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Debt-Free Before Graduation: 9 Scholarships to Apply for in April

Get your resume and essays ready. These scholarships are calling your name.

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Scholarships are a great way to fund your college education, and the best part is that you don’t have to be a top student or athlete to qualify. There are hundreds of scholarships available based on different criteria, and they can be a game-changer in achieving your academic and professional goals. As a first-generation college student, I know firsthand the power of scholarships in graduating debt-free.

Chicago Southsider has compiled a comprehensive list of scholarships that you can apply for right away. Our aim is to make the process easier for you by saving you time and effort in finding the right scholarship to suit your needs. By reviewing Debt-Free Before Graduation: A First Generation College Student’s Guide to Go From $0 to Over $100K in Less Than Four Years, you’ll be well-prepared to apply for scholarships and achieve your academic and professional goals. Let’s get started on your scholarship journey today!

Check out the scholarships on the March scholarships list.

CMA Scholarship Program

This is for students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program or individuals planning to attend a graduate degree program may apply for the scholarship. There is a rolling deadline for this scholarship program.

AKA Educational Advancement Foundation Scholarships

There are various scholarships available to undergraduate and graduate students. Click here for more information and to apply. Applications are due by April 15, 2023.

The Dream Corps TECH Scholarship Fund

This $1,500 scholarship is open to anyone pursuing a certificate program and/or degree in technology. Up to 100 scholarships will be awarded. Click here for more details. The deadline is April 21, 2023.

Push Excel – Aramark Trades Scholarship

Scholarship is only for Chicago Public School students who are United States citizens and will graduate from a Chicago Public School high school in June 2022. Students must demonstrate leadership ability through past/present participation in community service, extracurricular and/or other activities. Please click here for more information and to apply. Applications are due by April 30, 2023 11:59 PM (CDT).

Push Excel – Ora Lee Sanders Scholarship

Must be a U.S. citizen. Students must be enrolled in an accredited, four-year-degree, undergraduate program at a college or university in the U.S. by August 2022. Must be entering freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year (but not 5th year or greater). Must demonstrate the ability to overcome obstacles to achieve academic and personal goals. Please click here for more information and to apply. Applications are due by April 30, 2022 11:59 PM (CDT).

Push Excel – Cirilo McSween Scholarship

Must be a U.S. citizen. Must be enrolled in an accredited, four-year-degree, undergraduate program at a college or university in the U.S. by August 2022. Must be majoring in Business or Accounting. Must demonstrate academic preparation to attend college and succeed. Must demonstrate the ability to overcome obstacles to achieve academic and personal goals. Please click here for more information and to apply. Applications are due by April 30, 2022 11:59 PM (CDT).

Lily Pabilona Emerging Entrepreneur Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes Asian American high school, graduate and post-graduate students pursuing a career in entrepreneurship. This scholarship, started in 2016 and generously funded by entrepreneurs Grace and Ranier Pabilona, will provide an amount ranging between $1,000 to $5,000 award for U.S. students attending accredited American universities. Application deadline is May 31, 2023. Winners will be announced August 31, 2023.

National Black MBA Association Scholarship Fund

NBMBAA® will award up to $5,000 to qualified undergraduate or graduate student members. Click here to learn more and apply by May 15, 2023.

Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship provides scholarships ranging from $1,000-$4,000. Each applicant must have at least one birth parent who is Black/African American, Latinx, Native North American or Pacific Islander. Click here to learn more and to see deadlines. Applications are due by June 1st, 2023.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars

This honor society offers the Scholar Abroad Fall Scholarship, Debt Reduction Award, GEICO Award, The NSCS Mentorship Award, Scholarship for Minority Students in STEM, Non-Traditional Scholar Award, and many more. Become a member of NSCS to access these scholarships.

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