Congressman Carson wants to help spread the word on scholarship opportunities available:
CBCF Congressional Internship Program
The CBCF Congressional Internship Program was established in 1986 to increase diversity in our democracy by increasing the pool of talented public servants. This intensive nine-week summer program offers the opportunity for college students from across the nation to develop leadership skills while learning about the legislative process and public policy careers. Interns work in CBC member offices, attend professional development events, and participate in leadership development projects. The program prepares young people to become informed decision makers and future influential leaders. For more information and to apply online please visit, www.cbcfinc.org/internships.
Session: Summer 2012
Deadline: February 25, 2012
Program Dates: May 29-July 30, 2012
CBC Spouses Flexible Education Scholarship
The CBC Spouses partnered with the University of Phoenix in 2008 to create the CBC Spouses Flexible Education Scholarship. Administered through CBCF, 25 full-tuition scholarships will be awarded to students to seek an associate's, bachelor's or master's degree online and or on campus at the University of Phoenix. The mission of the program is to advance educational opportunities for underrepresented and nontraditional groups in higher education. Preference will be given to applicants who are economically disadvantaged and who have experienced hardships, such as homelessness or inability to complete a previously started degree program.
The CBC Spouses Education Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund was established in response to federal cuts in spending for education programs and scholarships. This is the foundation's first educational program. The CBC Spouses Educational Scholarship is a national program that awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated students who intend to pursue full-time undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees. The Educational Scholarship Fund was established in 1988 and has experienced substantial growth. The fund is operated through the district offices of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). CBC Members work through local scholarship committees to award money to academically talented and highly motivated students.
The CBC Spouses Cheerios Brand Health Initiative Scholarship
This scholarship program focusing on health was established in 1998 as the CBC Spouses partnered with the naming sponsor, General Mills, to increase the number of minority students pursuing degrees in the fields of medicine, engineering, technology, nutrition and other health-related professions. Since the inception of the program, General Mills has invested more than $1,000,000 to underwrite this initiative. The CBC Spouses Cheerios Brand Health Initiative Scholarship has served hundreds of students over the years, and has helped to create leaders in the medical and health related fields.
The CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship Program
Established in the year 2000, the CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship program was developed in honor of the late Curtis Mayfield to ensure that students pursuing a career in the performing arts receive the financial assistance to achieve their goals.
The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship
The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship was established in 2006 for students who are pursuing a career in the visual arts.
Strive for Excellence Scholarship
The Strive for Excellence scholarship was established in 2006 with a generous gift from Walmart Stores, Inc. to expand CBCF scholarship and internship programs. Walmart believes in a philosophy of operating globally and giving back locally. Accordingly, scholarship recipients have demonstrated the potential to make the greatest impact on the local community. The Strive for Excellence scholarship requires that the CBC member elect to participate in the program. Interested applicants should contact their CBC member directly to obtain an application.
The Apple Scholars scholarship program is sponsored by Apple Computer. Ten high school seniors will receive $2,000 scholarships for innovative use of technology in their schoolwork. Winners also receive a MacBook Pro and iPod nano. The deadline is May 30.
Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarships are open to US high school seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A total of 250 scholarships are awarded each year, with 50 National Scholars receiving $20,000 scholarships and 200 Regional Scholars receiving $10,000 scholarships. (The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation also awards 50 $2,000 scholarships and 350 $1,000 scholarships to outstanding community college students.) Recipients are selected based on leadership, character, civic and extracurricular activities, academic excellence, and community service. This is an extremely competitive program, with more than 100,000 applications received each year. The application deadline is in late October or early November. For more information, call 1-800-306-COKE (1-800-306-2653).
Gates Millennium Scholars
The Gates Millennium Scholarship program is sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the United Negro College Fund. Nomination by a professional educator (principal, teacher, guidance counselor, etc.) is required. The focus of this program is on students who will be pursuing careers in mathematics, science, engineering, education or library science. Candidates must be African America, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American, a US citizen or permanent resident/national, have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, and be entering a US accredited college or university as a full-time degree-seeking freshman in the fall. Candidates must also be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. Nominations must be submitted by early to mid January. Applications must be submitted by February 1. For more information, write to Gates Millennium Scholars, PO Box 10500, Fairfax, VA 22031-8044, or call 1-877-690-GMSP (4677).
Louis Stokes Health Scholars Program
The Louis Stokes Health Scholars program seeks to increase the number of qualified, yet underrepresented, college students entering the health workforce. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate an interest to work in underserved communities. Students currently attending two-year institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.
Environmental Studies Scholarship
The Environmental Studies scholarship seeks to provide financial awards to minority and women college students pursuing a degree in environmental science or other related fields of study. Applicants should have a junior class standing in college with a declared major in environmental science or a related field, and understanding and acceptance of ServiceMaster's core values. This scholarship offers $5,000 per semester to two students.
Louis Stokes CBCF Scholarship at Case Western University
Every year, Case Western Reserve University awards the Louis Stokes CBCF scholarship at Case Western Reserve University to two outstanding nominees who are nominated by CBC members. Intended to help economically and educationally disadvantaged students attain an education at Case Western Reserve University, the scholarship offers a full-tuition award, renewable for up to five years; a grant of up to $2,500 to cover the purchase of a computer and books; and assistance securing a paid summer internship.
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program
The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship program is funded by the federal government and administered by the state governments in each state. This merit scholarship program is open to high school seniors. Winners receive a $1,500 scholarship. Approximately 6,300 to 6,500 new scholars will be awarded each year. Students apply through the State education agency in their state of legal residence. Each state has its own deadlines.
Collegiate Inventors Competition
Sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, The Collegiate Inventors Competition (previously known as the BFGoodrich Collegiate Inventors Program) seeks to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to pursue new ideas, processes and technological innovations. The invention must have been reduced to practice and patentable. It may not have been made available to the public as a commercial product or process or been patented or published more than one year prior to the date of submission to the competition.
Submissions are judged on originality and inventiveness, as well as on their potential value to society (socially, environmentally, and economically), and on the range or scope of use. Up to four students may work together as a team, but only one prize will be awarded per entry. The grand prize winner receives $25,000. There is also one Graduate Collegiate Inventors Competition prize of $15,000 and one Undergraduate Collegiate Inventors Competition prize of $10,000. The deadline is June 1. For more information, write to The Collegiate Inventors Competition, c/o The National Inventors Hall of Fame, 221 S. Broadway Street, Akron, Ohio 44308-1505.
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Institute of International Education (IIE) also administers two other national study abroad scholarship programs: the National Security Education Program/David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship (study abroad outside of Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada) and the Freeman-Asia Scholarship (study abroad in Asia).
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship program was established in 1986 by the United States Congress to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater. Up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships are awarded each year. The scholarships cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. (The scholarship is renewable for students who receive it during their junior year of college.) Each four-year institution may nominate up to four students who are currently sophomores or juniors for the award. Second-year students who are currently enrolled in a two-year college but intend to transfer to a four-year college or university are also eligible. The students must intend to pursue careers in math, science or engineering. (Students who plan on studying medicine are only eligible if they intend to pursue a career in medical research.) Candidates must have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and be in the upper quartile of his or her class. Candidates must be US citizens, resident aliens or nationals. (Resident aliens must include a letter stating their intent to obtain US citizenship and a copy of their Alien Registration Card.) Institutions must submit their nominations by early February.
Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship (NOAA)
Intel Science Talent Search
The Intel Science Talent Search, formerly known as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, is one of the most prestigious scientific research competitions for high school seniors in the United States. Winners are selected on the basis of their potential as future scientists and researchers. Each year 300 students are named semifinalists and receive a $1,000 award. 40 of the semifinalists are named finalists and are invited on an all-expense-paid trip to the Science Talent Institute in Washington, DC in March, where the winners are selected. The first place finalist receives a $100,000 four-year scholarship, the second place finalist a $75,000 scholarship, and the third place finalist a $50,000 scholarship. Fourth through sixth place finalists receive $25,000 scholarships and seventh through tenth place finalists receive $20,000 scholarships. The remaining 30 finalists receive $5,000 scholarships. All finalists also receive a high performance computer. The entry deadline varies, but is typically in early to mid November. For more information, write to Science Service, 1719 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-2888, or call 1-202-785-2255.
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the world's largest science fair. Each year more than 1,200 students in grades 9-12 from more than 40 countries are selected at regional science fairs to compete at the ISEF for more than $3 million in scholarships and prizes. The top three finalists receive the Intel Young Scientist Scholarship of $50,000, a trip to the Nobel Prize ceremonies in Sweden, and a high performance computer. Prizes include scholarships, summer internships, scientific field trips and laboratory equipment. A total of more than 900 individual and team awards are presented at the fair. For more information, write to Science Service, 1719 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-2888, or call 1-202-785-2255.
Intel Research Award Contest for Undergraduate Students
The Intel Student Research Contest (ISRC) grants awards of up to $2,000 to up to 20 students for research projects to be conducted at their school. At the end of the project period, the students present their results to a panel of experts and meet with noted Intel researchers. The top three presenters win cash awards of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000. The program is open to students from the United States. Similar contests are held in India and the People's Republic of China.
NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program
The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) is a competitive scholarship program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in pursuing biomedical, behavioral and social science careers at the NIH. The UGSP program provides up to $20,000 a year for up to four years to pay for tuition, educational expenses and reasonable living expenses. Approximately 15 scholarships are awarded each year. Recipients must participate in the NIH 10-week Summer Laboratory Experience after each year of scholarship support. Recipients also commit to one year of full-time employment at the NIH for each year of support. Candidates must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale or be within the top 5 percent of their class.
National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC)
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) sponsors theNational Merit Scholarships and National Achievement Scholarshipsprograms, as well as the Special Scholarships. These are among the largest scholarship competitions in the United States, with more than 10,000 students receiving college scholarships totalling $47 million. High school students enter the competitions by taking the PSAT test, also referred to as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). The top 16,000 or so students with the highest selection index scores are named Semifinalists. Of these, approximately 15,000 are named Finalists. 8,000 of the Finalists are selected to receive a National Merit Scholarship. An additional 1,600 participants who were not Finalists are selected for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations. The National Achievement Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding African American students, with 1,600 being named Semifinalists. 1,300 of the Semifinalists are named Finalists, and 775 Finalists are selected to receive the Achievement Scholarship. Scholarship amounts in both programs range from $2,500 to renewable four-year full tuition scholarships.
Presidential Scholars Program
The Presidential Scholars Program provides recognition (but no scholarship funding) for up to 121 high school seniors each year on the basis of academic achievement. An additional 20 students each year are selected on the basis of scholarship in the visual arts, performing arts or creative writing. US citizenship is required. Students who take the SAT or ACT Assessment on or before October of each year are automatically considered, as are students who are registered for the Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS) (contact the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) at 1-800-970-ARTS).
Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship Program
The Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Phillips Foundation. It provides scholarships of up to $7,500 to college undergraduate students who demonstrate "leadership on behalf of the cause of freedom, American values and constitutional principles". Candidates must be US citizens and currently college sophomores or juniors. The application deadline is January 15. For more information call 1-202-250-3887 x628 or write to The Phillips Foundation, Attn: Jeff Hollingsworth, 1 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 620, Washington, DC 20001. Prospective applicants should visit the Phillips Foundation web site for complete program information and an application.
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships
The Rotary Foundation's Ambassadorial Scholarship program provides approximately 1,000 to 1,100 scholarships for study abroad each year. The scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students worldwide. (Applicants must be citizens of a country in which there is a Rotary club.) The scholarships cover one year of academic study in another country and include round-trip transportation, tuition, fees, and room and board up to $25,000. Candidates must have completed at least two years of college. Applications are made through the local Rotary club. Each Rotary club has its own deadlines.
Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology
The Siemens Westinghouse Competition is one of the most prestigious scientific research competitions for high school students in the United States. Students submit research reports individually or in teams of two or three. Some of the projects are selected for further competition in six regional events. One individual and one team are selected as Regional Winners and are invited to participate in the National Competition. The top individual and team winners at the National Competition receive $100,000 scholarships. The sixth through second place National Finalists receive scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. The Siemens Westinghouse Competition is administered by the College Board and funded by the Siemens Foundation. For more information write to Siemens Foundation, 170 Woods Avenue South, Iselin, NJ 08830, call 1-877-822-5233, or fax 1-723-603-5890.
Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement
The Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement (SAAP) are open to students who score at least one 5 in one of the following AP tests: Biology, BC Calculus, Chemistry, AB Computer Science, Environmental Science, Physics C, and Statistics. The students who have the most AP scores of 5 are selected as winners. Two male and two female students are selected as winners in each of six regions and receive $3,000 scholarships. The two national student winners (one male and one female) receive an additional $5,000. For more information, call the College Board at 1-703-707-8999.
Morris K. Udall Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships
The Morris K. Udall Foundation awards 80 undergraduate scholarships of up to $5,000 to college juniors and seniors in fields related to the environment. An additional 30 students are named Honorable Mentions and receive awards of $350. Candidates must be nominated by their college's Udall faculty representative during their sophomore or junior year in college.
Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program.
Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
Beinecke Scholarship Program
The Beinecke Scholarship Program is open to college juniors who intend to pursue graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at any accredited university. Each scholar receives $2,000 prior to matriculating in graduate school and $30,000 while attending graduate school. The funding must be used within five years of completing undergraduate studies. A total of 18 new scholarships are awarded each year from among more than 100 nominations. Nomination by a participating college or university is required. The nomination deadline is March 1 and each college can nominate only one student for the award.
British Chevening Scholarships
The British Chevening Scholarships enable non-UK students to study in the United Kingdom. They are offered in more than 150 countries. (US students are not eligible.) Approximately 2,300 new scholarships are awarded each year for postgraduate studies and research.
Winston Churchill Scholarship Program
The Churchill Scholarship Program enables young Americans to pursue graduate study in science, mathematics, and engineering at Churchill College, Cambridge University. A total of 11 one-year Churchill Scholarships are offered each year. The scholarship covers living expenses in addition to tuition and fees. Candidates must be US citizens who have earned a bachelor's degree but not a doctorate and between the ages of 19 and 26. Applicants must be nominated by their undergraduate college. Each college may nominate up to two students to apply for the Churchill Scholarship. The Churchill Foundation's deadline is in mid November. Each college may have earlier deadlines.
The Davies-Jackson Scholarship provides support for a two-year course of study at St. John's College, Cambridge University, leading to a British B.A. degree (the equivalent of a master's degree in the US). Fields of study include Archaeology and Anthropology, Classics, Economics, English, Geography, History, History of Art, Modern and Medieval Languages, Music, Philosophy, and Social and Political Sciences. Candidates must be seniors at one of 159 eligible US colleges and universities and must be the first college graduate in their family. The award covers tuition, fees, room and board and travel to and from England for two years. One recipient is selected each year. The application deadline is in mid November.
EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship Program for Graduate Environmental Study
The Environmental Protection Agency's STAR Fellowship Program provides graduate fellowships for master's and doctoral students pursuing degrees in fields of study related to the environment. Approximately 50 fellowships are awarded each year, subject to the availability of funding. Master's students receive support for up to two years and doctoral students receive support for up to three years. The fellowship program provides up to $37,000 per year, consisting of a $20,000 stipend, $5,000 for authorized expenses (e.g., health insurance, books, supplies, and computer equipment), and $12,000 for tuition and fees. Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents. The pre-application deadline is in mid November.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships
The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are open to graduate students from outside the United Kingdom for study at the University of Cambridge. Approximately 230 scholarships are awarded each year, with 100 coming from the United States. The scholarships cover the full cost of study at Cambridge for a single person, including tuition and fees and a maintenance allowance. Scholars should be under the age of 30 years and be admitted through the university's regular admissions process.
Henry Luce Foundation Scholarship
The Luce Scholarships provide stipends and internships for 18 young Americans to live and work in Asia each year. Candidates must be US citizens who have earned a bachelor's degree and are less than 30 years old. The Luce Scholarship provides a monthly cost-of-living stipend plus travel expenses. The foundation's deadline is December 1.
The Marshall Sherfield Scholarships Program is a highly competitive program in which up to 40 young Americans are chosen to pursue a graduate education in the United Kingdom each year. The awards are tenable at any British university and cover two years of study in any field, typically at the graduate level, leading to the award of a British university degree. The award provides for two years of study, and may occasionally be extended to a third year. Only US citizens who will have graduated with a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university in the United States within the past four years are eligible. A minimum 3.7 GPA (A-) on a 4.0 scale is required.
George Mitchell Scholarships
The George Mitchell Scholarships enable American students to pursue one year of postgraduate study at an Ireland university. The award provides tuition and housing, as well as a stipend for travel and living expenses, for a period of one year. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30. Twelve scholarships are awarded each year.
NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP).
The NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) provides fellowships for graduate study leading to a masters or doctoral degree in science, mathematics and engineering. Approximately 90 to 100 new recipients are selected each year. The award consists of a one-year training grant of $24,000, renewable for up to three years. The training grant includes a stipend of $18,000, a student allowance of $3,000 and a university allowance of $3,000. US citizenship is required. College seniors and current graduate students are eligible to apply. The application deadline is in early February.
Harry S. Truman Scholarships
The Harry S. Truman Scholarships are open to college juniors who are US citizens and nationals and who want to go to graduate school in preparation for a career in public service (government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors). The scholarship consists of a $26,000 grant. Truman Scholars are selected on the basis of their potential as future "change agents" who will improve the ways public entities serve the public good. Candidates should also have an extensive record of campus and community service. Candidates must be nominated by their college or university. Each college may nominate up to four students. (Four-year colleges and universities may also nominate up to three transfer students from two-year colleges.) Approximately 600 students are nominated and between 75 and 80 Truman Scholars are selected each year. The deadline is in early February.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will award ten scholarships to outstanding students in the fine and performing arts and creative writing fields to begin graduate studies in the fall. Each award will cover a portion of educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, and other required fees for the length of the approved graduate degree program, up to three years. Every scholarship varies, depending on the cost of attendance and other scholarships or grants received. The maximum award available per student is $50,000 per year. Scholars may use the award to attend any accredited graduate school in the US or abroad. Awards are for students who have not yet pursued a graduate or professional degree.
The Foundation also offers two Dissertation Fellowships of $25,000 to support advanced doctoral candidates in a variety of fields whose dissertations promise to advance our understanding of educational pathways and experiences of high-achieving, low-income students. Dissertation fellowships are intended to support the student for work done after the student's dissertation proposal has been accepted. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines such as, but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, statistics, and psychometrics. For further information, visit http://www.jkcf.org/scholarships/graduate-scholarships/.
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