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Check Out These 25 Scholarships that Can Pay $5,000 or More

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Sure, college can be painfully expensive. But don't lose site of the billions (yes, billions) of scholarship dollars that get awarded annually. The list below features big-money scholarships with payment of $5,000 or more. For each, you'll find links to additional information at Cappex.com, an excellent website that provides free college and scholarship matching services.

Dr. Robert H. Goddard Scholarship

• Award: $10,000
• Description: Applicants must be studying science or engineering.
• Deadline: December 7
Administered by the National Space Club
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Talbots Scholarship Program

• Award: $10,000 - $30,000
• Description: Applicants must be women who earned their high school diploma or GED more than ten years ago and are planning to enroll in undergraduate study.
• Deadline: January 3
Administered by Talbots Charitable Foundation
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Air & Waste Management Association Scholarships

• Award: $1,400 - $7,500
• Description: Applicants must be pursuing graduate study leading to a career in air quality, waste management, environmental management/policy/law, and/or sustainability.
• Deadline: January 11
Administered by the Air & Waste Management Association
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Ron Brown Scholar Program

• Award: $10,000
• Description: Applicants must be African American students who will make significant contributions to society.
• Deadline: January 9
Administered by the Ron Brown Scholar Program
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Burger King Scholars

• Award: $1,000 - $25,000
• Description: Applicants must be graduating high school seniors.
• Deadline: January 10
Administered by the Have It Your Way Foundation
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Gates Millennium Scholars Program

• Award: Varies – this is a "gap scholarship"
• Description: Applicants must be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American.
• Deadline: January 16
Administered by Gates Millennium Scholars
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Dell Scholars Program

• Award: $20,000
• Description: Applicants must have participated in an approved college readiness program.
• Deadline: January 15
Administered by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
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Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship

• Award: $500 - $5,000
• Description: Applicants must be planning careers of service in a local, state, or federal government.
• Deadline: January 15
Administered by the Washington Crossing Foundation
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Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship Program

• Award: $1,000 - $10,000
• Description: Applicants must demonstrate leadership on behalf of the cause of freedom, American values, and constitutional principles.
• Deadline: January 15
Administered by the Phillips Foundation
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Coca-Cola Scholars

• Award: $10,000 - $20,000
• Description: Applicants must be high school seniors or home school seniors attending school in the United States.
• Deadline: October 31
Administered by the Coca-Cola Company
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