Scholarship Opportunities

by Tammie Stewart, Community Outreach Coordinator, Center for Talent Development

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As the Center for Talent Development community outreach coordinator, I connect with parents and educators and introduce them to opportunities that can be academically enriching and life changing. I’d like to highlight a few scholarships, fellowships and awards that may be of interest to high-achieving students:

Scholarship Description Time frame
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Supports high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s top colleges and universities Applications are due November 5!
Thiel Fellowship Awarded to 20 entrepreneurs under 20 years old Apply now through December 31
Davidson Fellows Awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 to extraordinary young people (18 and under) who have completed a significant piece of work Application opens in November 2013
Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Provided by the Institute for Educational Advancement; Scholars receive a four-year high school scholarship that covers day student tuition or an approved alternative educational program Application open mid-November 2013 to early May 2014
Google Science Fair Online competition open to students ages 13-18 around the globe Application reopens in January 2014
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program Gives high-achieving students with financial need the guidance and resources necessary for them to excel during high school, college, and beyond; students apply in grade 7 Application open mid-January to late March 2014
NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing Young women in high school can apply; National award-winners are selected from across the country and the Wisconsin Affiliate Award are selected from within Wisconsin Look out for application information in fall 2014

If you are the parent or teacher of an academically gifted child from a family experiencing financial need, I’d like to call your attention to the Jack Kent Cooke Programs (JKC). Every year, exceptional scholarships are given to more than 50 high-achieving students who will enter grade 8 in the next school year, and for those awarded scholarships the benefits are truly life-changing. This year, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation introduced a College Scholarship, a scholarship for top high school seniors with demonstrated unmet financial need interested in attending the nation’s best colleges and universities. Students awarded receive up to $30,000 per year to attend a four-year undergraduate institution and have the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholar community. Feel free to contact me directly for guidance and additional information on the JKC scholarship program.

Please share additional opportunities you may know of for young scholars in the comments section. I hope these opportunities will provide motivated students with options that will lead to a bright future.

Tammie Stewart is Community Outreach Manager at the Center for Talent Development. For additional counsel on the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program, e-mail her at tammie-stewart@northwestern.edu or call 847/491-7127.

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