GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Education whose mission is to significantly increase the number of low-income middle and high school students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.

Scholarships and Grants Spotlight

TheDream.Us Opportunity Scholarship

TheDream.US seeks to award up to $80,000 for eligible students seeking to pursue a bachelors degree. Eligible applicants must meet specific DREAMer criteria, academic standards, and demonstrate financial need. Learn more on their website.  

Deadline: January 30, 2020

Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award

The U.S. Secretary of Education seeks to award educators in the field of cybersecurity education. Elementary and secondary educators are invited to apply and can be nominated. Award winners will receive public recognition as a leader in the field of cybersecurity education, a trip to Washington, DC to attend a ceremony during Teacher Appreciation Week, and an opportunity to write for the U.S. Department of Education’s official blog.

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

The Jackie Robinson Foundation seeks to award up to $30,000 over four years to eligible high school seniors who plan on attending an accredited four-year institution within the United States. Applicants must demonstrate leadership potential, dedication to community service, and evidence of financial need.  

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Museum of Flight Student Scholarships

The Museum of Flight offers various scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $29,000 for eligible students. Applicants must be planning to attend a college or university to study science, engineering or mathematics related to the field of aviation or aerospace. View more eligibility requirements on their website.

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Wayne V. Black Memorial Scholarship

The Energy Telecommunications and Electrical Association seeks to award $5,000 for eligible applicants working towards a bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Engineering Technology, Computer Science/MIS, Pre-law, Political Science, or Telecommunications/Information Technology. Applicants must submit a biography, essay addressing a specific topic, and their transcript.  

Deadline: February 8, 2020

Alice W. Rooke Scholarship

Daughters of the American Revolution is seeking to award several scholarships up to $5,000. Applicants must be pursuing an approved course of study to become a medical doctor, nurse, or physical therapist at an accredited college or universities. Visit the website to view eligibility requirements for each scholarship. 

Deadline: February 15, 2020

American Honda Foundation Education Grants

The American Honda Foundation seeks to support education initiatives with a specific focus on STEM careers, job training, and literacy. The foundation seeks proposals that share a commitment to making the best use of available resources. K-12 schools and school districts are eligible to apply. Grants from $20,000 to $75,000 will be awarded.

Deadline: Rolling (February 1st, May 1st, and August 1st)

Democracy Program Grants

The Carnegie Corporation of New York seeks to provide grant funding to universities, public agencies, and public charities to foster a pluralistic, vibrant democracy through various initiatives, to include education initiatives, policy development, and civic engagement. Grant awards vary.

Deadline: Rolling

Teacher Grants for Grades 6-12

The Toshiba America Foundation seeks to support middle and high school teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for students. Submissions must be for project-based learning initiatives. Grant awards of up to $5,000 are available.   

Deadline: Rolling

Education in American Civic Life Initiative

The Teagle Foundation seeks to provide grant funding to support faculty-led efforts to prepare undergraduate students to become informed and engaged participants in the civic life of their local, national, and global communities. Project proposals should address gaps in civic knowledge of undergraduates and be designed to prepare undergraduates for the intellectual demands of democratic participation. Grants of up to $400,000 over three years will be awarded, with the size of the grant determined by the number of institutions involved and the project’s scope of work. Planning grants in the range of $25,000 over 6-12 months will also be considered. Proposals from single and multiple institutions partnering together will be considered.

Deadline: December 1, 2018 (Priority; Concept papers accepted on a rolling basis)

EDvestinU Quarterly Scholarship Giveaway

Each quarter, EDvestinU awards three (3) $1,500 scholarships to randomly selected entrants that are or will be attending any Title IV eligible college or university. High school seniors enrolling in an eligible postsecondary institution in the fall and current college students are encouraged to apply. Winners will be notified in compliance with the terms and conditions.

Entry periods for each quarter: January 1 – March 31, April 1 – June 30, July 1 – September 30, October 1 – December 31.

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

College Board’s new Opportunity Scholarships are available to all students who are juniors or seniors this academic year, regardless of GPA, citizenship, or family income. This program seeks to provide scholarship awards to students who complete already required key steps, like building your college list, practicing for the SAT (and improving your score), completing the FAFSA, applying to college and more! Once students complete all mini-steps, they are eligible for a $40,000 scholarship. Learn more at the College Board website!

Deadline: Rolling