Scholarships for Students Through Grade 12 (page 2)
For Gifted Students To Pursue Out-of-School Activities
Many state associations for the gifted and other organizations attuned to the needs of gifted students offer scholarship money for students to pursue an out-of-school activity in an area of interest. Several such scholarships are listed below by state. Families are encouraged to check with their state department of education, area educational organizations, and any other clubs and organizations with which family members are affiliated for additional opportunities.
The Davidson Institute For Talent Development
The Davidson Institute for Talent Development offers high achieving young people across the country the opportunity to be named a Davidson Fellows. Individuals named as Davidson Fellows receive a $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the areas of science, technology, mathematics, music, literature and/or philosophy. Each submission must be an original piece of work recognized by experts in the field as "significant" and it must have the potential to make a positive contribution to society. To be eligible, applicants must be under the age of 18, and a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident. The scholarship must be used at an accredited institute of learning. For information visit www.davidsonfellows.org.
Nicholas Green Award for Students
The Nicholas Green Awards are presented by the National Association for Gifted Children and are designed to recognize excellence in young children. The awards, which include a $500 U.S. Savings Bond, may be made to students in grades 3-6 who have distinguished themselves in academics, leadership, or the arts. Nominations will be accepted from the students themselves, parents, teachers, peers, and community and civic groups. One student from each of the fifty states may be selected to receive this award of excellence. For information visit www.nagc.org.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars program selects high-achieving youth with financial need and provides them with individualized educational services throughout high school that will enable them to develop their talents and abilities. The Young Scholars Program is one of the most individualized scholarships offered in the United States. The Foundation collaborates with regional talent centers at Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Northwestern Universities, and the University of Denver to answer inquiries about the program, administer the application process, and counsel Young Scholars. However, applicants need not be part of the talent centers' programs to be eligible for or participate in the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program. Students in the 7th grade—or who will enter 8th grade next fall—are eligible to apply and applications are available in February. For information visit www.jackkentcookefoundation.org.
The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship
The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship identifies exceptionally gifted middle school students who have demonstrated academic and personal excellence and awards them with a scholarship to the high school that best meets their academic and personal needs. Scholars receive a full, four-year scholarship covering the cost of tuition and books, as well as guidance in choosing an appropriate high school. The scholars become part of a peer network that provides them with the opportunity to communicate with and develop lifelong relationships with other motivated young people. To apply, a student must have achieved a score of 97% or higher in at least one of the major academic areas on a school administered nationally normed standardized test (such as Stanford 9, Iowa Test of Basic Skills) for at least the past two years. Applicants must also score as well as or better than the average college bound senior on the SAT-I reasoning test. Recommendations, nomination, work sample, essays, transcripts and other elements are also required. Eligible students must reside in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, DC, Washington State, or Wisconsin. For information visit www.jackkentcookefoundation.org.
QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship for High School Juniors
The QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship is designed to level the playing field of college admissions by equipping high-achieving low-income students to apply successfully to leading schools. If you are a high school junior who has achieved excellent academic results in the face of economic challenges, we encourage you to apply for the College Prep Scholarship. Each award will include one or more of the following: Full scholarships to selective college summer programs; college admissions counseling; and/or college preparatory conferences. College Prep Scholarship applicants will also gain a head start on applying to the fall 2007 QuestBridge College Match program, which pairs high-achieving low-income high school seniors with admission and full four-year scholarships to QuestBridge partner colleges. The application will be available on the QuestBridge Web site (www.questbridge.org) starting on March 1, and will be due on March 31. The application and awards are free of charge.
Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE) Youth Challenger Award
The purpose of this award is to honor and recognize a student in grades 7-12 who risked taking an unusual (creative, different, innovative) step in a direction most people would probably not even think of or consider. The selection committee may present one award per year, or may defer from presenting any award. For information visit http://agate.freespaces.com/awards.html.
California Association for the Gifted (CAG) Student Grants
CAG’s Student Grant is intended to assist you, as a gifted student, to excel in an area of interest or achievement. Grants are typically awarded to help finance: an original project which holds promise for the advancement of learning or contributes to a field of endeavor, or an instructional opportunity not available within a student’s school district. Individual grants will be awarded in amounts up to $500. To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in a gifted and talented program in California and will continue to participate in it for the duration of the intended project or instructional opportunity. These awards will not be given for post-high school work. For information visit www.cagifted.org/Pages/Awards/studentGrants.html.
Reprinted with the permission of Duke University. © 2008 Duke University Talent Identification Program.