Scholarships for Winter Break

Hi, Seniors,

Congratulations on making it through your final semester of high school! You're almost finished! I'll send a reminder and more information about required college counseling events for the spring semester in early January (attendance keeps you on track to be eligible for your Elevated and/or Peak Ed scholarships at the end of the semester). I'll also provide more senior shout outs during that time.

In the meantime, most of you still need money to pay for college! So, in between relaxing and enjoying your break and the holidays, make time to apply to a few scholarships!

-Ms. Rainey



  • Reminder: If you apply to the scholarships below, let Ms. Rainey know (Report them HERE).

  • Research your own scholarships using MaiaLearning,, or other scholarship search engines.

  • Everyone can use feedback. Submit your scholarship essays to Ms. Jasmine Rainey at Try to do this AT LEAST 1 week before the deadline.


Institutional Scholarships (aka College-specific scholarships)

Deadline: Varies, but most Colorado institutional scholarships are due March 15th

About: Have you been admitted to a college/university? If yes, most colleges offer college-specific scholarships (aka Institutional Scholarships). Most of these have one main scholarship application that allows you to apply to multiple scholarships offered at the college (it's kind of like the Common App for a college's scholarships)!

Most in-state/Colorado applications are due March 15th (FAFSA also must be submitted by this deadline). Some Colorado colleges and out-of-state colleges may have earlier or later deadlines (for example, UNC and CU Boulder had Feb. 15th deadlines last year while many community colleges have April 15th deadlines). So, make sure to check and pay attention to deadlines.

If you've been accepted into multiple college, I would submit institutional scholarship applications for at least your top 3-5 colleges. A lot of money can come from here. One Elevated student earned a $10,000 from CSU Fort Collins by applying last year!

How to apply: For Colorado colleges, view this list. Please note, deadlines might have changed; so, double check on the school's website. For out-of-state colleges, visit their website to see if they offer separate scholarship applications for admitted students.


SIS Scholarship

Deadline: Dec. 31st

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Colorado resident, U.S. citizen, at least a 2.5 GPA. Note from Ms. Rainey: This scholarship is called Sisters in Service (SIS), BUT male and female students are eligible to apply! Often times male students avoid this scholarship because they think they can't apply. So, if SIS receive a strong application from a male student, you might have a good chance of getting it since most of their applicants are female. All eligible students should apply because most of your peers won't since it's due over winter break and "senior-itis" is kicking in!

Application Components: You'll need to complete an application, provide 2 letters of rec ( one letter of rec from a school staff member and another from a community member like Elevated or Peak Ed!), a resume, photo, 800 word max essay on why this award would benefit you and how you would pay it forward. If your school is on winter break, you can email them an unofficial copy of your transcript by 12/31, but you'll need to have your school send an "official transcript" once school resumes in January.

Essay Tips: Ms. Rainey will be on vacation when this essay is due and won't be able to review your essay drafts for this scholarship. So, here are some tips: For the "how will this award benefit you" part, don't simply say it will help me pay for college. That's a cliché response even if it's true. If you want to show how it will help you pay for college, start by providing background of your life and situation, barriers you've overcome or other aspects of your character that shows who you are and how the scholarship will help you reach your goals.

The second part of the essay prompt asks: "How you pay it forward" involves your career goals and personal goals. How will your career make an impact in the community, world or simply in an individual's life? Will you also do community service in the future? Will you be a mentor? Start your own non profit to help others in need? Discuss how you plan to be a "good citizen." This is all how you "pay it forward.

Get as close to 800 words as possible (don't stop at 300 words, that doesn't look good if you don't use as much space as possible). Tell stories and use specific examples/details. This will not only make your essay longer, but it will help it stand out!

How to Apply:


Ron Brown Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 9th

Amount: $40,000

Eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Black/African American and current high school seniors at the time of their application. Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement, exhibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities and have a demonstrated financial need. The application requires that students fill out a paper application, as well as mail (in one packet) a list of their extracurricular community, employment or other activities, awards or honors, two 500 word essays, two letters of recommendation, and an official transcript. Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of their application materials, interviews and participation in Selection Weekend activities. (you’ll need to mail in an application and postmark it by 1/9).


Jackie Robinson Scholarship

Deadline: January 12th

Amount: $30,000.

Eligibility: Be a graduating, minority high school senior, U.S. citizen, have evidence of financial need, demonstrate a record of academic excellence, leadership potential and education to community service, plan to attend a 4-year college.

Application components: one recommendation, demographics, unofficial transcript, college plans, test scores, activities and distinctions, household info, essays.

How to Apply: This is a big scholarship; so, get feedback on your essays. Send your essays to Ms. Rainey via an editable Google Doc by Jan. 6th.


APIA Scholarship

Deadline: January 26th

Amount: ranges from $2,500 to $20,000


  • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census

  • Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply

  • Be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2022.

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED

  • Must apply for federal financial aid for the 2022-2023 academic year using the Free Application for the Federal Student Aid (FASFA) by early April 2022

  • Submit one letter of recommendation online

How to Apply:


NROTC Scholarship (good option for students interested in college AND the military)

Deadline: January 31st

Amount: Full-ride to partner college in the U.S. Once you complete your college degree+ you'll enter the Navy or Marine Crops (depending on which one you chose when applying).

Eligibility: See the full list of eligibility requirements on their website, but basic eligibility includes being a U.S. citizen, at least an 1100 on SAT (~540+ math and 550+ on reading section). They will super score if you took multiple SAT exams. If you were unable to take the SAT, you can still be considered if your GPA is at least a 2.75 and you have at least a 2.0 grade average in Algebra 2 + a letter from your counselor or JROTC instructor saying SAT wasn't reasonably available to you.

How to Apply:


Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship

Deadline: January 25th

Amount: $40,000 + internship at Amazon


✅ Must be employment authorized to work in the US. Example: Employment Authorization Document holder, Permanent Resident, or US Citizen.

✅ Be high school senior in the U.S. who has completed or is currently enrolled in a computer science course – dual enrollment courses also count! If you haven’t taken a formal computer science course but have learned on your own, you can opt in to take a brief assessment instead.

✅ Be planning to attain a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or other computer science related field of study.

✅ Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

✅ Must demonstrate financial need

How to Apply:


Non-merit-based scholarships:

These scholarships are easy and/or are open to almost any student (broad eligibility requirements):


These scholarships open on January 1st:

  • Sachs Foundation Scholarship due March 15th: 3.0 GPA, black high school student in senior year, resident of Colorado for a minimum of 3 years over the last 5 years). I expect all Elevated students to do this scholarship since the Sachs Foundation sponsors Elevated! I also expect you to send your essays to me for review by Feb. 20th. Being in Elevated does not guarantee that you'll receive this scholarship.

  • HSF Scholarship due February 14th: 3.0 GPA, Hispanic heritage, plan to enroll in college, submit the FAFSA or state-based financial aid forms.

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