Moderation In All Things Essay Scholarships

Moderation in All Things Is the Reason We Need Progressivism Now

The Overton Window

Unless you’re a political junkie or a poli sci major, you may not have heard of the Overton window? A think tank pundit named Joseph Overton said there was a range of ideas that the public will accept as reasonable before they find them too extreme. This range of ideas became known as the Overton window.

Talk after the election was focused on how to appease conservative voters, despite the fact there are plenty of progressive people who sat out the election sending a message of their own. In fact, everyone is running around with their heads cut off worried about how conservatives voted this election, splashing red from the Presidency to Governorships to State House and right on down. How do you explain to pundits and politicians that liberals got more votes, conservatives got more land, so they basically won property more than people? How do you explain that untold hundreds of thousands of progressives were sitting out the election? There were still more progressives than conservatives out there.

The Real Conservative Movement

The Conservative Movement that began in 1960 has pushed the Overton window far to the right. This movement has been detailed in the book, Suburban Warriors by Lisa McGirr. It started in Orange County, CA, and sprung up in other suburban locations across the country. People tell the story of the 1960s as one of counter-culture and liberalizing of values, but there was this ignored conservative movement going on. The rise of right wing politicians like Ronald Reagan from California were a product of this.

The conservative movement was distressed about the advance of civil rights, so nothing has changed much since then. They were concerned about communism. It is clear this is not a major focus of today’s conservatives. The election of Trump seems to signal the end of the Red Scare. Because many of the members of the the conservative movement were religious, they also began the crusade to make social issues front and center in the Republican Party.

The election of 1980 has been far over-interpreted as a Republican mandate and proof of Ronald Reagan’s dominance. The truth is, voter turnout was quite low that year. It was another case of people not preferring any of the three candidates, but worse than this year. The victory was also seen as the culmination of the grassroots efforts of the suburban conservatives.

If you take an organized conservative movement and a fractured left wing, it isn’t as hard to see what was pushing the Overton window to the right. During the 1980s, the conservatives were successful in making the word liberal a dirty word. In 1992, only 17% of all Americans admitted to Gallup pollsters they were liberal. Within the Democratic Party, only 30% had mostly or consistently liberal views in 1994.

There are powerful, wealthy, and conservative people with media outlets able to manufacture indoctrination everywhere you turn. Naming them all would be challenging. From Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin to Hugh Hewitt and Laura Ingraham to Matt Drudge and Andrew Breitbart, there have been numerous shock jocks of the right wing who push the most extreme conservative positions. It is possible to see how theocratic, racist, war profiteering, and other conservative positions become normalized by seeing the Overton window pulled further into the radical right wing during the 1990s and 2000s.

Despite an onslaught of conservative messaging from wealthy media moguls like Rupert Murdoch and Rush Limbaugh, the number of people calling themselves liberal has crept up consistently since 1992 to its present level of 24% in the January 2016 Gallup Poll.

But since then, as the country has pulled both right and left, the question is whether American society should become more moderated or become more balanced. They are actually two different things, but either one seems preferably to the circumstances as they currently stand. The balanced society would not “believe” it was more conservative just because an organized, conservative movement had pushed the Overton Window that way. What does that mean?

By creating think tanks, a punditry class, professor positions at colleges, scholarships, and numerous other types of “infrastructure investments” that bolstered the United States culture to become more conservative in public discourse, policy, and media, conservatives built a scaffolding of schools boards, mayorships, city councils, and kept going from there. This is what it means to say the conservative movement artificially pushed the Overton window to the right.

In a balanced society, we might recognize the merits of liberal ideas because there was an equally effective progressive movement. This progressive movement has yet to materialize as an organized, planful grassroots crusade in the U.S. The fractured Left is struggling to create anything like this. Protests have their place, but they are not a substitute for the methods the conservative movement put into place in the 1960s, and carried forward until today. A balanced society allows for a greater range of acceptable viewpoints.

A moderated, balanced society would still be better than what we have today, but the reason it is not as ideal is that is restricts the range of acceptable opinion to a more narrow Overton window. This happens because in a moderated society having an ideology becomes outside the norm. The extremes of left or right would be muted.

Therefore, with the United States currently pulled way over to the Far Right, the left wing is underrepresented in the public domain. The Overton Window has been dragged to such a place that democratic socialism like it is practiced in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark is seen as radical and something the United States would never emulate. It was not this way 100 years ago when democratic socialism was widely advocated by citizens. Because of this shift, Bernie Sanders’s ideas were “too far-fetched” by the larger portion of Democratic population.

A “revolution” by the Left as proposed by Bernie Sanders would involve shifting the Overton window. This would be a fundamental change in the way the population of the country sees itself. What do Americans think is beyond the pale? Right now, the answer comes up too often — liberal ideas. Not because Americans wouldn’t like them if they heard them out, but because the Overton window has been moved far out of balance to make liberal seem unreasonable.

This is why I am an advocate of moderation for the country who believes we need more progressive policy and culture to bring our nation back to a balanced Overton window. I think our overall U.S. population with moderate in the process. Here’s the question — how do we do it? What does the best progressive movement look like? This call to “avoid identity politics” has rightly been identified for what it is — a call to avoid civil rights and equality work. So, that’s not it. What does our movement really look like?

I have an essay ready to go on my ideas, but I would love to hear others.

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Amount: $3,000

Deadline: April 29, 2018

Candidates are those planning to enroll or already enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student. Eligible candidates are African American or black students who are pursuing a career in a performing art.

Bishop John W. Hamilton Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: Varies

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Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 20, 2018

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Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Scholarships are given to female African-American undergraduate students who are at least 35 years old. A 3.0 GPA or higher is required.

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Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 1, 2018

African-American women enrolled in an undergraduate program as a sophomore or junior are eligible. Majors must relate to writing, public policy, economics or journalism.

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Amount: $500

Deadline: April 1, 2018

African American women aged 35 or older may apply. Applicants must be re-entering in her studies, whose educational path was interrupted by personal demands or family responsibilities.

Ron Brown Scholar Program

Amount: $40,000

Deadline: January 9, 2018

Scholarships are awarded to African American/Black students who excel academically and demonstrate leadership potential. Applicants must be high school seniors at the time of application.

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Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 18, 2018

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Amount: $4,000

Deadline: April 15, 2018

African American high school seniors are eligible for this scholarship. Students must demonstrate academic excellence and involvement in extracurricular activities.

Mae & Mary Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 30, 2018

The Mae & Mary Scholarship Fund supports the advancement of African Americans in health care and medical related fields. Eligible students are high school seniors planning to attend a university or technical school.

NBNA Scholarships

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: April 15, 2018

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Charles Shelton Veterinary Medicine/Technology Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: April 15, 2018

African American students are eligible to apply for this scholarship if they are pursuing a degree in veterinarian technology or veterinary medicine. Students must show a dedication to animal welfare.

Peola Smith-Smith Educational Leadership

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

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Anthony S. Fountain & Alissa Fountain-Burse Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 10, 2018

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Robert Chambers IV & Goals Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 1, 2018

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Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Qualified candidates are high school seniors of African descent (i.e. African, African American or Ethiopian). Students must be pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, computer information systems or selected business programs (i.e. finance, marketing, business administration).

APA Judith McManus Price Scholarship

Amount: $4,000

Deadline: April 30, 2018

Women and members of the Native American, Hispanic American or African American minority groups are eligible for this award. Undergraduate and graduate students can apply. Scholarships are given to those pursuing a career as practicing planners in the public sector (i.e. state, local and federal government and non-profits).

ACS Scholars Program

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Hispanic, African American or Native American high school and undergraduate students are eligible to apply. Students must be pursuing a career in the field of chemistry.

AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Any minority undergraduate student with an interest in science writing is eligible to apply. Preference is given to students enrolled in a journalism degree program. The 10 week internship at Science Magazine is over the summer months.

Chips Quinn Scholars Program

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: October 1, 2017

The award is open to college juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates who have a major of journalism or an aspiration to work in journalism. Scholarship winners also receive training and mentoring by news veterans.

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: March 15, 2018

The Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship award is given to a current undergraduate student studying mass communications or religion journalism. Students must be a United Methodist ethnic minority.

National Press Club Scholarship for Journalism Diversity

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Bringing diversity to the field of journalism, this scholarship is available to high school seniors who plan to become a journalist. Scholarships include a book stipend.

Interpublic Group Scholarship and Internship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: January 27, 2018

Candidates are ethnically diverse students who are current juniors in an undergraduate program, with a career interest in advertising or public relations. Permanent residents and U.S. citizens who live in NJ, NY, CT and PA are eligible.

ABA Diversity Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: Varies

With an aim to broaden traditionally underrepresented groups in the operation and management of travel, transportation and tourism field, this scholarship is awarded to those who have a relevant major or career path. Current undergraduate students are eligible to apply and must have a GPA of at least 3.0 or higher.

Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

Amount: $4,000

Deadline: May 2, 2018

Eligible candidates are full-time undergraduate students attending an accredited U.S. institution with the intent on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession.

Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: May 1, 2018

The scholarship is open to minority students who are attending an undergraduate institution in the next academic year. Students must be majoring in hospitality management.

Moss Adams Foundation

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: June

Minority students of at least junior status in an undergraduate degree program are eligible for this award. Students must be pursuing a degree in accounting.

Smithsonian Institution James E. Webb Internship

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: Varies

Scholarships support the increase of underrepresented minority groups in management of cultural and scientific organizations. Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the field of business or public administration.

Surety & Fidelity Industry Intern-Scholarship Program

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: October 2, 2017

Undergraduate minority students who have declared insurance or risk management, accounting, finance or business as a major are eligible to apply. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: February 28, 2018

Current minority undergraduate students are eligible to apply for this career-building fellowship. Areas of study include advertising, public relations and marketing.

GE fund and GM Fund LULAC Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Minority students with an engineering or business major are eligible for this award. Students must be pursuing a bachelor's degree at a full-time status in order to be considered.

Fontana Transport Inc Scholars Program

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: March 15, 2018

Candidates are those pursuing a full-time undergraduate degree in math, science, transportation, engineering, environmental design, architecture, pre-med, psychology or Spanish language or literature. The award supports students who are underrepresented, low-income and first-generation college attendees.

Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial Award

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: June 17, 2018

This award is given to a high school youth who identifies as agnostic, atheist, secular or humanist. Candidates must be accepted to a two or four year college. Preference is given to minority candidates and those from diverse backgrounds.

Gates Millennium Scholars

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Candidates for the Gates Millennium Scholarship are those of a minority who have a GPA of at least a 3.30 on a 4.0 scale. Financial need is a criteria as well as involvement in community service and extracurricular activities.

Girls Who Illustrate Awesomeness Scholarship

Amount: $750

Deadline: December 1, 2017

Currently enrolled or soon-to-be enrolled young women of color are eligible. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is necessary.

JRF Scholarship Award

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

The Jackie Robinson Foundation awards scholarships to minority high school seniors who are U.S. citizens. Accepted to a college or university is required.

Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship

Amount: $20,000

Deadline: July 1, 2018

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Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship

Amount: $8,000

Deadline: February 19, 2018

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Amount: $1,250

Deadline: Varies

High school seniors from a recognized minority background planning to enroll in full-time coursework and play women's collegiate golf at an accredited university or college in the U.S. are eligible.

Presbyterian Student Opportunity Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: May 15, 2018

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PUSH Excel Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 30, 2018

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Red Thread Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 15, 2018

Qualified candidates are women with an international background. First-generation Americans, immigrants and foreign students are eligible to apply.

Seeds of Fortune Inc. Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: December 31, 2017

Minority women who attend a public high school in NYC are eligible to apply for this award. Scholarships are granted based on current eligibility criteria. Visit the award website for more details.

TELACU College Success Program Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: Varies

Applicants for the TELACU College Success Program must be first-generation college students from a low to moderate household income. A GPA of 2.5 or higher is required.

The Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: April 1, 2018

The Herbert Lehman Fund supports racial equality by offering scholarships to undergraduate students who need financial assistance to stay in school. High school students and current undergraduate students are eligible to apply.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship For New Americans

Amount: $20,000

Deadline: November 1, 2017

Applicants must be a New American who is 30 years of age or younger as of the application deadline. Students must be college seniors or those in a graduate program. Fellowships are offered based on merit, not financial need.

UMC Journey Toward Ordained Ministry

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: Varies

Undergraduate or graduate level students of a minority group can apply. Students must be pursuing ordained ministry with at a minimum of a two year membership with United Methodist Church (UMC).

Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Eligible candidates are migrant workers and those who are children of a migrant worker. Students must have a financial need and have teaching as a career goal.

Leon Bradley Scholarship

Amount: $4,000

Deadline: May 29, 2018

Awards support and encourage more minorities and persons of color to work in the field of teaching and school leadership. Applicants must reside in these geographic locations or be currently matriculating at an institution in these states or regions: Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, D.C. or West Virginia.

AGI Minority Geoscience Student Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Minority candidates who are pursuing a career in geoscience are eligible to apply. For a current list of eligible majors and other qualifications, visit the scholarship's website.

AMS Minority Scholarships

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: February 3, 2018

Awards are granted to minority students entering their freshman year of college. Students must be planning to pursue a career in atmospheric or related oceanic and hydrologic sciences, except marine biology.

AMS/Industry Minority Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Minority students who are entering their undergraduate students are eligible for this award. Students must be seeking a career in oceanic, hydrologic or atmospheric sciences.

APS/IBM Internship for Underrepresented Minorities

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 15, 2018

Candidates who identify as female and are from an underrepresented minority are eligible for this internship. Current undergraduate students majoring in physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, biology or materials science may apply.

APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 15, 2018

Undergraduate students who identify as female who are majoring in materials science, physics, computer science, chemistry, biology or engineering fields are eligible. Underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship Program

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: April 15, 2018

Candidates must be full-time enrolled as a junior or senior in an undergraduate program, or as a graduate student. Eligible majors include civil, chemical or environmental engineering, or one of the environmental sciences such as biology, ecology or geology. The scholarship is for those in a minority group.

Edward S. Roth Manufacturing Engineering Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Minorities of any group are eligible to apply for this award. Candidates are high school seniors and undergraduate or graduate students. Students must be pursuing a degree in manufacturing engineering at an ABET accredited school.

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Amount: $45,000

Deadline: January 31, 2018

Candidates must be U.S. citizens accepted to or enrolled in an undergraduate program related to a NOAA field. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply, especially if majoring in a science related to oceanic, atmospheric or environmental disciplines.

ESA Foundation Scholarship Program for Minority Students

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: May 4, 2018

High school seniors and current undergraduate students who are pursuing a career in computer and video game arts are eligible. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

IIE UPS Scholarship for Minority Students

Amount: $4,000

Deadline: Varies

Undergraduate students must be attending an accredited institution for industrial engineering. Eligible schools include those in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The Microsoft Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 26, 2018

The Microsoft Scholarship Program is awarded to minority students who are currently studying computer engineering, computer science or a STEM major at the undergraduate level. Applicants must be full-time enrolled at a two or four year institution in the U.S., Canada or Mexico.

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science SOARS Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Candidates must have completed two years of college coursework and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Female and minority students in the field of atmospheric science, biology, geoscience, chemistry, earth science, engineering, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physics, computer science or social science are eligible.

WHOI Summer Student Fellowship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 15, 2018

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution awards student fellowships to students who have completed at least their junior year of undergraduate study. Minority students are encouraged to apply, especially if they are studying in the fields of science or engineering.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: September 30, 2017

Minority students who are full-time enrolled in a four-year institution are eligible to apply. Students must be on a track to a bachelor's, master's or PhD in an engineering discipline or technical science.

A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Candidates for this award are full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are pursuing a degree in medicine, engineering, physical science, natural resources, math or science.

Asian Women In Business Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: October 25, 2017

Scholarships are granted to women of Asian descent (see application for details) who are enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year U.S. institution. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required.

Against The Grain Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Awards are given to Asian-American college seniors and graduate students who exhibit exemplary leadership, passion and vision within the Asian-American community.

Korean American Scholarship Foundation - Western Regional Chapter

Amount: Varies

Deadline: June 30, 2018

Scholarship is designated to students of Korean heritage who are studying in the U.S. at a full-time status. The college or university must be in the Southwestern region states (Arizona, Colorado, Alaska, California, Idaho, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Washington or Wyoming).

Korean American Scholarship Foundation-Eastern Regional Chapter

Amount: Varies

Deadline: June 30, 2018

The Korean American Scholarship - Western Region is designated to students of Korean heritage studying in the U.S. full-time. The college or university must be in the Eastern region states (District of Columbia, Delaware Indiana, Maryland, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia or West Virginia).

Korean American Scholarship Foundation-Midwestern Regional Chapter

Amount: Varies

Deadline: June 30, 2018

Students of Korean heritage studying in the U.S. full-time are eligible for this award. The college or university must be in the Midwestern region states (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Asia Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 18, 2018

Candidates for this award are high school seniors who have at least one parent of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage. Applicants must be younger than 21, planning to attend a two or four year college or university.

SEED Foundation Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

To be eligible, students must be of Asian-Indian heritage with at least one parent of Indian ancestry. Students must be graduating high school seniors with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: February 24, 2018

Applicants must be students or parents who have been employed at an Asian cuisine or Asian-owned restaurant. High school seniors and current undergraduate students are eligible to apply.

Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: March 31, 2018

This scholarship supports Taiwanese American students who are high school or first-year undergraduate students. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required along with proof of financial need.

The Korean Ancestry Grant

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: March 31, 2018

Eligible candidates are those of Asian ancestry, meaning at least one Asian grandparent or parent. Students must have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) to apply.

APIASF General Scholarship Program

Amount: $15,000

Deadline: January 11, 2018

Candidates must graduating high school students of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity. Eligibility includes U.S. citizens, national or legal permanent residents, along with citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Federated States of Micronesia, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau.

Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: June 30, 2018

This award supports high school, undergraduate, professional, trade, vocational or graduate students who express activism in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API). Preference is given to students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer or transgender.

¡Adelante! Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Scholarships, internships and leadership development opportunities are available through ¡Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund. The Fund supports and aims to inspire Hispanic college students. See website for up-to-date opportunities and eligibility requirements.

CUNY Becas Scholarship Program

Amount: $6,330

Deadline: February 28, 2018

Candidates for this award are those who demonstrate financial need, academic achievement and commitment to service in the Mexican community. Awards are available to both undergraduate and graduate students.

HACUS-IES Study Abroad Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: Varies

Candidates are U.S. permanent residents or citizens who have been accepted to or enrolled in a semester, summer or academic year IES abroad program. Scholarships are awarded to those attending Hispanic-Serving Institutions that belong to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).

La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: October 15, 2017

Hispanic and Latino students seeking a bachelor's degree or graduate degree are eligible to apply. The minimum GPA requirement is 2.8. Undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of full-time study in order to be eligible.

PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: May 31, 2018

PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship Fund awards are given to incoming and current undergraduate students. Hispanic and Latino students who are permanent legal residents, U.S. citizens, DACA, undocumented or eligible non-citizens are eligible to apply.

RMHC/HACER National Scholarship

Amount: $100,000

Deadline: January 18, 2018

Hispanic and Latino high school seniors are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must be younger than 21 years old and be a legal resident of the United States.

The HSF Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: Varies

Awards are given to those of Hispanic heritage who are high school students, current college students or community college transfers. Students must carry a certain GPA based on if they are in high school or college. See application for more details.

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar-Intern Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April

This award is a scholar-intern program for Latino leaders. Funding for college is available along with hands-on experience and professional development. Eligible candidates are currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students.

HENAAC Scholars Program

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: April 30, 2018

Scholarships are awarded to Hispanics or those who demonstrate leadership or service within the Hispanic community who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering or math. A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund/Marathon Oil Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 5, 2018

Awards are given to students of Hispanic heritage. Applicants can be current high school or undergraduate students.

AAIA Adolph Van Pelt Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: June 1, 2018

Awards are given to Native Americans who are enrolled members of their respective tribe from continental US tribes or Alaska Native. Candidates must be full-time enrolled at an undergraduate educational institution.

AAIA Allogan Slagle Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: June 1, 2018

Undergraduate and graduate awards are given to members within their respective tribe from continental U.S. tribes or Alaska Native. Students must be enrolled full-time for both semesters during the academic year, and be attending an accredited two or four year institution.

AAIA Undergrad Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: Varies

Eligible candidates are high school seniors who will be enrolling in an undergraduate degree, either for two or four years. Candidates must be enrolled in their tribe.

Catching The Dream Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

The scholarship assists Native American high school students with their college academic pursuits. All tribes and regions are welcome to apply. Preference is given to those who plan to study engineering, math, science, business, computers and education.

Cherokee Nation College Resource Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: June 15, 2018

Candidates must demonstrate tribal citizenship in the Cherokee Nation. The scholarship is awarded to those who plan to attend or are attending an accredited U.S. institution.

Chickasaw Nation Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Chickasaw citizens who are pursuing higher education are eligible for numerous awards. Details for current scholarships and eligibility are listed on the website.

CIRI Foundation Fellowships

Amount: $250

Deadline: Varies

Qualified candidates are CIRI original enrollees or direct lineal descendants. Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher with a desire to perform and transmit the literary, visual and performing arts of Alaska Natives.

CIRI Foundation General Scholarships

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: June 1, 2018

To be eligible, candidates must be a CIRI original enrollee or direct lineal descendant. A high school diploma or GED is required with current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Part-time and full-time students are eligible.

Displaced Homemaker Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Both male and female candidates are eligible to apply. Applicants must be over the age of 35 and be an undergraduate student.

Ford Motor Company Tribal College Scholarship

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Awards are given to those enrolled in an accredited tribal college or university. Candidates must be members of a state or federal recognized tribe or a descendant of at least one parent or grandparent who is enrolled as a tribe member.

Holland & Knight Young Native Writers Essay Contest

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: April 15, 2018

Applications include an essay submission written about the progress their tribal communities have made. Eligible candidates are Native American high school students.

Indian-American Foundation Upakar Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: April 30, 2018

Eligible candidates are those either born in or have a parent born in the Republic of India. High school seniors should apply and be pursuing enrollment in a two or four year degree program.

Morgan Stanley Tribal Scholars Program

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Applicants must be a registered member of a state or federal recognized tribe or be a descendant of at least one parent or grandparent who is an enrolled member. Scholarship candidates must also be enrolled full-time at an accredited university or college.

Osage Nation Higher Education Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 11, 2018

Eligible candidates are those with Osage tribal membership cards who are attending a college or university. Students can be pursuing an associate's, undergraduate, graduate or doctorate degree.

AAIA Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

This scholarship is awarded to Native American female undergraduate students of any field of study.

Pauahi Foundation Public Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 18, 2018

Candidates must be attending a trade, vocational or undergraduate institution. Preference is given to students of Hawaiian ancestry.

Prince Kuhio Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Awards are given to both high school seniors and current college students. Preference is given to applicants of Hawaiian or part-Hawaiian ancestry.

Smithsonian Native American Awards Program

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: Varies

Applicants must be formally or informally affiliated with a Native American tribe or community. Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in learning more about career opportunities related to Native American resources.

The AIEF Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: April 4, 2018

Students of Alaska Native or Native American descent are eligible to apply. Students need to be pursuing an accredited two or four year institution or a vocational or technical school.

White Earth Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Candidates must be an enrolled member of the MCT-White Earth Band and a student accepted to a higher education university or technical school. Students must be in good academic standing.

American Indian Nurse Scholarship Awards

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: Varies

Candidates must be at least 1/4 American Indian and enrolled in a tribe, or able to prove direct tribal ancestry. Candidates must be enrolled an undergraduate or graduate nursing program are eligible.

Elizabeth & Sherman Asche Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Candidates must be enrolled in their tribe and be of a health or science major. The scholarship is a one-year award.

Native American Seminary

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Native American students seeking a degree at a University Senate approved seminary are eligible to apply. Candidates must have a minimum of a 3 year membership in the UMC (United Methodist Church).

Truman D. Picard Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: January 18, 2018

Scholarships are awarded to Native Americans of a federally recognized tribe or of the Alaska Native Corporation. Students must be pursuing a career path in natural resources.

Deborah Partridge Wolfe International Fellowship (Undergraduate)

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: February 1, 2018

This award is offered to African American women studying abroad. Candidates may be undergraduate or graduate students.

Walt Disney Company UNCF Corporate Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Varies

African-American students seeking an off-camera entertainment career in fields such as hospitality management, journalism, digital media and film are eligible to apply. Students must carry a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

UNCF/Koch Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Not all scholarships are based off of your GPA, but most need to verify your high school education to qualify. Try to get certified copies of your transcript early, so you have plenty of time to meet the deadline.

Although there are scholarship opportunities that aren’t merit-based, it’s valuable to take the SAT or ACT standardized tests in case it’s a scholarship qualification.

Your scholarship essay is what will bring attention to your application out of the pool of applicants. That’s why it’s important to craft a stand out piece that attests to your experience, adheres to the scholarship guidelines and most importantly, highlights your true personality.

Letters of recommendation are a true judgement of your character—something that can’t be revealed through your test scores or transcript. Reach out to former teachers, counselors or bosses, so that they can speak to your qualifications. You may also want to provide them with a resume that outlines your achievements and goals as well.

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