Scholarship News You Can Use

Scholarship News You Can Use 2019-2020

Welcome college-bound students and parents to Scholarship News You Can Use. Check back often as information is continuously updated. Your counselor and college adviser are also a great source of information, so please make an appointment with them to talk through some of these options. The college adviser also sends out a monthly Scholarship Newsletter to student class group emails, so students make sure you check your emails.

Here are some helpful tips to guide you on your search

  1. Do not let small award amounts discourage you. Apply to as many scholarships as you think you are qualified for. Your counselor and the college adviser are great resources in determining different options you should pursue.
  2. Beware of any scholarship that asks for a social security number, guarantees an award, or charges an application fee. These are usually hoaxes of one sort or another. If you are unsure, ask your counselor or college adviser.
  3. Keep track of your scholarships! Staying organized will help you plan out how many you need to apply to, and when you should be done applying.
  4. Don't get stressed out. Plan to complete one scholarship a day to lessen the load. By the end of the school, you could have applied for over a hundred scholarships! (That's a lot of money).

Helpful links

Upcoming Scholarships

College Board Opportunity Scholarship (Deadlines Vary)


The new College Board Opportunity Scholarships program is awarding $5M in scholarships to the class of 2020. There is no GPA or family income requirement, yet 50% of the scholarships are reserved for low income students. Students simply get rewarded for the work they're already doing to apply for college, no additional essays required. 


  • Current high school seniors with a College Board account (should have been created when they took the SAT)
  • Completed at least one of the following actions:
    • Build a college list on BigFuture
    • Practice for the SAT using Khan Academy
    • Increase their SAT score by 100 points
    • Strengthen their college list on BigFuture
    • Complete the FAFSA
    • Apply to Colleges

Award: Varying amounts

Deadline: Varies, but students should sign up as soon as possible for maximum eligibility

Sign up for the College Board Opportunity Scholarship program


Gates Scholarship (Due September 15th)


The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. The scholarship will be awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation, and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential.


  • High school senior from at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
  • Eligible for federal student aid (i.e. Pell Grant)
  • In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) 

Award: Covers remaining cost of attendance (tuition, housing, books, etc.) after other aid

Deadline: September 15th, 2019

Apply for the Gates Scholarship


Questbridge National Match Scholarship (Due September 26th)


The QuestBridge National College Match can be your pathway to a top college. Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship from the college.


  • Open to all U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents OR students, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the United States.
  • Primarily A's in the most challenging courses available (usually including Honors, AP, and/or IB level courses)
  • SAT or PSAT scores > 1310
  • Come from a household earning less than $65,000 annually and have minimal assets (This is not a strict cut-off)
  • Must attend school student is matched (Talk with Mr. Vozza for more details)

Award: Full-ride at match school

Deadline: September 26th, 2019

Apply for the Questbridge National Match


Don't Text and Drive Scholarship (Due September 30th)


Quick scholarship that requires students to think about the dangers of texting and driving.


  • Any grade high school student
  • Application requires 140-character message about texting while driving

Award: $1,000

Deadline: September 30th, 2019

Apply for the Don't Text and Drive Scholarship


Horatio Alger National and State Scholarships (Due October 25th)


As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.


  • Current high school seniors
  • Strong commitment to pursuing a bachelor's degree (students may start at two-year if they plan on transferring)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55000 or lower adjusted gross family income)
  • Hold a minimum 2.0 GPA

Award: Vary from $10,000 to $25,000

Deadline: October 25th, 2019

Apply for the Horatio Alger scholarships


Horatio Alger Career and Technical Scholarships (Deadline is Rolling)


The Career & Technical Scholarship Program is funded through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund and the generosity of Association Chairman Emeritus and Endowment Fund President Walter Scott, Jr.  Scholarships are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States.


  • Completed high school
  • Strong commitment to pursuing a career or technical program (up to 2 years)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55000 or lower adjusted gross family income)
  • Hold a minimum 2.0 GPA

Award: Vary up to $2,500

Deadline: Rolling

Apply for the Horatio Alger scholarships