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Applying for Scholarships

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Applying for Scholarships

Kaitlyn Tran, Staff Writer

Applying for scholarships isn’t easy, especially when you don’t know where to start. Whether you’re looking for a scholarship based on financial need or academic strength, the following will detail scholarships that are common amongst juniors who are thinking of applying and seniors who have applied.

Academic Strength:

Coca-Cola Scholars Program

If you are a student who thrives in extracurricular activities, leadership experience, academic performance, and community service, then this is the scholarship for you! Even if you feel as though you are lacking in a few of these categories, it’s always great to give the scholarship a shot. The program gives up to 150 awards of $20,000 each year. To read more about it, go to

Eligibility: Current high school seniors

Deadline: Oct. 31

Burger King Scholars Program

In the Burger King Scholars Program, many of the applicants will be judged on their GPA, work experience, community service, and extracurricular activities. Each applicant has the possibility of being awarded $1,000 to $50,000, depending on how well they do in each category.

Eligibility: U.S. high school seniors

Deadline: December

Financial Need:

Horatio Alger Scholarship Award

For those who have overcome many great obstacles in their life, this scholarship is geared towards the students who have been through lots. To be eligible to apply, the gross adjusted family income must be at $55,000 or lower. At national levels, there would be 106 awards, worth $25,000, given out, and the state scholarships have ranged from between $6,000 and $10,000. The scholarship awarded can consider the student for other national, state, and specialized scholarships. This means that there is less work to do for this scholarship, as it signs you up for other scholarships as a bonus!

Eligibility: High school seniors

Deadline: Oct. 25

Jackie Robinson’s Foundation Scholarship Program

This scholarship looks for a student’s leadership skills and commitment to community service. To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, the student must be part of a minority. There are about 60 new scholarships that are awarded annually, and they are all four-year awards. Students who are awarded the scholarship are given as much as $30,000 over the four-year period.

Eligibility: Minority high school seniors

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019

After looking through the list, it still may not be easy to decide on whether you’d like to apply or if you believe that you are qualified to. Senior Matthew Nguyen stated his optimistic views on the opportunity to apply for scholarships: “I’m definitely going to be applying for scholarships in the future! I think it’s really important to be actively looking for them as it’s just money waiting to be taken! I also calculated how much money per hour is made by applying for scholarships, and it’s definitely way more money than I could ever make doing a conventional job.”

Even when he understood that he might not have the chance of ever getting the scholarship, he still took the chance and applied for many whether they seemed harder or easier to get into. “I applied for around 30 scholarships, some small ones but individual organizations and some by big companies like Coca-Cola. Many of them were the scholarships that don’t require much work though…I chose scholarships based on how much they were offering, the amount of effort it would take to complete it, and whether or not I thought I had the chance of getting it.”

Junior Tiffany Yeh thought of the practicality of financial rewards for her family in the future. “In the future, I definitely plan to apply for scholarships. Since I am a twin, my sister and I will both be attending college at the same time, which will more than likely create a huge financial burden for our mom. Scholarships can alleviate that problem. I am planning on taking the PSAT in the hopes of becoming a National Merit Scholar. I have not yet looked at any other scholarships, but I do plan on looking into more.”

When you’re looking for which scholarships to apply to, it’s best to think clearly of your future. Whether it be financially or just for stability, it’s recommended to apply even when the seems like you may not get it. Always take a shot even when it seems impossible, because trying is something you will never regret.

Graphic courtesy of SINPROJF.ORG

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