Helping Students Pursue Their College & Career Aspirations

Institute on Neuroscience (ION) Summer Research Program


ION seeks applications from highly motivated high school students who have taken at least one college-level science course (e.g., AP Biology, Honors Chemistry, etc.). After participating in an introductory neuroscience course, ION Scholars are matched with mentors by interest to conduct a seven-week mentored laboratory research project. Weekly professional development workshops focus on topics such as scientific communication, the ethical conduct of research and special topics in neuroscience. At the conclusion of the program, students present their laboratory research results at the ION Research Symposium to an audience of peers, family, friends, teachers and community members.

Program Benefits

  • The internship program provides comprehensive preparation for the pursuit of undergraduate science majors.
  • Student Scholars usually finish the program excited about neuroscience, with an interest in exploring neuroscience-related academic and professional careers.
  • Student Scholars are hired and paid taxable hourly wages (through their matched institution) for their full-time commitment of 40 hr/wk during the eight-week program.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Preference for high school students currently enrolled in their junior or senior year (must be 16 years old by June 4th).
  • Grade point average of at least a 3.0 or the equivalent (B average).
  • Advanced Placement (or other college level) science courses recommended.
  • Able to commit full-time (40 hr/wk) to the entire 8-week program (cannot hold other employment or attend other camps during ION).
  • Scholars must arrange in advance local Atlanta housing and transportation, and are responsible for their meals throughout the summer program.

Application Process

All application materials must be received no later than midnight, Sunday, February 4, 2018 (including letters of recommendation and transcripts):

  • Online Application Form – 2018 Application
  • Personal Statement to be uploaded in the Online Application Form
  • Current Resume to be uploaded in the Online Application Form
  • Recommendation by a high school science teacher (emailed to by the recommender)
  • Recommendation by an adult not related to applicant (emailed to by the recommender)
  • Official High School Transcripts sent by the High School (emailed to
  • Application Fee of $25 – Please use Georgia State University’s Marketplace for your secure online payment at GSU Marketplace

Applications will be reviewed, a subset of applicants will be invited to interview at Georgia State University in mid-March, and final decisions regarding acceptance will be made and applicants notified in early April.

Immunization records, current TB test results, drug test results, and tax documents will be required for all ACCEPTED Scholars.

If any application materials need to be mailed, please mail to the following address:
ION Summer Research Program
Georgia State University
PO Box 5090
Atlanta, GA 30302-5090

Downloadable PDF Flyer – 2018 ION Summer Research Program


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STEP-UP (Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons

Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)

The STEP-UP Program provides hands-on summer research experience for high school and undergraduate students interested in exploring research careers.

Application Deadline

  • 02/01/2018 Undergraduate
  • 02/15/2018 High School

Notification of Award

Mid-March 2018

Register to Apply

Log in to the Student Portal

Program Highlights

  • 8 to 10 weeks of full-time research experience
  • Students receive a summer research stipend
  • Students are assigned to a STEP-UP Coordinating Center to help coordinate and monitor their summer research experience
  • Students are paired with experienced research mentors at institutions throughout the nation
  • Students are encouraged to choose a research institution and/or mentor near their hometown or within commuting distance of their residence. Students are not required to relocate in order to conduct their summer research.
  • Students receive training in the responsible conduct of research
  • All-paid travel expenses to the Annual STEP-UP Research Symposium held on NIH’s main campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Students are given the opportunity to conduct a formal oral and poster presentation.

The STEP-UP Program is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The overall goal of STEP-UP is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK’s core mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.


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University of Tennessee – Sneak Peak (Diversity Weekend)

Sneak Peek

This event is perfect for:

  • High School Juniors
  • Multicultural Students

  • When

    April 20, 2018 to April 21, 2018
    All Day

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, March 29, 2018

    The Office of Undergraduate Admissions cordially invites you to participate in the UT Sneak Peek 2018 Overnight Visit Program on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 2018. Our office will provide round-trip transportation to and from the Knoxville campus, overnight lodging, and meals while on campus for a select group of qualified multicultural high school juniors from across the state of Tennessee and the region.

    The Sneak Peek 2018 Overnight Visit Program will be a unique two-day experience that will introduce students to the many features UT has to offer in the areas of academics, financial aid, and student life. You will have the opportunity to meet and speak with a variety of UT faculty, staff, and students, participate in student life activities, and take tours of the campus and residence halls.

    Note: Participants must have a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA on their 5 semester transcript to be eligible. Qualified students will be selected based an overall cumulative GPA from the entire time the student has been in high school and not just the current semester or a one term GPA.

    How can you sign up for the 2018 Sneak Peek Overnight Visit Program?

    To apply, you must complete these 2 simple steps:

    STEP 1: Complete your online application HERE.

    STEP 2: If you don’t already have a VIP (Vol-In-Progress) account at, please create one! Already have one, and can’t remember your log in information? No problem! Just click the request it link or send us an email at and we’ll be glad to help you. Note: All further correspondence regarding Sneak Peek will be sent via email (please make sure the email address provided is active and the inbox can receive messages).

    Additional Information

    As you continue through your college selection process, please remember that college visits are the ultimate way of learning about an institution that is interested in you. You can see if UT will fit your needs, both academically and personally by visiting us in March. We hope you and your friends will take advantage of this opportunity and join us along with other students from across the region by being our honored guests.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How much does the Sneak Peek Program cost?
    There is no charge for the student to attend this program. Transportation (Memphis, Jackson, & Nashville areas only), meals (while on campus), and lodging are provided by the UT Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

    How are students selected to attend the 2018 Sneak Peek Overnight Visit Program?
    Students will be selected based on a holistic review of criteria including date of registration and academic profile (3.0 or better cumulative GPA from the full time the student has been in high school and ACT/SAT scores if available). An email regarding your selection status will be sent to you once all the information has been processed, so please make sure the email address provided is active and the inbox can receive messages.

    Where can I find my cumulative GPA from the full time I have been in high school?
    Most schools provide overall GPAs on report cards or transcripts. You can confirm your cumulative GPA by consulting with your school counselor.

    What is the deadline to register for Sneak Peek?
    The priority registration deadline for Sneak Peek participants is Friday February 9, 2018 or until we have reached capacity with academically eligible applicants. Space is limited, so register today!

    If I am selected, what are the next steps?
    We will notify you by email of your selection for the program.  In the email, we will include a medical release form to be completed and returned to our West TN Regional Office for processing. The form will serve to as your selection RSVP and will confirm your seat on the bus. After you have been selected you should return your form as soon as possible. You may mail, fax, or email your medical release form to:

    Kevin Berg, Associate Director
    West TN Regional Office
    800 Madison Avenue, Suite 309
    Memphis, TN 38163
    (901) 448-8289 phone
    *(901) 448-1357 fax

    How do I get to campus?
    The Undergraduate Admissions Office will provide two (2) charter buses to bring students from Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville to the Knoxville campus. Due to limited space on our vehicles, we will conduct a selection process for students to ride on buses, so make sure your application is complete!

    If you do not live in one of the transport areas, then you will need to arrive by car. Students may drive; however, we recommend that a parent/guardian bring you or drop you off. There is NO cost for a student to attend this program, and parking while on campus will be complimentary. Note: There is free parking in the Locust Street Garage near the Hilton Hotel and there is a charge to park at the hotel garage.

    Where do I meet the buses?

    Buses will depart from Memphis on Friday, March 2 from the Super Wal-Mart on highway 64, across from the Wolfchase Galleria Mall at 6:30 am CST. Students will need money for food to and from Knoxville. The bus will stop outside of Nashville for fast food.

    Buses will depart from Jackson on Friday, March 2 at 8:00 am CST from the Super Wal-Mart which is located at 2196 Emporium drive. Students will need money for food to and from Knoxville. The bus will stop outside of Nashville for fast food.

    Buses will load in Nashville Friday, March 2 starting at 12:30 pm CST at Opry Mills at Entrance 1 (near the Nike Factory Store, H&M, and Chuy’s) on Briley Pkwy. The buses will depart soon thereafter for Knoxville.

    I plan to drive to Knoxville…where do I meet the group? Can you give me directions?
    Plan to meet our staff at the Hilton Hotel Downtown between 4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor meeting room. If you plan to arrive after 5 p.m., call Julian Wright at 865-974-0455 to make alternate arrangements. Dinner will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. EDT.

    Directions to the Downton Hilton of Knoxville
    501 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902-2591, 865-523-2300

    Traveling I-75 North to I-40 East (or I-40 East from all points west of Knoxville)

    Take exit 388 toward downtown (stay in left lane).
    Continue through tunnel toward downtown.
    At second traffic light, turn left onto Church Street.
    The Hilton Knoxville will be on your left.

    Traveling I-81 South to I-40 West (or I-40 West from all points east of Knoxville)

    Take the Hall of Fame Drive Exit.
    Turn left onto Hall of Fame Drive.
    Turn right onto Summit Hill Drive.
    Continue straight on Summit Hill Drive.
    After crossing Gay Street, turn left onto Locust Street (by the Fire Station).
    Travel three blocks to Church Avenue, and turn left at the traffic light.
    The Hilton Knoxville will be on your left.

    Where will I stay while I’m on campus?
    Students will stay in hotel rooms at the Downtown Hilton Knoxville. UT staff and student leaders will also stay in the hotel with Overnight Visit students.

    Note: Students will only room with other students. UT staff will assign roommates at random.

    What do I need to bring?
    Each student will need to bring a change of clothes (only one bag please) and personal hygiene products. You will only need money for snacks while traveling (students on the buses will need money for 2 fast food stops at the mall), late night cravings, and any souvenirs you may purchase while on campus.

    Contact Us

    Kevin Berg, West TN Office,, (901) 448-8289
    Julian Wright, Knoxville Office,, (865) 974-0455


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    Need-based Financial Aid

    Need-based Financial Aid

    Having worked with hundreds of students through our College Planning Cohort Program, and having reviewed hundreds of Financial Aid Award Letters, we have gained first-hand insight into the array of financial aid policies across the college admissions landscape. Students and parents typically believe that the EFC (Expected Family Contribution), as computed by the U.S. Department of Education, after processing a student’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), is the amount that parents (or independent students) are required to pay toward the costs of attending college.

    Many institutions will play on the naiveté of students and parents by providing intentionally misleading Financial Aid Award Letters, which suggest that students with ‘0’ or low EFCs will not pay anything toward their college costs. The most common practice involved in this deception is to list Federal Student Loans under the caption, ‘Awards,’ or using such language as, “We are pleased to offer.” while also failing to disclose the estimated Cost of Attendance.

    As a result, students and parents assume thousands of dollars in student loan debt as a means of reaching their ‘0’ EFC. Any remaining financial aid gap is oftentimes closed with a combination of small scholarships such as, Achiever’s Scholarship, Trustee Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, etc., which are not renewable after the student’s first year. To register for second-year classes, students simply take out more student loan debt and the process continues year after year until students reach their federal student loan maximums, at which time, many students simply stop attending college.

    So what does ‘Need-based’ financial aid really mean?

    Need-based financial aid simply means that a college will assist in meeting a student’s full financial need, based on either the EFC, as generated by the FAFSA, or the financial need as determined by the CSS/Financial Aid Profile. However, the means through which a student’s financial need is met will vary widely from being met with generous need-based institutional scholarships and grants, to being met with thousands of dollars in student loans. In this regard, there are institutions that have ‘no-loan’ financial aid policies, where student loans are not considered as part of their financial aid formula, and other institutions where student loans represent the most significant part of their financial aid formula.

    How do I identify the institutions that offer the most generous institutional scholarships and grants?

    Go to the US News and World Reports college rankings and the colleges with the most generous need-based financial aid policies are atop the rankings and among the most selective institutions to which a student can be offered admission. For example, Williams College is the top ranked liberal arts college in the United States and has the most generous financial aid policies that we have experienced through our students. Students with demonstrated financial need receive free books, assistance with their health insurance, transportation, and other unexpected costs associated with attending Williams College. Amherst College, the number two ranked liberal arts college is nearly as generous. Our students with demonstrated financial need have received institutional scholarship offers from Amherst College covering overing 94 percent of the $72,000 per year estimated Cost of Attendance (after application of the US Pell Grant).

    Students and parents must carefully research colleges long prior to submitting applications if students are to position themselves for being offered admission to institutions with the most generous need-based financial aid policies. We have listed institutions, of which we are aware, with some of the most generous need-based and institutional scholarship programs:

    Top liberal arts colleges: Williams, Amherst, Bowdoin, Swarthmore, Middlebury, Pomona, Carleton, Claremont McKenna, Davidson, Washington & Lee, Colby, Colgate University, Harvey Mudd, Smith, Vassar, Grinnell, Hamilton, Haverford, Wesleyan University, and Bates.

    “Williams has one of the most generous financial aid programs in the country, thanks to generations of gifts from alumni, parents, and friends. It allows us to award more than $50 million a year in financial aid to more than half of all Williams students. Our financial aid program is based entirely on need, and we meet 100 percent of every student’s demonstrated need.  We are committed to working with you and your family to make a Williams education affordable.”

    We aim to ensure high-achieving students from all backgrounds realize a Colby education is accessible regardless of their families’ means,” said Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Matt Proto. “Colby has many ways of expressing this commitment, most notably that we meet the full demonstrated need of admitted students using grants, not loans, in financial aid packages. This cost estimator is another tool for families to see that a Colby education is possible.”

    The Ivy League: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale.

    “Princeton has a long history of admitting students without regard to their financial circumstances and, for more than a decade, has provided student grants and campus jobs — not student loans — to meet the full demonstrated financial need of all students offered admission.”

    Top national universities: University of Chicago, MIT, Stanford, Duke, CalTech, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Rice, and Vanderbilt.

    “Providing for college is one of the largest single investments a family will make, and we strongly believe that a Vanderbilt education is well worth the investment. Opportunity Vanderbilt reflects our belief that a world-renowned education should be accessible to all qualified students regardless of their economic circumstances.”

    “We make three important commitments to U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens to ensure that students from many different economic circumstances can enroll at Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt will meet 100% of a family’s demonstrated financial need. Instead of offering need-based loans to undergraduate students, Vanderbilt offers additional grant assistance. This does not involve income bands or “cut-offs” that impact or limit eligibility.”

    How many colleges should I apply to?

    Because financial aid policies so widely vary by institution, the rule of thumb for students who qualify for need-based financial aid, is to apply to as many selective institutions as possible, to which the student is a strong candidate for admission, so that they student and their parents will have many financial aid award letters upon which to base their financial college choice.

    The devastating impact of making the wrong college choice


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    Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project


    Study at Harvard - Students accepted into this program are simultaneously accepted into Harvard Debate Council’s summer residential program at Harvard College.  This exclusive educational experience provides unmatched future advantages to our students.  The HDCDP board is raising scholarship funds in an effort to cover each student’s tuition, room & board, and travel.

    Enhance college application & professional resume – Academic achievement is not enough for top-tiered colleges & universities; they desire students with leadership acumen.  HDCDP students gain exclusive leadership experiences that will enhance their college application and build their professional resume.

    Pre-collegiate training – In Atlanta, students will acquire advanced enrichment through a rigorous academic program in which they will explore content higher than what is available in a traditional high school setting.  From January thru June, students will undergo intensive training by Harvard instructors in preparation to study at Harvard College in July.


    HDCDP is an Atlanta-based diversity pipeline program designed to raise the young social & political voice in urban Atlanta and matriculate African-American students into the Harvard Debate Council’s summer residential program at Harvard College in Cambridge, MA.  We accomplish this goal through accelerated education and interactive field experience.  HDCDP seeks to develop the young social and political voice through our 3 pillars:

    1.) Scholarship: An incubator for academic excellence– Our goal is to train citizens and leaders of the world, which requires global consciousness. Students will explore international issues through a rigorous curriculum centered on critical thinking, research, analysis, and academic debate.  Students are taught by Harvard instructors, during which they identify, cultivate, and use their voice in matters of social and political justice.

    2.) Leadership: A launchpad for young leaders – The fact that young people do not have a vote in elections does not mean they shouldn’t have a voice. This program provides exposure to the challenges that confront today’s voting public through unique non-partisan experiences engaging in local politics and community activism in the city of Atlanta.

    3.) Culture: A hub for cultural pride – We seek to cultivate cultural ambassadors that reform the meaning of scholarship into one that is appealing and accessible to black youth.  We endeavor to foster a sense of cultural pride through the exploration of African-American history, leadership, and erudition.  Our charge is to develop students that will embody the principle, “Lift as you climb” – ascending the ranks of social status while reaching back to pull others up, too.

    Harvard Debate Council


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    Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program

    Wells Fargo is strongly invested in supporting our nation’s veterans, including a commitment to assist them in completing postsecondary education programs to help them return to, and succeed in, a competitive job market. The Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program provides scholarships to fill unmet financial need of veterans after military benefits and other grants and scholarships have been packaged by their school. This financial support will allow veterans to focus on completing their education and reduce reliance on student loans.

    The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.


    Applicants to the Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program must:

    • Be honorably-discharged (no longer drilling) veterans or spouses of disabled veterans who have served in the United States military, including the Reserves and National Guard, and have received a Certificate of Eligibility from the Department of Veterans Affairs or another document of service.
    • Be high school or GED graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in full-time undergraduate (first Bachelor’s) or graduate (first Master’s degree) study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school* for the entire upcoming academic year.
      *College must not be on warning or probationary status with the federal government, or must not be in litigation with the federal government or a state.
    • Be Pell-eligible and have applied for Title IV and completed FAFSA to ensure full discovery of actual unmet need.
    • Use any military education benefits for which they are eligible in the upcoming academic year.
    • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent.


    Award amounts will be determined after military education benefits and federal, state, institutional grants and other scholarships are calculated. Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s or master’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance in a full-time course of study. Award amounts will increase by $1,000 each year.

    Awards are for educational expenses including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room and board, and transportation.

    Awards may be deferred for an interruption in study due to medical, health and other extenuating circumstances. Requests for deferral will be handled on a case by case basis.

    Application Process

    • Start by clicking Register to Apply at the bottom of this page. You will need to read and agree to a consent statement, supply a unique and valid email address, and create a username and password.
    • Correspondence throughout the application process will be by email. Email messages will be sent to the username and email address registered when you created your account. Students failing to use a valid active email account that will accommodate bulk mail may not receive consideration. Be sure to add to your contacts or address book and check your email regularly!
    • Complete the application by entering data in the format described. Proper punctuation and standard capitalization (Jill Smith, 10 Main Street, New York, NY) must be used.
    • During the application process, you may leave the site prior to submission by clicking on the Save and Log out link located on each application page. To return to the application, you must login using your username and password. Saving the application will not submit application.
    • Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore answer all questions as completely as possible.
    • Applications and all required documents must be submitted electronically by the deadline in order for your application to be processed.
    • Once all application requirements are satisfied, the Lock and Submit button will be available to you near the bottom of the Review Application page.
    • Carefully review your application before clicking the Lock and Submit button. Once submitted, you will no longer have access to your application.
    • It is recommended that you print a hard copy of your application for your records.
    • You will receive an email acknowledgment of your submitted application.

    Required Documents

    As part of your application, you must upload the following supporting documents prior to application submission:

    1. A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grade and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
    2. Copy of DD214(preferred) OR Certificate of Eligibility from the Department of Veterans Affairs OR other document of service. Be sure your DD214 includes “Special Additional Information”.
    3. Current college financial aid award letter (preferred) OR Student Aid Report (SAR) from most recent FAFSA filed.
    4. If applicant is the spouse of a disabled veteran, provide VA disability letter and copy of marriage license.

    Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

    Program Deadline

    Your application must be submitted by February 28, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. CST.

    Selection of Recipients

    Recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, and two essays:

    • statement of military service, and career and educational goals and objectives
    • statement describing any personal and financial challenges that may be barriers to completing postsecondary education

    Financial need will be considered.

    Scholarship America will select finalists from the group of eligible, complete applications. Finalist applications will be reviewed by a review committee of Wells Fargo Veteran Team Members. Based on the above criteria, Scholarship America will select recipients and determine award amounts. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


    Applicants will be notified in mid May. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Recipients will be required to submit a college financial aid award letter for the upcoming academic year before award amount is determined.

    Payment of Scholarships

    Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Wells Fargo. Payment is made in one installment in mid July. Checks are mailed to each recipient’s home address and are made payable to the school for the student.


    Recipients have no obligation to Wells Fargo. They are, however, required to notify Scholarship America of any changes in address, school enrollment, or other relevant information, and to send a complete official transcript when requested.


    Wells Fargo reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time including termination of the program.

    Questions? Contact us:


    Call: 1-507-931-1682 and ask for the Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program


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    HBCU Study Abroad Scholarship

    Open to students who are currently attending an HBCU, a historically black college or university.

    A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded as follows:

    • $1,500 credit toward the IES Abroad program fee
    • $500 reimbursement toward the purchase of an overseas airline ticket for the IES Abroad program. After confirming your place in an IES Abroad fall, spring, academic year or calendar year program, you must present a valid, overseas airline itinerary in order to receive the $500 reimbursement.  Please email itinerary to Reimbursement check will be mailed to the home address on file.
    • Consecutive term students will receive one $1,500 scholarhip plus one $500 airfare reimbursement.
    • Open to students who attend an HBCU that is a Member or Associate member of the IES Abroad consortium and that transfers at least 75% of home school aid to IES Abroad. Student must have applied to and attend an IES Abroad fall, spring, academic year or calendar year program.
    • Return Requirement: If awarded one of these scholarships, at the conclusion of the IES Abroad program you agree to submit a 1-page statement about your experience abroad, including how it has affected you personally, professionally, and academically and how this scholarship supported your endeavors.  Once submitted, this statement becomes property of IES Abroad and excerpts may be used in any/all IES Abroad electronic and printed publications.
    • Standard programs only.  Customized programs are not eligible for IES Abroad financial aid.

    Click here to apply…

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    Davidson Fellows Scholarship

    More than $7.1 million has been awarded to 306 brilliant young people through the Davidson Fellows Scholarship.

    The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work.

    Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box. Davidson Fellows are honored every year in Washington, D.C. with Congressional meetings and a special reception.

    Davidson Fellows named as one of “The 10 Biggest Scholarships in the World” by and one of “7 Prestigious Undergrad Scholarships” in U.S. News & World Report.

    Deadline & Eligibility

    Visit the How to Apply page to review category requirements. If you have any questions, please email

    Step 1: Eligibility

    To be eligible for consideration as a Davidson Fellow, applicants must:

    • Be 18 or younger as of Oct. 1, 2018.
    • Be a U.S. citizen residing in the United States, or a Permanent Resident of the United States residing in the United States, or be stationed overseas due to active U. S. military duty.
    • There is no minimum age for eligibility.

    The Davidson Institute is looking for students whose projects are at, or close to, the college graduate level with a depth of knowledge in their particular area of study. This scholarship is not geared toward students at the novice level. See specific Category Requirements below.

    Davidson Fellows must be available to attend, with one parent or guardian, the awards reception and other recognition events to be held in September in Washington, D.C. (Travel expenses and lodging will be provided by the Institute.)

    Step 2: Review Category Requirements and Project Criteria

    Category Requirements

    STEM Categories -  ScienceTechnologyEngineeringMathematics

    Humanities Categories - LiteratureMusicPhilosophy

    Outside the Box

    Project Criteria

    Scholarships are awarded on the basis of significant work. Significant work is an accomplishment that experts in the field recognize as meaningful and has the potential to make a positive contribution to society. Such work may be:

    • an exceptionally creative application of existing knowledge
    • a new idea with high impact
    • an innovative solution with broad-range implications
    • an important advancement that can be replicated and built upon
    • an interdisciplinary discovery
    • a prodigious performance
    • another demonstration of extraordinary accomplishment

    Step 3: Complete Application

    Access our Application System to complete the application. If you have applied for any other Davidson Institute programs using the Application System, you may use the same login information to apply for the Davidson Fellows Scholarship.

    Please save your username, password and security answer. You will need your username and password to log back into the system. If you forget your password, you can click on “Forgot Your Password?” from the login screen, but you must know your username and security answer in order to recover your password. If you forget your user name, please email;do not create a new account.

    Note: If you are logged into the Application System and there is no new information submitted within a 60 minute timeframe, your session will time out and you will receive a server error. Your information may not be saved. The system saves information when you click on the top arrow buttons. If you have not clicked on the top arrow button, it will not save the information you have input on that specific screen. If you receive a server error, you will need to close out of the system and log back in. Therefore, we recommend typing and saving your responses to open-ended questions in another program before pasting the text into the Application System.

    In order to minimize the chance of email sent by the application system and the Applications Team being classified as spam by your email provider, please add to your safe sender list and notify your Nominator and all parent/guardians to do the same. Please note the email address used by the application system is an unmonitored mailbox and emails sent to that address will not be read. For further details on adding an email domain to your safe sender list, please search online or see our FAQ: “Q. Will I be receiving any email notifications after I apply through the Online Application System?”.

    Click here for FAQs about the Davidson Institute’s Application System.

    Step 4: Application Submission & Deadline

    Please submit the initial portion of the application as soon as possible. This initial portion will ask you for your project title and description, as well as your nominators’ names and email addresses, if you leave any of these items blank, your application will be sent back to you for completion.

    Once the initial portion of the application has been submitted, your project will be held for review.  When your project is approved, you will receive an email notification, and automatic emails will be sent to your nominators with the Nominating Form link. When the Nominating Form is completed, an email will be sent to the nominator and applicant confirming receipt by the Davidson Fellows program.
    When you have submitted all of your application materials, the Parent Form email will be automatically sent to your parent(s).

    Please note that the deadline for receipt of all application materials including nominating and parent forms is February 14, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

    SAMPLE Nominating Form (PDF)

    Step 5: Review Process and Notification

    Each submission is examined for completeness and accuracy. Qualified entries are then sorted by category and evaluated by an independent team of judges comprised of professionals with expertise in related domain areas. The team of judges may, at their sole discretion, consult with additional experts to assist in evaluating the merits of each submission.

    The independent team of judges will identify which applicants will be named Davidson Fellows and decide whether they will receive a $10,000, $25,000 or $50,000 scholarship. Judges’ Project Selection Scale (PDF)

    All applicants are notified on or before July 15 each year.

    Read the Scholarship Rules and Regulations. If you have any questions, please email

    The Davidson Fellows Scholarship Program does not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity or disability.

    Frequently Asked Questions about the Davidson Fellows Scholarship


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    Horatio Alger Association Scholarships

    106 scholarships at $25,000 each

    As one of the nation’s largest college financial aid programs in the country, the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is one of the major scholarship programs nationally that specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The scholarships are funded by Horatio Alger Members who, like the Scholars, have experienced challenges but ultimately overcame them to become successful business and civic leaders.

    The National Scholarship is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference.  Recipients must attend the National Scholars Conference to receive the award.

    To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National 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 2018 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

    The application will be available August 1 – October 25.

    Scholarships valued at up to $10,000 each

    State scholarships are awarded to eligible students in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. The program specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The scholarships are funded by Horatio Alger Members who, like the Scholars, have experienced challenges but ultimately overcame them to become successful business and civic leaders. For a full listing of Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs and their funders, please click here.

    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 2018 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

    *applicants for the Montana state scholarships must meet additional eligibility criteria.

    The application will be available August 1 – October 25.

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    1020 scholarships up to $2,500 each

    The Career & Technical Scholarship Program is funded through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund and the generosity of Association Chairman Emeritus and Endowment Fund President Walter Scott, Jr.  Scholarships are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Have completed high school (or earned a high school equivalency credential)
    • Will be enrolled in eligible program in Fall 2017
    • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program (up to 2 years) at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
    • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
    • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
    • Be under the age of 30
    • Be a United States citizen

    Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies.  All scholarship funds are paid directly to the institution on behalf of the recipient.

    To print a poster announcing this scholarship program please visit our School Officials page.

    The 2017 application process is now closed.  The application will open online March 15 for students enrolling in Fall 2018.

    The Association offers several scholarship programs that either require an applicant to pursue a specific degree or attend a specific university. These specialized programs are funded through the generosity of individual Horatio Alger Members. Please scroll down to see if any of these programs line up with your choices.

    General Eligibility

    The following criteria applies to all programs below:

    • Critical financial need ($55,000 or less adjusted gross income per family is required)
    • Integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
    • United States citizenship

    For more specific eligibility criteria please refer to the program listings below:

    Boise State University Scholarship (7 awards at $10,000 each)

    The Boise State University Scholarship Program was established in 2012 and is funded by Association Board Member Robert G. Miller, CEO of the Albertsons Companies, Inc.

    • Current freshmen who are entering their sophomore year in the fall of the application year at Boise State University
    • Resident of Idaho
    • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
    • See the flyer!

    Application available January 15 – March 15

    Doré Scholarship (25 awards at $10,500 each)

    The Doré Scholarship is funded by Association Member William J. Doré, Chairman and CEO of Global Industries, Ltd.

    • High school senior planning to attend McNeese State University or University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    • Resident of Louisiana
    • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0

    Application available January 15 – March 15

    Honeywell Scholarship (10 awards at $10,000 each)

    The Honeywell Scholarship Program is funded by Association Member Dave Cote, Executive Chairman of Honeywell and Honeywell Hometown Solutions.

    Application available January 15 – March 15

    Mel Klein Scholarship (5 awards at $10,000 each)

    The Mel Klein Scholarship Program was established in 2016 and is funded by Association Member Mel Klein, founder of Melvyn N. Klein Interests.

    • High school senior
    • Academic achievement (minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5)
    • Planning to pursue a degree at Colgate University, Columbia University, Stanford University, or Tulane University
    • Applying for this scholarship will also make you eligible for national/state scholarship awards

    Santa Clara University – Schott Family Scholarship (4 awards at $50,000 each – amount matched by school)

    The Santa Clara University – Schott Family Scholarship Program was established in 2016 and is funded by Association Member Stephen Schott, Owner and CEO of S.C.S Development Co. / Award Homes.

    • High school senior planning to attend Santa Clara University
    • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.4

    Trott Family Scholarship (21 awards at $30,000-$60,000 each)

    The Trott Family Scholarship was established in 2015 and is funded by Association President Byron Trott, Chairman and CEO of BDT & Company.


    • High school senior planning to attend Ohio State University, University of Chicago or Vanderbilt University
    • Will submit an application for early decision/early action (by Nov. 1)
    • Academic achievement (minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5)
    • Applying for this scholarship will also make you eligible for national/state scholarship awards


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    Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology Scholarships


    The Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology (DFBSST) is an endowment fund which provides scholarships to African-American undergraduate students who enroll in scientific or technical fields of study at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

    Selection Process ] [ Eligibility Criteria ] [ Evaluation Criteria ]
    Award Determination ] [ Obtaining a Scholarship Application ]

    Selection Process

    DFBSST identifies students through the assistance of Engineering and Science Department deans and professors at pre-selected, predominantly Black colleges and universities.  DFBSST requests the deans and faculty members to identify a specified number of students that they would like to be considered for scholarships, and to pass on DFBSST scholarship application forms to these students.

    Eligibility Criteria

    To be eligible for scholarships offered by DFBSST, all applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • African-American, undergraduate student majoring (or intending to major) in a technical field of study (i.e., engineering, math, science, etc.),
    • Be enrolled (or identify his or her intention to enroll) at one of the predominantly Black colleges or universities listed below, and
    • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

    Evaluation Criteria

    Applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria:

    1. Academic achievement (grades and SAT scores, especially science/math),
    2. Personal essay describing career goals, current and past relevant extracurricular activities, etc.,
    3. Recommendations (teachers and guidance counselors), and
    4. Financial need.

    Applicants are first ranked based on consideration of items 1, 2 and 3 above. If two (2) applicants are considered to be equal, the candidate with the greatest financial need is ranked higher.

    Award Determination

    The amount of the scholarships awarded each student is determined by the DFBSST Scholarship Committee. Scholarships are based on merit and financial need. Scholarship awards are up to $3,000 per year. Support is renewed annually, for a maximum of four (4) years, as long as the students remains in good academic standing at the same institution, maintains at least a 3.0 in their major, enrolled in a full-time, undergraduate science or engineering curriculum, and submits a renewal application.

    Obtaining a Scholarship Application

    Applications can be obtained by contacting the science or engineering department at one of the schools listed below. We do not distribute applications directly to students. All applications must be obtained through and pre-screened by the schools.  There can be no exceptions. Scholarship applications are currently available at the following schools:

    Bennett College Morehouse College
    Clark Atlanta University Morgan State University
    Elizabeth City State Univ North Carolina A&T State Univ
    Fisk University Prairie View A&M University
    Florida A&M University Southern University
    Fort Valley State College Spelman College
    Hampton University Tennessee State University
    Howard University Tuskegee University
    Langston University Wilberforce University
    Lincoln University (PA) Xavier University of Louisiana

    Scholarship applications become available April 15th and must be submitted by June 15th. Scholarship recipients will be notified in early September.


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