• Hispanic Heritage Scholarship

    Application Deadline:  December 6th, 2020

    The Youth Awards was founded in 1998 by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Now entering its 21st year, the Youth Awards honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence in various categories including: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, and Technology & Engineering.

    Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Eligibility Criteria:
    • Be currently enrolled in high school and graduating in the spring of 2021
    • Must have a minimum unweighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or 7.5 on a 10.0 scale
    • Must enroll at an accredited higher education institution in 2021-2022
    • Be of Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines)
    • If selected, attendance to regional awards ceremony is mandatory and travel is at the recipient’s expense
    • Be a U.S. permanent resident, U.S. citizen, or qualify under the DACA
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  • Sullivan Leadership Award

    Application Deadline:  November 30, 2020

    Each year, Seattle University selects nine incoming freshmen to receive the Sullivan Leadership Award. This award covers the entirety of their undergraduate tuition, housing, and meals for four years of study.

    We seek students with diverse leadership styles and personal backgrounds to join our Sullivan Scholar community. Sullivan Scholars are not easily defined, coming from a variety of heritages—small towns to large cities, public and independent schools, Catholic or from many other spiritual traditions. We seek students, like you, to carry forward our holistic definition of academic excellence, one that transcends classroom performance.

    Beyond monetary support, our faculty mentorship and your connections within the Sullivan Scholar community will promote your personal and professional growth–taking you to new heights as a change agent for a just and humane world.

    Sullivan Leadership Award Eligibility Criteria:
    • Academic Excellence – Students who pursue rigorous college preparatory coursework with noteworthy achievement. Typically, Sullivan Scholarship recipients have a GPA of 3.7 or higher.
    • Leadership – Students who demonstrate leadership through school activities, public service and community involvement.
    • Service – Students who demonstrate a commitment to justice and the well-being of others through service in their communities and school.
    • Communication – Students who possess well-developed written and oral communication skills.
    • Residence – Consideration is reserved for domestic first-year students living in and attending school in the United States.
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  • Act Six

    Application Deadline:  December 1st, 2020

    Act Six is a leadership development and college scholarship program that brings together diverse, multicultural cadres of emerging urban leaders who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home.

    An initiative of Degrees of Change, Act Six is Tacoma-Seattle’s only full-tuition, full-need urban leadership award. Act Six will select approximately 30 of Tacoma-Seattle’s most promising urban leaders for scholarships to five partner colleges:
    Gonzaga University, Northwest University, Pacific Lutheran University, Saint Martin’s University, Whitworth University.

    Students are eligible to apply if they:
    • love their community and want to use their college education to make a difference as a leader on campus and at home;
    • will graduate from high school in 2021, or previously graduated in 2020 or 2019;
    • are not currently enrolled at a four-year college (students at two-year colleges may apply);
    • live in one of our seven Act Six program sites; and
    • want to attend at least one of the Act Six partner colleges in their program site.

    While ethnicity and family income are considered as factors in selecting an intentionally diverse group of scholars, there are no income restrictions, and students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

    There is no minimum GPA requirement and admissions standards vary across our partner colleges. In general, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 will need to demonstrate their readiness for academic success in college through their recommendations, essays and/or test scores.

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  • Dell Scholars Foundation

    Application Deadline: December 1st, 2020

    Our program includes a support network made up of students, peer mentors, and the Dell Scholars staff to help our scholars succeed. We created a financial award that is very flexible, so Scholars can use their award money for the many costs that arise during their college career. We offer an online community to meet Scholars where they are connect them with fellow Scholars. We are constantly evolving our program to serve our Scholars all the way to college graduation.
    Today, the Dell Scholars program offers personalized, multifaceted support to our Scholars that extends beyond the financial support of $20,000, a laptop, and textbook credits. We offer students and their families services and solutions to address individual and systemic issues that can create major barriers to student success.

    Scholarship Criteria:
    • Participate in a program-approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12; 
    • Demonstrate a need for financial assistance;
    • Plan to enroll full-time at an accredited higher education institution in the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in the fall directly following high school graduation;
    • Earn a minimum of a 2.4 GPA;
    • Be eligible to receive a federal Pell Grant in first year of college;
    • Be on track to graduate from an accredited high school in the current academic year
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  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

    Application Deadline:  October 30, 2020

    The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard and have financial need. Our scholarships provide financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. In addition to the monetary award, students join a thriving network of nearly 2,500 Cooke Scholars.

    The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities.

    Cooke College Scholars receive up to $40,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger Cooke Scholar community.

    Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Senior standing – Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2021.
    • Fall College Enrollment – Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2021.
    • GPA – Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above.
    • Income – Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000.
    • Test Policy – This year, the Cooke Foundation will not require applicants to submit test scores for the College Scholarship Program application, and we will be “test blind” in the review process.
    Selection Criteria

    The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation reviews each College Scholarship Program application individually with the assistance of a panel of national education experts. Among the criteria used in the selection process are:Exceptional academic ability and achievement: Strong academic record, academic awards and honors, and substantive assessments by educators providing confidential recommendations. In addition to GPA and college entrance exam scores, we consider participation in available advanced courses, commitment to learning, and intellectual curiosity.

    Unmet financial need: Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $26,000.

    Persistence: Determination and perseverance in the face of challenges, ability to set and remain focused on goals and to put in the effort needed to meet those goals in the face of obstacles.

    Leadership: Ability to organize and positively influence others in and out of school (family, religious community, sports, arts, etc.).

    Service to Others: Purposeful and meaningful commitment to others which may be evidenced by participation in volunteer/community service activities.

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  • Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs

    Application Deadline:  October 25, 2020

    As one of the nation’s largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.
    There are 4 different scholarship programs that you may apply for within the Horatio Alger Association:

    State Scholarships

    Targeted Scholarships

    Career and Technical Scholarships

    National Scholarships

    To be eligible to apply for a Horatio Alger State Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2021 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
    • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
    • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
    • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
    • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
    • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
    • Be a United States citizen

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  • The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

    Application Deadline:  November 10, 2020

    The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. 

    Created in 1995 by Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the program honors middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national level.

    Thus far, it has recognized more than 125,000 young people who’ve made a difference – and inspired countless others to consider how they might contribute to their communities.

    The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program Eligibility Criteria:
    • Be in grades 5-12;
    • Be a legal resident of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C.;
    • Have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred during the 12 months prior to the date of the application;
    • Submit a completed application to a school or the head of an official designated local organization
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  • Coca-Cola Scholars Program

    Application Deadline:  October 31, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern

    The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 30th class in 2018, the Foundation has provided over 6,000 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $66 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.

    Coca-Cola Scholars Program Eligibility Criteria:
    • Current high school (or home-schooled) student attending a school in the U.S. (or select DoD schools) who will graduate during the 2020-2021 academic school year;
    • U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees – based on the guidelines utilized by U.S. Department of Education for Federal Financial Aid eligibility;
    • Will receive high school diploma during current academic year;
    • Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
  • The Gates Scholarship

    Application Deadline:  September 15, 2020

    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. Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance* that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

    The Gates Scholarship Eligibility Criteria:

    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;
    • Pell-eligible;
    • A US citizen, national, or permanent resident;
    • In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) 

    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.

    An ideal candidate will have:

    • An outstanding academic record in high school (in the top 10% of his/her graduating class)
    • Demonstrated leadership ability (e.g., as shown through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities)
    • Exceptional personal success skills (e.g., emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.)