Each Fall, high school seniors return to school with a mixture of excitement (they are almost done with high school), anxiety (oh, yes, it is also college application season), and dread (how are they going to fund college). To reduce the dread of funding college, you should apply to some of these high dollar scholarships.
To compete for these scholarships, you must have strong academics, leadership and a record of community engagement for starters. However, The Dell Scholars program (listed below), is one of the few top dollar scholarship programs that requires a minimum GPA of 2.4.
Here is the list to help you get started:
The Coca Cola Scholars Foundation
Application deadline: October 31, 2020 | Application opens up in August 2020
The Coca Cola Scholars Foundation program is an achievement-based scholarship. Scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a degree at an accredited US college or university. Each year, 150 students are selected to receive this $20,000 scholarship. The three areas evaluated are leadership, academics and service.
Gates Millenium Scholars Program
Application deadline: Application is usually available around July with a September deadline.
The scholarship program was established in 1999 by Bill and Melinda Gates and is available to high school minority students preparing to enter college. To be eligible for this program, students must demonstrate significant financial need. Awards are renewable and based on financial need to cover tuition, fees, books and housing. In addition, scholars can receive funds to cover graduate school costs if they are pursuing a STEM or education major.
Dell Scholars Program
Application Deadline: December 1; application opens on October 1
Amount: includes $20,000, a laptop, textbook credits and coaching
The Dell Scholars Program, is another top dollar scholarship and targets high school seniors from an underserved population. These students must participate in AVID, or attend Uplift Education or an ASPIRE Public School.
To be eligible to apply to this scholarship program, graduating high school seniors must have a minimum GPA of 2.4 and be eligible to receive Pell Grant as a freshman in college.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program
Application deadline: October 30, 2020 (check deadline for subsequent years)
Amount: Up to $40,00 per year; awards are renewable
This Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is one of the most generous private scholarships in the country and is open to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need. The funds can be used to cover the Cost of Attendance at some of the top universities in the country. In addition, students join the program will receive college advising and could be eligible for graduate school funding.
Cameron Impact Scholarship
Application Deadline: Early Application – May 22; Regular Application – September 11
Amount: Between $20,000 to $50,000 per year
The Cameron Impact Scholarship is open to high school seniors with a solid academic record (minimum unweighted GPA of 3.7), leadership and community engagement preparing to attend college. The scholarship covers the full tuition and other qualified educational expenses. It does not cover room and board.
Davidson Fellows Scholarship
Application Deadline: February 10, 2021
Amount: $10,000, $25,000 or $50,000
This Davidson Fellows Scholarship is open to US citizens and permanent residents 18 years old or younger. Each applicant has to submit an exceptional original project or performance in one of the following areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music or Philosophy. Students selected as fellows are honored at MIT.
Ron Brown Scholar Program
Application Deadline: Early Application – November 1; Final deadline – January 9 Application opens in August.
Amount: $40,000 ($10,000 per year)
The scholarship program, named after the late Secretary of Commerce, Ron Brown, is open to African Americans students with financial need. Applicants must be high school seniors and demonstrate strong academics, record of community engagement and possess leadership potential. Scholars receive mentorship throughout college.
In summary, there is a lot of scholarship money out there, so apply early and often (not for the same one, of course). Remember to give yourself plenty of time to prepare a top notch application packet and essay. If you apply and win, your funding worries could be over.