There are many unknown or unclaimed college scholarships for seniors available who are about to graduate from high school so now is the time to apply if this is you. A college scholarship for a senior graduating will assist with the financial issues making college less stressfull. Without a scholarship or some type of financial aid many seniors cannot afford to go to school unless they take out some type of no cosigner student loan all by themselves. With the economy the way it is, many families are barely getting by and sending their child on to college is just not possible any more without the help of outside student aid.
An unclaimed scholarship available for seniors really depends on what kind of scholarship they are looking for and which ones they qualify for such as athletic, scholastic abilities and/or extracurricular activities. There are many different companies that sponsor college scholarships for seniors.
Corporate scholarships are from companies like the Coca-Cola scholarships, Best Buy scholarship and others. These companies have unclaimed scholarships for seniors who plan going to a four year school, with scholarships up to $25,000 available to one senior. In order to earn a scholarship the senior must exceed all expectations when filling out the application. Coca-Cola gives away 250 scholarships for seniors but seniors need to apply in the fall and then in April selected seniors fly to Atlanta for an interview. Then 50 students are chosen and can receive $20,000 as National scholars, $10,000 for regional scholars, and 200 students will be chosen for this one. In order to apply the senior must be 18 and attending school in the US and at the end of their junior year have a GPA of 3.0.
Many scholarships for seniors depend on the student’s grade point average plus they will need to verify their financial situation. Companies like Wal-Mart Junior Achievement Nelnet Scholarship offer college scholarships for seniors who are hard-working and their families are having financial problems and cannot send their senior to college without the assistance of some type of scholarship or grant. Wal-Mart only has four different scholarships available for seniors who are in financial despair. These Walmart scholarships range from $3,000 up to $13,000.
There are some scholarships for seniors in which the students shows a specific interest in a particular major. The Proton Energy Scholarship offers a $100,000 scholarship to seniors who are going to college and continue their education in science, engineering. The Walt Disney Foundation offers seniors scholarships for attending college as a business major – this scholarship is up to $5,000.
There are other university scholarships for seniors available such as minority scholarships for seniors; UNSF and Urban Scholarship fund have unclaimed scholarships available for seniors that are under-represented minorities who have passed their academic classes. These scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000.
Then there are the athletic scholarships for seniors, these are for those students who love sports and are chosen at the beginning of the season by a university because they are outstanding at their sport.
In order for a senior to apply for any of the above mentioned scholarships they must be a US citizen and be 18 years of age and at the end of their junior year hold a GPA of 3.0.
So if you are starting your senior year and have a 3.0 GPA you may apply for many of the university senior scholarships listed above and more. Don’t let them become unclaimed scholarships and claim them as yours today!
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