There are many scholarship opportunities that are offered at the state and national level. You can find many of these below or by searching on the internet. Scholarship Central does not endorse any particular online resource. When students meet with Scholarship Central advisors, we can help advise students on additional state and national resources. Be wary of any site that asks you to pay to apply for scholarships: don’t pay for free money!
State and National Scholarship Applications
The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Starting in 2018, the scholarship will be awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation, and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential.
To apply, students must be:
*A high school senior
*From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
*A US citizen, national or permanent resident
*A minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
*Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university.
Your application must be submitted on or before October 15, 2018.
To apply for the Dream Award, you must:
-Be at least 17 years of age.
-Be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident card), or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
-Have received a high school diploma or the equivalent from a U.S. school by September 2018.
-Have completed or expect to successfully complete a minimum of one full year of postsecondary education by June 2019.
-Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at the sophomore year level or higher at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the United States for the entire 2019-20 academic year.
-Be studying to obtain an associate’s or first bachelor’s degree.
-Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
-Demonstrate financial need.