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Preparing for college, scholarships, financial aid, and college entrance exams can be mind-boggling for both students and parents. Here are some useful online references you may find helpful for all these processes.
www.educationplanner.org.............. AES Free College Planning Site
www.collegequest.com................... Comprehensive Resource for Colleges and Universities, Test Preparation, Career Exploration
www.princetonreview.com............... Explore Schools and Careers, Prepare for Entrance Exams, Research Financial Aid Options
www.xap.com................................ College Advice, Admission Applications, Etc.
www.collegeboard.com................... . Plan for College, Find a College, Apply to College, Pay for College
www.students.gov.......................... Answers to Your Questions on Education and Career
www.collegenet.com....................... Guide to Colleges, Universities and Financial Aid
www.infoplease.com/edu/highered.... Choosing & Applying for College, Scholarship, and Financial Aid
COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS
www.collegeboard.com..... SAT Registration, SAT Scores, Test Preparation and More
www.actstudent.org......... ACT Test Dates, ACT Registration, ACT Scores, and More
PREPARE FOR COLLEGE
www.eaop.org........................................... UC Outreach Program
www.mapping-your-future.org.................... Mapping Your Future
www.makingitcount.com............................. How to Succeed in College
CHOOSE A COLLEGE
www.collegiate.net..................................... Links to University Homepages
www.myroad.collegeboard.com.................... College and Career Planning
FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS
www.fafsa.ed.gov.................. U.S. Dept. of Ed - FREE App for Federal Student Aid
www.finaid.org...................... Guide to Financial Aid
www.ed.gov/finaid................ Finaid Information
www.fastweb.com................. Search for Scholarships
www.collegeanswer.com........ Answers to All Your Paying-for-College Questions
www.edfund.org.................... Financial Aid and Debt Management Information
www.scholarships.com.......... Scholarship Search Engine
www.icanaffordcollege.com.... I Can Afford College
www.freecollegemoney.org... Free College Money
www.salliemae.com............... Plan for College, Find Student Loans, Apply Online
www.sssc.com...................... Finaid Info
www.nslds.ed.gov................. National Student Loan Data System
www.srnexpress.com............. Database of Over 8,000 Scholarship Programs
www.hsf.net......................... Hispanic Scholarship Fund
High School Senior Scholarships:
1) AFA Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship:
For college-bound high school juniors and seniors. Applicants need to write an essay on Alzheimer, and one winner gets the grand prize of $5,000.
2) Coca-Cola Scholarships:
For college-bound high school students. The scholarship is $25,000, and one award is given each year.
3) Best Buy Scholarship:
For college-bound high school students with strong academic background and community service. 60 awards of $1,000 to $25,000 are available.
4) Signet Classics Scholarship:
For high school juniors and seniors writing an essay on one of the four topics determined by the committee every year. 5 scholarships of 1,000 each are available.
5) Bank of America Scholarships:
For junior or senior high school students who are able to participate in an 8-week paid internship program in Washington, DC. Number and amount of awards vary.
6) America's Junior Miss Scholarship Program:
For college-bound high school girls. Several awards of varying amounts are available each year for female students participating in a number of contests.
7) US Bank Internet Scholarships:
For high school seniors applying to college or university. 30 scholarships of $1,000 each are available.
8) American Planning Association High School Essay Contest:
For high school juniors and seniors writing an essay on certain topics. 11 scholarships of $5,000 each are available.
9) CBAI Annual Scholarships:
For high school seniors statewide. Students are asked to write an essay. 13 scholarships of $4,000 each are available.
10) Youth Foundation Scholarship:
For high school seniors planning to attend a 4-year college program. All fields of study are applicable. Several scholarships of $2500 to $4000 are available.
11) Walt Disney Company Foundation Scholarship:
For high school seniors planning to major in business administration or fine arts programs. 1 scholarship worth $5000 is available.
12) Junior Achievement Nelnet Scholarship:
For high school seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.00 who demonstrate financial need. 10 awards of 1000 available.
13) Bruce Lee Scholarships:
For graduating high school seniors who are planning to enroll in university. Several awards of $5000 are available.
14) College Matters Scholarship:
For high school graduates or seniors who plan to enroll in college. Several scholarships ranging between $1000 - $5000 each are available.
(No website; send applications/inquiries to "College Matters, PO Box 380287, Cambridge, MA 02238)
15) KFC Colonel's Scholars Scholarship:
For high school seniors planning to attend college. Several scholarships of $5000 each are available
16) Apple Scholarships:
For college-bound high school seniors who are planning to attend a 2- or 4-year college or university. 10 winners are chosen, each receive a MacBook Pro, iPod Nano, and $2000.
17) The 7th Generation Community Service Scholarships:
For high school seniors or graduates who are planning to enroll in a 4-year university or college. Several awards of up to $20000 are available.
18) Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship:
For senior high school students who show free spirit and are interested in a career and education in journalism. Several scholarships of a minimum of $1000 are available.
19) Sam Walton Community Scholarships:
For senior high school students planning to attend an accredited US university or college approved by the Wal-Mart Foundation. Selection is based on financial need, academic merit, ACT/SAT scores, and extracurricular involvement. Several scholarships of $1000 to $25000 are available.
20) Most Valuable Student Competition:
For senior high school students who are US citizens. Selection is based on leadership, financial need and scholarship. 500 awards of $1000 to $15000 are available.
21) Proton Energy System Scholarships for High School Seniors (NEW: Entered on Dec 20, 2009):
Recently launched by Proton Energy Systems, and aimed at high school seniors across the United States. Four-year undergraduate scholarships available up to $100,000 each. Applicants are evaluated based on academic performance, financial need, leadership, work ethics and community involvement. First applications are for 2010.
African American Scholarships and Grants
Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Students
Provide scholarships at the undergraduate or graduate level for certain minority students who are interested in pursuing actuarial careers.
AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students
Provides awards to outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Scholarship
Created to fill a void in education funding. Its mission is to provide financial support to individuals and organizations engaged in lifelong learning.
American Political Science Assoc. Minority Fellows Program
Assists minority students in completing their doctorates by concentrating not only on the recruitment of minorities, but also on the retention of these groups within the profession.
Caribbean Tourism Organization Scholarship
Provides opportunities for Caribbean nationals to pursue studies in the areas of tourism, hospitality and language training.
Development Fund for Black Students in Science/Tech
An endowment fund which provides scholarships to African-American undergraduate students enrolled in scientific or technical fields of study at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
“Dream Deferred” Essay Contest on Civil Rights
This essay contest takes its title from a 1951 poem by Langston Hughes: What Happens to a Dream Deferred? The poem helped propel the civil rights movement in the United States. www.hamsaweb.org/essay/
Education is Freedom National Scholarship
Provides college scholarships in the amount of $2,000 to high school seniors that have high GPAs, are active in the community, and have a financial need.
Emma L. Bowen Foundation For Minority Interests In Media
A non-profit organization whose mission is to create career opportunities in the media industry for minority youth through a program that focuses on scholastic achievement, direct work experience and professional development.
Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Scholarship
The goal of the enhancement programs is to increase the pool of and opportunities for qualified minority and female candidates in intercollegiate athletics through postgraduate scholarships.
Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Scholarship Program
Girls Going Places® Entrepreneurship Award Program is Guardian's annual initiative designed to reward the enterprising spirits of girls ages 12 to 18.
Go On Girl Book Club Scholarships
$500 scholarship available to women and girls who have a passion for writing. Offers two scholarship including the Unpublished Writer's Award and Aspiring Writers Educational Scholarship.
HBCU Study Abroad Scholarships
$2,000 award for a student who attends a black college who's interested in studying in another country through an exchange program.
Helen T. Carr Fellowship Program
Supports and strengthens Black colleges as a major resource of African-American engineering graduates.
HIV/AIDS Story Writing Contest
A contest open to all youth between the ages of 14 and 22. Must write a story featuring a character with HIV.
Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers
Established by novelist Marita Golden to honor excellence in fiction writing by students of African descent enrolled full time as an undergraduate or graduate student in any college or university in the United States.
Jack and Jill of America Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship is for African American high school seniors with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 who will be pursuing a Bachelor's degree at any accredited post-secondary institution in the United States.
Jeanette Rankin Foundation Grants For Low-Income Women
A non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for, and awarding scholarships to, low-income women, ages 35 and older.
Luster Products Cosmetology Scholarship
Awards scholarships to cosmetology students and college-bound high school students. Dedicated to providing scholarships and promoting entrepreneurship among the best and brightest African-American college students.
Mercer’s Diversity Scholarship Program
The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize achievement in scholastics, leadership potential and initiative among minority students.
Miller Urban Entrepreneurs Series Business Plan Competition
The award-winning Miller Urban Entrepreneurs Series was launched to respond to the needs of adults ages 21 and older seeking to achieve economic empowerment through entrepreneurship.
Minority Dental Student Scholarship
Award for minority students who are U.S. citiziens and are interested in pursuing a career as a dentist.
NAFEO "Writers of Passage" Essay Competition
The Sallie Mae Fund and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) have created the "Writers of Passage" Essay Competition.
National Association of Black Accountants Scholarship
Has provided more than $7.1 million in scholarship funds to deserving students preparing to enter various business professions.
National Fellowship of Black College Leaders Scholarship
Strengthens and supports Black student leaders at historically black colleges and universities by fostering and preserving positive relationships through scholarships and mentoring opportunities.
Nelly's P.I.M.P Scholarship Contest
Scholarship essay contest presented by rapper and Hip-Hop artist Nelly, who owns an energy drink called Pimp Juice.
Paul Zindel First Novel Award
Students must submit an original work of fiction that is between 100 and 240 typewritten pages and is appropriate for an audience of children ages 8 to 12.
Porter Physiology Fellowships for Minorities
Designed to support the training of talented students entering careers in physiology by providing predoctoral fellowships for underrepresented students.
Ron Brown Scholar Program
Administers more than 300 scholarship, fellowship and institutional grants that support students at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.
Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship
The scholarships are designed to alleviate the financial burdens associated with higher education, permitting the winners to devote more time both to pursuing their academic goals and advancing their leadership initiatives.
Royce Osborn Minority Student Scholarship
The ASRT Education and Research Foundation Royce Osborn Minority Student Scholarship program provides scholarships for academically out-standing, minority students attending an entry-level radiologic sciences program.
Sir John M. Templeton Fellowships Essay Contest
Encourages college students and young college professors around the world to study the meaning and significance of economic and personal liberty.
Special Libraries Association Affirmative Action Scholarship
For graduate study in librarianship leading to a master's degree at a recognized school of library or information science.
Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund
Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund, a program of the Talbots Charitable Foundation, will award $100,000 in scholarships to women determined to finally get that college degree.
Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
The premier organization in Black Higher Education that develops and prepares a new generation of leaders by providing resources, opportunities and advocacy to Public Historically Black Colleges & Universities, students and alumni.
Tri-Delta Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships
The Tri Delta Foundation offers undergraduate and graduate scholarships to collegians and alumnae each year.
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship For Minorities
Based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are members of minority groups.
Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program
Commitment to the academic success of minority students and to the cultivation and recruitment of qualified minority employees in technical fields.
(1) Ron Brown Scholarships
Go to: www.RonBrown.org
The award: $10,000 for 10 to 20 students. It's renewable. Academic merit, leadership, community service, all fields. The deadline is usually in January. This is one of most prestigious scholarships, and it's very, very competitive. Details at site.
(2) Jackie Robinson Foundation
Go to: www.JackieRobinson.org
JRF annually awards selected applicants four-year scholarships of up to $7,200 per year to attend a four-year accredited college or university of their choice. In addition, the Foundation provides access to valuable workshops, seminars, mentoring and internship opportunities. For more information, please visit our website. www.jackierobinson.org.
(3) Project Excellence Scholarships
Go to: www.project-excellence.com
The award: $4,000 or higher (to full tuition). Number of winners: at least 600. Academic merit, leadership, community service, all fields. Deadline: Feb. 1. Details at site.
4) United College Fund Scholarships
Go to: www.uncf.org/programs
The UNCF is one of our major scholarship gateways. The awards are of varying amounts, and there are a great many under different names and requirements (Grandmet, Duracell, for example). The deadline is usually December. Details at site.
5) Kodak Scholarships
Go to: www.kodak.com/US/en/motion/programs/student/scholarship.shtml
The award: varying amounts to $5,000. Number of awards: Varies. For those studying in film/cinematography at U.S. colleges. Details at site.
(6) Intel Science Talent Search
Go to: www.sciserv.org/sts
The award is from $5,000 to $100,000. There are approx. 40 awards in this prestigious competition. You must present a scientific research project. Deadline: December. Details at site.
(7) NACME Scholarships
(National Action Council for Minorities
Go to: www.nacme.org/
The awards go up to $20,000, and many are awarded. This is our major engineering scholarship gateway. You must be an engineering student. The deadline is
usually in February. Go to the Website for details, or contact aid officials at your college.
(8) Gates Millennium Scholarships
Go to: www.gmsp.org/SOW4/
The goal of Gates Millennium Scholarships is to promote academic excellence and to provide an
opportunity for thousands of outstanding students with significant financial need. The scholarship covers room, board, and tuition for at least 1,000 high school
students a year. Nomination material for 2002-2003 will be available November, 2001. Go to Website for details. Deadline: March 15.
(9) NSBE Scholarships
(National Society of Black Engineers)
Got to: www.nsbe.org/scholarships
Award amount: generally from $1,500 to $3,000 for members of NSBE. Number of awards varies. This is primarily for engineering students and others majoring in related disciplines. Deadlines vary. Details at Website.
(10) ARMY ROTC Scholarships
(for Historically Black Colleges)
Go to: www.goarmy.com/rotc/scholarships.jsp
Students looking to enroll at an HBCU must enroll in the Army ROTC. Award amounts to full tuition. Many awards. Must have minimum 920 on SAT or 19 ACT score. Deadline is November 15. Details at Website.
(11) American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Scholarships (AICPA)
Go to: www.aicpa.org/members/div/career/mini/smas.htm
For undergraduates studying accounting at a U.S. college with at least 30 credits completed. Awards up to $5,000 with about 300 winners annually. Deadline is in July. Go to Website for GPA requirements and details.
(12) Bonner Scholar Scholarships
Go to: www.bonner.org/
Award amount: $4,000 and renewable till graduation. Community service is pivotal, as well as need. Your college must be a participating college. Approx. 1,500 awards granted. Deadline varies. Go to Website for
(13) Developmental Fund for Black
Students in Science and Technology Scholarships
Go to: ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/dlhinson/dfb_sch.htm
Award amount: $2,000 and renewable. Several scholarships granted. This is for science or engineering students at HBCUs. Deadline is June 15. Go to Website for details.
14) Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarships
This is a major competition with over 250 awards going to "scholars" with academic, leadership, and talent qualities. The award amount is from $4,000 to $20,000. You can apply on-line. The deadline is October 31. Go to the site for details.
(15) Ambassadorial Scholarships
Go to: www.rotary.org/foundation/educational/amb_scho/
This is the prestigious Rotary organization scholarship for students who can speak another language and want to study abroad in the host country of that language. Award amounts are from $10,000 to $23,000 for a three-month to full-year of study abroad. You should have completed at least two years of college work. Go to Website for details.
(16) National Honor Society
(Sponsored by the National Association
of Secondary School Principals)
Go to: http://www.principals.org/s_nassp/sec.asp?CID=571&DID=48231
The is a scholarship for National Honor Society members in their senior year. Your chapter/school nominates you. Award amount is $1,000 for about
250 students nationwide. The deadline is November. Go to Website for details.
(17) Ronald McDonald House Charities
(And the United Negro College Fund)
Go to: www.rmhc.com
Students must be studying at an HBCU which is a member of the UNCF and have at least a B average. It's for sophomores. The award is from $1,000 to full tuition. Approx. 60 students are selected. The deadline is April 1. Go to website for details.
(18) Xerox Technology Minority
Go to: www.xerox.com and type in "Scholarship"
in the search engine.
This is a good source for strong minority scholarships for students studying in areas like chemistry, engineering, physics, and "tech" areas. The award amount is up to $4,000 for undergraduates, and more for graduate students. The deadline is Sept. 15. Go to Web location for details.
(19) Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarships
Go to: http://www.akaeaf.org/scholarships.htm
The above link is to the Chicago headquarters and that scholarship gateway. Note that there are over 700 AKA Chapters, and you would be wise to contact sponsors at local locations. Scholarship opportunities abound. The deadline at AKA headquarters is Feb. 15. Applications (at the Website) must be sent between Dec. 1st and January 30th each year.
(20) NCAA Scholarships
(National Collegiate Athletic Association)
Go to: www.ncaa.org/about/scholarships.html
This is the major NCAA sports association student athletes are associated with. Awards are given in all sports categories, amounts from $3,000 to $12,500. Awards are also available for sports-related study (like sports journalism). Deadlines vary, as do the number of awards each year.
(21) National Alliance for Excellence
Go to: www.excellence.org
The student competitors can be high school seniors or already in college. They must submit an application
that can include recommendations (academics), art (slides), dance (tapes), photographs, or other materials that point to talent and achievement in all areas. The awards are for a minimum of one year, and over 100 are granted. Applications can be submitted at any time. The selection process is ongoing. Go to the Website for details.
(22) Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Go to: www.truman.gov
The is one of the most prestigious scholarships, shaped for students who intend to pursue a career targeted to public service or government. Graduate study should be a goal, with a portion of the funds directed there. You must be at least a junior, and your college must nominate you. A "nomination" package
must be created. The awards can reach as high as $30,000 over the years. Generally, about 80 students are selected. The deadline is February 1. Go to Website for details.
(23) National Association of Black Journalists
Go to: www.nabj.org/programs/scholarships/index.html
The NABJ offers 10 scholarships. It's a $2,500 award. Students should be attending a four-year university. They must present three letters of recommendation from a school adviser, dean, or a faculty member. Also, a 500-800 word article on a Black journalist must be presented. A grade point average of 3.0 is desirable. Eligible students must be majoring in journalism--print, photography, radio, or television. One of those should be a career goal. Deadline is March 31. Go to Website for details.
(24) Hispanic College Fund Scholarships
Major site for Hispanic students majoring in business-related areas, A to Z (accounting, human resources, communications, and more). The award amount varies. Over 140 awards granted. Deadline: April. Go to Website for details.
(25) Arts Recognition and Talent Search
Go to: www.artsawards.org
These awards are granted to high school or college students (17, 18 years of age) who show talent in dance, voice, music, art, photography, jazz, visual arts, writing, or other creative areas. You must audition or submit a portfolio or tape. The award is to be used for freshman year in college. Awards from $100 to $3,000. Deadline is June 1, or April 1 (for registration in specific regions).
(26) Society of Women Engineer
These scholarships are targeted for women who are majoring in engineering or computer science. Award amounts are from $200 to $5,000, and at least 90 are granted. The deadline for students already in college is February 1, but is May 15 for high school seniors entering an "accredited" program. Go to Website for details.
(27) American Institute of Architects Minority Disadvantaged Scholarship
Go to: www.e-architect.com/institute/scholar.htm
This is a scholarship for minority students enrolling in architecture programs. Awards are from $500 to $3,000. Generally, 20 students are selected. Deadline is December 6. Go to Website for details.