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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

UNCF STEM Scholars Program

The United Negro College Fund’s STEM Scholars Program offers up to $2,500 per academic year for freshmen and sophomores, $5,000 for juniors and seniors, and an additional $5,000 for students whose academic programs require a fifth year. The application is open to African-American high school seniors interested in STEM majors. Applicants must complete an online application, which includes one letter of recommendation and essays. 

Deadline: March 3, 2019

Teacher Recognition Grant

The International Literacy Association seeks to support literacy professionals through the 2019 Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant. Grant awards of $2,500 will be provided to outstanding K-8 teachers who are dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of reading and writing in real-world contexts.    

Deadline: March 15, 2019

DoSomething.org Scholarships

DoSomething.org offers a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship, open to students between the ages of 13 and 25. Applicants must sign up and complete the campaign and upload a photo to show they’ve completed the campaign. Campaigns range from providing daily essentials to a local homeless shelter to making a phone call to your representative. 

Deadline: March 31, 2019


Aging Matters Scholarship

The Aging Matters Scholarship is a $1,500 scholarship available to students who currently care for an elderly loved one, work in the senior care field, or are pursuing a career that will positively impact the elder population. The award can be used towards tuition, books, room and board, and other school-related expenses. Eligible students must be full-time students at an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university. Incoming freshman are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: May 15, 2019

Education in American Civic Life Initiative

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)

EDvestinU Quarterly Scholarship Giveaway

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 Opportunity Scholarships

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!

Deadline: Rolling