(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!
ACT Student Champion Scholarship
The ACT Student Champion Award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place.
ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, and state-level recognition.
Please encourage students in the graduating class of 2019 who have taken the ACT who fit the following criteria to apply:
- High school seniors who have overcome challenges and can articulate their education and/or career actions
- At a minimum students must have a composite ACT score of 22 on a single test date OR a Gold ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate®
Applications can be found www.act.org/readinesschampions
. Applications are due October 31, 2018, and champions will be notified on or before January 31, 2019.
All questions may be directed to email@example.com.
Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/leadersandachievers
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program recognizes high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills. We provide these scholarships to give young people the opportunity to continue their education to better compete in tomorrow’s workplace.
Applicants to the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program must:
- Have a demonstrated commitment to community service, outstanding qualities in character, integrity and leadership
- Be enrolled as a high school senior
- Reside in one of the communities listed on the program website
- Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2019- 2020 academic year
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
- Demonstrate financial need
All scholarship application materials must be submitted by December 7, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST, in order to be considered.
Davidson College Scholarships
THE BELK SCHOLARSHIP
The John M. Belk Scholarship, Davidson’s flagship merit program, covers the comprehensive costs of attending Davidson (room, board, tuition and fees) – valued in 2018-19 at over $65,000.
Belk Scholars are game changers – recognized for outstanding intellectual ability, leadership skill, commitment to service, personal vigor, and potential for impact.
- Nomination Deadline (your school may nominate one or two students) – November 9, 2018.
- Nominees’ Admission Application Deadline – December 3, 2018.
THE BRYAN SCHOLARSHIP
The Lowell Bryan Scholarships are offered to two scholar-athletes (one woman and one man) in each entering class and valued at $35,000 annually.
Bryan Scholars are chosen on the basis of academic and personal excellence and potential for impact in their sport in Davidson’s NCAA Division I athletic program.
- Nomination Deadline (your school may nominate up to three students) – September 20, 2018.
- Nominees’ Admission Application Deadline – must be completed and received in our office no later than 5:00 p.m., October 15, 2018.
Finalists will participate in selection interviews on campus on October 28, 2018.
GA State University Scholarship
We at the Honors College at Georgia State University want to let you know that we have moved up the application deadline for our Presidential Scholarship to November 15, 2018.
The earlier Presidential Scholarship deadline means that prospective students must also apply to Georgia State University by November 9, 2018 to be eligible for scholarship consideration.
As you may know, our competitive Presidential Scholarship program recognizes incoming university freshmen who were leaders in their high schools with superior academic achievement, a commitment to service and inspiring personal qualities. The Class of 2022 Presidential Scholars boasted an average SAT score of 1431, ACT score of 32.5, GPA of 3.96.
In addition to participating in an engaging, selective college community amidst the vast opportunities of a large and evolving public research university, our Presidential Scholars receive competitive financial benefits, including:
- Cost of tuition (through HOPE/ZELL for GA residents)
- Cost of mandatory student fees
- Cost of housing
- A yearly living expense stipend
- A one-time $2500 stipend for credit-bearing study abroad expenses
- Opportunity to compete for a paid University Assistantship where students work on special projects or research in an academic department
This award totals anywhere from $12,244 to $23,474 per year depending on in/out-of-state student status and University Assistantship participation.
The Society of Torch & Laurel
Want to spend a Semester at Sea? Applications for the Spring 2019 Semester at Sea Scholarship are now open! One Torch & Laurel Scholar will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship. Learn more about our Partner Semester at Sea.
Apply for the scholarship here by October 4.
Open Scholarship: The 2018 Lilly Jellinek Rossi Award
The Society of Torch & Laurel will provide one (1) $5,000 scholarship and two (2) $2,500 scholarships to new Torch & Laurel Scholars who attended the 2018 Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders.
If you attended the 2018 Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders apply here by September 27.
The Society of Torch & Laurel will also provide one (1) $5,000 scholarship and two (2) $2,500 scholarships to new Torch & Laurel Scholars who attended the 2018 Congress of Future Medical Leaders.
If you attended the 2018 Congress of Future Medical Leaders apply hereby September 27.
In order to be eligible to apply for scholarships with The Society of Torch & Laurel, you must fill out your Torch & Laurel Profile. If you have not already done so, click here to update your Torch & Laurel Profile
Global Citizen Year Award
Global Citizen Year, an immersive gap year program, is seeking bold leaders like you - eager to make a difference in the world and to make college count. Apply now to join Global Citizen Year! Parents: watch this video to learn more about why your son or daughter should consider a gap year.
The Student of Integrity Scholarship Program
This is an annual competition that recognizes six high school seniors who personify high ethical standards, as demonstrated through leadership, community service, personal integrity and academic accomplishments. Each year we give six $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors.
Students must attend an accredited high 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. *All above information can also be found on BBB Atlanta’s website at http://www.bbb.org/atlanta/center-for-character-ethics/programs/future-leaders-programs/student-of-integrity-scholarships/.
Entries must be submitted online by December 14, 2018 no later than 11:59pm.
UNIGO $10K SCHOLARSHIP www.unigo.com
Imagine a historical figure is brought back to life. Who is it? What's their favorite mobile app?
- Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
- Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
- Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2024) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education
Submit an online written response to the question:
"Imagine a historical figure is brought back to life. Who is it? What's their favorite mobile app?" (250 words or less)
The Unigo $10K Scholarship winner will be notified by email or phone on or around March 31, 2019.
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