It’s scholarship time at the Financial Aid Finder. Do you want some free money to help you pay for college? Who doesn’t, right?! This week, I have three great opportunities for you. The first two come from retail outlets — Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship for community volunteers and the Lowe’s Scholarships for all-around achievers.
Our third scholarship is a little different than my normal announcement, because typically I post about national opportunities. This gig from the Alaska Tourism board was so interesting, though, that I couldn’t pass it up. I hope you find something in my list today that can help you pay for school. Good luck with your applications!
1. The Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program: $1000 – $5,000
Are you a young volunteer, dedicated to making your community a better place? Kolh’s Kids Who Care Scholarship provides ten national winners with a $5,000 scholarship plus the retail store will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on your behalf. To win, you must be nominated on the Kohl’s Kids Who Care website. To be eligible, you must be a junior or senior high school student, age 13-18. Your nomination entry form should describe how your efforts are above and beyond what is normally expected of a child your age, plus how your volunteerism has made a positive impact on others over the last 12 months. Candidates will be judged on their creativity, initiative, generosity, leadership and project reach. In addition to the grand prizes for the national winners, another 194 regional scholarships will be awarded, totally $1,000 each. See website for deadlines.
2. Lowe’s Scholarships: $2,500 – $5,000
Lowe’s sponsors two non-renewable scholarships, with more than $600,000 in total awards. The first is the Lowe’s Scholarship, which awards 140 $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors with outstanding academic performance, leadership, community involvement and/or work experience. The second is the Carl Buchan Scholarship, which awards 50 $5,000 scholarships to high school seniors and current college undergraduates who are full or part-time Lowe’s employees. Like the Lowe’s Scholarship, winners of the Carl Buchan Scholarship are selected based on their academic performance, leadership, community involvement and/or work experience. To be eligible, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.25. Applications are due by deadline on website. Semifinalists will be notified in April; finalists will be notified in June.
3. Alaska Tourism Scholarships
The Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) sponsors ten different scholarships, with a total value of more than $20,000. The scholarships will support Alaskan post-secondary students with tourism career objectives. Each scholarship has its own focus and eligibility requirements. Completed applications are due in the ATIA office no later than March 31.