A collection of news items about grants, scholarships, proposal writing, and other topics compiled by Jon Harrison, Funding Center Supervisor, MSU Libraries. For more information, visit the Grants and Related Resources web page or contact Jon Harrison at email@example.com
There are several ways to approach finding corporate scholarships.
Some companies have set up scholarship programs for employees or for children of their employees, so be sure to check out this possibility.
Your high school guidance counselor can also provide a wealth of information about local corporate scholarships. Let your counselor know that you are interested in applying for scholarships, and ask him or her to let you know when programs for which you are eligible become available.
If you are already enrolled in college, ask your financial aid officer and academic advisor to let you know of any scholarship opportunities they learn about.
Most local libraries also carry books that detail scholarship resources. Some scholarship books may be available for checkout, and others may be housed at the reference desk. Ask a reference librarian for recommendations about the best publications to check for corporate scholarship programs.
Additionally, there are a number of online resources devoted to helping match applicants with scholarship programs, some of which offer valuable services and some of which may be scams. Keep in mind that you should never have to pay money to learn about or apply for scholarship opportunities.
Here is a short selection of possibilities drawn from Grants for Individuals : Undergraduate Scholarships and Loans.
Burger King Scholars Program
Established in 2000 in memory of Burger King founder James W. McLamore. The Burger King Scholars Program focuses on providing scholarship awards to assist students who excel academically while also working part-time and being actively involved in their community. To date, more than 1700 scholarships have been awarded to high school seniors in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Every year, the Burger King Scholars Program helps graduating high school seniors build brighter futures. The awards ($1,000 each) are sponsored annually by the fundraising efforts of Burger King Corporation, Burger King franchisees and our restaurant guests in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The Burger King Scholars Program also includes Burger King Employee Scholarship awards. Restaurant employees are an important part of the success of our fundraising efforts at restaurants. For this reason, we provide $1,000 scholarships awards to eligible restaurant team members working at a qualified participating restaurant location in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Additionally, the top BURGER KING Employee Scholarship applicants will be eligible to receive a James W. McLamore Outstanding Scholar award in the amount of $5,000. The James W. McLamore Outstanding Scholar Awards are generously funded by the McLamore Family Foundation on a yearly basis.
KFC Colonel Scholars Program
KFC Colonel's Scholars enables high school students with entrepreneurial drive, strong perseverance and demonstrated financial need, to pursue up to four years of study at an accredited public insitution in the state they reside. This program is offered to high school seniors planning to attend a public in-state college or university. Students who meet the criteria may apply online to become a KFC’s Colonel’s Scholar. Students selected for this scholarship are eligible to receive up to $20,000 to complete a bachelor’s degree program.
Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship Program
Ronald McDonald House Charities and its network of local chapters offer a number of scholarships to a diverse group of high school students. Since inception in 1985, the RMHC system has awarded over $37 million to high school students from across the country. Check out what scholarships you may qualify for here.
Taco Bell Glenn Bell Scholarship Program
The Glen Bell Scholarship Program helps provide educational opportunities by awarding financial scholarships to eligible Taco Bell hourly employees. Each year, Team Members and Shift Leads can apply for scholarships given for undergraduate, graduate and vocational-technical education. Awards are up to $2,000. Since the program began in 2002 over $1M has been awarded to over 500 students. In 2011, there were 756 applications submitted, 68 recipients selected and awards presented of over $120,000.
Enrico and Marie Vespa Scholarship
Scholarship application deadline : May 16, 2011Applicants must be employees of English Gardens or their legal, custodial dependents enrolled as full- or part-time students in any form of higher education. The program awards up to three $2,500 scholarships. While these scholarships are nonrenewable, prior year recipients may reapply for future scholarships.
Fred and Leana Meijer Scholarship
Application Deadline : April 1
Student is a team member or a child of a team member who has been employed for a least one year at the time of the application deadline. Team members may be full- or part-time attending college full- or part time as an undergraduate level student with financial need. Children of team members must be full-time undergraduate level student with financial need.
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The Capital Region Community Foundation is seeking grant applications from churches in the tri-county area of Ingham, Clinton and Eaton, for charitable work benefiting the community, such as food banks, clothing distribution, after-school programs, assisting the needy, etc., excluding church building funds or faith formation programs.
Ten grants of up to $500 each will be awarded by the end of July, and all applications are are to be postmarked no later than Monday, June 1.
For a grant application for the Patrons Fund, see http://www.crcfoundation.org to download a copy.
Anyone wishing to discuss a grant idea should call Pauline Pasch, senior program officer, at the Community Foundation at (517) 664-9853 or send an email to email@example.com .
The Capital Region Community Foundation exists to serve the charitable needs and enhance the quality of life for residents in the tri-county area of Ingham, Clinton and Eaton Counties.
The Foundation is a public, charitable, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with total assets exceeding $61 million. The income from endowments is returned to the community each year in the form of grants.
The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) has announced nearly $600,000 in grants to 26 Michigan organizations for the first round of funding for the Heritage Grants program. Heritage Grants support projects that bring the authentic voices of cultural identity groups to the foreground and help the people of our state understand cultural differences by sharing local stories about race and cultural history.
“These grants reach into communities throughout the state,” said Jan Fedewa, Interim Executive Director. “The funded programs and activities promote a deeper understanding of our past by empowering groups to tell their stories that remain unseen and/or unheard in the history of Michigan.”
The funded projects include exhibits, digital projects, oral history programs, documentaries, community dialogues and many other activities that will explore and share the experiences of Michigan’s diverse people. The funded organization’s programs will take place throughout a one-year grant period.
The Heritage Grant program is supported by a $1.7 million grant to MHC from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for development and implementation of this new initiative, “Exploring the History of All Michigan’s People.” This three-year program includes two rounds of grant awards. The grants will engage organizations and individuals throughout Michigan at the local level by establishing connections across racial and cultural lines that promote understanding and healing.
MHC received 75 eligible applications for consideration with a total request of over $2 million in grant support. Grant awards span the entire state, from southeast Michigan through the tip of the western Upper Peninsula.
For details on individual grant awards, please contact: Joe Cialdella, Program Manager, Michigan Humanities Council, firstname.lastname@example.org
The 26 funded organizations and their awards are listed below. To view the list with the description, please click here.
ORGANIZATION/PROJECT AWARD AMOUNT
Arab American National Museum
Digital Detroit: Visual Stories of Migration, Immigration $25,000.00
Harbor Springs Area Historical Society:
Anishnaabek Art: Gift of the Great Lakes $25,000.00
The Holland Park Transformation Project $25,000.00
Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan:
Dibajimooyang (Telling Our Story) $25,000.00
Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
Nuestra Historia, Nuestra Voz $25,000.00
Tibbits Opera House:
Cultural Exchange Coldwater $25,000.00
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Manda-Bee-Kee Dance Troupe Documentary $25,000.00
Central Michigan University:
Native Treaty Rights in Michigan $25,000.00
Interfaith Council for Racial Justice:
The History of Muslims in Macomb County $25,000.00
Museum of Ojibwa Culture:
Healing the Past Through Tradition, Arts, and Culture $25,000.00
Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum (SVSU)
Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams $25,000.00
Matrix Theatre Company
D-Versity: Caridad in the Communidad $25,000.00
Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities:
Teen Leaders in the Arts $25,000.00
Grand Rapids Urban League
Grandma’s Voice $24,990.00
Michigan State University School of Journalism:
Hubert: His-Story $24,970.00
Troy Historical Society:
Many Stories – One Heritage $24,953.00
Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative
Great Writers Project $24,922.00
Jewish Historical Society of Michigan
Michigan Women Who Made a Difference $24,900.00
Hartford Memorial Baptist Church
History of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church $24,733.00
Cultural Scripts $23,970.00
Michigan Technological University
Black Voices in the Copper Country $22,713.00
Lenawee County Historical Society:
Germans and Latinos of Lenawee: Finding Home $18,000.00
Loyola High School:
Never Alone $16,450.00
Ebenezer Community and Cultural Center:
Youth Group Local History Program $15,000.00
Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society
Controlling the Narrative: Authentic Hearing $13,366.00
Living Arts of Detroit
Detroit Latinos: How We Got Here, How We Live Here $12,000.00
Source : Michigan Humanities Council, May 19, 2015.
The $2 million in consolidation grants in the current budget were split among seven grants to six intermediate districts, the Department of Education announced Friday.
The largest grant, $751,250, went to Kent ISD for at-risk and early reading programs.
The next largest, $454,244, went to Ingham ISD for an academic early warning system. The Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD ($171,923), Genesee ISD ($192,000) and Cheboygan-Otsego-Presque Isle Education Service District ($403,700) also received grants for early warning systems.
Ingham also received $11,012 (of the $400,693 it had requested) for instructional data and early reading programs.
Jackson ISD saw $15,871 (of $577,500 requested) for a data warehouse and for assessments.
For more information, see "School Consolidated Grants Awarded to Support Seven Projects Statewide", Michigan Newswire, May 22, 2015.
The NSF GRFP provides students an annual stipend of $32,000 for three years and is one of the most prestigious fellowships in graduate school. It also has a surprising statistic—about 1 out of 7 applicants receive the award. The good news is this means that you have a realistic chance of winning! The downside is that all of those applicants are probably competitive. With applicants so tightly grouped together, some people see this as a negative—“it just comes down to luck,” they complain. But you should see this as an opportunity: it means that the small things can make your application stand out. And small things often come down to preparation.
Because of that, I spent five months preparing my application. That sounds like a long time, but when you consider the prestige and value of the award, it is time well spent. Here’s the timeline that I followed.
For the full article, see Alex T. Williams, "Preparing an Award-Winning NSF GRFP Application", GradHacker, May 21, 2015.
Note: Alex T. Williams is a PhD student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
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