The scholarship, called Formation Scholars, will “support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.”
Four scholarships will be awarded to four undergraduate or graduate students at eligible schools. Only one student per school will be chosen.
Beyoncé chose two historically black colleges, Howard and Spelman, and two arts-focused colleges, Berklee School of Music and Parsons School of Design, as the institutions where the scholarships are available. Read more (4/25/17)
Beyoncé’s “visual album” Lemonade was released a year ago this week, but its impact continues to unfold. Just last week, the project won a Peabody Award. But the singer is also focusing on making its resonance felt through a very different vehicle: a group of scholarships called the “Formation Scholars” awards.
Summer is fast approaching and only a few exams stand between you and sweet freedom. If you’re going to be an undergrad or graduate student, the deadline to apply for the AbbVie CF Scholarship is around the corner.
Still working to get your submission in? Don’t sweat it, you still have time. Just remember your entry is due on May 24th, 2017. Good luck! :)
Minnesota’s Twin Cities marked one year since the police shooting death of Philando Castile at a ceremony on Wednesday, where some of his former high school classmates awarded the first scholarship in his honor.
The scholarship went to 2017 Central High graduate Marques Watson, who plans to attend St. Paul College, where he will study mechanical engineering for two years. Watson told MPR he would transfer to a four-year school after earning an associate degree.
“Before I received this scholarship, I had no way … at all, that I was going to be able to help myself, and my family really has no money to help me,” Watson said, according to MPR. Read more (7/6/17)
Sometimes, the hardest part is simply knowing where to begin. Here are some tips:
1) Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, even if you don’t think you’ll qualify.
2) Apply for national grants.
Options include Pell Grants, Academic Competitiveness Grants and National SMART Grants.
3) Apply for local scholarships. Civic organizations and religious institutions often have meaningful amounts of aid to dole out.
4) Getting into more than one school translates to a higher likelihood of receiving a big financial aid package.
5) Bargain! Even schools that only provide need-based aid sometimes come up with drastically different offers.
AmeriCorps, Peace Corp, National Health Services Corps and ROTC programs offer college money in exchange for a service commitment.
7) Look abroad. At Scotland’s St. Andrews, U.S. students pay only $21,650.
8) Stay home. Starting out at a low-cost community college and transferring to a four-year college for the final two years will wipe away a hefty chunk of room and board costs, as well as some tuition.
The American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit are two excellent options.
Don’t forget to consult your local expert – guidance counselors are often aware of options you may not have considered; best of all, their help is free.
Writing for scholarships (including statements and essays)
can be kind of a pain. There are countless scholarships and each has their
own requirements and essay grading criteria. But if you put the work in and take
the time to really rock it, there could be tons of money in it for you. Here
are some tips that’ll help you nail writing for scholarships.
Write About Things You’re Involved With
Clubs, athletics, and volunteer work—any organized activity you do outside your
schoolwork is fair game. It shows that you’re well-rounded and dedicated to not
just your studies, but a bunch of other cool stuff.
Write About Obstacles You’ve Overcome
Write about where you come from and how got to where you are now. “Perseverance
in the face of adversity” is a phrase people like, so show how you’ve displayed
perseverance in your life.
Talk About What You’ll Do with Your Education
Give them a reason to give you money. Show the scholarship-granter that the
money they invest in you will be well spent.
Keep It Short and Dense
Like brownie. It’s delicious and satisfying and it doesn’t take too long to
eat. Do the same with your writing. Just don’t eat it.
Write Multiple Drafts
Your best essay will likely not be your first one. So rewrite a couple of
times. You’ll find errors to fix and better ways to word things.
Get a Second Opinion
Get your friends, teachers, parents, older siblings, pets, etc. to read your writing
and provide their opinion. They might have an insight or two that you hadn’t
Toot Your Own Horn
Brag! This is your time to sell yourself to the scholarship-granter. Prove to
them that you’re a good investment and you’ll put their money to good use.
Actual college advice:
Okay, for anyone who is currently in high school there are a few things you need to know about getting into college, and making enough money to survive.
1. Keep those grades up, most college scholarships require at least a 3.5 GPA
2. Take the ACT/SAT at LEAST 3 times, most ACT scores go up by 4 or 5 points just by taking the ACT a second time.
3. The ACT goal is a 28, this is were scholarships of real value start appearing (I live in the south so not sure about SAT)
And a 32 is when full ride scholarships start happening.
4. If your low on funds, apply to STATE colleges, private schools are hella expensive and usually don’t give as much money because they don’t have football funds like state colleges do.
5. If your trying to get out of state, State schools are great to apply to
6. Sign up for the Common App, and check your email for schools who will wave there submission fee for you.
7. Once you’ve gotten in, apply to every available scholarship in your field, even if you don’t think your eligible. Those thousands here and there add up.
8. Get an on campus job, work now means less debt later.
9. If your parents make less than 60,000 a year, your FAFSA report could mean a full ride at some schools, call and ask questions
10. If your parents make less than 75,000 a year this could still mean lots of money for you, espically at Ivy Leauges.
11. If your a minority, think Northern Colleges, that’s where the best minority scholarships are for you.
12. If your an athlete school may wave the application fee for you! Check into it.
13. Be active, make lots of calls to schools, they notice this and reward it.
14. Women in science and math are eligible for TONS of money. Think about that when choosing a major (check College Board online)
15. Apply to at least 5 schools and be careful when choosing a major. College isn’t just about having fun it’s about getting a job, something that makes you special. Philosophy sounds fun but you might be living on the streets in a few years. Start looking for jobs/internships your junior and senior year so you can jump into the working world after graduation. Don’t procrastinate.
I’ve missed every #Blackout day this year, so here I am making one. Got my masters, started a PhD program, got a new job, and learned to love myself a little more. I’m not only just a little ugly. Lol. Happy #BlackoutDay!!
Photo credits: Me & Patrick Melon
How to increase your chances of securing a scholarship
Hi hi hi to add credibility to this post let me just say that I have applied for 4 scholarships, got to the last round (interview) for all 4, and was offered a scholarship by 2 organizations! Um my A levels results was pretty decent, I got 4 As and a C!
Ok to start:
1. Decide on what you wanna do in the future
Only aim for scholarships in organizations that you are interested in, it will make a difference. Some of the scholarship process will require you to write a short essay on why you want their scholarship, and your passion will show if you’re genuinely interested in it. Don’t just do it for the free education and allowance, do it because you think you can make a difference in the organization. This is for you as much as it is for them. They want a committed dedicated individual, you want a work that is meaningful and enjoyable for you.
1.5. IF YOU ARE PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE AND STILL HAVE ABOUT 1-2 YEARS LEFT IN SCHOOL - BOLSTER YOUR RESUME
ORGANIZE EVENTS. Companies love this shit! It shows your time management skills, teamwork, determination, ability to think on the spot etcetc. Take up internship or go to events that are relevant your desired organization. If you want to apply for a science related scholarship, enter science fair, volunteer to help your science teachers, volunteer to mentor your younger peers. Anything that shows your passion. If possible, try to apply for internship with your desired organization. This will give you a huge advantage bc you have in-depth knowledge of the organisation. But remember not to screw it up, show hard work and sincerity.
After you have narrowed down your scope to selected organizations that you’re interested in, it is now time for you to research on what they do exactly. This will provide you with a better understanding of how the company works, and whether it will be suitable for you. Things to take note of:
Scholarship criteria Application Deadline (SUPER IMPORTANT) Scholarship selection process: some just require an essay and interview, others have IQ tests and simulation test, so it’s best to make sure. Relevant websites and where to apply for scholarships Documents needed (Do you need testimonials? It is best to inform your teachers early if you require testimonial so that they can craft a nice one for you!!)
3. Commence application process
Take one whole day, sit down and craft your resume. Find out if there is some scholarship application portal. Note down all your achievements (don’t have to be comprehensive, just major ones in recent years, not the class monitor position you got at 10 year old). Write a short essay talking about yourself and your ambitions. What are your interests and why. How do you think your interests can help your further your career, talk about any role models if it is relevant to the organization. (ie if you are applying for a teaching scholarship maybe you can talk about how your teacher had inspired you greatly etc.) What did you learn from your activities in school, or any setbacks you have encountered that changed you for the better. Remember that the interviewers know that you are just human, 18 or 19 years old. It’s ok to make mistakes and not have super good achievement. They are looking for potential and interest.
Make sure your essay is crafted to individual company, don’t send the same essay to ALL organizations. Make it detailed, make it relevant! It shows effort and interest.
4. Writing essay
MAKE IT RELEVANT TO THE ORGANIZATION AND YOU. Ok this will help you in both your essay and interview. Talk about why you like the organization and what they stand for, but also point out areas where they can do better AND SUGGEST OPINIONS. Companies are looking for people who will add value to the company, don’t be afraid to offer suggestions that will better their workings.
Also, since the company is planning to invest tons of money on you they will want to reap the benefits long term. So don’t be afraid to talk about your big ambitions.
In one of my interview essay, the question was “where do you see yourself in 15 years time?” and I wrote about how I want to rise to a position influential enough to direct changes. I got that scholarship offer. Don’t be afraid to show your drive, this is what they are looking for. They are not going to spend $50k on your education and expect you to fetch coffee.
5. Check your application, and double check. Make sure you got all the documents required, check your essay. Get someone to check it.
6. If you got through the first round, then congratulations! If you didn’t, it’s ok, there are other scholarships! And you can always apply for it during university!
7. After that, just go with the flow, depending on the number of selection rounds. I had one scholarship application where there were 4 rounds: written essay, IQ test, simulation process, interview. But here are a few tips for the interview, which will definitely happen.
Always be yourself. Make jokes, show your insecurities, show your drive, show your passion. Even though you are yourself, don’t make jokes at the expense of the company. One time I was asked why should they give me the scholarship and I joked about how they don’t have enough people and they should hire me bc I was present and available. Well guess who didn’t get that scholarship.
If you have applied for multiple scholarships and interviewers ask you about which is your favourite, ALWAYS PICK THEIR ORGANIZATION. Don’t hint that they are your backup plan, that is the ultimate deal breaker.
Always research the company, and know what the position you are gunning for entails. Another time I was asked about my job scope and I could not give them a good answer. Well, I didn’t get that scholarship, even though that was my favourite. But I guess I left an impression good enough that they specifically offered me an internship for me to understand the company better, so that I can apply for their scholarship next year. But I have already accepted my current one, which I love too!
8. Questions to prepare for
Tell me about yourself? Why should we give you the scholarship? What do you know about us and the job scope? Where do you see yourself in 15 years time?
Super no-brainer. You don’t have to be super formal like suit and tie (you’re only what, around 20?) but it has to be formal and decent. Stick to monochrome, or fancier if you’re applying in the arts field, for girls no mini skirt or stilettos or tank top. For guys no polo tee or khaki or slippers, no matter how informal it seems. Show your respect.
10. GO IN FOR THE KILL, ACE IT
ALWAYS REMEMBER THEY ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO FURTHER THEIR COMPANY, IF YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS, SAY IT. THAT’S WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR. But don’t say it in a condescending or rude manner, what is more important than innovation is your ability to work with others. Always show that you are an amicable and easy to work with person, but not a pushover. Be fluent, be coherent, be confident. You don’t have to be eloquent (though it helps) but make sure your ideas are communicated clearly. But don’t be a pushover, if they try to make things difficult for you, stay calm. Understand their point of view and evaluate your argument and theirs. Don’t reject theirs totally (unless it’s ludicrous), pick up solid points from their argument and agree with it, then come to a compromise.
DON’T BE LATE BE POLITE. TO EVERYONE, FROM RECEPTIONIST TO THE COFFEE HELPER OR ANYONE. BE POLITE. Smile