“Going after scholarships is living a few years of your life like most students won’t, so that you can live the rest of your life like most students can’t…with no or very few student loans.” — Gabrielle McCormick
Gabrielle McCormick, from small town Greenville, Texas, earned over $150,000 in scholarships paying for both her bachelor's and master's degrees in totalilty. She continues her debt-free education today at West Texas A & M where she is pursuing her PhD - also without having to use any school loans. How did she do it? Can you do it, too? Check out the following articles to learn more about McCormick's journey, and then visit her website ScholarshipInformer.com to learn more about how you, too, can earn a debt free education.
USA Today Article "Need Money for College? Here's how to make a grab for $150,000 in scholarships."
NBC Nightly News "How this Student Won $150,000 in Scholarships"
Gabrielle's Site ScholarshipInformer.com
College Board Opportunity Scholarships
Please check out www.cb.org/opportunity. It’s really neat. The new College Board Opportunity Scholarships lay out six simple steps that all students can take to get to college. Completing each step will earn a chance for a scholarship; completing all six will earn a chance to win $40K for their college education. We hear from students and families that getting into college is complicated and overwhelming. They are hungry for a simple guide that tells them what to do and when to do it. The six steps in this scholarship program help students plan by making a good starter list of schools, help them prepare so they can take their best shot, and help them pay for college. All students can earn one of these scholarships, even students who never dreamt they could get a scholarship.
Here are the steps:
- Build Your College List
Get started by exploring colleges you’re interested in.
(600 scholarships each worth $500)
- Practice for the SAT
Use Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to get ready for test day.
(1,500 scholarships each worth $1,000)
- Improve Your Score
Show how practice pays off by improving your SAT score.
(150 scholarships each worth $2,000)
- Strengthen Your College List
Make sure your college list has a mix of academic safety, fit, and reach schools.
(400 scholarships each worth $500)
- Complete the FAFSA
Fill out the free government form to apply for financial aid.
(800 scholarships each worth $1,000)
- Apply to Colleges
Apply to the schools you want to attend.
(500 scholarships each worth $1,000)
- Complete Your Journey
Complete all six scholarship steps to be eligible for a $40,000 scholarship.
(25 scholarships each worth $40,000)
- Build Your College List
Howard Payne University Heart of Texas ScholarshipSponsor: Howard Payne UniversityDeadline: N/A (Students must meet university application for admission deadlines)Description: The HPU Heart of Texas Scholarship is available to students who are graduates of high schools in the Heart of Texas area, meet unconditional admissions requirements and enroll full-time in the fall and spring semesters. The scholarship award is $15,000 per year ($7,500 per semester) annually with a potential of $60,000 over four years. This scholarship is funded through a variety of sources. For more information click here!
Ranger College Presidential Scholarship
Sponsor: Ranger College
Deadline: Open-Ended Until 30 Qualified Applicants are Selected
Description: The RC Presidential Scholarship is the most prestigious academic merit award given by the College and is based on exceptional academic performance, proven leadership, and demonstrated service. The award amount will cover full tuition, fees, and dorm room for one academic year (excluding summer)and is valued at $5230. Please CLICK HERE to see the application for more details and requirements. Applications must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Sponsor: The Elks National Foundation
Deadline: November 5, 2019
Description: 500 four-year scholarships will be awarded to the highest-rated applicants in the 2019 competition. Students/parents do not have to be a member of the Elks to apply. Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree in a U.S. college or university. The 20 top finalists will participate in an all-expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges. These 20 finalists will be vying for two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000. Click here for more information and to apply.
The Keith Williams Law Group
Sponsor: Keith Williams Law Group
Closing Date: 12/01/2019
Open to: Eligible students will be a high school senior (accepted to a college or university) or currently enrolled students in any college or university, including graduate/professional schools who have overcome adversity in their lives and difficulty in school.
Click here for more information
Burger King Scholars
Sponsor: Burger King
Deadline: December 15, 2019
Description: Burger King Scholars Program offers $1,000 scholarships to HS graduating seniors with 2.5+ GPA, passionate about serving the community, and a strong academic record. Applying students must plan to attend a two- or four-year accredited college, university, or vocational-technical school in the US, Canada, or Puerto Rico.
For application and more information click here.
Top Ten List Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2019
Description: Inspired by David Letterman and his top ten lists, Unigo created the Top Ten List Scholarship. With so many awards based on grades and extracurricular activities, this unique scholarship gives you the chance to show us what's truly special and different about you. Get creative, be serious, or tug at our heart strings. Whatever you do, you only have ten reasons to convince us, so make each one count. Submit an online written response to the question: "Create a Top Ten List of the top ten reasons you should get this scholarship." (250 words or less). The Top Ten List Scholarship winner will be notified by email or phone on or around March 31, 2020. To apply, click here.
Unigo $10K Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2019
Description: Students age thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application may apply for this scholarship opportunity. Simply submit an online written response to the question: "Imagine a historical figure is brought back to life. Who is it? What's their favorite mobile app?" (250 words or less) The Unigo $10K Scholarship winner will be notified by email or phone on or around March 31, 2019. Click here to apply.
Texas Student Housing Scholarship
Deadline: January 31, 2020
This scholarship is open to students accepted to colleges in Austin, College Station, or Denton, Texas, that have NOT signed off-campus housing leases. Please note: Texas Woman's University typically does not permit Freshmen or Sophomore students to live off-campus. The University of North Texas restricts Freshmen from living off-campus as well. Therefore, scholarships may be limited to upper-classmen at these universities.
Click here for the application.