Here are local scholarship opportunities and a speaker’s contest that should be on your radar:
Links Scholarship (January 25 deadline): These scholarships are for African American high school seniors and other persons of African ancestry who exemplify academic excellence and exhibit leadership potential in the Sacramento Region. There are four scholarships available: Marjorie Patterson Scholarship, Kathleen Pitts Memorial STEM Scholarship, John Marshall Memorial Scholarship, and General Scholarships. Apply online here: https://sacramentolinksinc.org
SMUD Powering Futures Scholarship (February 24 deadline): Open to high school seniors, high school graduates, GED recipients, and current college students. Awards are based on merit and financial need with a preference for students with a major relevant to SMUD. Not open to SMUD employees or their relatives. Apply online here: https://www.smud.org/en/Giving-Back-to-Community/College-Scholarships
Sacramento Pioneer Association Scholarships (mailed applications must be received by January 31): Each year, the Sacramento Pioneer Association awards a promising area high school senior with a scholarship for attendance at a four-year college or university. They are looking for a graduating high school senior who exhibits academic excellence, leadership potential, civic engagement, and a strong sense of personal commitment to continuing education. They are particularly interested in rewarding qualified students who share their interest in the cultural and environmental history of the Northern California region. Download the application here: http://www.sacramentopioneer.org/sacpioneer_scholarship.html
Lions Club Speaker’s Contest: The Golden State Lions Club (and other chapters) are launching their 2019 speaker’s contest. This contest has multiple levels with increasing scholarships as a student progresses. There is a club contest, a zone contest, a region contest, and so forth. There doesn’t appear to be an online repository of information, but it appears that local chapters have to complete their contests by late February. This year’s topic is, “Freedom of the Press: What Does it Mean.” To get information about entering the contest, contact Eddie Aducayen at 916-690-5324 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.