Scholarships

The Coolidge Scholarship

Primary Criterion: Academic Excellence

Above all, Coolidge scholars must possess a distinguished academic record. Competitive candidates will have pursued and succeeded in the most rigorous course of study available to them. Awardees will demonstrate an uncommon academic depth and intellectual curiosity. In the case of the Coolidge Scholarship, depth matters as much as breadth. Coolidge winners’ interest in scholarly and intellectual pursuits goes beyond the classroom. Mere credential collection is not a defining trait of a Coolidge Scholar. Jonas Salk, the father of the polio vaccine, provides a good example. Salk so excelled in school that he skipped grades. However, he was also intellectually curious, writing: “As a child I was not interested in science. I was merely interested in things human.”


Secondary Criterion: Interest in Public Policy and Appreciation for Coolidge Values

From his boyhood days in Plymouth Notch through his years in the White House Coolidge studied public policy. This scholarship therefore seeks young citizens who exhibit an interest in policy. Candidates also should demonstrate an awareness of and appreciation for the values President Coolidge championed throughout his life. Some such values include: civility, restraint in government, respect for teachers, thrift, and respect for the presidency. The award is not restricted to candidates planning to pursue degrees in fields such as public policy or government. To the contrary, all academic disciplines are valued by this award. Like the president, Coolidge Scholars will engage in the pressing issues of their time. Like Coolidge, Coolidge Scholars are at all times civil, valuing respectful debate over partisan attack. Candidates will be asked to prepare an 800-word application essay on Coolidge values.


Secondary Criterion: Humility and Service

Humility is a hallmark quality of leaders in the Coolidge tradition. In his autobiography, Coolidge wrote: “It is a great advantage to a President, and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know that he is not a great man.” The Coolidge Scholarship seeks young people who display a sense of service and care for the well-being of others.

Other prizes are awarded to young people for accumulating leadership credentials in high school. This prize focuses rather on high school achievement that gives young people the potential to lead later in life. A young person who tends to work alone, but demonstrates potential to conduct breakthrough research, for example, is a strong candidate. Introverts can win this prize.

The Coolidge Scholarship is non-partisan and is awarded on merit regardless of race, gender, or background.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2017-18 Coolidge Scholarship applicants must intend to enroll full-time at an accredited U.S. college or university as an undergraduate for the first time in fall 2019. That is to say, students in their junior year of high school, or the equivalent if home schooled, are eligible to apply. (Students who are currently high school juniors but take some courses at a local college are indeed eligible to apply for the Coolidge Scholarship.)
  • 2017-18 Coolidge Scholarship applicants must be citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States of America at the time of application.
  • 2017-18 Coolidge Scholarship applicants cannot be the immediate family member of any current employee or trustee of the Coolidge Scholars Program or the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation.

Eligibility FAQ

  • I’m an international student, am I eligible to apply for the Coolidge Scholarship? The Coolidge Scholarship is only open to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents currently attending high school abroad are indeed eligible to apply.
  • I currently am a high school junior, but take some courses at a local college, am I still eligible to apply? Yes, indeed! You must simply confirm that you intend to enroll full-time at an accredited U.S. college or university for the first time in fall 2019.
  • I am a current high school junior intending to take a gap year after high school, and therefore plan to begin college in fall 2020. Am I eligible? No, only current high school juniors intending to enroll as full-time undergraduates for the first time in fall 2019 are eligible to apply for the 2017-18 scholarship.
  • I am a current high school senior, am I eligible to apply? No, only current high school juniors intending to enroll as undergraduates full-time for the first time in fall 2019 are eligible to apply for the 2017-18 scholarship. No exceptions to this rule can be made.
  • I am a current high school senior intending to take a gap year before beginning college, am I eligible to apply? No, only current high school juniors are eligible to apply. No exceptions to this rule can be made.

October 2017: Application opens for the 2017-18 Coolidge Scholarship. Note: only current high school juniors (i.e. students who intend to enroll in college full-time for the first time in fall of 2019) are eligible to apply.

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 5:00 PM eastern standard time: Application deadline. (Note: the deadline was previously January 24, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST, but has been extended. The deadline is now Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST.) Please note that only applications submitted by the application deadline, with accompanying letters of recommendation, can be considered. Please take special note of the time zone.

Spring 2018: All students will be notified of the final outcome of their application. Applicants who are named finalists will be contacted directly by phone and invited to Finalist Interview Weekend, which takes place in Woodstock, Vermont and historic Plymouth Notch, Vermont. The Coolidge Foundation will cover the travel and lodging costs for finalists and one parent to attend Finalist Weekend.

Summer 2018: Newly selected Coolidge Scholars will spend an orientation week at the Coolidge Foundation in Plymouth Notch, Vermont.

 

A-1 Auto Transport Annual Scholarship

Scholarship Details

How much is the scholarship?

Three awards worth $1,000, $500, and $250 will be awarded under the A-1 Auto Transport Scholarship every year. The scholarship will be sent directly to the school/university/college’s financial aid office.

A-1 Auto Transport Scholarship

Who is eligible?

Any current, full-time, part-time student of an accredited or non-accredited institute, truck driving school or other logistics program, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to become eligible. There is no requirement of minimum age.

How do I apply?

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must write an essay/article (of at least 1000 words and may NOT be posted elsewhere on the internet) about a topic related to this site. Some typical topics could be anything related to:

Applications will be taken on a rolling basis. Email your essay/article to: scholarships@a1autotransport.com along with your full name, contact information, and school you will be attending.

Important dates:

Last date to apply for the scholarship program is March 10, 2018.

Who decides the winner?

Essays/articles shall be posted on our website with content attributed to the author and linked from this page, to be voted on by the A-1 Auto Transport Scholarship committee. The A-1 Auto Transport, Inc. scholarship committee will be announcing the winners on our website at the end of March 2018. The winners will also be notified via email.

I submitted my essay, now what?

Once you submit, we recommend you get the word out — let all of your friends and family know about this scholarship and share the link to your essay with them on your social media.

 

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.

Eligibility

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.

Awards

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 wellsfargoveterans@scholarshipamerica.org 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.

Notification

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.

Obligations

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.

Revisions

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:

Email: wellsfargoveterans@scholarshipamerica.org

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

 

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 admissions@IESabroad.org. 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.
Amount:
$2,000
Eligibility:
  • 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.

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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 TheBestColleges.org 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 DavidsonFellows@DavidsonGifted.org.

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 davidsonfellows@davidsongifted.org;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 @davidsongifted.org 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 DavidsonFellows@DavidsonGifted.org.

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

Frequently Asked Questions about the Davidson Fellows Scholarship

 

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.

Tech guy working

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.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: SEPTEMBER 25

  • 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

 

Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology Scholarships

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 CollegeMorehouse College
Clark Atlanta UniversityMorgan State University
Elizabeth City State UnivNorth Carolina A&T State Univ
Fisk UniversityPrairie View A&M University
Florida A&M UniversitySouthern University
Fort Valley State CollegeSpelman College
Hampton UniversityTennessee State University
Howard UniversityTuskegee University
Langston UniversityWilberforce 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.

 

CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The Undergraduate Scholarship Program is a financial needs based initiative that offers undergraduate students an unmatched experience in a diverse and inclusive environment. Undergraduate students, serving as scholarship recipients with the CIA, attend an accredited college/university on a full-time basis and work during summer breaks at the CIA.

While working at the CIA, you will be exposed to intelligence challenges while performing meaningful work that relates to your college major. An IT major, for example, might be given increasingly complex projects involving sophisticated computer systems. An engineering major might help produce a piece of state-of-the-art equipment. A finance major could be involved in developing and analyzing budgets for a worldwide operation, while a foreign language major might be instrumental in translating documents for US policymakers. An international relations major might brief a senior policymaker and, as a final example, a human resources major could have the opportunity to develop and implement personnel policies and procedures.

If selected as a scholarship recipient, you will receive a wide array of benefits, including:

  • Tuition assistance up to $18,000 per calendar year for tuition, mandatory fees and books
  • Daily allowance for meals and incidentals during summer tours
  • Reimbursement for transportation costs between school and Washington, DC
  • Annual salary
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Federal retirement plans
  • Paid time off, as well as sick and holiday leave

Because the CIA invests in scholarship recipients, accepting an offer means continued employment with the CIA for a specified timeframe. You are required to work at the CIA after college graduation for a period equal to 1.5 times the length of the college sponsorship you received from the CIA. Students who leave earlier are required to reimburse the US government for their tuition. All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area during summer work tours.

Offices of the CIA

Our Undergraduate Scholarship recipients work in all Directorates and Offices of CIA. click here to learn more about our five directorates and offices that support the Director of the CIA.

Life at the CIA

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We’re on the forefront of world-altering events–as they happen. Working here isn’t just a job, it’s a mindset and a lifestyle.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • 18 years of age by date of application to the scholarship program
  • Financial need as demonstrated by the gross annual household income ceiling up to $70,000 for a family of four or less, and $80,000 for a family of five or more
    • If the applicant has not been listed as a dependent for the previous tax year, the gross annual household income ceiling is $35,000 or less
  • 1000 SAT (new official score scale) or 1500 (old score scale); or 21 ACT scores or higher (high school students)
  • Acceptance at a 4- or 5-year college/university; or pursing an undergraduate degree as a full time student enrolled in, or planning to take, at least 9 credits per semester
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for high school and/or college
  • Availability to work at least two 90-day summer tours prior to graduation and willingness to work at CIA full time after graduation

Desired Qualifications:

  • Academic excellence in core subjects related to your college major or desired major
  • Relevant practical or job experience in your field of interest
  • Proficiency in a foreign language. Languages of interest are listed on our Foreign Language page here
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Genuine interest in contributing to CIA’s mission

 

The Scholarship Program is extremely competitive, therefore attention to detail is critical. The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

  • Cover sheet listing all documents attached
  • SAT or ACT scores (for high school seniors who are taking the SAT or ACT in the fall, please make note of your test date in your application).
  • Names and ages of all family dependents and proof of gross annual household income. Please provide one of the following documents to prove that you meet the financial requirements of the program:
    • Either a copy of your most current Federal Application for Financial Student Aid Form (FAFSA),
    • Or a copy of the most recent W2(s) stating gross annual household income
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Scholarship Program Application [PDF*]
  • Qualification Supplement [PDF*]

ALL POSITIONS REQUIRE RELOCATION TO THE WASHINGTON DC METROPOLITAN AREA.

All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview, and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

To Apply:

Save the position(s) that interest you in the job cart. You can add up to four (4) positions. Job cart selections will only be retained during this site visit, so be sure to click “Apply Now” before closing the browser window. After clicking “Apply Now” you will be taken to the application account creation page. The positions will appear in the cart once you have created an account. DO NOT submit multiple applications; this will only slow the review of your application and delay processing. Please read the Application Instructions carefully before you begin the online application process.

Application Instructions

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Leading By Legacy Foundation Scholarship

WELCOME TO THE LEADING BY LEGACY FOUNDATION

It is the mission of the foundation to sponsor and participate in programs that promote an interest in post secondary learning in students of all ages.

The foundation has three primary pillars:

  • Provide financial assistance to students who have experienced particular challenges in their lives through scholarships.
  • Offer web based resources for post-secondary experiences to differently abled students and their families.
  • Promote scholarly readiness for students of all ages, especially those within marginalized communities.

Eligibility Requirements

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the scholarships, provided you meet the following requirements:

  • Must be current high school seniors at the time of their application
  • Must demonstrate leadership in school and/or the community
  • Must be an active member of a community service program
  • May be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or undocumented students*
  • Recent recipients of either scholarship are able to apply for renewal of the scholarship.
  • GPA must be 2.5 and higher
  • SAT score must be 800 and higher
  • ACT score must be 17 and higher

Application Timeline

Below is the timeline for interested applicants to plan the submission of their application to The Leading by Legacy  Scholarship as well as key dates when eligible applicants will be notified:

  • March 1: Interested applicants can begin to complete and submit The Leading by Legacy Scholarship application.
  • May 1: The Final postmarked deadline in order to be considered for The Leading by Legacy Scholarship.
  • May 1 – May 30: Applications are reviewed by the Program staff.
  • June 15: Winners in the competition are notified.

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