The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program guides high school students through six steps of the college planning process. Completing each step earns students a chance to win scholarships of $500 to $2,000 through monthly drawings; doing all six steps also earns them a chance at a $40,000 scholarship. Notably for the NCAN community, College Board has designated at least half of all the scholarships for students whose families earn less than $60,000 per year.
With the opening of the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on Oct. 1 came the opening of another Opportunity Scholarship: students can enter to win $1,000 for completing the FAFSA. The College Board will award 200 “Complete” scholarships every month from October through December 2019, and 100 scholarships every month in January and February 2020.
Since the Opportunity Scholarships program opened about a year ago, more than 370,000 students have signed up. Some 2,350 scholarships have been awarded so far, totaling $2 million.
What are students saying? Here are some testimonials from students who have received Opportunity Scholarships:
"The College Board Opportunity scholarships are helpful because I can complete my college prep checklist while at the same time earning money towards my education expenses. I would like to let other students know that this is a very beneficial program to navigate the intimidating and complex college process."
"College Board Opportunity Scholarships helps prepare students by engaging them to better themselves. To me, it was extremely helpful because the timeline that was provided encouraged me to complete the tasks in a timely matter."
"It has brought me one step closer to achieving my goals and everything I need to accomplish to be successful. I appreciate the College Board Opportunity Scholarships awarding me for doing something that has already benefitted me in my college journey and taking into consideration all the stress that is already upon shoulders of students like me."
–Angelica, Orange, NJ, $1,000 Practice for the SAT scholarship winner (pictured right)
"Every single student that is given the option, should give College Board Opportunity Scholarships program a chance. This program has given me a helpful and supportive starting point in preparing for my future."
–Kourtni, San Marcos, TX, $1,000 Practice for the SAT scholarship winner
"This self-paced program has helped me remain on track with all my collegiate goals. It's a fun, interactive way to organize all your plans for college without feeling overwhelmed or stressed. The program makes it easy to setup all the steps necessary for college readiness."
"This scholarship not only helped me in the simple fact that I won money for my education, but it also incentivized me to practice more for my SAT. As a result, I was able to boost my score by almost 200 points. On top of this, the scholarship also laid out a clear and simple path for my future education."
–Nicolas, Trenton, MI, $1,000 Practice for the SAT scholarship winner