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“You Will Be Found” College Essay Writing Challenge: $1,500
The “You Will Be Found” College Essay Writing Challenge inspired by the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning Dear Evan Hansen offers a $1,500 scholarship to the college of choice. Applicants must be 11th or 12th grade high school students located in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, or Westchester, as well as Nassau, Orange, Rockland, or Suffolk counties during the upcoming academic year. Write a college-application style essay (no longer than 650-words) that describes how “You Will Be Found” resonates with and inspires you. Essays should be specific, have a clear narrative arc, and adhere to the theme of the challenge. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.
Beat the Odds Scholarship Program: $10,000
Founded by Marian Wright Edelman, the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly since 1973 to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect, and ensure their access to health care, quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation.
CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship: $3,000
CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship was established to ensure that African-American or Black students pursuing a degree in the performing arts receive financial assistance. Performing arts includes theater, drama, comedy, music, dance, opera, marching bands, etc. Selected applicants will be constituents of a CBC member’s district. Qualified applicants must be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited academic institution, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.
Community Service Scholarships
Preparing for college is an exciting time, but it can also be an overwhelming undertaking, especially for students graduating during a pandemic. At Zakat Foundation of America, we value community service and students who have a volunteering spirit. This year, we want to appreciate those students who have consistently given from their time to help others. Furthermore, we are offering scholarships to students in foster care graduating this year. Zakat Foundation of America is providing $20,000 worth of scholarships for high school seniors involved in community service projects this year, and we wanted to spread the word. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.
Judy Corman Memorial Scholarship and Internship from Scholastic: $10,000
The Judy Corman Memorial Scholarship and Internship from Scholastic is awarded to a student interested in communications and media relations and is a rising junior/senior in college who is able to fulfill a paid internship at the company’s New York City headquarters during the summer. Eligible applicants must: be US citizens or permanent residents who live in NY, NJ, CT, or PA (or who are currently enrolled in a communications program at a college/university in New York state); and, have a 3.2 GPA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.
ASTEP Changemakers Scholarship: $1,000
The ASTEP Changemakers Scholarship will award six $1,000.00 scholarships, each supporting a Black student who has demonstrated leadership and a commitment to social justice. This scholarship will support the recipients’ educational journey. Applicant must be a graduating high school/alternative school senior and resident of New York City. This scholarship may be used at an accredited college, university, vocational, or technical training program. Of the six scholarships, at least one will be awarded specifically for a student attending an HBCU (Historically Black College or University). Former ASTEP students are especially encouraged to apply.
New York Specific Scholarships