College Dollars

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Have We Got Big Bucks For You!

If you're on your way to college, what you really need these days are big bucks. While you can try to win a number of small scholarships to get your funds, some organizations offer awards in large amounts to deserving students. Here's a list of more than a dozen scholarship opportunities that offer $2,500 or more. Read up. The payoff could be in your pocket.

Note: Some of the deadlines listed in this article have passed, but it's never too early to plan for next year. Request applications as soon as you can, and try to mail your completed forms one month before the due date.

SCHOLARSHIPS GO BETTER WITH COKE

1 The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation could put some fizz into a thirsty wallet with the soft drink company's merit-based scholarships. Fifty $20,000 scholarships and 200 $4,000 scholarships are awarded. A candidate must show leadership ability in school and in civic or extracurricular activities. Academic achievement, personal character, and the motivation to serve and succeed are considered important. Applications are available at the start of the school year and may be available from your guidance counselor. If not, you or your counselor can call (800) 306-COKE with the school's CEEB code. Specific entry requirements are listed at www. thecoca-colacompany.com/scholars/index.html. Deadline is October 31.

HELP FROM THE ELKS

2 You don't have to wear antlers to win the Elks National Foundation scholarship. Each year, the group awards four-year scholarships to 500 top students. The awards vary to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Students applying for them must be endorsed by the local lodge. Applicants are judged on the basis of financial need, leadership, and scholarship. Students should generally be in the upper five percent of their class. Requests for additional information should be addressed to the scholarship chairman of the Elks Association in the state where the applicant lives. To locate a lodge near you, consult your phone book or www.elks.org/search.cfm. Deadline is January 15.

DISCOVER DOLLARS

3 Credit the Discover Card and the American Association for School Administrators for their Tribute Award Scholarship Program. The program offers several national scholarships in amounts up to $20,000. Candidates are judged on academic achievement as well as talents, leadership, obstacles overcome, community service, and endeavors. Your high school guidance or career counselor may have application materials. If not, contact AASA directly:. Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarship, AASA, P.O. Box 9338, Arlington, VA 22219; (703) 875-0708. Information on the program can also be obtained at www.aasa.org/discover.htm. Deadline is in January.

REGIONAL FUNDS

4 The Olin L. Livesey Scholarship Fund has some deep pockets, and it has been reaching into them since 1885. Applications are divided into several award categories, representing five regions of the United States. The highest amount is $10,000. Preliminary applications should include three letters of recommendation from school teachers or other high school officials. The applicant may also include a one-page resume of club memberships, offices held, or any other pertinent information concerning his/her activity record. Finalists are chosen from the preliminary applications. For more information, contact Olin L. Livesey Scholarship Fund, 3538 Central Ave., Suite 2-A, Riverside, CA 92506; (909) 684-6778 or www.pe.net/ollsf. Deadline is June 1, no applications accepted before March 1.

MONEY FOR MINORITY SCIENTISTS

5 If things like maps, rocks, and topography excite you, and you're a minority student, check out the American Geological Institute. It offers minorities scholarships in amounts up to $4,000. Candidates must demonstrate financial need and have a geoscience major. High school seniors should name the college they plan to attend in the application essay. …