This is the time of year when college students nation-wide collectively breathe a sigh of relief. After many long hours, testing, cramming, stressing, we made it through. It’s time to go back to our parents’ houses, and relax for a little while. But don’t fall into a blissful inactivity trap. Now that your schedule and brain is uncluttered, this is the perfect time to think about where you want to take your education, what it is exactly that you are trying to accomplish in this world. There are many scholarships out there that will help you reach your goals, so once you get some sleep sit down and apply for a couple while you have the time and clarity of mind.
1. The Gates Millennium Scholars: amount varies
This scholarship is funded by Bill and Melinda Gates, and lasts through the entire college career. The United Negro College Fund (UNCF), American Indian Graduate Center Scholars, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship fund have all teamed up to provide minority students with the resources and financial assistance they need to succeed. To be eligible students must be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American. Students must also be about to embark on their first year of college, have a cumulative High School GPA of 3.3, demonstrate commitment to community service and leadership skills, and meet federal Pell grant criteria.
Deadline: See Website
2. Dell Scholars Program: $20,000
After watching so many “Dude, you’re getting a Dell!” commercials, Dell has become this voice for college students working to fulfill their dreams. This scholarship is for high school seniors in need of financial assistance who are to determined to succeed. Applicants are asked to describe obstacles and challenges in their life, and what actions they took to overcome these challenges and become a leader. The emphasis is on the drive and ambition of the students as opposed to academic achievements. Dell scholars also have access to a networking community, mentoring, and technological resources to see them successfully through their college career.
Deadline: January 15
3. Medical Professions Scholarship: $500
The Medical Profession is undeniably one of the most noble and valued career choices. After many years and many more hours of studying devoted to courses and medical school, many medical students find themselves entrenched in loans and debt. Outlaw Student (formerly straightforward media) is offering this scholarship four times a year, giving students seeking a medical career a small financial boost.
Deadline: December 31
If you would like to learn more about college scholarships, please visit FinancialAidFinder’s section on scholarship information. Let us show you how to navigate the scholarship application process, write killer scholarship essays, take advantage of scholarship search engines, and win weird scholarships.
Good luck with your scholarship applications this week!