Chelsea L. Dixon, M.S., M.A.T, Author. Speaker. CEO.
If you are a high-achieving, self-motivated student, three great places I would recommend you start your scholarship search would be with QuestBridge, The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and The Gates Millennium Scholars Program.
QuestBridge offers four different scholarship programs (the National College Match, the College Prep Scholarship, the Quest for Excellence Awards program, and the Quest Scholars Network) specifically for “high-achieving low-income students.”
• National College Match has a partnership with over 30 institutions that you can apply to and possibly receive a full four-year scholarship to attend. The application process begins in August and is due by the end of September.
• The College Prep Scholarship gives applicants the chance to receive scholarships for summer programs on and paid visits to various college campuses. The application process begins in February and is due in late March.
• According to QuestBridge, the Quest for Excellence Awards Program “enhances academic exploration and aids students in the college application process through enrichment programs, technology awards, test preparation awards, and expense-paid college visits.”
• The Quest Scholars Network is a free networking program for QuestBridge scholars that are attending one of the partner institutions. It provides its scholars with access to possible internships, leadership opportunities and more.
For more information about QuestBridge and these scholarship programs, visit www.questbridge.org.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has a College Scholarship Program that awards up to $40,000 per year to its scholars. In addition to the scholarship, scholars also receive “college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholar community.” The application process begins in early September and is due in early November. For more information, visit www.jkcf.org.
Gates Millennium Scholars Program
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program is specifically designed for outstanding students with “significant financial need”. Applicants must be an “African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American student”. The scholarship provides financial support for unmet need and is “renewable if the scholar maintains satisfactory academic progress.”
In addition, the Gates Millennium Scholarship will provide financial support through a doctoral program if the scholar is pursuing studies in “computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences.” For more information, visit www.gmsp.org.
I hope this helps. Best of luck to you!