College Climb

Navigate your way to scholarship money to fund your child's education

16th St., NW
Washington, DC 20036
800-227-5558 ext. 6048;
Criteria: Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Major or interest in chemistry; demonstrate academic achievement and financial need. GPA 3.0.
Award: Up to $2,500
Award Years: Freshman through senior study
Number of Awards: up to 200
Deadline: February 15

Duracell/Gillette Minority Scholarship
National Urban League
120 Wall St., 7th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Criteria: Major in engineering, marketing or finance/banking. Must demonstrate financial need and academic achievement. GPA 3.0.
Award: $10,000 over two years
Award Years: Junior and senior study only
Number of Awards: Up to 20
Deadline: January 15

Educational Communications
Scholarship Foundation
721 N. McKinley Road
P.O. Box 5002
Lake Forest, IL 60045-5012
Criteria: Applicants must be U.S. citizens with minimum B average. Based on work experience and achievement test scores. Semifinalists must complete an essay.
Award: $1,000
Award Years: Freshman through senior study
Number of Awards: 250
Deadline: May 31

Herbert Lehman Scholarship
99 Hudson St., Suite 1600
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-219-1900
Criteria: Students must have outstanding leadership abilities and community service. The enrollment in the college that the student has selected must be less than 8% African American.
Award: $2,000
Award Years: Freshman through senior study
Number of Awards: 30-40
Deadline: April 30

Jackie Robinson Scholarship
Jackie Robinson Foundation
Scholarship Programs
3 West 35th St.
New York, NY 10001
Criteria: Open to graduating minority high school seniors only. Applicants must demonstrate leadership, financial need and academic achievement.
Award: Up to $5,000
Award Years: Freshman through senior study
Number of Awards: Varies
Deadline: April 1

Knight Ridder Minority
Scholarship Program
50 W. San Fernando St., Suite 1500
San Jose, CA 95113
Criteria: Candidates are recommended through a Knight Ridder property in their local area, must demonstrate interest in journalism/newspapers; GPA 2.5.
Award: $5,000
Award Years: Freshman through senior study
Number of Awards: 3-4
Deadline: Mid-December to mid-January

Application Checklist

  • Note application deadlines on a calendar.
  • Order multiple copies of your transcript and your test score reports.o Prepare lists of activities and awards. Keep them in a safe place.
  • Make copies of the application before and after it’s completed.
  • Read the entire application prior to filling it out.
  • Type all parts of the application.
  • Ask relevant people that you’re in frequent contact with, such as teachers and community leaders, to write recommendations at least one month prior to deadline. Give them a resume detailing academic, extracurricular and personal achievements.
  • Make copies of recommendation letters when you receive them.
  • Send thank-you cards to all references.
  • Have your essay proofread by an English teacher and your parents, then revise.
  • Proofread your completed application at least twice before you mail it out.

Scholarship Resources
WEBSITES one-stop shop for financial resources. can register to have scholarship information delivered via e-mail. to Websites that configure college finances. tips on everything from registering for the SATs online to searching through the scholarship locator. about federal financial aid programs.

The B Students (Or Lower) Complete Scholarship Book (Sourcebooks Trade, $18.95).
The Black Student’s Guide to Scholarships: 700+ Private Money Sources for Black and Minority Students by Barry Beckham (Madison Books, $17.95).
College Costs & Financial Aid Handbook 1999 (The College Board, $21.95)
Financial Aid for African Americans 1999-2001 by Gail A. Shlachter (Reference Service Press, $37.50).
Peterson’s 1999 Scholarships, Grants & Prizes (Petersons, $26.95).

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