Can you believe it’s Thursday already? What’s on your To Do list this weekend? Filling out a few scholarship applications, I hope. Today, I’ve got three money-makers that you should check out. All three of these scholarship opportunities have upcoming deadlines – two are the first of November and one is the 14th – so you’ll definitely want to get started on these right away.
# 1.Joe Fossi Veteran’s Day Scholarship Contest (Note 12/17/12 – this award may no longer be offered): $5,000
Is your college budget about $5,000 short? Here’s a great opportunity for you to win that 5 grand, plus another $500 for your school. Submit an original essay of at least 1,5000 words on the topic, “Veteran’s Day: How I intend to Observe This Day.” The contest is open to junior and senior high school students currently studying in the United States (homeschoolers are welcome to apply as well). Entries must be postmarked or emailed no later than mid-November. The final winner will be determined and announced by mid-December. You hear about unusual scholarships, well this is one of those!
#2. Ron Brown Scholar Program: $40,000 (over four years)
The Ron Brown Scholars Program offers a minimum of ten African-American high school seniors an annual scholarship of $10,000, for a total of $40,000. Scholars must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need. Only high school seniors are eligible to apply. Scholars may apply their scholarship to pursue any academic discipline. Applications are screened in February and finalists are invited to participate in a weekend selection process in Washington, D.C. in March. During the all-expense paid trip, finalists are interviewed by members of the Ron Brown Selection Committee.
Application materials include transcripts and letters of recommendation, application form and essay. It should all be mailed together (email and faxes are not accepted). There are two deadlines for the Ron Brown Scholars program: You can apply by early-January, or you can apply by November 1st, in which case not only with the Ron Brown Committee consider your application, but they will also forward it to a select number of additional scholarship providers. For more information, visit the Scholars site at www.ronbrown.org.
#3. Tim Moore Design Scholarship: $500 – $1,500
Tim Moore was a painter, graphic designer and musician, who saw travel as an essential part of the creative experience. He died suddenly at the age of 54 and now the AIGA Boston is sponsoring a scholarship in his honor. To qualify, you must be a junior or senior design student, who is planning to study design abroad. Scholarship recipients must be willing to keep a sketchbook of their adventure abroad and submit it to the Board of Directors of AIGA Boston, which may be used in fundraising materials at a future date. The Discovery Award is $500 for students studying 1-3 weeks abroad; the Explorer Award is a $1,000 grant for a 4-6 week study period; and the Pioneer Award provides $1,500 to students studying abroad for 7 weeks or longer. The application form can be downloaded online. Application Deadline: November 1st.
Good luck with your apps! And please stop by and let us know if when you win one!