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Scholarships for kids who DO NOT demonstrate financial need!?!?!?!

eating foodeating food Posts: 1,927Registered User Senior Member
edited February 2009 in Financial Aid & Scholarships
I know that there are a lot of merit scholarships out there, but there are VERY few for kids who DO NOT demonstrate financial need.

This is killing me.
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Replies to: Scholarships for kids who DO NOT demonstrate financial need!?!?!?!

  • hazmathazmat Posts: 8,435User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    Beering Scholarship at Purdue University.
  • eating foodeating food Posts: 1,927Registered User Senior Member
    Let me clarify.

    there are scholarships out there like Ron Brown, KFC, etc that are very selective, and can thus be considered "merit scholarships." However, the only caveat is that the applicant must also qualify for aid.

    Also:

    I'm not talking about merit scholarships given by schools.
  • hazmathazmat Posts: 8,435User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    You lost me somewhere along the path??? You seem to want merit money w/o the merit component.

    Win a talent contest maybe? Writing contest? There are ways to win cash w/o showing your GPA.

    The J. Craig and Page T. Smith Scholarship Foundation is designed to fund college scholarships for deserving students throughout Alabama.

    It seems you are from MD so do some searching for special programs in your state.
  • eating foodeating food Posts: 1,927Registered User Senior Member
    Let me clarify again. I wanted to make this a bit more general, but I see this is causing some issues regarding understanding the point of my question. So I'll tell you my tale:

    I was accepted to Yale this year, but I received $0 aid. Therefore, I am not looking for scholarships given by any universities because I am not applying anywhere else. I also cannot receive any money from Yale, so my best bet for being able to afford college is looking for scholarships that DO NOT look at financial need. However scholarships like this seem to be lacking. The Coca-Cola Scholarship exemplifies the "merit scholarship" in its purest form. They select people based on qualifications alone and are not affiliated with any college/university. Are there any more scholarships similar to this?
  • hazmathazmat Posts: 8,435User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    Gates Millennium Scholars. Robert C. Byrd.
    The Coca-Cola Scholarship exemplifies the "merit scholarship" in its purest form.

    Wow is all I can say.
    APPLICANTS MUST BE:
    CURRENT high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the US.
    US Citizens; US Nationals; US Permanent Residents; Temporary Residents (in a legalization program); Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Paroles.
    Seniors anticipating completetion of a high school diploma during the academic year in which application is made.
    Seniors planning to pursue a degree at an accredited US postsecondary institution.
    Seniors carrying a minimum 3.0 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.
  • eating foodeating food Posts: 1,927Registered User Senior Member
    Why are you becoming angry with me!?

    and why did you quote what I said that way :(.
  • eating foodeating food Posts: 1,927Registered User Senior Member
    Gates Millennium Scholars.

    I looked into this, but this is another scholarship that requires that applicants demonstrate financial need in addition to outstanding accomplishments.
  • hazmathazmat Posts: 8,435User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    I am not angry and I quoted you to make your point clear. I still do not understand your question but I feel certain others on CC can offer you answers. Goodluck in your search for money. Congrats on your acceptance to Yale.
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Posts: 19,409Registered User Senior Member
    "I was accepted to Yale this year, but I received $0 aid. Therefore, I am not looking for scholarships given by any universities because I am not applying anywhere else. I also cannot receive any money from Yale, so my best bet for being able to afford college is looking for scholarships that DO NOT look at financial need."

    There are not going to be a lot of these. That is because most scholarship organizations want to help out poor-but-smart kids whose parents can't afford the colleges the kids get into.

    You however did get into a college that believes that you and your family can pay full freight. As in something in the range of $50k a year. So the first question that you and your family have to answer is how close you can come to that figure. Just exactly how much scholarship money do you absolutely need to come up with to close the gap between what Yale costs, and what you and your family can pay? And, is this a one year thing, or will you need to have at least that much money in scholarships for all four years?
  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM Posts: 4,979Registered User Senior Member
    Did you apply for the Ron Brown this year? It is a great organization, and I believe the money can be deferred to grad school if you don't need it undergrad. D made it to the finalist round last year, 5600 applied, 63 made it to finalist, then 20 received it. If you have applied and make it to the finalist stage, the CEO of the organization will call you to interview you (without notice :( ) so be prepared. Sorry, I don't know of other scholarships for you. Best of luck.

    Edit: My D was a Questbridge Match and also a Gates Scholar, but was applying for the Ron Brown for post bac reasons.
  • eating foodeating food Posts: 1,927Registered User Senior Member
    There are not going to be a lot of these. That is because most scholarship organizations want to help out poor-but-smart kids whose parents can't afford the colleges the kids get into.

    I realize this and I totally sympathize. My parents (dad especially, who came from a horrible school in Compton, Los Angelos received a full scholarship to Wharton) benefited such programs as these. However, it makes me sad that the only people who qualify for some scholarships are the same kids who are now getting full tuition from such schools as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc. which means no love from the kids who are in the awkward middle class bracket.
    So the first question that you and your family have to answer is how close you can come to that figure.

    My family is middle class and although we will not be out on the streets because of tuition, there will be some strain as I have 2 siblings and my family essentially supports the rest of my extended family. Also, my dad started his own real estate business which is not doing to well right now and probably won't be for a while (the economy! sigh...). Basically, not to create a sob-story (because our situation doesn't at all merit one), we can afford some of the cost, but not 50 grand a year.
    Did you apply for the Ron Brown this year?

    Yes I did apply for it and I would love to receive this scholarship. Not only for the money (which is AMAZING), but also because it's such an honor to be named a RB scholar... all of those kids who got it are so outstanding.
  • jjcddgjjcddg Posts: 508Registered User Member
    Did you just start looking now? I think the deadlines for some have past, but there are plenty of non-need based scholarships

    Some of the bigger ones that I can think of that my son applied for last year

    AXA achievement scholarship
    AXA community service scholarship
    Prudential spirit of community scholarship
    Simon Mall Scholarship
    BP scholarship
    Best Buy kids who care
    Commerce bank american dream scholarship
    Lowes scholarship
    ELKS??? (some percentage of this may be based on need, but I think it's a small percentage)

    My son applied to about 40 scholarships last year but he started looking the summer before his senior year. He ended up with $8200, but his stats were not good enough to get into Yale, so you would have a better chance.
  • eating foodeating food Posts: 1,927Registered User Senior Member
    Thank you everyone!
  • matpi6matpi6 Posts: 45Registered User Junior Member
    Here are a few you may want to research farther. I don't believe these are financial need based, but I could be wrong.

    AXA Achievement
    MENSA Foundation
    Best Buy
    Toyota Scholars
    Kohls's Kids Who Care
    Elks Most Valuable Student (deadline may have passed???)

    Also, if your or your parents are a member of a union, then look into whether your union offers scholarships. Many do not ask for financial info - well, at least the ones that I applied to as a high school senior didn't.

    Of course, there are always the scholarships that require you to write an essay, such as Ayn Rand Essay Contest, TextbookX.ccm

    Finally, something to keep in mind ... a lot of non-need based scholarship (including many that I listed above) require much more than just good grades/test scores. They look for your involvement in community service project(s)/activity; something that stands out above all other strong students who likely are also applying.
  • Mesquite_girl24Mesquite_girl24 Posts: 977Registered User Member
    FYI the elks deadline was january 9th.
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