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
Do your students read Ayn Rand novels? Open to 12th grade and undergraduate students worldwide, the Ayn Rand Institute’s Atlas Shrugged essay contest offers the chance for students to win scholarships. The first-place winner will receive $25,000. Click here for essay topics and more on submission requirements.
Deadline: September 19, 2019
The Global Teacher Prize is an annual $1 million award from the Varkey Foundation to be given to a K-12 teacher who has made an impact on their students and their community. Teachers may be nominated and are welcome to apply directly.
Deadline: September 22, 2019
The Employment and Training Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor has announced the availability of approximately $100 million in grant funds for its Apprenticeships: Closing the Skills Gaps grant program. Grants are available to institutions of higher education (IHEs) and state higher education boards to initiate programs that promote apprenticeships as a significant workforce solution.
Deadline: September 24, 2019
The National Cancer Institute seeks to provide grant funds to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce. Funding will be awarded to K-12 schools, districts, and institutions of higher education to create and maintain programming that engages students in grades 6-12 and undergraduate students from underrepresented populations in cutting-edge cancer research experiences. Grants of up to $500,000 will be awarded.
Deadline: September 25, 2019
Power Poetry offers a $1,000 scholarship open to high school students who will be attending college or are currently enrolled at an institution of higher education in the U.S. Applicants must write a poem about their modern version of a traditional myth or urban legend. The winner will be chosen from a random drawing.
Deadline: October 3, 2019
AES Engineering offers a $500 scholarship award available to high school seniors and students attending an institution of higher education. Applicants must submit a 500-1,000-word essay on the following prompt: “When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?” This scholarship is open to all areas of study.
Deadline: October 6, 2019
The Teagle Foundation seeks to provide grant funding to support faculty-led efforts to prepare undergraduate students to become informed and engaged participants in the civic life of their local, national, and global communities. Project proposals should address gaps in civic knowledge of undergraduates and be designed to prepare undergraduates for the intellectual demands of democratic participation. Grants of up to $400,000 over three years will be awarded, with the size of the grant determined by the number of institutions involved and the project’s scope of work. Planning grants in the range of $25,000 over 6-12 months will also be considered. Proposals from single and multiple institutions partnering together will be considered.
Deadline: December 1, 2018 (Priority; Concept papers accepted on a rolling basis)
Each quarter, EDvestinU awards three (3) $1,500 scholarships to randomly selected entrants that are or will be attending any Title IV eligible college or university. High school seniors enrolling in an eligible postsecondary institution in the fall and current college students are encouraged to apply. Winners will be notified in compliance with the terms and conditions.
Entry periods for each quarter: January 1 – March 31, April 1 – June 30, July 1 – September 30, October 1 – December 31.
College Board’s new Opportunity Scholarships are available to all students who are juniors or seniors this academic year, regardless of GPA, citizenship, or family income. This program seeks to provide scholarship awards to students who complete already required key steps, like building your college list, practicing for the SAT (and improving your score), completing the FAFSA, applying to college and more! Once students complete all mini-steps, they are eligible for a $40,000 scholarship. Learn more at the College Board website!