Featured Partner Scholarships: January 2023
By Matt Konrad
A new year means new scholarship opportunities—and these featured Scholarship America partner programs for January 2023 will help you hit the ground running! They include a new renewable award for students in education, counseling and nursing; an expanded award for culinary students; and unique programs for survivors and families of childhood cancer and cystic fibrosis (CF). Don’t see a program that fits you? Check out our Browse Scholarships page for everything that’s open now, and opening soon!
Essential Visionaries Scholarship Fund
Brand new this year, the Essential Visionaries Scholarship Fund has been established to support students pursuing a degree or certificate in the fields of Education, Counseling/Psychology or Nursing. Approximately 100 scholarships are available; awards provide funding up to $10,000 per year and are renewable for up to four years total.
If you’re interested in applying, you must be a high school senior, high school graduate or current college undergraduate in the United States, and you must plan to enroll in part-time or full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year. You must also be planning to pursue a certificate or degree in an education, counseling, psychology or nursing-related field of study, and have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
Your financial need will be taken into consideration, as will the type of school you’re attending: recipients attending vocational-technical or two-year institutions will receive awards up to $5,000; recipients attending four-year schools will receive up to $10,000. Essential Visionaries Scholarships are renewable up to four years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first, on the basis of satisfactory academic performance and continued part-time or full-time enrollment in an eligible field of study.
Applications are open through February 8. Apply Now >
Nicole V. Reed Memorial Foundation Culinary Award
Nicole Reed was a full-time software services consultant in Jackson, New Jersey—but it was her custom cake creations that garnered her a huge following of devoted clients. When Nicole passed away suddenly in May of 2019, her husband Charles sought to honor her memory, and the Nicole V. Reed Memorial Foundation Culinary Award does just that, by providing a $5,000 scholarship to a student embarking on a degree in the culinary arts.
The Foundation has honored two scholarship recipients so far: New Jersey’s Aidan Kincaid and Philadelphia’s Samira Blyden. This year, applications are open to a wider group of students: high school seniors, graduates and undergraduates age 25 or younger anywhere in the United States are invited to apply. You must be planning to enroll full-time in a culinary arts program at an accredited two- or four-year college for the entire 2022-23 academic year.
As Charles Reed says, creating culinary masterpieces “was [Nicole’s] passion. The reactions of her clients drove her creativity, and the Nicole V. Reed Memorial Foundation seeks to encourage such passion and creativity in others.” If you have a passion for food and you want to turn it into a career, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity.
Applications are open until January 18. Apply Now >
Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship
Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Sibling Scholarship
The Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship program helps cancer survivors, age 25 and under, as they continue their education and pursue their college dreams. To date, Northwestern Mutual has provided nearly $1 million in scholarship support to more than 110 students on their college journeys.
“At Northwestern Mutual, we know the impact a childhood cancer diagnosis can have on the entire family,” said Steve Radke, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “We’re deeply committed to ensuring children affected by childhood cancer and their siblings have the opportunity to pursue their college dreams regardless of financial challenges.”
The scholarship program will award renewable $5,000 scholarships to as many as 25 eligible recipients for the 2023-24 school year.. High school seniors, high school graduates and current college undergrads can apply, as long as you plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study next year (at a two-year college, four-year college or university or accredited trade/technical school.) Applicants must be survivors of cancer, 25 years old or younger, have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate financial need.
Childhood cancer doesn’t just affect the patient. The impact is life-altering for everyone in the family – especially brothers and sisters who are in school or away at college.
The Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Sibling Scholarship program was established to help those who’ve had a sibling go through pediatric cancer. If you’re the brother or sister of someone who is in treatment, who has survived or who passed away from childhood cancer, you’re eligible to apply for one of 25 renewable $5,000 scholarships.
As with the Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship, applicants can be high school seniors, high school graduates or current college students. You must be 25 years old or younger, have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate financial need – and you must plan to attend full-time undergraduate study during the next school year.
Both of these programs require applicants to prepare a statement about how cancer has impacted their lives and taught them courage and resilience. We encourage you to spend some time with friends and family, talking about your story and thinking about ways you can work toward a bright future!
Vertex Foundation Scholarship Program
The Vertex Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation, seeks to improve the lives of people with serious diseases and contribute to the communities where Vertex Pharmaceuticals is located through education, innovation and health. Established in 2017, the Foundation is a long-term source of charitable giving and is an extension of Vertex’s corporate giving commitment. To help families and caregivers who have been impacted by cystic fibrosis (CF), the Vertex Foundation Scholarship Program offers awards of $5,000 to eligible students impacted by CF who are pursuing two-year and four-year undergraduate and graduate degrees. Since 2017, the program has awarded over 350 scholarships to members of the CF community.
Applications to the Vertex Foundation Scholarship Program are open to high school seniors, college and technical school undergrads and graduate students in the U.S. and Canada. Applicants must either be diagnosed with CF or be an immediate family member (sibling, child, spouse or caregiver) of someone diagnosed with CF. The scholarship awards can be used for part-time or full-time undergraduate or graduate study in any field at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college, university or technical school.
Application deadline extended to February 3! Apply Now >