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  1. 1. Scholarship Essay One CRABIEL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER - won $3,000 scholarship Like Mr. Crabiel, I literally work tirelessly in many academic and leadership roles. I sleep no more than six hours a night because of my desire to expertly meet my many commitments. Throughout my life, I have worked as long and as hard as I possibly can to effect beneficial changes in both school and society. During the summer of tenth grade, I took a number theory course at Johns Hopkins University with students from Alaska, California, and Bogota, Colombia. Similarly, during the summer following eleventh grade, I was one of ninety students from New Jersey selected to attend the Governor's School in the Sciences at Drew University. At Drew, I took courses in molecular orbital theory, special relativity, cognitive psychology, and I participated in an astrophysics research project. For my independent research project, I used a telescope to find the angular velocity of Pluto. With the angular velocity determined, I used Einstein's field equations and Kepler's laws to place an upper bound on the magnitude of the cosmological constant, which describes the curvature of space and the rate of the universe's expansion. In addition to learning science, I recently lectured physics classes on special relativity at the request of my physics teacher. After lecturing one class for 45 minutes, one student bought many books on both general and special relativity to read during his study hall. Inspiring other students to search for knowledge kindles my own quest to understand the world and the people around me.
  2. 2. As president of the National Honor Society, I tutor students with difficulties in various subject areas. In addition, I am ranked number one in my class with an SAT score of 1580 and SATII scores of 750 in math, 760 in writing, and 800 in physics. In school, I take the hardest possible courses including every AP course offered at the high school. I am the leading member of the Math Team, the Academic Team, and the Model Congress Team. In the area of leadership, I have recently received the Rotary Youth Leadership Award from a local rotary club, have been asked to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and the Constitution in Washington D.C., and wrote the winning essay on patriotism for South Plainfield's VFW chapter. Currently enrolled in Spanish 6,I am a member of both the Spanish Club and the Spanish Honor Society. In addition, I recently was named a National Merit Scholar. Besides involvement in academic and leadership positions, I am active in athletics. For instance, I lift weights regularly. In addition, I am the captain of my school's varsity tennis team. So far this year, my individual record on the team is 3-0. Working vigorously upon being elected Student Council President, I have begun a biweekly publication of student council activities and opinions. Also, the executive board under my direction has opened the school store for the first time in nearly a decade. With paint and wood, we turned a janitor's closet into a fantastic store. I also direct many fund raisers and charity drives. For instance, I recently organized a charity drive that netted about $1,500 for the family of Alicia Lehman, a local girl who received a heart transplant.
  3. 3. As Student Liaison to the South Plainfield Board of Education, I am working to introduce more advanced-placement courses, more reading of philosophy, and more math and science electives into the curriculum. At curriculum committee meetings, I have been effective in making Board members aware of the need for these courses. In addition, my speeches at public Board meetings often draw widespread support, which further helps to advance my plans for enhancing the curriculum. I have also been effective as a Sunday school teacher. By helping elementary school students formulate principles and morals, I make a difference in their lives every week. The value system that I hope to instill in them will last them their entire lives. I find teaching first-graders about Christ extremely rewarding. Clearly, I have devoted my life both to working to better myself and to improving civilization as a whole. Throughout the rest of my life, I hope to continue in this same manner of unselfish work. Just as freeholder Crabiel dedicates his life to public service, I commit my life to helping others and to advancing society's level of understanding. Scholarship Essay Two WINNING NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLAR ESSAY Nothing in all the world is comparable to reading Ayn Rand beneath New York's skyline or to studying Nietzsche atop a mountain summit.
  4. 4. Since childhood, the studies of philosophy and science have interested me profoundly. Having read many books on relativity, quantum mechanics, existentialism, religion, capitalism, democracy and post-Aristotelian philosophy, my quest for knowledge has only intensified. Certainly, the purpose of my life is to discover a greater understanding of the universe and its people. Specifically, I plan to better grasp the interrelationship among forces, matter, space, and time. In addition, I hope to find a unified field theory and a convincing explanation for the birth of the universe. During the summer of tenth grade, I took a number theory course at Johns Hopkins University with students from Alaska, California, and Bogota, Colombia. My attendance of the New Jersey Governor's School in the Sciences is another accomplishment that exemplifies my dedication to knowledge. During the summer following eleventh grade, I took courses in molecular orbital theory, special relativity, cognitive psychology, and I participated in an astrophysics research project. For my independent research project, I used a telescope to find the angular velocity of Pluto. With the angular velocity determined, I used Einstein's field equations and Kepler's laws to place an upper bound on the magnitude of the cosmological constant, which describes the curvature of space and the rate of the universe's expansion. In addition to learning science, I recently lectured physics classes on special relativity at the request of my physics teacher. After lecturing one class for 45 minutes, one student bought many books on both general and special relativity to read during his study hall. Inspiring other students to search for knowledge kindles my own quest to understand the world and the people around me.
  5. 5. Also, as president of the National Honor Society, I tutor students with difficulties in various subject areas. Moreover, I am ranked number one in my class, and I am the leading member of the Math Team, the Academic Team, and the Model Congress Team. In the area of leadership, I have recently received the Rotary Youth Leadership Award from a local rotary club and have been asked to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and the Constitution in Washington D.C. Currently enrolled in Spanish 6,I am a member of both the Spanish Club and the Spanish Honor Society. As student council president, I have begun a biweekly publication of student council activities and opinions. Also, the executive board under my direction has opened the school store for the first time in nearly a decade and is finding speakers to speak at a series of colloquia on topics ranging from physics to politics. Directing fund raisers and charity drives also consumes much of my time. For instance, I recently organized a charity drive that netted about $1,500 for the family of a local girl in need of a heart transplant. Consistent with my love of freedom and my belief in democracy, which is best summarized by Hayek's Road to Serfdom, I have recently initiated an application to become the liaison to the local board of education. Also, in keeping with my belief that individuals develop strong principles and ideology, I teach Sunday school three months a year and have chaperoned for a local Christian school. Outside pure academics and leadership roles, I lift weights five times a week for an hour each day. In addition, I play singles for my school's varsity tennis team. Because I find extraordinary satisfaction in nature and have dedicated my life to its understanding, I enjoy mountain climbing. Among the notable peaks I have reached are Mt. Washington, Mt Jefferson, Mt. Madison, Mt. Marcy
  6. 6. and Mt. Katahdin. Unquestionably, my life's aim is to dramatically raise the height of the mountain of knowledge so that my successors may have a more accurate view of the universe around them. Scholarship Essay Three Fulbright Application Essay On one hot late-summer day when I was in high school, my parents came back from a shopping trip with a surprise present for me: the legendary board game, Diplomacy. At first I scoffed at such an old-fashioned game. Who would want to waste glorious sunny days moving armies around a map of pre-World War I Europe, pretending to be Bismarck or Disraeli? But after playing the game once, I became absolutely riveted by the nuances of statecraft, and soon began losing sleep as I tried to craft clever diplomatic gambits, hatch devious schemes, and better understand the game's ever- changing dynamics. As my friends and I spent the second half of the summer absorbed by the game, my parents grinned knowingly. How could I resist being fascinated with Diplomacy, they asked me, when I incessantly read about international affairs, and liked nothing more than debating politics over dinner? How could I resist being fascinated, when I had spent most of my summers in Greece (and, much more briefly, France and England), witnessing first-hand the ways in which countries differ socially, culturally, and politically? Though my passion for foreign policy and international affairs undoubtedly dates back to high school, I never had the chance to fully develop this interest before college. Once I arrived at Harvard, however, I discovered that I could learn about international relations through both my academics and my extracurricular activities. Academically, I decided to concentrate in Government, and, within Government, to take classes that elucidated the forces underlying the relations of states
  7. 7. on the world stage. Some of the most memorable of these classes included Human Rights, in which we discussed what role humanitarian concerns ought to play in international relations; Politics of Western Europe, in which I learned about the social, economic, and political development of five major European countries; and Causes and Prevention of War, which focused on unearthing the roots of conflict and finding out how bloodshed could have been avoided. Currently, for my senior thesis, I am investigating the strange pattern of American human rights-based intervention in the post-Cold War era, and trying to determine which explanatory variables are best able to account for it. Interestingly, I think that I have learned at least as much about international relations through my extracurriculars in college as I have through my classes. For the past three years, for instance, I have helped run Harvard’ s three Model United Nations conferences. As a committee director at these conferences, I researched topics of global importance (e.g. the violent disintegration of states, weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East), wrote detailed study guides discussing these subjects, and then moderated hundreds of students as they debated the topics and strove to resolve them. Even more enriching for me than directing these committees was taking part in them myself. As a delegate at other schools’ conferences, I would be assigned to represent a particular country on a particular UN committee (e.g. France on the Security Council). I would then need to research my country’ s position on the topics to be discussed, articulate my view in front of others in my committee, and convince my fellow delegates to support my position. Trying to peg down a country’ s elusive ‘ national interest, ’ clashing over thorny practical and philosophical issues, making and breaking alliances — - Model UN was basically a simulation of how diplomacy really works.
  8. 8. Thankfully, I have also found time over the past few years to cultivate interests and skills unrelated to Model UN and foreign policy. One of the most important of these has been community service. As a volunteer for Evening With Champions, an annual ice-skating exhibition held to raise money for children with cancer, and as a teacher of a weekly high school class on current events and international affairs, I have, whenever possible, used my time and talents to benefit my community. Another more recent interest of mine is the fascinating realm of business. Two years ago, my father’ s Christmas present to me was a challenge rather than a gift: he gave me $500,but told me that I could keep it only if I invested it in the stock market — - and earned a higher rate of return than he did with another $500. Since then, I have avidly followed the stock market, and become very interested in how businesses interact and respond to strategic threats (perhaps because of the similarities between business competition and the equally cutthroat world of diplomatic realpolitik). A final passion of mine is writing. As the writer of a biweekly column in the Independent, one of Harvard’ s student newspapers, I find very little as satisfying as filling a blank page with words -— creating from nothing an elegant opinion piece that illuminates some quirk of college life, or induces my readers to consider an issue or position that they had ignored until then. Because of my wide range of interests, I have not yet decided what career path to follow into the future. In the short run, I hope to study abroad for a year, in the process immersing myself in another culture, and deepening my personal and academic understanding of international affairs. After studying abroad, my options would include working for a nonprofit organization, entering the corporate world, and attending law school. In the long run, I envision for myself a career straddling the highest levels of international relations, politics, and business. I could achieve this admittedly ambitious goal by advancing within a nonprofit group, think tank, or major international company.
  9. 9. Perhaps most appealingly, I could also achieve this goal by entering public service and obtaining some degree of influence over actual foreign policy decisions -— that is, becoming a player myself in the real-life game of Diplomacy. Major Scholarships We've included this section to introduce you to some of the best scholarships available today. Some of these programs are in here because they're extremely generous. Some of them pay everything a student needs for all four years of college, or toward a graduate degree, even living expenses and allowances. Some include the costs of studying in other countries, including air fare. Other programs are listed in here because they provide millions of dollars in scholarships distributed to hundreds or thousands of students all across the country. Some of these are undergraduate scholarships, others are for grad school. Some are for members of minority groups. Many are need based, but some are awarded strictly on merit, without regard for the student's financial situation. These are some of America's best scholarships. Take a look for yourself, and you'll see just how committed this country is to seeing that its young people get college educations. And if you see one here that you think you qualify for, go for it! Every one of these scholarships will be awarded to somebody; it might as well be you. Good luck! Coca Cola Scholarships Established in 1986, The Coca Cola Scholars Foundation will award $1.8 million dollars in college scholarship money to high school seniors in 2006. Students from all public and private high schools in the US are eligible to apply, and 200 will receive $4000 scholarships, while 50 other students will receive $20,000 scholarships. All scholarships are paid out over four years. The Coca Cola Scholarships are not based on financial need. Students are evaluated in four areas-leadership, community service, academic achievement, and employment (although lack of an employment history doesn't disqualify a student). The Coca Cola Scholar Foundation also has a separate scholarship program for students attending two year colleges. These awards are for $1000, and you must be nominated by the college. For more information on both these programs, go to National Merit Scholarship
  10. 10. If you're a high school junior planning on attending college, you should make arrangements to take the Preliminary SAT/Nation Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQ). This test is given on a nationwide basis to over a million high school juniors, and the 50,000 students with the top scores are automatically entered into consideration for several different kinds of scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 8200 of them will be awarded scholarships after several steps in a selection process. Many of the scholarships are in the amount of $2500, but there are several different kinds, and one of them is a program where many colleges give full scholarships to National Merit Scholarship Finalists who designate the college as their first choice. Financial need is not a consideration. Altogether, National Merit Scholarship winners will receive over 33 million dollars in aid this year. To learn more about the program, and how to apply, go to Fulbright Scholarships Did you know there are even scholarships for people who've already earned a PhD degree? It's true. The Fulbright Scholars Program was created in 1946, after Senator J. William Fulbright suggested that the US government sponsor scholarships for Americans to lecture and do research in foreign countries, in order to "promote mutual understanding between the people of America and the people of other countries". These days, the Fulbright Program awards well over 100 million dollars a year to send both Americans abroad, and to bring foreign scholars to this country. As many as 800 Americans a year are selected to be sent all over the globe in any number of projects. The Fulbright awards come with very generous stipends, and winners are often able to bring their families along to experience several months in a different country and culture. As you can imagine, the competition for Fulbright Scholarships is very stiff, and the process is very selective, but if you've got a PhD and the idea of spending time abroad learning and teaching intrigues you, you can get more information at Florida Bright Future Scholarship Are you a high school senior in Florida? If so, depending on your grade point average and other factors, you may be eligible for free tuition for all four years at a Florida college or university. The Florida Bright Future Scholarship program is funded by lottery proceeds, and is intended to encourage Florida high school seniors to get a college degree at one of Florida's many public and private colleges and universities. Depending on your grades, your test scores, and your record of community service, if you attend a Florida public university, the state will give you a Florida Academic Scholar Award and pay all of your tuition, plus $300 a semester in lab fees, and $300 a semester for various expenses.
  11. 11. If you don't qualify for that, there are other awards available-the Florida Medallion Scholar Award pays for 75% of tuition at a public institution, and up to $300 per semester in lab fees. Should you prefer to attend a private Florida university, you'll receive either 100% or 75% of the average tuition for a public college, depending on which program you're in. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a college education at very little cost! To learn more, go to Wal-Mart Scholarships Wal-Mart has scholarships? Yes, not only can you find almost everything you need for your everyday life at Wal-Mart, but the world's largest retailer also awards millions and millions of dollars in scholarships every year, and the amount is growing all the time. Sam Walton, the late founder of the Wal-Mart chain, believed in giving back to the community. The Walton family has continued Sam's legacy of philanthropy, and now awards over 45 million dollars in scholarships to American college students every year. And these scholarships are not only for Wal-Mart employees. Wal-Mart and the Walton family certainly do fund lots of scholarships for Wal-Mart associates, and sons and daughters of associates, but in addition, they also provide Sam Walton Community scholarships for the general public who aren't employed by their stores. These scholarships are in the amount of one thousand dollars, and are available to high school seniors who don't work at Wal-Mart, and aren't immediate family to anyone who does. GED holders are also eligible in some cases. You must be a US citizen, or have had permanent legal resident status for at least one year. The scholarship does require a grade point average of at least 2.5, and applicants must have taken either the SAT or the ACT. And financial need must be demonstrated to be eligible for a Sam Walton Community Scholarship. For Wal-Mart employees, the company has even more generous scholarships available. If you're a Wal- Mart associate who's a high school senior (or in some cases a GED holder), and you've worked for the company for at least a year by the application deadline of January 20, you should consider applying for the Wal-Mart Associate Scholarship, which is for $2000 per year. Financial need must be demonstrated, and you must score at least an 18 on the ACT, or 800 on the SAT. Another program for Wal-Mart associates is the Higher Reach Scholarship. This is for Wal-Mart employees who have graduated from high school more than a year ago, and is targeted toward older students. GED holders are also eligible in some cases. Again, you must have been employed there at least one year by the application deadline, and you must be able to demonstrate financial need. There is no GPA requirement, but you must have met or exceeded expectations on your most recent employee evaluation. This program has gotten even better-until recently, the Higher Reach Scholarship could only be applied
  12. 12. toward undergraduate study at a college or university, but you may now use it to pursue graduate study, or technical skills at accredited institutions. And at $2000 per year, this award could go a long way toward paying for your education. Finally, for sons and daughters of full-time Wal-Mart employees, there's the Walton Family Foundation Scholarship. One hundred and fifty of these are awarded annually, and they're for $10,000 spread over four years. They're intended for high school seniors, or GED holders, and applicants must show financial need, and have earned a 22 on the ACT or 1030 on the SAT. To learn more about the tens of millions of scholarship dollars provided by Wal-Mart, and information on how to apply, visit Rhodes Scholarships What is the most prestigious scholarship in the entire world? Almost everyone would say, hands down, the Rhodes Scholarship. This coveted post graduate scholarship has been awarded to thousands of Americans over the years since 1902, including many who went on to become writers and artists, and leaders of government and industry. Past winners include Supreme Court Justice David Souter, presidential adviser and news show host George Stephanopoulos, and actor/musician Kris Kristofferson. Cecil Rhodes was a Briton who bequeathed the bulk of his wealth to be used for furthering the education of young people in Britain's former colonies. All Rhodes Scholars, as the winners of the scholarships are known, study at Oxford University, the oldest and most prestigious university in England. The Rhodes Scholarships are very generous, paying for tuition, room and board, books, living expenses, and an allowance, for two full years of graduate study at Oxford University. Winners are selected on the basis of intellectual ability, physical ability, moral character, and leadership potential. While many Rhodes Scholars have been college athletes, that level of athletic skill is not an absolute requirement-only that you be in excellent physical shape and have demonstrated some success at a sport. The competition for Rhodes Scholarships is fierce, and the standards are very selective. Only around 30 scholarships are awarded to American each year. But the rewards are high, and being known as a Rhodes Scholar for the rest of your life is an extremely rare honor. If you're an excellent student with good character, athletic talent, and leadership ability, and you're interested in doing post graduate study at Oxford University, you should certainly consider applying for a Rhodes Scholarship. You can find out much more about the qualities the Rhodes Trust is looking for, and the application procedures, at
  13. 13. Target Scholarships We're all familiar with Target stores, and their colorful advertising. But did you know that Target is one of America's biggest scholarship providers? It's true-Target awards six hundred $1000 scholarships, and one $25,000 scholarship, every year. They're trying to encourage and reward community service and volunteerism, so those two things play a big factor in selecting recipients. Target looks at total hours volunteered, leadership roles played in the community and volunteer groups when awarding the scholarships. An essay on volunteering is required as part of the application. And don't worry if your grades aren't that hot-the minimum grade point average required is 2.0, or a C. This is an excellent opportunity for students all over America-Target employees and family members of employees are not eligible for the Target All-Around Scholarships, but pretty much anyone else age 24 and under is eligible. So if you've volunteered in your community in the past, you should certainly consider applying for the Target All-Around Scholarship. You can find out how to apply, and read all the rules and requirements at Bill Gates Scholarships You may have heard that Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, provides college scholarships. He certainly does-to the tune of $50 million a year. He administers them through the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, and you can find out more about them in our section on Gates Millennium Scholarships. Georgia Hope Scholarships Are you a legal resident of the state of Georgia? If so, then you're in luck, because Georgia has a very generous program to encourage Georgians to acquire a college degree or technical certificate. It's called Helping Outstanding Students Educationally, or the HOPE program, and it's one of the best financial aid packages offered by any state,. There are two kinds of aid-HOPE grants, and HOPE scholarships. HOPE grants are for Georgia residents attending technical schools offering certificates or two year diplomas within Georgia. There is no grade point average requirement, and you can even attend part time, as long as you're making satisfactory academic progress. The grant covers tuition, most mandatory fees, and provides a $100 book allowance every quarter. HOPE scholarships are for Georgia residents enrolled in four year colleges and universities within Georgia. If you've graduated from a Georgia high school, since 1993, and had a 3.0 grade point average, you're eligible for a HOPE scholarship for all four years of college. For persons who graduated from a Georgia
  14. 14. high school prior to 1993, the rules are little different. Basically, you're not eligible your first year of college, but once you've maintained a 3.0 GPA in the first quarter after your first 45 credit hours, you're eligible. And you can't already possess a four year degree, or have 190 or more quarter hours of previous college credit. The HOPE scholarship, for both recent and older high school graduates is just as generous as the HOPE grant, covering tuition, most mandatory fees, and a $100 book allowance each quarter. And, like the grant, you don't have to be enrolled full time to take advantage of the scholarship. And as long as you're making satisfactory academic progress, and maintain a 3.0 GPA, the scholarship can be renewed every year. But you do have to reapply every year. To learn more about the HOPE grants and scholarships, and how to apply, visit their website: Gates Millennium Scholarships "The best and the brightest students shouldn't be denied access to higher education simply because they can't afford it." -Bill Gates. Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft Corporation, and one of the world's richest men. He and his wife created the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fund worthwhile projects for those in need, both here in America and around the world. One of their main projects is the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, which provides one billion dollars in financial assistance to disadvantaged minority students in America who need help to earn a college education. The GMSP is primarily administered by the United Negro College Fund, although members of all minority groups, not just African-Americans, are eligible to apply. Other administering organizations are the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars, and the Organization of Chinese American. The Millennium Scholarship is very generous, providing tuition for all four years of college. In addition, recipients of Millennium Scholarships who've graduated can apply for further financial assistance from GMSP to pursue graduate degrees in the fields of education, library science, math, science, and engineering. One thousand students a year are chosen for these coveted scholarships. The basic criteria for eligibility are that the student must be a US citizen, or a legal permanent residence, with a 3.3 grade point average or better, and must meet federal Pell Grant requirements for financial aid, with a strong record of community service and/or extra-curricular activities. You'll need someone to nominate you, and also someone to use as a reference. You can find out more, and how to apply, at the GMSP website: Tylenol Scholarships Are you interested in a career in health care? Then consider applying for a Tylenol Scholarship. Tylenol, the maker of popular pain reliever, wants to encourage students interested in studying for health related
  15. 15. careers. Tylenol gives out ten $10,000 scholarships, and 150 $1000 scholarships. Financial need is not a consideration, and applicants are judged bases on their academic achievements and their leadership abilities. For more information and instructions for applying, go to Horatio Alger Scholarships The Horatio Alger Foundation is an excellent source of college scholarships. As of this year, they award over 1100 scholarships to students in sixteen states, with seven more states scheduled to begin taking part in 2006. 2005 participating states are Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington DC its metro Virginia and Maryland communities, Indiana, Kentucky, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Idaho, and California. The majority of scholarships are in the amount of $2500, but some of them are for higher amounts, including $7000 in the state of Louisiana. Louisiana, Idaho, Iowa and Montana have restrictions on which colleges you may use the scholarship at- usually in their own state- but the other states do not. The Horatio Alger Foundation is named after the famed 19th century novelist whose books told the stories of young boys overcoming poverty and adversity by hard work and determination. The foundation wants to foster these qualities, so the scholarships are awarded to students who have a financial need, and have overcome personal hardships of one sort or another. Applicants must be a high school senior, have a 2.0 grade point average or higher, be involved in community activities, and come from families that make less than $50,000 a year. Homeschoolers are welcome to apply. For more information on the Horatio Alger Scholarships and how to apply, visit their website at Truman Scholarships Are you a public spirited undergraduate student who'd like to positively impact your community, your country, and the world by working in government, education, a public interest group, or non profit organization? If so, you should definitely consider applying for a Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Truman Scholarships provide up to $30,000 toward a graduate degree such as a law degree, a doctorate, or masters degrees in such fields as Public Policy, Public Health, Education, Social Work, and International Affairs. Seventy Truman Scholarships are awarded every year, and are only open to college juniors or third year seniors. Persons who have already earned a college degree are not eligible. Anyone awarded a scholarship must agree to spend three of their first seven years after obtaining their graduate degree working in some
  16. 16. field of public service, or will be required to pay the scholarship back. The Truman Scholarship Foundation is looking for applicants who've shown an interest and aptitude for public service in several ways: Achieved high grades in a rigorous academic program Participated in student government and other college activities Taken part in community service and volunteer activities Demonstrated their leadership potential. Read widely on a variety of topics. Have identified a social concern or problem Taken courses related to the public interest career Taken part in one or more political campaigns. If you possess these qualities, and you're interested in obtaining a graduate degree toward a career in public service, you should by all means apply for a Truman Scholarship. The award not only provides $30,000 toward a degree, but recipients also receive assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development. Truman Scholars are also invited to participate in exclusive programs such as Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute, The Truman Fellows Program, and the Public Service Law Conference. The application deadline is in February of your junior year, and all finalists will undergo a rigorous interview before final selections are made. It's a great honor to be chosen for a Truman Scholarship, and many Truman Scholars go on to work in elite institutions working for change in America and the world. You can read more about the scholarships and how to apply at their website: Marshall Scholarships Are you a college senior, or a recent college undergraduate, interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the United Kingdom? If so, then you should definitely look into applying for a Marshall Scholarship, which is open to American citizens, with a bachelor's degree from an American college or university awarded after April 2003, and at least a 3.7 grade point average, who have never studied in the UK. The Marshall Scholarship was created in 1953 by the British government as a way of saying thanks to the people of the United States for their generosity in funding the Marshall Program, which helped rebuild Europe after the devastation of the second World War. As of this writing, forty scholarships are awarded every year, in the amount of approximately twenty thousand British pounds (around $34,000) each. They cover tuition, room and board, living expenses, books, fees associated with writing a thesis, and airfare from and to the United States. The scholarships may be used for pursuing a graduate degree at well over one hundred universities and art schools in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, including such prestigious institutions as the
  17. 17. universities of Oxford, Cambridge, London, and Edinburgh. One factor to consider when applying is that, because of the desirability and prestige of studying at Oxford, London, and Cambridge, applicants selecting other colleges and universities as their first choice will almost certainly improve their chances of being awarded a scholarship. Applications are only accepted online, and the cutoff date is usually early October of your senior undergraduate year. You can find out all about the Marshall Scholarship, and how to apply, at their website: Morehead Scholarships The John Motley Morehead Foundation provided scholarships for outstanding high school students to enable them to create "extraordinary lives". And that's exactly what Morehead Scholars do. Students selected receive a four year scholarship to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. No ordinary scholarship, a Morehead scholarship covers tuition, room and board, a laptop computer, books, fees, travel, laundry, supplies, and spending money for all four years of their undergraduate education. One of the most important benefits of this extremely generous scholarship is the annual Summer Enrichment Program, again fully funded, which gives Morehead Scholars a wide range of choices for training their bodies and minds, and expanding their intellectual and personal horizons, and exploring career options in depth. The freshman year Summer Enrichment Program is held the summer before the student enters college, and helps prepare students for the challenges of college by enabling them to overcome obstacles, learn to be part of a team, and build extraordinary self confidence. Students can choose from over fifty outdoors programs all over America, including mountaineering, kayaking, canoeing, backpacking, and many, many more. The sophomore SEP enables students to give back to their community and the world by spending eight to ten weeks performing public services for the less fortunate, all across the globe, in their choice of a multitude of projects. The junior year SEP lets students combine their academic studies with their personal interest to design a summer long project that sends them all over the world exploring new cultures and following their own dreams. The senior year SEP is an internship with some of of America's top companies or non profit organizations, and includes personal mentoring by top executives. The Morehead Scholarship is truly a one of a kind, world class opportunity for college students to gain an extraordinary education, experience new cultures and world travel, and learn to become leaders, all without spending a penny of their own money. Morehead Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, not financial need, and, as you might expect, the Morehead Foundation is highly selective when awarding these scholarships.
  18. 18. Who may apply? Any North Carolina high school student is eligible, and may be nominated by your school or you may apply directly. Students from selected high schools in thirty eight other states, and the District of Columbia, are also eligible to apply. You can find a list of eligible schools at Successful applicants will have a record of high academic achievement, combined with an outstanding record of community service. To learn more about The Morehead Scholarship, and how to apply, see their website at Scholarship Application Once you've found scholarships you'd like to apply for, simply contact the organization offering the scholarship to see how to go about applying. Most will have an email address or a phone number for this purpose. For those which don't, simply type up and mail a short letter telling them a little bit about yourself and why you think you'd be a worthy recipient of their scholarship. Keep it short-there's no need to go into much detail, since you're just requesting an application at this point, not actually applying. Include your contact info, and request that an application be sent to you. One thing to watch out for is scholarships with an application fee. Reputable organizations offering scholarships don't charge you a fee for applying. Another warning sign is an offer of a guaranteed scholarship. Again, reputable scholarships are limited, and based on a selection process, and there is no guarantee that you'll receive one. If you ever see an offer for a guaranteed scholarship, it will probably include some sort of processing fee. Don't fall for this. You should never have to pay any money in applying for a legitimate scholarship. That's an added benefit of using for your scholarship search-it automatically filters out any scholarships that charge a fee. Scholarship Opportunities NKU has established several scholarship programs. Various scholarships are based on grades, class rank and extracurricular activities. See 2010-2011 Scholarship Listing ______________________________________________________________________ __
  19. 19. 2010-11 Incoming Freshman Scholarship application Deadline January 15, 2010 NOTE: All students must be admitted to NKU by the application deadline date of January 15, 2010, to be considered for scholarships. All sections of this application must be completed. Unfortunately, Northern Kentucky University cannot offer scholarships to all of the excellent students who apply. However, we can assure each applicant that he or she will receive careful consideration and fair treatment in what is a very competitive process. Northern Kentucky University awards scholarships to highly motivated students in both extracurricular activities and academic aptitude. Students will be evaluated on leadership potential, community service involvement and academic merit. Academic merit is determined by the student's high school performance and the ACT or SAT score. Generally speaking, to receive consideration for a scholarship you must attain a composite standard score on the ACT of 26 or above or SAT combined verbal and math score of 1170 and rank in the top 25% of your graduating class. ____________________________________________________________ ____________ 2010-11 Current NKU Student and Incoming Transfer Application Scholarship application Deadline March 15, 2010
  20. 20. ____________________________________________________________ ____________ Students interested in athletic scholarships must contact the Office of Intercollegiate Athletics. Air Force ROTC Scholarships --The Department of the Air Force at the University of Cincinnati, in cooperation with NKU, provides the opportunity for qualified students to enroll in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Commissioning Program--Scholarships pay up to 100% tuition and educational fees at NKU for either two, three, or four years. Scholarship recipients also receive $600 per year for books, plus $250-$400 stipend per month for living expenses ($250 freshman, increasing $50 each year). To find out more about Air Force scholarship visit For additional information please contact University of Cincinnati air Force ROTC Detachment 665 at (513)556-2237 or visit our web site at Army ROTC Scholarships -- Scholarships pay 100% tuition and educational fees at NKU for either two, three, or four years. Scholarship recipients also receive $900 per year for books, plus $250-$400 stipend per month for living expenses ($250 freshman year, increasing $50 each year). Northern Kentucky University's students enroll for Army ROTC through a special partnership agreement with Xavier University Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps(ROTC) Program. For additional information please contact Xavier University's ROTC Admissions Office at (513) 745-1062 or (888)4XU-ROTC. Students who qualify as a Native American may be eligible for further assistance through the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Please contact the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Education, 1849 C Street NW; Washington, DC 20240-0001; Telephone No. 1-202-401-2000. FastWeb
  21. 21. Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES)