Prudential Spirit of the Community Awards Program

  • Description:

    The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. 

    Created in 1995 by Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the program honors middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national level.

    Thus far, it has recognized more than 140,000 young people who’ve made a difference – and inspired countless others to consider how they might contribute to their communities.

    The Spirit of Community Awards program also honors youth volunteers in countries outside the U.S. where Prudential has a significant presence: Japan, Taiwan, Ireland, India, China and Brazil.

    Any young person who:

    • is in grades 5-12 as of November 4, 2021
    • is a legal resident of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C.,
    • has engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred during the 12 months prior to the date of application
    • submits a completed application to a school counselor.

    Application: CLICK HERE
    Application Deadline: November 4, 2021

The Cooke College Scholarship Program

  • Description:

    The Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is the largest undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke Scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as a thriving network of nearly 3,000 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

    Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive.

    This highly competitive scholarship includes:

    • Up to $55,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school
    • Ability to pursue any area of study
    • Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid
    • Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the college student experience

    Eligibility Requirements:

    Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Senior standing – Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2022.
    • Fall College Enrollment – Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2022.
    • GPA – Earn a minimum, cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above.
    • Income – Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000.

    Award Amount: Award vary by individual
    Application: Click Here
    Application Deadline: November 18, 2021

Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. Scholarship

  • Scholarship Description:

    Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full-time undergraduate students, in an accredited four-year or two-year institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories, and demonstrate a verifiable need for financial support. At least one parent must be of Hispanic ancestry. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply (DACA or Undocumented). Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students for the Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 academic year. This includes high school seniors, college freshman, sophmores, and juniors up to age 25.

    Scholarship Requirements

    • Essay Questions
      •  Tell us about your background – In 500 words or more, submit a self description including your family history (parents/guardian, siblings), life and/or work experiences that have influenced you. Finally, describe your most significant achievement? Did you overcome any obstacles or challenges? If so, how?
      • Leadership Essay – Submit a 500-750 word essay on the future of Latinx (Hispanics) in America, the kind of leadership needed, and any role you hope to play in providing such leadership. How will this benefit your community? What can USHLI do to help you achieve your goals?
      • Optional Essay – What else would you like to share with us, relevant to your application being selected for this scholarship?
    • Required Documents
      • Portrait Picture Applicants must submit a recent photograph (high-resolution, color, size: 2.5 x 3.5 ratios, PNG, JPG, or GIF). The picture should be suitable (headshot) for use in any printed literature announcing the recipients. Selfies are not accepted.
      • Resume – Applicants must submit a one-page resume in PDF format of their work experience, academic accomplishments, and other relevant information.
      • Unofficial Transcript - Applicants must submit the most updated transcript.  (College freshmen please submit your high school transcript). All transcripts must be uploaded as a PDF document in the application.

    References - Applicants must submit two (2) letters of recommendation that meet the following requirements: letters should focus on the applicant’s leadership abilities and past academic performance, while also indicating an ability or desire to effectively serve their community. The application will require you to submit your references’ contact information. Once your application is submitted, an email will be sent to your references with instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  We require one (1) reference to be from an academic source and one (1) reference to be from a professional or community service setting. Examples may include but are not limited to Teacher, Adviser, Supervisor, Employer, Coach, etc. All letters of recommendation are due December 15, 2020.

    Application: CLICK HERE
    Application Deadline: November 30, 2020

Education Matters Scholarship

  • Description:

    While continuing your education takes time, and money, there's a certain value that everyone is hoping to achieve. Our Education Matters Scholarship is giving you the chance to state why education matters. Why does education matter to you? What is the value you hope to receive from college? What would you do to convince the college cynics?

    Speaking up for education could lead to helping you pay for your own. One applicant will be awarded our $5,000 Education Matters Scholarship.

    Applicants must:

    • Be 14 years of age or older at the time of application
    • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
    • Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question:
      "What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn't matter, or that college is a waste of time and money? "

    Award Amount: $5,000
    Application: CLICK HERE
    Application Deadline: November 30, 2021

Test Prep Insight Scholarship

  • Description: 

    To apply, please write a short essay (no longer than 1,000 words) or create a short video (no longer than five minutes) that addresses the following questions:

    • How has your disability made academic achievement difficult? How have you managed to overcome that difficulty to achieve academic success?
    • What is your ultimate goal or dream job? What are the steps you are taking to achieve your goals?
    • How do you plan to give back to the community and/or help future students achieve their academic goals?

    Try to include as many personal anecdotes and examples as possible so the Scholarship Committee can get to know you on a personal level.

    Award Amount: $1,500
    Application: Click Here
    Application Deadline: November 30, 2021