Featured Partner Scholarships: January 2021
By Matt Konrad
With the holidays over and the tumultuous year that was 2020 behind us, it’s time for a fresh start – and for students across the country, that means a new semester and new scholarship opportunities. This month, Scholarship America’s featured partner programs include a full-tuition award for Missouri high school seniors; a new $10,000 scholarship for Black students in select communities; and an award up to $10,000 for those who have used online and blended learning to improve their high school experience.
Future of School Student Scholarship Program
Whether challenged by geography, health, or familial constraints or simply not challenged enough academically, blended and online learning programs have the potential to close enormous opportunity gaps for students and enable pursuit of academic and vocational dreams that surpass their current situations.
To help those students as they move on to college, the Future of School Student Scholarship Program is awarding scholarships of up to $10,000 to students who have embraced technology to improve their educational experiences, both academically and personally.
That includes students like Kaliyah Potts, whose education fell behind as she grew up in homeless shelters and the foster system. “With the help of blended and online courses, I am now pursuing a future worth fighting for,” she said. “The online courses allowed me to not only catch up on my credits I lost while in foster care, but also allowed me to learn in a distraction-free environment at my own pace.
If you’re interested in the Future of School scholarship, you must be a high school senior who has completed a minimum of five blended or online courses during the last two years of high school. You must demonstrate academic achievement or improvement as a direct result of their enrollment in the blended/online learning curriculum, and be planning on full-time college or technical school next year.
Please note that to be eligible, applicants must have been enrolled in a previously-established online or blended curriculum prior to January 2020, not as a result of distance or hybrid learning due to COVID-19.
Applications are open until March 16. Apply now
ScottMadden Inspire Scholarship
ScottMadden, one of North America’s leading management consulting firms specializing in energy and shared services, has established the $10,000 ScottMadden Inspire Scholarship to assist Black students in its hometown communities of Atlanta, Boston and the North Carolina Research Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill).
“We are thrilled to launch this scholarship. Our firm is committed to maintaining an inclusive environment that builds respect and trust, and we are confident that this scholarship will further our efforts and plant the seeds for the future success of the recipients,” says Brad Kitchens, president and CEO at ScottMadden.
To apply, you must be a current resident of one of the three eligible metro areas, and a college sophomore or above. Eligible students must identify as Black or African American and be planning to enroll full-time for the next academic year in an eligible major including accounting, business administration, computer and information sciences and support services, engineering, finance, logistics, and supply chain management, and certain similar or related fields.
Awards can be renewed for a second year if you continue to meet renewal criteria; visit the application page for more details about eligibility and qualifications.
Applications are open until January 14. Apply now
James L. and Nellie M. Westlake Scholarship
For nearly 40 years, the James L. and Nellie M. Westlake Scholarship Foundation has been making college a reality for students in Missouri. Recipients of the Westlake Scholarship will earn renewable awards covering the full cost of tuition, plus a stipend for books, supplies and other expenses. Up to 50 Westlake Scholarships will be awarded — if you’re a high school senior or a community college student in Missouri, don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!
To be eligible, you must be a Missouri resident, and either a graduating high school senior OR a student at a Missouri community college. High school seniors must be planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study for the entire upcoming academic year at an accredited four-year college or university. Community college students must have completed one or two full years, with sufficient credits to transfer to an accredited four-year college or university at the sophomore or junior level, respectively.
Applicants must also demonstrate financial need, including a family adjusted gross income (AGI) of $60,000 or less and an expected family contribution toward college (EFC) of $7,000 or less.
Academically, high school seniors must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; community college applicants with one year transferable credits must have 2.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
If you meet the guidelines and earn the Westlake Scholarship, you can also renew your award for multiple years. For high school seniors, the award is renewable up to three years; for students transferring from two-year institutions, the award is renewable up to one additional year.
Applications are open until February 1. Apply Now