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Scholarships for Higher Education

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Context

Having access to higher education is a key opportunity for young people experiencing homelessness to move towards financial stability for themselves as adults. The links below are intended to provide young people experiencing homelessness with ready access to scholarship information. In addition to the links below, NCHE recommends the following approaches to seeking funding for higher education:
  • Do not provide personal information to any agency except the agency sponsoring the scholarship; include the requested information in the scholarship application and then submit the application directly to the sponsoring agency.
  • Do not pay fees to receive information about scholarships or to apply for scholarships.
  • Check with the higher education institution(s) where you are applying for information about scholarships they make available to their student body.
  • Speak with your high school guidance counselor to request a list of scholarships sponsored by local or regional agencies in your state.

Resources

Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Program
The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship program has awarded more than $19 million in scholarships to support students who are the first in their immediate families to go to college. The program has reached more than 1,000 students at approximately 400 U.S. campuses. Interested students should contact the school they are planning to attend to ask whether a Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship is in place, and if so, how to apply.
Visit the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Program webpage.

College Board: Advising Undocumented Students
This webpage from the College Board provides information about access to higher education for undocumented students, including details on state laws and a listing of scholarships available to students regardless of their immigration status.
Visit the College Board: Advising Undocumented Students webpage.

College Board: Scholarship Search
This webpage from the College Board provides a searchable database of scholarships, other financial aid, and internships from more than 2,200 programs nationwide.
Visit the College Board: Scholarship Search webpage.

Fastweb!
Fastweb! is an excellent online resource for paying and preparing for college. Fastweb provides students with the resources to realize their educational pursuits, from the time they begin their college search in high school to the day they land their first job after graduation. Fastweb members are matched to relevant scholarship opportunities completely free of charge. With roughly 1.5 million scholarships worth over $3.4 billion, there are scholarships for every student's educational goals, activities, and interests.
Visit the Fastweb! website.

FinAid.org: Financial Aid and Scholarships for Undocumented Students
This webpage contains information about financial aid and scholarships for undocumented students. It provides a neutral, objective, and comprehensive summary of this topic and links to scholarships made available specifically to undocumented students.
Visit the FinAid.org: Financial Aid and Scholarships for Undocumented Students webpage.

FinAid.org: The SmartStudent™ Guide to Financial Aid
FinAid.org is the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice, and tools, both on and off the web. Access to FinAid is free for all users and there is no charge to link to the site. The site includes a webpage dedicated specifically to the scholarship search process.
Visit the FinAid.org website.

Foster Care to Success (FC2S): Scholarships and Grants
This FC2s webpage provides links to various sources for higher education scholarships for current and former foster youth.
Visit the Foster Care to Success (FC2S): Scholarships and Grants webpage.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice.
Visit the Gates Millennium Scholars Program webpage.

Horatio Alger Association National and State Scholarship Programs
The Horatio Alger Association, in partnership with the Give Us Your Poor organization, offers college scholarships to homeless and at-risk students. The Horatio Alger Association provides approximately 1,000 scholarships each year to eligible students who have overcome adversity in their lives.
Visit the Horatio Alger Association National and State Scholarship webpage.

NAEHCY Scholarship Fund
The NAEHCY Scholarship Fund provides higher education scholarships for graduating homeless or formerly homeless students. This webpage provides more information about the scholarship and access to the scholarship application.
Visit the NAEHCY Scholarship Fund webpage.

Que Llueva Café Scholarship
This scholarship, sponsored by Chicano Organizing and Research in Education (CORE) provides financial assistance to college-bound, undocumented, Latino students. CORE seeks to support undocumented students that have met the rigorous academic requirements necessary to enter a secondary education program by providing financial support enabling the students to enter college.
Visit the Que Llueva Café Scholarship webpage.

Resources for Undocumented Students
This webpage from the Minnesota Department of Higher Education provides information about various sources of financial aid and scholarships for undocumented students and includes links to scholarships made available specifically to undocumented students.
Visit the Resources for Undocumented Students webpage.

Secondary Education for Migrant Youth (SEMY): Scholarships for Migrant Youth
The Office of Secondary Education for Migrant Youth (SEMY) serves middle school and high school migrant students and educators. SEMY administers programs to ensure that migrant youth have an opportunity to graduate. This SEMY webpage includes information about scholarships available for migrant youth.
Visit the SEMY Scholarships for Migrant Youth webpage.

State Financial Aid Programs
This webpage from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) provides information on state financial aid programs. Almost every state has at least one grant or scholarship available to residents; and many have a long list of student aid programs. Eligibility often is restricted to state residents attending a college in-state, although that is not always the case.
Visit the NASFAA State Financial Aid Programs webpage.

U.S. Department of Education: Finding and Applying for Scholarhips
This webpage from Federal Student Aid is a one-stop shop for gathering scholarship search tips and searching for different types of aid for higher education.
Visit the U.S. Department of Education: Finding and Applying for Scholarhips webpage.

Western Michigan University Foundation Scholarship
The Foundation Scholarship is a new $50,000 scholarship for high achieving, high financial-need students who are seniors in high school. To be eligible, applicants must have a high school GPA of 3.7 or higher at the end of their junior year OR a composite ACT score of 26 (or SAT of 1170) or higher; must have applied for admission to Western Michigan University; and must meet one of the established need criteria, including homeless, foster care, or undocumented status. NOTE: Given the difference in out-of-state tuition, this scholarship is likely to be of most benefit to Michigan state residents.
Visit the Foundation Scholarship webpage.
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