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Margaret Feldman sends out a scholarship email each month to keep families in the loop about upcoming local and national scholarship opportunities in addition to the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria. Many of the scholarships in each month’s email have been won by T.C. students in previous years. Please click here to sign up for Ms. Feldman’s scholarship newsletter.

Also, be sure to add margaret.feldman@acps.k12.va.us to your email contacts to ensure that the newsletter does not get filtered into your spam folder!

September Scholarship Email

Dear ACPS Students, Families, and Alumni,

Welcome back to school! The Scholarship Fund office is open 8am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday!  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 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 TC’s Early Action/Early Decision Meeting on Wednesday, September 12th.  Please stop by the auditorium lecture hall during your lunch block on the 12th for a quick informational meeting. We’ll help you think through 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). 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 September 27th.
    • 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 18th.
  • Save the date for TC’s Senior College Planning Meeting on Tuesday, September 25th. All seniors will be pulled down to the auditorium for a college planning presentation during the school day on the 25th. Parents are invited to attend an identical presentation at TC that evening at 6pm. Interpretation services will be provided with FACE Center registration.
  • Save the date for the Scholarship Fund’s FAFSA Completion Workshop on Wednesday, October 3rd.  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 3rd to enjoy free 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 this list of documents to bring. Interpretation services will be provided with FACE Center registration.
  • Save the date for the in-school SAT on Wednesday, October 10th.   All seniors (except those who opt out) will take the SAT (without essay) during the school day on Wednesday, October 10th! This will be an official SAT score that students may send to colleges. There is no advance registration required, and the test is free for all seniors.

FRANCIS C. HAMMOND STUDENTS:

  • Join “Aspire Higher” after-school club!  We will meet from 3:15-4:15pm every Thursday in room D-201 at Hammond (starting October 4th). This fun and informational club will be led by 2013 TC Williams graduate, Abigail Osei. Participants will learn 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.

Below is a list of upcoming scholarships.

September

  1. Love Your Career Scholarship – September 10, 2018 –  $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
  2. Cameron Impact Scholarship – September 12, 2018 – 4-year, full-ride merit-based scholarship open to high school seniors with 3.7+ GPA and community service experience
  3. UNCF Michael Jackson Scholarship – September 14, 2018 – $5,000 scholarship open to communication and social science students studying at a UNCF member institution with a 2.5+ GPA
  4. Scholarships4Moms – September 15, 2018 – $10,000 scholarship drawing for moms who are current college students
  5. Staples Scholarship Drawing – September 15, 2018 – $50,000 scholarship drawing; to enter without making a purchase, click here for instructions on entering by mail
  6. TMCF Boeing HBCU Scholarship – September 16, 2018 – $30,000 scholarship, two internships with Boeing, mentorship, and participation in TMCF Leadership Institute open to students with 3.0+ GPA attending Boeing HBCU priority schools. High performing students studying Engineering, IT and Data Analytics, Finance/Accounting, Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, Environmental Health and Safety, or Facilities Management who are currently in their sophomore year (graduating during the 2020-2021 academic year) will be considered
  7. Gates Scholarship – September 18, 2018 – 4-year, full-ride scholarship for Pell-eligible, minority high school seniors with 3.3+ GPA
  8. UNCF WM. Wrigley Scholarship – September 21, 2018 – $5,000 scholarship open to engineering, business, finance, accounting, chemistry, economics, computer science or marketing students studying at a UNCF member institution with a 2.5+ GPA
  9. Questbridge – September 27, 2018 – 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 
  10. Bonsai Finance Veteran’s Scholarship – September 28, 2018 – $2,500 scholarship open to high school seniors and current college students who are veterans or active duty member of the U.S. Military service, or  direct dependents (i.e., son, daughter, spouse)
  11. UNCF Catherine W. Pierce Scholarship – September 28, 2018 – $4,500 scholarship open to current college students studying art or art history with a 2.5+ GPA
  12. SR Education Group Community College Scholarship – September 29, 2018 – $5,000 essay scholarship
  13. SR Education Group Military Scholarship – September 29, 2018 – $5,000 essay scholarship open to veterans/active military, and their sons, daughters, or spouses
  14. SR Education Group Undergraduate Scholarship – September 29, 2018 – $5,000 essay scholarship
  15. Nursing Scholarship – September 30, 2018 – $2,500 scholarship open to current college students studying nursing at an AACN Member Institution
  16. Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Scholarship – September 30, 2018 – $2,500 scholarship open to current college students pursuing a degree related to manufacturing
  17. Bestcbdoilfor Scholarship Program -September 30, 2018 – $1,000 essay scholarship on living a healthy lifestyle
  18. OppU Achievers Scholarship – September 30, 2018 – $2,500 essay scholarship open to current high school and college students with 3.0+ GPA
  19. Voy Media Entrepreneur Scholarship – September 30, 2018 – $2,500 essay scholarship on entrepreneurship for current college students

October

  1. Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award – October 1, 2018 – $10,000 scholarship for exceptional musician with financial need; open to students ages 8-18 who have not yet entered college
  2. UNCF Vertus Hardiman Endowed Scholarship – October 5, 2018 – $5,000 scholarship open to current college students studying at an HBCU with a 3.0+ GPA
  3. TMCF Apple HBCU Scholarship – October 7, 2018 – $25,000 scholarship and summer internship with Apple open to current college students with 3.25+ GPA graduating from an HBCU in December 2019 or May 2021
  4. National Young Arts Foundation – October 12, 2018 – 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
  5. Olin Teague Aerospace Scholarship – October 12, 2018 – $4,000 scholarship open to high school seniors pursuing a career in aerospace fields
  6. Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards – October 15, 2018 – $1,000-$3,500 scholarships open to high school seniors of Hispanic heritage with GPA of 3.0 or higher, open to DACA students
  7. American Muscle Student Scholarship – October 15, 2018 – $2,000 scholarship open to high school seniors and current college students pursuing an automotive themed major
  8. Pelican Water Scholarship – October 15, 2018 – $1,500 Instagram competition about plastic pollution; open to current college students with 3.5+ GPA
  9. Healthcare Administration & Management Scholarship – October 15, 2018 – $1,500 scholarship open to current college students studying healthcare administration or management with 3.0+ GPA
  10. Wendy’s High School Heisman – October 17, 2018 – $10,000 scholarship open to seniors who are student athletes, leaders in their school community, and who have a 3.0+ GPA
  11. Horatio Alger Scholarship – October 25, 2018 – $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
  12. Coca-Cola Scholarship – October 31, 2018 – $20,000 scholarship open to current high school seniors with 3.0+ GPA (unweighted) and a demonstrated capacity to lead and serve
  13. Zombie Scholarship – October 31, 2018 – $2,000 essay scholarship open to students 13 years of age or older; 250 word essay on surviving a zombie apocalypse
  14. Cosmetology Scholarship – October 31, 2018 – $2,500 scholarship open to students planning to enroll in a cosmetology program during the next 12 months
  15. AACN Polly Bednash Nursing Scholarship – October 31, 2018 – $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
  16. Best Value Schools STEM Scholarship – October 31, 2018 (or until 50 applications received) – $2,000 scholarship open to current female college students enrolled in a  STEM degree program with 3.0+ GPA
  17. Patriot’s Pen Scholarship – October 31, 2018 – $5,000 essay contest on “why I honor the American flag” open to students in grades 6-8
  18. Voice of Democracy Scholarship – October 31, 2018 – $30,000 essay contest on “why my vote matters” open to students in grades 9-12

Monthly Drawings

Have a wonderful first week of school, 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