TGIF scholarship seekers! The scholarship world remains a bit quiet here in the last week of August. As I have been saying all month, the end of the summer is a hiatus for many scholarship committees, as they too gear up for the start of the new school year. This quieter period also provides you a good opportunity to get organized for fall and winter scholarship application. Go work on your scholarship essay or check out our handy guide to the scholarship application process.
In addition, I have found two very exciting scholarships opportunities with late September / early October deadlines, that you will definitely want to check out. There is the Horatio Alger Scholarship for low-income students from 26/50 U.S. states and the $1,000 Shout it Out! scholarship from the Scholarship Experts website.
1. Horatio Alger Scholarship: Amount Varies
If you are a full-time high school senior from a family earning less than $50,000 per year, you may be eligible for the National Scholarships and Horatio Alger State Scholarship. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, must demonstrate a strong commitment to completing their Bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution of higher education, and must be involved in community and curricular activities. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required, and applicants need to demonstrate their integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity. Check to see if your state is included and then start drafting your essays — there are three of them:
- 250-350 words explaining the adversities you have encountered
- 250-350 words describing your educational and professional goals
- 150-200 words comparing your life to that of an Association member (bios are available on the website)
The application deadline is stated on the website.
2. Shout it Out! Scholarship from ScholarshipExperts.com: $1,000 x 5
ScholarshipExperts.com is once again awarding five $1,000 Shout it Out! scholarships to winning essayists on the topic:
If you were given the opportunity to say anything to the admissions staff at your prospective college (or to the faculty of your current school), what one thing would you ‘shout out’ to make them remember you?
Applicants must be at least 13 years of age, legal residents of the United States, and planning to enroll in an accredited institution of higher education by the year stated on the website. The application deadline is also stated on the website.
Good luck with your scholarship applications!