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Scholarship Programs

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

This scholarship foundation offers around 250 achievement-based scholarships every year. In order to qualify, you need a 3.0 minimum GPA and you must be planning to go to an accredited post-secondary U.S. academic institution. Students that hit the top achievers are called National Scholars, and they get a scholarship of $20,000. The other 200 are known as Regional Scholars and they get a scholarship of $10,000. The company gives away scholarships for two reasons. Firstly, it allows them access to potential new employees that may do the company a lot of good in the future. It also invests something back into the USA. After all, they are an old company with close ties to the USA, and some feel it is fitting that they give a little back to the country.

Horatio Alger Scholarship Award

The Horatio Alger, Jr., scholarship is in memory of the man himself and his dime store novels about city youth living in poverty and overcoming adversity with courage and moral fortitude. It is a scholarship for students that are also having financial trouble, but that also have great courage and moral fortitude. To get this scholarship, you must be a high-performing student whilst also have to overcome a great degree of adversity. They have national scholarship winners that are given $20,000 for their scholarship. There are also state awards, but they are significantly lower amounts.

KFCs Colonel’s Scholars program

People joke about this scholarship, but it is a genuine scholarship for people that have an entrepreneurial spirit. This is a scholarship for students that have a distinct financial need, but it comes with a catch. KFC are willing to give you up to $5000 every year for four years, but during your second, third and fourth year, you have to work at a KFC. Yes, you read that correctly, in order to gain and maintain this scholarship, you have to give 10 hours per week for three years to working in their KFC stores. You must also be applying to a public university or college.

Merit scholarship programs

You will find these in a few colleges around the US. For example, Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa pays a very high percentage of merit scholarships in order to maintain their score of 98% of their students receiving non-need based aid. Many private colleges have merit scholarship programs to attract students with the most potential. There are state colleges that do it too, such as the University of Nevada, Reno where over 31% of their students receive non-needs based aid. Auburn University has merit based scholarships, albeit only six of them. They are known as their elite scholarships, and they allow students to get scholarship payments of between $2,500 and $7,500, and they can have their payment every year for up to four years.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

With this scholarship you may get as much as $25,000 paid to you for as many as four years. That means you get a whopping $100,000, and some students have received more than that. They are especially interested in students that take engineering programs. The GM Foundation is making big contributions to learning through Buick and their commitment to scholarships. They frequently award $2,000 scholarships to up to 1000 students to help them with their fees. The foundation and Buick are looking to find students that are interested in building, designing and/or marketing the automobiles of tomorrow. In order to qualify for a scholarship, the students have to be looking to major in engineering, design, and business. They look at the grades a student has, his or her minority status, gender and financial needs.