Your clubs and activities look strong on your college admissions. But they may be helpful once you're accept too. Involvement in certain clubs may help you find money for college too.
Many college scholarships are based on involvement in particular activities. Not only does this narrow the field of applicants, it gives you the chance to get a return on all those hours you put into high school clubs.
While club-related scholarships rarely cover full tuition, they can certainly help lighten the load.
2011/2012 Club and Activity Scholarships
Here’s a list of some 2011 scholarships based on clubs and activities. From journalism to hunting, scholarships are available for virtually every interest. Some organizations offer many scholarships for the same activity. For example, there are national Eagle Scout scholarships, as well as institutions-specific ones like the Graebe scholarship.
*Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Award: $1,000 and a paid trip to Washington, D.C. (state honorees), $5,000 (national honorees)
Overview: These awards honor middle and high school students who demonstrate outstanding civic involvement, leadership and community service. In addition to a $1,000 award, state honorees get a paid trip to Washington, where you’ll attend a celebratory dinner and tours of the city. The award for national honorees is $5,000.
Requirements/eligibility: You must be a US resident between grades five and 12, and have engaged in volunteer service in the past year.
How to apply: Submit your completed application that describes your community service and/or leadership in a group activity to your school principal by November 1.
*Cedarville University Debate Scholarships
Award: $500 to $3,000
Overview: These awards are for exceptional students who participate in the Cedarville University debate team.
Requirements/eligibility: First-year eligibility is based on previous debate experience, GPA and ACT/SAT scores, and your interest in the team. In order to renew the scholarship, you need to keep your GPA
above 2.5, perform well in debate competitions, and coach younger team members. How to apply: Complete and send in the Debate Scholarship Application.
*Park Scholar Awards
Award: Full ride (tuition, living expenses, books)
Overview: Ithaca College awards 15 of these prestigious scholarships to incoming freshmen in the Roy H. Park School of Communications. The Park Scholar Awards cover the full cost of attendance, as well as a one-time $2,500 computer purchase. Not a bad deal if you’re interested in journalism.
Requirements/eligibility: Students entering the Roy H. Park School of Communications are eligible. Once admitted to the program, you’ll be expected to engage in community service and Park scholar activities. The minimum GPA is 3.5.
How to Apply: After applying to Ithaca College, submit the Park Scholars application form with essays, resume, and three letters of recommendation by January 15. Finalists will be notified by March 1.
*Texas Wildlife Association Natural Resource-Excellence in Education Scholarship
Overview: Jointly offered by the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation and the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, this scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen at Texas colleges with an interest in the field of natural resources. It’s a great opportunity for hunters, fishermen and anyone else who loves the outdoors.
Requirements/eligibility: The scholarship is open to Texas residents entering their first year at a Texas college. Applicants must be studying agricultural or wildlife science with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
How to apply: Complete the scholarship application by September 14.
*Graebe Eagle Scout Scholarship
Overview: One of the many awards available for Eagle Scouts, this renewable scholarship is specific to Johnson & Wales University.
Requirements/eligibility: All you need is proof of Eagle Scout status and a high school diploma.
How to Apply: Submit the application form by February 1.
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