Scholarships

(under construction!)

* There are thousands of private scholarship foundations - some are listed below - while there are also a number of trusted, centralized search engines, including

* FastWeb

* scholarships.com

* College Board  

* Niche

* Unigo

* SallieMae

* UC Berkeley BRRC (Black Recruitment & Retention Center). Dozens of scholarships primarily for Black students, though many others too.

* Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Note, you should never pay a fee to apply for scholarships, or to be part of a scholarship search engine/ company!

Also, always double-check deadlines, especially if it requires a hard copy to be mailed: is the deadline the received-by date, or the sent/submitted-by date?

Lastly, know that scholarships are not just free money given out to any student who asks.  They will have certain requirements, such evidence of substantial community service and volunteering; hardships overcome; leadership; excellence in an academic subject; a proven track record of academic success which demonstrates your potential to succeed in college; letters of recommendation from teachers or adult supervisors that testify to your personal qualities and strengths; or one or more essays.  Many also have minimum GPA's.  As such, prepare for this as early as 9th grade, so that when you apply for scholarships as a senior, you have those factors in hand and are a strong applicant!


Scholarships: with a brief description/keywords; amount; who is eligible; what's required; and the application deadline

Chuck Geerhart Law OfficeMaximum: $1,000Who: high school seniors.  Factors: requires a two-part essay, maximum 500 words: "Do you agree with the following statement: Jury Service is a fundamental right and civic responsibility that is essential to our democracy. Why or why not?"  and  "What does the Seventh Amendment mean to you, and how could it affect your life?  Deadline: December 1, 2022

Soroptimist Club/Violet Richardson Award.  Maximum: varies.  Who: girls between 14-18, who have demonstrated initiative in both identifying a problem and trying to solve it, and/or who have had significant and noteworthy accomplishments as volunteers.  Examples: fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning up the environment and working to end discrimination and poverty, especially actions that benefit girls or women.  Factors: Write an essay of up to 750 words: "Tell us where you volunteer and why.  Describe the goals of the organization and its impact on the problem(s)it addresses.  What is your role in the organization?  What have you accomplished as a volunteer?" Deadline: December 15, 2022
Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award.  Maximum: $36,000.  Who:
Teens who self-identify as Jewish, who have demonstrated remarkable leadership and initiative in projects that embody the values of tikkun olam , “repairing the world."
  Deadline: January 5, 2023

Coolidge. Maximum:
full ride (tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study) at the winner's college of choice. Who: juniors. Factors: Academic excellence is the primary criterion considered by the Coolidge Scholarship. Secondary criteria include an interest in public policy (though not necessarily pursuing it as a major in college), and an appreciation of the values President Coolidge championed, such as civility, enterprise, government thrift, federalism, and constitutional government; will engage in the pressing issues of their time. Other prizes are awarded to young people for accumulating leadership credentials in high school. This prize focuses rather on high school achievement that gives young people the potential to lead later in life. A young person who tends to work alone, but demonstrates potential to conduct breakthrough research, for example, is a strong candidate. Introverts can win this scholarship. Deadline: February 23, 2023.
(more to be added in the weeks ahead!)


2023-24 academic year
Heisman Scholarship.  Maximum: $10,000.  Who: high school seniors.  Factorsrequires a weighted GPA of 3.0 or better, participation in at least one sport, and demonstrated leadership at school and in the community.  Deadline: ~October 18, 2023
Coca-Cola ScholarshipMaximum: $20,000.  Who: high school seniors.  Factors: students who are actively involved in their school, passionate and service-oriented, and demonstrate a sustained commitment to bettering their community; minimum 3.0 cumulative unweighted GPA.  Deadline: ~October 31, 2023
VFW/Voice of Democracy. Maximum: $35,000. Who: Democracy-loving high school students (gr. 9-12). Factors: audio essay of 3-5 minutes (2022-23 = "Why Is the Veteran Important?; 2021-22 = "My Pledge To Our Veterans". Deadline: ~October 31, 2023
Prudential Spirit of Community Award.  Maximum: $15,000.  Who: seniors, juniors, sophomores, 9th graders who have excelled at volunteering.  Factors: requires nomination by Saratoga HS Principal, or head of a Girl Scout Council, 4-H, American Red Cross, YMCA, or Points of Light Global Network member.  Deadline: ~November 3, 2023

Good Tidings Scholarship.  Maximum: $10,000.  Who: high school seniors, low-income.  Factors: students who have been extensively involved in community service.  Agree to volunteer minimum 1 shift (2-4 hrs) at Winter Wonderland Toy Giveaway Program in December. Requires 2-page essay describing student's community service.  Deadline: ~November 11, 2023