college, or have graduated from an Orange County high school. Low income students and those who are of the first generation in their family to attend college are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: March 15
Amount: $1,000 - $2,500
To enter the contest, you must be a 6 – 12th grade student in California.
Students must submit a written piece, poster, or tv ad answering the contest
question (example: why should California leaders save you a spot in college?).
Deadline: March 15
Amount: $3,000 for four years ($12,000 total), plus laptop, printer, PDA and paid internships (total value is over $40,000)
African American, Latino, and American Indian high school seniors or community college transfer students who will be attending one of the HP Scholar partnership universities (University of California, Los Angeles, North Carolina A&T, Morgan State University, or University of Washington) and will be majoring in computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering
Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to graduating High School Seniors. Multiple scholarships are offered with varying requirements. Check website for more details.
San Diego, CA 95051
Contact: Emilio Holgun, (818) 288-0498
Deadline: March 15
Scholarships offered to California Hispanic students through their local V. F. W. posts. Must send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to receive an application.
Application available: October 15
Deadline: March 31
Amount: Up to $7,500
Minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice. You must be a U.S. citizen in order to qualify for the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Award.
P.O. Box 45762
8820 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 208
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Deadline: March 31
Available to high school seniors in California, scholarships are based on academic achievement. Applicants must be at least 50 percent Hispanic, must be active in their school or community, and must demonstrate financial need. Students whose parents earn more than $50,000 a year are not eligible.
Send an e-mail request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or by mail:
C/O the Compliance Department
221 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles CA. 90012
The Cal National Bank University Scholarship program benefits students residing in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties. Cal National Bank University Scholarship applicants are evaluated on demonstrated leadership qualities, involvement in the community, clarity of direction and goals, academic achievement, letters of recommendation and financial need.
12037 Peoria St.
Sun Valley, CA 91352
Contact: Alberto C. Del Calvo
Deadline: April 1
Offered to high school graduates of Cuban descent who are residents of Los Angeles County. Must be active students, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and speak "acceptable" Spanish.
Attn: Scholastic Department - SCA
P.O. Box 3967
Crossville, TN 38557-3967
Deadline: April 2
If you are a high school junior or senior, a current USCF member, and have shown outstanding merit in academics, sportsmanship, and chess, you are eligible to apply for a 2007 National Scholar-Chessplayer Award.
Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship
USC Annenberg School for Communication
3502 Watt Way, ASC G38
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Deadline: Falls on the first Friday of April
Amount: $500 to $2,000
Applications are accepted from students at the high school senior to college junior levels who are California residents of Hispanic descent who want to pursue careers in print, photo or broadcast journalism. Students must either attend or expect to enroll in a California college or university or, for those who attend or expect to enroll in a college or university outside of California, must have their primary residence within the state of California.
Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships
164 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Amount: $500 to $2,500
This program is for students whose major or principal area of study is advertising, architecture, environmental graphics, fashion design, filmmaking, fine arts, furniture design, graphic design, illustration, interior design, or landscape architecture. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, recommendations, and references. Students must show exceptional promise in their chosen field, have an interest in using their profession to give back to society, and be prepared to examine issues of cultural identity in submitted work. Applications from current high school seniors to graduate students are accepted.
Deadline: May 1
The CBC Spouses Educational Scholarship is a national program that awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated students who intend to pursue full-time undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees. Since its inception, it has disbursed more than $8 million in education and health scholarships.
Deadline: May 15
Amount: $1,000 Award
NAMEPA offers both national and regional scholarships for African American, Latino, and American Indian students who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing an undergraduate degree in engineering. This year, we are offering scholarships under two categories: the Beginning Freshmen and Transfer Engineering Student Awards.
Minority Scholarship Awards
3 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016-5991
Deadline: May 15
This program provides awards to students studying or intending to study chemical engineering. One award level is for current high school seniors and the other is for college undergraduates who are outstanding role models for minority students. Scholarships are based on financial need, academic achievement, essays, extracurricular activities, and recommendations or references. Applicants must be minority high school seniors or college students (freshmen to juniors) with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
Deadline: May 15
These scholarships are intended for women who are majoring in engineering or computer science.
Application available: August
Deadline: May 31
There are no special eligibility requirements for the scholarship. All students may apply regardless of their race, nationality or financial status. We ask that each student who wishes to apply write a brief essay.
P.O. Box 6930
Fullerton, CA 92834
Deadline: May 31
The $1,000 scholarships are awarded to Hispanic students. Students must submit a personal profile consisting of name, address, phone number, Social Security number, age, ethnic background, and college major; a photograph; a one-page essay outlining their financial situation; official, sealed transcripts demonstrating that the applicant is a college sophomore, junior, or senior with at least a 3.0 GPA; two letters of recommendation; and a two-page essay.
Deadline: May 31
The Patricia M. McNamara Memorial Scholarship is open to students who are already attending college or will be attending college in the 2008-2009 school year.
Deadline: May 31
Amount: $1,000 - $4,000
The Unmet Need Scholarship program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are accepted or enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at approved, accredited institutions. Students must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) to be eligible to apply. Recipients will be selected based on financial need.
Contact: Mr. Alberto Gutierrez
American Symphony Orchestra League
1156 Fifteenth St., NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005-1704
Deadline: early October
Annual awards for students who are U.S. citizens of African descent (African-American, Afro-Caribbean or similar heritage), who intend to pursue a professional career in the U.S.'s symphony orchestras, and who are music majors studying in a degree program at a U.S. conservatory, university school department of music, or a recognized summer program in North America. Voice, piano, saxophone, composition, and conducting are ineligible. Consideration is also given to younger students who are at least 12 years old and who demonstrate outstanding accomplishment and promise. Awards based on audition (held in February and March), financial need, and written recommendations.
Contact: Shelly Atkinson, Education and Programs Manager
Application available: August 16
Deadline: October 10
This Challenge is inspired by The California Museum’s California Hall of Fame, an honor, an exhibit and an institution, which serves to inspire visitors by exhibiting the extraordinary stories of trailblazers, leaders and legends, who have called California home.
The California Museum and its Honorary Chair California’s First Lady Maria Shriver want to know how your dream will leave a lasting mark on the state, nation and the world. Like California Hall of Fame inductees whose accomplishments are as diverse as the Golden State, this is an inclusive Challenge where you can utilize your particular talent to illustrate how you endeavor to change the world.
The Challenge is open to high school seniors who will graduate in 2009. The winning entry will receive a $5,000 scholarship generously provided by Comcast. Entries can be an essay, video, audio, or artwork, but must be submitted digitally on CD or DVD.
Application available: August 1
Deadline: October 31
A current high school or home-schooled senior anticipating graduation from a school or program in the United States during the academic year in which application is made; a U.S. Citizen; U.S. National; U.S. Permanent Resident; Temporary Resident (legalization program); Refugee; Asylee; Cuban-Haitian Entrant; or Humanitarian Parolee; planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution; carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school is eligible.
Intel Science Upward Bound
1719 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Deadline: November 19
Amount: $5,000 - $100,000
The Science Upward Bound (STS) is America's oldest and most highly regarded science contest for high school seniors. Created in 1942 by Science Service and Westinghouse as a means for encouraging talented high school students to pursue a career in science or engineering, the Science Upward Bound has become an American institution.
Deadline: November 1
Amount: $500 to $5,000
In an effort to provide better opportunities for young people pursuing performing arts careers, American Harlequin established an annual "Dance Scholarship Program." Our first annual program in 1999 resulted in $10,000 in scholarship monies being awarded. Now we award $25,000 each year to twenty lucky individuals. Just as we did in previous years, since we are not in a position to judge the artistic merits or financial situation of the applicants, we will have a random drawing to select the winners.We leave the nominations to you, the teachers, to make a judgment about the students you support. Our hope is to offer a little financial help to some lucky young people who wish to continue in whatever form of dance helps fulfill their lives. All the applicant information must be filled in. The certification is then to be completed by the dance instructor.
AAF Minority/Disadvantaged Scholarships
Deadline: December 12
Amount: $500 to $3000
The American Architectural Foundation offers the Minority/Disadvantaged Scholarships in order to encourage diversity and equity in the architectural profession. These scholarships are open to high school seniors and college freshmen who plan to study architecture at a NAAB-accredited program. The scholarship program was established in 1970 by a grant from the Ford Foundation to aid students who would not otherwise have an opportunity to enter a professional degree program. Twenty awards are made per year and may be renewed for two additional years, ideally maintaining 60 students in the program in any given year. Scholarship amounts range between $500 and $2,500 and are determined by evaluation of financial need information provided by the student and the school.
The application process has two parts: an initial nomination by a high school guidance counselor, architect, or other individual who is aware of the student's interest and aptitude for architecture, and an application which is sent to eligible students after nominations are reviewed. The nomination form is due in the first week of December and the application, an essay, statement of disadvantaged circumstances, letters of recommendations, transcripts and a drawing are due on January 15 of each year. For further information contact Mary Felber at email@example.com or (202) 626-7511.
Deadline: December 31
All-Ink.com is offering up to $5,000 in scholarships to qualified students who are enrolled or planning to participate in an accredited college or university program during the Spring 2009 or Fall 2009 term or full-year 2009-2010 school year. Students who apply must be a United States citizen or permanent resident with a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average. In addition, students applying are required to complete a 50 to 200 word essay about who has had the greatest impact on your life, and a 50 to 200 word essay on what you hope to achieve in your personal and professional life after completing college.
Black Educators United
681 S. Fulton Street
Denver, CO 80207
Contact: Mrs. Loretta Richardson
Must be a black high school senior to qualify.
Application available: August 1
The Horatio Alger California Orange County Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students in Orange County, California who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire to pursue higher education.