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GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Education whose mission is to significantly increase the number of low-income middle and high school students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.

Scholarships and Grants Spotlight

Advancing Informal STEM Learning Grants

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to provide grant funding to advance new approaches to the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments. AISL programs support six types of projects: (1) pilots and feasibility studies; (2) research in service and practice; (3) innovations in development; (4) broad implementation; (5) literature reviews, syntheses, or meta-analyses; and (6) conferences. Grant awards range from $250,000 to $3,000,000.

Deadline: November 7, 2018

Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships

The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas scholarships offer $2,500 and $10,000, respectively, over four years to two graduating high school seniors with documented learning disabilities and/or ADHD who are pursuing postsecondary education. See the National Center for Learning Disabilities’ website for more information.

Deadline: November 12, 2018

Regeneron Science Talent Search

The Regeneron Science Talent Search provides a forum for high school seniors to submit original research in science, math, or engineering that is reviewed by a national jury of professional scientists. The Regeneron Science Talent Search recognizes 300 students as scholars and awards their schools each year and invites 40 student finalists to Washington, D.C. to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, and meet with notable scientists and government leaders. Scholars and finalists compete for $3.1 million in awards. Click here to learn more about the rules and entry instructions.

Deadline: November 14, 2018

Discovery Research PreK-12 Program Grants

The Discovery Research PreK-12 program seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of STEM for preK-12th grade students and teachers through research and development of innovations and approaches. Colleges, universities, state, and local government agencies are invited to apply for grant funds ranging between $450,000 and $5,000,000.

Deadline: November 14, 2018

Leesa Social Impact Scholarship

The Leesa Social Impact Scholarship will provide $10,000 to support four exceptional students as they embark on their own journey toward social action. Applicants must be accepted or enrolled at an accredited college or university, demonstrate a commitment to social action, and have at least a 3.0 GPA. The application requires students to submit a video in which they describe the role social action has had on their life and the role they believe it will have in the future.

Deadline: November 15, 2018

The Hagan Scholarship

The Hagan Scholarship Foundation offers a need-based merit scholarship that provides up to $6,000 each semester for up to 8 consecutive semesters open to 2019 high school graduates. Applicants must have a 3.5 GPA and have a composite score of 23 or higher on the ACT or 1,200 on the SAT. Recipients must graduate from a public high school located in a county in the United States that has fewer than 50,000 residents. See the website for more information and additional requirements.

Deadline: November 15, 2018

Concerto Competition for High School Musicians

The United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, offers a concerto competition for high school musicians. Performers in grades 9-12 who play woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments may apply. The winner will appear as a guest soloist with the U.S. Marine Band and receive a $2,500 scholarship. The runner up will receive a $500 scholarship. Applicants must submit an application, a letter of recommendation from a teacher familiar with the student’s musicianship, and an audio recording of their performance.

Deadline: November 15, 2018

Start Standing Scholarship

Start Standing offers a $1,000 scholarship open to current undergraduate students and high school seniors planning to attend college. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and submit a 1,000-2,000-word essay related to health and being active.

Deadline: November 15, 2018

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is the largest undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke Scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as a thriving network of nearly 2,500 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

Deadline: November 20, 2018

National Space Club and Foundation Keynote Scholar Application

The National Space Club and Foundation offers an opportunity for a student to give the keynote address at the National Space Club and Foundation’s annual Goddard Memorial Dinner. In addition, the student selected will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Applicants must intend to pursue a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) fields, be academically strong, excel in public speaking, and plan to use the scholarship toward tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Deadline: November 30, 2018

Dell Scholars Program

The Dell Scholars Program provides the opportunity for students to receive personalized support and resources, financial support of $20,000, a laptop, and textbook credits. Only students who participate in a program-approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12 (this includes GEAR UP) are eligible. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and be eligible to receive a Pell Grant, earn a minimum 2.4 GPA, and be on track to graduate high school this academic year and enroll full-time at accredited university in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

Deadline: December 1, 2018

Women Techmakers Scholars Program

Google’s Women Techmakers program offers a scholarship opportunity to win $10,000, connect with fellow scholars and Google mentors, and participate in professional and personal development trainings and workshops. To be eligible, applicants must be current undergraduate students or intend to enroll in a bachelor’s program for the 2019-2020 academic year; be studying computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field; and demonstrate a strong academic record, as well as a passion for increasing the involvement of women in computer science. The application requires submission of transcripts, five essay questions, a current resume, and one letter of reference.

Deadline: December 6, 2018

The Keith Williams Law Group Semi-Annual Scholarship

The Keith Williams Law Group offers a $1,500 scholarship open to high school seniors who have been accepted to college or students currently enrolled in college who have overcome adversity in their lives and difficulty in school. Applicants must submit an essay no more than 800 words that explains the adversity in their life and difficulty in school and how continuing their education will help them in their future.

Deadline: December 10, 2018

Citrix ShareFile Innovation Scholarship

Citrix ShareFile offers $10,000 in scholarship awards to the top three students who submit the best essays, which includes a $5,000 award for 1st place, $3,000 award for 2nd place, and $2,000 award for 3rd place. Open to students currently enrolled in college or trade school, applicants must submit an 500-800-word essay about an inspiring innovator who has made an impact on their life.

Deadline: December 15, 2018

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS)

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) is a summer academic enrichment and leadership program that brings together students from around the world for two-week sessions on Yale’s campus in New Haven. Additionally, YYGS-Beijing: Asia in the 21st Century will be administered by Yale Center Beijing and takes place in Beijing, China. The program runs nine sessions featuring Creative Arts & Media and Literature, Philosophy, Culture, Politics, Law, & Economics, and more! Current high school sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply online today. Students with financial need should apply for financial aid.

Deadline: February 6, 2019