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Scholarships for high ability, low-income 7th graders

February 5, 2016 Leave a comment

High-achieving, seventh-grade students whose families have limited incomes are encouraged to apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars program. Applications are being accepted through April 14, 2016.

The Young Scholars program offers advisement and financial support from eighth grade through the end of high school. The scholarship pays for enrichment activities — such as summer camps, music lessons, and distance learning classes — for students who are academically solid and financially challenged. (Wondering what “financially challenged” means? Applicants must have adjusted family income of $95,000 or less, and the Foundation reports that the average family income of its scholars is $30,000 a year.)

Students must apply during their seventh-grade year. Those selected enter the program in eighth grade and continue as Young Scholars through high school. The Young Scholars program also is a pathway to the Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship program, which provides $40,000 per year for college.

The application package requires tax forms and teacher recommendations, so give yourself time to get everything together.

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Juried art competition for high-school students

January 26, 2016 Leave a comment

High-school students from the Atlanta area are invited to submit their artwork to the 2016 Atlanta High School Art Exhibition, a juried art competition that culminates in a showing at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival in April.

The AHSAE was established in the 1970s and now draws more than 700 entries per year. One hundred are selected to be shown at the festival. Students can win art supplies and scholarships.

The contest welcomes entries in a variety of mediums, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, pottery, computer graphics, and more. The work must have been created during the 2015-16 school year, either in school or as part of the school curriculum.

Interested students should start by talking to the art teacher at their high school to see about submitting through the school. If submission through the school is not possible, students may submit their work on their own.

The submissions deadline is Feb. 25, 2016.

Contest seeks artistic interpretations of ocean pollution

December 20, 2015 Leave a comment

bow seatMiddle- and high-school students are invited to take part in the 2016 Ocean Awareness Student Contest, which challenges young people to learn about the oceans and create a work of art that shows what the health of Earth’s oceans means to them.

Students may enter in one or more of four contest categories: visual art, poetry, prose, or film. All entries are due by June 13, 2016. Winners will be awarded cash prizes of up to $1,500.

Full contest details are available from the sponsoring organization, From The Bow Seat.

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship offers free application advice

October 11, 2015 Leave a comment

Jack Kent CookeI posted earlier this month about the Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship, which gives as much as $40,000 per year to help top-notch high school seniors pay for college. If you’re considering applying, the foundation will host a webinar this Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, at 7 p.m.

Foundation staff, along with current and past scholarship recipients, will give advice on how to prepare a strong application.

The webinar is free, but you must register in advance to participate.

Apply now for Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship

October 2, 2015 Leave a comment

Jack Kent Cooke The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program offers funds — up to $40,000 a year — to support the college ambitions of high-achieving students with financial need.

The scholarship, which can be renewed for up to four years, is available to high-school seniors who have GPAs of 3.5 or higher and have scored in the top 15 percent on the SAT or ACT.

According to the foundation’s web site, students whose families make up to $95,000 a year will be considered; however, most of the recipients will have family income low enough to qualify for a Pell Grant.

The first part of the application process is open now. There is no cost to apply. The Phase I application must be mailed in by November 3, 2015. Financial information, school records and teacher recommendations are required for the application, so allow yourself time to compile and complete the needed paperwork.

Scholarships to elite colleges for low-income, high-achieving students

July 29, 2015 Leave a comment

QuestBridgeLow-income students often don’t apply to our nation’s elite colleges, believing those prestigious campuses are out of their reach because of their families’ finances.

QuestBridge aims to change that with its National College Match program, which is now accepting applications from rising high-school seniors.

Students choose their top schools from three dozen highly respected universities, including Amherst, Dartmouth, Brown, Emory, MIT, Princeton and Stanford. The schools review the applicants, and if they want to admit a student who selected them, the student will receive a full scholarship to their school. If a match isn’t made with the applicant’s top choices, the student will still be considered by all participating universities and may receive significant financial aid.

The application deadline is Sept. 28, 2015. The application is extensive, requiring transcripts, letters of recommendation, and financial records, so you’ll want to get started now.

Writing contest open to Fulton County teens

July 8, 2015 Leave a comment

If you’re looking for a little motivation to get your teen writing this summer, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is running a writing contest with cash prizes.

The contest asks for essays of 250 words or less about a real-life hero who had an impact on the writer’s life.

Entrants must live in Fulton County or attend a Fulton County public school, and must be 12 to 18 years old. The submission deadline is August 1, 2015.

Full contest rules are available at the library’s web site.