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Seniors who have been admitted to a higher ed. institution for the upcoming school year can find more scholarships visiting their College/University Financial Aid Office website. 
The Gates Scholarship (September 15th)
  • A high school senior
  • From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
  • Pell-eligible
  • A US citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  •  Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university.
QUESTBRIDGE National College Match Program (Deadline September 26th)
Multiple scholarships and programs available; awards vary. If the student is applying for K-12
college preparatory services and/or summer programs.
Ayn Rand Essay Contests (Rolling Deadlines) 
These contests encourage students to seriously engage with Rand’s ideas through reflection on her profound and influential novels. Students who participate will need to read the book they have selected carefully, grapple with its complex themes, and push the boundaries of their writing ability. Winner can earn up to $10,000.
2023 HSF Scholar Program Application (Deadline February)
Scholars are selected based on merit. Award amounts range from $500 - $5,000, based on relative need.
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be of Hispanic heritage
  • U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or DACA 
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students; minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for college and graduate students
  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public or not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, in the US, for the 2023-2024 academic year
  • Submit the FAFSA or state-based financial aid forms (if applicable)
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Be a first-generation college student
  • Be from a low-income household
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Be enrolled full-time for the entire academic year
  • Attend mandatory Sessions throughout the academic year, some will be held on Saturday mornings 
  • California Applicants: Be a permanent resident of an underserved community within the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, or San Bernardino, such as East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, Baldwin Park, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Huntington Park, City of Los Angeles, Montebello, Ontario, Pico Rivera, Pomona, South Gate, Santa Ana, and San Bernardino
The TOPPING SCHOLARSHIP is provided by the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund (NTSAF) at the University of Southern California (USC). (Deadline March 1st)

If you answer “yes” to all three questions, we encourage you to proceed with the Topping Scholarship Application Instructions below:

1.  Are you applying for USC admission for Fall as a full-time, on-campus freshman, transfer or graduate student, or are you a new Spring/Summer admit?
2.  Do you have high financial need (expected family contribution less than $20,000) and will submit a FAFSA or Dream Act application?
3.  Do you demonstrate a strong community awareness and contribute to the betterment of a community through volunteer efforts or other service?


Prospective Students | Norman Topping Student Aid Fund (usc.edu)

Eligibility Requirements:
• Be a resident of the 50 United States, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia.
• Be a graduate student or be a college senior who will be enrolling in graduate school during the 2023-24
academic year.
• Provide proof of enrollment to a graduate program in medical school, nursing, and/or pharmacy. 
• Have one or more years of school remaining.
RTDNA Scholarships and Fellowships
Scholarships are open to college students pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism. Fellowships are open to professional broadcast or digital journalists with fewer than 10 years of experience. Winners must be officially enrolled, full-time sophomores, juniors or seniors in good standing. Scholarship and fellowship winners are also asked to attend the RTDNA conference free of charge and with travel support.