A Class Outing Essay Scholarships

During her first semester of college, Veronica Sorce and her dorm friends sat in the audience at the “Jerry Springer” show in Chicago. The college kids watched as couples on stage broke up and threw down. “The guys were getting in fights,” says Sorce, a graphic design major from Peoria, Illinois.

Checking out the “Springer” show is just one of the many outings Sorce had with her dorm friends. In between hangout sessions, the students attended class at DePaul University, the nation’s largest Catholic university.

Surprised? Sources say many students have stereotypes about religiously-affiliated schools. But she says DePaul is a school filled with students from all backgrounds.

Religiously affiliated schools are just one alternative to big state schools. Students who want unique campus experiences are also turning to single-sex schools, historically black colleges and universities and schools that offer work experience.

Megan Cloud Morales, 23, started at a big state school in Texas, but transferred after a year. “I wasn’t being very challenged there,” she says. Cloud Morales transferred to Barnard College, a women’s college in New York City. Cloud Morales says the girls-only classes were “fantastic” because there were no distractions. She was also impressed with the community of women who she describes as being smart and “savvy.”

Chris Mason, a director with , a college guidebook series that reviews schools individually, says students should expand their search past the standard state school. “I think it can only help to go to a place where you think you will excel,” he says. “If you find that match, it only enhances the education.”

Work programs are one way students can enhance their education. Schools like Babson College and The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania intertwine classes with real work experience. For journalism students, the University of Missouri-Columbia has a student-run NBC affiliate and daily newspaper. Mason says more schools are also starting to develop work programs.

Historically black colleges and universities, also known as HBCUs, are another unique college choice. But don’t assume the culture is the same at all historically black campuses. “They all have their own unique culture,” Mason says. “That’s what’s at root at historically black colleges. It’s the rich history at the school, the style of teaching.”

Howard University in Washington, D.C., for example, doesn’t have a strong Southern culture like Morehouse College, Mason says. Sorce suggests not letting stereotypes stop you from considering a different kind of college, such as a religiously affiliated school.

“Don’t judge a school based on its religion. Even if you’re not religious, you may find that it’s a good school for you,” she says. “It’s pretty much up to you.”

You don’t have to be valedictorian to consider an honors program or honors college as another unique college experience. Samantha Brown, admissions counselor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, says honors students are typically near the top of their class and are motivated, but they don’t have to have graduated as number one.

“Students who are typically admitted to the Honors College have significant experience in honors, Advanced Placement, gifted and talented, and/or International Baccalaureate coursework,” Brown says.

Why would you consider an honors college? Students in them can take advantage of opportunities not opened to the general student population. That could mean special projects, smaller class sizes, top professors, research opportunities, unique courses, and invitations to special campus events.

And don’t forget that you’ll be around other motivated top students, too! The competition alone might make you even better than you already are.

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Hmong American Education Fund

HAEF Scholarship Criteria Summary

Criteria for ALL Scholarships:

  • All applicants must be a US citizen or legal resident alien.
  • All applicants must be accepted to and attending an accredited college or university for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Please see each individual scholarship for additional information regarding the essay requirement and applicant objectives
  • If you have any additional questions, please contact us directly at scholarships@thehaef.org


Pierce Butler Scholarship

On behalf of the Phi Kappa Psi Minnesota Beta chapter at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, I am pleased to announce the availability of a scholarship to be awarded to high school seniors who will be attending the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities next fall.

The Pierce Butler Scholarship will be awarded annually to incoming male University of Minnesota-Twin Cities undergraduate freshmen.

In creating the Pierce Butler Scholarship, we hope to help lower the costs of freshman year. The Minnesota Beta Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi recognizes excellence in the classroom, in leadership, and in the community for incoming freshman men to the University of Minnesota. This scholarship is designed to promote academic excellence among a new generation of Golden Gophers, while stewarding a positive campus atmosphere. By applying for the Pierce Butler Scholarship, applicants are under no obligation to join or otherwise become affiliated with the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

Recipients of the scholarship will be chosen based on merit in the classroom and in the community.

All applications for this scholarship must be submitted no later than June 30th, 2017. Applications can be found at http://www.mnphipsi.com/scholarship/. For more information about the Pierce Butler Scholarship please refer to our website at www.mnphipsi.com.


Linden Scholarship

The Linden Scholarship Committee is seeking students who are committed to improving their communities through active volunteer service.  Additionally, the scholarship committee is looking for students who permanently reside in Washington, Ramsey, or Dakota counties, maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need.  Recipients must be enrolled in a two-year ot four-year college or vocation school.

For mor information, please visit www.SalvationArmyNorth.org/scholarship

Deadline is Friday, April 13, 2018.


Smart Money Teen Essay Contest:  


The Minnesota Council on Economic Education and COUNTRY Financial are teaming up again this year for the 2018 Money Smart Teen Essay Contest! Students in grades 9-12 from your school are invited to submit an essay on financial literacy for a chance to win a $3,000 scholarship. Plus two runner-ups will win a $1,000 scholarship!


This year's essay topic is: 


Write a brief newspaper article describing the potentially devastating effects of a natural disaster (fire, flood, hurricane, etc.) on a family’s financial situation. Select only one type of natural disaster for the focus of your article. Be sure to include tips and resources for readers to help prepare them for a potential future unexpected crisis. 


For more information on how to enter your students, go to https://z.umn.edu/3al1.  Essays are due by 5:00 p.m. March 16.



A-1 Auto Transport Annual Scholarship: 

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.  Deadline March 10, 2018


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Scholarship: CRITERIA * African-American high school graduating senior - Class of 2018 * Minimum cumulative and unweighted GPA of 3.0 (scale of 4.0) * Demonstrated leadership and community service * Acceptance at 2 - 4 year accredited institution of higher education in FALL 2018 (scholarships will not be distributed until proof of full-time enrollment is received) * Resident of Minnesota 


Visit www.akadpo.org/scholarship to download application. Contact scholarship@akadpo.org for questions or concerns. Please type or print neatly in the space provided. All sections must be completed. Applications are also available in the Guidance Office.



Hireinfluence Scholarship

We would like to invite students to apply to our HireInfluence Scholarship. We believe in supporting passionate, hardworking, and talented college students and to support budding entrepreneurs, future leaders, and all students, we are offering a $500 Entrepreneur annual Scholarship. The scholarship amount is $500 awarded towards College Tuition/Expenses.

Please add this link to your scholarship page.


Scholarship Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be within the ages of 18 to 25.

  • Applicant must be currently enrolled at an accredited high school, college or university in the United States or Canada by selection date or enrolled at an accredited high school, college or university in the United States or Canada during the time of submission.

  • Applicant must submit one submission per person.

  • Average GPA must be 2.0 or higher.


  • Scholarship submission due by May 31st.

  • Winning submission selected by June 30th.


Woodbury Lions Club Scholarship- $1,000 Award


The Woodbury Lions Club will be awarding up to five $1,000 scholarships in 2018.  These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of service to community, extracurricular activities, academic achievement, overcoming adversity, need and leadership. The applicant should be an individual who energetically pursues their studies.  Scholarships will be awarded for the next school year. The scholarships will be $1,000 for one year (the scholarship will be awarded upon confirmation of enrollment). The applicant must be a graduating senior student who is a resident of Woodbury. The grant will be paid directly to and administered by the college, community college or university. The scholarship will be paid at the beginning of the student’s term. Applications must be submitted through your counselor and the guidance office at your school. The deadline for the application is March 2, 2018.


SeniorAdvice Caregiver Scholarship - $2,000 Award

For students who have acted as caregiver to an adult relative in any capacity:



The St. Croix Valley Chapter 331 of the Vietnam Veterans of America has established a scholarship to provide two (2), $1,000 awards this year to a graduating senior who plans to continue his or her education in an associate degree program or above.  To qualify the senior must meet the following requirements:


·         Be a legal relative of a Vietnam era veteran or be sponsored by a Vietnam era veteran.  Please ask for assistance if your                    student needs a sponsor by calling John Telschow 651-470-3151 or Dave Niederer 715-246-7609.

·         Be a graduating senior during the current school year with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

·         Submit an application form and essay no later than April 1st of this year.

·         Submit a teacher/mentor evaluation form and/or a comment sheet by April 1st.

·         Be a resident of Polk, Pierce, St. Croix, Dunn or Pepin County in Wisconsin or Washington or Goodhue County in Minnesota.


For more information please visit our website, www.vva331.org .  For additional information or questions please call 651-470-3151 or email us at vva331scholarship@yahoo.com.  


Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US/Arthur O Haukland Post 1350- Applications are available in the Guidance Office.  Must have a family member active in the post or it's auxiliary. 

Seniors who have or will be applying to Century College and  would like to go into one of these fields:

Attached is a flyer for the scholarship.  We are looking to award the scholarship to 14 new students this fall.  More information about the scholarship can also be found through this link:

Century College Workforce Development Scholarship

St. Thomas’ Dease Scholarship Program

 The University of St. Thomas’ 14th President, Father Dennis Dease, initiated this scholarship program to increase access to a St. Thomas education for historically underrepresented students. The Dease Scholarship Program provides full-tuition scholarships to qualified, underrepresented, first-generation students and graduates from urban high schools in select locations. Over its 10-year history, the Dease Scholarship Program has successfully supported more than 200 students.

This is a competitive process and students will need to submit an essay to the Office of Admissions and have a complete admissions application by February 21st of their senior year in high school. The online scholarship application is accessible through their admissions application portal, www.stthomas.edu/application. Dease Scholars receive full-tuition scholarships that are awarded in addition to other need-based assistance they may be eligible for through the FAFSA process. Funds from all sources may not exceed the cost of tuition, fees, room and board, and an allowance for books and personal expenses. To build a solid foundation for their academic success, Dease Scholars live on campus the first two years of their St. Thomas career.

Please promote and list the Dease Scholarship Program in your correspondence with students at your high school. Additional information concerning the Dease Scholarship Program may be found on our website at www.stthomas.edu/Dease. I encourage your students to follow the steps outlined above so they are included in the Dease Scholarship review process. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Aspiring Nurse Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship to a future nurse in the high school graduating class of 2018.


We will award this scholarship to the applicant who best demonstrates:

+ A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics

+ A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare


This scholarship competition is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on August 31, 2018.


Interested students may visit https://www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage. Here they'll find detailed scholarship information and the official application form.

Minnesota Associations of Townships

MAT is a nonprofit corporation representing Minnesota townships and it's 9,000 plus oficers. MAT's specific purposes are educational and charitable: educating the public about the heritage and future of township government and its role in state government; and providing townships and their officers with a single, unified voice, as well as access to educational programs and research-based materials to help foster the delivery of efficient, effective, and economical township government.

For more information, and to apply, please visit the Minnesota Association of Townships website www.mntownships.org


 American Legion Post 39, The American Legion  Memorial Scholarship, Minnesota American Legion Foundation Scholarship

Applications are available in the Guidance Office.  

ACT Student Champion Award

Applications are open for the ACT Student Champion Award! The ACT Student Champion Award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place. 

ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, plaque, and state-level recognition. 

Please encourage students in the graduating class of 2018 who have taken the ACT who fit the following criteria to apply: 

  • A student who has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions
  • Students must have a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
  • Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.

Applications can be found at www.act.org/readinesschampions. Applications are due December 31, 2017, and champions will be notified on or before April 2, 2018. If applicants are under the age of 18, they must complete this form in addition to the application. 


The University of Minnesota's Office for Equity and Diversity would like to share a couple scholarship opportunities for historically underrepresented students for the 2018-2019 academic year. Recipients of these scholarships are amongst our top students, and they go on to become successful contributors to their communities. Please feel free to disseminate this information to your students and community contacts. If you have any questions, please contact Ralph Blanco (rblanco@umn.edu or 612-625-8680).  

Historically underrepresented students of color who will…

… graduate from a Minnesota high school and have been accepted to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities should consider applying for the Puckett Scholars Program. The online application can be found here. Deadline is March 1, 2018.

American Indian high school students who will…

… be attending any of the University of Minnesota campuses starting in the Fall 2018 semester should consider applying for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Endowed Scholarship. The online application can be found here. Deadline for new undergraduate students is March 1, 2018.


The Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women 

Each quarter we award $1,000 + a care package filled with healthy organic goodies to young women who are striving to maintain their health and wellness as they pursue their higher education goals.  

Here is a brief summary of the eligibility requirements:
    • Award: $1,000
    • Quarterly Deadlines: January 1, March 31st, June 30th, and September 30th every year
    • Eligibility:
        + Must be a graduating high school senior, current college undergraduate, or current graduate student at a 4-year, 2-year,         vocational, or technical school in the United States.
        + Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
        + Must identify as female.
        + We welcome all majors and GPAs to apply!


Minnesota School Counselors Association 

For eligibility and application requirements please visit the website http://www.minnesota.schoolcounselorawards.org/other_awards_files/114_1508251317.pdf

2018 St. Paul Area Association of REALTORS (SPAAR) Scholarship

Applications will be available in January 2018.  To be eligible for this scholarship, you must have a parent or grandparent be an active member of SPAAR.  Please contact SPAAR to receive an application packet.


INDY Display Scholarship

The team at Indy Displays is proud to help further the education of tomorrow’s professionals in graphic design and visual arts. The work of great designers is crucial to the production of each outstanding display we deliver to our clients. Indy Displays believes in supporting talented artists and is offering a scholarship for students pursuing a degree in Graphic Design or Applied Arts.

Our $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one applicant per year. The application consists of a graphic design submission and essay prompt. For more information about our scholarship, please follow this link to our website:http://www.indydisplays.com/content/16-graphic-arts-scholarship

We would love for this opportunity to reach as many students as possible before our deadline July 1, 2018!


 Redfin Scholarship (GPA must be 3.5 and higher)
This $2,500 scholarship is a way for Redfin to help one student on his or her journey through higher education. We are looking forward to reading each submission!For the November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 session, answer the following question in 300-500 words:

"Technology and big data are disrupting nearly every facet of our lives. Amazon disrupted the retail industry, Uber disrupted the taxi industry, and Redfin has disrupted real estate. What industry do you think will be disrupted next, and why?"




Mike Zimmer's MVP Scholarship 


Coach Zimmer will be awarding 2 MVP scholarships yearly to 1 outstanding male and female athlete from the state of Minnesota.  The scholarship will include $10,000.00 dollars towards a 4-year university of their choice.

For more information and to apply visit http://mikezimmerfoundation.org

College Covered Scholarship 

At Discover, we believe in providing financial literacy to high school students so they can make informed decisions during the college financial aid planning process. Visit www.collegecovered.com/assist for valuable free resources:  Scholarship Sweepstakes — Beginning mid-March, students can enter to win a $2,500 Discover® Student Loans  Scholarship Award.  We are giving away a total of $100,000 in scholarships to 40 individuals.  New for 2017 - Parents of  eligible students can enter to win on behalf of their student.

Scholarship Search — Students and families can search over 3 million scholarships online.

Articles and Videos — Read up on college planning and financial aid topics, including understanding the award letter.


Best Mattress Reviews Scholarship 


We’re offering a $1,000 scholarship to eligible HS seniors, current college and graduate students in an effort to give back and also promote sleep awareness.


Check out all of the details here: https://www.bestmattressreviews.com/sleep-scholarship/



Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Endowed Scholarship

for American Indian  


The SMSC scholarship program supports incoming University of Minnesota first-year and transfer undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need. Scholarships may also be awarded to newly-admitted graduate and professional students in specific disciplines. Scholarships are renewable for up to eight semesters for undergraduates, depending on your degree program and contingent upon academic performance. For graduate and professional students, the length of funding is contingent upon academic performance, the school of enrollment, the degree program, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  https://diversity.umn.edu/smsc


For questions about the SMSC scholarship program, contact me, Ralph Blanco, Office for Equity and Diversity, at 612-625-8680 orrblanco@umn.edu.



Guaranteed Scholarships 


No essays, projects, recommendations or other secondary criteria are required. And, in almost all cases, there are no limits to the number of scholarships awarded.  http://www.guaranteed-scholarships.com/

Students who meet the published criteria for a scholarship and attend the college offering it receive it...no and's, if's or but's.

There is no charge for anyone to use our page and we never collect student information of any kind.



SFM Foundation Scholarship


SFM Foundation was created in 2008, and in their first 8 years they have awarded approximately $1.1 million in scholarships. Awards up to $10,000 per year, for up to 5 years, these scholarships are substantial enough to make a difference in the lives of students who have experienced the loss of parents while working for Minnesota, Iowa, or Wisconsin employers.  Applications available at www.sfmfoundation.com



The American Legion-National High School Oratorical Contest 

The High School Oratorical Scholarship Contest is one of the best programs offered by The American Legion, and affords opportunities for High School students to win valuable scholarships for their future education.  For more information please visit www.legion.org/oratorical . 


Ithaca College Park Scholar Program 

This program is offered to academically exceptional students who have demonstrated a deep commitment to service and leadership in their communities.  At least ten merit-based scholarship are awarded to outstanding high school seniors each year.  For more information please see the "Scholarships" bulletin board or visit www.ithaca.edu/parkscholars 



Minnesota Mensa Foundation's College Scholarship Program


Mensa Foundation scholarships are awarded on the basis of an essay that describes the applicant’s career, vocational, and/or academic goals along with information that shows how the applicant intends to achieve the stated goal. The general scholarships are unrestricted as to age, race, gender, level of education, grade point average, or financial need.


Application Information can be found at: www.mensafoundation.org



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Search the following online sources for more opportunities:

  • FastAid Fastweb has information regarding how to apply for scholarships, basic information on what financial aid consists of, and includes links to several sites on college entrance and scholarship search. User may do a custom search and is able to select specific scholarships from the initial search and save them.

  • Guaranteed Scholarships This site lists scholarships awarded by specific schools to studentswho qualify. These scholarships require no essays, interviews, or competition.




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