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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.

While applying for the Coolidge Scholarship certainly doesn’t guarantee admission to a college, winning this “unconditional merit award” will certainly make attending a whole lot easier! This full-ride scholarship is open to any student regardless of their home state, race, family’s socio-economic status, intended major, or college of choice.

Scholarship: The Coolidge Scholarship

Awarding Organization: The Calvin Coolidge Foundation

Amount: All direct and indirect costs for four years at any accredited college or university in the U.S.

Number of Scholarships Awarded: Two-three students win the scholarship, but all finalists are eligible to receive a one-time Finalist Award. Additionally, a larger group of applicants will earn the distinction of being a Coolidge Senator.

Eligible Students: Any U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident who intends to enroll full-time at an accredited college or university in the U.S.

How to Apply: Interested applicants must apply during the junior year of high school. Finalists will be interviewed. Visit the online portal to create an account and view the application.

Deadline: January 20


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

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Written by Robyn Stewart
Robyn Stewart is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Prior to joining College Coach, she worked as a former financial aid officer at College of the Holy Cross. Visit our website to learn more about Robyn Stewart.