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The AT&T Labs Fellowship Program awards scholarships and grants to women and minority post-graduate students. The AT&T Foundation has also announced a new scholarship program offered in conjunction with UNCF to provide scholarships for African-American children or stepchildren of regular full-time employees of AT&T, Inc. and its U.S. subsidiaries.
2. Exxon Mobil Corporation
Exxon Mobil, in partnership with SECME schools, awards scholarships annually to minority students who are entering math and engineering programs. Mobil Delvac, part of Exxon Mobil, also awards Agricultural Scholarships for students studying agriculture.
3. General Electric (GE)/LULAC Scholarship
Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident and a minority student enrolled in full-time studies leading to a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university in the U.S. and have a minimum GPA of 3.25. Award is based upon academic performance, performance in business or engineering-related subjects, pursuing a career in business or engineering, writing ability, extracurricular activities, and community involvement.
4. The Jackie Robinson Foundation’s Scholarship Program
This program awards scholarships of up to $7,500 annually to minority high school students. Scholarships are meant for four-year college students who can demonstrate financial need and leadership potential.
5. Bank of America
Bank of America Joe Martin Scholarship program is a competitive scholarship program available for college or vocational schools to dependents of associates who have been employed by Bank of America for at least 1 year. Dependents of deceased, disabled, or retired associates also are eligible. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 for each year of full-time enrollment. Scholarship awards are based on academic achievement, leadership, contributions to school and community, character, and financial need.
6. Ford Motor Company
Society of Manufacturing Engineers Ford PAS Scholarships offers three $10,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have also participated in the PAS program. The Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (PAS) program enrolls high school students into informal internship or mentorships where students can learn from business professionals and academics. PAS focuses on education in the sciences, engineering, math and other technical fields.
7. J.P. Morgan Chase
The Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Program is open to graduating high school seniors in New York City who will attend a participating four-year college or university within one of the five boroughs. Awards are given for both academic achievement and financial need. Awards include full tuition, textbook stipends and paid summer internships with JP Morgan Chase.
8. Best Buy
Best Buy’s @15 Scholarship Program is awarding $1,500 in scholarship money to 1,000 students living in the United States and Puerto Rico. Students who will be entering college in the fall after graduating from high school will be eligible for this scholarship. Students should demonstrate excellent academic achievements, volunteer efforts and work experience. Best Buy wants to help you to prepare for a brighter future by awarding you money for college tuition.
9. Golden Key International Honor Society
Golden Key believes in rewarding its members for their academic, leadership and service excellence. To this end, the Society offers more than $600,000 in member-only scholarships. Golden Key’s scholarships and awards are administered by Golden Key headquarters annually and require a formal application. Each scholarship has a unique submission deadline and application process.
10. Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarship
The Rotary Foundation awards scholarships for citizen of countries that have Rotary Clubs. Ambassadorial Scholarships, The Rotary Foundation’s oldest and best-known program, was founded in 1947. Since then, more than 40,000 men and women from about 100 nations have studied abroad under it. Today it is one of the world’s largest privately funded international scholarships programs. Nearly 700 scholarships were awarded for study in 2009-10. Through grants totaling approximately US$16.2 million, recipients from about 70 countries studied in more than 80 nations.
Coca-Cola awards a number of scholarships to graduating high school students pursuing 4-year degrees, but the company also has scholarships for students endeavoring to attend 2-year colleges. The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation has announced the establishment of the Coca−Cola All-State Community College Academic Team program, providing up to $450,000.00 in scholarships. The top scoring student from each state will be a “New Century Scholar” and receive a $2,000.00 scholarship. Fifty students will be “Gold Scholars” and be awarded $1,500.00, fifty students will be “Silver Scholars” and be awarded $1,250.00, and fifty students will be “Bronze Scholars” and be awarded $1,000.00.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities. Scholarships are for those applicants who live in the U.S., where there are participating local chapters. The applicant must be a high school senior and under 21 years of age. The scholarships are available for either four-year or two-year colleges.
Wal-Mart gives a significant number of scholarships in each of their communities to graduating high school students.
Wal-Mart offers the Wal-Mart Associate Scholarship, which requires that the applicant be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States, be employed part-time or full-time with Walmart Stores for at least six consecutive months prior to the application due date, must have graduated high school/home school or obtained a GED before applying, and able to demonstrate financial need.
14. American Rhodes Scholars
Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, England, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees are paid by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives, in addition, an allowance to meet expenses during term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford, and upon application, may approve additional grants for research purposes or study-related travel. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States, applicant, by October 1, 2010, must be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age, must have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1, 2010. The maximum award varies.
15. The Dell Scholars Program
The Dell Scholarship Program is offered to high school students participating in an approved AVID program. The funding for each Dell Scholar is $20,000. The value of the 250 scholarships available equals $5 million. MSDF funds a significant percentage of college expenses which allows students to focus on their studies and successfully complete a bachelor’s program. Eligibility requirements: Graduating from an accredited high school this academic year, earning a minimum of a 2.4 GPA, demonstrate need for financial assistance, participating in an MSDF approved college readiness program for a minimum of two years, planning to enter a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after graduation from high school, and be a U.S. citizenship or permanent resident.
16. The Gates Millennium Scholars
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS), funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide African American, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Islander Americans, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in all discipline areas, and a graduate education for those students pursuing studies in mathematics, science, engineering, education, or library science. Requirements for scholarship consideration are the following: must be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States, have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED.
17. The HP Scholar Award
The HP Scholar Award is a scholarship for students interested in engineering. The total value of the four-year scholarship, which includes the HP Scholar Productivity Package and the three paid internships, will exceed $40,000 per student. Scholarship awards are $12,000 ($3000 per year for four years). Upon acceptance, each HP Scholar receives a Productivity Package which includes an HP laptop, printer, and PDA. HP Scholars are eligible for three paid summer internships with HP at an HP location in the US during their undergraduate studies. Requirements for the scholarship: African American, Latino, and American Indian high school seniors or community college transfer students who will be attending one of the HP Scholar partnership universities (University of California, Los Angeles, North Carolina A&T, Morgan State University, or University of Washington) and will be majoring in computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering.
18. Intel Science Talent Search
Applicant must be enrolled in a two- or four-year U.S. college or university undergraduate course of study, full time (At least 12 college credit hours) in the fall semester. Be a graduating high school/home school senior. Requirements to apply: have at least a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA, and have taken either the ACT or SAT standardized tests, be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States, not be a Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. employee or dependent of an employee, demonstrate financial need by required documents. The Maximum Amount: $100000
19. Google Scholarships
Google offers scholarships that will help women and minorities enter computing and technology fields.
AISES Google Scholarship
The AISES Google Scholarship awards scholarships to American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian AISES members for degrees in computer science, management information systems and computer engineering. Maximum Amount:$10,000.
Google Global Community Scholarship Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference
Google Global Community Scholarship to help students attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference is offering a scholarship fop a group of female students outside of the US. Women throughout the world are encouraged to apply. Awards are up to $2,500 for airfare, hotel, conference registration and other travel requirements.
Google UNCF Scholarship
Google has partnered with UNCF to provide scholarships. The UNCF Google Scholarship Program is for African American students in their pursuit of a computer science or computer engineering degree. Requirements: applicants must be entering their senior year of undergraduate study or be enrolled in a graduate program at an accredited university in the US. Students will receive a $10,000 scholarship award during the upcoming academic year. Google Scholars will be invited to attend a retreat at Google headquarters in California.
HCF Google Scholarship Program
The Google Scholarship Program offers awards to junior or senior college students studying computer science or computer engineering or getting a Master’s or PhD. Scholars will be invited to an all expense paid trip to the Google Headquarters in California. Requirements: must be Hispanic or of Hispanic background, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States, studying full-time in the United States or Puerto Rico, have a minimum GPA of a 3. .5 on a 4.0 scale, can demonstrate financial need, is a junior or senior undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in computer science or computer engineering for the upcoming academic year. Maximum Amount: $10000
20. Sam Walton Community Scholarship
Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited two or four year U.S. university undergraduate course of study, and be registered full time, taking at least 12 college credit hours, in the fall semester. Be a graduating high school/home school senior, have at least a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA, and have taken either the ACT or SAT standardized tests, a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States, not be a Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. employee or dependent of an employee, and can demonstrate financial need by required documentation. Maximum Amount: $3000.
21. National Merit Scholarship Corporation
NMSC conducts scholarship programs for corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations. Most corporate-sponsored awards are designated for children of a sponsor’s employees or members. Certain scholarships, however, are offered for local residents of a community in which a company conducts operations, or for students with a college degree plan or career plan in which the corporate sponsor is interested inawarding a scholarship. Each corporate sponsor announces its program, confirms eligibility of award winners, and pays scholarship costs. Corporate sponsors are billed annually for scholarship costs, which include stipend amounts paid to winners and nominal grants that are used to underwrite National $2500 Scholarships, for which all Finalists are considered. Certain sponsors also recognize Scholarship winners at a corporate special event and/or in the corporation’s publications. Amount: Varies by Corporation. Requirements: Varies by corporation.
22. Tylenol Scholarship Program
The Tylenol Scholarship program helps students who are pursuing careers in the medical field. Tylenol awards $5,000 and $10,000 scholarships (totaling $250,000) to forty students based on leadership qualities and academic performance. The Tylenol Scholarship Fund currently awards $250,000 in scholarships each year to students pursuing careers in healthcare. Requirements: Open to all students pursuing a career in healthcare.
23. Microsoft Scholarships
A Microsoft scholarship is for students wishing to pursue an undergraduate degree in computer science and related technical disciplines. Scholarship are offered to residents in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Microsoft offers four different types of technical scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year to current undergraduate students: General Scholarships, Women’s Scholarships, Minority Scholarships, and Scholarships for Students with Disabilities. The scholarships is for one academic year for either a full or partial scholarship. Full tuition scholarships will cover tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year as posted by the financial aid office at your college or university. Microsoft will make payments to the designated school, and they’re not transferable to other academic institutions. The scholarship is for tuition only. . Requirements: quality of application, interest in the software industry, commitment to leadership, and financial need. Eligibility, students must be enrolled full time in a bachelor’s degree program at a 4-year college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico at the time of submiting the application. An undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical discipline such as electrical engineering, math, or physics, and an interest in computer science. The scholarship is merit based, requiring maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0, or a 4.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 5.0.
24. Discover Card Scholarship Program
The Discover Scholarship Program awards up to $250,000 in scholarships annually to high school juniors nationwide to support continued education and training beyond high school. Since 1991, Discover has awarded more than $16 million in scholarships to nearly 6,500 students. Requirements: Any current high school junior who has at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale for 9th and 10th grades, demonstrates accomplishments in community service and leadership and has faced a significant roadblock or challenge. Up to 10 scholarships of $25,000 each are available. Scholarships may be used for any type of post-high school education or training, certification, licensing, two- or four-year trade and technical education or a two- or four-year college degree.
25. The Walton Family Foundation Scholarship
To qualify for The Walton Family Foundation Scholarship, student must: be the legal dependent of a full time Wal-Mart Associate employed for at least one year, be a senior, graduating high school or home school, or have a GED equivalency certificate, a minimum 22 ACT or 1030 SAT (Critical Reading + Math) score, be able to demonstrate financial need by required documents. Maximum Amount: $13000.
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