SCHOLARSHIPS! SCHOLARSHIPS!Finding scholarships, summer programs, and career information can be quite the chaotic challenge; however, we have provided a kick start to the process. Click here to check out some underclassmen scholarships, summer programs, and career information: Underclassmen scholarships, summer programs, and career informationOther scholarships:Florida A&M University (FAMU) National Alumni Association Metro Atlanta Scholarship
Florida A&M University (FAMU) is now receiving applications for the 2021 FAMU National Alumni Association Metro Atlanta Scholarship. Please access the form here. The deadline is January 30, 2021. Please spread the word and do not let your high seniors overlook this fabulous opportunity! Application: https://form.jotform.com/203024266432142
The Metro Atlanta chapter of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association is a nonprofit organization. For over 30 years, it has served as the official representative of FAMU in the Atlanta area. Each year, the association awards scholarships to Metro-Atlanta high school students who will attend FAMU. These scholarships are non-renewable and start at $1000.
• Metro-Atlanta high school senior, enrolling at FAMU for the fall semester
• Minimum SAT score of 1170 or ACT score of 26
• Minimum 3.3 (4.0 scale) grade point average
• Completed application packageElks National Foundation Scholarship Programs:
Please set your email account to allow emails from @carsonscholars.org and @email.zenginehq.com to prevent important emails from going into your spam folder. Visit our website to learn more about the entire online process and what your student will need to do once nominated. The Educators page and Prospective Scholars page are also resources that may prove helpful.
The 2021 Carson Scholars Program nomination form and scholarship application are now available!
Our scholarship program is open to students in grades 4 through 11 who have a 3.75 or higher GPA for the current school year and are involved in community service activities. You may find it helpful to view our Nomination Tips and Essay Questions as you move through the process of selecting your school’s nominee.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you determine your school’s nominee:
- Only one student from your school may be nominated for this award (unless otherwise told by a CSF staff member).
- Other educators at your school may also have access to the nomination form – still only one student may be nominated.
- The nominated student cannot have won a Carson scholarship in the past.
After you have reviewed our Nomination Rules and Policies and a student has been selected for the nomination, please complete the Nomination Form. The nomination form asks for your nominee’s contact information, GPA, and your school information. After submitting your nomination, you will receive a confirmation email stating that it was received. If your nomination is approved, you will receive a copy of the same email that your student receives. This email will contain a link to the complete online application. Please make sure that your student receives this email as sometimes our emails are filtered into spam folders.
Please note that nominating a student is not a guarantee of an award. Additionally, the sooner you nominate a student the longer he/she will have to complete the application. Please review our GPA Calculation Rules before deciding on a nominee as they may differ from how you regularly calculate GPAs. If your school utilizes standards-based grading, or any other unique grading system, a school official must provide the applicant with a letter (on official school letterhead) that estimates what the student's GPA would translate to using our traditional grading scale. This letter should be submitted with the application along with an official current year report card. The student's application will be disqualified if he/she does not meet our GPA requirement.
Here is an overview of the application process:
Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship
- The school nominates a student by completing the online nomination form. Deadline: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 8:00 pm Eastern time (ET).
- The nominated student completes the online application. The application includes submission of an essay, report card, biographical information, community service details and (online) teacher recommendation. Application deadline: Friday, January 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm ET.
- The principal will verify the student’s application. Principal verification is done on a rolling basis. Shortly after the student submits his/her application, the principal will receive an email asking him/her to verify that the nominee’s application has been completed honestly. Deadline: Friday, January 22, 2021 at 8:00 pm ET.
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. With the 32nd class in 2020, the Foundation has provided over 6,300 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $72 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. Our application is open! https://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/apply/ High school seniors can apply here.2021 Prudential Spirits of Community Award
Are you a middle level or high school student making a difference through volunteering? Apply today for national recognition, a scholarship and an invitation to the program's national recognition events!
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.
Applications are now open for 2021 awards. Here's how it works:
- Due date: By November 10, 2020, students must submit their completed applications, and signed student/parent agreements, to a certifier. (Certifiers can be school principals or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or a Points of Light Global Network member.)
- By November 20, 2020, certifiers select and certify top applicants for state level judging.
- On February 9, 2021, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards announces state-level winners for 2021.
Application information:https://spirit.prudential.com/apply/2021Heisman High School ScholarshipThe Heisman Trophy Trust teams up with Acceptance Insurance to present the Heisman High School Scholarship.
Encourage your senior scholar-athletes to apply for the Heisman High School Scholarship. The 2020 application is now open.
The Heisman Trophy Trust and Acceptance Insurance, a leading provider of personal automobile insurance and other related products, today announced a new partnership between the two organizations to recognize high school student-athletes throughout the country for their academic and athletic achievements as well as their community service. As part of the partnership, Acceptance Insurance will serve as the presenting sponsor of the Heisman High School Scholarship program. To learn more, read the full press release: https://heismanscholarship.com/acceptance-insurance/Scholarship for Education and Training in Law Enforcement
The SSC Law Enforcement Leadership Scholarship is for current and future leaders to further their education and training to positively impact their careers within multiple areas of law enforcement with the aid of a $2500 scholarship from SSC SServices for Education.
Deadline: October 12, 2020
Voice of Democracy 20-21
Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, more than 51,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1.9 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.
The national first place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements, and download the 2020-21 entry form application, as all student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31.
The 2020-21 theme is: Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?
Deadline: October 31, 2020
Foundation Fellowship and Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship application is open and closes on November 1. Your top students should check it out and submit an application! Visit thei website to find out more information. https://www.admissions.uga.edu/afford/scholarships/
Drew Ragland is the president and Founder of the 5 Strong Scholarship Foundation, Inc. 5 Strong partners with a select group of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to provide full tuition scholarships and ongoing mentor-ship and support to promising student leaders from the Metropolitan Atlanta Area from “Matriculation to Graduation.” 5 Strong currently has 82 scholars on 9 different HBCU campuses on full tuition scholarships. Our first cohort of seniors will be graduating in Fall 2020. Please click here for additional information: 5 Strong Scholarships
When time permits, please go to our website to learn more about 5 Strong (5strongscholars.org). We also have very active Facebook and Instagram Pages that feature our scholars.Additional Scholarship Information
Finding scholarships can be quite the chaotic challenge; however, we have provided a kick start to the process. Need tips on how to write a college essay? Check out these sites:
There are several types of financial aid: grants, scholarships, work study jobs, loans, aid for military families, and aid for international study. To obtain any of these forms of financial aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on the types of financial aid and how to complete the FAFSA, please review the website: Federal Student Aid
Need a guide to help you complete the FAFSA, there is a step by step process just for you: FAFSA Application Completion
Check out scholarships and colleges by creating an account on the following sites:
Scholarships for Undocumented StudentsGeneral Information
- Scholar Snapp - A free, simple to use data standard that allows students to reuse their application information - including contact information, essays, transcripts, etc. - from one scholarship application to another thereby streamlining the college scholarship application process.
- Career One Stop- Search more than 8,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities.
- Scholly – A mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college. (Created by Christopher Gray, a Coca-Cola Scholar!)
- Peerlift - Proven scholarships, internships, summer programs, and more gathered by fellow students like you. (Founded by a team of 2017 Coca-Cola Scholars!) Learn more about the creation of Peerlift.
- Fastweb – Create a profile and let fastweb do the research on scholarships, internships colleges and more for you.
- Questbridge- The National College Match: Are you a low-income high school senior who has excelled academically, but feels that the nation’s best colleges are financially out of reach? The QuestBridge National College Match can be your pathway to a top college. Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship from the college
- CashCourse – Information that helps college students stay financially informed.
- Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation – Educational and scholarship opportunities for students of all levels.
- Cappex – A free website where you can learn which colleges want you, before you apply and learn about more than $11 billion in merit aid scholarships.
- Scholarships.com– A free college scholarship search and financial aid information.
- Scholarship America – Provides information and resources for your scholarship search.
- KnowHow2GO – Complete information on college prep, whether in middle school or seniors.
- HS Finder (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) – Scholarship information for Latino students.
- Thurgood Marshall College Fund – Provides scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
- Gates Millennium Scholars – Provides outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.
- Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund – The nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
- American Indian College Fund – Provides Native American students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities.
- Dell Scholars Program – Recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance.
- UNCF – Awards 10,000 students each year through 400 scholarship and internship programs so that students from low- and moderate-income families can afford college tuition, books and room and board.
- Chegg – A place to connect with scholarships and learn about colleges.
- Reagan Foundation Scholarships - Scholarship opportunities for outstanding student leaders.
- Goizueta Legacy Scholarship - Provides scholarships for the children of Coca-Cola employees.
- American Indian Graduate Center & AIGCS - The largest scholarship providers to Native students in the United States, awarding $15 million in scholarships annually and more than $200 million since inception. For almost 50 years, AIGC has funded students pursing undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in any field of study at any accredited institution of choice, working with over 500 tribes in all 50 states.
- The NSHSS Foundation - The NSHSS Foundation fosters the growth of students pursuing the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), business, economics, public policy, and environmental science and sustainability fields. Through special programs, including the NSHSS Honor Society, the NSHSS Foundation connects young scholars with additional opportunities to advance their education, personal growth and career interests.
SUMMER PROGRAMSAccording to College Express, Pre-college summer programs allow high school students to get a taste of college life, preview their dream schools, and give a boost to their college applications. Many colleges and universities offer summer programs, such as Boston University's Summer Challenge Program, Brown University's Summer @Brown, and Stevens Institute of Technology's Business Program. It may be tempting to spend the entire summer at the beach or by the pool (and you certainly should do a little of that!), but why not use some of your free time to learn something new and make yourself a more attractive candidate for admission? In case you need convincing, here are just a few of the benefits of spending some of your summer on a college campus. College Express lists 5 reasons to engage in a summer program: (1) gift of time; (2) gift of space; (3) gift of attention; (4) a chance to learn the lay of the land; and (5) a chance to meet new people.CAREER INFORMATIONChoosing a career can be challenging! Attempt to focus on your aspirations, interests, and what problems you want to solve in the world. Taking career inventories and career interests surveys can assist, such as the inventories conducted in elementary, middle, and high school. Some additional career assessments can be located on your student's GCIS account in Infinite Campus. Click here to review the report by the U.S. News which ranks the 2019 best jobs.
- FinAid – Links to scholarships, grants, loans, and graduate aid.
- StudentAid.gov – Information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
- College Affordability Guide – This site’s mission is to provide clear, correct info and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree, and to offer a fresh analysis of which colleges are doing the most to make high-quality education affordable.