Scholarship: EMPOWER Scholarship Award

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EMPOWER Scholarships are open to ethnically diverse students for attendance at an institution of higher learning.

The EMPOWER scholarships were established in 1994. They are made possible through the David Hersey Endowment Fund, thanks to the generosity of Adele Hersey and her family.

Selection is based on the applicant’s intentions, achievements, volunteerism and need. Applications are collected every year from January 1 – May 15. The awards are given in June.

Designed to increase diversity in the medical rehabilitation field by awarding a scholarship to two students of color each year, to be used at the college or university of their choice. The EMPOWER Scholarship Award is administered by Courage Center, with funds made possible through the David M. Hersey Endowment Fund.

To be considered for the EMPOWER award, applicants must be an ethnically diverse student accepted at or enrolled in a higher learning institution; demonstrate a career interest in the medical/ rehabilitation field by completing at least 200 hours of career-related volunteer service; and have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

EMPOWER applicants must identify how they will use their educational training and demonstrate their interest in this field. Selection is based on the applicants’ intentions, achievements and need, rather than solely on graduation ranking.

Application Documents

2014 EMPOWER Scholarship brochure

EMPOWER Scholarship application

All information should be submitted to:
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Volunteer Services – EMPOWER Committee
3915 Golden Valley Road, Minneapolis, MN 55422
Phone: 612-775-2728

Award Amount:


Usually in May

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Scholarship: Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

Pursuing a career in Technology has its built-in challenges. What needn’t be a challenge is finding the financial wherewithal that will help you in achieving your goals. To that end, Xerox established the Technical Minority Scholarship Program.

In demonstration of our commitment to the academic success of minority students and to the cultivation and recruitment of qualified minority employees in technical fields, scholarships are available in the amount depending on tuition balance, academic excellence and classification.

Applicants must be academic high-achievers (3.0 or better GPA). Applicants must be US citizens or visa-holding Permanent Residents of African American, Asian, Pacific Island, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Hispanic descent.

They must be enrolled as a full time undergraduate or graduate student in any of the following technical fields: Chemistry, Information Management, Computing & Software Systems, Material Science, Printing Management Science, Laser Optics, Physics, Material Science, and Engineering (Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Imaging, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Optical, or Software).

Usually in September

Award Amount:
$1,000 – $10,000

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Don’t Worry – Be Happy!

DON-T-WORRY-BE-HAPPY-random-18555245-500-390OK – I don’t usually vent, but here goes.  Civil Rights Movement, slavery, discrimination, civil unrest, police violence – I get it all and yes I am just as angry and uneasy as the next person.  But, we cannot allow ourselves to get so consumed in anger and misery that we forget to be happy.  Protest, vent, do what you need, but please lets not forget to live too.  When we take on all the pain, we give energy to illness, more anger and more pain – please rethink how you process and turn  your negative emotions into positive outcries and protests.  I am just as guilty as the next person, but I put my carnal mind to the side and let my spiritual self come forward – I am not going to let the sins of others kill me too.  I will do what I need to do to support justice, fairness and equality, but I will also trust God to fight this battle as it is bigger than all of us.  I have been seeing more and more  posts of lynchings, slavery, civil rights movement and while it happened, its the past.  Yeah, I know – there is still discrimination – but we cannot continue to live in pain and fears from our past.  I refuse to let anyone steal my joy – I will cry out in anger and pray even louder to be saved. What’s going on now can get bigger – as we fuel the fire, it will grow into an inferno.  Let’s be proactive and plan for the future of what could happen that way we will be ready to respond in an organized  and well thought out manner.  Its like a game of chess – next move is on YOU!  Checkmate!!  #justmy2centsworth #thinkingoutloud #takecontrol #manageyouremotions


Scholarship: National SMART Grant

The National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant, also known as the National Smart Grant is available during the third and fourth years of undergraduate study to full-time students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and who are majoring in physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, or engineering or in a foreign language determined critical to national security.

The student must also be enrolled in the courses necessary to complete the degree program and to fulfill the requirements of the intended eligible major in addition to maintaining a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in coursework required for the major. The National SMART Grant award is in addition to the student’s Pell Grant award.

To be eligible for each academic year, a student must:

* Be a U.S. citizen;
* Be a Federal Pell Grant recipient;
* Be enrolled full-time in a degree program;
* Be enrolled in a four-year degree-granting institution;
* Major in physical, life or computer science, engineering, mathematics, technology, or a critical foreign language; and
* Have at least a cumulative 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale


Award Amount:

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Burger King Scholars Program For High School Seniors-Due Dec. 15

Burger King Scholars Program For High School Seniors-Due Dec. 15

Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000, and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average, work experience, extracurricular activities and/or community service. Go to the link below for more details


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