Colgate Dell Scholars / Colgate’s “Haz La U” scholarship program, in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, awards one $15,000 grant and ten $2,500 grants to hispanic students with a minimum 3.0 gpa who plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university as a full-time freshman during 2011-12. Apply before December 31st. http://www.colgate.com/app/Colgate/US/Corp/CommunityPrograms/Haz-La-U.cvsp The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation’s Dell Scholars Program awards $20,000 scholarships to be used over six years, plus technology resources, notebook computers, printers, and mentoring. To be eligible for these scholarships, students must have participated in AVID or another approved college college readiness in program for at least two years. The scholarship application is due January 15th. www.dellscholars.orgMelinda Gates Foundation funds the Gates Millineum Scholarship Program, awarding un-met need scholarships to outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students who will attend the nation’s premier universities. Apply no later than 9:00pm on January 11, 2012. http://www.gmsp.orgQuestbridge ScholarshipThe QuestBridge National College Match helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation’s most selective colleges. The annual scholarship is valued up to $55,000 per year, for tuition, room & board, fees, and often books and supplies. Apply by September 30th of senior year. www.questbridge.orgAvoid Scholarship ScamsWatch out for scholarship scams. Every year, many families lose money at the hands of bogus scholarship companies who claim to have access to billions of dollars in private funding. They say these monies are unclaimed student aid. Before you use a scholarship service, make sure a reputable company backs the service.
A scholarship service may be a scam if they tell you:
* the scholarship is guaranteed or your money back
* you can't get the information anywhere else
* they will do all the work
* the scholarship will cost money
* they need your credit card or checking account number in advance
To check a scholarship service, talk to your college financial aid office or call the National Fraud Information Center at 800/876-7060.