TGIF, dear scholarship seekers! With a long weekend coming up, this is the perfect time to sit down and work on some scholarship applications. School work hasn’t gotten too intense yet, so there’s no excuse not to do it! You know you’ve heard me say 1,000 times before, but the more scholarships you apply for, the more you will win. Of course, you can go applying to every single scholarship whether or not you meet the qualifications. You need to know what a scholarship committee is looking for and whether or not you are a good fit.
This week, I want to tell you about three exciting opportunities with upcoming deadlines. Do you think you are a good fit for one of these? Take a read and see!
1. Siemens Competition: As much as $100,000
There are big scholarships, and then there is the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. A joint initiative of the College Board and the Siemens Foundation, the Competitions aim to “promote excellence in the sciences and mathematics by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects.” Scholarships range from $1,000 up to $100,000! Prizes will be sent directly to the college or university you plan to attend, so don’t get any crazy ideas about buying a Porsche! You can, however, apply the prizes to tuition, room, board, books and other educational expenses. To be eligible to apply, you must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program and be “making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree”. The scholarship board does not state a minimum GPA. See website for deadline.
2. The Dana Christmas Scholarship for Heroism: $10,000
In 2001, a Seton Hall University student and resident adviser named Dana Christmas saved the lives of dozens of students during a tragic fire in a dormitory. New Jersey students who are no older than 21 years of age and have performed comparable acts of heroism are eligible to apply. The award is non-renewable and five students will win each year. See website for deadline.
3. Horatio Alger Scholarship: Amount Varies
Designed for students from low-income families, the National Scholarships and Horatio Alger State Scholarship is intended to offer support to needy candidates who have been actively involved in community work and extra curricular activities. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.0, demonstrable commitment to overcoming adversity and serving community, and be able to write several essays describing your professional goals and ability to rise about challenging situations. See website for deadline.
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Good luck with your scholarship applications this weekend!