On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process. Starting this year, students will be able to do the following:
- Submit a FAFSA® Earlier: Students will be able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017.
- Use Earlier Income Information: Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.
|Target School Year||When You Can Submit a FAFSA||Which Year’s Income Info Is Required|
|July 1, 2015–June 30, 2016||January 1, 2015–June 30, 2016||2014|
|July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017||January 1, 2016–June 30, 2017||2015|
|July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018||October 1, 2016–June 30, 2018||2015|
|July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019||October 1, 2017–June 30, 2019||2016|
AXA Achievement Scholarship
- The AXA Achievement Scholarship is awarded to 52 students nationwide – one selected from each state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Each state winner receives a scholarship award of $10,000. From that pool of 52 winners, ten are selected as national winners and receive an additional $15,000, bringing the national AXA Achievers’ total scholarship awards to $25,000 each.
Burger King Scholars Program
- Applicants to this scholarship are judged on their GPA, work experience, extracurricular activities, and community service. Award amounts really range - they can be as small as $1,000 and as large as $50,000.
CIA Undergraduate Scholars Program
- This program offers more than just a scholarship - if you're selected as a winner, you'll become a part of a pretty unique internship program. Interns work at the CIA during summer breaks, are given an annual salary (with benefits), AND an annual scholarship award of $18,000. You must demonstrate financial need to qualify: there's an income eligibility ceiling of $70,000 for a family of 4 and $80,000 for a family of 5.
- Open to high school seniors who are outstanding leaders in business, government, the arts, or education. This program gives $20,000 renewable scholarships to 50 students and $10,000 renewable scholarships to 400.
- Offers $50,000, $20,000, and $10,000 scholarships to high school students who have completed a portfolio or project related to science, math, technology, music, literature, or philosophy.
Dell Scholars Program
- The Dell Scholars Program places greater emphasis on a student’s determination to succeed than just academic record and test scores. Our GPA requirement is Grit, Potential and Ambition. We reward low-income, highly motivated students who are better than their numbers indicate and demonstrate the drive to succeed despite personal obstacles.
Gates Millenium Scholarship
- Full-ride scholarships open to high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership in community service or extracurricular activities, meetFederal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and are U.S. citizens of African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic descent.
National Merit Scholarship Program
- This is one prestigious scholarship that doesn't actually take much work to apply. Taking the Pre-SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test automatically enters you into the competition, and multiple scholarships are awarded.
- Point Scholarship is the most substantive academic award of its kind, in most cases covering the cost of tuition, books, supplies, room and board, transportation and living expenses. The comprehensive scholarships allow students to excel in the classroom, on campus and in their communities. In addition, Point Scholars are matched with mentors from the professional world who serve as positive role models and provide personal support, ensuring that students build a foundation of leadership skills they can use throughout their careers. The Foundation also gives away Horizon Award to people supporting the cause of LGBT community.
- College Match Scholarship Recipients are granted admission to one of QuestBridge's partner colleges with a full, four-year scholarship worth over $200,000 each. Our partner colleges use a combination of their own funds as well as state and federal aid to fund the scholarship. This scholarship is offered as part of a generous financial aid package provided by the QuestBridge college partner that covers the cost of attendance, including: tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and travel expenses.
Regeneron Science Talent Search (formerly Intel)
- Each year, approximately 1,700 papers are submitted. The top 300 applicants are announced in mid-January and since 1999-2000 each Semifinalist and their school has received $1,000 from the title sponsor. In late January, the 40 Finalists (the award winners) are informed. In March, the Finalists are flown to Washington, D.C. where they are interviewed for the top ten spots, which have awards ranging from $35,000 to $150,000 for the medal winners.
The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology
- One of the highest science honors for high school students. Multiple scholarships of up to $100,000 are awarded to individuals with remarkable talent in the science, math, and technology fields. Recognizes extraordinary science projects completed during high school years.
The Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
- Students compete for this award by writing an essay on one of three topics related to Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. The first place winner receives a grand prize of $20,000. Runners-up also receive prizes; a total of $36,000 is given out annually.
Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition
- Students compete for this award by writing and recording an audio essay on a patriotic theme. This year's theme is "My Responsibility to America." The first place winner receives a grand prize of $30,000; winners also receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC. A total of $152,000 in awards is given out annually.
National Institutes of Health?