I almost did not attend college. As a young child, born of a young woman who did her best to make ends meet with barely enough support, I did not see college in my future. I will never forget telling two of my teachers at the Milton Hershey School that I was not going to college because I couldn't afford it. The teachers stood wide-mouth because I was pretty much a straight A student who had a few hiccups socially but reading, writing and arithmetic is something I did very well. A few days after their initial shock wore off, my business teachers cornered me and enlightened me on the opportunity to receive loans to attain a post-secondary degree.
As a child who knew poverty all too well, I did not want to be given hand-outs. Instead, I wanted to achieve my dreams on my own without owing nobody so I figured I would become a hairdresser and take college courses throughout my lifetime at the Harrisburg Area Community College. To make a long story short, a college visit to several colleges in the surrounding Hershey suburbs, in Philadelphia and in the District of Columbia gave me a new found perspective on the college "adult" life I could achieve if only I applied and was accepted into the university. Unfortunately, I ended up taking out tons of loans while attaining my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and my Juris Doctorate from the Temple University School of Law because no one told me about scholarships and grants. But I will tell and share with you scholarship information I stumbled across in my search of trying to lighten another sister's load. And if you have no use of the information, please feel free to share this information with someone else who may know someone who can be blessed by the information.
Buick Achievers Scholarship Program Opening January 4, 2014
Deadline: February 28, 2014
The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors or college undergraduates who plan to major in a specified course of study that focuses on Engineering, Technology, or select Design and Business-related programs of study. Scholarships will be awarded based on participation and leadership in community and school activities, interest in the automotive industry, academic achievement, and financial need. Special consideration will be given to those who are a first-generation college student, female, minority, military veteran or a dependent of military personnel. If you have the passion to succeed — especially in fields of study important to the automotive and related industries — the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is looking for you. Visit buickachievers.com for more information.
Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway Promotion and Contest
Opening August 2014
Every student deserves a chance to realize their potential. That’s why Dr. Pepper is giving away over $1,000,000 in tuition in 2013 to help students across the country pursue their dreams. Since 2008, the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway has changed lives by giving away millions of dollars in tuition. With the challenges of rising tuition costs and studying full-time, we take pride in helping students achieve their goals. You can meet the 2013-14 finalists at www.drpeppertuition.com, and come back next year for your own chance to win!
The Jackie Robinson Scholarship
Application Deadline March each year
Award Amount up to $7,500 annually
These college scholarships for minority students are for graduating high school seniors who plan to attend a 4 year college in the US. ACT score of 22 or SAT score of 1000 (math and critical reading). Financial need required (must submit SAR from FAFSA). For more detailed requirements for The Jackie Robinson Scholarship see www.jackierobinson.org
Jack and Jill African American Scholarships
Application Deadline March each year
Award Amount $1500 – $2500
These scholarships for African Americans women and men are offered to high school seniors planning to attend a 4 year college full time, in any state. Must have a GPA 3.0 or better. Funds may be used for tuition or board, Dependents of member of Jack and Jill are not eligible. For detailed Scholarships from Jack and Jill requirements see www.jackandjillfoundation.org
Joshua David Gardner Memorial Scholarships for Blacks
Application Deadline April each year
Award Amount $2000 (at least 2 awards per year)
These African Americans scholarships are offered to undergraduate students at an Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Age 17 – 25. with GPA 2.8 or higher. Financial need is considered. For details and scholarship application for these African American Scholarships see this website www.joshgardnerendowment.org
National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs National Scholarships
Application Deadline February each year
Award Amount 10 scholarships of $1000
These scholarships for African American women and men. Various scholarships offered with different criteria. For more information on these Scholarships for Black Women and Men see www.nanbpwc.org
Application Deadline February 2014
Award Amount $5000 (2 awards given)
If you are a vegetarian, there are unique scholarships for you. The Vegetarian Resource Group offers two $5,000 college scholarships for high school seniors who will graduate in the spring and attend college in the US. Students must have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. For more information see Vegetarian Scholarships.
Application Deadline May of each year
Award Amount $1500
I think that quilting and other forms of fiber art don’t always get the respect they deserve. If you are a resident of Washington working on an undergraduate degree related to fiber art at a college in WA state, then check out this scholarship. Your major must be related to fiber art (no it doesn’t need to be Quilting!). Examples include sewing, weaving, clothing design, quilting, dyeing, basketry, textile history or production, and related arts. For additional requirements and information about the Kitsap Quilters’ Scholarship see www.kitsapquilters.com
Future Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Application Deadline ~ April of each year
Award Amount $12,000 for the first year and may be renewed for $4000 for each additional year
Everyone wants to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs – the future entrepreneur who makes it big. Why not apply for college grants and scholarships to help you be successful, like this Future Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This unusual scholarship is open to high school seniors and college undergraduates who demonstrate leadership skills, academic excellence, ingenuity, and most importantly an entrepreneurial spirit. No specific field of study is required. For additional information about the Future Entrepreneur of the Year Award see www.nase.org
Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest (For 6 to 12 year olds)
Application Deadline tentative open August 2014 and ends November 2014
Award Amount $25,000
If you love peanut butter sandwiches, and plan ahead, this is the weirdest scholarship for college. Create an original sandwich recipe using Jif brand peanut butter for a chance to win $25,000 college fund. You have to plan early, because the college scholarship fund is not for high school seniors or college students, but kids 6 – 12, of prime PBJ age. For full requirements for the Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest and application see www.jif.com.
Toni Moore, Esq.
Toni is an attorney and business coach who is committed to helping women uplevel their success.
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