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Updated: Feb 21

By: Crystal Mobaraka

Let us start by saying, on behalf of the Journalism team, congrats on making it through the first semester of the 2022-2023 school year! It is now a new year and a brand-new semester. With the new year, we should strive as SOAR Stars to lead by example, do better than we did last semester, and start to plan and achieve new goals.

We can set ourselves up better for the rest of this year and lead on to next year by applying for scholarships. As SOAR students, we always dread applying for or filling out scholarships and keep them in the background of our minds as our AVID teachers push us to take these resources and opportunities. This is why the Journalism team is here to help you make the application process easier!

Here is a list of options for some applications out now:

$2,000 Nitro Scholarship

Deadline: January 31st, 2023

The $2,000 Nitro Scholarship Sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and any US Territory age 17 or older at the time of entry and who meets the following eligibility requirements.

Applicants must:

  • A student who is currently enrolled in an accredited college or university located within the United States (AVC)

  • A student currently enrolled as a high school junior or senior who intends to enroll in an accredited college or university located within the United States, within a year of graduating high school (SOAR High School Upperclassmen)

Nitro is concerned about giving you the tools you need to successfully navigate the college funding process. Due to this, they are allowing you to win a $2,000 scholarship. We want to use all the resources Nitro has to offer to assist you in reaching your goals, and we recognize that attending college is a significant step in that direction.

Top Ten List Scholarship

Deadline: January 31st, 2023

"Create a Top Ten List of the top ten reasons you should get this scholarship." (250 words or less). With so many rewards focused on grades and extracurricular activities, the Top Ten List Scholarship claims that this specific scholarship allows you to demonstrate what is unique and distinctive about you. Use your imagination, be serious, or appeal to your emotions. Make every one of your ten arguments count because you only have ten chances to persuade them.

Applicants must:

  • Must be 14 years of age or older at the time of application

  • Must be a legal U.S. resident

  • Must be a resident of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia

The award is $1,500 for whichever applicant wins, so good luck!

"Be Bold" No-Essay Scholarship

Deadline: February 1st, 2023

The applicant with the most daring profile will receive the $25,000 "Be Bold" Scholarship, which does not require an essay. Being courageous entails being sincere, committed, and proactive. According to these traits, the scholarship will be given to the student with the boldest profile. Students at any education level, school, field of study, and GPA will be considered.

AVC Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: February 3rd, 2023

Each year, more than 200 scholarships are offered to students by the AVC Foundation. Students just need to submit one application when applying for a Foundation scholarship, and all scholarships for which they are qualified will consider it. Scholarships from foundations are given out each year. All students who want to apply for a scholarship must use this application. For all scholarships, just one application needs to be submitted. Be thorough in your responses. All the scholarships for which you are eligible will automatically be matched with you by the system. The scholarship committee will choose the recipients of the final rewards. CREATE NOW! Get to work on your personal statement and arrange to have at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher or community leader.

Applicants must:

  • A minimum 2.0 GPA

  • Plan to be enrolled in at least 6 units in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 at Antelope Valley College or transfer to a 4-year university

Horatio Alger Scholarship

Deadline: March 15th, 2023

The Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs, one of the biggest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, primarily help high school students who have faced and overcome significant challenges in their young lives. The Horatio Alger Association targets students who have demonstrated tenacity, integrity, and resolve in overcoming hardship as well as having a serious financial need. While many programs focus exclusively on rewarding academic excellence or leadership potential.

Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school student in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation

  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)

  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)

  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities

  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity

  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0

  • Be a United States citizen

To anyone applying for these scholarships, we wish you good luck first and foremost. However, we also encourage you to look for scholarships on your own if you have any free time. To find out about more scholarships or stay informed about any scholarship due the following month, visit under students > counseling > scholarships, under community > scholarships, or for more information!

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