Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Western Union Family Scholarship Program

Calling all SIBLINGS out there!!

Although this scholarship is no longer is a great one to keep in mind for next year.

Award: $1,000-$5,000 per family (2 awards given per family)

Eligibility requirements:
  • All applicants for scholarships must be age 18 or older.
  • Both applicants are members of the same family.
  • Applicants must have been in the United States for seven years or less.
  • Both applicants must have been born outside of the United States.
  • Both applicants must be living in the United States currently.
  • The educational institutions for both of the family members must be in the United States.
  • The application must include educational institutions for both the primary and secondary award recipients (the two family members).
  • Scholarships may be used for tuition for college/university education, language acquisition classes, technical/skill training, and/or financial literacy.
  • Scholarships may not be used for advanced degrees (such as Masters, PhD).
  • Scholarships will be made only to accredited higher-education institutions and training/educational providers.
  • Western Union employees, Western Union Agents and dependents are not eligible to apply for these scholarships.
Scholarships may be used for tuition for college/university education language acquisition classes, technical/skill training, and/or financial literacy. For example, one family member may request assistance to attend college and the other family member may request assistance to attend English as a Second Language (ESL) course. 

Process for Selection

Scholarship recipients are determined in a selection process independently managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), an international non-profit educational exchange organization. All scholarship awards will be paid directly to the educational providers. No payments will be made to individuals.

Timeline (Same Dates should be Expected for Next Year)
Application open and available: May 13, 2013
Application due date: June 23, 2013
Scholarship notifications made: August 1-8, 2013


If we want to talk about the scholarship of ALL scholarships...This is it.

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. We are talking full ride, and many times if you decide to continue your studies (masters, phd etc) in a service field (ie. teaching, social work) They pay for that too!!

But the GMS does not just select students that have high GPA's. They select students that are "well rounded." Extracurriculars and Volunteer/Service time is HUGE for this scholarship. It is what sets you apart.


African American, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American

U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident / Foreign National

High School Senior, GED, High School Graduate

A Complete Application Consists of:

1. Student Application (Nominee Personal Information Form)
2. Educator’s evaluation of the student’s academic record (Nominator Form)
3. Evaluation of the student’s community service and leadership activities (Recommender Form)

Check it out:

The deadline is Wednesday, January 15, 2014 11:59

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

AES Engineering Scholarship

Looking for a scholarship that IS NOT based purely on GPA? The AES Engineering Scholarship is a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by the essays that are submitted. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility. You DO NOT need to be pursuing Engineering to apply.

How to Apply:Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question:

Reflecting on your personal experiences and/or circumstances, tell us something about yourself that distinguishes you as a potential scholarship candidate.

Amount of award: $500.00
Deadline for entry: October 4, 2013
Submit essay to:

Be sure to include your full name as well as the name of the school you are attending this year and your plans for next year.

Heritage Youth Awards

Are you a rising High School senior of Hispanic descent?

The Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards promotes young leaders who demonstrate leadership in the classroom and community in an effort to encourage their peers to use education as a vehicle for success.

Which Areas Qualify?
Youth Awards Regions include: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York/Philadelphia/New Jersey, Phoenix, San Jose/San Francisco-Bay Area,Washington, DC, 

What do the winners look like?
The average GPA for the Youth Awardees is above a 3.75 with hundreds of hours of community service, patents on their innovations, published articles, established nonprofits and start-up companies, etc.

 Click here or the link below to complete your application and be eligible to receive up to $3,000 for your university studies, and other amazing opportunities. 

Deadline for all applications is Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

RMHC African American Future Achievers Scholarship

If you like McDonalds...You're really going to like their Scholarships!

Amount: Minimum of $1,000

Eligibility: Currently enrolled high school seniors who have at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean heritage and who are eligible to attend an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school with a complete course of study. Applicants must be legal U.S. residents, be less than 21 years of age, have a minimum 2.7 GPA and reside within the geographic boundaries of a participating Chapter that offers a scholarship under the RMHC/African American Future Achievers Scholarship program (Alameda County residents are eligible). Applicants may apply for only one RMHC scholarship program.

To Apply:

 Deadline: January 21 2014

Ronald McDonalds Hacer Scholarship(s)

If you like McDonalds...You're really going to like their Scholarships!

Ronald McDonalds Hacer Scholarship(s) have both National and Local Scholarships.

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must:
  • Be a high school senior.
  • Be a legal U.S. resident.
  • Be younger than 21 years old.
  • Carry a minimum 2.7 GPA.
  • Be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college or university with a full course of study.
  • Plan to enroll at an accredited post-secondary education institution during the academic year following their graduation.
  • Apply online at or visit for more information. Send required supporting materials and documentation to ISTSpostmarked no later than December 20, 2013.
    The supporting materials and documentation required includes:
    * Transcript.
    * Personal statement.
    * Letter of recommendation.
    * Form 1040.
  • To apply for the RMHC®/HACER® scholarship program, the applicant must have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage.

Scholarship details

The RMHC/HACER program offers four $100,000 national scholarships each year, as well as other local scholarships.
RMHC/HACER National Scholarships
Each year the program awards four (4) $100,000 RMHC/HACER National Scholarships. The award is paid over 4 years ($25,000 per year), provided the student can verify enrollment at any accredited institution providing post-secondary education each year.
RMHC/HACER Local Scholarships
Local scholarships are generally a minimum of $1,000, although some local programs may award different scholarship amounts.
Note: It is only necessary to fill out one application to participate in the RMHC/HACER program. Students can only receive one (1) RMHC/HACER scholarship. If an applicant is awarded a national scholarship, then they will no longer be eligible for a local scholarship.
Scholarship recipients are selected based on:
  • Academic achievement.
  • Financial need.
  • Community involvement.
  • Personal qualities and strengths as portrayed in a personal statement.
Recipients must enroll in and attend an accredited institution in the academic year after their selection and provide verification of enrollment. Scholarship funds are paid directly to the schools, and no funds will be dispersed to students directly.


Discover Duke and Notredame and More

Emery University, North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame and University of Virginia invite students to learn about their admissions and financial aid program on:

Tuesday September 10 @ 7pm
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland, Ca 94607


Duke University will be doing the same on:

Sunday September 14 @4pm
Sheraton Palo Alto
625 El Camino Real
Palo Alto Ca, 94301

Sunday October 6 @ 4pm
Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard
Lafayette, CA 94549

Register at

Quest Bridge

The 2013 National College Match Program connects low income high school seniors with admission to FULL four year scholarships to their partner colleges. We are talking FULL tuition-you do not have to pay anything!!!

Most of their recipients fall under the top 5% of their class and have a household income of $60,000 and under.

This is how it works:
1. Students submit a Quest Bridge application online by SEPTEMBER 27. It is FREE to apply.
2. QuestBridge selects finalists and forwards their applications to partner colleges
3. QuestBridge matches finalists based on mutual preferences. Admission and scholarship notifications are issued at the beginning of December.
4. Finalists who are not marched can apply free of charge to partner colleges through the QuestBridge Regular Decision Process.

The following are some partner colleges that will consider undocumented students (i.e. students who live in the U.S. and do not have a current visa) for the full College Match scholarship: Brown, Grinnell, Pomona, Swarthmore, University of Chicago, Washington & Lee, Williams, and Yale.

Students must demonstrate high academic excellence and a need for financial assistance and the desire to apply to one of the thirty three partner schools. Applicants must write three essays and several short answer questions, along with three recommendation letters.

Check out their Website!

Internship Opportunity!

Looking to boost up your extracurriculars? Check out this Internship Opportunity!
The Urban Peace Movement’s Peace Ambassadors Program is looking for interns!! 

Are you looking to:


 Through this internship students will allow you to:


This internship goes for 8 months, starting in September until June AND requires you to attend meetings once a week and weekend activities as they come up.

Space is limited so please check in with your advisor to get an application and see about whether this would be a good fit.