Let us Start 2018 right—More than $50,000 scholarships listed

I recently coached a TSU student who told me that she was going to apply to 100 scholarships. I think she will . . . and in an effort to help other Scholarship Tigers reach for more money, less debt, here is a listing of more than $50,000 in scholarships.

They are divided into scholarships for college students, scholarships for college and high school students, and scholarships for high school students (or future TSU students).

Also, I include a link to a great article that mentions several scholarship programs and opportunities.

Scholarships for College Students

  1. http://programs.applyists.com/Nikon/

$10,000 Nikon Storytellers Scholarship, Deadline: March 1, 2018

From website: “Eligibility Criteria:

You must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to receive The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship:

  • You must be an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited, non-profit college/university or vocational/technical school in the United States or Canada.
  • You must complete your freshman year of college or academic equivalent before Fall 2018.
  • You must be majoring in visual arts, fine arts, journalism, film, photography, or multimedia/content creation.
  • You must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average at time of application.
  • You will need to provide a recommendation from a professor, teacher or academic advisor.
  • If you are selected as a semi-finalist, you will be asked to provide a photo portfolio or video submission, description of photo/video submission and copy of academic transcript.”

  1. $10,000 BlueCross Power of We Scholarship, D: Mar 16, 2018

From website: “The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, in collaboration with the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives, offers a $10,000 (awarded in two payments of $5,000 each over the course of two consecutive semesters) college scholarship to three Tennessee minority students who wish to pursue careers in the field of health care.”

Source: http://www.bcbst.com/why-bcbst/about-us/corporate-responsibility/diversity/community-diversity.page

Partial criteria from application: “Award Details and Application Guidelines

BlueCross Power of We Scholarship Award: $10,000 (awarded in two payments of $5,000 each over the course of two consecutive semesters)

Eligibilty Criteria

All applicants must currently be undergraduate students. Awardees will be selected by the NAHSE Memphis Chapter, who meet the following criteria:

  • A promising minority student with the intent to obtain a degree to pursue a career in the field of health care
  • Student must be a college Sophomore or Junior by the application deadline (March 16, 2018).
  • 2.5 minimum academic GPA (4.0 scale)
  • Applicant must be 18 to 23 years old (by application deadline)
  • Citizen of the United States.
  • Resident of Tennessee AND attends an accredited college/university within the state of TN
  • Applicant must be enrolled during the current academic school year, and planning to enroll the 2018-2019 school year.”

Source: https://form.jotform.com/73625873284163

Scholarships for College and High School students

Community foundations are often found in major cities or regions of a state and administer many scholarships.

  1. http://cfgreateratlanta.org/community-impact/scholarships/

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Deadline for many scholarships is February 15, 2018

  1. https://www.cfmt.org/grants-scholarships/scholarships/

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, D: March 15, 2018

  1. http://www.saafdn.org/Scholarships/WelcomeScholarshipSeekers.aspx

San Antonio Area Foundation Scholarships, some deadlines: Feb 15, 2018; other scholarship deadlines vary

  1. http://www.cof.org/community-foundation-locator

Other Community Foundation Scholarships

Not from the Middle Tennessee, Atlanta, GA, or San Antonio, TX.

Then, use this Community Foundation Locator at the link above to find a community foundation close to your permanent residence and see what scholarships may be available.

  1. http://www.getupgetactive.org/active-life-weakness/

$1,000 Active Live Scholarship to Tackle Your Weakness, D: Feb 28, 2018

From webpage: “Who: Current high school or college students age 15 years or older.

 What: This scholarship encourages students to identify and take action to improve a weakness and begin to transform it into a strength.

 Amount: $1,000. May be used at any college to study any major.

In 3-5 sentences please answer ONE of the following:

What do you consider one of your greatest weaknesses? -OR-

Why is it important to try to improve a weakness?”

  1. https://www.tacobellfoundation.org/live-mas-scholarship/#home

Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship, D: Mar 18, 2018

Ages 16-24

$5,000, $10,000, to $25,000 to pursue your passion

Legal resident of the 50 US and the District of Columbia

Create and submit a 2 minute or less video that tells a story of your life’s passion

Read the official rules, so that you include all the information looked for in that video

Part of Video Requirements: “Please be sure to answer at least these first four questions in your video:

  1. What is your passion?
  2. How do you plan to achieve your passion through your educational goals?
  3. What impact will you have on your local community or the world by following your passion?
  4. What is your dream college, school or next step in your education? Each applicant must identify a specific secondary education program, college or certificate/degree option he/she wishes to attend, or for which he/she needs funds.”

Source: https://www.tacobellfoundation.org/live-mas-scholarship/more-about-how-to-enter/

Scholarships for High School students

Cornerstone Financial Credit Union Scholarship, D: March 1, 2018

One $5000 Winner and 20 $1000 Winners!

From email: “The application process is open for the 8th annual Cornerstone Financial Credit Union Scholarship Program.

College-bound high school seniors in Davidson, Dickson, Montgomery, Rutherford, Sumner and Williamson Counties, as well as Tennessee residents with a parent or guardian who is a Cornerstone member can apply.

We will select one $5000 scholarship winner and twenty $1000 scholarship winners.”

Remember, all applications should be received by March 1!

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions): https://www.bankcfcu.org/wp-content/uploads/2018-19-Cornerstone-Financial-Credit-Union-Scholarship-FAQ.pdf

Apply here: https://aim.applyists.net/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=%2fCornerstone

Interesting article mentioning scholarship and internship opportunities


“3 Ways to Turn a Scholarship Into a Silicon Valley Internship” by Andrew Pentis, Dec 7, 2017

This article mentions several scholarships (including links) you might want to check out.

Scholarships and programs mentioned:

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships program

Apple HBCU Scholars Program

Women Techmakers Scholars Program

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