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Easy Scholarships for Underrepresented Students

Updated on March 21, 2018
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Find Easy College Scholarships in Your Local Area.
Find Easy College Scholarships in Your Local Area. | Source

So glad you found this post, and I hope you will share it with your family, friends and associates. I have been researching scholarships for several years, and have discovered the key to obtaining scholarships from Institutions and Organizations all across America.

With our second child in college, and one more to follow, I have narrowed down, some Easy Scholarships For Underrepresented Students. I will provide a list of categories that scholarships and grants fall under in this Hub. This list will also help anyone looking for a scholarship.

All Scholarships Are Not Created Equal. There are various types of scholarships that you should be aware of. Let me clear up any misconceptions about scholarships first. Many people use the term “full ride,” loosely. A full ride to some people means, tuition paid in full – to others it means tuition plus room and board paid in full. Before you accept this “full ride,” talk, go the source. Another thing I want to point out is, a scholarship can be a “one time” offering or “renewable.” A one-time gift may not pay your entire tuition, but it sure does help. A renewable scholarship has to be maintained annually.

ACT & SAT Test scores help determine scholarship eligibility.
ACT & SAT Test scores help determine scholarship eligibility. | Source

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Students who demonstrate leadership ability, have a great chance for scholarships.
Students who demonstrate leadership ability, have a great chance for scholarships. | Source

Scholarship Qualifications. There are numerous qualifications for scholarships. I found the best practice is to seek out local scholarships, because they are less competitive and more lenient. Understand that, when a student first applies for college, he is automatically being considered for a pool of scholarships based on academics and ACT or SAT scores. To get the easy scholarships, seek out the ones that meet these criteria: No GPA requirement (or 2.5 GPA), Specific to your Gender (Male/Female), A parent’s Employer’s Union, Fraternity / Sorority and your Neighborhood Association.

Categories of Scholarships and Grants. Merit-Based, Financial Need, Underrepresented, Local and Talent.

Students who get scholarships have a great advantage to attending college. Source: David Castillo Dominici
Students who get scholarships have a great advantage to attending college. Source: David Castillo Dominici | Source

Merit Based. Scholarships of merit are based on a student’s academic status and test scores. For example, a students who earns a 3.7 G.P.A. and has a score of 30 on the ACT, this students is highly likely to get “Free Tuition, “ if they choose the right college. Merit is earned through a student’s high academic status and test scores compared to his peers.

Financial Need. The topic of financial need is always interesting, because most Everyone that applies to college thinks they have a financial need because of the high price of a college education.

All colleges and organizations have a criteria to measure need, and it is usually based on the family’s income and the student’s ability to pay for college.

For example, if your household income is around $30,000, your student can most likely get “Full tuition and Room and Board,” if they meet the college or university’s general admission standards. Many cities have initiatives to assist students that have a financial need to attend college.

Average Students can take advantage of several scholarships.
Average Students can take advantage of several scholarships. | Source

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Underrepresented. Scholarships for the underrepresented usually fall under the category of minorities: Blacks, Hispanics, Latinos, etc… Underrepresented may also includes: Females in non-traditional majors and careers such as: Engineering, Construction, and the Medical Field. Underrepresented also means students from High Schools in “high risk,” neighborhoods. For example, a black male living in Detroit, Michigan, or the surrounding area has a great opportunity to get a free college education, because statistics show a low educated population in the Detroit area and consider the student "at risk."

Unions. Unions have been somewhat of a hidden scholarship market. If your parent works for an organization that has a Union, you will be happy to know that they may offer scholarships. Ask your parent, or look into your Union’s benefits offerings. You may be pleasantly surprised that your student easily qualifies for this scholarship. The qualifications are usually very easy: Be an entering freshman to college, No certain G.P.A., complete a one-page essay and submit enrollment or registration documentation.

Local. There is an abundance of local scholarships. I would advise anyone planning on attending college to start at the local level to save time. The National scholarship application process is extremely competitive and time consuming. Applying for a scholarship at national retail chains is very competitive. The students who earn these scholarships are extremely high achievers and national scholars. I do know of two freshmen who entered college in 2010 and 2012, which received scholarships in access of $100,000, both received National scholarships in addition to the scholarships from their entering college. Back to the local scholarships: Fraternities, Sororities, Neighborhood Associations, and Credit Unions are a great place to apply for scholarships.

Minorities have a great opportunity to earn scholarships for college.
Minorities have a great opportunity to earn scholarships for college. | Source

Talent. Are you gifted at singing, sports, dancing, playing an instrument or business. Athletes who excel at sports are highly sought after at colleges and universities. Many parents specifically enter their student in sports with the intention of earning a college scholarship. Know your child’s gifting and talent, and get them involved in enrichment classes to development their gift. If your student shows leadership in community service, there is money for that also.

Important Note. Once you accept a scholarship, you have entered into a relationship with your funder. You now must maintain your commitment with the organization that gave you the scholarship. This may mean keeping your G.P.A. at a minimum level – if it is for a 4-year college, you may have to maintain a 3.0. Make sure you know and understand the commitment you are making so that you won’t lose your scholarship.

Summary. College entrance success is not based solely on financial ability, it is based on some other important factors too. A strong (solid) academic history, extra-curricular activities, a sense of commitment to a path of study (an interest), and leadership. In other words, your G.P.A., your involvement in the community and a purpose in life will help prepare you for college success after you begin your journey.

Thanks for reading this article. Do check out my other hubs for useful and inspirational information. Feel free to add your comments at the bottom.


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  • profile image 4 years ago from upstate, NY

    Thank you for writing on this important subject as I have two college aged children. One child has almost a straight A average upon finishing his undergrad degree now I'm wondering about graduate scholarships.

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    Sima Ballinger 4 years ago from Michigan

    Hi Pamela99. Start searching now for your grandson. Good grades 3.0 and decent ACT - 21 and above will get him some scholarship money. Extra Curricular Activity like soccer will add to his bottom line. Also, make sure he does some community service.

    But definitely check into Fraternities, Local Union (parent a part of), Churches. Lastly, Networking is always good.

    If Financial Need is a real concern - Apply to A Community College - some people don't know the Community Colleges have Scholarships also.

    Thanks for sharing your story.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    This is an interesting article and I wish my grandson had one as they have financial need. He has bright scholars and good grades, but no outstanding sports skills. He plays soccor but is not a star. I think hubs like this are very helpful for people as most of us do not know where to begin to search for a scholarship.

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    Sima Ballinger 4 years ago from Michigan

    Hi MsDora, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I hope people will better understand the scholarship process and take advantage of the Local Scholarships right at their fingertip.

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    Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

    So sorry I missed this when I needed it. So thoughtful of you to share. So many can benefit.


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