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Easy Scholarships for Underrepresented Students
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.
Do you know anyone who has received a full tuition plus room & board?
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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.
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.
What kind of scholarship have you (your student) received?
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.
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.