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Navigating Applying to Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants play a vital role in assisting unhoused students to pursue higher education. With the increasing costs of college, financial aid is not always enough to cover the cost of attendance. Below is a list of various scholarships and grants that unhoused students can consider applying for to find the financial assistance they need to cover tuition fees, textbooks, and living expenses.

1. QuestBridge National College Match

  • Description: QuestBridge connects high-achieving, low-income students with top-tier colleges and universities. The National College Match program offers a full, four-year scholarship to partner schools, covering tuition, room, and board.

  • Qualifications/Requirements: Low-income students, US citizens, and strong academic achievements.

  • Amount: Full, four-year scholarship

  • Link: https://www.questbridge.org/

2. The Horatio Alger Scholarship Program

  • Description: The Horatio Alger Association offers scholarships to students who have faced and overcome adversity, including homelessness. The scholarship assists with college expenses and provides access to mentoring and support services.

  • Qualifications/Requirements: US citizenship, critical financial need, demonstrated perseverance, and a commitment to pursuing higher education.

  • Amount: Up to $25,000

  •  Link: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/

3. The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

  • Description: The Coca-Cola Scholars Program awards scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate leadership, academic excellence, and a commitment to making a positive impact in their communities.

  • Qualifications/Requirements: US citizens, high school seniors, and achievements in academics, leadership, and service.

  • Amount: $20,000

  • Link: https://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/

4. Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

  • Description: The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships and extensive support services to minority students showing leadership potential and dedication to community service.

  • Qualifications/Requirements: Minority students with financial need, leadership qualities, and a strong commitment to community involvement.

  • Amount: Varies

  • Link: https://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/

5. Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fun

  • Description: This scholarship supports low-income women, ages 35 and older, in pursuing a degree or vocational training to enhance their career prospects and break the cycle of poverty.

  • Qualifications/Requirements: Women, 35 years old or older, pursuing a technical or vocational education, or an undergraduate degree.

  • Amount: Varies

  • Link: https://rankinfoundation.org/

6. The Dream.US Scholarship

  • Description: The Dream.US scholarship is designed for immigrant students, including those who are unhoused or face financial challenges, allowing them to attend college and work towards their academic goals.

  • Qualifications/Requirements: US residents, high school graduates, and undocumented students eligible for DACA or TPS protection.

  • Amount: Up to $29,000 over four years

  • Link: https://www.thedream.us/

7. The Point Foundation Scholarship

  • Description: The Point Foundation provides scholarships and mentorship to LGBTQ+ students, including those who have experienced homelessness or unstable living situations.

  • Qualifications/Requirements: LGBTQ+ students, academic achievement, leadership skills, and a commitment to giving back to the community.

  • Amount: Varies

  • Link: https://pointfoundation.org/

8. The Dell Scholars Program

  • Description: The Dell Scholars Program supports students from low-income backgrounds, including those who have faced homelessness, by providing financial assistance, technology, and mentoring support.

  • Qualifications/Requirements: US citizens or permanent residents, minimum GPA of 2.4, demonstrated financial need, and college readiness.

  • Amount: $20,000 scholarship, plus ongoing support services

  • Link: https://www.dellscholars.org/

9. The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Scholarship

  • Description: This scholarship program offers support to students from underserved communities, including those who have experienced homelessness, to pursue higher education and achieve their academic aspirations.

  • Qualifications/Requirements: US citizens or permanent residents, demonstrated financial need, and academic achievement.

  • Amount: Varies

  • Link: https://www.msdf.org/what-we-do/education/scholarships/

10. The Gates Scholarship

  • Description: Founded by Bill and Melinda Gates, this scholarship provides full financial support for outstanding minority students from low-income backgrounds, enabling them to attend college without the burden of cost.

  • Qualifications/Requirements: US citizens, minority students, high academic achievements, and significant financial need.

  • Amount: Full cost of attendance

  • Link: https://www.thegatesscholarship.org/

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