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October, 2017

College JumpStart Scholarship

An award for motivated students

The College JumpStart Scholarship is an annual, merit-based competition -- financial need is not considered -- that is open to 10th-12th graders, college students and non-traditional students. The main requirement is that you are committed to going to school and can express your goals for getting a higher education. The first place prize is a $1,000 scholarship to help cover educational expenses. This award can be used at any college or university in the United States.

When you are ready to apply, please SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TODAY.

To apply for the College JumpStart Scholarship you must meet the following requirements:

1) High school 10th-12th grader, college student or non-traditional student; 2) U.S. citizen or legal resident; 3) Attend or plan to attend an accredited 2-year, 4-year or vocational / trade school in the U.S. 4) Be committed to using education to better your life and that of your family and/or


If you meet all of the above requirements, we invite you to apply for the College JumpStart Scholarship.

Personal Statement

Please answer ONE of the following questions in 250 words or less. (1) What are your educational goals? (2) How will winning this scholarship help you attain your goals? (3) Write about a time when "hard work" paid off. (4) Describe your experience with community service and volunteering and how that has affected you and your outlook. Your personal statement will be judged on its content not your writing style. Please focus on the substance of your answer. And remember the words of Thomas Jefferson who said, "The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do." Good luck!


The deadline for the current College JumpStart Scholarship is midnight October 17, 2017.


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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:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2018 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen
DEADLINE: 10/25/17
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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



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.



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.





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.



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 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.



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 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 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



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.



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.





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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!


Eligibility Requirements

  • Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in U.S. (or select DoD schools)
  • U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals. U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees
  • Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application
  • Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution

Required Information:

  • A transcript – There is no need to upload, email, mail, fax, or submit in any other fashion, a copy of your transcript. While completing the application, you will be asked to type in your specific grades since your freshman year and their course levels. Having your transcript nearby will help you fill in this information.
  • A school profile – You will need this to answer several questions about your school such as your school code, the number of AP, IB and Honors classes your school provides, and the number of community service hours required for graduation.
  • Contact info – The name, email address and phone number of your guidance counselor and principal.
  • A list of school and non-school related clubs and organizations in which you have participated since your freshman year as well as any corresponding leadership positions.
  • A list of honors and awards that you received when participating in school, and non school-related clubs and organizations and the level of each award (Local, State, Regional or National) since your freshman year.
  • A list of volunteer organizations with which you have served and the number of hours served with each, plus any awards and honors that you have received for your participation since freshman year.
Deadline: 10-31-17


County Office Scholarship 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



Liaison Technologies

Are you fascinated by data and the role it plays in today’s (and tomorrow’s) society? Here at Liaison, we encourage our employees, customers, and YOU to ponder the many aspects of our lives and businesses that are impacted by good—or bad—data practices. How can we better leverage data to change industry? How can we best protect data and people’s privacy? What does the data-inspired future hold?   As the amount—and potential—of data continues to dramatically increase, the answers to these questions are sought by leading professionals of every field. So there’s no time like the present to wrap your mind around the many implications of ever-increasing data volume, variety, and velocity, and get a head start on your data-inspired career!

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:

Requirements & Rules

  • Applicant must be a high school senior or college student
  • Applicant must submit a video entry (see video guidelines below)
  • Applicant must submit a resume
  • The scholarship winner will receive the funds directly from Liaison. However, these funds must be used to pay for tuition at a qualifying college, university or technical school for continuing education.
  • To qualify, the school must be located within the United States of America or Canada. This scholarship is available to citizens and legal permanent residents of the United States of America and Canada.
  • The scholarship is available to both undergraduate and graduate school applicants.

How to Apply

  1. Create a 30-60 second video that:
    1. Discusses/explains/demonstrates an important aspect of data in today’s or tomorrow’s society
    2. Includes one interesting fact about yourself
  2. Upload the video to a public URL such as YouTube or Vimeo
  3. Send an email to that includes:
    1. The URL of your video
    2. Your resume



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National Rice Month Scholarship Contest

The National Rice Month Scholarship Contest is here!

Create awareness and promote U.S.-grown rice, National Rice Month, and the importance of rice to your state via video — and earn scholarship money in the process.


It’s easy to participate!  Make a video about rice production, healthy eating, sustainability … the list goes on!  You can also conduct promotion activities in your community and showcase your work in a video.


How to Enter:

  1. Create a video about U.S. rice, National Rice Month, and the importance of rice to your state (must be 3 minutes or less)
  2. Upload your video to Youtube or Vimeo
  3. Submit your entry at



Three scholarship prizes, sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, totaling $8,500 will be awarded. 

Grand-prize winner: $4,000 scholarship and a trip with a chaperone this December to the awards ceremony at the 2017 USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Antonio, Texas. 

Second-place: $3,000 scholarship

Third-place: $1,500 scholarship


Entries must be received by October 31, 2017.  Winners will be notified by November 20, 2017.



High school graduating students from rice-growing states — Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas.





The United States Intelligence Community for Intelligence Careers

Stoke Educational Scholarship Program


Agency: NSA

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The National Security Agency (NSA) is currently accepting applications from across the country for the Stokes Educational Scholarship Program. This program is looking for high school seniors, particularly minorities, who are interested in pursuing degrees in Computer Science, Computer or Electrical Engineering.


Selected participants in the Stokes Program receive an annual salary, receive up to $30,000 for tuition and mandatory educational fees per academic year.


A position in the Stokes Educational Scholarship Program means you will attend classes full-time at the college of your choice in the U.S., and then work during the summer at NSA for a minimum of 12 weeks in areas that are related to your course of study. If you are selected as a program participant, you are required to work in your area of study at NSA after your college graduation for at least one-and-a-half times your length of study. If you should leave NSA employment earlier, we'll make arrangements for you to pay back the government for your tuition and mandatory educational fees. Also, students accepted into the program must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale each semester/quarter in the freshman year and a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale each semester/quarter after the freshman year.



While the eligibility requirements for our Stokes Program are subject to change from year to year, below you will find our basic prerequisites.


This year we are accepting applications from high school seniors planning to major in Computer Science or Computer or Electrical Engineering.

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Minimum SAT score of 1200 (600 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, 600 Math), or ACT score of 25, or equivalent College Board Score.
  • Preferred GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities


If you meet these qualifications and planning to apply, tell us a little more about yourself at in addition to formally applying online and mailing in required documentation. Apply @


Salary: $26,474 annual including locality pay.


How To Apply - External

Program applications will be accepted between September 1st and October 31st. Please read and follow all application instructions to ensure that your application packet is complete.


** PLEASE NOTE: This is a two part application, you must apply to this job posting AND mail in required documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The deadline for online applications is October 31st and all information submitted by mail must be postmarked by October 31st to be eligible for consideration.



To apply for the Stokes Educational Scholarship Program, applicants must first:

You must use our resume builder and include the following information under the respective section (you cannot upload a resume):


Under Applicant personal information:

  • Name
  • Street Address
  • City, State & Zip Code
  • E-mail Address
  • Phone Number
  • Date of Birth

Under Resume Objective:

  • Preferred College Major (Computer Science, Computer or Electrical Engineering)
  • Highest SAT score for Math, Verbal and Writing
  • ACT scores (if taken)
  • College Board score (applicable in Puerto Rico)
  • Class size & rank (if applicable)

Under Work Experience:

  • Past and current employment
  • Volunteer work
  • Extracurricular activities
  • School activities

Under Education:

  • High school name, un-weighted GPA, expected graduation date

Under Other Professional Details:

  • AP and/or IB courses taken/taking
  • Any college courses taken/taking
  • Leadership positions held
  • Other technical skills


Once your application has been submitted online, please submit the following by mail (if possible, we encourage you to send all of these items in one packet):

  1. Letter of Recommendation (ex: from a teacher/counselor/advisor) who can attest to your academic ability.
  2. One-page essay entitled, "I want a career at NSA because..."
  3. An official transcript from your high school which indicates your cumulative GPA and class rank (if applicable).
  4. Copy of your SAT/ACT or College Board scores.
  5. OPTIONAL three (3) pages of supplemental information. This information can be anything that would enhance your application, such as an original essay, another letter of recommendation, etc...

Mailing address:

National Security Agency

Attn: Stokes Program

9800 Savage Road, Suite: 6779

Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6779



Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship

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Amount: $2,000lication Deadline

Deadline: October 31, 2017


Finally, a scholarship for zombie fans


Did binge-re-watching "The Walking Dead" get you thinking about what you’d do if the streets were filled with flesh-eating zombies? Maybe you've envisioned your own post-apocalyptic world overrun with the living dead, forcing you to come up with a zombie survival plan — and quick!


Hone your survival tactics and imagine what your school or college campus might be like in a zombie apocalypse. Our Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship committee wants to know your plan to avoid the zombies, where you’d hide, and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive.


We're giving one successful survivor $2,000 towards his or her college education. Do you think you have what it takes to make the cut?


Applicants must:

  • Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
  • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
  • Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education

Submit an online written response to the question: "Imagine that your high school or college has been overrun with zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies, and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Flesh out a plan to avoid the zombies, including where you’d hide and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive." (250 words or less)


The Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship winner will be notified by email or phone on or around January 31, 2018.


Apply now





Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest 2017


Sponsored by Hollins University, the Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest is in its fifty-fourth year. The contest awards prizes for the best poems submitted by young women who are sophomores or juniors in high school or preparatory school.


What are the prizes?


First place (one winner)

  • Free tuition and housing for the university’s Hollinsummer creative writing program
  • $200 cash prize
  • Publication in Cargoes, Hollins’ award-winning student literary magazine
  • Ten copies of Cargoes

Second place (six winners)

  • $25 cash prize
  • Publication in Cargoes
  • Two copies of Cargoes


What are the requirements?


      • Students must submit their poem(s) in Microsoft Word, 12pt Times New Roman – online
      • No more than two poems by any one student may be submitted
      • Please label additional pages with the author’s name, title of poem, and page number
      • Each entry must include the following information:
        • Author’s name
        • Author’s mailing address
        • Author’s phone number and/or email address
        • Year of author’s high school graduation
        • High school teacher or guidance counselor’s name and email address
        • Author’s school
        • Address of author’s school
        • Phone number of author’s school

Submit Your Entry @


What is the deadline for entries?

October 31, 2017