There are many overlooked opportunities for college-bound high school seniors that can significantly help with their education and success. There are many American Revolutionary War scholarships available that are often thought to be set aside for a narrow margin of graduating students.
High school seniors entering their first year of college or those already enrolled in a university can apply for scholarships that are associated with the American Revolutionary War in some fashion. Education is the key to better jobs, and many of these scholarships focus on this because the role of education in employment is important.
American Revolutionary War Scholarships
There are many organizations that understand that education and success are inherently tied.
It is a common misconception that candidates and award winners need to be a descendant of a person who fought in the Revolutionary War in some capacity. The scholarships are put in place for many reasons, few of which are about the actual Revolutionary War.
American Revolutionary War scholarships tend to be merit based. The organizations typically look for students who are performing above average in their coursework and have a penchant for studying the rich history of the United States and its founders.
Daughters of the American Revolution
There are numerous scholarships offered by this active and historical organization. The Daughters of the American Revolution, or DAR, offers national scholarships for citizens of the United States who are planning on attending, or are already attending, an American college.
The DAR awards are typically given to students who are studying or plan to study the following:
- Government and Economics
- Political Science
There are quite a few scholarships that students can apply for including the Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Hobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship that offers $2,000 to high school seniors who will major in American history and government.
Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution
This scholarship stems from the state and local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution. To apply, the student doesn’t always need to be in the state where the chapter is located but generally needs to be attending a college or university in the area.
For instance, the Margot Howard Hamilton Scholarship offers a high school student who has already been accepted into the Harvey and Bernice Jones Learning Center at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas.
Sons of the American Revolution
The Sons of the American Revolution sponsors the national Arthur M. and Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship for high school seniors who have achieved this level of scouts. Active Eagle Scouts who are under 19 years of age may apply at the chapter level before moving on to the state and national level.
To apply, submit a 500-word essay that centers around a patriotic theme. Along with the moving essay, scholarship candidates need to submit a four-generation family tree in detail.
This scholarship requires a lot of work on the candidate’s part, but it is worth it financially. The overall winner will receive $8,000 and the runners up will be awarded $4,000 and $2,000.
Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution
The widespread influence of this national organization can be significant on the local level. Eagle Scouts can apply for city or regional scholarships through the Sons of the American Revolution. There is an abundant amount of scholarships available for active Eagle Scouts.
Eagle Scouts with high honors looking to pursue a major in history, government or social science should reach out to local chapters that are eagerly searching for qualified scholarship candidates.
Active Sons and Daughters Scholarship
The Lillian and Arthur Dunn Scholarship is offered to active members of the sons and daughters of the American Revolution members. The $2,000 scholarship is renewable every year through four years of the student’s enrollment in an accredited college.
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