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(The following is a summary of a bulletin published by The College Board.)
Hundreds of scholarship services are on the market, but many are scams. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns students to beware if the scholarship service:
- Guarantees that a student has won a scholarship
- Pledges that this scholarship is not available anywhere else
- Requests a credit card or bank account number so that they can hold the scholarship for the student
- Promises that the service will do all the application work
- Requests payment before they give the scholarship
- Claims “a national foundation has selected you to receive a scholarship” or “you are a finalist” in a contest the student never entered
- Offers membership in a “club” that guarantees funds for college
Scholarship scams usually have a particular set of characteristics. Watch out for these warning signs:
- Application fees
- Other fees
- Guaranteed winnings
- Everybody is eligible
- Unsolicited opportunities
- Typing and spelling errors
- No telephone number
- Mail drop for a return address
- Operating out of a residence
- Masquerading as a federal agency
- Time pressure
- Unusual requests for personal information
- Notification by phone
- High success rates
- Disguised advertising
- A newly-formed company
Steps for Getting a Scholarship
1. START EARLY
- The more time you give yourself, the more successful your search will be.
- If possible, start the process at least two years before you need the aid.
- Always remember that you should apply for scholarships about a year before you will actually receive the aid.
2. GET INVOLVED
- Often scholarships are awarded to students who are involved in activities both in school and out of school. A well–rounded student has a great opportunity of receiving scholarships.
- Many clubs and organizations have scholarships associated with them. Doing your research in the beginning may help you obtain more scholarships.
3. DO RESEARCH
- Figure out what makes you a special individual. This could include such things as academics, community service, athletics or your family background.
- Consider unique circumstances or conditions that might make you eligible for aid such as being a foster child, having asthma, being a single parent or having a disability.
- Scholarship opportunities can be found in many places including financial aid offices, libraries, local civic organizations, your (or your parents’) employers, local businesses, your high school guidance counselor’s office, the Internet and/or Student Outreach Services (call 1-888-2-outreach).
4. SEND AWAY FOR APPLICATIONS AND INFORMATION
- After you collect all of the information about the scholarships for which you are interested in applying, you will need to contact the organization.
- Most organizations will require that you contact them via regular mail or internet to request applications and other pertinent information. Some organizations will give potential applicants their phone numbers and email addresses to expedite the request information.
- Give the organization ample time to send you the necessary paperwork. Be aware of all deadlines associated with applying.
- Once you receive the application and understand all of the information that you are expected to send to the organization, apply for the scholarship.
- Information required from most organizations will include a completed application, an essay, recommendations, and/or a resume. Make sure you have given yourself plenty of time to gather all of the required information.
- Most scholarships have deadlines for applying. You may want to keep a calendar with all of the deadlines listed so that you do not let any expire.
- Before you send in your completed application, make sure to double check for spelling and grammar errors. Put your best effort forward, be neat and organized –First impressions count!
- Remember that the application process takes time and it could be months before you are notified of any awards. It’s not uncommon for there to be no follow-up correspondence from the organization, as they receive numerous applications.
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Visit the following links to find the scholarships that are right for you!
Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program
Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program for the 12th year.
We will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year.
Scholarship Deadline - June 14, 2019.
Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site: http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm
Full details are available on our site.
One lucky student will win a $40,000 Scholarship + a bonus $5,000 Tech Package!Eligible sophomores and juniors that register for the April, June, or July, 2019 US national test date (and opt-in to the giveaway during registration) has a chance to win the scholarship. It’s just that easy! Eligible students may also enter by mail.*
Go to act.org/ACTScholarshipGiveaway to learn more.
Amanda's Hope Scholarship
The mission of Amanda's Hope is to continue Amanda's legacy of faithful service to others by providing scholarship opportunities to students directly impacted by cancer and blood disorders. The purpose of this scholarship is to enable college or technical school bound students to move forward with their educational plans in spite of financial struggles caused by treatment of cancer and bone marrow failure diseases.
To apply for a scholarship, you must provide the following:
- Essay describing your experience with cancer and your future plans.
Two letters of recommendation from someone other than family. At least one letter should be from teacher or school administrator.
Attend school in either Fayette or Floyd County in Georgia.
Deadline for 2019 applications is May 1.
Atlanta Southern Crescent Alumnae Panhellenic Association
Please to announce the offering of one $1000 cash scholarship to be awarded to a female high school student who is a resident of the Southern Crescent area and who will attend an accredited four-year college in Fall in 2019. They are looking for applicants who have a solid, all around resume and at least a 3.45 unweighted GPA. Please see Mrs. Dunn for an application in Guidance.
Deadline April 29, 2019
Congressman David Scott Congressional Black Caucus (CBCF) Foundation.
CBC Spouses Educational Scholarship – awards for African-American or Black students pursuing an associates, undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees in Public Affairs, Mass Communications, African-American Studies, Legislative Affairs, Pre-Law, Criminal Justice, American History and/or Juris Doctor. (Deadline: April 30, 2019)
- CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship – established in honor of the late Curtis Mayfield to assist African-American or Black students pursuing performing arts careers. (Deadline: April 30, 2019)
- CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship – awards for African-American or Black students who are pursuing a degree in the visual arts. (Deadline: March 31, 2019)
- United Health Foundation Louis Stokes Scholarship – awards for African-American or Black students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a health-related field. (Deadline: April 30, 2019)
To apply for these scholarships, students must go online to obtain an application and eligibility requirements at www.cbcfinc.org/scholarships.
Dreams To Kings and Queens ScholarshipThis scholarship is intended to help students have a chance at pursuing a college education and accomplishing their dreams. There will be (2) $500 scholarships and (2) $250 scholarships awarded.Eligibility requirements for this scholarship include:
To apply for this scholarship students must go to https://www.
- Must be a graduating high school senior (in the state of Georgia)
- GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Be accepted to and prepared to attend an accredited university/college
dreamstokingsandqueens.com/ scholarship-giveawayStudents can submit essays until April 5, 2019.
The East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc
The East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is pleased to announce its annual May Week Teen Forum Scholarship Competition. Applicants will be asked to prepare an oratorical presentation based on the enclosed questions. Prior to the presentation, the Scholarship Committee must receive an outline of the applicant’s presentation. Registration forms and presentation outlines must be received by May 3rd , 2019. Please submit both the registration form and the outline to the Scholarship Committee via email at email@example.com. Presentations will be made on Saturday, May 11th, beginning at 10:00 am, at North Clayton Middle School.
Scholarships will be awarded in the following manner: 1st Place - $1,200, 2nd Place - $1,000, and 3rd Place - $800. The scholarship prizes will be disbursed upon verification of enrollment from a college or university. Verification entails a completed enrollment form with the registrar’s signature and official seal of the institution.
All registration forms and outlines must be received by the May 3rd deadline. Upon receipt of the required information, a confirmation email will be sent. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rhonda Holliday or Alissa Terrell, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GDA David Skinner Scholarship 2019-2020A scholarship that is available for students who are pursuing a career in AGRICULTURE.
The deadline for having the application submitted is May 6. To apply for this scholarship by visiting our website at www.gdaonline.comand clicking on “scholarships”. From there read the requirements and print the application. There is an option for online submission, BUT there is no option to save and complete later. This means once you start, you must complete or you will have to start all over if there is a distraction or loss of service.
The website does state the amount of the scholarship is $1,200.00 but we have increased that amount to $2,400.00.
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Our scholarships are for children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen pursuing a post-secondary education at any accredited school—whether that be a career training or trade school, community college, or four-year university. Our scholarships are need-based, and we award scholarships to every eligible applicant.
Please contact us at (571) 386-2642 or email@example.com.
National Pan-Hellenic Council of Greater Atlanta, also known as the NPHC
The NPHC of Greater Atlanta is looking to award three $500 scholarships to deserving graduating high school seniors. Completed applications must be submitted by May 1, 2019 and recipients will be notified by May 15, 2019 via email and telephone. More information on the scholarship and the application can be found at https://form.jotform.com/
The Newnan-Fairburn Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is happy to announce our Spring 2019 scholarship opportunities for students in our service area.
The Harold Williams Memorial Scholarship $1,500 Reward (1 recipient will be awarded) The Newnan-Fairburn Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship $1,000 Reward (5 recipients will be awarded) Please direct all questions in reference to the scholarships offered by the Newnan-Fairburn Alumni Chapter by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. citizen or permanent resident of United States 3.0 GPA or higher (4.0 Scale) High school senior who will matriculate full-time at a U.S. accredited Historically Black College or University beginning in the Fall of 2018. Has demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in athletic completion, community services and other extra-curricular activities.
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident of United States Male, High School Senior who will matriculate to a college during the fall of this year. Reside in NFAC’s Service Area (Coweta, South Fulton Counties) 2.75 GPA or higher (4.0 Scale) Demonstrate leadership and community activities
Application and supporting documents should be mailed to: Newnan-Fairburn Kappa Alpha Psi ATTN: Scholarship Committee Post Office Box 71871 Newnan, GA 30271
Revive Life College Scholarship
We're offering two $750 awards per year to two different students (one student in the summer and a second in the winter). It's really easy to apply!More info here: https://www.revive.life/
- Students must submit an essay or video regarding how they'd help drive awareness of the importance of performing CPR and using an AED/defibrillator in cases of sudden cardiac arrest (the biggest killer in the US each year!)
Street Angels Scholars
We have decided to assist three individuals in their pursuit of higher education by providing educational funding. This year, we will award a total of three awards in the amounts of $1000, $750 and $500.
Criteria: • Applicant must be a freshman entering a four-year college or university in 2018- 2019 • Applicant or a relative by blood or marriage must be a licensed motorcycle rider in the state of Georgia • Applicant must be a resident of Georgia • Applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale • Applicant must provide an official transcript with the application packet • Applicant must provide one letter of recommendation with the application packet; this letter must be from an educator or guidance counselor at the applicant’s school • Applicant must provide proof of community service with the application packet • Applicant must submit a 500 word essay (see application) • Finalists must appear in Atlanta or via videoconference for an interview • If selected, finalists will be notified via telephone, email, and/or U.S. mail
This year, you may also apply online at www.street-angels.com/sascholars.
One $20,000 Financial Genius Scholarship will be awarded. Additional prizes are available at $10,000 and $5,000. All awards are provided on a one-time basis and are non-renewable.
Six awards offered annually.
The U.S. Bank has sole responsibility for selecting the recipients and all decisions by the U.S. Bank are final. The applicant must be enrolled in school by September. It is the recipient's obligation to inform U.S. Bank which school he/she will be attending and about any changes in circumstance that would render the recipient ineligible to claim the scholarship award. Scholarship award recipients have no obligation to U.S. Bank, and scholarship awards are given without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, disability or national origin.
Applications are available on the U.S. Bank website. Students may apply online or submit a 3 x 5 inch card with their full name, complete home address, day and evening phone numbers, email address ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.
VOLT Lighting Outreach
Women’s Excellence in Education - Scholarship Award - $400
VOLT Lighting is proud to offer its first scholarship specifically for women! Offered bi-annually to women residing all across the United States.
No Fee to Apply!
Eligibility Requirements Are as Follows
- Applicants must be female and have earned less than $30,000 during the previous calendar year.
- Applicants must have an active email address i.e. yahoo, Gmail or an email address issued to the student by their respective high school, college or university.
- Applicants must be a full-time high school student or enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program (part-time or full-time). Students attending technical institutions also qualify.
- Applicants must be between the ages of 16 – 25.
Essay Topics to Choose From
Applicants must submit an original, high-quality essay about one of the following topics:
- Describe your long- and short-term goals.
- Describe a female role model in your life. What influences have they made on you?
- Discuss a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart.
- Describe the meaning of success from your point of view. What kind of goals must you meet to be successful in your opinion?
The scholarship is offered bi-annually from April 1 – July 31, 2018 and September 1 – December 31, 2018. There are two opportunities to apply per year with deadlines as follows:
- July 31, 2018
- December 31, 2018