If you did not make it last year, here's how to make 2017 rock when it comes to your scholarship applications.
Sure, the economy is still in the dog house, but that does not mean your scholarship dreams should be too. We share some super insights into how to hit the ground running, and get that scholarship you deserve, this year!-
It’s time to kick-off a year new, which means new opportunities galore.
In our eyes, that means new and exciting scholarship opportunities for anyone and everyone!
Start the New Year off right by applying to any of the 2017 scholarships below but wait, don't just stop there! Be sure to check out your 2017 scholarship matches for even more opportunities to make this year count.
Here are some great scholarships for 2017 to get you started off on the right foot (and the right financial path) this year:
Gates Millennium Scholars Program
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program is open to African – American, American Indian / Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students who are citizens, nationals, or legal permanent residents of the United States.
You must be an entering, full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student and have a minimum 3.3 GPA; or have earned a GED to be considered for this award.
You must also demonstrate significant financial need (meet the federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria) and exhibit leadership abilities through community service, extracurricular, or other activities.
AXA Achievement Community Scholarship – $2,000
Ages: College Freshman
The AXA Achievement Community Scholarship is available to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in their school, community, or workplace.
You must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident and be planning to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college / university in the U.S. by fall 2014 to be eligible for this award.
Cargill Global Scholars Program – $2,500
Ages: College Freshman to College Sophomore
The Cargill Global Scholars Program is open to freshman and sophomore students attending one of the partner universities.
You must demonstrate high academic performance and leadership potential to be considered for this award.
Special consideration will be given to students majoring in agriculture-related fields, business, computer science, economics, engineering, food science, international relations, political science, and public policy; as well as female students, minority students, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and veterans.
Frame My Future Scholarship Contest – $1,000
Ages: College Freshman to Graduate Year 5
The "Frame My Future" Scholarship Contest is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students attending a U.S. college or university for the 2014-2015 academic year.
To enter, you must submit an original creative image that expresses what you hope to achieve in your personal and professional life after college.
Some example entry piece ideas are: photograph, short typed explanation, collage, drawing, graphic design piece, painting, or anything you can create within one image.
Your entry must be your own work and must relate to the theme: "This is how I want to Frame My Future."
Teen Video Challenge – $15,000
Ages: High School Freshman to College
The Toyota Teen Driver is awarding a $15,000 Grand Prize to a high school student who submits a short video about safe teen driving.
The two runners-up will receive $10,000 and $7,500 respectively.
Plus, the Grand Prize winner will work with a professional film crew to re-shoot their video into a TV-ready PSA and the first runner-up will win a behind-the-scenes trip to a television show!
Top-notch film skills are not needed and smart phone videos are accepted.
This program is open to any high school student who is at least 13 years of age.
No minimum GPA.
The Scholarship Application Process – Where to Begin!
Hopefully you already have your resolutions in black and white, and what you needed was a path or process to follow to make those dreams come true. Getting a scholarship is one of the most gratifying experiences for anyone interested in furthering their education. If you have a dream… pursue it with reckless abandon, don't let anyone tell you otherwise!