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There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you. While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier. This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week. Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

Most high school students have spent some time researching colleges on the College Board website. If you are a member of the class of 2021 a few simple steps can help you earn the chance of winning this scholarship. The College Board is committed to helping students make college possible and they are investing $25 million over five years to fund these scholarships.

Scholarship: College Board Opportunity Scholarships

Awarding Organization: College Board

Amount: $40,000 maximum; many smaller scholarships available (see below).

Number of Scholarships Awarded: 125

Eligible Students:

  • Graduating seniors
  • Half of the scholarships will be awarded to students with family income under $60,000
  • Students in the U.S., including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories

How to Apply:

Students can earn chances to win scholarships by completing various college preparation steps on the College Board website.

  • Build your college list: $500
  • Practice for the SAT using Khan academy:$1,000
  • Improve your SAT score: $2,000
  • Strengthen your college list: $500
  • Complete the FAFSA: $1,000
  • Apply to colleges: $1,000
  • Complete your journey: complete all 6 steps to be considered for the $40,000 scholarship

Deadline: Various, check here.


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.

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Written by Beth Feinberg Keenan
Beth Feinberg Keenan is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Before joining College Coach, Beth worked as a Senior Financial Aid Officer at Northeastern University. Visit our website to learn more about Beth Feinberg Keenan.