The Scholarship America, founded in 1958 as a scholarship hub to provide financial assistance to students who are in desperate need of funds to acquire education. Dr. Irving Fradkin came up with these ideas a long time ago to form an organization where everyone could donate at least a dollar for the scholarship fund so that they could help every student in the community to study and attend colleges. Today, the Scholarship America Hub is the nation’s largest non-profit private scholarship organization that has distributed around $4.5 billion to more than 2.8 million students.
Given that, this year, the Scholarship America, in partnership with TE connectivity is presenting to you a 2-year scholarship program to assist college students who will be sophomores for the 2021-2022 academic year and are majoring in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Operations Management, Finance, Supply Chain, or Information Technology. The program provides a college scholarship paired with career development, including a required Paid internship with TE Connectivity for two summers after the sophomore year of college.
The following scholarship asks you to write an essay on the given topic “Please describe any challenges you’ve faced and overcome as a student. How have they affected your academic performance and/or participation in school and community activities? What steps did you take to overcome these challenges?”Scholarship America will select 40 finalists. Provided there are qualified applicants, approximately five finalists will be selected from each of the five preferred HBCUs, and fifteen finalists will be selected from any four-year college or university in the United States. If needed, TE Connectivity may request alternate finalists (this may delay the program calendar).TE Connectivity will request video interviews with the finalists and will select up to 14 recipients. The 14 final recipients will be awarded the scholarship amount of up to $22,500. The award amounts will be determined based on the total cost of tuition and fees minus other granted awards at the time of the application deadline. The payment will be made by scholarship America in August 2022 after the completion of the PAID internship with TE connectivity.
Here is a brief description for you concerning the following scholarship:
|Educational Level||College Sophomore|
|Subjects||STEM, Operational Management, Finance, Supply chain, or Information Technology|
|Number of Awards||14|
|Contest Deadline||October 4, 2021|
|Application Fees||Not required|
|Requirements||Essay, Transcripts, Latest 1040 Tax Filling, Proof of Financial need|
Who is Eligible?
Following are the eligibility requirements that need to be satisfied for participating in the following scholarship contest:
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Self-identify as Black or African American or multiracial*
- Be enrolling as college sophomores for the 2021-2022 academic year
- Be willing to accept a 2022 summer paid internship with TE Connectivity**
- Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
- Be majoring in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Operations Management, Finance, Supply Chain, or Information Technology
- Be enrolled in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university (in the U.S.) planning to continue full-time enrollment for the entire upcoming academic year
- *Applicants who self-identify as more than one race/ethnicity are eligible as long as one of the races/ethnicities is Black or African American.
How to Apply?
The interested individuals are required to fill out the application form provided on the scholarship portal and submit it. Additionally, the candidate is required to write an essay on the following topic:
Please describe any challenges you’ve faced and overcome as a student. How have they affected your academic performance and/or participation in school and community activities? What steps did you take to overcome these challenges? (max 1,000 characters)
The application form must be completed providing all the required information and below-mentioned documents.
Following are the documents that need to be attached with your application form:
- A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades, and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken
- A copy of the latest 1040 tax filing
- Proof of financial need
All the applications will be reviewed and judged based on academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of career and educational goals and aspirations, an online recommendation, and an essay question.
Out of all, 14 candidates will be chosen and be announced as the winners. The winners will be awarded an amount of up to $22,500 per year in each of the next two years upon successful completion of the paid summer internships.
Award recipients will be given access for a year to WhichWay, a financial literacy tool with interactive financial education modules containing tools and tips that include the following topics:
- Understanding Basics of Budgeting
- Achieving Goals
- Creating and Maintaining a Budget
- Paying for College
- Understanding Credit
- Obtaining Credit
- Applying for Financial Aid
- Managing Credit Cards
- Managing Student Loans While in School
- Managing Debt
- Repaying Student Loans
The deadline for application submission for the following scholarship is October 4, 2021. No applications will be considered after the deadline.