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2021 Scholarship Opportunities

Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition

 To compete for this scholarship, applicants write and record an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. The theme for 2019-20 was "What Makes America Great" (the 2020-21 theme has not yet been announced). The first-place winner walks away with a $30,000 scholarship, but runners-up receive awards, too. A total of $1.9 million in funding is given out annually. Winners also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC.

Application Deadline: Likely late October 2020

Amount: $30,000

Eligibility: Students in grades 9-12

Website [LINK]

"You Will Be Found" College Essay Writing Challenge

The "You Will Be Found" College Essay Writing Challenge inspired by the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning Dear Evan Hansen offers a $1,500 scholarship to the college of choice sponsored by Stacey Mindich, Producer. Applicants must be 11th or 12th grade high school students located in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, or Westchester, as well as Nassau, Orange, Rockland, or Suffolk counties during the upcoming academic year. Write a college-application style essay (no longer than 650-words) that describes how "You Will Be Found" resonates with and inspires you. Did it prompt you to challenge your thinking or actions in some way? Was it a catalyst for personal growth? Explain the song's significance to you and its impact on your life. Essays should be specific, have a clear narrative arc, and adhere to the theme of the challenge. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Application Deadline: 4/26/2020

Amount: $1,500

Website [LINK]

"Frame My Future" Scholarship

Award Amount: $5,000 The "Frame My Future" Scholarship Contest is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students attending a U.S. college. To enter, you must submit an original creative image that expresses what you hope to achieve in your personal and professional life after college. Some example entry piece ideas are: photograph, short typed explanation, collage, drawing, graphic design piece, painting, or anything you can create within one image. Your entry must be your own work and must relate to the theme: "This is how I Frame My Future." Available to college Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5 specifically.

Application Deadline: 4/1/2020

Amount: $5,000

Website [LINK]


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Application Deadline: Varies

Amount: $5,000

Website [LINK]

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

The Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program is open to underrepresented, low-income and first-generation college-bound students. Students must be pursuing an undergraduate degree full-time in transportation, math, science, engineering, architecture, environmental design, PreMed, psychology, Spanish language/literature. The applicant does not have to be a U.S. citizen but must have a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Application Deadline: 3/1/2020

Amount: $5,000

Website [LINK]

Poetry Out Loud Scholarship Contest

Poetry Out Loud encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through exploration, memorization, and performance. The inspiration for this program is to promote poetry in both the classroom and the community. Poetry Out Loud provides an entry point for many students to learn to love poetry and keep their favorite poems for a lifetime. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation joined together to create Poetry Out Loud in 2004 and now, in partnership with state arts agencies, dynamic poetry recitation competitions are taking place in classrooms across the country. To participate in this program, school teachers should visit our website for program details.

Application deadline: Varies

Amount: $20,000

Website [LINK]

Questbridge Scholarship

Founded in 1994, QuestBridge is a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California that connects the nation's most exceptional, low-income youth with leading colleges and opportunities. By working with these students — beginning in high school through college to their first job —QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation's best colleges and to support them to achieve success in their careers and communities. 

Application Periods

  • College Prep Scholars Program: Early February - Late March
  • National College Match: Early August - Late September

Website: [LINK] 

The Posse Foundation

The Posse model works for both students and college campuses and is rooted in the belief that a small, diverse group of talented students—a Posse—carefully selected and trained, can serve as a catalyst for individual and community development. As the United States becomes an increasingly multicultural society, Posse believes that the leaders of the 21st century should reflect the country's rich demographic mix. The key to a promising future for our nation rests on the ability of strong leaders from diverse backgrounds to develop consensus solutions to complex social problems. Posse's primary aim is to train these leaders of tomorrow.

Three Goals

  1. To expand the pool from which top colleges and universities can recruit outstanding young leaders from diverse backgrounds.
  2. To help these institutions build more interactive campus environments so that they can be more welcoming for people from all backgrounds.
  3. To ensure that Posse Scholars persist in their academic studies and graduate so they can take on leadership positions in the workforce.

Website: [LINK] 

100 Black Men of America

The mission of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans. 

The 100 seeks to serve as a beacon of leadership by utilizing our diverse talents to create environments where our children are motivated to achieve and to empower our people to become self-sufficient shareholders in the economic and social fabric of the communities we serve. 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is committed to the intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of the African American community based on the following precepts: respect for family, spirituality, justice, and integrity. 

Website: [LINK] 

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