Center for Hellenic Studies Fellowship

Center for Hellenic Studies Fellowship

In 1960, with a grant from the Mellon Foundation, formerly known as the Old Dominion Foundation, Harvard founded and constructed the Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) on property donated by Marie Beale. The property was donated in memory of her son who was both a graduate of Harvard and soldier who perished in WW I. The donation was made with the intent to revive Greek studies and in particular the Humanism of the Hellenic Greeks. A year after the Center’s establishment, the first group of scholars arrived.  In spite of the Center’s unfinished construction, studies proceeded, the Center was finished and dedicated in 1963. In attendance, Paul Mellon and Bernard Knox offered that the Center would “give a fresh impetus but also a new direction for the study of Greek and hence to its effect on our age.” The Center has proven successful in attracting a group of fellows on the average of twelve a year from the US and around the world with the greatest numbers outside the US coming from the UK, Germany, and Italy. In 1998, the Center underwent an expansion which increased the size of its library and storage spaces. Additionally, the expansion increased the programming of art, archaeology, and numismatics. The collection of Roman studies was augmented as well and has since has demonstrated great value for comparative purposes. Today, in a forward thinking expansion, the Center is increasing its electronic publication and advancing it’s projects and goals in a more modern and accessible manner.

Harvard’s CHS promotes and encourages high-quality research concerning Ancient Greece, or Hellenism by offering 16-week residency, $18,000 Fellowships to scholars. The call for applications suggests that candidates emphasize collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to their fellowship proposals and will provide a CHS/DHI Joint Fellowship to those who meet the qualifications of studying ancient Greece or societies that inexact with the ancient Greeks. Those awarded CHS/DAI Joint Fellowships will receive housing in Berlin from September to December and housing on the CHS campus in Washington, DC from January to May. Scholars interested in submitting Fellowship proposals should pursue an online application. Candidates must have prepared PDFs to upload of a detailed 1,000-word research proposal, a CV documenting qualifications to conduct the proposed research as well as an example of a previously published, or performance-based work of no more than 10,000 words. Also, three letters of reference should be included with the application submission or otherwise received by the CHS no more than a week following the application deadline. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age. Proposed research may include any inspect of Hellenism approached through disciplines such as ethnic studies, anthropology, archeology, art history, history, education, literary criticism, the natural and physical sciences, philology, philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology, and any related fields. Recipients must document the evolution of the projects and share all in-progress work or otherwise make it available for public viewing. The scholarship deadline is October 16, 2017.

Secular Student Activist Scholarship

 Secular Student Activist Scholarship

The Secular Student Alliance (SSA), a grassroots movement first began in 1996 when concerned students realized that there was an apparent need for young people to assert their non-secular rights and needs. The Council for Secular Humanism helped the students found the Campus Forethought Alliance and also went on to govern it.  In April of 2000 after a period of organization, growth, and expansion, the Campus Forethought Alliance became independent from The Council for Secular Humanism in order to reach new audiences. Subsequently, with its advancement of science, reason and free inquiry. The Council for Secular Humanism gained momentum and joined the Coalition of the Community of Reason which later became the Secular Coalition of America (SCA). The SSA also developed close ties with other key organizations such as the Institute for Humanist Studies, American Humanist Association, Atheist Alliance International, American Atheists, Internet Infidels, International Humanist and the Ethical Union, Gay and Lesbian Atheist and Humanist Alliance.

Following several more years of growth and promotion through its annual conferences, SSA began receiving national attention for their 2001 conference called Kicking Ass for the New Enlightenment, as well as the following year’s conference in 2002 called Education Against Indoctrination which featured a debate about the wording of America’s Pledge of Allegiance. The next year, SSA hired its first official full-time Campus Organizer.

The Secular Student Alliance offers four $2,500 and five $1,000 scholarships for secular student activists. The scholarships are reserved for undergraduate or graduate SSA student members who are enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university in the US. One of the $1,000 scholarships is reserved specifically for an SSA member who is attending a Historically Black College or University. Additionally, the Humanists of Sarasota Bay offers one $1,000 scholarship for members in Tampa, Fort Meyers, or Orlando. Applicants should submit an online application on which they should be prepared to discuss their educational background/goals and career/life goals, explain the manifestation of their secular identity, why their work with SSA is important, and a detailed history of secular activism in which the student has participated. The explanation should not be a simple list or resume of activities. Activism that is undertaken in a group setting should be explained from the point of view of the applicant’s involvement.

What exact activities were performed as an individual and how those activities helped to advance the group’s efforts. Also, a detailed explanation of any activism planned for the upcoming year as well as the project timeline. The committee would also like to know of any Intersectional Activism experiences. Intersectional Activism means that the activist has used their secular identity and values to work with causes that are not centered on secularism. Some examples provided by SSA are radical justice, feminism, interfaith, and environmentalism among others. Students should articulate their goals as they relate to the Secular Alliance’s Mission and Vision for a more secular and humanistic future and how the scholarship will help the candidate reach his or her goals. The scholarship deadline is September 30, 2016. You can find more information online.

Cancer for College Scholarship

Cancer for College Scholarship

Cancer For College, a non-profit started as Craig Pollard’s business course project during his senior year at the University of Southern California had its actual beginnings when Craig was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15. Having successfully beaten it while continuing to play baseball, his beloved pastime, Craig went on to earn a merit scholarship to the University of Southern California and signed a letter of intent to play for the renowned Trojan baseball program. He also met his future wife Stacy and was poised to take on life. Sadly, at the age of 19, cancer returned to Craig. His dreams and plans were thwarted while he was forced to stay in the hospital for treatment. After receiving a bone marrow transplant, he recovered fully from cancer and went on to participate in life. He began to realize however that nothing was the same for him and he decided after hitting one last ball over the fence during baseball practice one day that he needed to do something more fulfilling. It was at that time that Craig Pollard embarked on his personal journey to somehow help other survivors and those who currently have cancer. He served as a counselor at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times and discovered that he was able to connect to children in ways that he never imagined. His life story would give children hope that there is life after cancer.

During his time of volunteering and working with patients and survivors, he came to realize that families in their desperation to save their child were using every last penny on cancer drugs and treatments both traditional and experimental that insurances would not cover. Craig combined his experiences with his newly acquired business knowledge, and it was at this moment that he decided to write the business plan which became Cancer for College. The officials at the college were quite impressed and encouraged him with special recognition and honors and some donated money to the Foundation. He organized the first gold tournament and barbecue in his backyard in 1993. Shortly after that moment, the very first scholarship for $500 was awarded from the Cancer for College Fund. Since that moment, Craig and Stacy got married. Will Ferrell, the famous actor and one of Craig’s fraternity brother has made Cancer for College one of his primary charities. Will and his wife became and remain very involved in the promotion and success of the Fund which as of today has awarded over $2 million in scholarship to 1,000 cancer survivors.

The Cancer For College General Scholarship offers awards ranging from $1,000 -$5,000 to students who are enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university in the US. Interested students should submit an online application, the parent’s most recent tax returns, the applicant’s tax returns or proof of any income, a letter of good standing from the University of attendance, two years of academic transcripts which can be a combination of high school and college. Also, a diagnosis letter from the attending physician, two letters of recommendation and documentation of the total cost of tuition. The scholarship deadline is January 31, 2017.

American Jewish Archives Fellowship Scholarship

American Jewish Archives Fellowship Scholarship

The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of American Jewish Archives was founded in 1947 by Dr. Jacob Rader Marcus, a highly esteemed historian. The Center was established with the intent to collect and preserve historical materials on the topic of Jews and Jewish communities in America. The items collected were those of political, economic, social, cultural and religious nature. The collection currently holds 8,000 linear feet of archived manuscripts, near-print materials, photographs audio and videotape, microfilm and genealogical materials.   All the materials were made available for scholarly research. The Center also has visiting hours for the public. The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, located in Cincinnati, established a Fellowship in 1977 with the purpose of creating a space where scholars of the American Jewish experience could “gather, research, discuss and study their chosen topics”.

Affiliated with the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the program provides fellows with a community of scholars with whom they can converse and exchange ideas with their research peers, as well as the faculty and students of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Funded by various friends and supporters, The Marcus Center offers fifteen fellowships to individuals on varying levels of the professional ladder. Fellows can be teachers, students, scholars, and practitioners who wish to join those at the American Jewish Archives for the purpose of studying some aspect of the Jewish past and by so doing will also advance the world’s understanding of the history of the American Jewish community and the American nation. The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives Fellowship provides recipients month long awards for the purpose of research and writing at the Jacob Rader Marcus Center. The Fellowship awards are sufficient to cover the cost of transportation, and living expenses while at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. Fellowship applicants should be conducting only serious research on some topic related to North American Jewry. While it’s not always the case, the Fellowships are typically reserved for post-doctoral candidates or Ph.D. candidates who are completing dissertations. Independent scholars are also considered.

Candidates should submit a completed online application with a five-page research proposal outlining the details of their project. As part of the proposal explanation, it is necessary to indicate which collections located at the American Jewish Archives are vital to the research. In addition to the application and proposal, scholars should also submit two letters of support from their academic colleagues. Graduate and Doctoral students may request their letters of support from their professors. At least one of the letters should be from the applicant’s dissertation advisor. The application notes that it is highly advised that scholars familiarize themselves with the collection at the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives before beginning the application process. The collection can be viewed on their website or it’s possible to contact an archivist directly. The scholarship deadline is February 19, 2017.  You can find more information online.

Georgia State Scholarships

Georgia State Scholarships

ARRL Charles Clarke Cordle Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship offers one award of $1,000 to high school seniors living in the state of Georgia with active Amateur Radio License Class status. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and intend to major in electronics and communications. Students are required to submit a completed online application and appropriate documentation for consideration. The scholarship deadline is January 31, 2017. You can find more information online.

Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia

The Georgia Constitutional Officers Association offers four scholarships totaling $3,600 to high school seniors from Georgia who are intending to enroll in an accredited Georgia institution of higher education in the areas of government, law enforcement, political science, accounting/finance, business or pre-law. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen. Completed application packets include a 1,000 word essay about the relationships between legislature and  elected officers, an acceptance letter from the college or university, proof of Georgia residency and a completed application form. The scholarship deadline is April 1, 2017.

Charles Harbin III Memorial Scholarship

The Charles Harbin III Memorial Scholarship offers three awards of $1,500 to high school seniors and current undergraduates who have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and who are in need of financial assistance. Applicants must submit an online application along with a 500 word essay describing yourself from the point of view of object close to your passion — for example your favorite skateboard or ballet slippers. Also required is a second piece of writing comprised of a 500 word short story based on one of five given titles. Students should submit a letter of recommendation, a current transcript, and a copy of your Student Aid Report. Also required of high school seniors, a copy of an acceptance letter from the institution of higher education to be attended. The scholarship deadline is April 22, 2017.

Silver Pen Writing Competition

Presented by Senior Living Communities and Wellmore, the Silver Pen Writing Competition makes available four awards of $1,500 to high school seniors who live in a 25 mile radius of Marsh’s Edge Retirement Community which includes students from Brunswick High School, and Frederica and Glynn Academies. Applicants must submit an online application, an essay on a topic to be updated each year, a letter of recommendation and school transcripts. Essays are judged on perspective, theme development, whether or not it’s deemed inspirational, if it contains a personal connection, creativity and clarity. Essays should be original and between 600 – 1,000 words. The scholarship deadline is February 15, 2017. You can find more information online.

Watson-Brown Foundation Scholarships

The Watson-Brown Foundation offers 200 renewable, both need and merit-based $5,000 scholarships to high school seniors intending to enroll in an accredited four year intuition. The scholarships are also available to undergraduate students who’s enrollment has been approved. Applicants must complete an online application packet that includes a personal essay, a financial needs statement, and a resume of academic, extra-curricular, employment and volunteer experiences. In addition, other requirements include two letters of recommendation, transcripts, SAT or ACT scores and a copy of the parent’s IRS 1040 form. The scholarship deadline is February 15, 2017.

California State Scholarships

California State Scholarships

Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund

This fund offers five renewable $5,000 scholarships to high school seniors intending to enroll full-time at an accredited four-year institution of higher education and major within the areas of engineering, mathematics, physics, computer and environmental sciences. However, this is not serving those seeking out professions in health care.  Applicants must be at least 50% Filipino and live in specific California counties. As well, students are required to demonstrate financial need. Candidates should submit a completed application form, current transcripts, two letters of recommendation and a resume outlining experiences at school, work, and and while volunteering. The deadline for the scholarship is February 19, 2017. You can find more information online.

California Association of Collectors Educational Scholarship Foundation

This foundation offers three $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors who are intending to enroll in an accredited four-year institution of higher education. Entrants must submit a completed application and prepare a well-written, highly engaging 700 – 1,000 word essay entitled “Importance of Establishing and Maintaining Good Financial Credit During Your College Years.” The deadline for the scholarship is January 20, 2017. You can find more information online.

Coastwise Prize for Investing Excellence

This offers five bi-annual awards of $5,000 to sophomore, junior, and senior students who are enrolled at La Jolla High School, La Jolla Country Day, The Bishop’s School, and The Preuss School. Entrants must prepare a 1,000 word essay which will be judged on originality and intellectual content, topic relevance, passion for the subject matter and presentation. The scholarship deadline is January 10, 2017. You can find more information on their website.

Dorothy and Robert DeBolt Scholarship

In collaboration with Lilliput, this opportunity offers one $3,000 scholarship to an up and coming youth who was adopted from California foster care and who is pursuing an education at an accredited, traditional institution of higher education or vocational school. To be eligible, the applicant must be a resident of California, provide proof adoption, demonstrate acceptance to an accredited school and be 25 years of age or younger. Candidates should submit an application form, two references, a resume of academic, extra-curricular and volunteer work, the SAR, verification of foster care and adoption status, acceptance letter for the school to be attended and official transcripts as well as a recent photo. The scholarship deadline is May 31, 2017. You can find more information at their scholarship page.

Growing Up Asian in America Art & Essay Contest

This art and written contest offers six prizes of $1,000 to students grade k-12 in nine counties across the San Francisco Bay area. Based on an annually announce theme, students competitively submit art work, videos and writing pieces to be judged. The deadline for the competition is March 4, 2017.  More details on this scholarship opportunity are found online.