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Scholarship Friday: Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Eugene Borson Memorial Scholarships

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Wow, another week has come and gone. I think most of you must be on vacation already. Do you have any great plans? I hope so!.


Just be sure you set aside some time to work on your scholarship applications, okay? As you know, I am going to try to make your scholarship search a little easier today by highlighting three scholarships with upcoming deadlines. This Friday, I’ve got two past-President scholarships… one is the Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship and the other is the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Essay Competition. Finally, there is the Eugene Borson Memorial Scholarship for math and science majors.

1. Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship: $10,000

The Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship is awarded annually by the Phillips Foundation to college sophomores who are taking a stand against ideological conformity. The Foundation launched the scholarship a decade ago to support undergraduate students demonstrating leadership in the issues of freedom, American values, and constitutional principles. Two $10,000 awards will be issued to college sophomores, along with renewal awards to past winners, varying from $1,000 to $7,500. Eligible applicants must be sophomores enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States. Applicants must submit a short essay detailing their personal background and leadership involvement, along with two letters of recommendation. The application deadline is January 15, 2010.

2. John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Essay: $500

Named for President Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer-Prize winning book, the Profile in Courage Essay Contest is open to high school students from across America. Applicants must submit an original essay of no more than 1,000 words about the following topic:

Describe and analyze the decisions, actions, and risks of an elected public official in the United States since 1956, who has courageously addressed a political issue at the local, state, national, or international level.

Essays must include cite at least five sources, or they may be disqualified. Applications must use parenthetical notation (essays with footnotes will be disqualified as well.) The winning essayist will be invited to accept his or her award at an award ceremony in May at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. Registration forms are available online at the link above. All applicants must have a nominating teacher, who supports their application and agrees to review the essay before it is submitted. The application deadline is Saturday, January 9, 2010.

3. Eugene Borson Memorial Scholarship: $500

Students of science, mathematics or engineering, heads up: This one is for you! The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST)’s Eugene Borson Memorial Scholarship awards $500 to an undergraduate college or university student enrolled full-time in an accredited institution, earning a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Applicants must submit a one-age essay describing your career goals, along with verified relevant experience. The application deadline is January 15, 2009.

If you would like to learn more about college scholarships, please visit Financial Aid Finder’s section on scholarships. Let us show you how to navigate the scholarship application process, write killer scholarship essays, take advantage of scholarship search engines, and win weird & unusual scholarships.

Good luck with your scholarship applications this week!

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