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Most scholarship list opportunities will only be available for families and students that are in the College Planning TODAY Services Program. Families that attend online events will receive some resources. Keep scrolling and READ !!!
Are you a parent or student looking for more scholarship opportunities?
Are you interested in scholarships that pays for books and materials every fall and spring semester of your first 4 years of college?
a junior or senior;
a poet, singer, actor, band member or dancer (this includes band color guard groups) who has been attending organization meetings outside of class for your performing art regularly for at least 2 months; and
a student with at least a 2.5 GPA?
College Planning TODAY Services will be conducting workshops throughout the year and registered participants that attend will receive additional college resources.
HOW DOES THIS WORK?
Our events will be announced (on our website, radio, social media, hosting event coordinators, word of mouth, etc.)
Those interested in attending the workshop are usually required to pay some fee to participate ($10,$15,$25, etc) sometimes it is free! Nevertheless you MUST Register!! We will take note if and when you registered. Those who register and follow the instructions of our program will be prioritized.
Participants of our program will receive information about the college planning process,FAFSA, Standardized Test Preparation, On the spot acceptance to colleges, scholarship opportunities and more!
DUE TO COVID THERE ARE MANY CHANGES! WORKSHOPS WILL BE VIRTUAL!!
We will talk about new regulations for college students along with money levels based on major and "Tier" schools.
Read this notice recently posted by a major scholarship foundation
The 2020-2021 scholarship cycle and awarding process will be delayed due to the rapidly growing impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The closure of area high schools and colleges has resulted in limited access to guidance counselors, scholarship coordinators and other essential scholarship staff. Thank you for your patience.
What does this really mean?
Needed information and resources will be "limited".
Many will not have "access" to those who were often on the front line to provide opportunities for scholarships. (the average school hired a few guidance counselors that resulted in 1 counselor to about 500 students and our children paid for it with their futures. Imagine what it will be like during a pandemic with budget cuts, layoffs and retirements.
If the scholarship"cycle" and the "process" will be delayed that will mean many students wont get paid. Most colleges are still working on their routine scholarship deadline cycle thus this will eliminate more students.
You can not afford to wait. Procrastination will wipe out most if not all of your leverage.
Why Our Services Are So Beneficial To So Many ?
Colleges are looking for "college ready" students. Trade schools are looking for students that are serious about gaining a trade (cosmetology, culinary, electrical, plumbing, etc). Due to time restraints as a result of COVID 19 colleges are seeking "college ready" students and we send them the students that we have assisted in being prepared. IF you are seeking to further your future REGISTER by completing the online form. List 3 colleges, trade school or your desire to directly become an entrepreneur.This process that we have used for nearly 20 years saves the family and students a lot of time and money. It is a win win for everybody, but you must ACT NOW and FOLLOW our instructions!!!
The National GEM Consortium’s graduate engineering and science fellowship programs.i
You may register and begin the application process via eGEM , GEM’s online application system.
If you have started an application, log in to retrieve it.
Application Deadline: November 13th.
For early consideration: Complete Part I of your application and provide your resume and unofficial transcript by October 1. $16,000 Scholarship
MS Engineering Program Applicants:
must be a senior, or graduate of an accredited engineering or computer science program at the time of application, and
must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8/4.0.
PhD Program Applicants:
must be a senior, masters student, or graduate of an accredited engineering or applied science program at the time of application, and
must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0.
Learn more by going to this link https://www.gemfellowship.org/students/gem-fellowship-program/application-instructions/
ONLINE APPLICATION: STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
Registering with eGEM creates an account that allows you to work on your application securely, to save draft work, and return later to complete and submit online. After registering, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with information for later use.
2 COMPLETE PART I OF THE APPLICATION
After registering, you will be taken to the application form. Answer the questions carefully and accurately and include your resume and unofficial transcript. You will need to have your employment and educational history (and if applicable information on research experiences) handy to complete the questionnaire. If you cannot answer all the required questions, you can save your draft application and return to the application later to complete.
Note on GRE Scores: You are not required to submit your official GRE Score Report by the application deadline. However you are required to answer all of the questions as prompted about the GRE in your eGEM application. If you have taken the GRE you can self report your scores and scan and upload your score report. If selected for the fellowship, GEM will request to have an official GRE score report on file. If you choose to have your official report sent to GEM (not required), our code is 1305 (listed under the state of Indiana).
Remember, GEM applicants are required to apply to at least 3 GEM Member Universities. GEM wants to ensure that you have all necessary requirements to meet all 3 University’s application requirements. Although not required, we strongly recommend that you take the GRE.
For early consideration by GEM Universities and GEM Employers please make every attempt to complete Part I by October 1st.
3 COMPLETE PART II OF THE ON-LINE APPLICATION BY NOVEMBER 13TH
Part II requires you to submit supplemental material:
a. Statement of Purpose – You must submit at least a one page statement of purpose that outlines your academic, research and/or career goals by 11:59 PM Eastern on November 13th. For tips go to www.statementofpurpose.com.
b. Letters of Recommendation – Request three letters of recommendation and ensure that you have entered in your recommender’s email addresses to ensure submission by November 15th. Please make sure at least one recommendation is from a faculty member. When you hit “submit” on your on-line application, your recommenders will receive an automatic email from the GEM application system. We will not accept letters via email or via postal mail. At least two of your recommenders must submit their recommendations on-line by 11:59 PM Eastern on November 13th.
Review your application and submit online. At time of application, you will be asked to upload unofficial transcript(s) only. Official transcripts are not required until you are selected, effective August 17, 2012.
4 SUBMIT OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT(S) (IF SELECTED)
If you are selected for a GEM Fellowship, you will be required to submit an official transcript from all universities and colleges attended. This includes a copy of current transcripts reflecting your most recent grades. Grade reports and monitor screen printouts are not acceptable as official transcripts.
If submitting official transcripts please send via postal mail:
The National GEM Consortium
1430 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(Under Review due to COVID)
(1) Better Than That Scholarship - Selected student that has been chosen to receive this scholarship based on community service, GPA of a 3.6, Standardized Test Score (SAT 1450/ ACT 31) and/ or one that demonstrates good moral character. Must have a recommendation letter from at least one teacher and community leader. Write a 700-word essay on why you should get this scholarship. Must attend a HBCU.
Prospective recipients must be accepted into a four-year college. The student will receive the following over four (4) consecutive years, including one (1) summer term if eligibility is maintained will receive the following: tuition fees, room, board, books - not to exceed $500 semester, opportunities for internships (s) through College Planning TODAY Services or research, laptop and waiver of $350-housing deposit. Must maintain a GPA of 2.9 to keep the scholarship.
* In-State value over 4-year period $67,000
* Out-of-State value over 4-year period $80,000
* Private college value over 4-year period $100,000
(2) Desire A Better Life Scholarship (Under Review due to COVID)
Selected first time in college incoming freshmen designed as an honor student (3.5 or better), SAT 1485 or ACT 32
Prospective recipients must be accepted into a four-year college. The student will receive the following over four (4) consecutive years, including one (1) summer term if eligibility is maintained will receive the following: tuition fees, books - not to exceed $500 semester, opportunities for internships (s) through College Planning TODAY Services or research, laptop and waiver of $350-housing deposit. Must maintain a GPA of 3.4 to keep the scholarship. Apply by submitting a 300 word essay stating how COVID 19 has changed your life. Email to . Then complete or use your current registration form and prepare to speak with a college consultant.
* In-State value over 4-year period up to $25,000
* Out-of-State value over 4-year period up to $50,000
* Private college value over 4-year period up to $75,000
(3) Grad Scholarship
College Planning TODAY Services believes that graduation is a very exciting time but also a time when many people begin to really stress out about paying for college. This is a scholarship that gives families a moment of relief as they get started with college.
-Open to 12th grades (GPA of 2.3 or better)
Eligibility:first year college students (GPA of 2.1) attending any public or private high school (finalists will be required to provide proof of enrollment with a student I.D. or transcript) and
-Submit a 500-word essay about the importance of graduation
-Applicant must have a valid driver's license
-If under the age of 18 by October 1, a parental consent form must be signed by a parent or guardian prior to distribution of the award.
Deadline October 10, 2020 and amount usually $3,000
(4) AMBASSADOR Scholarship
The Ambassador Scholarship is for high school juniors and seniors that have positioned themselves for success. The Ambassador program is one of our most prestigious scholarship programs because it accommodates and promotes high achievement. The students in this program are recognized at our company honors events and other events. The aim of this scholarship is to encourage students to walk in their greatness and to be fearless.
Eligibility: The Ambassador Scholarship is ultimately for students in 11th and 12th graders who have been inducted in the College Planning TODAY Services Honors College (list of students must have a GPA of 3.3 or better to be inducted. Students may become eligible at the 9th grade level through the 9th grade Academy with College Planning TODAY Services. Must be in the College Planning TODAY Services program and/ or COVID Schools. Students the program are assisted with Ivy league to top Tier HBCU colleges. Speak with a College Planning Consultant about the details.
Each of these students will receive a "full ride" based on selected and accepted college:
* In-State value over 4-year period up to $25,000
* Out-of-State value over 4-year period up to $40,000
* Private up to $80,000
(5) "C" -Average Encouragement Scholarship (under review due to COVID)
There is no secret that most of our schools consist of "C" average students and with that often comes a harsh stigma. The stigma is that these students are lazy, not driven for excellence and in some cases not college student candidates. At College Planning TODAY Services we do not believe that!
Many students face challenges like assisting an ailing parent, babysitting and/ or taking care of siblings or working a job to help their families from being evicted. In spite of their challenges, they continue to stay in school and do their best. This scholarship is for YOU!
Wait before you try to convince these students that "lousy" people do not make it in this world take a look at this list of people that were considered lousy students: Vice President Al Gore, President Bush #1 and #2, Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden. GPA is not the all in all but a small reflection! What does your passion and drive to succeed look like?
Eligibility: (1)The "C" Scholarship Team will select various High Schools in a given city. (2)The schools will be notified by contacting a senior counselor or graduation coach. We will these schools to nominate candidates (3) Each school will be given the rules and timelines to know how to prepared to win scholarships. (4) Specified time the High Schools would be narrowed down to 3 Schools. (5) These schools will go on to compete for Third, Second and First place scholarships that will range from $10,000 (3rd Place), $50,000 (2nd Place) and $100,000 (1st place)per student. 10 students per high school will be selected. (Students with GPA of 2.2 to 2.9)
Due to COVID, schools will not be visited but students may apply individually. All applications will be reviewed starting with students in the College Planning TODAY Services program and/ or Covid Schools first. Deadline date 11/13/ 20
Tour will take place in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Charlotte, Columbia, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Orlando and Tampa.
(6) Memorandum of Understanding Scholarship
New data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show that 37.2 percent of college students transfer at least once within six years. Many top-tier colleges do not award scholarships to students who transfer. With this scholarship, students can now make a smoother transfer with some funding to go with them.
Eligibility: Student must have a 2.5 and write a 700-page essay for why they are transferring to another college. Deadline 10/10/20
* In-State up to $20,000
* Out-of-State up to $40,000
* Private up to $60,000
(7) TUTOR (Teachers United To Organize & Restore) Scholarship
It is no secret that one of our greatest heroes in this country is our teachers. We hear numerous accounts every day how they are not respected, supported and not paid properly. (Some) teachers also have children, and in our effort to show some love to them we are offering the TUTOR Scholarship as our way of saying thank you for all they do!! Students must have a GPA of 2.8 /SAT 1050/ ACT 20
(8) STEM WARS Scholarship
Students that are majoring in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and now the "Arts" are positioning themselves for great career areas. At least twice a year students come from neighboring States (Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, to the city of Atlanta to attend STEM WARS. Over 1,200 students attend this event.
In partnership with STEM WARS College Planning TODAY Services would like to provide scholarship opportunities to students that visit the website and share what they learned from the website in an essay.
Offer-$2,000 scholarships to students who register on our CPTS website, attend the STEM WARS video online , write a 500-word essay of why they believe they would have benefited by attending the STEM WARS event. Selected students will be announced and may have an opportunity to be in a future STEM video.
(9) First Generation Scholarship
Are you the first to attend college in your family? Oh how awesome this must feel to you and how proud your family must be of you. College Planning TODAY Services are champions at supporting students who desire to attend college. We look forward to seeing you get to college and get there prepared!
Eligibility: Register on College Planning TODAY Services website and become a member, for incoming college freshman and sophomores, write an 800-word essay on what it will mean to you and your family for you to attend college, GPA of at least 2.5 / SAT 900/ ACT 19 / Standardized score waived with a 3.5 GPA
The scholarship will cover four (4) consecutive years of Tuition for the recipient along with fees, and books. Deadline 12/30/20
* In-State value over 4 year period $3,000
* Out-of-State value over 4 year period $5,000
* Private value over 4 year period $20,000
(10) Bless a student Scholarship
Ever heard the saying that we have been blessed to be a blessing for someone else? Well, that is what this scholarship is all about. From time to time students face hardships and disappointments in life and it seems like there is no way out. You have prayed, worked hard, begged and only God knows what else! You need a blessing and We want to bless You! Candidates must have a GPA of 2.5 or above.
Eligibility: Must be a high school senior or current college student, demonstrate a need or hardship, register on College Planning TODAY Services website, "Like" our social media page(s) Write a 700-essay explaining why you could use a blessing right now.
One time scholarship of $2,500
(11) College Planning TODAY Services Scholarship
This scholarship is open to those students 16 years old or older who desire a college education. Applicants can be either planning to attend or currently be attending an accredited college or university.
To apply, students need to write an essay of at least 800 words that answers the question, "I desire the opportunity to get a college degree and why?" Candidates must have a GPA of 2.8 or above. Deadline 10/31/20
Amount awarded $1,500 to $3.000
(12) Walking In The Light Scholarship
Walking In The Light Scholarship is open to students who display excellence in both academics and in their moral character as well as an involvement in their community. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a college or university.
Candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 or above and have a recommendation letter that substantiates their life of "walking in the light". Other requirements include evidence of their involvement in community service organizations and leadership ability. Requires (3) letters or email recommendations. (1) must be from a religious leader (Pastor, Minister, Bible Class Teacher) other letters/ emails can be from mentor, school teacher or a parent.
Amount awarded $2,000 to $4,000
(13) Last Dollars Scholarship
The Last Dollar Scholarship is a need-based "gap-filling" award. It is awarded when a family's expected family contribution (EFC) and financial aid package total are less than the cost of attendance; resulting in unmet financial need. Through the College Planning TODAY Services scholars program administers last dollar scholarships to high school graduates of our college Success program and partner high schools who have a documented unmet need between $3500 to $10,000 during an academic year. Access to this program can be done either through the partner high schools or directly with the parent of the student. Deadline 10/30/20
(14) Athlete Scholarship (under review due to COVID)
Complete 16 core courses:
Four years of English
Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
Two years of social science
Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before your seventh semester. Once you begin your seventh semester, you may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve your core-course GPA. Deadline 11/30/20
Earn at least a 2.7 GPA in your core courses.
Earn an SAT of 1100 score or ACT of 25
Must send at least 5 clips/ videos of you in your prospective area of sports (Your film will be used to consider you for a scholarship)
* In-State value over 4-year period up to $40,000
* Out-of-State value over 4-year period up to $80,000
* Private college value over 4-year period up to $100,000
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(15) Music Scholarship
One of the most exciting thing about attending a college football game is experiencing the college band. Many students work hard at practicing and performing in the college band. College Band members are professionals and deserve some level of funding for what they do to razzle and dazzle the crowd each week. We want to see these amazing performers not only do well on the field but also be able to do well in the classroom. College Planning TODAY Services is committed to supporting our students in the "Arts" of music. (STEAM)
- GPA of 2.5
-SAT / ACT no requirement
-Send in a video of you playing your instrument
Scholarship may be renewed each year.
Marching Band Scholarship range from $2,000 to $5,000
(16) Housing Scholarship (under review due to COVID 19)
Housing is a very vital part of the college experience especially for students that go to school away from home. Housing is also one of the most expensive costs of going to college. Each year there are students that live in unsafe or substandard living conditions while they strive to get a good education. College Planning TODAY Services would like to offer this scholarship to assist you so that you can focus more on your studies rather than worrying about where you are going to reside. Deadline 8/31/20
Must prove you are enrolled in college to receive this scholarship, verification with college/ college printout, write a 250-word essay of why you need assistance with college housing. At least a GPA of 2.5
Award amount $3,500
(17) Back to School Bash Scholarship
It is almost that time!!! College Planning TODAY Services in partnership with many other organizations in community want to say WELCOME BACK!! We know that this is going to be a serious time of transition for all of us so we are committed to doing our part to ensure that families have resources. If you are a parent that need resources for your children (pencils, pens, notebook paper, etc). Write to us OR Email us and tell us who you are, how many children you have that need supplies and where you reside (no P.O. Boxes) . Depending on where individuals are located supplies will either be shipped or brought to your door.
Our committee will review your request and randomly select letters that will include a special gift. Deadline: 8/ 31/ 20 $250
(18) Crisis into Credit (CIC) Scholarship is to promote the conversation regarding the need to address housing and credit. Twelve years ago this country faced the largest financial and housing crisis since the great depression (the late 1930's). Many hard-working Americans lost their jobs and as a result, they lost their other possessions like (life insurance, car, home, etc). This did not only take a toll on some people's emotions but it also took a toll on their credit. As a result of the huge numbers of foreclosures, many were left with no choice but to return to renting a place to live.
Did you know that 1 out of every 3 adults rent where they live in this country? 100 million people are renters and do not get the credit benefit for doing so. Learn the secret of how many are now getting the benefit.
The CIC Scholarship is offered to Juniors in high school to Seniors in an accredited college or university. The scholarship is open to all ethnic groups. Applicants must have at least a 2.3 GPA. There are no citizenship requirements. Must write and submit an essay 500 -700 words explaining how you think your credit and /or others people credit has been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The deadline for the scholarship has been extended to December 31st, 20. Amount $1000. (Participants that submit their essays earlier than later will increase their chances of being awarded the first set of scholarships).
(19) The Derrell Allen Jenkins Festive Scholarship was a Florida native that graduated from a HBCU and majored in engineering. He was a Christian that believed that we were born into this world to make a difference in the lives of others for good and for God. This scholarship was created in honor him.Each year we will award a student with this scholarship.
Deadline 12/31/20 Amount $1,000 to $10,000
(20) Pay It Forward Scholarship is awarded to students that demonstrate the spirit of community, service and working to better the lives of others. Submit an 300 word essay stating how you have "paid it forward".
Deadline 12/1/20 Amount $2,500
(21) Grad School Scholarship is awarded to students in our program that demonstrate
leadership, scholarship, and entrepreneurship. All graduate students must apply for this scholarship by contacting the CPTS recruiter/consultant that works with them in the program and let them know that they are interested. Must submit an email stating why you should be awarded with this scholarship.
Deadline 11/15/20 Amount $3,500
Send resumes to College Planning TODAY Services / Attn: Scholarships
P. O. Box 77584 Atlanta, GA. 30357
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