Student’s Scholarship Prayer
Purdue awards freshman scholarships academic merit as well as financial need. For maximum consideration, students must meet admission and financial aid deadlines. See important steps for maximum scholarship consideration.
Freshman merit scholarships are awarded a holistic review of all information provided via the admission application. Factors considered include:
- Grades in core academic coursework and strength of your high school curriculum (in the context of courses available at your school)
- Grades in coursework that is critical to success in your intended major
- Application essay and Purdue-specific questions
- SAT or ACT score
- Recommendation (if provided)
- Evidence of commitment to the academic program to which you applied
- Evidence of leadership, service, and other accomplishments; activities, and awards
- Personal background and experiences
- Information provided by your high school
Many Purdue colleges have need- and merit-based scholarships they award to students admitted to their programs. To be considered:
- Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to Purdue West Lafayette by Dec. 15.
- In addition, some Purdue colleges use the Supplemental Scholarship Application to identify recipients for awards with very specific criteria. Colleges include: Agriculture, Health and Human Sciences, Management and the Polytechnic Institute. This application is available via the Purdue application portal must be completed by Dec. 15.
The Purdue Division of Financial Aid administers need-based aid from federal, state and Purdue funding sources. To be considered for these scholarships and grants, you must file a FAFSA by the University’s priority filing deadline, March 1. The FAFSA is available beginning October 1.
See Important Notes below.
Descriptions of University-Wide Scholarships
- Value1$12,000-$16,000 per year (nonresidents)$10,000 per year (Indiana residents)Deadline2November 1 (firm)
Holistic review3 –Renewable4 with Purdue GPA of 3.00 or higher
By mid-FebruaryApproximately 100 disbursed annually
- Value1$5,000-$10,000 per year (nonresidents)$2,000-$8,000 per year (Indiana residents)Deadline2November 1 (firm)
- (AGI is found on your income tax return.)
- FAFSA filed by March 1
Renewable4 with Purdue GPA of 2.65 or higher, continue to file the FAFSA annually by March 1, maintain similar AGI and financial need.
11 Amazing Educational Scholarship Opportunities for 13 to 17-year-olds
30 Jun 2014
11 Amazing Educational Scholarship Opportunities for 13 to 17-year-olds
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When you’re young, ambitious, and the world’s your oyster, there can be few things in life more disappointing than the realisation that your parents can’t afford to pay for you to take part in a life-changing educational opportunity.
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If you’ve felt the full impact of this kind of disappointment, all is not lost. There are plenty of organisations out there who, us, believe that limited financial means should not be a barrier to academic success.
With this ideal in mind, there are loads of financial aid opportunities out there especially designed for people aged 13-17 in your situation.
As they cover a wide range of possibilities, from purely academic opportunities to financial support that targets students with talents in specific areas science and music, chances are that one of these scholarships will suit your skills and areas of interest.
1. Eton College scholarships
Around 20% of Eton’s 1,300 pupils receive some form of financial assistance.
Eton College – undoubtedly one of the most prestigious schools in the world – has a number of scholarships available to help students meet the cost of its hefty fees.
In its own words, Eton says that it is “looking for boys of high academic promise or high musical promise or high theatrical promise who will benefit from the opportunities that Eton provides and who will contribute strongly to the life of the school.
” Because of this focus on talent, Eton doesn’t want boys to be excluded on the grounds of finance, meaning that generous scholarships are available to the right pupils. A particularly interesting example is the Tsukanov Scholarship.
These are funded by a Russian family, and there are two or three available each year covering up to 100% of the students’ course fees and some extra costs. These are designed for students of Russian or former Soviet Union heritage who can demonstrate exceptional academic and musical talent (boys who are musical but lack the required heritage may also be considered, as may non-musical Russians).Another Eton scholarship scheme is called the Horizon Foundation Scholarship, which funds Sixth Form study for a student from the Middle East (apparently the Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Jordan or Syria are the preferred countries).
Yet another one is the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Music Scholarship, which covers 100% of the course fees for an exceptionally musically talented Sixth Form student.
These scholarships are all in addition to Eton College’s main King’s Scholarships, of which fourteen are awarded each year, reducing fees by 10%.
Means-tested bursaries are also available to bring fees down, and Eton says that it has a “large number of boys who are charged a very small fee; about 40 boys are educated free of charge, and in several cases the School pays for extras, including school uniform and in some cases even pocket money.”
2. Harrow School scholarships
Harrow charges £33,285 per year for board and tuition.
Harrow School, another prestigious old English public school, has a range of scholarships on offer, though most are only worth 5% of the cost of school fees – which equates to around £1,000 per annum.
However, they also have a bursary scheme that could cover up to 100% of your school fees, and these are usually awarded to boys who also have a scholarship. Scholarships are available for those with a talent in art or music, as well as general academic promise.
There’s also the “Outstanding Talent Scholarship”, which seeks to reward boys who are able to demonstrate exceptional talent in a maximum of three activities that would “make a significant contribution at Harrow, such as ball games, athletics, swimming, drama or design technology.
” If you think Harrow might be the right school for you, you’ll also have to be prepared for a lot of singing – the school is famous for it!
3. Westminster School scholarships
Westminster School, another leading public school, also has a generous scholarship and bursary scheme. It awards eight Queen’s Scholarships each year, to students who’ve successfully completed “The Challenge”, a tough entrance exam.
Queen’s Scholarships cover half the pupil’s boarding school fees, but if you need help covering the remaining 50%, you can also apply for a bursary. These are available on a means-tested basis, and could cover the rest of your fees.
There are also music scholarships for musically talented pupils, which normally cover 25% of your fees, but again, you can get a bursary to cover the rest if you can show that you need it.
4. CREST Awards – British Science Association
A variety of scholarships are available for students with an interest in science and engineering.
The CREST Award scheme is designed to support those aged between 11 and 19 in undertaking “opportunities to explore real-world projects in an exciting way”, specifically relating to projects involving science, technology, engineering and maths.
Apparently, over 30,000 CREST Awards were undertaken last year, and the aim is to recognise personal achievements and build the skills of young students interested in this area (in which there is a notorious lack of high-quality graduates).
There are several ways in which you can get involved, including via work experience placements and after-school clubs, and there are four levels of award ranging from Discovery to Gold. You can choose from three different kinds of project: Research, Investigation/Design and Make, or Science Communication.
The CREST Awards are a must for budding scientists and a great thing to put on your future CV or university application, whether you win or not.
5. German Scholarships Programme – UK-German Connection
If you’re a British person interested in German, you’ve been studying it for two years with excellent results and you’re aged 16+, you may be interested in trying for a scholarship with the UK-German Connection.
Through its German Scholarships Programme, you’ll get to experience life in Germany first-hand, developing your German skills still further and learning about German culture.The programme lasts four weeks and includes a week’s stay in Bonn, a two-week homestay with German families, visits to important German cities and other exciting activities with people your age.
Even better, the whole thing is fully funded by the German government, which means that everything is paid for – even travel costs. All you have to pay for is the cost of getting to a UK airport, and any pocket money you might want for buying souvenirs.
6. Gliding Scholarships – Young Air Pilots
Gliding is an expensive hobby, but a scholarship can make it affordable.
Fancy learning to fly? It’s an exciting skill that might pave the way to a future career as a pilot, and it teaches all kinds of other useful life skills, such as a sharper judgement and quick decision-making.
The Young Air Pilots offer a gliding scholarship to help you get solo in gliders, which are aeroplanes but with no engines, and long wings to keep them airborne longer and help them harness the power of rising columns of air called thermals.
Four scholarships were awarded last year, and each covers the cost of membership of your local gliding club and your first 20 flights. Un driving, you can start learning to fly when you’re 13, and these scholarships are available for those aged fourteen or over.
You can find more information on the website of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots.
7. WWDC Student Scholarship – Apple
The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is a global gathering of talented web developers and Apple engineers. If you’re a student and interested in web development, you can apply for one of the Student Scholarships providing you’re aged 13 or over.
Though applications have closed for this year, it’s worth keeping an eye on the website so that you can apply for next year. To apply, you’ll need to register free of charge as an Apple developer, and then create an engaging app that showcases your skills.If you’re young and have a prodigious talent for this kind of thing, you can’t get a better name than Apple on your CV at this early stage in your career, so it’s sure to set your career in the right direction if you’re one of the lucky ones chosen for a scholarship.
There are up to 200 scholarships available, and they entitle you to a free ticket – which normally costs $1,599.
8. Doodle 4 Google
The Doodle 4 Google challenge is open to anyone still at school, and the idea is that you send in your artwork to be featured in a Google Doodle.
In case you didn’t know, that’s the animated (or otherwise jazzed up) Google logo you see when you use this search engine – it’s often commemorating a particular occasion, such as the birthday of someone important or a major sporting event.
This year’s theme was “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…” and the winner received a $30,000 college scholarship, along with a $50,000 Google in Education technology grant for her school and a further $40,000 donation in her name to a charity that provides clean water to schools in Bangladesh. The competition may be over for this year, but the website says to check back next year for more Doodle 4 Google, so if this is of interest, bookmark it now and try your luck in the next competition.
9. Google Science Fair
Google deserves a second entry on this list for an opportunity for those aged between 13 and 18 to win some great prizes – including huge scholarship funding amounts – through their ingenuity. The Google Science Fair is an online science competition that anyone of the appropriate age from around the world can enter.
The ‘Grand Prize’ includes $50,000 in scholarship funding in addition to a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic, and a behind-the-scenes experience at Virgin Galactic Spaceport, where they’re spearheading the move to make space travel a tourism opportunity.
If you don’t win the jackpot, there are still lots of other amazing prizes up for grabs, including $25,000 of education scholarship funding for the winners of each of the age groups (13-14, 15-16 and 17-18).
One lucky entrant will also win the Scientific American Science in Action Award and receive $50,000 in educational scholarship funding; this will be awarded to “a project that makes a practical difference by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge”, and the money is awarded to help the winner continue this project as well as their wider education.
10. British Science Association’s National Science and Engineering Competition
If you’re interested in entering a science competition, you might also be interested in the British Science Association’s National Science and Engineering Competition, which aims to “recognise the achievements of 11-18 year olds living in the UK and in full-time education”.
Covering the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths, it’s not quite a scholarship, but with prizes of up to £2,000, there’s definitely enough to put towards an educational opportunity such as a summer school.
The only limit in the kind of science projects you could undertake is your imagination, but there’s a handy Challenge Pack – with a welcome from none other than television physicist Professor Brian Cox – to help you get started.
11. Oxford Royale Summer Schools Scholarships
With ORA, you’ll get a boost to your education as well as taking part in a host of great activities and experiences.
Finally, we couldn’t write an article about funding opportunities without a mention of our own generous scholarship scheme! We offer scholarships that cover up to 100% of your course fees for our two-week courses.
We’re not going to pretend that it’s not a very competitive process, as we can sadly only accept a fraction of the students who apply, but there’s nothing to lose in applying and potentially everything to gain.To apply, we’ll need to see evidence of financial hardship, details of your recent exam results, and references from teachers, and you’ll need to answer a series of online questions to let us know why you think you should be awarded a scholarship.
If that sounds quite a lot of effort, it’s definitely worth it for the friends you’ll make, the international network of contacts you’ll form, the academic progress you’ll make and the fun you’ll have.
So, if you’re worried that you won’t be able to take part in an educational opportunity purely because of money issues, don’t despair. These are just a handful of the scholarships and other funding options out there, all designed to help you to succeed.
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The 11 Easiest Scholarships to Apply For
Scholarships are awesome resources if you’re checking out different ways to pay for college. It’s free money after all—what’s not to love?
As it turns out, most scholarship programs have application processes that aren’t exactly lovable. Students generally have to submit a lot of information about themselves: transcripts, GPAs, test scores, resumes, community service activities, and so on.
There might even be a few essays and grade requirements thrown in as well.
You don’t want to complain—because, again, free money—but these applications sure are tedious when you’re working on college apps, high school courses, and financial aid applications all at the same time.
The following easy scholarships have application processes that are a bit more manageable.
Some ask you to write short essays, while others don’t require any essays at all! The awards might not be as large as some other scholarships out there, but when the application process is so easy, you really don’t have much to lose.
I'll start off with some words of warning before getting into the good stuff: essay and no-essay scholarships that are so easy to apply for, you might end up applying to all of them!
Caveat: If a Scholarship Seems Too Good to Be True ..
Unfortunately, there aren't too many legitimate “easy” scholarships out there. If a scholarship application sounds too good to be true, be cautious—you don't want to fall victim to a scholarship scam!
Here are some things to look out for:
- A scholarship application that asks for personal information that isn't relevant to the award: Many top scholarship programs ask for personal information (transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, and even financial information for need-based scholarships); however, this info is all relevant to candidate evaluation. If you're ever uncomfortable providing personal info for a scholarship program, dig deeper. Can you verify that the program is legitimate? Does it have its own website, or can you only find info about it through a third party? Try Googling “[award name] scam” to see whether anything suspicious pops up.
- A scholarship that asks you to make payments to enter or win: Scholarship programs are in the business of giving money to students, not taking it. A scholarship program is ly just a scam if the application asks you to make a payment—especially if it asks you to enter credit card information.
Now that we've got that the way, it's time to get to the good stuff: all the best easy essay and non-essay scholarships and how to win them!
These essays won't take you long at all, but they're a good excuse to set up at your favorite cafe.
The scholarships in this section ask students to submit short essays with their applications.
Even though you'll have to write an essay, the rest of the application (and the essay itself) should be easy and manageable for all these awards.
In fact, most of these applications shouldn't take longer than one to two hours to complete.
Bachus & Schanker LLC Scholarship
This scholarship program is a bit different from most of the other awards included in this post—it's funded by a private law firm in Colorado. Students compete for a $2,000 award by writing a short essay (800 words) about the 7th amendment and how it affects their lives.
- Eligibility: High school students who have been accepted to a four-year university and university students with a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Deadline: November 30, 2018 (to win a scholarship for the spring semester), and July 30, 2019 (to win a scholarship for the fall semester)
Courage to Grow Scholarship
This $500 award is given out to one lucky student every month. To compete for the award, applicants must explain in 250 words why they think they deserve the scholarship.
- Eligibility: US high school juniors and seniors and college students with a minimum 2.5 GPA
- Deadline: Last day of every month!
Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship
To compete for this $500 award, applicants must the Odenza page and write two short essays of about 500 words each. One essay must be related to travel and your career, and the other must explain why you should receive the scholarship.
- Eligibility: Current high school students aged 16-25 or students who have at least one year of college remaining. Applicants must also have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
- Deadline September 30, 2018
James “Rhio” O'Connor Scholarship Memorial Fund
This $1,000 award is given out to a new student every month. Students compete for the scholarship by writing a short essay (700-1,500 words) addressing a prompt related to cancer treatment.
- Eligibility: All college students
- Deadline: New one every month!
Some of these applications won't take you longer than a few minutes.
When it comes to easy applications, you can't get much easier than the following scholarship programs. You'll still have to submit some information about yourself (and, in some instances, complete some brief activities or tasks), but you won't have to write any essays to qualify.
AFSA High School Scholarship
Here's one of those scholarships for which you have to complete a few unique activities to qualify. For the 2017 scholarship, students applied by reading about automatic fire sprinkler systems and then taking a 10-question quiz the information they read. Ten $2,000 awards are given out each year.
- Eligibility: Current high school seniors
- Deadline: April 1, 2019
Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway
Students can qualify to win $2,500, $20,000, or even $100,000 in tuition money by writing a short description of how they plan to change the world and recording a video explaining their academic and professional goals. Submissions that get the most votes win prizes, so be sure to recruit your friends to vote for you!
- Eligibility: All students aged 18-24
- Deadline: Awards are given out on a rolling basis
Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku and Senryu Competition
This scholarship program gives out relatively small awards of$50, but the application process is fun and easy. Students qualify by simply writing and submitting up to three original haikus.
- Eligibility: All students in grades 7-12
- Deadline: March 2019
“No Essay” College Scholarship
This $2,000 award is given out monthly. To apply for this scholarship, submit an application that includes basic identifying information, your GPA, and your SAT/ACT scores. Winners are randomly selected, and you can submit a new application every month.
- Eligibility: High school students, adults heading back to school, current college students, and anyone else looking to attend college or graduate school within the next year
- Deadline: Last day of every month!
Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest
Do you have a creative side and an eye for fashion? Students can compete for the grand prize of $10,000 (one each for the dress and tux categories)by designing and wearing prom outfits made duct tape. Eight $100 prizes are given to runners-up. Applicants can enter as individuals or as part of a couple. Check out the website for fun pictures of past winners!
- Eligibility: High school students in the US and Canada (excluding certain states and territories—refer to the official rules for details)
- Deadline: May 2019
US Bank Student Union Scholarship
Three $5,000 awards, one $10,000 award, and one $20,000 award are available through this scholarship program. To qualify, students submit a simple application; you may also earn extra entries by completing up to eight online learning modules on financial literacy.
- Eligibility: Current undergraduate students
- Deadline: October 26, 2018
CaptainU $2,000 Student-Athlete Scholarship
As the name suggests, this quarterly award is for student-athletes who plan to attend a four-year college or university. To qualify, applicants must submit some basic info about their sport and GPA.
- Eligibility: High school and junior college student-athletes
- Deadline: New one every quarter (i.e., every three months)
3 Tips for Winning Easy Scholarships
Easy scholarships to apply for aren't necessarily the same as easy scholarships to win. Since these scholarship applications are so simple to complete, you'll probably have a lot of competition. Here are some strategies to help you submit your best applications possible:
#1: If you have to write an essay, you’re ly to be more successfulif your views align with those of the entity that’s awarding the scholarship. To prepare, do some research about the company or charity's mission statement.
#2: Make sure your application is polished. You won’t have the opportunity to make more than a first impression (remember, these apps are short and sweet!), so double-check for any grammar, spelling, or punctuation errors.
#3: Last but not least, be sure that your application is complete and on time!
These scholarships are excellent options if you want to churn out as many applications as possible. As you might've noticed, though, the award amounts are a bit underwhelming (though keep in mind that several smaller awards can be just as helpful as one big award!).
You'll have to spend more time on your applications if you're gunning for a top scholarship, but the payoff can be more than worth it. To learn more about some of the best scholarships out there, check out our guides to the top scholarships for high school juniors and seniors.
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The NFTS is committed to ensuring it is open to students of genuine ability, no matter what their background or financial circumstances.
In the last year, 8 in 10 UK MA students received support, with more than £800,000 given out in total.
As an institution that develops the next generation of creative talent we feel a special responsibility to ensure our creative industries reflect the full diversity of our country.
So if you have the talent and the commitment, we want to give you the opportunity to fulfil your potential. We don’t want anybody to be put off applying for a place at the NFTS because of the cost. We will do all we can to help you make the finances work to come to the NFTS.
The NFTS awards more scholarships and bursaries to British students, relative to the size of our student body, than almost any other educational institution in the UK.
NFTS MA Scholarship Programme
The NFTS is grateful for the generous assistance of its scholarship donors, such as ScreenSkills and Channel 4, who between them provide £350,000 of support for students to help with their fees. Channel 4 monies are targeted at students from diverse backgrounds including those from the regions, nations and from BAME communities.
The School also receives significant scholarship funding from a range of trusts and grant-giving organisations, such as the Leverhulme Trust which supports 10 students every year, as well as companies and individuals.
Toledo Productions support diverse new British voices and talent.
The Toledo Scholarship is an NFTS scholarship established by Duncan Kenworthy (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill) to enable talented newcomers from the UK’s ethnic minorities to fast-track their ambitions and join the British film industry. Watch below to see how the Toledo Scholarship has helped British Black and Ethnic Minority students train at the NFTS.
When you are offered a place on an MA course, and if you are eligible, you will be invited to apply for these scholarships. We will also provide advice about other potential sources of funding.
Applications for NFTS funding are means tested. Awards to UK MA students for the academic year commencing January 2018 have ranged from £1,000 to £10,000, depending on demonstrated individual need.
Scholarships for Diploma courses
Scholarships are now available for full-time NFTS Diploma courses starting in January 2020. More than £100,000 is available to support students. Find out more here.
UK Scholarship Programme
Students on a number of NFTS MA and Diploma courses can apply for the BAFTA UK scholarship programme. It is open to British citizens in need of financial assistance to take a post-graduate course in the UK. You can apply to BAFTA before you are offered an NFTS place.
Each BAFTA Scholar receives up to £12,000 towards their annual course fees, as well as mentoring support from a BAFTA member, and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.
Find eligible courses and apply online here http://www.bafta.org/supporting-talent/scholarships/uk-programme
Chinese Nationals studying in the UKThis scholarship is open to Chinese nationals in need of financial assistance to take a postgraduate course in the UK related to a career in film, television or games.
Successful applicants will receive up to £5,000 towards annual tuition fees
Find eligible courses and apply online here www.bafta.org/asia/initiatives/scholarships
UK students who have worked in the industry for at least two years may qualify for assistance from the Film & Television Charity. There is also an opportunity to apply early and directly for a BAFTA scholarship before your application has been completed. UK applicants should look out for the BAFTA scholarship announcement on their website.
Some of the remaining UK Regional Screen Agencies offer scholarships to students from within their region. Some are arranged through the School as NFTS Scholarships, while others must be applied for direct, in competition with students at other institutions. Please contact the Registry, or your local Regional Screen Agency, for more information.
European and International students on MA courses
The NFTS scholarship programme is only available to UK students. There are British Government-funded scholarship schemes available through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Overseas Development Administration or United Nations.
You can find out more from the British Council, Embassy or High Commission in your own country or from www.britishcouncil.org and www.educationuk.org.
The application deadline for these scholarships may fall before our selection process is completed, so you should ask if you can make an application in principle even though you may not yet have been offered a place at the School.
If you are offered a place on a course the School will provide advice about potential sources of independent funding.
Students on Diploma courses
Candidates who are offered a place on a diploma course will be invited to apply for any diploma specific scholarships that are available. These may change each year and will be mentioned on the individual course page. Please check the page for the latest scholarship news.
- Dana and Albert R Broccoli Foundation
- David Elstein, Warburg Pincus
- The David Lean Foundation
- Duncan Kenworthy OBE, Toledo Productions Ltd
- Ingenious Media Investment
- The Lew Grade Memorial Fund
- The McKenna Charitable Trust
- Richard Dunn Memorial Fund
- The Anthony Picavance Bursary
- British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)
- British Cinematography Scholarship Trust
- The David Lean Foundation
- De Mouilpied Charity Trust
- Discovery Networks International
- Film & Television Charity Lord Attenborough Scholarship
- Freddie Francis, BSC Scholarship
- Freddie Young, OBE, BSC Scholarship
- The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation
- Sir John Terry Memorial Fund
- Kodak Entertainment Imaging
- The Leverhulme Trust
- The Louis Malle Scholarship
- Michael Samuelson Scholarship
- Mike Frankovic/Columbia TriStar Scholarship
- The PRS for Music Foundation
- The Robert Gavron Charitable Trust
- Roger King/International Productions Ltd
- Royal Mail Special Stamps