There are many types of scholarships for those seeking financial aid to help pay for their college educations. Many are given out by local organizations, private funding groups, and, of course, by the colleges or universities themselves. However, one other major source of possible financial aid for students are scholarships awarded by big corporations and companies. These groups often give out very large scholarship amounts and quite often have a whole group, or sub company, dedicated to specifically raising money to go towards these scholarships. Furthermore, such big corporate scholarships are not just geared toward high school students entering college or university for the first time (although most are indeed directed toward this population). The corporate scholarships can also be given to, for example, graduate students pursuing a Masters or a Ph.D, as well as mature students who wish to return to higher education after being away from the academic world for a period of time and are now prepared to come back. On top of all this, most students tend to overlook big corporations and their often generous scholarship money. So, remember that when you are investigating the possible types of scholarships to apply for, keep in mind the lucrative corporate scholarship route. Below is a sample of just a few of the types of corporate scholarships that are available to you, along with all of the necessary details you’ll need should you consider applying to one or all of them.
Best Buy Scholarship
As a facet the Best Buy corporate community-outreach program, this company, along with their very own Children’s Foundation, help students achieve their career goals by providing approximately 1,100 scholarships worth $1,000 each to high school kids from grades nine through twelve who have the goal of attending college or university or trade school on a full time basis. Eligible students must be a resident of, and living within, the United States or Puerto Rico, going to college in September, and who, of course, show excellence in academics as well as community-service or employment related experience. The period to apply for this scholarship is between December 26 to February 15. Some facts of this scholarship program are, for example, since 1999 the company has given away almost 22 million dollars in scholarship money, aiding almost 18,000 students through college. Also, in the 2013, over 150, 000 students applied for the scholarship!
Dr. Pepper Million Dollar Tuition Giveaway
This unique scholarship program gives away many millions of dollars to help college students all over the United States pay for rising cost of tuition. No matter what your future career goals are, the Dr. Pepper company wants to help by providing you with either a $2,500 scholarship or the chance to compete for a grand prize scholarship of $100,000! All that the company asks is that you send to them a video submission explaining how you have made a positive change in your community, or perhaps the world at large. To be eligible for this great scholarship opportunity you must be between the ages of 18 and 24, legally a resident of the U.S, and have reached the legal age in your particular state. Also, no member of your family may be affiliated with the Dr. Pepper company. The deadline is December 31 of each year, and 50 scholarships will be awarded.
Gates Millennium Scholars Program
This corporate scholarship program, created back in 1999, is offered through Microsoft owner Bill Gates, as well as his wife Melinda Gates. This program’s aim is to give financial money to students who come from such ethnic backgrounds as African American, Native American, Hispanic and Asian Pacific, so they may have the chance to have a college experience (undergraduate as well as graduate level). Furthermore, it is open to a student wishing to study such academic disciplines as science, education, mathematics, and engineering. The ultimate goal of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program is to enhance excellence through academics and give the chance for many thousands of students to reach their highest potential. To be eligible you must meet the following criteria: be a U.S. citizen, be either a senior in high school or a graduate of high school or have received your GED, meet one of the minority groups mentioned above, have a minimum 3.3 GPA, and have showed leadership skills in community-service work or related activities. 1,000 scholarships are awarded each year, with the application deadline being January 17 annually.
American Rhodes Scholars
This well known and prestigious scholarship began back in 1903 by a man named Cecil Rhodes. It was Cecil’s vision that the world could be a better place by developing motivated leaders who are shaped though studying philosophy, experiencing many different cultures, and intensive networking with peers. Cecil also hoped to bring these students from all over the globe together to study at Oxford University to learn even further the principles of peace and mutual understanding. Thus, to this day, every year, 80 Rhodes Scholars attend various courses at Oxford in England, 32 scholars of which are U.S. citizens. These scholars attend the university for two years with an all-inclusive scholarship provided. For American students, to be eligible you must be a U.S. resident, between the ages of 18 and 23, along with advanced academic standing to ensure the successful completion of a BA degree by the beginning of the Rhodes program on October 5.