9 All-inclusive Merit Scholarships in United States

In fact, students with excellent academic achievements may have more opportunities to receive scholarships that will reduce their financial burden to pay all college or university-related expenses. Awarding such scholarships will not be based on funding needs, but rather academic success indicated significantly by higher grades, ACT and/or SAT scores, extracurricular activities and even leadership skill. The scholarships are awarded to these students to honour their roles, both in academic environment and society, regardless of whether they come from a good income family or not. Yet however, some excellent students who happen to come from low income family would be apparently preferable.

It is also worthwhile mentioning that generally in USA, merit-based scholarships are offered by colleges or universities where students are enrolled in. Colleges or universities are much aware of their students’ academic achievements, so awarding various scholarships to these eligible students will generate spirit of other students to achieve the same academically. Yet however nowadays, such scholarships are provided not only by colleges/universities, but also companies, non-profitable foundations, and non-governmental organizations.

Interestingly in US, also perhaps in other countries, merit-based scholarships are offered by also considering gender, minority community, native community, states of residency, etc. Meaning that such a scholarship will put another requirement to applicants to be more eligible in receiving it. In this brief article, I am going to explore the scholarships a little further, so you will have more pictures in your minds on which scholarships that fit you much.

Here is the list of 9 All-inclusive Merit Scholarships:

1. Fulbright Scholar Program

Perhaps for the time being, one of the most prestigious merit-based scholarships in US is Fulbright Scholar Program offered to many professionals in various fields including journalism, science, art, law, etc,  emphasizing on high quality research on different issues.  The program itself is regularly awarded by the J.William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) and open to all US citizens regardless of their gender, race, faith boundaries etc. The scholarship  duration will range from two to twelve months and the amount it offers would vary.

Despite all this, in order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants will be required to provide several items that show their valuable experience and excellence in academic atmosphere including degree and foreign language requirements.

Luckily for students who look so eager to apply the scholarship this year, the opportunity is still open until September 16, 2019. Therefore,  they will be advised highly to check its official website www.cies.org, or contact the email [email protected]

2. Simplr Artificial Intelligence and Technology Scholarship

Another merit-based scholarship is Simplr Artificial Intelligence and Technology Scholarship provided by Asurion, a US-based company that deals with customer service worldwide. Apparently the $ 7,500 scholarship doesn’t require many things.

Eligible candidates who are currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in US will only be asked to write a 1,000-2,000 word essay regarding artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), the Internet of Things (IoT) and Blockchain technology. While submitting, applicants will be also asked  to provide an unofficial transcript.

Fortunately, for this year’s opportunity, the application is still open until December 31, 2019 , and the winner of the scholarship will be selected one month after the application deadline.  Therefore, any applicants want to take part, be advised to visit the website www.simplr.ai as they have to fill in an form available in the site.

3. Simplisafe STEM Scholarship

Established as a startup in Boston by Mr. Chad Lauran, an engineer-turned-entrepreneur, SimpliSafe offers a merit-based scholarship to US citizens who are interested in pursuing their education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in Bachelor, Master or Ph.D degree in several accredited colleges or universities in US. For your information, the startup company, through this scholarship, endeavours to help students by awarding fund for their education.

In order to be eligible to receive the $1,000 scholarship, candidates must have a 3.0 minimum GP. Despite little amount, the scholarship could be your alternative since you are eager in pursuing your education in STEM fields. Therefore, for more detailed information, you will be recommended to visit its official website at www.simplisafescholars.org.

4. HubShout Internet Marketing Scholarship

HubShout, a New York-based team consisting of 30 great analysts, developers, designers, writers and also account managers, proudly offers a merit-based scholarship named HubShout Internet Marketing Scholarship. The $ 1,000 scholarship is open to students with at least one year of college or university. in order to be eligible, they must have a 3.0 minimum GPA and show strong desire in Internet Marketing.

Each year, HubShout established in 2008, offers two awards, whose deadlines are March 1st and November 1st.

For further information, applicants can check HubShout in Facebook or Twitter, or can visit its official website at www.hubshout.com. Besides, they can contact 866-482-5505.

5. Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship

For US citizens who simply look interested in journalism, this scholarship can be taken into consideration. The scholarship is named Al Young Sports Journalism, provided by Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) whose goal is to elevate the voice of Asian Americans in sports and encourage future Asian American sport journalists across various media platforms via mentorship and scholarship opportunities. As You may have heard, Al Young is an award-winning influential journalist in sport field, dubbed as Asian American pioneer in US journalism.

This merit-based scholarship of $ 2,000 will be awarded to students in college who show a strong interest in pursuing sport journalism as their future career. Not only that, in order to be eligible to receive the scholarship, applicants must show their excellent journalistic skill and have a strong commitment at being a volunteer for 5 hours at least in the AAJA Sports Task Force. Besides academic achievement and good journalistic skill, financial need would be a criterion to determine recipients. Last but not least, all applicants must be required to write a 1,000-2,000 word essay and a 500-8000 cover letter).

So If you feel interested or have further question regarding the scholarship, you can contact Mr. Justin Seiter, the Program Coordinator in AAJA, through his email : [email protected], or you can simply check AAJA’s website at www.aaja.org.

6. Great Minds in STEM Scholarship Program

A scholarship awarded only to Hispanic students living in US is Great Minds in STEM Scholarship. Arguably, since 2001 the foundation has awarded around $ 4.2 million as scholarship to more than 1,400 US students. This merit-based scholarship offers $ 5,000- $ 10,000 in amounts.

In order to be eligible, students must graduate from high senior schools, or undergraduate and graduate programs and demonstrate a strong plan to pursue their education in a higher degree in the STEM fields. They must a 3.0 minimum GPA. although applicants are not required to write an essay, but they must provide two letters of recommendation from their faculty and any friends/classmates who know them very well.

Unfortunately for this year’s application, the deadline is over since April 1, 2019. Nevertheless, to get more detailed information,  next candidates are advised to visit the Foundation’s website at www.greatmindinstem.org, or Email : [email protected]

7. American Indian Law School Scholarship

For US students who are Indian or Alaska natives  will have a great opportunity to obtain a scholarship provided only to them named American Indian Law School Scholarship. The scholarship itself is awarded by the American Indian College Fund Native scholars in Harvard Law School to cover all costs of education including tuition for the three-year course in the School.

To be eligible in receiving the scholarships whose amount would vary and is offered to only one recipient, candidates must be currently enrolled in Harvard Law School as first year students. Application will be open again from January Ist to March 12, 2021 and announced officially by April 16, 2021.

Two years from now, applicants who feel eligible to receive the scholarship and want to know more about it, can visit the program’s website at www.collegefund.org, or Email : [email protected]

8. C200 Scholar Awards   

C200 Scholar Award, a merit-based scholarship awarded to only female students living in US, is offered by C200, a global society that aims at promoting the advancement of women in business field.

In order to be eligible to receive this $ 10,000 scholarship, female students must be currently enrolled in MBA program at school hosting a C200 Reachout. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate their skill and integrity in leadership and entrepreneurship.

The deadline for the application would vary. For those who are interested in applying it, be advised to visit  the C200’s official website at www.c200.org.

9. The Laurels Fund Postgraduate Scholarships

Another scholarship for female students that is based on merit is the Laurels Fund Postgraduate Scholarship. The award ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 5,000 will offered by the Educational Foundation for women in Accounting to women who have a strong plan to pursue their study in Ph.D degree in the accounting field.

Each year, the deadline for the application is May 15. So those who look interested and feel eligible to receive the scholarship, can visit the Foundation’s  website at www.efwa.org, or email : [email protected], in order to find out more detailed information regarding the scholarship.

As mentioned earlier, there are so many other scholarships offered not only by foundations, but also federal state governments in US. Therefore, applicants are also advised to surf on internet more frequently to find out a newer scholarship offered this year or following years.

Good luck!

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