2017 Youth Awards
Entering its 19th year, the Youth Awards is a leadership program that searches for Latino high school students who excel both inside and outside of the classroom. Awardees receive a one-time grant to use for their college education or to fund a community service effort which tackles a social issue. Three recipients (Gold, Silver and Bronze) are selected in different academic categories in ten regions across the country. Students are then positioned as role models in their community at local ceremonies with an audience of business leaders, elected officials, local organizations and our sponsors. 2017 regions include:
Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco/Bay Area, Washington DC
The Youth Awards program is the main pipeline to Hispanic Heritage Foundation's (HHF) system of talent that prepares and positions Latino youth through the award-winning Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program as they transition from high school, to college, to graduate school, and into their careers.
· Must be graduating from an accredited high school in the Spring of 2018
· Must have an un-weighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
· Be of Hispanic Heritage including (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines)
· Planning to enroll full-time in a bachelor's degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after your graduation from high school
· If selected, attendance to the regional ceremony is mandatory. Travel to the ceremony will be at the recipient's expense
· Completed online application including a letter of recommendation, transcript and essay questions
· Be a Permanent Resident, DACA, U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen
All recipients are also eligible to be selected as a National recipient. National recipients receive a laptop computer, and an all-expense paid trip to be recognized at the National Youth Awards ceremony. More information on the National Youth Awards will be posted on our website and be mentioned during all regional ceremonies.
106 $25,000 Scholarships Awarded
Funded through the generosity of the Members of the Association
Through the generosity of its Members, the Association has awarded more than $125 million in privately funded need-based scholarships to more than 25,000 young people over the past 31 years in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It has also become a leading resource for information about teenagers, resiliency, and nonprofit best practices. For a full listing of Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs and award totals, please click here.
The National Scholarship Program is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference. Recipients must attend the National Scholars Conference to receive the award.
To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National & State Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Voice of Democracy
2017 - 18 Theme: "American History: Our Hope for the Future"
Student Entry Deadline: October 31, 2017
Patriotic Audio Essay Competition Grand Prize: $30,000 Award
WHAT IS THE VOICE OF DEMOCRACY PROGRAM?
Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme.
This year’s theme is, American History: Our Hope for the Future.
WHY SHOULD I ENTER?
Prizes and scholarships can be awarded at the Post, District, state and national level. Department (State) winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., March 3-7, 2018, to tour the city, be honored by the VFW and its Auxiliary and receive their portion of $154,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.
WHO CAN ENTER?
The Voice of Democracy is open to students in grades 9-12 by the Oct. 31 deadline, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions; or in an overseas U.S. military/civilian dependent school. Although U.S. citizenship is not required, students must be lawful U.S. permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence (the application for which has not been denied) and intends to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law. Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or over, previous Voice of Democracy first place state winners, GED or Adult Education Students are ineligible.
WHAT DO I NEED TO ENTER?
Record your original 3-5 minute (+ or – 5 seconds max.) essay on an audio CD or a flash drive. One student per CD or flash drive. When burning your CD, make sure that "Create Audio CD" option (or similar) is selected so the program can properly convert your sound file and burn it to CD. After it has finished, be sure to play back your audio CD on a system other than your computer, such as a standard radio or car CD player, to verify that the conversion/burning process was successful. You will submit the recording, typed essay and this completed entry form. Provide these items to your school/group competition or local VFW Post for judging. In addition you can submit your emailed entry form, essay, and audio file to the VFW Post upon approval. You must be the sole author of your essay. The recording must be in your own voice and in English. Hearing/speech impaired students should email the Voice of Democracy National Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for special instructions. No music, singing, poetry or sound effects are allowed. The body of the essay must not identify you in any way, (including, but not limited to, your name, school, city, state, race or national origin) although the recording & typed essay should be labeled with your name, to show ownership. You may enter only one competition at one Post (if otherwise eligible) per year. At any time during the contest, additional participant personal information could be requested by the VFW, including but not limited to a photograph, SSN or biographical information.
WHERE DO I SUBMIT MY ENTRY?
All entries begin at the local VFW Post level. The only exception is where schools/classes/youth groups have large numbers of students and wish to conduct their own competition, submitting one winner for each 15 students to the local VFW Post. Individual students may submit their entry directly to the Post. This VFW Post should be within your local area and within your U.S. state of residence. Entries sent to VFW National will be returned. One winner for every 15 entries from each Post advances to District and one District winner advances to the state (Department) competition. State winners are invited to Washington, D.C., where their audio essays compete in the finals competition. If you need help finding a participating VFW Post in your area, follow these instructions: First, visit this website www.vfw.org/find-a-post to "Find A VFW Post." Be sure this Post is within the state you reside in. If you do not have success in finding a Post, or if you have trouble getting in touch with them, you can contact your VFW Department (state) office to see if they can offer any information or assistance. You can visit this link https://www.vfw.org/ContactUs/ and look for "Find a State Contact" to get your VFW state office’s phone number and email.
If you still need assistance, please email us at VFW National Headquarters at email@example.com
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR MY ENTRY?
All entries competing at the Post level must be in the hands of that VFW Post 3000 by midnight, Oct. 31, 2017. It is the responsibility of the student to meet this deadline by submitting their entry to the proper location by ensuring it is a participating Post.
WHAT ARE THE JUDGING CRITERIA?
Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest.
Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to another.
Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.
Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship!
County Office Scholarship
CountyOffice.org supports local communities by making it easier to find the contact information, hours, locations, and phone numbers of county government offices in the United States. Our organization plans to better the lives of people living in our communities by offering a scholarship twice per year on an annual basis.
Our organization feels it is our public duty to help our nation’s future generations receive a quality education. We are honored to receive eligible applicants for our scholarship awards.
How to Apply
Please write a 500-1500 word essay for the following prompt:
"Describe how one of the local government offices (or type of office) listed on our website has improved your own life and/or the lives of people around you."
Applications that are submitted on time by eligible applicants will be judged based on their ability to demonstrate a well-written and persuasive use of the essay prompt.
US citizens 16 years of age and older who are either in their senior year of high school or currently enrolled in an accredited institute of higher learning are eligible to apply. Scholarship awards will be sent directly to the institution the student is enrolled in. Recipients of previous County Office Scholarship awards are not eligible for future scholarship awards. All others are welcome to apply to prompts they have not yet applied to.
Award Amount: $1000 Submission
Deadline: April 30 & October 31
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Award: One student will be selected each semester to receive a $5,000 scholarship Application deadline for spring semester: October 31 (recipient announced by November 30) Submit entry to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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