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The scholarships listed below are legitimate scholarships that Elon Academy staff have researched. This list is not a complete list of all scholarships available, but it should help you get started.

***Avoid scholarship scams***

Rules of Thumb

1. If you must pay money to get money, it might be a scam.
2. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
3. Spend the time, not the money.
4. Never invest more than a postage stamp to get information about scholarships.
5. Nobody can guarantee that you'll win a scholarship.
6. Legitimate scholarship foundations do not charge application fees.
7. If you're suspicious of an offer, it's usually with good reason.
8. There are many factors that play a role in applying for scholarships. View this link to find out more.

The Federal Trade Commission cautions students to look for tell tale lines:

* "The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back."
* "You can't get this information anywhere else."
* "I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship."
* "We'll do all the work."
* "The scholarship will cost some money."
* "You've been selected by a 'national foundation' to receive a scholarship" or "You're a finalist" in a contest you never entered.

General Scholarship Databases

Scholarships.com: This free scholarship search service maintains a database of over 2.7 million college scholarship opportunities. Students can fill out a questionnaire profile that will determine their eligibility for scholarships. They will then receive a customized list of scholarships for which they are qualified.

College Scholarships.org: College Scholarships.org has a general database of scholarships as well as a list of their own scholarships provided through the College Scholarships Foundation.

College Resource Network: This site is a free scholarship search engine and college planning website specializing in Minority Scholarships.

List of Scholarships: This one page document has a list of websites to look through for various scholarships.

GoodCall Scholarships: Search for over $25 Million in Scholarships.

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General Scholarships

BURGER KING® Scholars Program: This scholarship has awarded more than $15.4 million to high school seniors and employees across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico since the program’s inception in 2000. All high school seniors are eligible.

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation: This foundation is one of the largest business-supported, merit-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. It gives 50 national scholarships of $20,000 each and 200 regional scholarships of $10,000 each. Additionally, it awards 400 scholarships to students attending two-year degree granting institutions in the amount of $1,000 and $2,000 awards. 

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund: Undergraduate student must be active in participating in struggles for civil rights, economic justice, international solidarity or other progressive issues are able to apply for this scholarships. Awards are given up to $10,000. US citizenship is not required. Application is due April 1. Must seach "apply."

KFC Colonel's Scholarship: This scholarship supports high school seniors with entrepreneurial drive, strong perseverance, and demonstrated financial need, who want to pursue a college education at an accredited public institution in the state in which they reside. Qualified students must be high school seniors who: are enrolling in a public college or university within their state of legal residence, have a high school cumulative GPA of at least 2.75, will pursue a bachelor's degree, are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and demonstrate financial need.

Signet Student Scholarship Essay Contest: Penguin Publishing Company offers $1,000 scholarships to the winners of its essay contest based on books from the Signet Classics series.

National Peace Essay Contest: Winners of this contest through the United States Institute of Peace are awarded scholarships and are invited to a fully-paid five-day awards program in Washington D.C. Specific essay topics change each year, but all ask students to discuss how to prevent violent conflict and promote peace.

Prudential Spirit of Community Award: These awards, which recognize outstanding community service, include $1,000-$5,000 that can be used towards a college education.

Ellie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest: This scholarship is available to all registered undergraduate full-time juniors or seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States. Students are encouraged to write thought provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action. This $500-$5,000 scholarship is awarded in early December.

International Leader of Tomorrow: Interested in studying at the University of British Colombia in Canada? This award recognizes international (i.e. American) students who demonstrate superior academic standing and leadership through notable extracurricular involvement.  The award is designed for students whose level of financial need would otherwise make it impossible for them to consider studying out-of-state or in this case, out-of-country.   The award amounts are determined based on each award recipient’s level of financial need and range from CAD $10,000 to $44,000 per year of study. Click here to view a video about this award.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship: Offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Must be a U.S. citizen.

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Scholarships for Underrepresented Students

Best Colleges.com: Best Colleges has compiled a directory of diversity scholarships and educational support programs and arranged them by category.

Online Schools: A nationwide emphasis on the importance of diversity (particularly on college campuses) has generated many scholarships and grants for students who belong to underrepresented minority groups. Our comprehensive scholarship list includes financial aid opportunities exclusively reserved for African-Americans, Hispanics, women, and other specific minority groups, as well as more generalized awards that are made available to applicants belonging to any underrepresented demographic.
 

North Carolina Hispanic College Fund: The North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals, through the Triangle Community Foundation, provides scholarships annually through the North Carolina Hispanic College Fund to high achieving, recent graduates of NC high schools who are of Hispanic/Latino background. To be eligible, students must be Hispanic, Latino, or Latina; graduate from a North Carolina high school or GED program; demonstrate excellence in academic, athletics, performing arts, and/or service to humanity; and must enroll in a degree program at a community college or two or four year college or university. Applications will likely be due in January.

Financial Resources for Undocumented Students: This multi-page document lists many scholarships available for undocumented students. 

The Ron Brown Scholarship Program: The RBS is a national program benefiting academically-talented, highly motivated, African American high school seniors and awards them $40,000 towards college costs. For more information contact Robyn Hadley, Executive Director of the "What's After High School Initiative," 609 Ray Street Graham, NC 27253 (336) 570-6644 ext. 683.

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Scholarships: LULAC partners with national corporations to raise money for several scholarships of varying amounts for Hispanic/Latina(o) students.

Lagrant Foundation: The Lagrant Foundation awards scholarships to underrepresented students who are CURRENT freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors and are majoring in public relations, marketing, or advertising.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers Minority Scholarship: This $1,000 scholarship is for current minority undergraduates (freshman through junior class) majoring in chemical engineering.

A Better Chance Scholarships: A Better Chance maintains a listing of scholarships for African American students.

African American College Scholarship Opportunities at CollegeScholarships.org: CollegeScholarships.org has a resource page for African American students looking for scholarships.

LatinoCollegeDollars.org: The Tómas Rivera Policy Institute maintains this website which lists resources and scholarships to assist Latino students in going to college. Their scholarship database includes some scholarships for international students.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund: This scholarship fund is the largest provider of college financial aid for Hispanic/Latino students. They have multiple scholarship programs but do not include scholarships for international students.

OEDB: A List of scholarships and grants specifically for American American students.

The North Carolina Hispanic College Fund: A charitable fund established by the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals, NCSHP to benefit Hispanic students in North Carolina.

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Scholarships for LGBTQ and Allied Students

The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Students: This resource page lists multiple scholarships for LGBTQ students.

CollegeScholarships.org Scholarships for LGBTQ Students: CollegeScholarships.org maintains a short list of scholarships for LGBTQ Students.

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Scholarships for Students Who Plan to Attend or Are Attending 2-year Colleges and Community Colleges

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation: This foundation is one of the largest business-supported, merit-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. It gives 50 national scholarships of $20,000 each and 200 regional scholarships of $10,000 each. Additionally, it awards 400 scholarships to students attending two-year degree granting institutions in the amount of $1,000 and $2,000 awards. 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need as they transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities. The Foundation selects up to 50 community college transfer students each year and awards each scholar up to $30,000 annually.

The Point Foundation: The Point Foundation awards multiple scholarships to LBGTQ students. Interested students submit one application to be considered for all scholarships. The Point Foundation does consider scholarships for students who plan to transfer from a two-year or community college to a four-year college or university.

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Scholarships for Students Interested in Technology/Engineering-Related Majors

American Institute of Chemical Engineers Minority Scholarship: This $1,000 scholarship is for current minority undergraduates (freshman through junior class) majoring in chemical engineering.

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Scholarships for Students Interested in Fine Arts Majors

Art Scholarships at Scholarships.com: Scholarships.com maintains a resources page with a list of scholarships for students interested in studying art.

The Online Education Database Art Scholarships: The OEDb lists scholarships for art students and also explains how art scholarships work. They are often different than other scholarships.

ArtStudy.org: ArtStudy.org provides a guide for applying for art scholarships and lists a few large art scholarships.

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Scholarships for Students Interested in Science/Health Related Majors

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers scholarship support, paid research training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation. Please note this scholarship is available only to scholars who are already college students; high school seniors are not eligible to apply.

NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research:  Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. The NIH Institutes and the Office of Intramural Training & Education sponsor a wide range of summer activities including lectures featuring distinguished NIH investigators, career/professional development workshops, and Summer Poster Day.

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Scholarships for Students Interested in Journalism/Communications Majors

Lagrant Foundation: The Lagrant Foundation awards scholarships to underrepresented students who are CURRENT freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors and are majoring in public relations, marketing, or advertising.

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Scholarships for Students Interested in Education Majors

The Call Me MISTER Scholarship: This scholarship is for underrepresented students who want to go into teaching. Students must attend one of several specific colleges that participate in the program.

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Scholarships for Middle-School Students

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars Program seeks high-achieving, low to moderate-income 7th grade students, and cultivates their talents and abilities throughout high school by providing the personalized advising and financial support needed to secure challenging academic opportunities. After high school, Young Scholars are also eligible to apply for continued undergraduate and graduate support from the Foundation ten or more years of assistance total for educational pursuits. 

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Scholarships for International Students

Gloria and Joseph Mattera National Scholarship Fund for Migrant Children: This scholarship is available to students whose families have a recent or ongoing history of movement to obtain work in agriculture. There are no citizenship requirements for this scholarship. Students must have proof of acceptance into a post-secondary institution. The award is $250-$500. There is no specific deadline.

Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship: This scholarship is available to students whose families have a recent or ongoing history of movement to obtain work in agriculture. There are no citizenship requirements for this scholarship. Students must have proof of acceptance into a post-secondary institution and a desire to become a teacher. The scholarship is $1,000. 

Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship: This scholarship is available to students whose families have a recent or ongoing history of movement to obtain work in agriculture. There are no citizenship requirements for this scholarship. Students must have completed one year of college to apply for this scholarship. The award is up to $20,000. 

Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarship for Migrant Farmworkers: This scholarship is available to students whose families have a recent or ongoing history of movement to obtain work in agriculture. There are no citizenship requirements for this scholarship. Students must provide a portfolio, video, or samples of work as part of the application. The award is up to $2500. Deadlines for applications are June 1 and November 1.

Selected Funding Opportunities Open to Non-US Citizens: This is a unique list of scholarships for non-U.S. citizens of diverse ethnicities. Includes scholarships that fund undergraduate and graduate work in the U.S. and abroad.

Internationalstudent.com: This is a webpage that can be a good starting point for any international applicants seeking aid. 

North Carolina State University: Student Action for Farmworkers Scholarship: Student Action for Farmworkers (SAF) awards a scholarship each year to a student from a family of farmworkers to attend NC State. Citizenship is not required. Any student whose family is or has been involved in farmwork or food processing in the state of North Carolina is eligible. The award is between $1000 and $1500 and is renewable for four years. Recipients are asked to participate in SAFs Into the Fields Summer Internship and Leadership Development program.

The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid and Scholarships for International Students: The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid maintains a webpage with information concerning scholarships and other financial aid for international students. It includes a list of states that allow international students to pay in-state tuition and lists some private scholarships that are available to international students.

LatinoCollegeDollars.org: The Tómas Rivera Policy Institute maintains this website which lists resources and scholarships to assist Latino students in going to college. Their scholarship database includes some scholarships for international students.

International Education Financial Aid: This website includes a scholarship database for international students, information on how to search for scholarships for international students at other sites, and information about international student loans for college.

InternationalScholarships.com: This website is similar to the International Education Financial Aid website in providing scholarship and loan information as well as a scholarship database for international students.

EduPASS: EduPASS is a part of the Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid. It provides information for international students about obtaining passports and visas, financing college, and searching for scholarships.

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