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Texas Scholarships

by Mary Brito | Last Updated: March 30, 2022

Important Note: The purpose of this detailed listing is to help you plan your scholarship search throughout the year. Please find information below about scholarships for Texas students. Some of the deadlines may be from prior years. Scholarship deadlines are cyclical, so even if a deadline has passed, the website will likely be updated for the 2022-23 cycle. Be sure to reach out to the sponsor or check sponsor websites for the most recent details. 

January

This is given to high school seniors who are pursuing a 2 or 4 year degree can apply online and then visit their local participating Ford Truck dealer for signature and dealer code. The deadline to apply is January 14th. Learn more here.

 

This is for $2000. This provides support for graduating high school seniors with their college education through scholarship. Applicants must have a 3.4 gpa plan to attend college/university, citizens or permanent residents of the US. The deadline to apply is January 31st. Read more here.

 

This is for $1500. This is available to high school seniors who demonstrate potential to excel in college and contribute to the community. Applicants must also be legal residents of the US living in the state of Texas. The deadline to apply is January 10th. Learn more here

This is for $1000. This is given to  students who have worked to advance racial equity in their communities. The deadline to apply is January 31st. More details here.

This gives $1,000 to Texas residents to attend 2 or 4 year college/university. Applicants need to demonstrate academic ability, community service, personal development and financial need. The deadline to apply is January 31st. Learn more here

This gives a $500 award to help female of color students who are attending public school and have 3.0+ GPA. The deadline to apply is January 31st. Read more here.

This is for low income families and this would essentially help lift the financial burden of funding college fees while studying in the UK for a semester. Applicants must be a Texas resident enrolled in a full time education major in  Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or Business. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.25. The deadline to apply is January 31st.  More information here.

This gives up to $5375 per semester to high school students from Public school in Texas and planning to attend college. Applicants must be a resident of Texas and registered with selective service or be exempt. They must also demonstrate financial hardships and be enrolled at least ¾ time. The priority deadline to apply is January 1st. Learn more here.

February

This give an average amount of $2500 to students studying in specific fields. Applicants must be full time students who are US citizens or legal residents residing in Collin, Dallas, or Denton Counties or  attending The University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma next school year. The deadline to apply is February 11th. Learn more here

This gives various awards and scholarships to college students with financial need, academic excellence, and participation in extracurricular and volunteer activities. The amounts vary and the deadline to apply is February 11th. Read more here.

This is for $3000. This is available to African American female high school seniors attending school in Tarrant County. Applicants must attend a 2 or 4 year college or university. The deadline to apply is February 14th. Learn more here

 

This gives $1500 to high school seniors who reside in listed counties, and must be a US citizen or legal resident. The deadline to apply is February 26th. Read more here.

This offers awards up to $20,000 to Houston area high school seniors for undergraduate study. Requirement of minimum SAT score of 1000 or an ACT score of 21. Applicants must be a US citizen and demonstrate financial need. The deadline to apply is February 16th. Learn more here.

This is up to $5000 and is given to students who are deserving in college and  pursuing regular faculty and curriculum. High school senior applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, college applicants must have at least 2.75 GPA, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The application deadline is February 6th. Learn more here

This gives an $1500 award to high school seniors who have completed the Storks Nest Education Program. Applicants must be a resident of Dallas County and pursue a 2 or 4 year college. The deadline is February 14. More details here.

This awards up to $3000 to support dependent sons or daughters of a full- or part-time employee of Simon Property Group. Eligible applicants must be 23 years old or younger and planning to enroll in full time 2 or 4 years college. The deadline to apply is February 15th. Learn more here

This is for $500 per semester to high school seniors or college students residing in the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle; and  plan to major or are already majoring in Accounting and attend Amarillo College, West Texas A&M University or Texas Tech University. The deadline to apply is the second Friday in February. Learn more here.

March

This gives a $5000 scholarship to students from low income families in Texas or Great Britain who have demonstrated leadership skills. Applicants must  be a resident of Texas or the United Kingdom, enrolled in full time education within the Texas or UK education system, and be aged between 11 and 21. Currently volunteering in the community. The deadline to apply is March 31st. Learn more here

This gives scholarships depending on a student’s financial need. This is given to low income families that are attending a full time  institution in Texas, whether at a 4 or a 2 year college. Applicants must be a resident of Texas planning to major in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or Business. Applicants must also have a 3.25+ GPA. The deadline to apply is March 31st. Read more here.

This gives $2500 to minitorty high school seniors from Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas who wish to pursue higher education in careers of transportation industry. Applicants must have a minimum of 2.5 gpa. The deadline to apply is March 31st. Read more here.

This offers various awards to graduating high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree program in the field of sports sciences, kinesiology, conservation, physical education, recreation and tourism management and/or other related courses of study. The deadline to apply is March 31st. Learn more here.

This gives awards up to $2000 to high school seniors who are influential for God through Christian leadership, and service and who plan to seek full time college education. Applicants must be legal US residents and attend high school in Harris County, TX. Minimum of 2.75 GPA and 30 volunteer hours. The deadline to apply is March 20th. More details here.

This gives $1000 to high school seniors for their academic excellence. Applicants must be in the state of Texas and attending Texas State University with a GPA of 3.5. The deadline to apply is March 29th. Learn more here.

This covers one full year of academic tuition to high school seniors or college students up to thirty years of age with financial needs. Applicants must be permanent residents of Parker or Tarrant County who are attaining an undergraduate degree. The deadline to apply is March 1st. Learn more here.

This awards up to $1000 to help high school seniors  residing in Dallas, Collin or Tarrant counties achieve their academic goals. Students must be nominated by the school counselor or administrator. Need to demonstrate financial needs. The deadline to apply is March 26th. More information here.

 

This gives up to $2000 to students enrolled at an A.B.A-accredited law school. Applicants must have graduated high school in Brazoria County, Texas or  currently reside in Brazoria County, Texas. The deadline to apply is March 19th. Learn more here.

This offers awards up to $1500 to high school seniors who are considered “Unsung Heroes”: students who have performed humanitarian services or heroic deeds in the community. Applicants must be a high school senior and Dallas-Fort Worth County resident, and pursue 2 or 4 year college. The deadline to apply is March 30th. Read more here.

This awards up to $1500 to a high school senior receiving dual college credit or an undergraduate matriculating at an accredited Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex college or university. Applicants must be a high school senior receiving dual college credit or an undergraduate at Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex college or university (2 or 4 year). Requirement of 2.85 GPA and DFW resident. The deadline to apply is March 31st. Learn more here.

This provides various merit-based scholarships to eligible San Antonio Area dependent high school seniors who plan to study at a college/university. Applicants must be a dependent child of active duty military or geographically separated family due to a non-sponsored assignment or for high school senior stabilization. The deadline to apply is March 1st. More details here.

 

This awards up to $1000 to high school seniors attending high school in Brazoria County, Texas or residing in Brazoria County, Texas. Applicants also need proof of enrollment at a college/university. The deadline is March 20th. Learn more here.

 

This awards up to $2500 to provide financial assistance to an individual interested in pursuing a career in civil engineering, welding engineering, or welding engineering technology. Applicants must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma and 3.0 GPA who is enrolled in college/university. The deadline to apply is March 1st. Read more here.

This awards up to $3500 to high school seniors who have shown good academic, leadership and service in the community. Applicants legally reside in required regions, have outstanding academic achievement records and have a positive attitude in college work.The deadline is March 26th. More details here.

This is up to $1000. This is given to students in Dallas Forts area students. Applicants must be African-American high school seniors, be planning to major in Fine Arts  with minimum 2.5 GPA. The deadline to apply is March 1st. Learn more here.

This is available to children/grandchildren of eligible employees and retirees of businesses and organizations previously owned and operated by Sid Richardson and designated successor companies and organizations. The deadline to apply is March 15th. Read more here.

 

This has been awarded over one million in scholarships to female high school seniors in the Houston area pursuing an education at Texas colleges and universities. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, and available for an interview in the Spring. The deadline to apply is March 12th. Learn more here.

This awards up to $10,000 to students who are a US citizen or legal resident in South or West Texas who completed high school. Applicants must earn 12 credits with 3.7+ GPA, enrolled in 2 or 4 year college/university. The deadline to apply is March 31st. More information here.

This awards up to $2500 to high school seniors who is LGBTQ community and participate in radio, television, journalism, public relations, electronic media, film (or similar) activity. Applicants must be US citizens or legal residents with 2.25+ gpa and accepted to a college/university. The deadline to apply is March 30th. Learn more here

This is up to $1000. This is available to students under age of 21 and about to enter their first year of higher education, with minimum height requirements for membership in Tall Clubs International—5′ 10″ for women and 6′ 2″ for men in—stocking feet. The deadline to apply is March 1st. More details here.

This offers awards up to $3000 to students with academic excellence,  strong moral character and regular participation in a christian church. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. The deadline to apply is March 1st. Read more here.

 

This is for students who want to pursue careers in health care or first responder fields to help support the increased demands of the growing senior population. Priority is given to students living in Corpus Christi, Texas. There’s also an essay required. The deadline to apply is March 31st. Learn more here.

This offers awards up to $2000 to students in North Texas in grade level 8 – 12. Applicants must have a physical, emotional or intellectual disability and want to participate in an activity that will help to strengthen the skill. The deadline to apply is March 26th. Read more here.

This awards up to $6000 per year to high school seniors residing in Texas who plan to attend full time 4 year college/university in civil engineering or operational business discipline, and are economically disadvantaged. Applicants must have 3.0 gpa or 900 on SAT or 21 on ACT. The deadline to apply is March 1st. More info. here.

This awards up to $1000 to Dallas-Fort Worth African American female high school seniors with at least 3.0+ gpa. Applicants must be planning to major in Education and have a career in education. The deadline to apply is March 1st. For more details click here.

 

April

This awards up to $15,000 to individuals pursuing higher education which provides a two or four year college program in Texas. The deadline to apply is April 19th. Learn more here.

 

This awards up to $1500 for graduating high school seniors looking to pursue a higher education. Applicants must be a resident of Texas in the West Texas or Panhandle Area with a minimum of 12 credits per semester. The deadline to apply is April 12th. Read more here.

 

This awards up to $1000 for high school seniors who plan to attend college as full time degree seeking students. Applicants must reside in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Washington, a minimum of 3.0 gpa and demonstrate financial need. The deadline to apply is April 2nd. Website here.

 

This is given to African American and Black graduating high school seniors. This scholarship ranges from $2,500 – $20,000 scholarship. A constituent of a Congressional Black Caucus Member is a must. The deadline to apply is April 30th. Learn more here.

 

This awards according to placement, 1st Place – $2,000; 2nd Place – $1,500; 3rd Place – $1,250 to African American high school juniors and seniors who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees in a variety of fields. A requirement of  constituent of a Congressional Black Caucus Member is a must. The selected recipients are invited to attend the CBCF Annual Legislative Conference to participate in a  discussion with other guests. The deadline to apply is April 30th. Learn more here.

This gives $5000 to African American graduating high school seniors who are pursuing an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degree in performing arts. Applicants must currently be in  full time studies, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The deadline to apply is April 30th. More info. here.

This awards up to $5000 to African American graduating high school seniors who are pursuing an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degree in visual arts. Applicants must currently be in  full time studies, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The deadline to apply is April 30th. Read more here.

 

This awards up to $1500 to help high school students prepare themselves for success in college. Only sophomores and juniors currently enrolled in a public or private high school in Texas are eligible to apply for the competition. The deadline to apply is April 25th. More details here.

This awards up to $3000 to high school seniors who demonstrate courage in dealing with epilepsy and seizures. Have a strong commitment to their education, and perseverance in removing the barriers that epilepsy and seizures can present. Applicants need to be a legal resident of Central and South Texas who enrolled in a post secondary academic The deadline to apply is April 17th. Learn more here.

 

This awards up to $1000 to high school seniors that achieved extraordinary results in life. The deadline to apply is April 30th. Read more here.

 

This is offering a number of awards to high school seniors who plan to attend college/university and students currently enrolled at any college/university. Applicants must have a GPA between 2.5 and 3.5, be US citizens, and demonstrate financial needs. The deadline to apply is April 4th. Learn more here.

 

This offers awards up to $6,000 per school year to Texas colleges and universities outstanding students interested in journalism. The deadline to apply is April 19th. More information here.

 

This offers various amounts of scholarship to Hispanic/Latino heritage graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students that reside in Texas. Applicants are planning to enroll in a 2 or 4 year college/ university in the US. Requirement of 2.5+ GPA. The deadline to apply is April 30th. Learn more here.

 

This awards up to $2000 to high school seniors from North Texas, Houston, and San Antonio who plan to attend a 4 year college or university with 3.0 gpa. The deadline to apply is April 6th. Read more here.

 

This awards up to $500 to students whose guardian is a certified peace officer or detention officer in the State of Texas and plans to be a full time student in 2 or 4 year college/university. The deadline to apply is April 9th. More details here.

 

This awards up to $5000 to high school seniors of North Texas residing either in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall or Tarrant County. Applicants must be a US citizen or legal resident with 3.0 gpa and interested in pursuing a 4 year degree in journalism/writing. The deadline to apply is April 18th. Learn more here.

This offers awards up to $2000 to high school seniors located within one of the nine counties served by SPEC who are pursuing higher education. The applicant’s guardian must be an active member of SPEC and receive electric service at the primary address of the student and parent/guardian. The deadline to apply is April 1st. More information here

 

This awards up to $1000 to female high school seniors pursuing an undergraduate degree who reside in Texas with minimum 3.0 gpa. The deadline to apply is April 16th. Learn more here.

 

Applicants must be a high school senior in Hidalgo, Starr or Cameron County who enrolled as a full-time student for 4 year college/university. Applicants must have 2.5+ gpa. The deadline to apply is April 2nd. Read more here.

 

May

This gives up to $10,000 to American Indian high school seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher who reside in one of the 23 states serviced by the BNSF. Applicants also must be a US citizen and  current AISES member. The deadline to apply is May 31st. More details here.

This awards up to $5000 to students both graduated from high school in the Houston area and attending college/university in the greater Houston area. Students must enroll in full time undergraduate study of 2 or 4 year college declared major in marketing, advertising, graphic arts, media or related field of study. The deadline to apply is May 14th. Learn more here.

 

This awards up to $5000 to a graduating senior from the required high school that is planning to attend full time ACC major in one of the following: business, computer science, education, engineering, health care, manufacturing, applied tech/skilled trades. Have a minimum math TSI score of 345 (or HB 5 Course Prep waiver). The deadline to apply is May 1st. Read more here.

 

This awards up to $2000 for traveling studies in architecture. Applicants must be 4th, 5th, 6th year students of an architecture program, must be US citizen or permanent resident and a resident of Texas. The deadline to apply is May 14th. Learn more here.

 

This offers $5000 to students active in the life of a Presbyterian church in the Presbyterian Church USA in North Central Texas, and demonstrates financial need. Applicants must enroll in a college degree for either 2 or 4 years. The deadline to apply is May 1st. More details here.

 

This offers various awards to African American Lubbock County High School seniors attending Texas tech University. The deadline to apply is May 15th. Learn more here.

 

This offers $2500 each year to graduating high school students attending a Texas College or university. Applicants must  participate in high school cross country and show love of running and the community. The deadline to apply is May 17th. More info. here.

 

This offers awards up to $2000 to students majoring in education and minority fields of education. Applicants need to demonstrate financial needs. The deadline to apply is May 22nd. Read more here.

 

This offers awards up to $1000 to young people from ethnic/minority cultures who receive a Christian education. Applicants must  pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at limited Texas Baptist Universities. The deadline to apply is May 31st. Learn more here.

This offers awards up to $1000 to students who have an interest in pursuing an ocean or a marine related topic area in their college education. Applicants must participate in the NOSB at least once during their high school career. A career goal in the ocean sciences or a marine-related field. The deadline to apply is May 25th. More details here.

 

This awards up to $2000 to seniors graduating from high schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The deadline to apply is May 14th. Learn more here.

This awards up to $1000 to African American male students graduating from high schools in Dallas County with 2.5+ gpa. Applicants can demonstrate financial need. Personal interviews may be required. The deadline to apply is May 1st. Read more here.

 

This gives awards of $2500 to high school seniors Dallas ISD who plan to attend a 4 year college/university with minimum 2.75 gpa. The deadline to apply is May 13th. Learn more here

This offers awards up to $5000 to high school seniors who enrolled full time at a historically black college/university (HBCU) with minimum GPA of 2.75. The deadline to apply is May 8th. More info. here.

 

June

This is up to $500 to high school seniors Dallas and Tarrant Counties, in the state of Texas who are planning to attend 2 or 4 year college. Applicants need to show a strong record of community service, 3.0 gpa and demonstrate financial needs. The deadline to apply is June 17th. Learn more here

 

This awards up to $3000 for students who are unprivileged to higher education that reside in Houston and Greater Houston areas. There’s additional consideration to youth who demonstrate the traits of an underdog. The deadline to apply is June 1st. More details here.

 

These are up to $1500 to high school seniors pursuing careers in gaming or technology-based fields. Requirements of US citizens with 3.0 gpa and reside in Texas. The deadline to apply is June 1st. Learn more here

 

This offers awards up to $3,000 to a full-time college student pursuing an undergraduate degree in public relations for related fields from the southeast Texas Region, or attending a southeast Texas-area college/university. Students must have a 3.25 GPA in their major and 3.0 overall. The deadline to apply is June 18th. Read more here.

This offers awards up to $500 to Student teachers enrolled in a Latin certification program in Texas. Applicants must be students teaching in Latin 3.0+ gpa in Latin or classics, with a 2.85 gpa overall. The deadline to apply is June 1st. More info. here.

 

This offers awards up to $500 to students residing in Texas who are enrolled in a college/university. The deadline to apply is June 30th. Learn more here.

 

July

This awards up to $15,000 to high school seniors who have been accepted to 4 year college/university. Applicants need to demonstrate academic achievement, strong leadership skills and an interest in the energy industry. The deadline to apply is July 1st. Read more here.

 

This awards up to $6000 to high school seniors residing in Texas who plan to enroll in a 2 or 4 year college/university with minimum 2.7 gpa. The deadline to apply is July 14th. More details here.

August

This gives $2000 to high school seniors who enroll in College or University in the US. To be considered, you must be 18 years or older, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and be a legal resident in the required states. The deadline to apply is August 1st. Learn more here.

 

This offers awards up to $3000 to students that are legally blind in both eyes and resident of Texas who is pursuing full time college/university. The deadline to apply is August 15th. Read more here.

This offers awards up to $2000 to students residing in Texas who are graduating from required cities. Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident and demonstrate financial need. The deadline to apply is August 2nd. More details here.

 

September

October

This gives $5000 to high school seniors from the 6 primary rice-growing states: Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas. Applicants who haven’t won a National Rice Month Scholarship are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is October 31st. More info. here.

 

November

This is up to $11,000 and is based on high performance in academic coursework of the students that are outside of the state. The deadline to apply is November 1st. Read more here.

 

This gives a $3000 award to full time college freshman in Texas college/university who are majoring in music degree program leading to Texas teacher certification. The deadline to apply is November 1st. Learn more here.

December

This is for $2,500. This is available to high school seniors in Collin, Denton, and Parker counties who demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, and plan to attend 2 or 4 year college. Applicants also need to demonstrate community service and leadership and pursue a medical degree program. The deadline to apply is December 20th. More details here.

 

This is for $2500. Students must portray how they can protect their environment in daily life in a 30 seconds video. The deadline to apply is December 16th. Learn more here.

 

This gives a $1000 award and is for students with an active General Class amateur radio license who is studying at a 4-year college/university. Preference is given to residents of Texas. The deadline to apply is December 31st. More information here.

 

Deadline's Vary

This awards up to $10,000 to students from grade 8-12 to participate in the national competition in person.  The next was held at SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Brentwood, TN on October 23rd with 50 competitors. Learn more here.

 

This provides full tuition assistance to students who can demonstrate financial need, pursuing education at Parish Episcopal School. Applicants need to complete and submit the PFS, along with required documentation, including a W-2 form. Read more here.

 

This offers flexible awards depending on the needs of the applicants that legally live in the state of Arkansas or in Bowie County, Tx. Must meet the single parent requirement, and have earned a high school diploma with minimum 2.0 gpa. Applicants are pursuing a degree that leads to employment at family supporting wages. More info. here.

This awards up to $5000 to honor outstanding Houston-area high school seniors who have overcome hardships and show academic excellence. Applicants must be a current high school senior in a public, charter or alternative school in Harris, Fort Bend, Dayton or Liberty counties. Demonstrate participation in school and have a 3.0+ GPA. Click here to learn more.

 

This awards up to $12,000 to support students with hearing or other physical hardships who have demonstrated a love for education. Applicants must live or attend school in either Windsor, Colorado; Conroe, Texas; Wilkinson County, Mississippi; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; or West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Students must also enroll at a full time college/university. Website here.

 

This gives internships to high school juniors who are interested in pursuing a college degree related to the energy industry. Applicants need a minimum age of 16 to participate in the full time summer program CPS Energy for a minimum of 8 weeks and have a 3.0 GPA. Learn more here.

 

This offers awards to local students who reside at West Texas County or attended high school in West Texas County. Read more here.

 

This offers awards up to $5000 to help current and former foster youth ages from 16-23 continue their postsecondary education. Applicants must have a high school diploma attending a 2 year program. Learn more here

 

This offers awards up to $500 to students facing economic hardship and immediate monetary need. Applicants must be a resident of Puerto Rico who is enrolled in full time college/university with a 3.0 GPA. More info. here.

 

This offers awards up to $4000 to 11 Texas high school seniors in Brazoria and Galveston Counties. The deadline for Spring is April 15th and Fall  Deadline is  November 15th. Learn more here

 

This offers awards up to $16,000 to under-represented minority students in the fields of engineering and computer science. Applicants must be in a partnering university with a NACME Program and a minimum GPA of 2.8. Read more here.

 

This is a full tuition award to high school seniors who either nominate themselves, or be nominated by community organization. Applicants need to show leadership within community and academic potential. Learn more here.

 

This offers awards up to $10,000 to high school seniors with DAP or IB Program, with 3.0+ gpa, SAT score of 1070+ or ACT 23. Also required of the top 33% of the high school graduating class. Applicants must be registered with Selective Service or be exempt and be enrolled in the ROTC program or another undergraduate officer commissioning program as certified by the institution. Read more here.

This gives awards depending on the financial need of the students residing in Texas who enroll in the teacher certification program. Applicants need to be registered for the Selective Service or be exempt from this requirement. Learn more here.

 

This offers awards up to $3238 to Texas residents who are planning to attend a 2 year college. Applicants must register with selective service or be exempt, demonstrating financial need. More info. here.

 

This varies depending on the institution to students with financial needs and register for selective service or be exempt from this requirement. More details here.

 

This awards up to $3497 per year to students residing in Texas and are planning to take their first associate, baccalaureate or any higher education program. Applicants need to demonstrate financial need. Learn more here.

 

This offers awards up to $20,000 to students who enrolled full time at UT, submitted FAFSA with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Learn more here

 

This is up to $5000 to women who are in financial need, demonstrate desire to complete the academic course that resides in Dallas or Collin county. Applicants need to be US citizens or permanent legal residents. Learn more here

 

This gives $2500 to female high school seniors who got  accepted to a 2-4 year college. Learn more here

 

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Mary Brito is enrolled at the prestigious Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York Queens College. She is studying urban studies and political science and aspires to one day work in the nonprofit sector for a social justice organization. Knowing the difficulties, hardships, and struggles that students face on their journey to college, Mary offers insight on the ins and outs of college admissions, what colleges look for in personal statements and supplemental essays, and navigating the scholarship and paying for the college process. For fun, Mary likes to paint, travel, and explore the city with friends. She will also be a programming and residential life assistant for high school students in Building Community at Columbia University.