Featured Partner Scholarships: November 2021
By Matt Konrad
As the fall term gets into full swing, early-season scholarship applications are beginning to open up—and being early can pay off! By the end of November, nearly 30 Scholarship America partner programs will be accepting applications; in today’s blog we’re featuring a generous and prestigious national program, a highly-acclaimed program for students with specific medical issues, as well as a combination scholarship and post-grad job guarantee! Read on for details or visit our Browse Scholarships page to see more.
AbbVie Immunology Scholarship
The AbbVie Immunology Scholarship is a call for the independent, the bold and the determined. With this scholarship, AbbVie hopes to further empower students living with chronic inflammatory diseases to pursue an independent life defined by bold decisions and unyielding determination.
Recipients of the AbbVie Immunology Scholarship make an impact at their schools and in their communities. They’re students like Rachael, who’s pursuing a career as a physician assistant so she can help others in her shoes. “Although my [ulcerative colitis] diagnosis weighed heavily on my mind, I channeled my energy into positive actions to raise awareness and help others in my community,” she says. “I became involved with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation to help plan their Take Steps walk and educate others. Working with them allowed me to look at UC from a healthier perspective: I could embrace my disease without letting it define me. As I start a new chapter in physician assistant school this summer, I see my UC diagnosis and experience as a patient educator as strengths in my ability to better connect with my patients.”
To support students like Rachael as they pursue their educational goals, AbbVie is awarding scholarships of up to $15,000, which can be used for full-time undergraduate (associate’s, bachelor’s) or graduate (master’s, MD, JD, doctorate) study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the U.S.. Applicants must be legal residents of the U.S. and diagnosed by a healthcare professional with one of the following: ankylosing spondylitis (AS), Crohn’s disease (CD), hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), psoriasis (Ps), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ulcerative colitis (UC), or uveitis (UV).
To become an AbbVie Immunology Scholarship recipient, students must demonstrate academic excellence, community involvement and the ability to serve as a positive role model in the immunology community.
Applications are open through December 7. Apply now at AbbVieImmunologyScholarship.com.
Equitable ExcellenceSM Scholarship
Equitable’s promise has always been to help people pursue what’s possible, and the company recognizes how much of a financial burden paying for college can be. That’s why the Equitable Excellence℠ Scholarship recognizes students who have the strength, courage and wisdom to follow their dreams.
High-school students who have made remarkable contributions to their schools or communities can apply through December 17 for scholarships of $2,500 and $5,000.
Equitable Excellence award winners come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, but are united by their drive, determination, and strong character. All applicants must:
- Demonstrate courage, strength and wisdom as shown by achievement in school, community, or work activities
- Be high school seniors planning to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States.
- Be a United States citizen or legal resident living or claiming residency in one of the 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico.
Since its launch in 2003, Equitable Excellence℠ has awarded over $30 million to more than 6,800 students. If you have been a force for good in your community, apply now to become part of the class of 2022!
Applications are open until December 17 or until 10,000 applications are submitted, whichever occurs first. Apply now
SMART Scholarship Program
The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program was established as a way of connecting talented, innovative scientists, engineers and researchers with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) workforce.
The SMART Program provides students with the tools needed to pursue higher education and begin a career with the DoD. With a full scholarship, students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees will be able to focus on complex research to further the DoD’s mission and create lasting impact. SMART is a one-for-one commitment; for every year of degree funding, the scholar commits to working for a year with the DoD as a civilian employee.
SMART Scholar Jesse Brunet, an electrical engineering student focusing on electrical warfare, says “the fact that I know what facility I will be interning, and eventually working full time at, gives me a unique opportunity to tailor my degree to my future career.” Jesse’s mentor at the Air Force Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California also provides guidance on which classes will most benefit Jesse’s future career.
While in school, SMART scholars receive full tuition, annual stipends, health insurance, book allowance, and conduct internships that range from 8 to 12 weeks. Upon degree completion, scholars begin working in a civilian position with their sponsoring DoD facility. The internships and work experience allow scholars the opportunity to learn from the greatest minds in STEM and defense. Not only do scholars pursue their passion in their respective field during their educational phase, but they begin a journey towards an empowering career.
For over a decade, SMART scholars have been working within DoD labs and agencies to support national security. If you’re interested in becoming a SMART scholar, and you are pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. in one of 21 eligible STEM fields, you can learn more here.
Applications are open through December 1, 2021. Apply now