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AKA Educational Advancement Foundation

Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarships are the primary means by which EAF carries out its mission. The Foundation awards Merit, Financial Need and Youth Partners Accessing Capital (Y.P.A.C.) scholarships.

Merit

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible for this one-year one-time only scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be a full-time, sophomore or beyond;
  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited degree-granting institution;
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (“B” average);
  • Demonstrate community service and involvement.

Merit scholarship applications and supporting documents for Undergraduate students are due April 15, 2018. Awards will be announced in August 2018.

Scholarship Application Instructions
Undergraduate Scholarship Fact Sheet
Click here to access the scholarship portal and complete your application

Financial Need

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible for this one-year one-time only award, the applicant must:

  • Be a full-time, sophomore or beyond;
  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited degree-granting institution;
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (“C+” average);
  • Demonstrate community service and involvement.

Financial Need scholarship applications and supporting documents for Undergraduate students are due April 15, 2018. Awards will be announced in August 2018.

Scholarship Application Instructions
Undergraduate Scholarship Fact Sheet
Click here to access the scholarship portal and complete your application

Graduate Scholarships

Scholarships are the primary means by which EAF carries out its mission. The Foundation awards Merit and Financial Need graduate scholarships.

Merit

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible for this one-year one-time only scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be a full-time, sophomore or beyond;
  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited degree-granting institution;
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (“B” average);
  • Demonstrate community service and involvement.

Merit scholarship applications and supporting documents for Graduate students are due August 15, 2018. Awards will be announced by December 2018.

Scholarship Application Instructions
Graduate Scholarship – Community Assistance Award Fact Sheet
Click here to access the scholarship portal and complete your application

Financial Need

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible for this one-year one-time only award, the applicant must:

  • Be a full-time, sophomore or beyond;
  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited degree-granting institution;
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (“C+” average);
  • Demonstrate community service and involvement.

Financial Need scholarship applications and supporting documents for Graduate students are due August 15, 2018. Awards will be announced by December 2018.

Scholarship Application Instructions
Graduate Scholarship – Community Assistance Award Fact Sheet
Click here to access the scholarship portal and complete your application

Youth Partners Accessing Capital (Y.P.A.C.)

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Be a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Be at least a college sophomore
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate exceptional academic achievement or extreme financial need
  • Participate in leadership, volunteer, civic or campus activities

Youth P.A.C. scholarship applications and supporting documents were due April 15, 2018. Awards will be announced in August 2018.

Youth P.A.C. Fact Sheet
Youth P.A.C. Application Instructions
Click here to access the scholarship portal and complete your application

 

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Minority Scholarships and Engineering Scholarships for Minorities

NACME STEM Minority Scholarships Overview

NACME is responsible for more than $4 million in scholarships awarded annually to underrepresented minority (URM) students, with more than $1.6 million awarded in NACME’s funded scholarships and $2.4 million more through our partner institutions’ in-kind support. In 2016, NACME expects to support approximately 1,300 underrepresented minority engineering students.

NACME Scholars (Block Grant) Program

Through the NACME Scholars Program, NACME provides block grants to colleges and universities that, in turn, award the money to talented African American, American Indian, and Latino students enrolled in engineering programs as part of their financial aid packages.

The NACME’s Scholars (Block Grant) Program provides minority college scholarship support in the form of a lump sum grant to partner institutions who enroll students from three sources – first year students identified by NACME or the partner universities, transfer students from two-year colleges, and currently enrolled students who have completed at least one year of engineering study.

University Eligibility

Academic institutions that wish to participate in the scholars grant program must demonstrate a commitment to minority student success that is evidenced in their recruitment, admission, retention, education, and graduation (RAREG) of African American, American Indian, and Latino engineering students.

Student Eligibility

To be eligible for the NACME Scholars Program students must enroll in an engineering program at a partner university, be a URM, and maintain a minimum required GPA (from 2.5 – 2.8). For Fellowships, GPA requirements differ according to the fellowship. Click here for more details about underrepresented minority scholarships (African American, American Indian, and Latino) and other special scholarship programs for minorities.

Academic performance criteria for NACME support differs somewhat for each student stream.

  • High school seniors must be accepted by the university’s college of engineering (at the end of the freshman year, NACME assumes a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0).
  • Currently enrolled students must have completed a calculus, physics, or chemistry course, earning at least a “B,” and be accepted into engineering.
  • Two-year community college transfers, i.e., those accepted for their third year of engineering study, must enter with at least a 2.7 cumulative GPA on a scale of a 4.0 and an Associate Degree in engineering science (or the equivalent program of study).

For more information about the NACME’s Scholars (Block Grant) Program contact Dr. Chris Smith, Director, Scholarships and University Relations, at 914-539-4316, or email at  scholars@nacme.org.

Payment Distribution

NACME distributes grant payments in two installments each academic year. Under the scholars program, each entering freshman scholar is eligible for $12,500 for up to five years. Two-year transfers and currently enrolled sophomores and beyond are eligible for the identical annual support for up to three years. Scholarship amounts may vary based on the scholar’s financial need to cover the cost of education.

Reporting Requirements

The academic institution provides NACME with a report at the end of the grant period that includes graduation and retention rates as well as biographical information, GPA, and dollar amount of support for each NACME Scholar.

Expectations for Continuance

Partnership agreements are reviewed at the end of five years. Grants are renewed annually to compare institutional performance against established enrollment and graduation goals. NACME expects evidence of continuous improvement toward parity. Such indicators of success would include in the aggregate rising GPAs, reduction in retention rate between NACME Scholars and comparison group (e.g., other minority engineering students or non-minority engineering students), and stable or decreasing time to degree.

NACME In-Kind/Associate Programs

We also encourage universities and colleges not already engaged in our NACME Scholarship Programs to provide in-kind scholarship support to underrepresented minority engineering students attending your school.

Fellowships (Special Scholarships)

The NACME Fellows Program was created to provide an opportunity for individuals and companies interested in establishing a named minority scholarship program in support of NACME’s mission to increase the representation of underrepresented minorities in engineering. This will be accomplished by ensuring that more engineering scholarships for minorities are available.

For more information about how to apply for a fellowship, contact Dr. Chris Smith, Director, Scholarships and University Relations, at 914-539-4316, or email at scholars@nacme.org. For specific information on how to establish a fellowship e-mail, scholarships@nacme.org.

Current NACME Fellowships and Endowments

George Campbell, Jr. Fellowship in Engineering
Dr. George Campbell, Jr. served as NACME’s president and CEO for 11 years. This scholarship honors Dr. Campbell’s service to the mission and vision of increasing the representation of underrepresented minority students in engineering. One student is selected in the sophomore year. The recipient is awarded $5,000 for up to three years. The minimum grade point average required is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Sidney and Katherine Friend Scholarship
Joint endowment established between NACME and Polytechnic University. One first-year student is selected and supported for a maximum of five years. The recipient is awarded $2,500 each year. The minimum grade point average required is 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.

William Randolph Hearst Endowment Scholarship
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation supported the creation of this endowed scholarship. Two students are selected in either the first or second year. The recipients are awarded $2,500 each for up to four years. The minimum grade point average required is 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.

Phillip D. Reed Undergraduate Endowment Fellowship
Philip D. Reed endowment fellowship is made possible through an endowment from the Philip D. Reed Foundation. One student is selected in the sophomore year. The award provides $5,000 for up to three years.

The Bechtel Undergraduate Fellowship Award
The Bechtel Undergraduate Fellowship Award is financial support program that encourages and recognizes high academic achievement of students interested in pursuing a corporate career in a construction-related engineering discipline. The award is accompanied by internship and mentoring opportunities. Two students are selected in their junior year. The recipients are awarded $2,500 each for up to two years. The minimum grade point average required is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

NACME Contact

For more information about the NACME’s Scholars (Block Grant) Program or how to apply for a fellowship, contact Dr. Chris Smith, Director, Scholarships and University Relations, at 914-539-4316, or email at scholars@nacme.org.

Additional Minority Scholarship Resources

Scholarships.com - A listing of scholarships for minorities.

Finaid.com - Information about scholarships and fellowships for minority students. Native American students should also visit the Financial Aid for Native American Students page.

U.S. Department of StateScholarships, financial aid and student internships.

 

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NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program

UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers:

  • Scholarship support
  • Paid research training at the NIH during the summer
  • Paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation

In order to determine if you meet the financial need eligibility guidelines, the UGSP encourages all students to complete the Exceptional Financial Need (EFN) form and submit it to your financial aid office. This form can be filed prior to completion of the online application. Since your eligibility will have to be updated with your 2017 financial aid application data, completion and submission of this form is for informational purposes only. If you choose to submit the form prior to application, please notify the UGSP at ugsp@od.nih.gov, and we will contact you after your university has indicated your eligibility. However, if you do not receive notification of eligibility prior to the application opening date, we encourage you to go ahead and begin the application process.

SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT

The NIH UGSP will pay up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses to scholarship recipients. Scholarships are awarded for 1 year, and can be renewed up to 4 years.

RESEARCH TRAINING AT THE NIH

For each full or partial scholarship year, you are committed to two NIH service obligations. The obligations are actually benefits of the UGSP, providing you with invaluable research training and experience at the NIH.

  1. 10-week Summer Laboratory Experience. After each year of scholarship support, you will train for 10 weeks as a paid summer research employee in an NIH research laboratory. This employment occurs after the receipt of the scholarship award. Each scholar will work directly with an NIH Principle Investigator or an NIH postdoctoral fellow, who will serve as mentors.
  2. Employment at the NIH after Graduation. After graduation, you will continue your training as a full-time employee in an NIH research laboratory. You must serve 1 year of full-time employment for each year of scholarship.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

You must meet all of these requirements in order to be eligible for admission into the UGSP.  Please take a moment to use our Eligibility Wizard.

  • U.S.A. citizen or U.S.A. permanent resident
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited 4-year undergraduate institution located in the United States of America
  • Undergraduate University Grade Point Average of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0-point scale or within the top 5 percent of your class
  • Having ‘Exceptional Financial Need’ as certified by your undergraduate institution financial aid office - see table below (updated 8 November 2017).
Persons in Family
(Includes Only Dependents Listed on Federal Income Tax Forms)
Family Income Level
(Adjusted Gross Income for Tax Year 2016)
Federal Register: Volume 81, Number 15, 25 January 2016, Page 4036
Family Income Level
(Adjusted Gross Income for Tax Year 2017)
Federal Register: Volume 82, Number 19, 31 January 2017, Page 8831
1 $23,780.00 $24,120.00
2 $32,040.00 $32,480.00
3 $40,320.00 $40,840.00
4 $48,600.00 $49,200.00
5 $56,880.00 $57,560.00
6 $65,160.00 $65,920.00
7 $73,460.00 $74,280.00
8 $81,780.00 $82,640.00
More than 8 Persons $8,320.00 for Each Additional Person $8,360.00 for Each Additional Person

You are not eligible for the UGSP if any one of the following items pertains to you:

  • You are a high school senior
  • You have been awarded an undergraduate degree
  • You are enrolled in an advanced degree program, such as a master’s degree
  • You are unable to fulfill the payback requirements

APPLICATION INFORMATION

The Application for the 2018-2019 academic year is now open.  To learn more about the application process and requirements, review the videos ”How to Apply to the NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program” and “How to Find an NIH Mentor“.  Your university must also determine whether you meet the required exceptional financial need (EFN) criteria.  To do so, download the EFN form, complete the top section and submit it to the financial aid office at the university you will attend during the 2018-2019 academic year.  Your university will determine your eligibility and forward the form to us.  We strongly advise you to complete the application while waiting for your university to determine your eligibility.

KEY DATES FOR ADMISSION CONSIDERATION IN FALL 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR

(Dates updated 1 November 2017)

  • January 2, 2018 – Application Opens
  • March 15, 2018 – Application Deadline
  • March 30, 2018 – Letter of Recommendation Deadline
  • May 11, 2018 – EFN Form with 2016 Tax Year Information Deadline
  • Mid-June 2018 – Invitations to Phone Interview Distributed
  • Mid-July 2018 – Phone Interviews for Admission
  • Late-July 2018 – Selection of Scholars

This program is administered without discrimination on the basis of age, race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, or other nonmerit factors.

NIH is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from underrepresented minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities.  NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

 

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100 Scholarships for Minority Students

100 Scholarships for Minority Students

Compiled by Diversity & Inclusion

  1. Ron Brown Scholar Program
  2. FastWEB Scholarship Search
  3. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Site
  4. The Hispanic College Fund
  5. Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships
  6. Marine Corps Scholarships
  7. McDonald’s Education Scholarships
  8. Frito Lay Arts Scholarship
  9. Gates Millennium Scholars Program
  10. Hallmark/UNCF Scholars Program
  11. Intel/UNCF Scholarship Program
  12. United Water Corporate Scholars Program
  13. Liberty Mutual Responsible Scholars Program
  14. Academy for Educational Development Fellowships
  15. American Institute of CPAs Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students
  16. American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Fellowships
  17. Bristol-Myers Squibb Minority Fellowships in Academic Medicine
  18. The Roothbert Fund
  19. Coca Cola Scholarships
  20. State Farm Insurance Achievement Scholarships
  21. State Farm Insurance Hispanic Scholarships
  22. McNair Scholars Program
  23. National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program
  24. Catching The Dream – Native Student Scholarship
  25. Military Tuition Support
  26. NACME Scholarship Program
  27. NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Scholarship
  28. Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship
  29. Methodist Scholarships
  30. Project Excellence Scholarships
  31. Intel Science Talent Search
  32. Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarships
  33. Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award
  34. Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program
  35. APA Scholarships and Fellowships
  36. Udall Foundation Scholarship for Native Students
  37. American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program
  38. Americorps Funding Opportunities
  39. Student Inventors Scholarships
  40. Ayn Rand Essay Scholarships
  41. Brand Essay Competition
  42. Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program
  43. National Assoc. of Black Journalists Scholarships (NABJ)
  44. Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
  45. FinAid: The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid (scholarships)
  46. Microsoft Scholarship Program
  47. Sallie Mae Scholarship Search
  48. William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students
  49. Dell Scholars Program
  50. Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship
  51. Burger King McLamore Scholars Program
  52. Siemens Westinghouse Competition
  53. GE and LuLac Scholarship Funds
  54. RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program
  55. HBCU “Packard” Sit Abroad Scholarships (for study around the world)
  56. INROADS internships
  57. Courage to Grow Scholarship (Awarded Monthly)
  58. DoSomething.org Scholarships
  59. Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation Scholarships
  60. NAACP Legal Defense Fund Scholarship
  61. Horatio Alger Scholarship
  62. HSF General College Scholarship
  63. Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship
  64. Nissan North America, Inc. Scholarship
  65. ProofReading.com Scholarship Program
  66. P.L.A.Y. Scholarship
  67. Kim and Harold Louie Scholars
  68. SME Education Foundation Manufacturing and Engineering Scholarships
  69. CANFIT Program Scholarships
  70. RTDNA Carole Simpson Broadcast Journalist Scholarship
  71. Surety and Fidelity Industry Intern and Scholarship Program
  72. Smithsonian Minority Internship Program
  73. James E. Webb Internship Program
  74. WHOI Minority Fellowship Program
  75. ALA Spectrum Scholarship
  76. APS Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors
  77. AMS/Industry Minority Scholarships
  78. American Chemical Society Scholars Program
  79. Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  80. LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship
  81. LPGA Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship
  82. National Press Club Scholarship for Journalism Diversity
  83. Chips Quinn Scholars Program
  84. IIE UPS Scholarships for Minority Students
  85. Allison E. Fisher Scholarship
  86. SHPE Foundation General Scholarships
  87. CHCI Scholarship
  88. NACA South Student Leadership Scholarship
  89. Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders
  90. American Indian College Fund
  91. Ford Blue Oval Scholars
  92. KATU Thomas R. Dargan Scholarship
  93. Morgan Stanley Scholarships
  94. DAR American Indian Scholarship
  95. AAIA Scholarships
  96. American Indian Graduate Center Scholarships
  97. AXA Achievement Community Scholarship
  98. Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholarships
  99. Scholarship America Dream Award
  100. BUICK Achievers Scholarship Program

These websites are subject to change without our knowledge so please report broken links to diversity@unc.edu

 

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Chick-fil-A Remarkable Futures Scholarships

Applications are open! Until February 2, 2018, Chick-fil-A restaurant team members can apply for a scholarship, joining the ranks of approximately 41,000 Chick-fil-A team members who have been awarded more than $46 million since 1973. Are you ready for your Remarkable Future?

Each year, Chick-fil-A awards two types of scholarships to Team Members: True Inspiration Scholarships ($25,000) and Leadership Scholarships ($2,500). In 2017, more than 3,400 Chick-fil-A Team Members received a scholarship — and Chick-fil-A is proud to continue giving back in 2018. Scholarships can be used at any accredited two- or four-year college, university, or technical/vocational school. Here’s what to know about both scholarships, at a glance.

Scholarship Award Amount: $25,000

Eligibility:

  • Employed as a Team Member at a Chick-fil-A-branded or -affiliated restaurant at the time of application and award
  • Current postsecondary undergraduate or graduate student or planning to enroll in undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Recommended by an Operator, Interim Manager or Executive General Manager (depending on the Restaurant where the Team Member is employed)
  • Active involvement in community service in the twelve months prior to application
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent). Academic awards and recognition will be considered.
  • Demonstrated financial need
Leadership Scholarship Award Amount: $2,500
Eligibility:
  • Employed as a Team Member at a Chick-fil-A-branded or -affiliated restaurant at the time of application and award
  • Current postsecondary undergraduate or graduate student or planning to enroll in undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Recommended by an Operator, Interim Manager or Executive General Manager (depending on the Restaurant where the Team Member is employed)
  • Active involvement in community service in the twelve months prior to application
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) Academic awards and recognition will be considered.

The specific terms and conditions of any awarded scholarships will be different for Team Members of Chick-fil-A Franchisees, Team Members of Chick-fil-A, Inc. Operated Restaurants, and Team Members of STC Brand Restaurants.

 

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Finding Alternatives to Scholarships for Student Athletes

Going to college on an athletic scholarship is a dream for many high school athletes, particularly if it means studying in and playing for their preferred school. However, statistics show that student athletes often find it difficult to receive full scholarships on athletic merits alone. Fortunately, alternative scholarships exist that allow students to receive their education while nurturing their athletic talents.

Statistics on Student Athletes

College athletic scholarships are a necessity for many student athletes. Majority of students and their families simply do not have the financial capacity to pay for a college education, considering that about 86% of athletes in college live below the poverty line. The average athlete playing for the NCAA pays around $3,000 in school-related costs every year. Any compensation they receive is usually given as cost-of-living stipends (ranging from $2,000 – $5,000 per year), hardship funds for emergencies and travel, and athletic scholarships. If the student’s family earns $35,000 a year, they can only contribute around $2,600 to cover for college costs annually. Compare this amount to annual college expenses that can easily top $20,000.

What Student Athletes Can Expect About Athletic Scholarships

A student athlete is not exactly guaranteed to receive a college education on an athletic scholarship. Even the numbers are not exactly encouraging. For example, an estimated 8 million students participate in athletics during high school. Of these, only around 500,000 will play at NCAA schools. From here, students hope to get a shot to compete in the major leagues but only a small percentage of college athletes will make the transition from NCAA to become professional athletes.

The NCAA Divisions

Colleges and universities are classified under one of three divisions in the NCAA or National Collegiate Athletics Association in the U.S. Of the three divisions, Division I or D-I is considered the highest intercollegiate athletics label under the NCAA. It includes 346 colleges and universities with 176,00 student athletes. Around 56% receive financial aid.

Division II or D-II, is represented by 307 colleges and universities. It has 118,000 student athletes, with 61% receiving athletics aid. By far the largest of the divisions is Division III or D-III, which includes 439 colleges and universities. This division has 187,000 student athletes, 82% of whom receive academic grants.

Typically, D-III schools are composed of smaller universities and private schools. As expected, the admissions requirements and academic levels expected from students are different from those required by D-I and D-II schools. Many of the most popular D-III schools are located in the Midwestern, Southern and Northeastern states.

Playing in the NCAA

Among high school seniors who play NCAA level basketball, only 3.3% are male and around 3.7% are female. Of these athletes, about 130,000 will be awarded either partial or full athletic scholarships. In 2008, an estimated 1 million young men played football in American high schools, and yet, around 28,000 of them were given a sports scholarship to pursue higher education in either a Division I or a Division II college.

A Look at the Figures

Many student athletes hope to receive a sports scholarship to get them through college but current figures suggest it may not always be enough. The average amount of athletic scholarship that a student can hope to receive is only around $10,400. If basketball and football are excluded, a student athlete can expect an athletic scholarship assistance to average at only around $8,700.

It is not a walk in the park for student athletes on sports scholarships, either. Once they become recipients of a sports scholarship, students are expected to work to keep it. Athletes who play for Division I colleges, for example, spend plenty of time in the court or on the field. Student athletes who play football, baseball and basketball can expect to spend as much as 40 hours a week playing, practicing and competing.

Why Choosing Division III Schools is a Good Option

Student athletes who attend D-III schools are not as focused on sports as students who pursue their education at D-I and D-II schools. Many student athletes who compete under the D-III banner do so because they love the sport and relish the competition. The prestige of playing for major D-I and D-II colleges and universities may not be present, but student athletes still enjoy an exciting learning environment where they can pursue higher education while participating in the sport they excel at. D-III schools host a wide number of sports, including the more popular ones such as basketball, baseball, volleyball and football, and less popular sports such as bowling, water polo, rowing and ice hockey.

Benefits of Playing for Division III Schools

Division III is like the youngest sibling in the NCAA and yet, it has become the largest college sports division. It currently has the most number of institutions and student athletes under its wing. In spite of these figures, Division III schools are viewed as the institutions where student athletes who failed to make the senior high school varsity team enroll in. The truth is that students go to Division III colleges may have different priorities and access to opportunities. Due to less pressure in upping their sports performance to keep a scholarship, D-III student athletes can focus on both academics and their preferred sport while interacting with other students in a community-like environment.

The main difference about Division III colleges and universities is that they do not grant athletic scholarships. As such, students who enroll in these schools need to build their credentials based on other forms of merit and not just in sports. Although sports-based financial aid is not available, students can expect to receive financial aid to cover their education costs via needs-based assistance and leadership grants. As such, student athletes with very good showing in academics and have other key accomplishments can still expect excellent financial support from these schools.

D-III schools are considered the lowest level in terms of competition but many D-II level and even D-I level athletes are enrolled here. Although some student athletes prefer D-III schools for the academics, many also consider the overall aid package these schools offer to be better. In fact, some D-III schools offer academics-based merit awards and other accomplishment-based aid that could reduce tuition costs by as much as 100%. In all, D-III schools offer both financial and academic awards that many student athletes prefer.

To learn more about the infographic created by Ohio University’s Online Masters in Coaching program.

Source: Ohio University

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TAG-Ed Summer Internship Program

Work on a STEM project at one of over 150 participating Georgia companies! The internships are paid, and the experience is priceless.

The TAG-Ed Summer Internship Program was created to give students like you real world STEM experience at companies around Atlanta and the state of Georgia. For five weeks or more, you will work with a mentor on a specific project, not only honing your technical skills, but also developing the professional skills you will need to excel through high school and beyond.

Applications to become a TAG-Ed Summer Intern are now open! We highly recommend you preview the application before starting by clicking “PREVIEW APP” below. The deadline to apply is June 12. Join more than 800 participants who have grown through their summer experience with TAG-Ed.

“More than anything, this internship was an eye-opening experience for me to see and understand how tech companies work. With this knowledge, I now know what it takes to be a leader in the workplace, and I am more motivated to learn and do well in school.”

KEREN PARK
Intern at The Weather Company

“The internships will surely help open your eyes about the fields you want to pursue. Such an amazing overall experience”

JUSTUS BARNES
Intern at Rural Sourcing, Inc.

“I believe this experience was a great opportunity that would have been hard to obtain through my efforts alone. I sincerely believe the TAG-Ed program is particularly rewarding because of how great and responsive the coordinators are to the students’ needs and expectations!”

AMY LEE
Intern at Delta Data Soft

“TAG-Ed is an excellent program, beginning with the workshops all the way to the placement of your internship. I would recommend this program for anyone because it prepares you for interviews, job opportunities and any type of professional development you would need.”

ERICO CORBETT
Intern at Turner

INTRODUCING: THE STEAMCONCEPT BOOTCAMP

TAG-Ed is partnering with Concept Software, Inc. to bring an alternate opportunity for TAG-Ed intern applicants this summer: STEAM summer bootcamps. These intensive, four-week programs will be made available to top-tier students who are not matched with companies for TAG-Ed summer internships. This presents an excellent opportunity for students to continue building their technology (Course 1: Introduction to Technology) or marketing skills (Course 2: Digital Media Marketing & SEO) to prepare them for future professional experiences – at absolutely no cost!

When applying for your TAG-Ed internship, simply indicate whether you would also like to be considered for the 2017 STEAMConcept Bootcamp. Concept Software will then contact you directly with a secondary application. Note: this will not affect the chances of you receiving a TAG-Ed summer internship. All students will first be considered for a TAG-Ed internship.

 

 

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Golden Door Scholars

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR DACA STUDENTS

Undocumented students may incorrectly assume that they cannot legally attend college in the United States. There is no federal law that prohibits the admission of undocumented immigrants to U.S. colleges, public or private. However, there are certain obstacles that stand in the way of these students’ path to higher education

Tuition

In many states, public institutions treat undocumented students as international students. What does that mean for you? You may be ineligible for state aid and in-state tuition.
Click here to see policies on in-state tuition for undocumented students by state. Scholarships for undocumented students and DACA scholarships are difficult to find, but not impossible.

Source: http://www.ncsl.org/

Financial Aid

Undocumented students cannot legally receive any federally-funded student financial aid, including loans, grants and scholarships. However, some private scholarships for undocumented students, like Golden Door Scholars, do not require students to be U.S. citizens or residents.
The following organizations have scholarships for undocumented students and DACA scholarships:

Applications open in September of each year

Do I have to have DACA or TPS to apply?

Yes. In addition to providing college access, Golden Door Scholars supports professional experiences. Applicants must be eligible to participate in paid internships. All scholars are required to be approved for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) before scholarship funds are released.

Do I have to be a NC/SC resident?

No, Golden Door Scholars takes applications from all over the country. However, strong priority is given to students from states that charge out-of-state tuition to DACAmented students.

Do I have to be a current high school student to apply?

No. Recent high school graduates, currently enrolled undergrad, and transfer students are also welcome to apply.

However, we do not support funding for Graduate Schools.

Can this scholarship be applied toward graduate school?

No. Golden Door Scholarships may only be applied to undergraduate degree programs.

Are scholars expected to maintain a minimum GPA in college?

Yes, all scholars are expected to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA each semester.

Do I have to go to a partner school?

While most of our students attend Golden Door partner schools, we support students at other accredited 4-year institutions on a case-by-case basis. We are also always developing relationships at new partner schools.

What qualifications does a typical Golden Door Scholar have?

  • DACA qualified
  • Lives in a state that doesn’t allow in-state tuition for DACA students
  • High GPA
  • Taking advanced or challenging high school classes
  • Driven to excel and help others succeed too
  • Has held leadership positions or is involved in the community
  • Has applied for a variety of scholarships

When does the scholarship start?

Golden Door scholarship recipients will begin receiving support in the Fall semester.

 

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21st Century Leaders Summer Programs

Become the leader you were always meant to be. Become a 21st Century Leader!

Imagine spending the next three years of high school with access to exclusive summer leadership institutes, hands-on experiences and training, a community of like-minded and motivated peers, and a network of leading Georgia business and professional leaders working with you. 21st Century Leaders offers you all of that and so much more. Become a 21st Century Leader and be inspired to lead.

Check out all our exclusive opportunities below and see how you can start your leadership journey with 21st Century Leaders:

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Summer Leadership Institutes

Experience an intensive week-long residential leadership program as your first exposure to 21st Century Leaders. 21CL offers three exclusive summer leadership institutes, expanding your leadership skills and exposing you to various businesses and industries throughout the state of Georgia. Each leadership institute will engage you through interactive workshops, corporate tours, round-tables with business leaders, and team-building exercises. Plus, you’ll have the time of your life while living on a college-campus, expanding your skills and meeting a diverse group of students from all across the state!

Leadership Connect

Leadership Connect is the perfect way to start your 21st Century Leaders journey! Leadership Connect is our online learning platform, challenging and connecting you to a new set of online workshops, hands-on activities, and exclusive opportunities expanding your leadership skills and career interests for the future! Earn incentives, rewards, special experiences, digital badges, and maybe even a spot in the interview round of our summer leadership institutes!

Training

As a 21st Century Leader, you have access to a full range of training opportunities throughout the year. From two-day summits to online workshops, you can pick and choose the training that works best for you to further your skills and inspire you to lead. Take a look at what we have to offer!

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Youth Leadership Teams

21CL provides three dynamic special youth leadership teams for our students, which are comprised of highly engaged and motivated 21CL students who work together and independently on fulfilling the mission of 21st Century Leaders.

Youth Leadership Centers

Youth Leadership Centers bring the 21CL experience to your school through student–led leadership and community service-based club centered in participating Georgia high schools.

 

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UNCF STEM Scholars Program

UNCF has partnered with The Fund II Foundation to establish a scholarship program to help African American students seeking careers in STEM fields—science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For 2018, The Fund II Foundation UNCF STEM Scholars Program will identify 100 African American high school students who are determined to pursue careers in STEM fields. These students will receive scholarships, internships, mentoring and other tools to help them reach their goals.

Scholars will receive $2,500 per academic year as freshmen and sophomores, $5,000 a year as juniors and seniors, and an additional $5,000 for students whose academic programs require a fifth year.

Are you a STEM student? Apply for the scholarship by January 16, 2018!

With African Americans making up less than five percent of the science and engineering workforce, and less than one percent of all tech startups, this partnership addresses the challenges of more African American students graduating with STEM degrees into the STEM workforce. The Fund II Foundation UNCF STEM Scholars Program will create a robust pipeline of African American students well prepared to have careers in the tech industry and to become the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.

 

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