Happy Friday! Weekends are for studying. Weekends are for partying. And weekends are for applying for scholarships! This week, I have four great scholarship opportunities for you: the Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology Project, New York Women in Communications Scholarship, the Gary Yoshimura Public Relations Scholarship, and the Working Moms Scholarship.
I hope you find something in the list that can make your college dreams come true. If you need some help getting your essays together, be sure to review our article on scholarship essay tips.
1. Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology: Up to $10,000
The Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology Project (MUST) is a joint effort co-funded by NASA, the Hispanic College Fund, the United Negro College Fund Special Programs and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers. The Project annually provides 100 scholarships for underrepresented undergraduates pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The one-year scholarships will cover up to one-half of a student’s tuition, not to exceed $10,000. Students who maintain their grade point average during the scholarship year are eligible for a paid internship at a NASA center. Qualified applicants are U.S. citizens, enrolled full-time at an accredited university as a rising freshmen, sophomore or junior and majoring in math, science, technology or engineering. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The online application requires submission of an official transcript, letter of recommendation, personal essay, resume and proof of citizenship. The application deadline is in February.
2. New York Women in Communications Inc. Foundation 2010 Scholarship Program: Varies
The New York Women in Communications Foundation annually awards scholarships of varying amounts to permanent residents of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania who are attending or planning to attend college and study communications. Also eligible are non-resident undergraduate students attending school in New York and studying communications. Qualified applicants must have a minimum 3.2 GPA and be majoring in a communications-related field, including advertising, broadcasting, communications, English, film, journalism, marketing, new media, or public relations. Winners will be chosen on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, demonstrated leadership in school and community-service activities, work experience, and their statement of goals and aspirations. Finalists must be available for an in-person interview in New York City in February or March. Completed applications must be postmarked by the end of January.
3. Gary Yoshimura Scholarship: $2,400
Students of public relations are eligible for this $2,400 scholarship, which is named in honor of Gary Yoshimura, a leader in public relations who died in his ’40s. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need for their pursuit of higher education in the public relations field. The online application includes a letter of recommendation, 1,000-word essay about a challenge you have faced, and a complete statement of intent and financial need. The application deadline is in January.
4. Working Moms Scholarship: $10,000
More or a raffle drawing than a traditional scholarship, Scholasrhips4Mom annually provides one $10,000 college scholarship for a working mother. The money can be used to cover any school-related expenses, including tuition, books, travel and supplies. The application is simple — just fill out the registration form online. Be warned, the site also prompts you to sign up for information on online schools. This isn’t required, however, to qualify for the scholarship. The application deadline is in January.
Good luck to you!