Submitted by Perry L. Newell, Funding College Project.
Watching her brother use his Cheat Sheet while playing a video game was the inspiration needed by Maryam Tsegaye, Canada, Physics, Winner: 2020 Breakthrough Junior Challenge.
The Award Total Package may include funds for student, school and teacher. All one has to do is explain a big idea as outlined and submit a short video.
We provide access to a number of scholarships and awards each month at: www.educatingouryouth.org
Breakthrough Junior Challenge – Sponsor: Breakthrough Prize Foundation – Amount: Up to $250,000 – Closing Date: See Timeline – Description: Competition is open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 years of age. Applicant must explain a big scientific idea in fundamental physics, life sciences or mathematics with a short video (three minutes maximum). youtu.be/vg2rnjZ19PY or breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org/
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THE GATES SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS – The Gates Scholarship will fund 300 students per year, starting with 2018, totaling 3,000 students over the life of the program. With the launch of this program in 2017, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation continues its long-standing commitment to helping outstanding minority students who come from low-income backgrounds realize their maximum potential.
This prestigious scholarship program is based on evidence that by eliminating the financial barriers to college, a last-dollar scholarship can enable high-potential, low-income minority students to excel in their course work, graduate college, and continue to be leaders throughout their lives.
In addition to funding, The Gates Scholarship will provide further support to Scholars, by engaging with them and their institutions in a variety of ways, to ensure they have access to the resources and services they need, from their first to last day of classes, through graduation and the transition to their chosen careers. Learn More: www.thegatesscholarship.org/scholarship
THE CHILDREN’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND, expands educational opportunity, providing scholarships to families in need to attend the K-8 schools that best meet their needs, regardless of their ability to pay or where they live. We also support scholarship programs and reform efforts that help all children get the education they deserve. Learn More: scholarshipfund.org/
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Apply for the Live Your Dream Award – The Live Your Dream Awards offers three levels of cash awards. Eligible applicants can submit their application between August 1 – November 15. A Live Your Dream Awards finalist has the potential receive up to $16,000 to help offset tuition costs, purchase books, get transportation, or find reliable childcare so she can worry less about how to pay her bills and focus on reaching her dreams. The Application Portal is open August 1 – November 15 each year. Learn: www.soroptimist.org/our-work/live-your-dream-awards/apply-for-the-live-your-dream-awards.html
A BETTER CHANCE – Refers academically talented students entering grades 6 through 11 to some of the nation’s finest independent and public schools to be considered for placement. www.abetterchance.org/
OPTIONS AND AWARDS FOR STUDENTS – Elementary school children may not know where they want to go to college or what they want to study but thinking about paying for college can be intimidating for their parents. So, You Want To Go To College, Now What? Grades 6-12: readysetgrad.wa.gov/
THE PRESIDENT’S ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH AWARD (PEYA) recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. www.epa.gov/education/presidents-environmental-youth-award
EXPLORAVISION SCIENCE COMPETITION – Sponsor: Toshiba/NSTA – Amount: Up to $10,000 – Description: Competition is open to students in grades K through 12. Students must work in groups of 2-4 and select a technology that is present in the home, school, and/or community and explore what the technology does, how it works, and how or why it was invented. www.exploravision.org/
The ANGELA AWARD – This award honors one female student in grades 5–8, who is involved in or has a strong connection to science. The award has been established in honor of Gerry Wheeler, Executive Director Emeritus, and his outstanding dedication to NSTA and lifelong commitment to science education. Eligibility: Any female student in grades 5–8 who is a resident of the United States, US Territories, or Canada, and is enrolled in full time public, private, or home school. www.nsta.org/awards-and-recognition-program
INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR ECO-CONSCIOUS YOUTH – Action For Nature (AFN), a U.S.-based non-profit, has sought to recognize and reward young people ages 8-16 who are taking action to solve the world’s tough environmental problems. actionfornature.org/eco-hero–awards
StudentCam is C-SPAN’s annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation.
August 2021 – C-SPAN will launch the updated StudentCam website for the 2022 StudentCam competition to coincide with the beginning of the new school year.
For the 2021/2022 school year, we are asking students in grades 6-12 to create a short (5-6 minute) video documentary on a topic that relates to the competition theme, “How does the federal government impact your life?”
The submission deadline for all entries will be Thursday, January 20, 2022. With cash prizes totaling $100,000 each year, C-SPAN awards prizes to the top 150 student documentaries. If you are a teacher and listed as an adviser on one of the top 50 winning films, you will also receive a cash award. Since 2004, C-SPAN has awarded over $1.2 million dollars in cash prizes to students and teachers. Learn More: www.studentcam.org/
YOUNG SCHOLARS PROGRAM – Offers the most personalized, generous scholarship and educational support to exceptionally promising students from families across the nation who have financial need.
COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – An undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities.
UNDERGRADUATE TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIP – A highly-selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at selective four-year colleges or universities.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded over $222 million in scholarships to over 2,800 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive educational advising and other support services. The Foundation has also provided $115 million in grants to organizations that serve such students. Learn More: www.jkcf.org/
BEYOND DREAMING – SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCE GUIDE – The Beyond HB 1079 Dreaming is a student-run endeavor made possible through collaborations of both college and high school students, higher-education institution support, and dedicated community members who work together towards the common goal of advancing and providing educational opportunities for all students. beyondhb1079.org/
WOMEN’S INDEPENDENCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – Application Deadline: Rolling – Description: Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP) was created in 1999 as a project of The Sunshine Lady Foundation. In 2008, we were spun off from SLF to focus solely on scholarships for survivors of intimate partner abuse. We’re excited to launch the on-line application process this year and are looking forward to your submissions! wispinc.org/
QUESTBRIDGE – REFER A STUDENT connects academically outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to the nation’s best colleges. Referrals help us reach students who may not know that a top college can be affordable — and even free — for students from low-income backgrounds.
The College Prep Scholars Program for high school juniors opens in early February and the application is due in late March. The National College Match for high school seniors opens in late summer and the application is due in late September.
REFER STUDENTS WHO:
- Excel academically by earning primarily A’s in the most challenging courses available and displaying intellectual curiosity and strong writing ability.
- Come from households earning less than $65,000 annually (for a typical family of four), with minimal assets, and often qualify for their school’s free or reduced-price meals.
- Exhibit strong character, as resilience, integrity, and motivation to succeed.
When you refer students to QuestBridge, we will send them information about our programs. You can refer younger students and we will contact them when they become eligible. Referrals are not required to apply and students can opt out of our communications at any time. apply.questbridge.org/register/refer-a-student
ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS SPECIFICALLY FOR LATINOS? The number of Latino students starting college this year has grown. There will be more new students of Latino descent than any other minority group. And while college costs can be too expensive for many students, scholarships are available.
To qualify for scholarship money, Latino students should consider their grade point average (GPA), test scores, and community involvement. These are some of the factors that can help with winning scholarship money. Always check the rules and requirements for scholarships. www.unigo.com/pay-for-college/scholarship/scholarships-for-latinos
The Funding College Project & Cash for Kids are non-commercial activities and have been asked to supply to individuals, groups, newspapers, and community bulletin boards serving the area with information about active honors, awards, scholarships and insightful advice.
THE DREAM AWARD – Who Can Qualify? Applicants for the Dream Award must:
- Be at least 17 years of age.
- Be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident card), or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
- Have received a high school diploma or the equivalent from a U.S. school by September 2021.
- Have completed or expect to successfully complete a minimum of one full year of postsecondary education by June 2022.
- Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at the sophomore year level or higher at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the United States for the entire 2022-23 academic year.
- Be studying to obtain an associate’s or first bachelor’s degree.
- Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
- Demonstrate financial need.
Applications open August 2021: Click below to be notified when applications open in August 2021!
Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship – Scholarship America works directly with students, parents, colleges, businesses and communities to help students fulfill their college dreams. Since it was founded in 1958, Scholarship America has distributed $4.5 billion to more than 2.8 million students … and counting. scholarshipamerica.org/students/browse-scholarships/
THE POSSE VETERANS PROGRAM – The Posse Veterans Program identifies, trains, and supports veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces interested in pursuing bachelor’s degrees at top colleges and universities.
Those accepted into the program attend college as part of a team of veterans—a Veterans Posse. Participants receive training prior to matriculating on campus and mentoring once enrolled. In addition, Posse partner colleges provide veterans in the program with supplemental funding to cover the full cost of tuition. www.possefoundation.org/shaping-the-future/posse-veterans-program
CONGRATS FELLOWS AND GRANTEES! AAUW is excited to announce more than 200 awards and $5 million in funding for fellows and grantees in the award year. These exceptional recipients, who will be notified by email in April, will pursue academic work and lead innovative community projects to empower women and girls. www.aauw.org/resources/programs/fellowships-grants/
VIRTUAL COLLEGE TOURS – COVID-19 doesn’t stop the college process, these virtual college tours. docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sO7pVos0EvK0BvXoMbnyg00K6r7hXbOQE0HNXF4N4eM/edit
REGENERON STS 2022 APPLICATION NOW OPEN – The Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS) is the oldest and one of the most prestigious STEM competitions for high school seniors in the United States and the application for the 2022 Regeneron STS is now open!
“The competition recognizes 300 student scholars and their schools each year and invites 40 student finalists to Washington, DC to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, and meet with notable scientists and government leaders. Each year, Regeneron STS scholars and finalists compete for $3.1 million in awards.” The application deadline is November 10, 2021 at 8:00pm ET. Learn more: sciencetalentsearch.smapply.org/
STUDENT AWARDS – NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS (NASSP) – Honoring accomplished students Principals seek every opportunity to recognize their students’ accomplishments, and NASSP is proud to offer a variety of programs that provide such recognition: National Honor Society Scholarship – NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award – Outstanding Service Project Awards – American Citizenship Awards – President’s Education Awards – NASSP is an organization for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders. www.nassp.org/student-awards/
The Students of Integrity Scholarship is an essay scholarship that recognizes students who personify and communicate ethics in the real world, as demonstrated through community service, personal integrity, and academic accomplishments. This opportunity is open to high school juniors and seniors from Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Western Wyoming. Each winning essay will receive a $2,000 scholarship to the school of their choice.
APPLICATION ASSIGNMENTS – Applying for the Students of Integrity Scholarship includes writing an essay focused on one of this year’s assigned topics. The application deadline may be in April 2022. To see a full breakdown of the scoring timeline, please see our Essay Rules & Regulations or ask for specific information. Learn More: www.trust-bbb.org/scholarship
PRE-REGISTRATION FOR THE 2021 APP CHALLENGE IS LIVE – 2021 CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE – Student sign-up for the 2021 Congressional App Challenge is now open. Eligible students can register. The leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and at the Internet Education Foundation sought to foster an appreciation for computer science and STEM. That year House leadership brought to the floor and overwhelmingly passed House Resolution 77 – Academic Competition Resolution, the Chairwoman of the Committee on House Administration, spoke on the House floor about the need to inspire students to pursue careers in computer science. Learn more: www.congressionalappchallenge.us/
DREAMER… IF YOU’RE A DREAMER, WE CAN HELP YOU GET THE EDUCATION YOU DESERVE – We believe nothing should stand in your way of a college education—not the cost, your immigrant status, or the lack of financial aid. Our scholarships can help you pay for your college education. www.thedream.us
APPRENTICESHIP.GOV – Apprenticeships are another great way to jump-start your career. U.S. Department of Education – College Scorecard. You can use the College Scorecard to find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend. Learn More: www.apprenticeship.gov/apprenticeship-finder
COLLEGE BOARD’S SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH! – Find scholarships, other financial aid, and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion. Enter as much information as possible to find the most matches. bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search
253 PLU BOUND FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP – PLU offers a scholarship for students who are College Bound eligible, attend a high school in Washington state, and have a 3.30 or higher weighted cumulative GPA. Students who qualify will be awarded full tuition for their four years at PLU through a combination of federal, state, PLU grants and scholarships, and the College Bound Scholarship. www.plu.edu/admission-first-year/financial-aid/scholarships/253-plu-bound-scholarships/
THE ACCESS PROGRAMS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND are designed to promote academic excellence and expand college opportunities for Tacoma Public Schools middle and high school students from traditionally underrepresented groups in higher education.
Access Programs are open to students in grades 7 through 12 enrolled in the Tacoma School District who are members of one or more of the following groups:
- first-generation college students
- minoritized groups underrepresented in higher education
- groups with socioeconomic statuses underrepresented in higher education
Access Programs include three types of programs
- Access to College Initiatives: academic-year tutoring/mentoring/academic support and Access Club activities in Tacoma Public Schools middle and secondary schools and Tuesday Night Tutoring and College Access Days on the University of Puget Sound campus
- Summer Academic Challenge: four-week tuition free STEAM based program at the University of Puget Sound campus
- Access Cohort Program: provides financial, academic, and social support to Access Program students who enroll at the University of Puget Sound. www.pugetsound.edu/about/offices-services/access-programs/
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS CAN BE EASY! Filling out all of those scholarship applications can be time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. With Scholar Snapp, apply in a fraction of the time — it’s fast, easy, and free. www.scholarsnapp.org/students/
MICHAEL AND SUSAN DELL FOUNDATION – Amount: $20,000 – Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who have participated in an approved college readiness program (such as AVID, GEAR UP, Upward Bound – see full list on website) in grades 11 and 12. Applicants must have earned a minimum GPA of 2.4 and demonstrate financial need. October 1, 2021 – Application opens – www.dellscholars.org/scholarship/
MINORITY SCHOLARSHIPS – A large percentage of the U.S. college population is composed of minority students from various backgrounds and races, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic and Latinos, Asian and Pacific Islanders, and others.
Most awards can be found with a simple search on the internet, counselors and advisors, prospective colleges may have a list or can nominate you directly. A good place to start your search with us or may be:
ONLINE SCHOLARSHIPS – Online scholarship opportunities are abundant, as are online scholarship searches. There are even scholarship programs specifically for students who also attend class online. Technological advances and marked increases in access to the Internet have revolutionized the scholarship world, allowing all kinds of college students and college-bound students more access to money for college than ever before. Of course, in addition to offering a host of scholarship information, applications, and awards, the online world can also propagate scholarship myths and scams. Get more information with a click to: www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-type/online-scholarships/
INTERNAL REVENUE TAX CODE – will help you determine if you’re eligible for certain educational credits or deductions including the American Opportunity Credit, the Lifetime Learning Credit, and the Tuition and Fees Deduction. www.irs.gov/help/ita/am-i-eligible-to-claim-an-education-credit
PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARDS – Honor students in grades 5-12 who have made a difference through volunteering. TOP HONOREES EARN MONETARY AWARDS. The information should be arriving at schools in September, ask about it or check online at: spirit.prudential.com/
YOUTH SERVICE AMERICA – For US children aged 5-25 to implement service-learning projects for National Youth Service Day. Grants will be awarded. ysa.org/awards/eyh
COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS – We have provided the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation as an example.
Community foundations are instruments of civil society designed to pool donations into a coordinated investment and grant making facility dedicated primarily to the social improvement of a given place. Community foundations are a global phenomenon with 1700 existing around the world of which over 700 are in the United States. Private foundations are typically endowed by an individual or a single family. Community foundations can be found by reviewing a state website, also by location (city, county or state) and by institution (school, business or activity) a good search engine will get you there. Here’s their site: www.gtcf.org/
The Funding College Project is about finding and using techniques and strategies to support school aged and post high school activities. We work with students and families internationally. We identify, alerting interested parties to existing options, building contacts, answering questions, completing forms and nominations for prizes and awards. You can find us: www.educatingouryouth.org
When Joy’s mother found us on the internet, she didn’t know what to expect. Joy was living her life being a normal 12 year old, committed to baseball and getting good grades. Her activities in the community and on the field earned her recognition from the city and Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners awarding a 5 year scholarship. We told her about a contest from the Association for Women in Mathematics, we expected her to win, but Grand Prize and Grades 6-8 First Place: “Mathematical Homeruns.” There is more because she is still working on her Book: www.storiesforequality.com/