The Coca-Cola Foundation each year awards 150 students scholarships of $20,000 ($5,000 a year for four years). The competition is stiff because this is one of the most prestigious and lucrative national contests. You’ll need a GPA of at least 3.0 and to have been active in volunteer or other extracurricular activities. Deadline is Oct. 31. More information
Eagle Scouts can compete for 200 different scholarships—some for more than $10,000 a year for four years. The application deadline is Oct. 31. More information
Important upcoming deadlines
Sept. 30 is the last day you can register late for the Oct. 22 sitting of the ACTs.
Oct. 1 will be the opening date of the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid. If your student is a high school senior, you can—but don’t have to—start filling out the FAFSA as early as Oct. 1. The earlier you file it, the sooner you’ll find out how much federal aid you’ll qualify for.
Oct. 1 is a reasonable target date for high school seniors to ask teachers for recommendations. That gives the teachers time to craft something personal and meaningful if you’re applying early.
Oct. 7 is the last regular registration date for the Nov. 5 sitting of the SATs.