Scholarship Watch

We recently had Signet Research conduct a survey of the readers of our Fall 2017 issue and one of the questions we asked was, “What would you like to see more coverage of in the magazine?”. The #1 response was more national Scholarships and information for your students. Colleges typically offer scholarships to their incoming students but scholarships available for students to use at any school they decide to go to are few and far between. We have decided to search out and begin publicizing these types of scholarships in each issue and the first “Scholarship Watch” ran in the Spring 2018 issue. Here is a list of those scholarships:

  1. Order Sons of Italy in America Leadership Grant: Applicant must be of Italian heritage and be a full-time student attending or planning on attending an accredited four-year institution who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and a distinguished level of scholastic achievement. Recipients will be officially recognized in May at the SIF’s National Education & Leadership Awards (NELA) Gala in Washington, DC. Monetary awards are presented directly to students’ academic institutions in accordance with eligibility requirements.

Minimum Award: $5,000/ Maximum Award: $25,000

Deadline: February 28

Contact: Sons of Italy Foundation, (202)547-2900,,


  1. C. Hallbeck Memorial Scholarship: Applicant must be the child or grandchild of an active or deceased member of the American Postal Workers Union; the parent or grandparent must have been a member in good standing for at least one year preceding application or death. Selection is based upon academic record, personal qualifications, SAT Reasoning or ACT scores, and total family income. Relatives of APWU elected National Officers are not eligible. Number of awards = 5.

Award Amount: $1,000

Deadline: March 31

Contact: American Postal Workers Union, (202)842-4268,


  1. Utility Workers Union of America Scholarship: Applicant must be the child of an active member of the Utility Workers Union of America. Selection is made by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Minimum Award: $500/ Maximum Award: $2,000

Deadline: May 31

Contact: Utility Workers Union of America, (202) 899-2851, rfarley@aflcio.rog,


  1. National Oratorical Contest Scholarship: Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident under 20 years of age, must be attending high school or junior high, and must compete in the American Legion oratorical contest at the national level. Award must be used at a college or university in the U.S. for actual school costs, including tuition, room and board, fees, and books. Number of awards = 54

Minimum Award: $1,500/ Maximum Award: $19,000

Deadline: December 2018

Contact: American Legion, (317)630-1249,,

  1. Coca-Cola Scholarship: Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, U.S. permanent resident, temporary resident, refugee, asylee, Cuban-Haitian entrant, or an humanitarian parolee planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution. Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be an incoming freshman. Selection is based upon leadership, character, and merit. Number of awards = 250

Minimum Award: $4,000/ Maximum Award: $20,000

Deadline: October 31

Contact: Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, (800)306-2653,,


  1. National Health Service Corps: Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or national enrolled or accepted into an accredited school in the a full-time student. Average of 147 awards given per year.

Deadline: April 27

Contact: Health Resources and Services Administration, (800)221-9393,


  1. Morton Gould Young Composers Award: Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, or an international student with a student visa, and be under the age of 30. Applicant must applicant must submit a completed application form; one reproduction of a manuscript or score; biographical information including music studies, background and experience, and a list of compositions to date. Number of awards = 35

Minimum Award: $250/ Maximum Award: $2,500

Deadline: March 1

Contact: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation, (212)621-6327,,


  1. Benjamin Eaton Scholarship: Applicant must be a foster, adoptive, or birth child in a licensed foster home and a member of the National Foster Parent Association. Number of awards = 5

Award Amount = $1,000

Deadline: March 31

Contact: National Foster Parent Association Inc., (253)853-4000,,


  1. LULAC National Scholarship Fund: Applicant must be a United States citizen or legal resident who has applied to or is enrolled in a college, university, or graduate school, including two-year colleges, or vocational schools that lead to an associate’s degree. Three types of awards are available: National Scholastic Achievement Awards, applicant must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and if student is an entering freshman, a minimum ACT score of 29 (SAT Reasoning score of 1350) is required; Honors Awards, applicant must have a minimum 3.25 GPA, and if the student is an entering freshman, a minimum ACT score of 23 (SAT Reasoning score of 1100) is required; General Awards, grades and academic performance will serve as indicators of potential; however, emphasis may be placed on the individual’s motivation, sincerity, and integrity, which can best be revealed through a personal interview and in the personal essay. Need, community involvement, and leadership activities will also be considered.

Minimum Award: $250/ Maximum Award: $2,000

Deadline: March 31

Contact: League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Educational Services Centers, Inc., (202)835-9646,,


  1. Ellis W. Hawley Prize: Awarded for the best book-length historical study or dissertation on the political economy, politics, or institutions of the U.S., concerning its domestic or international affairs from the Civil War to the present.

Award Amount: $500

Deadline: October 3

Contact: Organization of American Historians, (812)855-9852,,

How can you help? We are actively searching for Scholarships to include in our 2018/2019 issues. If you know of any please send them to me at