Scholarships for College
Many state associations for the gifted and other organizations attuned to the needs of gifted students offer scholarship money for college. 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.
National Merit Scholarship Program
An academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements. Every Finalist competes for a $2,500 scholarship, which are awarded on a state representational basis. Winners are selected without consideration of family financial circumstances, college choice, or major and career plans. For information visit www.nationalmerit.org/nmsp.php.
National Achievement Scholarship Program
An academic competition established to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. Black students may enter both the National Achievement Program and the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and meeting other published requirements for participation. A total of 700 National Achievement $2500 Scholarships are awarded. For information visit www.nationalmerit.org/nasp.php.
Reprinted with the permission of Duke University. © 2008 Duke University Talent Identification Program.
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