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Davidson Fellows Scholarships
The Davidson Institute for Talent Development offers high achieving young people across the country the opportunity to be named a Davidson Fellow. Individuals named as Davidson Fellows receive a $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the areas of science, technology, mathematics, music, literature and/or philosophy. Each submission must be an original piece of work recognized by experts in the field as “significant” and it must have the potential to make a positive contribution to society. To be eligible, applicants must be under the age of 18, and a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident. The scholarship must be used at an accredited institute of learning. For information visit

Nicholas Green Award for Students
The Nicholas Green Awards are presented by the National Association for Gifted Children and are designed to recognize excellence in young children. The awards, which include a $500 U.S. Savings Bond, may be made to students in grades three to six who have distinguished themselves in academics, leadership, or the arts. Nominations will be accepted from the students themselves, parents, teachers, peers, and community and civic groups. One student from each of the 50 states may be selected to receive this award of excellence. For information visit

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program selects high-achieving youth with financial need and provides them with individualized educational services throughout high school that will enable them to develop their talents and abilities. The Young Scholars Program is one of the most individualized scholarships offered in the United States. The Foundation collaborates with regional talent centers at Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Northwestern Universities, and the University of Denver to answer inquiries about the program, administer the application process, and counsel Young Scholars. However, applicants need not be part of the talent centers’ programs to be eligible for or participate in the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program. Students in the seventh grade—or who will enter eighth grade next fall—are eligible to apply and applications are available in February. For information visit

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers the largest scholarships available to exceptionally high achieving, low-income students. Scholars receive up to $40,000 a year to cover tuition, living expenses, books and other fees. Cooke Scholars come from every state with no restriction on background, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, political affiliation or citizenship status.

The Cooke College Scholarship is an undergraduate scholarship for high-achieving high school seniors with financial need that can be used at any accredited state or private four-year college and university.  This scholarship is available to 12th graders who have earned a cumulative unweighted GPA of at least 3.5 and minimum SAT combined critical reading and math scores of at least 1200 or minimum ACT composite score of 26. Applications are due by November 3, 2015.

The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a four-year college or university.  The scholarship is available to community college students who have earned a GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale. Applications are due by December 15, 2015.

For more information on the JKCF scholarships, visit the JKCF website  or contact Nara Lee, JKCF’s manager of outreach, at 571-209-1792 or via email at

The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship
The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship identifies exceptionally gifted middle school students who have demonstrated academic and personal excellence and awards them with a scholarship to the high school that best meets their academic and personal needs. Scholars receive a full, four-year scholarship covering the cost of tuition and books, as well as guidance in choosing an appropriate high school. The scholars become part of a peer network that provides them with the opportunity to communicate with and develop lifelong relationships with other motivated young people. To apply, a student must have achieved a score of 97 percent or higher in at least one of the major academic areas on a school administered nationally normed standardized test (such as Stanford 9, Iowa Test of Basic Skills) for at least the past two years. Applicants must also score as well as or better than the average college bound senior on the SAT-I reasoning test. Recommendations, nomination, work sample, essays, transcripts and other elements are also required. Eligible students must reside in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, DC, Washington State, or Wisconsin. For information visit

QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship for High School Juniors
QuestBridge is currently seeking applicants for the 2013 College Prep Scholarship program, through which more than 2,000 high-achieving low-income juniors nationally will be selected as College Prep Scholars to receive awards designed to help them become successful applicants to top colleges.

This year’s awards include full scholarships to college summer programs at schools like Harvard, Stanford, and Yale; invitations to our College Admissions Conferences, where students will meet admissions officers from top colleges; individualized college admissions counseling; all-expense-paid visits to college campuses; and more. The free application will be available at in mid-February and is due  on March 27, 2013.

Chameleon John Scholarships is offering annual scholarships to high school and middle school students. They have 3 scholarships of $500 each available each year to students with financial struggles.

Financial Aid and Scholarships for Teaching and Education Majors
Teachers can change the lives of students and families, making teaching one of the most important yet challenging careers out there. Qualified teachers are in demand across the country, with many communities experiencing a shortage. Unfortunately, the rising cost of college tuition can pose challenges for those wishing to become educators. However, there are several funding options for future teachers, including scholarships, grants and forgivable loans.

Prestige Scholarships for College
There is a handful of top-tier scholarships and grants for high-performing, standout students known as Prestige Scholarships, such as the National Merit Scholarship. Applicants must be both outstanding academically and highly involved as community advocates or leaders. Learn more about some of the country’s most coveted Prestige Scholarship programs and how to earn them.