Financial Aid Scholarships

Scholarships for Latinos-The Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) was founded in 1975 as a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. The aim of HSF is to strengthen the US by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans by doubling the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees. For this purpose the fund provides more scholarships and educational outreach support compared to any other organization in the country.  Given below are descriptions of two of the scholarship for Latinos available through HSF.

HSF/ General College Scholarships

Program Description

HSF/ General College Scholarships are provided to Hispanic students looking to earn a college degree.  Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to: graduating high school seniors; community college students; community college transfer students; undergraduate students; and graduate students. The scholarship awards usually range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the scholarship you must: be of Hispanic heritage; have US citizenship or legal permanent residency with a permanent resident card or a valid passport stamped I-551; have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 out of 4.0; be looking to enroll in a full-time degree-seeking program at a two- or four-year institution accredited by the U.S.. the institution can be located in the US, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands or Guam [these requirements are for enrollment during the 2010 to 2011 academic year]; must submit an application for federal financial assistance by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) [check FAFSA website for details]; and be pursuing first undergraduate or graduate degree.

HSF/Atrisco Heritage Foundation Scholarship Program

Program Description

HSF/Atrisco Heritage Foundation Scholarship Program provides scholarship to outstanding Latinos who are heirs of the Atrisco Land Grant of New Mexico. Graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students from all over the nation can apply for this scholarship. The award amount to be disbursed in fall 2010 is $2,000.

In order to access your application, you will first need to contact the Atrisco Companies to verify heirship.

Eligibility Requirements

The eligibility requirements are the same as the HSF/ General College Scholarships, with the exception of the required grade point average, which is 2.0 out of 4.0 for this scholarship.

There are several sources for finding scholarships for Latinos. You can search online to find scholarships that you may be eligible for. More information about HSF/Atrisco Heritage Foundation Scholarship Program, HSF/ General College Scholarships and other HSF scholarships is available on ww.hsf.net.

7 Scholarships for Asians

There are several scholarships for Asians offered by different awarding bodies. Here are the details of seven such scholarships.
1.) Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL)

CAPAL scholarships winners receive $2,000.00 to take part in an internship in Washington (DC.). You, as a recipient, will have to develop a Community Action Plan. Selection for getting the award is based on academic achievement, financial need, and leadership skills. You must be able to demonstrate public service, including service to the CAPAL community. Past winners of the scholarship include students majoring in subjects such as Asian American Studies, Mass Communication, and Diplomatic History.

2.) Sacramento State University, Department of Asian American Studies

One full-time scholarship worth $1,000.00 is offered each year. You can apply for this regardless of the major you are studying. In selecting recipients of the Asian Pacific American Community Leadership Scholarship, you will be given preference if you have completed one or more courses in this subject area and/or plan to take one or more courses during the year you receive the funds.

3.) UCLA, Department of Asian American Studies

The Department offers scholarships that range from $250.00 to $3,000.00 through its Asian American Studies Center.

4.) University of California, Irvine

The Ching-Suei Su Scholarship is available to sophomores or juniors majoring in Asian American Studies who have a GPA of at least 3.3. This merit-based scholarship is worth $2,500.00. In order to be eligible, you must have participated in community or campus service activities as well.

5.) Swarthmore College, Department of Asian Studies

Genevieve Ching-Wen Lee ’96 Memorial Fund Research Grants in Asian American Studies are awarded to one or two students every year. Details about the grants are published each spring.

6.) Mitsuyuki Yonemura Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is available to entering undergraduate freshmen who have the National Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) membership. When applying, you will need to submit a completed application form, official transcripts, JACL membership proof, a personal statement, resume, and letter of recommendation. The deadline for submitting applications is March 1. The amount of scholarship awarded to the student varies.

7.) Masao and Sumako Itano Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is also offered to entering undergraduate freshmen who are members of the National Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). The application deadline and documents required are same as the Mitsuyuki Yonemura Memorial Scholarship. The amount awarded is variable as well.

These are seven scholarships for Asians that you may be eligible for depending on the requirements.

11 Scholarships for Sophomores

There are a number of scholarships for sophomores on offer. Here are the details of some of 11 such opportunities.

1) NetAid Global Action Scholarships: This scholarship is awarded to students in the US who are willing to build a brighter future for the poorest people in the world. Four scholarships of $5,000 each are on offer.

2) Toyota Community Scholars Award: This scholarship is offered to you if you have been nominated by your school. Your school should have a good record of academic success. Many scholarships worth $20,000 each are available.

3) AXA Achievement Community Scholarships: You can win this scholarship if you are a high school student who has high ambition and drive, determination to achieve your goals, the required ability for succeeding in college, and respect for self, family and community. 350 $2,000 scholarships are provided.

4) National Vocabulary Competition: This scholarship is for high school students who are 13 to 19 years of age. You will need to attempt the National Qualifying Exam. 50 finalists take part in the championship finals. The amount awarded is $40,000.

5) The Fountainhead Essay Contest: You can win this scholarship by taking part in an essay contest on the novel Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.  236 $10,000 scholarships are available.

6) Annual Poster Contest for High School Students: This scholarship is for high school students grades 9 through 12.  Many awards worth $100 to $1000 are available.

7) Outstanding Students of America Scholarships: You can win this scholarship if you have a minimum GPA of 3.00 and demonstrate excellent commitment to serving your community. Several $1000 scholarships are on offer.

8) Siemens Westinghouse Competition: This scholarship is available for all high school students taking part in the team contest and for only seniors taking part in the individual contest.  Many scholarships worth $1000 to $100000 are available.

9) Eco-Hero Award: You can win this scholarship if you prove that you are aware about the environment. You must work on a project that shows concern for the environment.

10) The American and Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund (APIASF Scholarship): This scholarship is provided to Asian or Pacific Islander students who are getting enrolled in a four- or two-year college or university for full-time studies. Several awards worth $2000 are on offer.

11) National Peace Essay Contest: This scholarship is offered to high school students in grades 9 through 12 who are attending a public, private or parochial school. Many awards ranging from $1000 to $10000 are available.

These are some scholarships for sophomores offered by different awarding bodies. Search through the web to find out about the scholarships you may eligible for.

OSAC Scholarships and Oregon Opportunity Grant

The Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC) oversees several different scholarship and grant programs, including state, federal and privately funded financial aid programs. List of OSAC administered programs is available at www.osac.state.or.us/osac_programs.html. OSAC scholarships and grants are provided with the aim to assist students in Oregon get their post-secondary education as well as to enhance the integrity, diversity, and value of Oregon college programs.

OSAC Scholarships

There are hundreds of scholarships available for you whether you are a graduating Oregon high school senior or a current college student, or an older student who is returning to college.

OSAC has an electronic application form called the eAPP which you can use to apply for up to 20 scholarships at one time.

The scholarships are arranged in sections so that you can find all the scholarship opportunities that you may be eligible for. Section 1 has scholarships awarded to graduates of specific high schools. In Section 2, scholarships are listed by academic interest, career choice, and for specific students such as older students and student parents. In Section 3, you will find scholarships offered by membership organizations and employers.

You are also required to provide high school transcripts, personal statements, and for some scholarships, other information such as essays depending on the scholarships that you are applying for. The Oregon Scholarship eApp Workbook at http://www.osac.state.or.us/doc/2010-11_eApp.pdf has more information.

The eligibility requirements include: Oregon state residency; US citizenship or eligible non-citizenship; attending a US institution that meets the eligibility requirements for participating in Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs; and, other scholarship specific eligibility requirements.

Oregon Opportunity Grant

This scholarship is awarded to Oregon’s most financially needy undergraduate students who wish to attend Oregon community colleges as well as four year public and private universities and colleges. Each year, thousands of students qualify for this Grant. It is available for up to 8 semesters or 12 terms. The amount of financial assistance you will receive will depend on how much you need, the school that you will attend, and the available state funding.

Eligibility requirements for the Oregon Opportunity Grant include: enrollment as an undergraduate student at an Oregon community college or four year private or public participating institution at least half time; residency of Oregon; US citizenship or eligible non-citizenship; and, financial need (your family income, asset and household size will determine this).

OSAC scholarships and Oregon Opportunity Grant provide students the opportunity fund their education.

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants are the types of financial aid which do not come with the obligation to return anything back to the awarding body. Therefore, they are good option for anyone in search of funds to pay for their education.

Scholarships

Scholarships are offered by the federal government, organizations, and companies. Winners of these awards are required to maintain a certain level of performance. The criteria for both government and non-government scholarships vary from program to program; so does the amount awarded to students. Some scholarships cover the student’s tuition fees and other expenses, while others may not provide full coverage.

Types of Scholarships

Here are some of the scholarships that are available.

Merit-based Scholarships: There are three types of merit-based scholarships that students can win depending on eligibility. These include scholarships awarded on academic merit, athletic merit, and artistic merit.

Minority Scholarships: Minority scholarships are awarded to different minority groups, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics and Filipino. Some of the awarding bodies include the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Helen and L.S. Wong Memorial Scholarship, and Human Capital Scholarship.

Mom and Dad Scholarships

Single moms can find scholarships that are specially designed for them. There a scholarships available for men as well (especially for dads).

Unusual Scholarships

There are a many unusual scholarships on offer as well. These include left-handed scholarship (offered by the Juniata College to its students); last name scholarship (such as last name ‘Zolp’ scholarship), height scholarship (for both tall and short students), etc.

Grants

The government offers the Pell Grant, which, unlike student loans, doesn’t have to be repaid; and, unlike scholarships, doesn’t require you to maintain a certain level of performance. Pell Grants are usually available to undergraduate students who don’t have a bachelor’s or a professional degree (which is generally obtained after a bachelor’s degree in a specifc field, such as law or medicine). In some cases, a Pell Grant may be available to people interested in attending a post-baccalaureate teacher certificate program.

Pell Grants normally serve as foundation of financial assistance, and often determine your eligibility for other grant programs run by the federal authorities such as the Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG).

Eligibility

If your family has a total income of up to $50,000, you may be eligible for the need-based funding, though most of the Pell Grant money is awarded to students who have a total family income of less than $20,000.

Scholarships and grants provide students the opportunity to study further without the condition of returning back the awarded money.

How to Get a Federal Scholarship

Along with the universities, corporations, and philanthropic organizations, the federal government also provides scholarships to deserving students.

Types of Federal Scholarships

Like other scholarships, the criteria for a federal scholarship vary and can include anything from financial need to a student’s chosen subject. The amount you will get with this scholarship varies as well, and can range up to the full amount of your tuition and other fees. You may or may not be able to renew a federal scholarship, depending on the award. Some of these scholarships are awarded by your academic institution, while others are awarded by a federal agency or a partner organization of the federal government.

Federal scholarships are usually provided by federal agencies, such as the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Institutes of Health. A lot of these scholarships are provided specifically to students in high-need fields or to students doing coursework that has particular relevance to a particular federal agency. A lot of major-specific awards feature either a fellowship/internship or an employment agreement with the awarding agency.

Applying for a Federal Scholarship

You can apply for federal aid by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This can be done in two ways: You can do it online by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov or on paper. In some cases, you might be able to submit an application through your school. You should check with the financial aid administrator at the school you are looking to enter to see if it will assist you with the application process.

Federal Scholarship Pointers

Here are some pointers for applying to get a FAFSA scholarship.

1. 1st January is the first day of eligibility to submit your application for FAFSA Scholarship. Make sure that you send your application as close to this date as possible to enhance your chances.

2. Visit the FAFSA website to get detailed information on the application process. The site contains information on all the steps that you need to take to file the FAFSA. This will minimize any issues that could hold up your scholarship application.

3. Schools may require you to provide additional forms, past documentation regarding your financial history, tax returns, or institutional financial assistance forms. Try to get as much of this information ready for submission as possible.

A federal scholarship can help you pay the tuition fees and other expenses related to your education. Therefore, it is a good idea to consider it along with other scholarships that you may be eligible for.

Scholarships for Left-handed Students

The fact that you are left-handed can help you win a scholarship. Scholarships for left-handed students are offered by Pennsylvania’s Juniata College to studious southpaws through The Frederick and Mary F Buckley Scholarship program which was established in 1979. More than 40 students have been awarded this scholarship since then.

Selection Criteria

This grant is exclusively available to left-handed students who have been studying in Juniata College for at least an year and demonstrate financial need. You can request the college to provide you an application form for the scholarship, and upon its submission, you will be asked if you are left-handed. It is available to juniors, seniors and sophomores. Although the committee responsible for screening you will not strictly check if your claim is right or not, it will be best to provide references who can testify that you are indeed left-handed.  Good academic record and excellent leadership skills are other requirements. Generally, you will be required to have a grade point average of at least 3.39 – better if you are on the top of your class.

Grant Amount

The money provided through this program ranges from $1,000 to $1,500. It covers tution fees, and allowances (transpiration, dormitory, book, and food).

Tips To Get the Scholarship

The scholarship program gives a lot of importance to your leadership skills. Therefore, you should develop and improve this aspect of your personality before applying. Leadership is not learnt overnight. You should learn from experiences and train to become a leader.

It is said that a good leader is a good follower. Thus, to become a leader you should first become a follower. As a follower, think of ways to contribute to the group(s) that you join and how you can motivate others.

Eventually, you will feel that you are raising yourself to a level worthy of becoming a leader. As a leader, you will have to be sensitive to the feelings of other members. You should always consider their opinion and provide them opportunities to express their feelings.

Juniata Scholarship—A Love Story

The story behind Juniata’s scholarship for left-handed students is at its center a love story. In 1919, Mary Francis, a student taking a tennis class, was paired with Frederick Beckley, another student. The Beckleys were married in 1924.

Scholarships for left-handed students are an opportunity for junior, seniors and sophomores attending the Juniata College to pay for their tuition fees and other expenses. For more information about this program, visit the college website.

Scholarships for Adults

When we talk of scholarships for adults, we want to know about the scholarship opportunities that are available for the people who have been away from studies for a long time and want to make a comeback. There are a number of things that make the acquisition of an adult scholarship quite an ordeal. Firstly, most adults have jobs with decent salaries. As a result most adults are disqualified from need based scholarships. Secondly, most adults are also disqualified for scholarships for full time students because they cannot afford to get enrolled as full time students. Lastly, many scholarship opportunities are simply not adult student friendly by giving preference to younger students.

So is it all futile to look for scholarships for adults? The answer is that it is harder but not impossible. Adult students should search for scholarships offered by employers, associations, organizations, universities, etc that are meant to encourage or support the adult students.

Employers often financially support the study effort of their employees. This is in the direct interest of the company and the employee. Adult students should first find out whether their employer has anything to offer. Some employers will be offering money outright to the employees and others offer reimbursements to the employees. The amount of financial assistance can also vary depending upon the experience, job position, value, etc of the employee.

Adults who are members of professional organizations can be offered financial assistance from the organization. This is usually the case when organizations want to further their specific goals and objectives through educating their members. This also applies to national level scholarships. The government also supports the education of the adult members of the society because it could have numerous beneficial effects. An example of a government supported scholarship for adults is the Talbots Women scholarship fund which offers 5 scholarships worth $10,000 and 50 scholarships worth $1,000 to adult women returning to college.

The last option could be visiting one’s college or university to find out if it offers financial assistance to adult students. It is true that most of the opportunities that the educational institutions have to offer are for younger students but it is still worth giving a try. In fact many institutions do offer financial assistance to adult students. Examples include the University of Wisconsin and the Winston-Salem State University.

Education is the right of all without and with a little help from scholarships for adults; the elderly can easily exercise this right.

Nursing Scholarships and Grants

There are many nursing scholarships and grants available. The aim of most of these scholarships is to encourage women to opt for this career in which there is great shortage of professionals. Let us discuss some effective strategies to obtain nursing scholarships and grants.

The very first thing that the candidates must do is to fill out and submit the FAFSA form. The FAFSA form has the necessary details which enable the US Department of Education to determine the amounts and types of financial aid that the candidate is eligible for. The application form will also help to determine the estimated contribution that the candidate can make towards financing his/her education. This application should be submitted every year the student needs financial aid because the financial situation can change year to year.

The next step is to research the various nursing scholarships and grants sources available. More specifically, the candidate should stay in touch with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). This group keeps people updated on the various nursing scholarship and grants opportunities along with other nursing information. Generally, the candidates can also ask career counselors, the nursing college administration or search on other valuable information resources like the internet.

Nursing is a career of community service and the prospective nursing students must also be active in community service and extra-curricular activities. This not only is a great addition to a person’s CV but will also enable the candidate to acquired information about scholarships or develop important contacts that could help the candidate out in his/her scholarship hunt.

When required, a good scholarship essay could be the best thing that could give you an edge over the competitors. A good scholarship essay is something that starts out well and keeps the reader’s interested. It should be in clear and concise language with little spelling and grammar mistakes. Proof reading is also a necessary part and should be done by a qualified elder or a teacher.

Last but not the least; the candidates should explore all possible sources of funding. This can include contacts of their parents or siblings or can include other options like nursing internships. Nursing internships can be unpaid or paid but the real advantages of such opportunities lies in the fact that they can help the candidates identify a prospective area of specialization and also provide valuable practical nursing experience which looks very good on the CV.

Filipino Scholarships

Education is considered valuable in the Filipino community. Most Filipinos work in the healthcare industry with nursing being one of the top professions they choose. Several organizations offer Filipino scholarships to support bright students who need the financial assistance. Here are few of these scholarships.

Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund

The fund has five scholarships, each worth $5,000 for Filipino American California residents pursuing a career in engineering to attend four-year colleges or universities. They provide scholarships for SAT preparation courses and college admissions counseling as well.

Filipino American Human Services, Inc Scholarship

The FAHSI College Scholarship Program, also called the Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship, provides each winner a renewable award of $5,000 per year for four years. The winner (one person) of this scholarship is a Filipino/Filipino American graduating high school senior who shows a passion for business and serving the Filipino community.

Filipino Bar Association of Northern California Legal Scholarship

This scholarship is for law students who want to serve the Filipino American community. 1 to 3 scholarships of $1,000 to $2,500 are offered every year.

Lapiz Family Scholarship

This scholarship is for University of California students who are farm workers or children of farm or migrant workers.

Maria Elena Yuchengco Memorial Journalism Scholarship

Filipino American students who are interested in studying journalism at any U.S. college or university can apply for this scholarship.

Helen and L.S. Wong Memorial Scholarship

High school students of Asian heritage belonging to the Fairfield and Suisun high school can apply for this award.

Human Capital Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to first-generation University of California students who belong to underrepresented groups.

Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship

This scholarship is designed for you If you are a current full-time undergraduate or graduate student who is working or has worked at a restaurant that is owned by an Asian or serves Asian cuisine, or if at least one of your parents has worked or is working in such a restaurant.

This fund is for summer internships for supporting an undergraduate student studying at Yale and working at a non-profit organization that serves an Asian community in the US.

Hawaii Filipino Community Foundation Scholarships

Here are some these foundation scholarships:

  • Ambassador Minerva Jean Falcon Hawaii Scholarship.
  • Filipino Nurses’ Organization of Hawai‘i Scholarship.
  • Philippine Cultural Foundation of Hawai‘i Scholarship Fund.

There are many sources for finding Filipino scholarships. Search online to find more information about the opportunities.