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Donna W. Foss College Scholarship

The Joe Foss Institute offers two different college scholarship opportunities for students.  This week’s post will highlight the Donna W. Foss Scholarship and my post next week will detail the Joe Foss Video Scholarship. (Update:  The Joe Foss Video Scholarship is now closed. I will blog and share winning tips for the 2016 contest when it opens in the fall)

Donna W. Foss (affectionately known as “Didi”) is the co-founder of the Joe Foss Institute.  Here are her scholarship details:

  • Essay Scholarship of 1500-2000 words
  • Open to students in 9th – 12th grade, including recent high school graduates
  • Students must be U.S. citizens
  • Electronic submission with very specific guidelines
  • Three awards offered:  $5000, $2500, $1000
  • Deadline July 5, 2015

Winning Tips:  This is an essay-only scholarship, meaning no extra paperwork, such as letters of recommendation or school transcripts, is required.  This is great news for students with less than stellar grades and those with higher incomes that might not qualify for other scholarships.  The downside is that the essay needs to be quite lengthy (1500-2000 words) and written about a very specific topic, “A PROUD AMERICAN, What It Means To Me”.  The submission requirements are VERY specific and laid out clearly in the guidelines and essay rules section.  Students need to read the requirements at least twice and print them out to make sure all guidelines are followed and checked off before submitting their entry by email.  Because this scholarship is offered by the Joe Foss Institute, students need to go here and become familiar with the institute’s mission and goals.  This information should be strategically brought into the essay to show understanding of who Joe Foss was and how students can help spread his mission in their current and future endeavors.  Students who shy away from essay-based scholarships should not skip this one.  The time they will save from not collecting the usual scholarship paperwork can be spent writing the essay.  It is suggested several times in the guidelines how important grammar and word-count are, so double (and triple!) checking for mistakes and getting trusted adults to proof-read the essay is imperative.  For tips on writing an amazing college scholarship essay, click here.

Go here for all the details and to download the scholarship requirements:


Donna W Foss College Scholarship

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