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Top US College Scholarships for 2019

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Did your college admissions acceptance have you feeling like this, until you realized you needed to figure out a way to pay for it? There are countless scholarship directories, giving you the option to spend days sifting through potential opportunities. Unfortunately, these directories often list useful information alongside awards that have very specific requirements, such as left-handed fishermen from Montana who want to study choreography. To help you jump-start your scholarship search, we compiled some of the U.S. scholarships being awarded this year. See which scholarship opportunities made our list in 2019.

College Scholarships with Large Awards

Rather than going after several smaller awards, you could focus on high-dollar opportunities. These are some of the biggest grants and scholarships for 2019, but keep in mind that the competition can be intense.
  • Burger King Scholars: Top award winners receive $50,000, with 3,400 students awarded various amounts each year.
  • Cameron Impact Scholarship: About 10 to 15 winners receive full tuition and expenses for the four years of their degree.
  • Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation: Each year, about 150 college students receive tuition assistance of $20,000.
  • Dell Scholars: Recipients receive multi-faceted support for college, including a $20,000 financial award.
  • Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student: Each year, 500 students receive awards up to $50,000.
  • Microsoft Scholarship Program: Students in STEM majors can be awarded full tuition.
  • National Eagle Scout Association STEM Scholarship: Each year, an Eagle Scout majoring in a STEM subject is awarded $50,000.
  • Rose Scholars: The top award winner receives $25,000 per semester (up to $200,000) toward a college degree.

Need-based Scholarships

Some opportunities are focused specifically on students who need financial assistance to attend college. Here are the noteworthy need-based awards for 2019:

Merit-based Scholarships

For students who have good grades, awards based on academic achievement can help you get free money for college tuition. There are typically requirements that you keep your GPA up during college, so be prepared to study hard, using online resources such as OneClass to help. Here are our top academic scholarships for 2019:

Esports Scholarships

There's a growing pool of money available for esports competitors, with available funds increasing five-fold in the past four years. Award rates average $4,800 per year or up to 50 percent off tuition. Below are some of the major programs to consider. Check NACE’s complete list of colleges that offer esports to see which team you might want to join.

School-based Scholarships

The school that you’re attending may offer its own set of awards that have been funded by alumni, local businesses, or other partners. Your application for these awards will likely begin with a FAFSA application for federal student aid. The FAFSA results will initiate your school’s internal financial aid awards process to identify your eligibility.

Scholarships Specific to Your Major

Does your area of study have a leading professional organization? If so, it could be a great source for noteworthy funding opportunities in your area of study. For example, the IEEE had funded several awards for students majoring in computational and technical degrees. In another case, marine biology students could benefit from the Marine Technology Society’s listings. Additionally, these opportunities have a potential secondary benefit of providing access to postgraduate fellowships or networking events, helping you fuel your career before it's even begun.

Athletic Scholarships

Billions of dollars are awarded each year to student athletes, but only 2 percent of high school athletes are recruited to play college sports, according to the NCAA. Keep in mind that athletes who keep their grades up may have more academic security, making them eligible for merit-based opportunities if their team’s funding changes or they suffer an injury. There are many ways to get the perks of being a college athlete, even when you’re not on the team. Check out the top nine scholarship directories to search for additional opportunities, and find out how OneClass can help you improve your grades. bernardbodo -

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