As you are heading into this next chapter in your life, there are going to be some challenges and moments where you wonder how you are going to pay for all college expenses. But don't stress yourself out too much, because here is a comprehensive list of the best scholarships that could lead you right on your way to your future success.
1. Questbridge National College Match- Questbridge is a college application and scholarship process that gives full-ride scholarships to high-achieving students in low-income communities. Questbridge has a total of 50 college partners where students can be admitted and have all of their tuition, room & board and travel expenses paid for. Students have to apply to the partner colleges and the scholarship through Questbridge and the application process includes two 500-800 word essays and a few short answer questions with two letters of recommendation and an online application that is all due by September 26.
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2. Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship- This scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to students in their final year of high school. Every year 150 scholars are selected to receive this 20,000 scholarship. The application for the 2023-2024 school year is now open and the deadline to apply is October 2, 2023 at 5 pm Eastern time.
3. Jack Kent Cooke Foundation- The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a national scholarship provider that works to advance the education of promising students who demonstrate financial need. Students with a 3.5 GPA and above and those who seek to attend the nation's best four-year universities and colleges are eligible for this scholarship, where they could receive up to 55,000 a year. The application window is between August 24, 2023, to November 16, 2023, and you can apply for this scholarship through the Common app or through their website.
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4. The NSHSS Foundation- The National Society of High School Scholars Foundation offers many scholarships all throughout the year for students interested in a multitude of topics from STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) to things such as business, economics, and public policy. The foundation's main goal is to support academic achievement and world betterment through focusing on the leaders of tomorrow. Every month they have several new scholarships opening up and provide you with tips on how to win them.
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5. The Dell Scholarship- The Dell company offers a scholarship to support the many challenges students face while pursuing a degree and all Dell scholars receive a 20,000 scholarship, a laptop computer, annual textbook credits, access to professional counseling, and a scholar resource network. The application opens on October 1st and the deadline to apply is on December 1st.
The requirements for this scholarship are that you must have a minimum 2.4 GPA, participate in a program-approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12, be on track to graduate from an accredited high school in the current academic year, demonstrate a need for financial assistance, be eligible to receive a federal pell grant and plan to enroll full time at a higher education institution and plane to pursue a bachelors degree in the fall after high school graduation.
6. Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition- This scholarship gives high school seniors a unique opportunity to express themselves.
To enter this competition, students must write and record a three to five-minute audio essay about the following topic: What are the Greatest Attributes of our Democracy? This scholarship awards one recipient 35,000 dollars and the deadline to apply is October 31.
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7. GS Overachievers Student Grant- This scholarship is available to middle and high school honor roll students and it requires students to submit a 1,000-2,000 word handwritten essay explaining how they make a difference in the world around them and why they deserve to be recognized for those efforts. The winner of this scholarship would receive 15,000 and the deadline to apply is December 15.
8. Create a Greeting Card Scholarship- This opportunity is a more fun way to get a scholarship that could also get students' creative juices flowing. Students compete for this award by submitting a photo, piece of artwork, or computer graphic that is meant to be used on the front of a greeting card.
The winner will receive 10,000 and the winner's school will also receive 1,000. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2024.
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9. Equitable Excellence Scholarship- The point of this scholarship is to target students who have empowered society through achievements that mitigate risk. This idea means figuring out for yourself what risk means to you and deciding whether the after-school activities you do make the world a safer place through you doing them.
Equitable provides 100 annual 5,000 scholarships that are renewed each year for four academic years. The company will also award 100 one-time. 2,500 scholarships to help students underwrite immediate costs associated with higher education. The high school of every recipient, regardless of the scholarship amount, will receive a $500 grant. The application program opens in October 2023 and it ends in December 2023.
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10. College Board BigFuture Scholarships- The BigFuture scholarships award high school seniors for taking steps towards going to college. From creating a scholarship list to applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) you would just be getting awarded for things you were already planning on doing anyway.
Recipients receive around $500 to $40,000 dollars per drawing with new scholarships being featured every month. The next deadline to apply is September 30th.
Prepping for the next four years of your life can be filled with a lot of work, but this current phase in your life can also be a great time to show people who you really are and showcase your best qualities, and I hope the scholarships I've listed above can help you find better ways to do that while also setting your college future up for success.