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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

Creative Leadership Grant

Crayola seeks to provide grant funding to support innovative, creative leadership team building programs at the K-8 level. Each winning program will receive a $2,500 award and an in-kind grant of Crayola products valued at $1,000. Applications must be submitted by the school principal. 

Deadline: June 21, 2019

The John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Award

The Council for Economic Education (CEE) seeks to recognize K-12 teachers who encourage economic understanding through student engagement and innovative teaching practices. The award program consists of a cash award of $1,000, an all-expenses paid scholarship to attend the CEE Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference, and an opportunity to share best practices. 

Deadline: June 28, 2019

Thomas J. Henry Leadership Scholarship

Thomas J. Henry law firm offers a $1,000 scholarship open to incoming and current college students with a minimum GPA of 2.8. Applicants must submit a 750-1,000-word essay explaining the importance of leadership. 

Deadline: July 1, 2019

First Step Scholarship

Sutliff and Stout is offering a $2,500 scholarship open to incoming and current college students. Applicants must submit a minimum of 500 words describing their most common distracted driving habits as well as the specific steps they will take to put an end to those habits. 

Deadline: August 1, 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