Scholarship Watch: 10 Scholarships to Apply for This Fall

Oct 15, 2010

It's no secret that going to college can be very expensive. And as a recent report from the College Board reveals, higher ed costs are only increasing. With expenses for tuition, room, board and books on the rise, financial aid is more important than ever for making school affordable. Here are 10 scholarships that can help lessen the damage to your bank account.

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Financial Literacy Scholarship

This scholarship program, sponsored by the National Student Loan Program, offers several $500 academic awards. Students of all academic backgrounds are invited to apply. To be eligible, you must complete short courses in financial literacy.

Claes Nobel Academic Scholarships

The National Society of High School Scholars offers Claes Nobel Academic Scholarships in the amount of $5,000. These awards are available to high school students demonstrating achievement in academics, leadership and community service. Select applicants may also earn National Scholar Awards of $1,000.

Robert P. Sheppard Leadership Award

Also sponsored by the National Society of High School Scholars, the Robert P. Sheppard Leadership Award gives you the opportunity to win $1,000. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated a strong interest in community service.

Coca-Cola Scholars Program

Each year, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation offers 50 academic awards of $20,000 to high school seniors. These achievement-based scholarships are highly competitive. Semifinalists are required to submit essays, transcripts and letters of recommendation; finalists are also subject to an interview. In addition to the primary awards, 200 individuals will receive scholarships of $10,000.

AFCEA Distance Learning Scholarships

To be eligible for these $2,000 academic awards from the AFCEA Educational Foundation, you must be pursuing a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degree via online or distance learning. To apply, you must also have completed at least one year of coursework in a program at a major 4-year university.

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AXA Achievement Scholarship

The AXA Foundation awards annual scholarships to high school seniors entering college. Rewarding outstanding achievement in the classroom and community, the organization provides a $10,000 scholarship to one individual from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Ten of these winners are then selected to receive additional awards of $15,000.

National Honor Society Scholarship Program

The National Honor Society awards $200,000 annually in scholarships to high school seniors. Each year, finalists receive awards of $1,000, $1,500 or $3,000, and one national winner receives a scholarship of $13,000. Students cannot apply for these scholarships, but must be nominated. Speak with an NHS Chapter Adviser if you are interested.

National Merit Scholarship Program

This scholarship program provides awards for high school students. You can qualify for consideration by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). One winner from each state will receive $2,500. Many corporations, colleges and local businesses also offer awards for National Merit Scholars.

National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization awards more than 1,000 scholarships annually to high school students that total $2 million. Provided by a variety of sponsors, awards are given in recognition of a wide range of interests, talents, college plans and career goals. Academic achievements are evaluated along with work experience, community service and leadership skills. While many FFA scholarships are awarded only to students active in FFA, non-members are also eligible for select awards.

2011 Y.C. Yang Civil Engineering Scholarship

This award of $2,000 is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The scholarship opportunity is available to students who are juniors and seniors in civil engineering programs. Award winners are selected based upon academics and demonstrated interest in structural engineering.

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