This scholarship is one that if awarded, is worth more than the $2500 scholarship itself. The scholarship is awarded by state and only so many per state will win. However, for those that don’t win the prime award, another 1400 are evaluated automatically for other scholarships offered by other companies affiliated with the PSAT/NMSQT. In addition, National Merit Scholars, as they are called, are obviously going to have an edge in college admissions and other scholarship opportunities. We discussed this in a recent podcast for parents and their college-bound teens.
The nice thing is, students filled out the application when you applied to take the test! The PSAT itself, and your results are what will determine the outcome. So if you have taken advantage of SAT Test Prep, or considering it, it is a great way to not only qualify for the scholarship, but to practice before the taking the SAT. So at worst, by taking the test, your college-bound teen has prepared for taking the full exam, while qualifying for scholarships without adding a single application to their efforts.
The hospitality and food service industry is one of the fastest growing next to health care and tech in this country. The NRAEF Scholarship is one that I have won personally, two years running as an Undergrad. It is usually split between two payments of $1250 and they send the check to the college directly. This one is actually one where may of the people who apply will win! And hundreds of students win each year, so this one is perfect. If you are serious about your major and you are in the hospitality field, you have to apply to this. The scholarship if merit-based only, so it doesn’t matter what your EFC is or how much financial aid you already have. Only your merit decides.
The essays are very short (about 150 to 300 words), and are focused on your experience. Now the crux of this scholarship is that you have to have some experience in the restaurant/hospitality industry. You have to verify it via pay stubs or a letter from either a current or past employer. Of course, any fast food job will qualify, and if it leads to a $2500 scholarship, you can even volunteer in a food kitchen if you wish. There are a few sub scholarships for current undergrads, freshmen, and those who have a focus on Italian Food & Viticulture (wine).
The nice thing is the application is online-based and easy to complete. Even better, they offer it twice a year, so you can apply in spring or fall! If you miss one deadline, another is only few months off. It will cover multiple majors at accredited universities including:
Here is a Great scholarships for those going into coding/game design I found on Gyan Devi’s blog.
The Entertainment Software Association’s ESA Foundation Scholarship Program
The Entertainment Software Association Foundation established a scholarship program to assist women and minority students who are pursuing degrees leading to careers in Computer & Video Game Arts. In 2009 they extended this opportunity to graduating High School Seniors and doubled the number of awards granted from 15 to 30 (15 to graduating High School Seniors and 15 to current undergraduates).