September Scholarship Opportunities List

Dear ACPS Students, Families, and Alumni,
Looking forward to welcoming you back to school on Tuesday! The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria office is open from 8am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday during the school year. Please feel free to stop by and see me in room A-115 (grades 11-12) or Ms. Osei in room A-121 (grades 6-10) for assistance with college, career, or financial aid planning. We look forward to meeting you and supporting your college dreams!

SENIORS: 

  • It’s time to get started with the college process! Please review the Scholarship Fund’s “Guide to Applying and Paying for College” here http://ow.ly/TXwl30eQB6Q and stop by to visit me in A-115! I’d be glad to answer any questions, help you finalize your list of colleges, and work with you to brainstorm and perfect your college essays!
  • Save the date for the Scholarship Fund’s FAFSA Completion Workshop on Wednesday, October 4th!  Every senior should fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)  — a free, 45-minute application to qualify for money from the federal government, the state of Virginia, and colleges. Drop by room C-206 at TC anytime between 4pm and 7:30pm on October 4th to enjoy a free pizza dinner and get your FAFSA finished!FAFSA is an application that allows you to qualify for scholarships/grants, work-study, and loans; it does NOT obligate you to borrow money to pay for college. The application does NOT include essays and does NOT consider your grades. Please see ( http://ow.ly/zeHh30eQCOL ) for a list of documents to bring. Interpretation services will be provided with FACE Center registration.
  • Is applying early right for you? I’d be happy to help you consider whether you might be a good candidate to apply Early Action/Early Decision or to apply for the QuestBridge or Gates scholarship.
    • Early Action/Early Decision: Ivy Leagues and many highly selective colleges accept almost 50% of their freshman class through Early Action/Early Decision. Students who have a 3.75+ GPA and are enrolled in AP/DE courses may want to consider applying early.
      • Early Action (EA): Accepted students are not required to attend EA college
      • Early Decision (ED): Accepted students are required to attend ED college and withdraw all other college applications. Because ED is binding, it is important that students with financial need apply ONLY to colleges that guarantee to meet 100% of the student’s financial need (please see the list of colleges that guarantee to meet 100% of financial need here http://ow.ly/lruX30coMbm ). Only families that can afford to pay the full cost of college out of pocket should apply ED to colleges that are not included on the above list.
    • QuestBridgeStudents with high financial need (household income of $65,000 per year or less) who have a 3.75+ GPA and are enrolled in AP/DE courses should consider applying to QuestBridge, a 4-year, full-ride scholarship to highly selective partner colleges. Applications are due in September of senior year.
    • Gates: Students with high financial need (Pell-eligible) who have a 3.3+ GPA and are enrolled in AP/DE courses should consider applying to Gates, a highly selective, 4-year, full-ride scholarship for minority high school seniors. Applications are due in September of senior year.

HAMMOND STUDENTS:

  • Join “Aspire Higher” after-school club! We will meet from 3:15-4:15pm every Thursday in room D-206 at Hammond (starting October 5th). This fun and informational club will be led by 2013 TC Williams graduate, Abigail Osei. We’ll talk about the secrets to becoming a successful college applicant, how to get free money for college, and explore a variety of college and career options. Please contact Ms. Osei with any questions at abigail.osei@acps.k12.va.us or (703) 824-6730, and see this flier for more information: http://ow.ly/hUdf30eQBLQ

Below is a list of upcoming scholarships.  Local scholarships are indicated by pink text.

September

  1. Apartment List Scholarship – September 1, 2017 – $500 essay scholarship open to high school seniors and current college students
  2. Frannet #MyFutureSelfie Scholarship – September 4, 2017 – $10,000 scholarship drawing open to current college students
  3. Love Your Career Scholarship – September 11, 2017 –  $1,000 scholarship open to current college students. Applicant must submit an essay describing at least three steps that they plan to take in the next year to start a path towards having a career that they love
  4. Edward Nagel Scholarship – September 11, 2017 – $3,000 renewable scholarship open to current college students with 3.0+ GPA studying business (or a related major)
  5. Gates Scholarship – September 15, 2017 – 4-year, full-ride scholarship for Pell-eligible, minority high school seniors with 3.3+ GPA
  6. Cameron Impact Scholarship – September 15, 2017 – 4-year, full-ride, merit-based scholarship open to rising high school seniors with 3.7+ GPA and community service experience
  7. Scholarships4Moms – September 15, 2017 – $10,000 scholarship drawing for moms who are current college students
  8. Dell Corporate Scholars Program – September 15, 2017 – $2,500 scholarship and 10 week paid internship for summer 2018; open to minority college students with 3.0+ GPA studying  Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Computer Science or Information Technology
  9. Discover Financial Services Scholarship – September 15, 2017 – $7,500 renewable scholarship and summer internship open to current college sophomores enrolled at an HBCU with 3.0+ GPA studying STEM
  10. Staples Scholarship Drawing – September 16, 2017 – $50,000 scholarship drawing; to enter without making a purchase, click here for instructions on entering by mail
  11. TMCF Apple HBCU Scholarship – September 17, 2017 – $25,000 scholarship and summer internship with Apple open to current college students with 3.3+ GPA graduating from an HBCU in December 2018 or May 2019
  12. Siemens Competition – September 19, 2017 –  Scholarships for winning projects range from $1,000 to $100,000; competition is open to individuals (rising high school seniors) and teams of up to three students in grades nine through 12; students are encouraged to do research in mathematics, engineering, biological, or physical science
  13. Questbridge – September 27, 2017 – 4-year, full-ride scholarship connecting high-achieving low-income high school seniors with Questbridge partner colleges; some partner colleges are open to undocumented students
  14. Golden Door Scholarship – September 30, 2017 – 4-year, full-ride scholarship to Golden Door partner colleges for high school seniors and current college students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) students
  15. Nursing Scholarship – September 30, 2017 – $2,500 scholarship open to current college students studying nursing at an AACN Member Institution
  16. CPR Essay Scholarship – September 30, 2017 – $2,000 essay scholarship open to current college students pursuing a healthcare related degree
  17. Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Scholarship – September 30, 2017 – $2,500 scholarship open to current college students pursuing a degree related to manufacturing
  18. OppU Achievers Scholarship – September 30, 2017 – $2,500 essay scholarship open to current high school and college students
  19. SR Education Group Scholarship for Women – September 30, 2017 – $5,000 essay scholarship for women
  20. Voy Media Entrepreneur Scholarship – September 30, 2017 – $2,500 essay scholarship for current college students

October

  1. Glamour’s College Women of the Year – October 1, 2017 – $10,000 scholarship open to current college women who are impacting their communities and making change across the country
  2. Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards – October 2, 2017 – $1,000 scholarship open to high school seniors of Hispanic heritage with GPA of 3.0 or higher, open to DACA students
  3. Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award – October 2, 2017 – $10,000 scholarship for exceptional musician with financial need; open to students ages 8-18 who have not yet graduated from high school
  4. Wendy’s High School Heisman – October 2, 2017 – $10,000 scholarship open to seniors who are student athletes, leaders in their school community, and who have a 3.0+ GPA
  5. SR Education Group Community College Scholarship – October 7, 2017 – $2,500 essay scholarship for community college students
  6. Levine Scholarship – October 8, 2017 – 4 year full tuition, room, & board scholarship to UNC Charlotte for students with excellent academic record and demonstrated leadership/community service; see Ms. Feldman in A-115 for nomination information
  7. Theta Rho Lambda Scholarship – October 13, 2017 – $2,000 scholarship open to male graduating senior from Arlington, Alexandria, or Fairfax with a 3.0+ GPA and community service experience
  8. National Young Arts Foundation – October 13, 2017 – Open to students ages 15-18 who excel in cinematic arts, dance, theater, music, writing, or visual arts. Cash awards up to $10,000 and master classes with world-renowned artists
  9. Olin Teague Aerospace Scholarship – October 13, 2017 – $4,000 scholarship open to high school seniors pursuing a career in aerospace fields
  10. American Muscle Student Scholarship – October 15, 2017 – $2,000 scholarship open to high school seniors and current college students pursuing an automotive themed major
  11. Pelican Water Scholarship – October 15, 2017 – $1,500 Instagram competition about water conservation; open to current college students with 3.5+ GPA
  12. Healthcare Administration & Management Scholarship – October 15, 2017 – $1,500 scholarship open to current college students studying healthcare administration or management with 3.0+ GPA
  13. Prompt Essay Scholarship – October 15, 2017 – Essay scholarship open to current high school seniors; $2,000 monthly prize (due the 15th of each month) and $10,000 grand prize (due January 15th)
  14. Horatio Alger Scholarship – October 25, 2017 – $25,000 scholarship open to high school seniors who have participated in community service and who display integrity and perseverance; family income must be under $55,000
  15. Coca-Cola Scholarship – October 31, 2017 – $20,000 scholarship open to current high school seniors with 3.0+ GPA (unweighted) and a demonstrated capacity to lead and serve, open to DACA students
  16. Zombie Scholarship – October 31, 2017 – 250 word essay on surviving a zombie apocalypse; $2,000 scholarship open to students 13 years of age or older
  17. Cosmetology Scholarship – October 31, 2017 – $2,500 scholarship open to students planning to enroll in a cosmetology program during the next 12 months
  18. AACN Polly Bednash Nursing Scholarship – October 31, 2017 – $5,000 scholarship open to students with a 3.2+ GPA who are currently enrolled in a BA nursing program at an AACN member institution 
  19. Best Value Schools STEM Scholarship – October 31, 2017 – $2,000 scholarship open to current female college students enrolled in a  STEM degree program with 3.0+ GPA
  20. Patriot’s Pen Scholarship – October 31, 2017 – $5,000 essay contest open to students in grades 6-8
  21. Voice of Democracy Scholarship – November 1, 2017 – $30,000 essay contest open to students in grades 9-12

Monthly Drawings

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and please feel free to contact me with any questions!  Stop by room A-115 for help with any of the following:

  • Scholarships and financial aid
  • Finding a good college fit
  • Writing college and scholarship essays
  • SAT/ACT preparation
  • Building a résumé
  • Financial aid options for undocumented students
  • Completing the Scholarship Fund Application

Best,
Ms. Feldman

Margaret Feldman

Director of College Advising

Scholarship Fund of Alexandria
T.C. Williams High School | Room A-115
margaret.feldman@acps.k12.va.us | 703.824.6730