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Note: Many community service activities can generate funding opportunities for pre-college children and young adults, either to fund their activity or to reward them by providing funds for college. Take a look at Grants for Individual : Youth Community Service

About.com Private School Scholarships
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Alliance for Young Artists and Writers
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Scholarship Competition
Open to students in grades 7 to 12 who attend school in the U.S., Canada, or in an American school abroad. Entries may be submitted in 16 different art categories and 11 separate writing categories. On the national level, the programs awards $10,000 scholarships to 15 graduating seniors who earn Portfolio Gold Medals in the Art, Photography, General Writing and Nonfiction categories. Seniors who are designated Portfolio Silver Medalists will earn $1,000 Notable Achievement Awards. Additionally, 400 seniors who earn Portfolio Silver Medals or Portfolio Gold Medals may receive partial to full-ride scholarships from a network of 60 arts universities and institutes. For students in grades 7-11, more than 50 award winners will receive up to $2,500 to attend summer art and writing camps. The actual award amount is based on both merit and financial need. Each entry category has slightly different application guidelines. For artistic events, the program specifies size limits and mounting guidelines as well as instructions for shipping. Although there are no limits on the length of writing entries, in many cases students are encouraged to enter excerpts rather than full-length manuscripts. Students may enter in as many categories as they desire, but each individual work of art or writing may be submitted to only one category (the only exception being the portfolio categories). Most students submit entries to one of 96 regional competitions that cover geographic areas as small as a city and as large as a state. Prospective entrants should visit the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards website to obtain the specific mailing address for their regional programs. For those who live in areas outside established regions, "at-large" entries may be sent directly to the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Note that a teacher or school program coordinator, rather than the student, must submit the entry. The entrance fees vary by region -- usually ranging from $3 to $5 per entry. Fee waivers are available for those low-income students. Regional judging panels are generally composed of local English and art professors, professional artists, graphic designers, and journalists. The top regional submissions, about 15,000 entries in total, advance to the national judging round. Judges review each submission on three basic criteria: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal vision. For visual arts entries, judges compare each category of art directly to others within that category. For writing entries, three judges score each entry and then combine their scores. Entries are due at various dates in December and January, depending on your location and the type of art or writing submission. Regional winners are usually announced in late January, with national winners notified in late April.
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Archdiocese of Detroit Tuition Assistance Programs
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The Black Student Fund
Provides tuition grants and essential services to low-income black children attending participating schools (K-12) in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Mailing address: 3636 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.; telephone: (202) 396-0798.
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Carson Scholars Fund
The Carson Scholars Fund awards $1,000 college scholarships to students in grades 4-11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. Scholarship winners receive the honor of being named "Carson Scholars" and are awarded an Olympic-sized medal and a trophy for their school to celebrate their accomplishments.
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Children's Scholarship Fund
Children's Scholarship Fund provides partial tuition assistance for low-income families from across the United States to send their children to private schools.
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(Jack Kent) Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program selects highly able youth with financial need and provides them throughout high school with individualized educational services that will enable them to develop their talents and abilities. The Foundation collaborates with regional talent centers at Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Northwestern Universities and the University of Denver to administer the application process and to counsel Young Scholars.
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Corporation for National and Community Service
Student Service - Presidential Freedom Scholarships
Deadline: June 28
Formerly known as the President's Student Service Scholarships, close to 20,000 scholarships have been awarded to students who have strengthened communities by demonstrating outstanding leadership in service. Students in every state in the nation as well as the District of Columbia have been recognized. Each high school in the country may select up to two students to receive a $1,000 scholarship in recognition of their outstanding leadership in service to the community. The student(s) selected may be either a high school junior(s) or senior(s). With funds appropriated by Congress, the Corporation for National and Community Service provides $500 for each scholarship, which must be matched with $500 secured by the school from the community.
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Davidson Institute for Talent Development
Are you seeking support for your profoundly intelligent child? If so, the Davidson Institute offers the following scholarships and services :
(1) Davidson Fellows Award : $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000 scholarships recognizing extraordinary young people who have completed a significant piece of work that has the potential to benefit society.
(2) Davidson Young Scholars : A program providing free services to profoundly intelligent young people in the areas of academic support, educational advocacy, talent development, and social/emotional development.
(3) THINK Summer Institute : A three-week residential summer university experience offering highly gifted 12-15 year olds an opportunity to earn up to six transferable college credits.
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Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge
Deadline : May 2011
Do you have what it takes to be America's Top Young Scientist? Discovery Education and 3M are looking for students in grades 5-8 to inspire us with their enthusiasm for science and ability to innovate. The winner will receive $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds and much, much more. Learn all about the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and get ready to innovate! Students must complete a video entry about the "Science of Everyday Life" and submit it online. The top 10 students in the country will each win a series of prizes, including $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to the competition finals in New York City this fall. The winning student will receive $50,000 in U.S. savings bonds and be named America's Top Young Scientist. Sign up to receive information about the 2011 competition.
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Greater Lansing Catholic Education Foundation
More than 100 grants of $1000 are available to area families with children enrolled or planning to enroll in Lansing area Catholic elementary schools or Central High School. For more information call (517) 485-8333 or a greater Lansing Catholic school.
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Intel Science Talent Search Scholarship
Deadline: Varies annually, but are usually in November.
High school seniors. Submit a an online independent research report in science, mathematics or engineering. Please visit our website for more information. Awards range from $5,000-$100,000. For more information contact the Society for Science & the Public, 1719 N Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036, sciedu@societyforscience.org, (202 ) 785-2255
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Interlochen Arts Academy
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Application deadline : January 10
The purpose of Interlochen's financial aid program is to help provide outstanding young performers the means to further their artistic development. Interlochen is able to provide some degree of assistance to approximately 25% of its campers. No student or family should be discouraged from applying to Interlochen Arts Camp because of lack of funds. We welcome a broad cross section of families who believe in their children and in their ability to succeed.
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(Joyce) Ivy Foundation Summer Scholarship
Female high school sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply for a Joyce Ivy Foundation summer scholarship.
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K-12 Awards : Kindergarten, Elementary School, Junior High School, High School
A compilation of resources by Francisco Alberto Tomei Torres, Ph.D.
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(John F.) Kennedy "Profile in Courage" Essay Contest
Submission Deadline: January 5, 2013
The "Profile in Courage" Essay Contest invites high school students to consider the concept of political courage by writing an essay on a U.S. official who has chosen to do what is right, rather than what is expedient. A "Profile in Courage" essay is a carefully researched recounting of a story: the story of how an elected official risked his or her career to take a stand based on moral principles. The contest is open to any high school student in the U.S. Essays must not exceed 1,000 words and must be nominated by a teacher. The winner receives $10,000, second place receives $1,000, and five third place winners receive $500!
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KidsGardening.Com : Youth Garden Grants
Various deadlines
Youth Garden Grants . . . sustain and help start gardening programs involving children between the ages of three and eighteen years. Quality tools, seeds, plant materials, products, and educational resources will be shipped to grant winners. Applications are available online.
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Michigan Education Trust (MET)
MET allows parents, grandparents, businesses and others to pre-purchase undergraduate tuition for a child residing in Michigan at any Michigan public university or college, including 28 public community colleges.
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Pop Warner Scholastics Program
Pop Warner All-American Scholars Program
Each year, the most academically accomplished Pop Warner kids compete for Academic All-American status. The top 35 football players and cheerleaders nationwide, 8th grade or above, are eligible for scholarships ranging from $5000 to $5000 to pay for college. Funds are held in escrow until the children enter college.
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Population Connection
World of 7 Billion Contest
Deadline : February 19, 2015
The World of 7 Billion video contest is open to all high school students in grades 9 through 12. The contest theme focuses on the over seven billion people sharing the planet and how population can affect sustainability of earth's resources. Contest entrants create a short video of 60 seconds or less that illustrates the connection between population growth and one of the three following global challenges:
(1) The world is in the midst of the sixth mass extinction.
(2) Most of the world's suitable farmland is already under cultivation.
(3) Worldwide, 1 in 10 primary school age children and 1 in 3 secondary age children are not enrolled in school.
Each video must have one student designated as lead producer. Teachers who have a least 10 students enter the contest as lead producers are eligible to receive a free set of Population Education curriculum resources. A recommended lesson plan for working with the class to develop the videos is available on the website, along with contest rules and guidelines.
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Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level. The program's goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Over the past 15 years, more than 280,000 young Americans have participated in the program, and more than 90,000 of them have been officially recognized for their volunteer work. Open to students in grades 5 through 12 in the U.S., the program seeks to recognize students who have "demonstrated exemplary community service." To apply, interested students summarize their work on a particular service project, write four short essays, and obtain verification from a local contest administrator. The program is organized into two separate divisions: a middle school division (grades 5 to 8) and a high school division (grades 9 to 12). In total, 102 students (two from each state, plus Washington, D.C.) are chosen as "state honorees" and each receive $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony and other special events. From among these state winners, ten students -- five from each age division -- are chosen as "national honorees" and receive an additional $5,000 award. National Honorees also receive grants of $5,000 for the non-profit charitable organizations of their choice. Applications for the 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program will be accepted beginning next August.
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Renaissance of Values Scholarship Fund
Check with schools for deadline. Each year, a call for nominations is made to two area schools, Cornerstone Schools and Everest Academy, to select one candidate from each school for consideration to receive a nonrenewable scholarship of up to $6,000 for the first year of private high school education. Applications are only available at the select schools and no application form is available online. Administered by the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan.
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School Youth Travel Association Foundation
Offering $1000 scholarships for youth under age 26 toward the cost of taking part in an educational trip sponsored by a school or youth group. Applications are reviewed five times a year and must include a nomination by a teacher or youth group leader. Check the web page or call 248-693-1872. Source: Detroit Free Press, April 3, 6M.
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The SmartStudent Guide to Private Elementary, Middle and Secondary Schools
Provides an overview of financing options for private elementary and secondary education including scholarships, needs assessment companies, tuition payment plans, and loans.
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Team America Rocketry Challenge
Deadline : December 1
The first national model rocket competition for U.S. high school and junior high school students. Five winning student teams will share a total prize pool of $60,000. In addition, three of the top ten teams are eligible to win $2500 grants, including travel expenses, to launch an advanced rocket with NASA, and attend Space Camp. Each of the top 25 teams' schools will be invited to send one teacher on an all expenses paid trip to attend an advanced NASA rocketry workshop, meet with NASA scientists and engineers, and tour the Marshall Space Flight Center. This event is sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry. Our partners include NASA, the US Airforce and numerous educational organizations. Submit an application for a team of three to 10 students (grades 7-12) before December 1, 2008. Build and fly for a qualification score before April 6, 2009, a model rocket that carries one raw egg (oriented laying sideways) to an altitude as close to 750 feet as possible and stays airborne for as close to 45 seconds as possible. If your score is one of the 100 best, you will be invited to compete for a share of the $60,000 prize package in a national fly-off on May 16, 2009.
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U.S. Institute of Peace
National Peace Essay Contest
Deadline : February 3
It is the hope of the United States Institute of Peace -- a nonpartisan federal institution funded by Congress to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict -- that when students research and write on global peacekeeping topics, they will become increasingly aware of international affairs. That's why they created the National Peace Essay Contest. The essay contest is open to any student in grades 9 to 12 studying in the United States (as well as U.S. citizens studying abroad). Students must write essays of 1,500 words or less on the international affairs topic selected for each year's competition. Each first-place state winner in the National Peace Essay Contest is awarded a $1,000 scholarship and will be invited to attend the awards program in Washington, D.C. (all expenses paid). After the state winners have been determined, they compete in the national contest for first-, second-, and third-place prizes of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500.
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Veterans of Foreign Wars: Voice of Democracy Scholarship
Students write an essay on a patriotic topic that will be three to five minutes long when read aloud. The entrants then record themselves reading the essay and submit the tape or CD. Open to high school students in grades 9 through 12 (in public, private, parochial, or home-study programs), the contest is not only for those who are natural public speakers: At no point in the competition are entrants asked to give a live speech. Students who excel on the national level -- after advancing through local and department levels -- can receive a first-place $30,000 prize, a $16,000 second-place prize, or various other top-level awards. Approximately 30 other national winners will each receive $1,000, and various other awards will be given to students at the preliminary levels. First-place award recipients from each VFW department receive a trip to Washington, D.C., for a tour of historic landmarks and a chance to interact with other winners. Entries are due in early November. Winners are usually contacted in February..
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Washington Scholarship Fund
The Washington Scholarship Fund (WSF) is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1993 to increase educational opportunities for low-income students and families in Washington, D.C.
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(Elizabeth Ruthruff) Wilson Foundation
Offers two types of scholarships:
(1) Scholarships to elementary, middle, or high school student residing within the Lenawee Intermediate School District. High school seniors are not eligible after graduation. Approved camps include Interlochen, Blue Lake, M.A.S.T.A., Show Choir of America and other college-sponsored summer workshops. The scholarship is for camps relating to music or the performing arts only.
Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 for the first year to graduating seniors (or have graduated) from a public or private high school in Lenawee county, Michigan. Applicant must be accepted for attendance at an accredited community college, or bachelor's degree-granting institution of higher education, and must be planning to enroll as a music or performing arts major at that college.
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