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January 3, 2018

FINANCIAL AID, PART 2: SCHOLARSHIPS

Now that you’re familiar with all of the types of funding, we wanted to dive a little further into scholarships.  We know the search can be overwhelming, so we’ve put together a list of several that might interest you:

1) The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
Description: From their website, “The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.”
Possible Funding: $20,000
Essays: Supplemental essays are required if you are selected as a semifinalist

2) Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Description: The goal of this scholarship is to help students from underrepresented backgrounds continue their education and become leaders in STEM fields
Possible Funding: Varies, but the average award between 2000 and 2014 was $12,785, and the award may be renewed annually
Essays: Essays are required

3) Dell Scholars Foundation
Description: This provides financial support to low-income students who have demonstrated educational drive despite personal obstacles
Possible Funding: $20,000
Essays: Essays are required

4) Google Science Fair
Description: This is an online science competition in which students compete for various prizes
Possible Funding: $50,000
Essays: Essays are required

5) AXA Achievement Scholarship
Description: Scholarships funds are awarded to especially ambitious and driven students
Possible Funding: $25,000
Essays: Essays are required

And here--because who said this couldn’t be fun?--are a few quirky ones:

1) Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest
Description: Create your own prom outfit made entirely from Duck TapeⓇ for a chance to win scholarship funds
Possible Funding: $10,000
Essays: None

2) Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation
Description: Take various quizzes to win scholarship funding
Possible Funding: $5,000
Essays: None

3) DoSomething.org Scholarships
Description: Complete a community service challenge for a chance to win scholarship funds
Possible Funding: $17,000
Essays: None

4) Doodle for Google
Description: Submit a doodle of the Google logo based on the contest’s theme
Possible Funding: $30,000
Essays: A 50-word description of your doodle

5) Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway
Description: Submit your goal for changing the world for a chance to win scholarship funds
Possible Funding: $100,000
Essays: 350 characters describing your goal, and potentially a video

This is just the tip of the iceberg.  Check sites like Collegeboard.com, FastWeb.com, Scholarships.com, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s free scholarship search, and talk to your high school's guidance counselor and individual colleges' financial aid offices to find scholarships that might be right for you.

Several scholarships, and even a few of the above, have submission deadlines that are approaching as soon as this month, so, especially if you’re a high school senior, take a look if you haven’t already.

We look forward to working with you on your scholarship application essays!

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