Meridian List of Scholarships (from Mrs. Gregg)
Please visit the Meridian website at https://www.mwschool.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=170391&type=d&pREC_ID=897382 for a detailed list.
"Finding Scholarships to Pay For College" Article
Financial Aid Options
Both grants and scholarships are types of gift aid or free money that does not have to be repaid in contrast to student loans although some scholarships are taxable. See the IRS's website for more information. Generally, tuition and books are not taxable, but money for living expenses is.
A student loan is money you borrow with the intent of paying back with interest. Loans can come from the federal government or private sources or organizations. Check out the Federal Student Aid website for more information on the differences between federal or private financial aid.
Grants vs. Scholarships
Grants tend to be based on financial need and are mostly funded by the federal government while scholarships tend to be based on merit and are funded from the private sector.
Some grants such as the Federal Pell Grant are based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which involves the family’s income. Students wanting to apply for federal student aid are required to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible on or after October 1.
Grants do not have to be repaid unless you don't fulfill the requirements. Federal grants include Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants.
Scholarships are based on merit such as the student’s academic, athletic, or artistic merit or special interests (e.g. STEM) or ethnicity (Black, Native American, Hispanic, etc.) as well as underrepresented populations (people with disabilities, children of veterans, etc.)
Scholarships may be from private companies, foundations, philanthropists, non-profit organizations or even religious institutions.Many colleges offer academic scholarships based on GPA, admissions test scores, and rank.
One difference between scholarships and grants is that scholarships are taxable. People may want to use the Scholarship Tax Calculator to see how much they will have to pay on taxes for scholarship. Tuition and textbooks may be tax-free, but living expenses may be taxable.
Examples of Scholarships
National Merit Scholarships ($2,500)
The National Merit Scholarship Program is a national competition among high school students. Students qualify for the program based on their PSAT score.
All finalists compete with their state or other selection unit. A committee of college admission offers and high school counselors select winners.
Recipients receive a one-time payment of $2,500. Scholarship offers usually are sent in late March.
Corporate-sponsored Merit or Special Scholarships
Finalists who meet criteria specified by a corporate sponsor may qualify for a scholarship e.g. children of employees, residents of a specific community, finalists with a certain major or career plan, veterans, etc.
These scholarships are based on 1) academic merit, 2) an area of study, 3) a specific religion, or 4) an ethnicity, especially for minority or underrepresented populations.
Awards vary by sponsor and can be one time or renewable and range from $500-$10,000 a year with either a fixed or variable amount per year. There are some full scholarships, but not as common as a fixed amount. They may come out as early as March or April.
To see some examples of corporate-sponsored scholarships, check out College Scholarship.org's website.
College-sponsored Merit Scholarships
A college-sponsored scholarship is financial aid to help students pay for an undergraduate degree and are usually renewable and provides money for the student for each semester or school year.
Awards are usually renewable for 4 years of study at the sponsor institution and may range from $500-$5,000 per year. Scholarship offers usually come out in early May.
Federal Student Aid Loan Simulator: https://studentaid.gov/loan-simulator/
Financial Aid Dictionary: https://www.uaspire.org/For-Students/Dictionary
Calculate your Cost for College: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/calculate-your-cost
College Cost Calculator (online tool): https://www.uaspire.org/For-Students/College-Cost-Calculator
College Cost Calculator (video for students): https://youtu.be/s5t-FrlakA8
College Board Scholarship Search
Career One Stop (US Department of Labor)
College Data Scholarship Search
Texas Scholarships: http://www.collegescholarships.org/states/texas.htm
College Board Scholarships (options for scholarships for completing the process)
Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship ($6,600, mid March)
St. David's Neal Kocurek Scholarship (up to $7,500 per year, up to four years in a Texas college, Nov-Jan)
The Greater Austin Contractors and Engineers Association (ACEA) (due early April)
Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship (Up to $10,000) Software Engineering or Computer Science
Axalta Bright Futures Scholarship (Up to $5,000)
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association Scholarship Program (Engineering/Business majors, due mid April, $5,000)
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
Gates Foundation (Sept 15 deadline)--leadership, academics, based on need FASFA)
Kia Great Unknowns Scholarship (STEM +arts, $5,000 renewable, end of April)
Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship (focusing on underserved communities, $10,000, renewable, due April 1)
NANOG Scholarship Program (mid-May, $10,000)
The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program (those who want to work for Dept. of Defense upon graduation, FULL SCHOLARSHIP, due Dec 1)
Varicent EDGE Scholarship ($5,000, early April)
STANLEY Technology Scholarship Program (mid April, $5,000)
Business and Technology
Scorpion Cares Scholarship Program ($10,000, mid April)
Chips Quinn Scholars Program (due Oct 1)
GoodRx Pharmacy Innovation Scholarship (early May)
Trane Technician of the Future Scholarship ($4,000, early May)
Agriculture and Leadership
Texas A&M Scholarship
Capital City A&M Club (Austin, Travis County)
Williamson County Club (have to live in Williamson County)
Military Veteran Dependents
Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities (end of June, $2,500 renewable scholarships )
#RAREis Scholarship Fund (students with a rare disease)
AbbVie Immunology Scholarship (students with inflammatory diseases)
ACS Scholars Program (due March 1, science/chemistry major)
Blacks at Microsoft (Blacks interested in technology, $20,000, due early March)
Charles Shelton Veterinarian Medicine/Technology Scholarship ($2,000, blacks interested in veterinary science, due April 15)
Mae & Mary Scholarship Fund (due in April, black students interested in medicine)
GoodRx Scholarship for Future Black Physicians (early May, $1,000, Black, pre-med major)
Knoll Diversity Advancement Design Scholarships for Black Students (due in Jan, $10,000 each, renewable annually)
Gionandrea Pugi Scholarship (2 renewable $5,000, due early May)
HACEMOS Scholarship Program ($1,500-2,500, due in March)
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (deadline mid Feb, $500-$5,000)
Latino Community Credit Union (due early May, various amounts)
Prospanica ($2,000 to $5,000, March-April)
La Unidad Latina Foundation ($2,000, Sept-Oct)
Exxon Mobil Engineering Scholarship, League of United Latin American Citizens (Hispanics interested in engineering major)
NBCUniversal LNESC Scholarship (early July, $5,000, for entertainment/media majors)
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) --(Engineering, Feb-March, various amounts)
Latinos in Technology, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (up to $30,000, January, must show financial need)
The Univision NATAS Scholarship National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (deadline March, intention to major in radio, television, film)
Chia Family Foundation Scholarship ($5,000-$15,000)
Immigrants and Refugee Scholarships
AMS Minority Scholarship ($6,000. Hispanic, Native American, and Black/African American students interested in science)
American Chemical Society ($5,000 per academic year, due March 1, chemistry major)
Henkel Diversity Scholarship ($5,000 to $20,000, due mid March)
Workday Value Inclusion, Belonging and Equity (VIBE™) Scholarship (mid May, $15,000 awards, renewable for up to four years, Black and Hispanics)
American Meteorological Society (for those interested in Meteorology, $3000 for 1st and 2nd year)
McDonald's Scholarship (Nov-Dec, various amounts)
Unigo's Page for Minority Scholarships: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/minority/other-ethnic-scholarships
Low income, high achieving programs
Scholarship, Leadership, & Service
Texas IB Schools Scholarship ($1,000,application due in January)
AXA Achievement Scholarship in association with U.S. News & World Report ($10,000, due in December)
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program ($10,000 renewable up to $40,000, due early January)
Wellroot Family Services Scholarship Program (mid Dec, $1,000 to $4,000)
Mensa Scholarships (write an essay, apply Sept 15- Jan 15)
Soroptimist International – Ava Crofford Youth Citizenship Award (AYCA) and the Violet Richardson Award (VRA) --AIMED FOR WOMEN
Equitable Excellence Scholarship (up to $25,000, deadline in January)
Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Program (2,500-$20,000)
David Pruitt Award for Courage (early April deadline, $2,500)
Community College Scholarships
Full Ride Scholarships
General Texas Scholarships, $500-$6,000
(Need and Merit)
Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte Foundation Scholarship (Renewable scholarships of $10,000, due mid March, for Texas residents)
British American Foundation of Texas Undergraduate Scholarship
Hugg Trust Scholarship (Specific for Williamson County)
Texas Student Housing (scholarships to cover housing for Texas residents)
Department of Defense SMART Scholarship:https://honors.utsa.edu/onca/awards/dod-smart.html
5 Promise Programs in Texas-100% free tuition