Scholar Programs Horatio Alger Scholarship



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October Scholarships
This packet is a list of scholarships that students can be working on this month. Students are expected to complete at least 10 scholarships by the end of the semester.
Scholar Programs
Horatio Alger Scholarship ($6,000-$25,000)

Due: October 25th

Minimum GPA: 2.0

https://application2.horatioalger.org/Security/Login.aspx

Only for students whose households make $55,000 or less
Checklist:


  • Make an account

  • Fill out the eligibility quiz (you will need to know how much your parents make)

  • Fill out the adversity questionnaire

    • Anytime you answer “yes” to one of these questions, additional information will be requested

  • Write a 250 word essay on one of the adversities you answered “yes” to in the questionnaire

    • Have someone review your adversity essay before copying into your application

  • Complete the Personal Statement

    • 200 words paralleling your life goals and the biography of a Horatio Alger member

  • Have Ms. Thomas, Ms. Herman, or Ms. Young complete the certification form

  • Ask an unrelated adult (over 21) to complete your support form

    • This is someone who can verify the validity of your adversity essay

  • Ask a parent/guardian for the first page of their 2015 Tax Return (form 1040)

    • Scan and upload into your application

  • Have Ms. Thomas review before submitting


Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation ($20,000)

Due: October 31st

Minimum GPA: 3.0

https://connect.coca-colascholars.org/scholarships/application-2017/2017-login
Checklist:


  • Biological information

    • School Code: 110271

    • Be sure to include emails and phone numbers for your counselor and Mr. McKnight

  • School Activities

    • Include all extracurriculars you have been involved with from 9th-12th grade

    • Be sure to update this page before the October 31st deadline

  • Community Activities

    • For required hours, type “100” in the 12th grade line

    • Include all community service performed from 9th-12th grade

  • Academic information

    • Ask your counselor for a copy of your unofficial transcript

    • Based on your transcript, report your classes and grades

  • Employment information

  • Have Ms. Thomas review your application before submitting


Ron Brown Scholars ($10,000)

Due: November 1st

Suggested GPA: 2.8+

https://www.ronbrown.org/section/apply/rbsp-application
Checklist:


  • Ask Ms. Thomas for a paper copy of the Ron Brown Application

  • On a Google Doc, list your extracurricular, community, employment or other activities in order of their importance to you. Indicate the dates you participated in the activity, positions held and the number of hours per week you spend on each activity. We realize that the way you spend your time outside the classroom may be affected by factors beyond your control, such as the need to work

  • List any significant awards or honors you have received during high school for academic or extracurricular achievements.

  • Essays (500 words or less)

    • Choose the one activity you listed as most important in question #1 and tell us why it is significant.

    • Submit one essay that you plan to send or have sent as part of a college application. This may be on any topic. If your college application did not require an essay, please submit an essay on the topic of your choice.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    • 1 from a teacher or school professional

    • 1 from an adult who knows you well

  • Have parent/guardian fill out the financial information box

  • Ask your counselor for your official transcript and a copy of the school profile

  • See Ms. Thomas to put together your application packet and have it mailed out

  • All parts of the application must be completed before the packet can be mailed out!


ELKS Most Valuable Student Scholarship ($4,000-$50,000)

Due: November 30th

Minimum GPA: 3.0

http://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/applyMVS.cfm


Checklist:

  • In under 300 words: using one of the leadership roles or extracurricular activities you prioritize as being important to you, describe what impact the experience had on you, what you contributed, what you learned about yourself, and how it has influenced your plans for the future.


Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship Program (Up to $40,000)

Due: November 30th

Minimum GPA: 3.5 unweighted

Minimum ACT: 26

http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/college-scholarship/

Only for students who have a family income less than $95,000


Checklist:

  • Take an eligibility quiz

  • Complete the following sections:

    • Profile information: name, address, contact information and current school

    • Essays:

      • How would you describe your high school academic experience? Has it been “a walk in the park,” “an uphill climb,” or something else. Fill in the black with your own expression and explain. (Limit 600 characters)

      • What 3 factors do you attribute to your success thus far? (Limit 600 characters)

      • Discuss the subject about which you most love learning about. What sparked your interest or passion in this subject? (Limit 600 characters)

      • Cooke Scholars are committed to making the world a better place. They are inventing solutions, advocating for others, and giving back to their communities. However, most started with small steps. What steps, big or small, have you taken to make your own impact on the world? (Limit 1800 characters)

      • What is very important and under discussed? (Limit 1800 characters)

    • Activities and involvement

    • Honors and awards

    • College Plans

    • Academics: classes taken thus far

    • Test scores

    • Self-assessment: How do you handle certain situations, etc.

    • Conduct

    • Survey

  • Parent/Guardian Forms: an online form must be completed by your parent(s)/guardian(s). You will enter your parent(s)/guardian(s) email address in the application and they will be sent an email with a link to access the required form. They will have to upload the following documents:

    • 2015 Federal Tax Return including W-2s, schedules and attachments

    • 2014 Federal Tax Return, 1040 form only

    • 2013 Federal Tax Return, 1040 form only

  • 2 Recommendation forms: online forms to be completed by 2 teachers. You will enter your recommenders’ email addresses into the application and they will be sent an email with a link to access the required form

    • A teacher who you had for a core academic class in 11th grade

    • A teacher who can speak to your academic ability, leadership, achievements, and character

  • School profile: an online form to be completed by a school official (principal or guidance counselor). Questions asked required the person completing the form to access academic and other school data



Greenhouse Scholars ($20,000)

Due: December 1st

Suggested GPA: 3.5 unweighted

http://greenhousescholars.org/our-scholars/become-a-scholar/

Only for students who have an annual household income no greater than $70,000.
Checklist:


  • In under 300 words: What do you feel is the most important thing for another person to understand about you? What is the second thing you would like another person to understand about you?

  • In under 300 words: Describe a circumstance in your life where you experienced a challenge or hardship. How did you respond? How did you grow from the experience?

  • In under 300 words: Tell us about a community you have impacted (community, meaning: a grouping of people). Why was/is this community important to you? How did you build, engage with, or change this community?

  • In under 300 words: Group how you dedicate your time as a leader into three categories. Please name and describe those three categories and why you've chosen them.

  • In 500-800 words: If you could have transformative impact on one thing in your lifetime, what would it be and why? Please tell us how you would approach this change and what you feel its ultimate impact would be.


Local Scholarships
Senator David Shafer Essay Scholarship ($250-$1,500)

Due: December 1st

http://www.davidshafer.com/scholarshipessayrules/

** This is a local scholarship so there will be fewer applicants**


Checklist:

  • In under 800 words or less: write about a person in American History who exemplified one or more of these character traits: courage, patriotism, citizenship, honesty, fairness, respect for others, kindness, cooperation, self-respect, self-control, courtesy, compassion, tolerance, diligence, generosity, punctuality, cleanliness, cheerfulness, school pride, respect for the environment, respect for the creator, patience, creativity, sportsmanship, perseverance, and virtue.


Community Service Scholarships
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ($1,000-$5,000)

Due: November 8th

https://spirit.prudential.com/awards/how-to-apply

**This is a local scholarship so there will be a smaller applicant pool**
Checklist:


  • In 200 words: summarize your community service activity, including how you became involved, your role, and the impact of the activity.

  • In 750 words or less: please describe your activity. Your description should address ALL of the questions listed on the application.

  • Once you complete the application, go to the “Certification” page to email or print out instructions for your certifier. You must deliver these instructions to your certifier by November 8, 2016. Your certifier can be your school principal or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout Council, American Red Cross Chapter, YMCA or HandsOn Network affiliate. Your certifier has until November 18 to review applications online and select Local Honoree(s) from the applicants in your school or organization, and nominate them for state-level judging.



National Scholarships
Form Swift Graphic Design Scholarship ($1,000)

Due: October 15th

http://formswift.com/startup-scholarship
Checklist:


  • Make a business plan infographic on one of the following industries: a startup, a restaurant, a non-profit, a transportation company, or a clothing company.

  • Send your entry to Jamie@formswift.com by October 15 with the email subject line “FormSwift Scholarship Entry.”

  • Make sure to include your full name, state, and school within your submission.



Olin E. Teague Scholarship ($4,000)

Due: October 15th

http://formswift.com/startup-scholarship
Checklist:


  • Complete applications including high school extracurricular and community activities

  • Write a Statement of Intent that indicates academic plans that would lead to a career in some are of aerospace sciences and/or technology; 500 words minimum, no longer than 2 pages

  • Write a minimum 5 pages on research focusing on applications to aerospace

  • One letter of recommendation from a STEM faculty member or mentor

  • Official transcript of high school record


Hotelscheap.org Scholarship ($1,500)

Due: October 15th

http://www.hotelscheap.org/scholarship/apply
Checklist:


  • Provide your contact information and school details

  • Write a 300-500-word essay answering the question, “What extra-curricular activities are you involved in? Describe how these activities contribute to your college education and how they make you a better person.”

  • In 300-500 words, describe your goals in life and how you will achieve these goals and ambitions.

  • Write a 700-word travel-guide style listing the Top 5 Things to Do in your favorite vacation destination.

  • Do you have a special family circumstance affecting your need for financial assistance?


College JumpStart Scholarship ($1,000)

Due: October 17th

http://www.jumpstart-scholarship.net/application-us
Checklist:


  • In 250 words or less: answer ONE of the following prompts: (1) What are your educational goals? (2) How will winning this scholarship help you attain your goals? (3) Write about a time when “hard work” paid off. (4) Describe your experience with community service and volunteering and how that as affected you and your outlook.

Greet the Day Scholarship Poetry Slam ($500)

Due: October 19th

http://www.powerpoetry.org/poetry-slams/greet-day-scholarship-slam
Checklist:


  • Create a Power Poetry account

  • In a poem, tell us what make you get up and greet the day. We want to know what makes you excited to experience each and every day. Do you see out adventures? Love talking with your friends? Or maybe you just can’t wait to read the next chapter of a book. Tell us in a poem about what acts as your person motivation everyday.


Omega Psi Phi Scholarship ($1,000-$5,000)

Due: October 21st

http://www.oppf.org/essay-contest.asp
Checklist:


  • In 700-750 words, “What would you propose to substantially reduce the incidence of gun violence in the United States and around the World without taking away the legal right of law abiding citizen to acquire and possess firearms?”


Furnace Record Pressing Music to our Ears Scholarship ($500)

Due: October 31st

http://www.furnacemfg.com/scholarship/
Checklist:


  • “Music is a gift shared by everyone around the world. How have you shared the gift of music with those in your family, life and community?” Essay should be at least 500 words.

  • Your application should include the following items: your essay as an email attachment (your full name, mailing address, and phone number at the top of the essay), 1-2 sentences about yourself (the school college, or university you plan to attend and your plans for the future).

  • Submit the above documents to: scholarships@furnacemfg.com


Blinds Online Scholarship ($1,000)

Due: October 31st

https://www.blindsonline.com/pc/scholarships
Checklist:


  • The winner of the Blinds Online Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity will provide the best design ideas concerning the window treatments of the future (blinds, shutters, shades, etc.)

  • Judgment will be based on creativity, technical innovation, and overall design beauty.

  • Email your design to scholarships@blindsonline.com

  • Include a short description of yourself with details and images of your design (no more than one page altogether).


Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship ($2,000)

Due: October 31st

https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/zombie-apocalypse-scholarship
Checklist:


  • Create an Unigo account on the website

  • Submit 250 words or less: Imagine that your high school/college has been overrun with zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Use your brain to flesh out a plan to avoid the zombie, including where you would hide and the top five things you would bring with you to stay alive.


Camp Network Scholarship ($1,000)

Due: November 1st

Minimum GPA: 3.0

http://blog.campnetwork.com/home/scholarship-program


Checklist:

  • Camp counselor who exhibit humility, passion, unity, servanthood and thankfulness

  • Create a short, exciting video (3-5 minutes) that explain your experience as a camp counselor, how you exhibit the 5 qualities above and how you intend to use your college degree

  • Upload your video to DropBox.com, YouTube, or Vimeo and make sure the visibility is set to public

  • Submit application to scholarships@campnetwork.com

  • Include your full name, school year, name of the college you plant to attend and a link to your video



Voice of Democracy Scholarship ($1,000-$30,000)

Due: November 1st

https://www.vfw.org/uploadedFiles/VFWorg/MY_VFW/VoiceofDemocracyEntryFormandBrochure.pdf
Checklist:


  • Record a 3-5 minute essay on an audio CD or flash drive about “Your Responsibility to America”

  • Sumbit your entry to the local Post:

    • Post 4706 Belvedere Post
      5362 Covington Highway
      Decatur, GA 30005

  • You will be judged on content, originality, and delivery


AXA Achievement Scholarship ($2,500-$25,000)

Due: December 15 or until 10,000 applications are received (whichever comes first)

https://www.scholarsapply.org/axa-achievement/
Checklist:


  • In no more than 500 characters:  Provide a brief overview that clearly conveys the impact of your one outstanding achievement. In three to four sentences, include what you did, who was affected, and what the outcomes were.

  • Between 350 and 600 words (No more than 4,000 characters): Describe your outstanding achievement in depth and provide the specific planning, training, goals, and steps taken to make the accomplishment successful. Include details about your role and highlight leadership you provided. Be thorough.

  • Special consideration will be given to achievements that empower society to mitigate risk through education and/or action in areas such as financial, environmental, health, safety and/or emergency preparedness.

  • An adult applicant appraisal confirming your achievement will also be required at a later date for those whose outstanding achievement warrants further consideration in the competition.



Monthly Scholarships
Chegg Monthly Scholarship ($1,000)

Due: November 1st



http://www.chegg.com/scholarships/chegg-1000-monthly-scholarship-september-2015
Checklist:

  • After creating a Chegg account, this scholarship can be found under the “colleges” tab

  • Every month a new question is asked and every month is a new scholarship contest


Courage to Grow Scholarship ($500)

Due: October 30th



http://www. Couragetogrowscholarship.com
Checklist:

  • Complete online application

  • Essay: explain in 250 words or less why you believe that you should be awarded this scholarship


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