(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.
Looking for college scholarships?
Have you visited the Scholarship and Financial Aid Information pages
of the colleges you are interested in attending?
Have you considered searching on a national scholarship search engine?
Visit the following links to find the scholarships that are right for you!www.scholarshipsgrants.us/
AED Superstore Scholarship
AED Superstore is a nationwide distributor of automated external defibrillators and related accessories dedicated to increasing awareness and education around CPR and AEDs. AED Superstore is located in northern Wisconsin and operates under Allied 100, LLC. AED Superstore is offering a bi-annual scholarship of $1,000 to eligible students.
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurring out of hospital claims over 326,000 lives each year, but still, many people are unaware of the dangers of this condition. Here are six other facts about SCA and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) you might not be aware of:
- SCA can happen to anyone, at any time, regardless of age, race, or gender.
- SCA affects roughly 16 people under the age of 18 every day.
- Only 1 out of 10 people who have SCA outside of a hospital survive.
- The survival rate for SCA victims decays by 10% for every minute without proper
defibrillation; after 10 minutes, survival is negligible.
- AEDs have voice prompts and will talk the rescuer through every step.
- Under Good Samaritan Laws, voluntary rescuers are legally protected when aiding those in sudden cardiac arrest distress.
Select one of these six facts you were previously unaware of (and maybe shocked you!) or you wished more people knew about (if you already knew about all of these facts) and submit either a short essay or video which answers the following prompt:
For your chosen fact, address each of the following points:
- Tell us which fact you’re choosing, starting with “I didn’t know that…” or “I wish more people knew…”
- Recount your reaction to learning the fact
- Give us an example of how you might spread awareness at your school or in your community (and please be more creative than making posters)
- Submissions may be written or in video format. Written submissions must be kept under 500 words and videos must be under 3 minutes.
- If sending by email, make sure to use the following document naming format: LastName_FirstName_Fact#
- The deadline for all submissions is November 30, 2017. The next submission deadline will be May 31, 2018.
- To submit your essay or video, please submit our Scholarship Application Form. You can also email an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the name of the college you’re attending. If you are unsure of which college you might be attending, please indicate this with TBD.
- Winner will be selected and notified by January 1, 2018. We have reviewed all of the submissions received during our last scholarship period (which ended May 31, 2017) and our winner has been announced: read about our last winner here!
The creators of the “Student Award Search Aid” website are offering a scholarship for 2018.
Please visit our website at http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm to read about us and to apply for our scholarship. While you’re there, please browse through the rest of the site to learn more about applying for scholarships.
The deadline for applications is May 22, 2018 Amount of Scholarship: $1,000
BBB’s Center for Character Ethics 2018 Student of Integrity Scholarship
Award Amount: This year we are awarding SEVEN scholarships to graduating high school seniors which range from $1000-$3500. This includes TWO CTAE-specific scholarships for those students who want to choose a technical path.
Eligibility: Graduating High School Senior. Students must attend an accredited high school or home-school in one of the following counties: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Elbert, Fayette, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Hart, Henry, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Rabun, Rockdale, Spalding, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walton and White Counties. Deadline - Must be received on or before the 3rd of January 2018
How do you apply?
*Entries must be completed online http://go.bbb.org/atl-scholarship-form to be considered.
Boston University Scholarships http://www.bu.edu/admissions/apply/costs-aid-scholarships/scholarships/
Trustee Scholarship--Boston University's most prestigious full-tuition scholarship recognizes extraordinary academic performance and leadership ability. Students must submit an essay and be nominated by their principal or headmaster.
Presidential Scholarship--This $20,000 renewable tuition scholarship is awarded to students with exceptional academic achievements. No additional essays or nominations are required--all students need to do to be considered is apply for admission by: Deadline December 1, 2017
Deadline: October 31, 2017
The Coca-Cola Scholars program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.
Applicants must be:
- Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools)
- U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees
- Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application
- 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
Applicants may not be:
- Children or grandchildren of employees, officers or owners of Coca-Cola bottling companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Company divisions or subsidiaries.
- DACA students
- International students (with the exception of students at DoD schools)
- High school graduates
- Temporary residents
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) www.thefire.org/contests
FIRE defends civil liberties on behalf of thousands of students and faculty members on our nation’s college campuses. FIRE announces an essay contest open to all college-bound high school junior and seniors enrolled in an American high school. The essay must be 800-1,000 words. Students may enter online. One $10,000 first prize, one $5,000 second prize, and three $1,000 runner-up prizes will be awarded for the best essays. Four $500 winners will be chosen from the remaining entrants in a drawing. Deadline December 31, 2017
Georgia Southern Scholarships
Georgia Southern offers many academic scholarships to help high-achieving students cover their expenses. We offer three different tiers of scholarships, each with their own interview event. To be competitive, students should have the following test scores and a strong GPA.
- Southern Scholars Showcase: 1360+ SAT or a 29+ composite ACT
- Scholars' Day: 1270+ SAT or 27+ composite ACT
- Southern Leaders Conference & Interview Day: 1170+ SAT or a 24+ composite ACT
All scholarship events are by invitation only, so please encourage qualified students to complete the MyScholarships application. Please note, students must apply for admission to submit the application and they must be accepted to Georgia Southern’s Statesboro campus for scholarship consideration. The priority deadline to apply for scholarships for the Georgia Southern Statesboro campus is November 1, 2017, and the final deadline is February 1, 2018.
Engineering Scholarship Invitation from Mercer University
The Mercer University School of Engineering is pleased to once again invite seniors from your school to apply for our annual Scholarship Challenge at our Macon, Georgia campus on Saturday, November 11, 2017. We plan to award valuable scholarships this fall to high school seniors who are interested in Mercer’s engineering, industrial management and technical communications program. More information about Mercer Engineering is available at engineering.mercer.edu. The Scholarship Challenge is a day where we meet with these students to show them our campus, our labs and technology, and give them an opportunity to meet with our faculty and students. We use a design problem or a test of math skills to help us make scholarship recommendations. Your students do not need to have applied to Mercer – this event is open to any high school senior!
SeniorAdvisor.com Fourth Annual Scholarship Opportunity
SeniorAdvisor.com: Future of Assisted Living Scholarship. Three $2,000 scholarships available to students enrolled in an associate's degree, bachelor's degree or graduate level program at an accredited 2-year college or 4-year university. Each eligible student must submit a 500-750 word essay response to the question: How can your major of study improve the lives of seniors in assisted living facilities in your town? Deadline is December 31, 2017. Scholarship award recipients will be announced January 31, 2018.
Essay topic and scholarship details can be found on the SeniorAdvisor.com Assisted Living page. This is an annual scholarship and will be offered every year.
SIXTEENTH ANNUAL NATIONAL CO-OP SCHOLARSHIP
160 merit scholarships totaling $4.2 million. Apply online at www.waceing.org. You must apply to one of the 9 partner institutions listed on the website. Deadline is February 15, 2018.
Unigo Scholarhsips www.unigo.com
Eligibility: U.S. high school or college students attending a U.S. high school or college who are 18 or older and will be enrolled in a study abroad program on or before March 31, 2019.
How to apply: Write an essay of 250 words or less about why you want to study abroad.
Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship http://www.atlantatai.org/
The Atlanta Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (ACTAI) would like to invite your students to participate in our annual national scholarship program for high school seniors. Students may apply for one of a group of forty $1,500.00 academic scholarships to a college of their choosing. By the TAI National Chapter guidelines, the Atlanta Chapter may submit the scholarship applications of five (5) local area students. Each applicant will be eligible for the final award of one of the scholarships.
We are seeking 1 or 2 students from your school, who in turn, will be screened by our local Education and Youth Committee. A decision will be made to determine if the student(s) will be qualified to be included in the group of five students whose applications will be forwarded to our National Scholarship Committee. If necessary, please feel free to make copies of the attached application for distribution to additional eligible students.
Please note as stated on the application, January 26, 2018 is the date the application packet for each student should be received. However, ACTAI requests that the packet be submitted by Friday, January 5, 2018 (the earlier date will assist us in timely reviewing and processing of the applications.) See Mrs. Dunn for an application.
WACE National Co-op Scholarship Program http://www.waceinc.org/
INSTRUCTIONS: Please complete the National Co-op Scholarship Program Application including a (200 word) essay describing why you have chosen to pursue a college cooperative education program.
To qualify for this scholarship, students must:
• Have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale
• Apply for the 2018-2019 academic year at one of the WACE Partner Institutions listed.
WACE encourages minority and female students as well as students interested in science, mathematics, engineering and technology (SMET) to apply for this merit co-op scholarship. We do not require transcripts or recommendations. (Please do not send.)
The application deadlines are different for each institution