Milton Fisher Scholarship

The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity is an annual four-year scholarship sponsored by the Renée B. Fisher Foundation and housed at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Four-year scholarships of varying amounts based on need are awarded to high school juniors and seniors, as well as college freshmen, from Connecticut and the New York City metropolitan area.

Since 2003, the Milton Fisher Scholarship has sought to reward students who have demonstrated exceptional originality in problem solving. In particular, applicants are those students who have:

* solved an artistic, scientific, or technical problem in new or unusual ways
* created a distinctive solution to a problem faced by a school, community, or family
* developed an original and innovative approach to save the environment or improve people’s health

Recipients are selected on the basis of their applications, which include essays and letters of recommendation. The deadline for applications varies each year but is often in early to mid-April. The complete application, as well as additional current information about this scholarship can be found at the official website.

The scholarship is named for Milton Fisher, an attorney and investment banker from New York City who made his home in Connecticut from 1960 until his death in 2001. He served on the boards of several public companies, and was the author several books, including two about Wall Street. His book Intuition: How to Use it in Your Life has been translated into several languages.

Additionally, he was also deeply devoted to the development of original thinking and creative processes. For over 25 years, he taught a unique course for adults called "Applied Creativity", which focused less on creativity as expressed in the arts (as it is often understood), and more on helping people be more creative in all aspects of their lives, developing creative problem-solving skills and innovative approaches to challenges they faced individually, or that faced their community.

Meyerhoff Scholarship Program

The Meyerhoff Scholarship Program was founded at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 1988 with a grant from the Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Foundation, under the guidance of future UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski III. It is focused on minority scholarship and awareness in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. The program has served as a model for fostering scholarship in the African American community. Female students of African American descent were admitted to the program as of its second year, and the program was opened up as a general scholarship with an emphasis on minority interests in 1997. This was widely viewed as preemptive action in response to the outcome of protracted litigation levied at the Benjamin Banneker Scholarship Program, the first scholarship of its kind to be ruled unconstitutional (though the University of Maryland, College Park did publicly contest the issue vigorously for years).

Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships was created by the Parliament of the United Kingdom when the Marshall Aid Commemoration Act was passed in 1953. The scholarships serve as a living gift to the United States of America in recognition of the post-World War II European Recovery Plan, commonly known as the Marshall Plan. The first class of Marshall Scholars, who began academic study in the fall of 1954, consisted of eight men and four women selected from a pool of 700 applicants. Currently, there are approximately 1,500 Marshall Scholar alumni, mostly residing in the United States.

Marshall Scholarships provide students with two fully-funded years of study, with a possible third-year extension, at any university in the United Kingdom and applicable to any field of study. Approximately 40 Scholars are selected each year. The majority of Scholars choose to attend either Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics, or one of the other major London institutions, but Scholars have attended a wide range of universities throughout the UK, many of which are ranked among the best in the world. In addition to pure academic pursuits, the program serves to provide future leaders of America with insight into the "British ideals and way of life" and to strengthen the "unique relationship" that exists between the United States and the United Kingdom. Each year, approximately four percent of university-endorsed applicants receive the scholarship, and applicants must have a GPA of 3.7 or higher to be eligible.

Lombardi Scholars Program

The Lombardi Scholars Program is a significant merit scholarship for students at the University of Florida. The scholarship offers around $3,000 a semester for a total of 8-10 semesters. The program was created in 2002 and named in honor of the university's ninth president, John V. Lombardi, who served from 1990 to 1999. Lombardi was one of the University of Florida's most popular and charismatic presidents, and directed the university during the 1990s, a time of unprecedented growth and achievement. While directing the state's flagship university, the size and quality of the student body grew, the faculty research grants increased, the national rankings steadily improved, the overall research expenditures doubled, and the university's endowment increased greatly.

Lifetime Learning Credit

The Lifetime Learning Credit, provided by 26 U.S.C. § 25A(b), is available to taxpayers who have incurred education expenses. For this credit to be claimed by a taxpayer, the student must attend school on at least a part-time basis. The credit can be claimed for education expenses incurred by the taxpayer, the taxpayer’s spouse, or the taxpayer’s dependent.

This credit allows for a 20% tax credit for first $10,000 of qualified tuition and expenses to be fully creditable against the taxpayer’s total tax liability. The maximum amount of the credit is $2000 per eligible student. The credit is available for net tuition and fees (less grant aid) paid for post-secondary enrollment. The credit is available on a per-taxpayer (family) basis, and is phased out at the same income levels as the Hope Scholarship Credit. The Lifetime Learning Credit is subject to some limitations. A taxpayer may not take both a Hope credit and a Lifetime Learning Credit for the same student in the same year. The credit is subject to a limitation designed to reserve the benefit to low to moderate income taxpayers. The credit amount is phased out gradually once a taxpayer’s gross income exceeds $47,000, and the credit is phased out entirely once a taxpayer’s gross income exceeds $57,000. These numbers are increased for taxpayers who file jointly to $94,000 and $114,000 respectively.

Kosciuszko Foundation

Kosciuszko Foundation is a charitable foundation based in New York City. It was created by Stephen Mizwa to fund programs that promote Polish-American intellectual and artistic exchange. The foundation provides scholarships and fellowships to Polish students, scholars, and artists who were invited for a research or educational stay by an institution of higher education in the United States. Several programs are also targeted at Polish musicians. Grants for U.S. citizens include research and study opportunities in Poland.

The foundation organizes cultural events for the Polish community. It is the largest public institution in North America dedicated solely to Polish art. Exhibitions are held that draw from the permanent collection of oils, watercolors, prints, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, tapestries and photographs. An annual Chopin Piano Competition showcases young talent.

The foundation sponsors and publishes the biggest Polish-American and American-Polish dictionary, known as Kosciuszko Foundation Dictionary and published in a book and CD-ROM format. The recent version, titled New Kosciuszko Foundation Dictionary was issued in 2003. Its editor-in-chief was a renowned Polish professor of English language.

Kennedy Scholarship

Kennedy Scholarships provide full funding for six to eight British post-graduate students to study at either Harvard or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Susan Hockfield, the sixteenth President of MIT, described the scholarship program as a way to "offer exceptional students unique opportunities to broaden their intellectual and personal horizons, in ways that are more important than ever in an era defined by global interaction. Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, set about creating a national British memorial in his memory. He consulted with Harold Wilson (the leader of the opposition), Sir David Ormsby-Gore (British Ambassador to the United States), Dean Rusk (United States Secretary of State) and the Kennedy family. It was agreed that Douglas-Home would establish a committee, chaired by Lord Franks (former British Ambassador to the United States of America), to make recommendations on the form of the memorial to President Kennedy.

The influential membership of the Franks Committee included:

1. Lord Franks - (chairman)
2. Lord Mayor of London
3. Lord Mayor of Belfast
4. Lord Mayor of Cardiff
5. Lord Provost of Edinburgh
7. Raymond Evershed, 1st Baron Evershed - Master of the Rolls (1949–1962), Law Lord
8. Roger Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield - Former British Ambassador to the United States of America (1953–1956)
9. Victor Feather - General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (1969–1973)
10. Lord Harcourt - Chairman of the Harkness Fellowship Trust
11. Sir Phillip de Zulueta - Foreign Affairs Private Secretary to Anthony Eden and Harold Macmillan
12. Oliver Lyttelton, 1st Viscount Chandos - former Secretary of State for the Colonies (1951–1954)
13. Margot Fontaine - Ballerina
14. John Freeman (politician) - British Ambassador to the United States of America (1969–1971)

Following wide consultation , Franks wrote to the Prime Minister to recommend that the memorial should be in two parts:-

1. A living memorial, in the form of a scholarship to attend either Harvard or MIT. This would assist to perpetuate the values and ideals of President Kennedy; act as a spur to closer Anglo-American relations; and develop future leaders in politics, academia, public service, business and law. Franks hoped that it would be “a Rhodes scholarship in reverse”.

These universities were selected for two reasons. Firstly they were located in Massachusetts, the State represented by President Kennedy when a junior Senator and the home state of the Kennedy family. Secondly, President Kennedy had attended Harvard.

2. A permanent memorial site in Runnymede, England, the site of the Magna Carta. This location was chosen because it was regarded as the birthplace of British Liberty.

The recommendations of the committee were agreed and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Act 1964 was passed into legislation to enact and manage the two memorials.

Kellogg Foundation for Education in International Relations

In 1937 Frank B. Kellogg established for Carleton College the Frank B. Kellogg Foundation for Education in International Relations with a $500,000 endowment. Kellogg was a trustee of the college at the time. The endowment initially funded two full-time professors and one half-time professor, and provided scholarships for six students: four at Carleton College and two Carleton students studying abroad.

Kellett Fellowship

The Euretta J. Kellett Fellowship is a prestigious prize awarded to two graduating seniors a year at Columbia College, the main undergraduate school of Columbia University. The prize enables up to two years of study at either Oxford or Cambridge Universities in the United Kingdom.

John Jay Scholar

John Jay Scholar is the term applied to the undergraduates at Columbia University deemed most outstanding by the admissions committee. The honor is bestowed upon acceptance.

Jefferson Scholars Foundation

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation provides a full tuition scholarship program benefiting select undergraduate and graduate students at The University of Virginia and has been named as one of the two leading scholarship programs in the country. Named after Thomas Jefferson, the University's founder and visionary, the Foundation aims to "identify, attract, and nurture individuals of extraordinary intellectual range and depth who possess the highest qualities of leadership, scholarship, and citizenship." In addition to funding tuition and fees, the scholarship program provides undergraduates with extensive programming including an introductory outdoor weekend, international travel, a summer leadership and citizenship institute, internships and an extensive speaker series. Founded in the 1980-1981 academic year by the Board of Managers of the University of Virginia Alumni Association, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation was a product of the "board’s desire to put in place a tangible program that would reflect the educational ideals of Thomas Jefferson." The first class yielded twelve scholars who graduated in 1985.

In time, the Foundation worked to increase the size of incoming Jefferson Scholar classes. The regional competitions increased from just a few to the 50 that presently exist. The number of nominees has grown to over 900 each year, and volunteer committee participation utilizes roughly 700 U.Va. alumni who participate in the nomination and selection process.

Undergraduate Selection Process

For aspiring Jefferson Scholars, the selection process can be quite rigorous. Students attending one of the more than 3,000 eligible secondary schools in the US must be nominated by their respective institution. Each secondary school is assigned to one of 53 regional areas across the United States which serve to select finalists in the competition. The regional selection process, executed by committees of UVA alumni, varies and can include three levels of selection (an application and up to two interviews) to determine any finalists. These individuals are then brought to Charlottesville for the finalist selection weekend. Students not attending an eligible secondary school or students living outside one of the established regions (including international students) are automatically considered for the finalist weekend based on their UVA application and selected by a separate panel. All finalist expenses for the selection weekend, including travel, are paid for by the Foundation.

In 2009, over 1000 nominations were made by secondary schools; 100 of these students were selected for the finalist weekend.

Usually taking place in March, the finalist weekend is actually an exhaustive four-day experience allowing students the opportunity to exhibit their strengths. While some time is dedicated to informative activities concerning UVA and a specialized tour of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, the majority of the weekend is spent on activities where individual merits may be judged. Judges utilize a math & logic exam, a written essay, two sets of faculty moderated panel discussions based on readings provided before the weekend, and a final interview with a panel of judges to select a class. Of the finalists, a class of around 30 students is selected, representing less than 3% of those originally nominated.

Finalists at the selection weekend are guaranteed admission to the University of Virginia regardless of the committee's decision and those not offered a scholarship are provided a smaller, one-time monetary award. The University has seen success in retaining students nominated for (but not awarded) the Jefferson Scholarship. In recent years, approximately nine percent of the incoming first year class were nominees from their respective secondary school.

Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship

The Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship is a competitive academic grant made each year to fifteen undergraduates nominated by 10 affiliated New York City colleges which provides successive summer internships for three years, stipends, mentoring, and seminars. The fellowship is a program of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, named after the wife of IBM founder Thomas J. Watson. Jeanette K. Watson Fellows intern at not-for-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and for-profit organization in New York in their first two Watson summers. In their third summer, they typically intern in overseas offices of such organizations as the Institute of International Education, Save the Children, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, as well as community based organizations in such countries as India, South Africa, and Ghana.

The Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship is associated with six divisions of the City University of New York -- Lehman College, Hunter College, the City College of New York, Queens College, Brooklyn College, and the College of Staten Island. It is also affiliated with four independent colleges -- Marymount Manhattan College; Pace University Manhattan; Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus; and the College of Mount Saint Vincent. The Fellowship was established by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation in 1999. It was shaped by its founding Director, the late Alice Stone Ilchman, former President of Sarah Lawrence College who was succeeded as Director in 2006 by Frank Wolf, Dean of the School of Continuing Education Emeritus at Columbia University.

J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board was established by Congress for the purpose of supervising the Fulbright Program and certain programs authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act and for the purpose of selecting students, scholars, teachers, trainees, and other persons to participate in the educational exchange programs.

Appointed by the President of the United States, the 12-member Board meets quarterly in Washington, D.C. The Board establishes worldwide policies and procedures for the Program and issues an annual report on the state of the Program. The Board maintains a close relationship with both the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the executive directors of all the binational Fulbright Commissions. The office within ECA is headed by Executive Director Pat Kern Schaefer.

ITT International Fellowship Program

The ITT International Fellowship Program was a program of grants promoting international educational student exchanges, similar to the Fulbright Program, sponsored by the International Telephone & Telegraph Corporation. The program was administered by the Institute of International Education from 1973 until the mid 1980s. Between 1973 and 1982, 498 students received ITT fellowships: 244 American students who went abroad for a year of study, and 254 non-US students who came to the US, usually to pursue a master's degree. Graduate students were also awarded this fellowship from 1983-1986. During this time, the fellowship was administered in conjunction with the Fulbright Program. It was considered especially prestigious at the time, because it provided students with more funding than the Fulbright Program.

IDEAL Scholars Fund

The Initiative for Diversity in Education and Leadership (IDEAL) Scholars Fund, a program of the Level Playing Field Institute, was founded in 2001 by a group of University of California, Berkeley alumni, including Freada Klein. Its mission is to "invest in high-caliber, underrepresented students by providing resources and support to maximize their educational experiences and leadership opportunities during college and beyond. IDEAL works with African American, Hispanic, and Native American undergraduates at the University of California, Berkeley."

Past IDEAL scholarships have ranged from $2,000 to $8,500 for an academic year. In addition to the scholarship, IDEAL provides enrichment services:

* Summer internships (examples include U.S. Representative Barbara Lee's office, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco General Hospital/UCSF, Centro Legal de la Raza)
* Annual leadership retreat
* Bi-monthly meetings
* Computer loan program
* Tutors (if needed)

As part of the IDEAL community, students have ready access to IDEAL staff and other scholars for support issues. Scholars are also encouraged to work with U.C. Berkeley staff and faculty partners who help students navigate through campus challenges.

Hughes Scholar

The Hughes Scholarship was offered by Hughes Aircraft Company, a major aerospace and defense contractor, to exceptionally well qualified employees seeking to complete an undergraduate degree in the sciences. Participants in the program were called Hughes Scholars. Only a small number of such scholarships were ever awarded before the program was discontinued following the sale of the company to General Motors by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 1985.

Several current programs, each called the Hughes Scholars Program, exist at a number of undergraduate universities and are funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The Hughes Scholars Program (HSP) is described at the University of San Diego as "designed to increase the number of first generation, low-income, ethnic and cultural groups historically underrepresented to pursue careers in biological/medical/bioengineering fields."

At least one other program by a similar name exists. It describes itself this way: "The HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program, also known as the Cloister Program, was established in 1985 to give outstanding students at U.S. medical schools the opportunity to receive research training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland."

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is a nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Virginia, that was founded in 1947 to honor the achievements of outstanding Americans who have succeeded in spite of adversity and to emphasize the importance of higher education. The association is named for Horatio Alger, a 19th century author of hundreds of dime novels in the "rags-to-riches" genre, extolling the importance of perseverance and hard work.

The association gives the annual Horatio Alger Award to exemplars of its ideals. It also grants scholarships, and describes itself as the largest provider of need-based scholarships in the United States. All scholarships are funded by the generosity of the members of the Horatio Alger Association.

Hope Scholarship Fund

The Hope Scholarship Fund is an United States non-profit organization whose mission is to "remove barriers inherent in poverty to provide hope and opportunities for a better quality of life through education to children in developing countries." The organization, which is involved with schools in China and Kenya, sponsors students and leads service projects to ensure that children in poverty-stricken areas have the opportunity to receive proper educations. In the summer of 2005, the organization's founder, Ted Mooncai, went on a trip to teach English to students at the Pang Liu Elementary School, a rural school near Xi'an, China. His experiences on this trip inspired him to take action to fight against the widespread poverty he saw:

The living conditions and extreme poverty were shocking. Meeting children who only get to eat one meal a day is an eye-opening experience for an affluent, well-sheltered sophomore attending a private high school in the States. Soon, I grew fond of the kids and wanted to give them what they hoped for in life--opportunities I took for granted. Their excitement towards their ambitions was contagious. It was distressing to me that their goals would be unobtainable--without additional help.

As I got further invested in helping, I learned about the problem with migrant students in China. Over 20 million school age children, 40% of whom are living under the poverty line, have been relocated from their rural villages to the outskirts of cities so their parents can find jobs in the city. Since public schools in China only enroll students with urban residential permits, these kids are excluded. As a result, the children face the threat of illiteracy and continued deprivation of opportunities. I founded The Hope Scholarship Fund to give children of families caught in the cycle of poverty the opportunity to pursue the life they wish to live. The student's drive and natural abilities, rather than their poverty, will be what determines the career path they can take.

Hodson Trust Scholarship

The Hodson Trust Scholarship is a 4-year merit based scholarship offered to roughly 20 incoming freshman at Johns Hopkins University each year.

The scholarship is given for "academic and personal achievement, leadership, and contribution" and provides $26,500 a year, if the recipient keeps a GPA of 3.0 or above. Students who receive the scholarship are automatically chosen from the applicant pool – no outside application is needed. The scholars are selected yearly from a pool of over 16,000 applicants to the university.

The scholarship is funded by the Hodson Trust, which also heavily donates to Johns Hopkins University and funds scholarships for other Maryland schools. The Hodson Trust has given the university over $72 million since 1958.

Bill Conley, the Dean of Enrollment and Services for Johns Hopkins University, has described the scholarship and trust as “The Hodson Trust enables us to look at the cream of admitted students and encourage their enrollment. Our pool of candidates is as strong as any pool at any school. These scholarships give us an opportunity to shape the class, and are a tremendous inducement for the students to choose Hopkins...The fact of the matter is that we have a very low scholarship endowment relative to our peers, and what scholarship dollars we have are a critical tool in the recruitment and retention of students.”

The scholarship has been a topic of debate at times in the student community.

Hispanic College Fund

Hispanic College Fund, Inc. (HCF) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prepare the next generation of Hispanic professionals. It serves primarily high school and college students.

The Hispanic College Fund Pipeline

High School Programs: Each year, the Hispanic College Fund hosts the Hispanic Youth Institute, which kicks off with the Hispanic Youth Symposium, a summer college residency program for high school students. During the Symposium, students spend three days on a local college campus, attending college prep workshops, developing relationship with professional and near-peer mentors and planning their academic and professional futures. Once the Symposium concludes, student participants are enrolled in year-round programming provided by the Institute, which helps them create a college-going culture in their high schools.

College Programs: The organization was founded in 1993 and awards approximately $2 million in scholarships to students from across the United States. Seventy percent of students who receive scholarships from the Hispanic College Fund are the first in their family to attend college. The median household income of scholarship recipients is $21,500.

The Hispanic College Fund also administers NASA's Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology program, which provides scholarships and academic support to underserved students pursuing STEM careers.

Young Professionals Programs: The Hispanic Professionals Institute brings dozens of HCF's top scholars to Washington, DC each year for intensive professional development training. Students attend resume writing and personal branding workshops, participate in mock interviews with HR professionals in their field of choice, and take part in other activities that help them prepare to enter the career world.

Awards and Recognition:

In 2007 USA Today named the Hispanic College Fund as one of the Top 25 Charities in the United States. During 2007 and 2009, the Hispanic College Fund also received a 4-star rating (out of a possible four stars) from Charity Navigator , America’s largest independent evaluator of charities. In 2010, HCF's Hispanic Youth Institute was recognized with the College Board's College CompactKeys award, which acknowledges the program for innovation in helping students prepare for college.

Today HCF is funded through personal and corporate contributions from some of the best-known companies in America, including Estée Lauder Companies, The Ford Motor Company Fund, General Dynamics, Marriott International, Lockheed Martin and Sodexo.

HCF annually hosts a gala to recognize its sponsors and scholarship winners. The "Portraits of Success" gala attracts upwards of 500 attendees. Past keynote speakers have included Virginia Governor Tim Kaine , Chairman & CEO of Marriott International, Bill Marriott and U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman, Orrin Hatch, Kay Bailey Hutchison and Mel Martinez.

Henry Luce Scholar

Henry Luce Scholar is a recipient of a cultural exchange and vocational fellowship sponsored by The Henry Luce Foundation, a private foundation established by Time, Inc. founder Henry R. Luce. Founded in 1974, The Luce Scholars Program provides stipends and internships for eighteen young Americans to live and work in Asia each year. The program's purpose is to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society.

Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program. Candidates must be American citizens who have received at least a bachelors degree and are no more than 29 years old on September 1 of the year they enter the program. Nominees should have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment.

Luce Scholar candidates may be nominated by one of over 70 colleges and universities. Applications are submitted by eligible institutions in early November. The Luce Foundation cannot accept applications submitted directly to the foundation.

After interviews with the foundation's staff, finalists meet with one of three selection panels who choose the eighteen Luce Scholars. Placements and support services for the Luce Scholars are provided by the Asia Foundation, an organization with field offices throughout Asia. The program begins in August and concludes the following July. The 2010-2011 Luce Scholars competition attracted interest from 159 candidates, a record number of nominations representing 63 participating institutions.

Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually any field other than Asian studies; including medicine, the arts, business, law, science, environmental studies, and journalism. Placements can be made in the following countries in East and Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, China and Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Hathaway scholarship

Hathaway scholarships are scholarships designed to provide an incentive for Wyoming students to prepare for and pursue postsecondary education within the State of Wyoming.

The program consists of four separate merit scholarships, each with specific eligibility requirements, and a need-based scholarship for eligible students which supplements the merit awards.

Hathaway Merit Scholarships became available for eligible recipients beginning with the class of 2006 for the 2006 fall semester.

Funding: 80% of the funds appropriated for the Hathaway Scholarship Program are for the Hathaway Merit Scholarships and 20% of the funds are for Hathaway Need-Based Scholarships.

Hathaway scholarships are for attendance at the Wyoming postsecondary eligible institutions.

Eligible institutions

* Casper College(CC), Casper;
* Central Wyoming College (CWC), Riverton;
* Eastern Wyoming College (EWC), Torrington;
* Laramie County Community College (LCCC), Cheyenne;
* Northwest College (NWC), Powell;
* Sheridan College (SC), Sheridan;

* University of Wyoming (UW), Laramie;

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a federal scholarship granted to U.S. college juniors for demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to public service. According to the Washington Post, the Truman Scholarship's "sole aim is to pick out people with potential to become leaders—then provide support to help them realize their aspirations."

Congress created the scholarship in 1975 as a living memorial to the 33rd president of the United States. Instead of a statue, the Truman Scholarship is the official federal memorial to its namesake president. On May 30, 1974, Senator Stuart Symington of Missouri sponsored S.3548, formally titled "A bill to establish the Harry S. Truman Memorial Scholarships." Symington held the same Class 1 Senate seat that Truman had held from 1935-1945 before becoming Vice President. The Senate passed the bill on August 2, and the House followed suit on December 17. Two similar House bills, H.R.15138 sponsored by William J. Randall of Missouri and H.R.17481 sponsored by James G. O'Hara of Michigan, were set aside in favor of Symington's bill.

The bill was signed by President Gerald Ford and enacted as Public Law 93-642 on January 4, 1975 and entered the as United States Statutes at Large as 88 Stat. 2276-2280, and the United States Code as 20 U.S.C. 2001-2013. It now operates as Program 85.001, governed by 45 CFR 1801 as published in the Code of Federal Regulations in the Federal Register. The scholarship is awarded to approximately 60-65 U.S. college juniors each year on the basis of four criteria. service on campus and in the community, commitment to a career in public service (government, uniformed services, research, education, or public interest/advocacy organizations), communication ability and aptitude to be a "change agent," and academic talent that would assure acceptance to a first-rate graduate school. More broadly, Truman Scholars possess intellect, leadership skills, and passion that would make them a likely force for the public good in any field. Candidates are selected after completing a written application and a finalist interview. Roughly six hundred to seven hundred students are nominated by their college or university and up to 60 are selected. Schools can nominate up to four students as well as up to three transfer students. No particular career, service interest, or policy field is preferred during the process. Each year, the Truman Scholarship is awarded to one or two students from institutions that have never had a Truman Scholar. Scholars currently receive an award of $30,000 going toward up to three years of graduate education leading to a career in the public service. Winners also benefit from a network of other scholars through the Truman Scholars Association and lasting friendship, which is encouraged by the Truman Scholars Leadership Week at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, during which newly minted scholars collaborate on policy projects. Following their senior year, more than half of scholars accept a 10-week Summer Institute internship in Washington, D.C., which features additional professional development training. Of this group, a small number continue federal agency internships for a full year as part of the Truman Albright Fellows program.

Certain graduate and professional schools give some degree of priority and funding to applicants who are Truman Scholars. Truman Scholars are exempt from taking the written section of the U.S. Foreign Service Exam.

Harkness Fellowship

The Harkness Fellowships (previously known as the Commonwealth Fund Fellowships) are a programme run by the Commonwealth Fund of New York City. They were established to reciprocate the Rhodes Scholarships and enable Fellows from several countries to spend time studying in the United States. The many notable alumni listed below include the president of the International Court of Justice; a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge; the controller of BBC Radio 4; the editor of the Sunday Times; directors of the Medical Research Council, the London School of Economics and the General Medical Council; and a vice-president of Microsoft. Harkness Fellows in Health Care Policy & Practice spend a year conducting research at American institutions such as Harvard University, Columbia University, Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, Kaiser Permanente, or the Veterans Health Administration. They gain an in-depth understanding of the U.S. health care system and policy challenges, enhance their research skills, and develop contacts and opportunities for ongoing international collaboration.

In addition, Fellows attend a programme of seminars during the year:

* September: Orientation and Qualitative Research Methodology Workshop
* November: International Symposium on Healthcare Policy, bringing together Health Ministers from Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States
* February: Washington Policy Briefing held on Capitol Hill with members of the United States Congress and senior government officials
* May: Canadian Policy Briefing on Federal and provincial health
* June: Final Reporting Seminar and the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting
The programme is funded and administered by the Commonwealth Fund of New York City, with additional support for some Fellows coming from external bodies[3], namely:

* B. Braun Stiftung[4] and Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany)
* Canadian Health Services Research Foundation[5] (Canada)
* Careum Foundation[6] (Switzerland)
* Nuffield Trust and the National Institute for Health Research (UK)
* The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (Netherlands)

HOPE Scholarship

The HOPE Scholarship Program (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) created in 1993 under the supervision of Georgia Governor Zell Miller, is a merit-based higher education scholarship that is funded entirely by revenue from the Georgia Lottery and is administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC). As of 2006, more than $3 billion in scholarships had been awarded to more than 900,000 Georgia students. The program is entirely merit-based, meaning that a student's ability to pay for his or her own education is not a factor in determining if he or she receives it. Previously, traditional-college-age students whose family income exceeded $100,000 per year were disqualified from the program.

To receive HOPE Scholarship funding, students must meet one of the following academic requirements:

* Graduate from a HOPE-eligible high school with a 3.0 grade point average for college preparatory diploma or a 3.2 grade point average for other diploma types.
* Complete a HOPE eligible home study program with a 3.0 grade point average.
* For all Georgia high school graduates who begin their high school careers during or after the 2008-2009 school year must graduate with a 3.0 grade point average.

* Graduate from an eligible high school, complete an eligible home study program, or earn a GED, and score in the national composite 85th percentile or higher on the SAT or ACT tests.

* Graduate from an ineligible high school or complete an ineligible home study program, and then earn a 3.0 grade point average on 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level coursework. This option allows for payment of the first 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours after they are taken.

* Earn a 3.0 grade point average at the college level on degree coursework after attempting 30, 60, or 90 semesters hours or 45, 90, or 135 quarter hours, regardless of high school graduation status.

And all of the following other requirements.

* Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at an eligible public or private college or university or technical college in Georgia.

* Meet HOPE's Georgia residency requirements.

* Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements.

* Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements.

* Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990. A student may be ineligible for HOPE payment if he or she has been convicted for committing certain felony offenses involving marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs.

* Not be in default or owe a refund on a student financial aid program.

* Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college.

The scholarship pays full tuition, a $150 per semester (100 per quarter) textbook allowance, and most mandatory student fees for the recipient to attend any public college in the University System of Georgia, up until the semester in which the student attempts his or her 127th credit hour for semesters or 190th for quarters in the Technical College System of Georgia (where it is called the HOPE Grant). For HOPE recipients who attend private colleges in Georgia, an equivalent amount is applied toward tuition, currently $3,500 per year.

In 2005, a decrease in lottery revenue led to questions about whether sufficient funding would be available to continue offering the scholarship in its present form. Several suggestions were made to decrease the program's costs, including tying the scholarship to standardized test scores or checking students' college GPAs more frequently to avoid paying tuition for students who had dipped below 3.0. Political rivals of Governor Sonny Perdue criticized his management of the program, and HOPE's future became an important state political issue. Much of that year's debate was rendered moot when lottery sales increased the next year.

Goodwill Scholarships

Goodwill Scholarships are college-level scholarships created and fully funded starting in 2003 by two private citizens in Prince William County, Virginia, to aid international students who study at the Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC).

Unlike most other scholarships available to students at American colleges, the Goodwill awards are limited to international students who have a 3.0 academic average and a demonstrated financial need. However, students being considered for awards do not need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form that is commonly required of U.S. citizens.

Normally, two students are recognized annually for these awards. The scholarship program is administered by the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation, an adjunct to NVCC.

The Golden Apple Foundation

The Golden Apple Foundation was established in 1985 to honor and recognize those teachers in the state of Illinois who were the best in their field. Each year ten teachers receive the award and are recognized as Golden Apple Fellows. To give the teachers the respect that they had earned through their hard work the organization presented the ceremony as a formal "black tie" event in which they focused on the positive effect the teachers had in the life of their students. Three years after their initial creation the foundation created their Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program. Since their inception over twenty years ago the foundation has grown to include many other programs, many of which are well known around the midwest and the entire country. Because all children deserve excellent teachers, the Golden Apple Foundation advances the teaching profession by: Recognizing excellent teachers Leveraging their thinking and efforts to improve education Recruiting and preparing prospective teachers with a special emphasis on schools of need Providing teachers access to innovative resources[2]
[edit] The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois

Requirements

Applicants can apply in April their junior year of High school until November their senior year of high school. They are asked several questions and need to respond in essay form. Applicants also have to turn in their ACT scores and high school transcripts. If these applicants are accepted into the scholars program, they will be known as traditional Golden Apple scholars. Applicants who are sophomores in college may also apply to the scholarship, these scholars are known as Pathway Scholars.

Selection/Application process

Applicants are requested to write seven essays about their desire to teach. Golden Apple award winners and directors read the applicant essays; the selection process is then narrowed down to an interview with the Golden Apple Fellows and directors. From there, the Golden Apple scholars are selected and attend an orientation and reception in honor of their accomplishment. The scholars then learn about what the Golden Apple Foundation has in store for their future.

Participating Schools and Universities

The Golden Apple Scholarship is a financial assist to students who want to teach for a career. Applying scholars must attend one of 53 college or universities listed below:
Augustana College
Aurora University
Benedictine University
Blackburn College
Bradley University
Chicago State University
Columbia College Chicago
Concordia University
DePaul University
Eastern Illinois University
Elmhurst College
Eureka College
Governors State University
Greenville College
Illinois College
Illinois Institute of Technology
Illinois State University
Illinois Wesleyan University
Judson University
Kendall College
Knox College
Lake Forest College
Lewis University
Loyola University Chicago
MacMurray College
McKendree College
Millikin University
Monmouth College
National-Louis University
North Central College
North Park University
Northeastern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University
Northwestern University
Olivet Nazarene University
Quincy University
Rockford College
Roosevelt University
Saint Xavier University
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Trinity Christian College
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Springfield
University of St. Francis
VanderCook College of Music
Western Illinois University
Wheaton College

Financial Aid

The scholarship gives financial aid for tuition with 2,500 per year for the first two years of college. Then for the last two years, the scholars receive 5,000 per year. Scholars who commit to teaching in areas of higher need may receive an additional $5,000. The scholarship requires that the perspective teacher commit to a school of need. The scholar must participate in the summer institute program at Depaul University and at Elmhurst College.
[edit] Scholars' Commitment as Students

Summer Institute

Scholars must commit five weeks of their first two collegiate summers to the summer institute program. Scholars attend DePaul University in Lincoln Park, Chicago for the five-week program and receive a $2000 stipend to attend the program. The summer institute program begins with introductions to the program and scheduled course work. It is the first week containing inclusive experiences, for example, team building activities with Reflective Seminar colleagues and friends. The first week entails regular classes such as College Success 101, Ethical Fitness, and Homeroom, these classes are taught by Golden Apple Fellows and teachers of recognition. In the following weeks of summer institute, the scholars are assigned to forty different Chicago public or private school sites. Scholars report to the bus at 6:30 every morning and come back at 12:00 in the afternoon. From there scholars have a lunch break until 1:00 and then attend their scheduled courses. They may or may not have assignments in those courses. The assignments are optional, however, the foundation highly recommends the scholars choose to complete the assignments. Every scholar is assigned a Reflective Seminar time and Golden Apple Fellow, where they discuss the teaching techniques they observe on the school site. They also talk amongst their colleagues about current events and how they would apply to a classroom setting. In Reflective, scholars listen to each other’s experience in the classroom and give feedback to each other to reflect upon and use in the classroom. Scholars do have free time where they may form bonds and schedule events together in the city of Chicago. The program ends in the fifth week with a closing ceremony, where scholars remember their experiences and tell them to parents and other scholars.

Third summer

After the scholars go to summer institute for two summers, they then have a choice of how they spend their summer. Some scholars go overseas to help children in need; for example in Africa, there are scholars going to camps and helping those children. Other scholars choose to work at a summer day camp in their area or they choose to go to an overnight camp. In order to receive the same 2000-dollar stipend scholars must be at an overnight camp away from their hometown. The scholars still receive pay from their summer camp employers and from the Golden Apple foundation. If the scholar chooses to work in a summer day camp near their house then they will receive the camp’s pay and $1000 from Golden Apple.

Fourth summer

During the fourth summer of a scholar’s collegiate career, they will attend Elmhurst College in Elmhurst. Here they will also receive the $2000 dollar stipend for attending. The scholars go through mock interviews with real principals and learn how to represent themselves during a school interview. They also get preparation for student teaching.

Pathways

Scholars who applied during their sophomore year of college do attend the summer institute for two summers; this is because their first summer going into college as already passed. Pathway scholars also go straight from summer institute to the traditional fourth summer at Elmhurst. They do not have a third summer option to spend in a camp over seas.

Scholar's Commitment After Graduation

Scholars must commit five years out of eight years graduation from college to teaching in a school of need. A school of need is defined as falling under two categories: Economic Need and Academic Need.

Economic Need

Scholars may go to http://iirc.niu.edu/ and determine if a school is on the economic need list. If the school’s percentage of low-income students is greater than or equal to 30% then the school is to be considered as a school of need.

Academic Need

Also on the IIRC website the scholar can determine whether or not the school is on the academic need list. If the school’s test results show a combined percentage of students who met or were above state standards is less than or equal to 60% in two subject areas, then that school is considered a school of academic need.

Consequences

Scholars need to maintain a grade point average of 2.5 to continue to receive financial aid in tuition. A scholar is given a chance to redeem themselves with academic probation for one semester of school, after that semester if the cumulative grade point average is not at a 2.5 or higher the scholar no longer receives financial aid. Scholars who do not fulfill the commitment of teaching in a school of need for five years with in the eight year time span, will have to pay back the scholarship to the Golden Apple foundation.

"CORE"

The acronym CORE stands for the "Center for Ongoing Renewal and Enrichment". The program was created to offer development, both personal and professional, for Golden Apple Scholars.It is a chance for friendship and professional growth among ones peers.
The four to five day conference is organized, planned and run by The Golden Apple Foundation. They plan the various events in an effort to meet the needs of classroom teachers.These conferences are open to all teaching professionals, it provides seminars and fosters team building exercises, time for thought, and exchange of teaching techniques to enhance each teachers classroom.

TEN

The acronym TEN stands for "Teaching Excellence Network". Golden Apple created this program to provide a free and easily accessible professional community for great teachers and teachers striving to become great.TEN serves as a place for thoughtful discussion about classroom practice, education policy activism, and educational philosophy. At TEN both new and experienced teachers can encounter discussions that will educate, inspire, and better them as teachers. To do this the site features various discussion boards, and blogs that are free for any teacher to comment on.[3][4]

GATE Consultancy

The GATE consultancy, once know as the GATE Program, is an alternative pathway to teacher preparation. It is primarily run by those who have received awards from the Golden Apple Foundation. The program has attracted a number of business professional into the teaching profession. By including business professionals the program is able to incorporate their differing experiences in the corporate world into the classroom.
The GATE program is highly selective and intensive, seeking adults who have received only certain degrees from established colleges and universities. After completing the program the few individuals selected will be recommended for teacher certification, and then have the ability to teach in a classroom.

Gates Scholarship

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships were established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 with a $210 million endowment to enable outstanding graduate students from outside the United Kingdom to study at the University of Cambridge. The awardees are given funding for postgraduate study at the University for at least one year, but no more than four. The award includes all tuition costs and a maintenance allowance. The first scholars arrived at Cambridge in October 2001, and the Scholarship celebrated its 10th anniversary in July 2010.

The Gates Scholarships are similar in structure to Oxford University's Rhodes Scholarships, although the Gates Scholarships are much younger and are awarded through a more centralized though similarly competitive selection process. Their duration is also more flexible, as the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships generally only last for two years (sometimes three). Applicants from any country other than the United Kingdom are eligible for the scholarships. In the first 10 years of the program, 985 individuals from 92 different countries have been awarded scholarships. By statute, approximately 40% of scholars can come from the USA.[1] In practice, 43.9% of the first 985 Gates Scholars have come from the USA. Other major sources of scholars have been India (6%), Germany (6%), Australia (4%), Canada (4%), and China (3%).

The Cambridge Gates Trust aims to maintain about 200 Scholars in residence at any time, which leads to slight fluctuations in newly awarded scholarships from year to year. Between 80 and 100 new Gates Scholars are elected each year from a pool of c. 8,000 applicants. The Trustees are required to award scholarships on the basis of a person's intellectual ability, leadership capacity and desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others.

Goals

In establishing the scholarship, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hoped to create a network of future leaders from around the world who would bring new vision and commitment to improving the life circumstances of citizens in their respective countries. Over time, it is anticipated that Gates Cambridge Scholars will become leaders in helping to address global problems related to health, equity, technology, and learning - all areas in which the Foundation is deeply engaged.

Gates Scholars organizations

In 2002, the Gates Scholars self-organized and elected a student committee titled "The Gates Scholars' Council". The Council aims to represent the Gates Scholars at Cambridge and to build a scholar community interwoven into the fabric of the University. In cooperation with the Gates Cambridge Trust, the University and various academic and professional organizations, the council organizes a number of successful academic, social and professional events that have distinguished and built the reputation of the Gates Scholars at Cambridge University. The scholarship is particularly known for it strong academic and social community at Cambridge.

In 2005, the scholars once again self-organized to create the Gates Scholars Alumni Association. This association aims to build upon the friendships and contacts that were first made at Cambridge and to bridge the gap between the different generations of scholars. It is an active and growing organization, with members dispersed all over the world.

Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program, including the Fulbright-Hays Program, is a program of competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. Under the Fulbright Program, U.S. citizens are eligible to go abroad, and non-U.S. citizens are eligible to come to the United States.

The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide, operating in over 155 countries.[1] Forty-three Fulbright alumni have won Nobel Prizes (including two in 2010, Peter A. Diamond and Ei-ichi Negishi) and seventy-eight have won Pulitzer Prizes.[2] More Nobel laureates are former Fulbright recipients than any other award program.[citation needed]

The program was established to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills.

The Fulbright Program provides 8,000 grants annually to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university lecturing, and classroom teaching. The program is active in over 155 countries in all world regions. As of 2010, 300,000 persons - 114,000 from the United States and 188,000 from other countries - have participated in the program since it began.

In each of 50 countries, a bi-national Fulbright Commission administers and oversees the Fulbright Program. In countries without a Fulbright Commission but that have an active program, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy oversees the Fulbright Program.

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the Fulbright Program from an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress. Additional direct and in-kind support comes from partner governments, foundations, corporations, and host institutions both in and outside the U.S.

Fulbright Award

The Fulbright Award is a scholarship awarded as part of the Fulbright Program to foster international research and collaboration. The program also awards a fellowship to Ph.D.'s to lecture and teach in foreign universities. Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. Programs also bring foreign scholars to the United States and succeed in developing mutual understanding and access worldwide in the international academic and professional communities.

The program makes a number of awards at undergraduate, postgraduate, post-doctoral and Fellowship levels. Fulbrights are prestigious, career-enhancing awards. They also confer special status on winners during their year of foreign study, as outstanding, officially-recognized representatives of their country. Famous Fulbright recipients include Thomas R. Pickering, John Lithgow, Hedwig Gorski, Sylvia Plath, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Charles Kennedy, and Renée Fleming.

Created through the efforts of US Senator J. William Fulbright, for over 60 years the Fulbright Program has been promoting peace and understanding through educational exchange. It is one of the most prestigious award programmes worldwide, operating in 144 countries and with 51 commissions. More Fulbright alumni have won Nobel Prizes than those of any other academic program, including two in 2010.

Friends of Mongolia

Friends of Mongolia (FOM) is a US-registered, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization registered in Mongolia and the United States. Friends of Mongolia is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, and developmental purposes. Friends of Mongolia exists to develop partnerships with the people of Mongolia in furtherance of cultural exchange and human development. It is affiliated with the National Peace Corps Association, but membership is open to anyone with an interest in Mongolia. Friends of Mongolia was established in 1999 by returned Peace Corps volunteers who had served in Mongolia.

Governance

Friends of Mongolia's operations are overseen by a board of directors who are elected for three year terms and managed by officers (two Co-coordinators, Treasurer, Communications Coordinator, and Membership Coordinator) who are elected annually. A Mongolia Country Representative and Deputy Country Representative are appointed by the board to oversee activities in Mongolia.

Programs

FOM Scholarship Program

The FOM Scholarship was established in 2006, with the aim of assisting young male students from rural communities with high academic potential and financial need to attend post-secondary institutions across Mongolia. The program specifically stipulated that all applicants be male and living outside of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital city. The reason for this unique requirement was what is referred to as "Mongolia's reverse gender gap." Often rural males are left behind in education because of social and economic demands in the countryside. In fact, according to the National Statistics on Gender in Mongolia, in 2005 only 39% of students enrolled in institutions of higher education were male.[1] Successful applicants were awarded one-year full tuition scholarships.

Matthew Girvin Scholarship Fund

In 2006 FOM began working with Inland Northwest Community Foundation, UNICEF and the Mongolian Youth Development Foundation (MYDF) to help facilitate the distribution of the Matthew Girvin Scholarship Fund. This fund 'was created in memory of Matthew Girvin, a UNICEF program officer stationed in Mongolia who was killed in a helicopter crash in January 2001, to support highly qualified secondary school graduates from low-income families in the rural areas of Mongolia to study at some of the best state institutions of higher learning within Mongolia.

FOM Grant Program

The Friends of Mongolia Community Development Grant program is inspired by the Small Project Assistance (SPA) grant familiar to all PCVs, and provides financing for small community based projects in Mongolia and the United States that further education, cultural exchange, and community development between both countries. Community projects generally do not attract the kind of funding on offer from large multi-lateral or bi-lateral donors, and modest community based programs struggle to find appropriate funding to support their program goals. The FOM Community Development Grant program is intended to address these issues. FOM Community Development Grants can be as little as a few hundred dollars and do not generally exceed $2,500.

FOM Community Development Grants are community initiated and implemented. Each proposal should demonstrate community based support for a project through a minimum 25% local in-kind contribution of labor and materials in the overall budget of the project.

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis, and each proposal is reviewed by a committee made up of FOM Members using a standard scoring method. Final funding approval for proposals is made based on review committee recommendations and the availability of funds.

Logo

The Friends of Mongolia logo depicts a Mongolian ger or yurt accompanied by traditional Mongolian script which spells 'Friend'.

Foreign Language Area Studies

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships are federally funded academic scholarships designed to provide support and funding to graduate students studying the languages and cultures of specific foreign countries, in particular those in the strategic interest of the United States.

American universities are alloted funds from the federal government, and then the individual schools hold their own competitions to determine the recipients for both summer and year-long grants. FLAS fellowships cover tuition, school fees, medical insurance, and provide an additional living stipend. The stipends for 2009-2010 were $15,000 for an academic-year award and $2,500 for summer. Eligibility is limited to graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

As part of the program, fellows are required to take one language class and another academic class in their FLAS area. A language evaluation is given at the beginning and end of the program. Additionally, fellows are expected to write a summary of their FLAS achievements at the end of the fellowship period.

Elks National Foundation Scholarships

The Elks National Foundation provides more than $3.64 million in college scholarships each year through its three scholarship programs, the Most Valuable Student Scholarship, the Legacy Award and the Emergency Educational Grant.

Most Valuable Student Scholarship

History
The ENF created the Most Valuable Student Scholarship to increase high school seniors’ access to higher education, recognize their outstanding scholastic and leadership records and decrease the amount of debt they incur.

The ENF awarded its first Most Valuable Student Scholarships in 1933 to two students. Each student received $1,000.

The award steadily grew larger, and, starting in 1983, the Elks National Foundation began awarding a total of 500 Most Valuable Student awards annually. These awards are issued over four years. Initially, there were 11 levels of awards that ranged from a maximum of $20,000 to a minimum of $4,400 over four years. Today, the top awards range from $60,000 to $8,000 over four years.

Award Information
Each year, the Elks National Foundation awards 500 Most Valuable Student Scholarships to outstanding high school seniors who demonstrate scholarship, leadership and financial need. The 18 top winners receive scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $60,000 over four years. The remaining 482 runners-up receive $4,000 scholarships over four years.

This award is open to all high school seniors who are citizens of the United States and plan to pursue a four-year degree in a U.S. American college or university.

Legacy Award

History
The Elks National Foundation established its Legacy Award scholarship program in 1998 to help children and grandchildren of active Elks members attain a college degree. This award began as a one year, $1,000 award. In 2008, the award was increased to a four year, $4,000 scholarship.

Award Information
The Elks National Foundation awards 250 Legacy scholarships to exceptional high school seniors who are children or grandchildren of active Elks members. These awards are worth $4,000 and are distributed over four years. These scholars exhibit the core values of the Elks National Foundation: Knowledge, Charity, Community and Integrity.
This award is open to any high school senior whose parent or grandparent has been an Elk in good standing for at least two years, and who plans to pursue a four-year degree in a U.S. American college or university.

Emergency Educational Grant

History
In 1944, this ENF established this program to aid the children of Elks members who lost their lives or became incapacitated as a result of serving in the armed forces during World War II. Since then, the program has expanded to make all children of deceased or totally disabled Elks eligible for an Emergency Educational Grant to help them obtain a college degree.

Award Information
The Emergency Educational Grant provides college financial assistance to children of deceased or totally disabled Elks. These one year grants range up to $4,000, and are renewable up to three times.

To qualify for an Emergency Educational Grant, a student must be a full time undergraduate attending an accredited U.S. college or university, and must demonstrate financial need. Students must also be unmarried and under the age of 23 at the time of application.

Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar

Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars are recognized as the highest achieving graduating high school students in or from New Jersey and are granted awards regardless of need.

Students are selected on the basis of the following criteria:

1. class rank of one, two, or three in the graduating class; or
2. class rank within the top 10 percent of the graduating class at the end of the junior year with combined Critical Reading and math SAT scores of 1,260 or higher at the end of the junior year.

New Jersey students attending out-of-state secondary schools must rank in the top 10% of their class and have combined critical reading and math SAT scores of at least 1,260.

Distinguished Scholars are offered an annual award of up to $1,000 without regard to financial need. The scholarship may be available for up to four years of undergraduate study at a New Jersey college or university, if funds are appropriated by the New Jersey Legislature each year. The recipient must enroll full time during the academic year following his or her secondary school graduation at a New Jersey college or university to receive payment of the award.

More than 5,000 Distinguished Scholars received award offers for the 2006-07 collegiate academic year. For the 2005-06 selection process, secondary schools submitted names and academic information of more than 20,400 students.

The award was established in the 1989-1990 academic year and posthumously honors Edward J. Bloustein, the seventeenth President of Rutgers University.

On April 27, 2010, Distinguished Scholars were informed by letter that "in light of the economic challenges facing the State of New Jersey, difficult decisions regarding program funding had to be made. One of the budget recommendations is to suspend funding for new Distinguished Scholar as well as new NJ STARS awards for the 2010-2011 academic year. Over the next few months, the legislature will review the recommended budget prior to finalizing it by July 1. You will be notified if the budget includes funding for new Distinguished Scholars and/or new NJ STARS students."

Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program

Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

Established by the United States Congress in 1992 to encourage economic and democratic growth in Eurasia, the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program is administered by International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX). The program provides opportunities to young professionals from the former Soviet Union to study in the United States. Edmund Muskie The Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program provides opportunities for graduate students and professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan for one-year non-degree, one-year degree or two-year degree study in the United States.

Eligible fields of study for the Muskie Program are: business administration, economics, education, environmental management, international affairs, journalism and mass communication, law, library and information science, public administration, public health, and public policy.

Established by the US Congress in 1992 to encourage economic and democratic growth in Eurasia, the Muskie program is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, and administered by IREX.

University of Dreams

Dream Careers Inc. formerly known as University of Dreams, is an American corporation, specializing in scouting for summer internship programs around the world, though they also provide fall and spring programs. The company is based in Redwood City, California, and has 55 full-time employees (as of February 12, 2009). Dream Careers guarantees internship placement, housing, transportation, meals, weekend activities, professional résumé revision, and interview preparation for a flat fee; they have about an 85% success rate. Dream Careers mission statement is “to positively impact culture on a mass level by inspiring, equipping, and challenging people to discover and pursue their dreams". According to the NY Times, they are the most visible player in the industry. Dream Careers Inc. (formerly known as University of Dreams Inc.) was founded in February 2000. That first summer, 73 participants joined us at Santa Clara University, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, California, where they had the opportunity to meet other motivated college students, grow as individuals, and pursue their dreams in their desired career field with an internship. In that first class in 2000 were a handful of future employees, including the current president of Dream Careers Inc..

Dream Careers Inc. has continued to expand the number of cities they operate in to allow students the choice to pursue their dream jobs in the most exciting cities around the world. After the initial program in the Silicon Valley, Dream Careers Inc. has added programs in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Barcelona, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Sydney, Washington D.C., Boston, and Dallas. Additionally, Dream Careers Inc. will begin to offer the option of Fall and Spring Internship Programs in select cities for students who want to further their career through living, working, and earning contract academic credit for an entire semester in their dream city. Enrollment in the Dream Careers Inc. college internship programs has grown each year, including over 1,500 participants in 2011, proof that students are having fantastic experiences and are spreading the word about Dream Careers Inc.

Dream Careers Inc. was recently featured on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies and also on NPR Radio for their approach to securing internships for college students. Dream Careers Inc. currently has offices in Silicon Valley, New York, and Barcelona.

Financial Aid

Dream Careers Inc. offers a variety of scholarships each year to help supplement the cost of participating in the all-inclusive summer programs.

Career Speakers

Many notable speakers have given talks about career success and shared life stories at a Dream Careers Inc. program, including Judith Harrison (Senior VP of HR for Weber Shandwick), Alephonsion Deng (Author of They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky), Patrick Combs (Spearker & author of Major in Success), Candice Carter (Senior Associate Producer Oprah Winfrey Show), Charlie Caudill (Former CNN Senior Executive Producer), Carla Harris (Managing Director in Global Capital Markets Morgan Stanley), Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah (Emmanuel’s Gift & Challenged Athlete Activist), Heather Hale (Screenplay Writer of The Courage of Love), Antoine Lewis (Producer of ESPN’s SportsCenter), Shaun Robinson (Co-Anchor, Access Hollywood), Chip Stone (VP at Smith Barney), Marisa McGrath (VP of National Publicity, Sony Pictures Entertainment), Joel McHale (The Soup, E! Entertainment), and dozens more.

Foundation

The Dream Volunteers (formerly known as University of Dreams Foundation) is a non-profit foundation that offers volunteer opportunities abroad in social, educational, and community areas in Africa and Guatemala. Recently, a team of Dream Careers Inc. alumni and employees participated in a volunteer mission to help support the cause of social activist Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah (2005 Recipient ESPY Arthur Ashe Courage Award). At the end of August, Eric Lochtefeld and 15 employees, alumni, and family traveled to Ghana, Africa, to help build a job center and to establish the campaign headquarters for Emmanuel in hopes to get him elected to parliament. Additionally, the company distributed more than $100,000 worth of products at the grand opening. Outside contributions we collected from Wranglers ($35,000 in denim), University of Dreams Foundation ($20,000 in computers and office supplies), Sports Basement-Sunnyvale (150 brand-new soccer balls), and Northern California grammar school (hundreds of athletic uniforms).

Dolphin Scholarship Foundation

Dolphin Scholarship Foundation (DSF) was established in 1960 to assist children of the U.S. Submarine Force with college scholarships through private fundraising and donations, as well as any dividends from its trust fund.

The first scholarship of $350 was awarded to John L. Haines, Jr. in June 1961. Funds were raised primarily through the tireless efforts of submarine officers' wives' organizations throughout the United States. As the cost of college education continued to skyrocket, so did the need for the Foundation to assist children of Submariners. Today DSF receives individual, corporate, memorial and Combined Federal Campaign donations, as well as continued strong support from the submarine community and spouse organizations. Donations go directly to support scholarships; income from DSF investments supplement these contributions for scholarships and operating expenses. Dolphin Scholarship Foundation also conducts fundraisers such as the Annual Cartoon Calendar (since 1963), the Annual Golf Tournament in Hampton Roads, Virginia (since 2006) and virtual submarine races.

Dolphin Scholarship Foundation currently awards 137 annual scholarships of $3,400 to each Dolphin Scholar. Each recipient may potentially receive a total of $13,600 for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study. The number of new awards granted each year is determined by graduation and attrition of current Dolphin Scholars. Dolphin Scholarship Foundation is proud to have awarded over eight million dollars to over 1000 students attending universities and colleges through the United States.

Discus Awards

The Discus Awards is a U.S.-based national high school awards and recognition program. Students receive a Discus Award if they excel in different key attributes. Discus Award winners are eligible for a $2,000 scholarship. Ten $2,000 merit-based college scholarships are given out every school year. The Discus Awards was created in 2009 by Campus Direct and Recognition Media, the operator and owner of the Webby Awards.

U.S. high school students in 9th through 12th grades are eligible to win the award. Students may nominate themselves, or students may be nominated by others. To submit a nomination, students must select three of 10 attributes and write a blurb about each attribute. The 10 attributes are arts, athletics, academics, faith, government, green, community service, technology, work, and other. Nominations are judged on their three attributes by current or former teachers, guidance counselors or school administrators.

The Diana L. Bennett Fellows Program

The Diana L. Bennett Fellows Program is a nine-month fellowship program at the Black Mountain Institute offered to published writers and public intellectuals. Funded by Sonja and Michael Saltman, the International Women's Forum, the Library of Congress, and Tom and Mary Gallagher, fellowships are awarded to candidates whose work ranges away from the American experience and into international terrain and who have an ongoing project that would benefit from a period of sustained immersion. The program accepts applications from novelists, poets, playwrights, historians, political scientists, independent scholars, and anyone else whose work is meant for a general, educated lay audience. The BMI awards three to five fellowships each year to outstanding writers who have published at least one critically acclaimed book before the time of application. Foreign nationals conversant in English are welcome to apply. There are no degree requirements.

Terms and conditions

Fellows receive a $50,000 stipend, an office, a computer, and access to UNLV's Lied Library. They remain in residence at BMI for the duration of the fellowship term (late August to mid May) and work daily at the BMI offices. Fellows are required to give a talk on their work-in-progress to other fellows, as well as to a wide range of invited guests, and to take part in BMI programs. Additionally, fellows must make themselves available, on occasion, as visitors to UNLV graduate classes in fields related to their own work.

BMI - Kluge Fellowship in partnership with the Library of Congress

For the 2008-09 through 2010-11 residency cycles, BMI offers one fellowship in conjunction with the Library of Congress. The successful candidate will spend a portion of his or her time in Las Vegas and a portion at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., making use of the nation's largest and most prestigious research library.
[edit] Deadlines

* Application deadline: February 1
* Notification of selection results: May 1

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, or the CCSF, is a non-profit organization that works on behalf and at the direction of the Coca-Cola system (including The Coca-Cola Company, the world's largest producer of non-alcoholic beverages, and its many subsidiaries) to provide scholarships to some 1,400 students annually in amounts totaling over $3.4 million dollars each year. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has the stated mission to "provide scholarship programs and enrichment opportunities in support of exceptional young peoples' thirst for knowledge and their desire to make a difference in the world." The CCSF was founded in 1986, and since its inception has helped fund the college education of more than 4,500 Coca-Cola Scholars with over $41 million. According to the CCSF, however, their vision is much broader than just helping fund a college education. They hope to "develop a powerful network of community leaders, touched by Coca−Cola, whose vision will help shape the world, leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come." The Coca-Cola Scholarships are meant to "reward leadership and excellence as exemplified through academic achievement and extracurricular activities, including commitment to community service." As Coca-Cola was approaching its centennial in 1986, leaders in the bottling industry decided to make a large financial gift that then became the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. In its first year, 150 graduating seniors planning on attending college were awarded four-year grants. Today, those grants have grown into $20,000 scholarships for 50 students annually and $10,000 scholarships for another 200 students annually ($5,000/year for 4 years and $2,500/year for four years respectively). Coca-Cola Scholars often refer to their bond with other scholars fondly, calling themselves a "family" or a "community," frequently engaging in service activities, social reunions, and offering internship and employment opportunities to younger scholars.

Selection process

The process through which the scholars are selected on an annual basis is well-known to be quite rigorous and extensive. First, a long and involved online application must be completed in which students fill in information regarding their academic achievements and leadership and service in extracurricular involvement. Typically, the CCSF receives between 85,000 and 100,000 applications between August and the end of October each year. These applications are scored electronically and from the set of applicants, 2,500 are selected as semi-finalists. There is consideration given to many factors in each step of this process, including regional representation across the United States. These 2,500 individuals are asked to complete another relatively extensive application which includes essays and a more in depth look at each scholar. From their number, approximately 250 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected, and they are invited to an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta during which they do many fun activities, but also have interviews conducted by community leaders and alumni of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program.

During these interviews, 50 scholars are chosen as National Coca-Cola Scholars and receive the larger $20,000 scholarship. The other 200 are named Regional Coca-Cola Scholars, and receive $10,000 scholarships. Generally, other than the difference in monetary compensation, the two types of scholars are treated no differently and few scholars ever find out whether their friends are Regional or National Coca-Cola Scholars. Additionally, there are sometimes additional scholars who receive other honors, like scholarships specifically for Emory University and the Coca-Cola Alumni Scholarship, first created for the graduating high school Class of 2008.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for a Coca−Cola Scholarship, one must be a current high school or home-school senior planning to graduate from a school or program in the United States during the academic year in which application is made. Additionally, students must be U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Temporary Residents (legalization program), Refugees, Asylee, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees. Furthermore, they must plan to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution and carry a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of your junior year of high school. Applicants may not be children or grandchildren of employees, officers, or owners of Coca−Cola bottling companies, The Coca−Cola Company or any other bottler or Company divisions or subsidiaries.

Cleveland scholarship programs

Cleveland Scholarship Programs was established in 1966 by Robert Coplan, one of the founders of the Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan, and Aronoff law firm. Since then, it has grown into one of the nation’s leading college access program. They have received national recognition and are recognized as being one of the first organizations of its type, and a precursor to other similar organizations located in Baltimore, Boston, Columbus, Miami, Santa Barbara, Washington, D.C. and numerous other cities.

CSP helps families and children by providing access to postsecondary education. Since they began 43 years ago, CSP has helped more than 200,000 students go through the college and financial aid application process and has awarded more than $42 million in scholarships. CSP provides college access services to Cuyahoga County residents interested in enrolling in four-year universities, community colleges and vocational and technical programs. Our programs offer:

Academic planning for higher education Financial aid advising and resources Scholarships College advising and resources Career advising and opportunities Encouragement

CSP serves students from kindergarten through high school in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties, and adult learners who want to return to college in 11 Northeast Ohio Counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, and Trumbull.

Last year, CSP assisted 23,602 students through our advisory services in high schools and at our Resource Center in downtown Cleveland and through our Early Awareness, Educational Talent Search, GEAR UP and Learn-to-Work programs.

The scholarships average $1,300 per student and are renewable for four years, if the students continue to meet specified requirements. During fiscal year 2007-2008, CSP paid a total $2,865,715 in scholarships to more than 2,000 individuals. This represents a 6 percent increase in the number of students awarded scholarships from the previous academic year. For every scholarship dollar awarded, CSP advisors help students and adults find an additional $13 in student aid. Last year that amounted to an additional $37 million in aid.

CSP also administers scholarships for companies and organizations for a fee. For fiscal year 2007-2008, CSP administered $584,833 for over twenty scholarship programs.

Churchill Scholarship

The Churchill Scholarship is awarded by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States to graduates of the more than one hundred colleges and universities participating in the Churchill Scholarship Program, to pursue research and study in engineering, mathematics, or other sciences for one year at the University of Cambridge. Churchill Scholars live at Churchill College.

Applicants for the Churchill Scholarship must be U.S. citizens between the ages of 19 and 26 and may not hold the doctoral degree.

The first Churchill Scholarships, three in number, were awarded in 1963 and funded one year of study. Shortly thereafter the Scholarships were available either for one-year programs or for doctoral studies at Cambridge. In the early 1980s the Foundation decided to support only one-year programs in order to increase the number of Churchill Scholars. In its early years the Foundation also made small travel grants to Churchill Fellows, distinguished senior faculty at American colleges and universities who would spend one year at the College. Eight of the Churchill Fellows won the Nobel Prize.

Since 1963 some four hundred Churchill Scholarships have been awarded. Fourteen Scholarships are awarded each year and currently provide between $44,000 and $50,000 of support to cover all fees at the University of Cambridge, a living allowance, and round-trip airfare between the United States and the United Kingdom.

Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program

The Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program, administered by the United States Department of Education from 1987 to 2002, provided annual fellowships to outstanding public and private elementary and secondary school teachers to continue their education, develop innovative programs, consult with or assist school districts or private school systems, or engage in other educational activities that will improve their knowledge and skills and the education of their students.

Christa McAuliffe Fellows were permitted to use awards for (1) sabbaticals for study or research associated with the objectives of the program or academic improvement, (2) consultation and assistance to local school systems, private schools, or private school systems, (3) development of special innovative programs, (4) projects or partnerships between schools and the business community, (5) programs that utilize new technologies to help students learn, and (6) expanding or replicating model programs of staff development. Recipients were required to return to a teaching position in their current school system for at least 2 years following the completion of their fellowships.

Cal Grant

Cal Grant is a financial aid program administrated by the California Student Aid Program in California that provides aid to California undergraduates, vocation training students, and those in teacher certification programs. Cal Grants are the largest source of California state aid . Cal Grant gives funds to students who meet grade point average and parent income requirements. Cal Grant applicants must file FAFSA to determine eligibility. Up to $9,700 a year is available to qualifying students3 which can be applied to tuition, room and board, or books and other supplies. Students applying for the Cal Grant must submit the FAFSA anytime between 1 January and 2 March along with the Cal Grant GPA verification form3. The student must be a graduating, or recently graduated, high school senior from California or have recently obtained their GED. For students that do not have a high school GPA to submit(such as students that were homeschooled, attended charter school or have a GED) they may substitute their GED, ACT, or SAT scores.

Requirements3:

• Submit the FAFSA and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the deadline

• Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (your parents don’t need to be citizens or eligible noncitizens)

• Be a California resident when you graduated from high school

• Have a Social Security number

• Attend a qualifying California college

• Not have a bachelor’s or professional degree (except for Cal Grant A and B extended awards for a teaching credential program)

• Have financial need based on your college costs

• Have family income and assets below the established ceilings

• Meet any minimum GPA requirements

• Be in a program leading to an undergraduate degree or certificate

• Be enrolled at least half time

• Have registered with U.S. Selective Service (most males)

• Not owe a refund on a state or federal grant, or be in default on a student loan


Types of Cal Grants3

Cal Grant A: This award may be applied to tuition and other fees at public or private colleges for students working towards an associate's or bachelor's degree. The grant covers $2,772 at Cal State schools and $6,636 at UC schools. Up to $9,708 is given to students attending a private school.


Cal Grant B: This award is given to low income students as a living allowance and partial tuition assistance. First year students are given up to $1,551 for books and living expenses; after that the awards are the same as Cal Grant A. To be eligible for this grant the student must be engaging in at least one academic year of courses.


Cal Grant C: This award provides assistance for tuition at occupational or career colleges. $576 is available for books and equipment and $2,592 is available for any school besides a community college. The vocational program must be at least four months in length but not more than two years.


Cal Grant A Competitive Award: For students that did not qualify for the regular Cal Grant A, this award is available but not guaranteed to all that meet the minimum eligibility requirements. The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be from a low to middle income family. This award helps with tuition and fees at qualifying schools with programs of more than two years.


Cal Grant B Competitive Award: Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and are from a disadvantaged or low income family. The money may be used for tuition and access costs at eligible schools with programs of more than one year in length. The first year, this grant can only be used for access costs like living expenses, transportation, supplies and books. Starting with the second year, this award may also be applied to tuition.

Buck scholarship

The Buck Scholarship is a scholarship offered by the Frank H. and Eva B. Buck Foundation. The scholarship awards approximately twelve to fifteen students scholarships each year. These scholarships are expected to supplement any other financial aid that may be awarded to the recipient so that all the ordinary costs of an education are covered.

The mission of the Buck Foundation is to support education in all of its aspects. They achieve this through the scholarship program which provides scholarship support to students chosen from the six counties that were the congressional district served by Frank H. Buck in the 72nd through 76th United States Congresses (1932-42)- Contra Costa, Napa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano and Yolo. The foundation also provide grant support to educational institutions, libraries and other nonprofit organizations in support of their goals.

As of 2008[update], the Buck Foundation has provided scholarship support to more than 259 students from within its geographic area. These students have attended colleges and universities throughout the United States, as well as international educational institutions. They have studied a broad range of fields – the arts, sciences, liberal arts, economics, government, law, medicine, management – and are now making a positive contribution to society and their communities.

Bright Futures Scholarship Program

Bright Futures is the name of a scholarship program in the state of Florida. It is funded by the Florida Lottery and was first started in 1997. The Bright Futures program allows Florida high school seniors with "academic merit" to earn a scholarshipment to any public college/University in the state. This scholarship does not apply if the student chooses to attend college outside the state of Florida. Many private colleges in Florida offer Bright Futures recipients fully-paid tuition.

A certain SAT score or ACT score and high school GPA is required to earn a Bright Futures scholarship.

The scholarship only applies to undergraduate coursework (unless some graduate level classes are required for a bachelor's degree). Summer semesters are currently not eligible for bright futures funding, even though most Florida Public Universities require at least six credits to be earned through summer study. This requirement can generally be satisfied by Advanced Placement or CLEP examination.

Controversy

The Bright Futures Scholarship was first created in 1997, and was meant to emulate neighboring state Georgia's HOPE Scholarship. Originally the Program dispersed just above 42,000 scholarships for about $70 million dollars. Over the last decade the cost for the scholarship has ballooned substantially. The Scholarship currently costs the lottery's coffers more than $436.1 million, with about 170,000 students taking advantage of the program. The requirements for attaining the scholarship were meant to increase each year but have not, resulting in the current state of the award.

Bright Flight - Missouri scholarship

Bright Flight is a Missouri merit-based scholarship in the amount of $1500 per annum (formerly $2000) to Missouri's qualifying graduating high school seniors who enroll in a Missouri accredited college or university. From June 2004 to July 2005, 8390 students were enrolled in the Bright Flight program, which totaled over $15 million in state expenditures.

Qualifications and renewal

* To qualify for Bright Flight, a student must be in the top 3% of his or her state-wide high school class as determined by normalized tests, the ACT and SAT composite scores. To date, a score of 31 or above on the ACT or an SAT-equivalent score qualifies, but the score needed changes every year. It is not unheard of for a 27 to qualify. A score of 31 will be needed to qualify for the 2008-2009 school year.
* Students must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in college and full-time student status to renew the scholarship, which can be renewed for up to five years for a maximum compensation of $7,500.
* Students must not be pursuing a degree in theology or divinity.
* Bright Flight students must attend school continuously, that is, they cannot cease attending school unless they worked for a non-profit organization or held a government job/served for the armed services. Academic interruption must not exceed 27 months.

History

Appropriated by the Missouri General Assembly in 1986, students have not seen an increase in awarded monies since Bright Flight's introduction. Many students and higher education officials have observed that tuition expenses at the University of Missouri, for example, were below $2000 in 1987 and thus were fully covered by Bright Flight at its introduction. In 2006, following a period of increases in tuition expenses that easily outpaced inflation, Bright Flight covered only a fraction of the more than $7000 a typical student spent on tuition at the University of Missouri.

Recent developments

Congruent bills HB 1428 and SB 662, introduced in the Missouri House and Senate by sponsors Representative Edward Robb and Senator Jason Crowell, respectively, propose to double the scholarship amount to $4000. The purpose of the legislation will be to increase the attractiveness of Missouri higher level institutions for top qualifying Missouri high school graduates.

The next hearing for HB 1428 will be held on January 31, 2006, before the Higher Education Committee. A hearing was recently held January 24, 2006, before the Education Committee for Senate Bill 662. The Effective Date for SB 662 has been set at August 28, 2006, or the beginning of the fall term for many Missouri universities.

Co-sponsors for HB 1428 include: HOBBS, NOLTE, FLOOK, BROWN (50), DARROUGH, CORCORAN, LAMPE, COOPER (158), ZWEIFEL, SANDER, MOORE AND GUEST.

In order for either bill to become law, it must be approved by both the House and the Senate before facing final approval from the governor, Matt Blunt, who recently increased Higher Education spending by 2%.

HB 1231, sponsored by Representative Jim Avery (95) and co-sponsored by Representative Jane Cunningham (86), would provide Bright Flight to students attending an out-of-state institution for programs not offered by Missouri schools. It was referred to the Higher Education Committee on January 19, 2006, however, a hearing is not scheduled.

On August 12, 2010, state budget cuts reduced the amount from $2000/year to $1500/year.