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10 September, 2011 (14:58) | Oprah Winfrey Scholarship | By: Carlo Evanson

TV host and entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey has turned her attention to her other endeavors now that her TV show is over with.  One of those endeavors is the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, the charitable arm of her company.  The foundation awards hundreds of grants and scholarships to people and organizations committed to furthering the educational pursuits of women, children, families, and minorities.  If you’re looking for scholarships, this is one to keep in mind.  Oprah is very generous with her money, and now that she’s got all this free time on her hands, why not practice a little philanthropy and start an Oprah Winfrey Scholarship?

In addition to giving millions to the Chicago Public School system and historically black universities (for example, Oprah gave a hefty donation to her alma mater, Tennessee State University), the Oprah Winfrey Foundation has set up the Oprah Winfrey Scholar’s program, which gives students a generous amount of scholarship money on the condition that they are determined to use the education they receive to give back to the communities in which they live in, as well as abroad.  The goal of this Oprah Winfrey Scholarship is to create a new generation of civic-minded individuals who want to make their communities and the world in general a better place, and not just talk about doing it, but actively do it on a daily basis.

The catch is that it’s not a publicized scholarship; in fact, it’s a fairly well-kept secret.  In order to apply for an Oprah Winfrey Scholarship, you have to attend a school or plan to attend a school that the Oprah Winfrey Foundation has donated money to.  The Oprah scholarship will work in conjunction with other existing scholarship programs at the school of your choice.  The donated money won’t sit for very long, because it is a very popular scholarship at the schools that receive the money.

For those who want to make the community they live in better, this is a worthwhile scholarship to pursue.  That’s the goal of the Oprah Winfrey Scholarship—to help students go to college to not only better themselves, but return the favor and help everyone around them do the same.  It’s quite a noble commitment, especially in the impoverished areas where any chance of hope may be slim to none.  However, for those who want to emerge from these surroundings and make something of themselves, this scholarship is designed to do just that.  The hope is for those who benefit from the scholarship to help create an atmosphere in their communities that improves the lives of everyone.

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    Comment from Samuel Elom
    Time December 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Dear Sir / Madam
    My name is Elom Essoh Samuel, President of the NGO Sam Human Development Foundation based in Cameroon, Central Africa, and we are specialized in Education of the people in needs. We have helped several children by paying their tuition and other school needs and plenty of those children are today successful in continuing their education; thus they also play sports such as basketball, soccer, and tennis. Therefore, we are looking to find a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) as your organization in assisting us to get sports related scholarship for those children, who are extremely intelligent but are deeply poor. In this sense, those children are now counting on you to overcome their daily challenges, to break the wall of adversity as to become able to pursue their dream and become successful in life. The sports related scholarship will then enable the children to start their dream as of the scholarly year of 2012. Your kind contribution will be highly appreciate and thank you for giving them the ultimate chance in life.
    I am in Salt Lake City, Utah and will back in Cameroon on January 10th in case where you would like to further this great opportunity for the children. My contact information in the United States is as follow
    Telephone 801-654-6280
    Email: samfoundation1958@gmail.com

    Po Box 2432 Yaoundé Cameroon
    Tel. 011 237 99 78 44 74
    011 237 74 49 81 29

    Best regards,
    Samuel Elom
    President CEO of Sam Human Development Foundation

    Comment from Moeti Maumbi
    Time January 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I am a currently unemployed Zimbabwean with 2 school going daughters. I lost both my parents when I was 3 and 4 years. We had a rough upbringing as six siblings being raised by an aunt, dad sister, together with her own children. The only legacy I can live my children is a quality and wholesome education. Otherwise the cycle of poverty repeats with dire consequences for girl children. I am battling and urgently need help. Our economy is dead. Please advice on matter to put them on Oprah Winfrey Scholars program. Kind regards

    Comment from Romeo
    Time February 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I am a ghanaian and a 2nd year medical student in Russia and i desperately need financial aid to pay my fees.i am not interested in what i will eat just what to pay my fees,it’s better for me to pay my fees and study on empty stomach than to loose my education.i need help as soon as possible before i am send home(ghana)/PLEASE SOMEONE SHOULD PLEASE HELP ME/I really don’t know what to do now.

    Comment from Marita Andrews
    Time March 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I am from Grenada in the Caribbean, My Daughter got accepted at Berkley College School of Music in Boston, she does not know what to do know but to hold the acceptance letter in her hands, she need a Scholarship to pay her way to go to this school can you please help her.

    Comment from Carol Evanson
    Time March 8, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Hello Marita

    First let me say congratulations for you and your daughter. I dont know if you have tried contacting a Financial Service Associate with Boston College yet. If you have not please do this first then let me know if this opens any doors. Please follow up with me on your results. Please give me a bit more detail on your daughters major, age, gpa, ex ex. I will do a scholarship search for her.

    Here is the contact information.
    Yvette Johnson
    Financial Service Associate
    Boston College
    Lyons Hall
    140 Commonwealth Avenue
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02167 United States
    Phone: 617 552-3300

    Comment from Baboucarr Hydara
    Time March 21, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Dear Sir/ Madam,
    My name is Baboucarr Hydara. A citizen of the Gambia in West Afica. I recently had an admission in Melbourne university in Australia. My main problem now is the financial aspect of my study. The total cost of my course is about 26000 Australian dollars. I need financial support from your institution if possible. I would be very grateful if I am considered.

    yours sincerely,

    Baboucarr Hydara

    Comment from Lou Anne Manning
    Time April 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Our story is one of great joy and triumph over adversity. My oldest son has a bleeding disorder that caused him to nearly lose his right arm and hand when he was ten years old. He had a post surgical bleed. He has been left with a contracted hand with only full use of his thumb on his right hand. When he was 12 he asked us if he could order a guitar. He had saved the money to pay for it himself. He realized that he could not even hold a can of soda in his right hand, but was resolute. He told us that he could use a thumb pick. His guitar came and he said he had been made complete. He constantly worked on perfecting a style. He had to be careful because his fingers that have no use would mute the strings if he did not hold his hand just right. He told us at age 12 that he was going to become a great guitarist despite his disability. He told us his dream was to study at the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. My son worked diligently over the years even after his many reconstructive surgeries, he would practice his guitar. He has taught us all a valuable lesson. He knocks down boundaries, laughs in the face of adversity, and never lets anything stop him from realizing his dreams. March 31st he received his acceptance letter from Berklee. Now the boundary is money. The school has limited grants for those in financial need. If you could help give us some direction concerning scholarships he is eligible for, that would be of great benefit. You can only imagine how grateful and proud we feel. We can’t allow money to get in the way of this great life opportunity. Thank you so much, Lou Manning

    Comment from vera parker-cash
    Time April 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I am interested in returning to school for architectural and interior design. I am a 60 year old woman who would love to continue her passion for design. Please tell me what is required to apply for a. OPRAH SCHOLARSHIP.

    Comment from Donshell Covington
    Time April 11, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I am a senior who is planning on attending Meredith College.I am the first to go to college in my family. I am in need of some financial need some assistance with tuition. Thanks. For any help.

    Comment from Nantale Anne
    Time April 12, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Dear Sir / Madam
    My name is Nantale Anne, Executive Director of the National Women Association for Social and Education Advancement (NWASEA) an NGO, based in Eastern Uganda East Africa, and we are specialized in Education of the girl child in need. We have helped several children by paying their tuition and other school needs and some of those children have continued their education and expect to complete and compete favourably in the current job market that is basically looking for job creators but not job seekers.; Therefore, we are looking to find scholaships for the most 100 needy girls at primary level P6- p7 who are extremely intelligent but are very poor. In this regard, the cost per child would amount to 180 USD per year . It means per term 1 child would use 60 $ which include tution and scholastic materials. Those children are now counting on us to overcome their daily challenges, to break the wall of adversity as to become able to pursue their dream and become successful in life. The tution scholarship will then enable the children to persue their dream as of the scholarly year of 2012. Your kind contribution will be highly appreciate and the whole community will thank you for giving them the ultimate chance in life.
    With best regards to your good health and happiness
    I ramain yours sincerely,
    Nantale Anne
    Executive Director
    NWASEA

    Comment from Khalil Brown
    Time April 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    Every day, whether it’s in the news, word of mouth, or seen on local newspapers, I hear or read about someone who has lost their life, due to drugs, alcohol, and gang or street violence. Out of those cases, only most of them are either solved or still pending investigation. Therefore, after graduating from college, my goal is to continue my studies at law school and become a lawyer. I want to be a lawyer so that I can offer my services on bringing the perpetrators of organized crime to justice.
    I am passionate about this goal because the world has seen centuries of war, death, and poverty. This is important for me because for as long as I could remember, I would hear about all the killings, the drug and alcohol usage, and countless other violence that occurs outside and inside my and many other’s own neighborhoods. I would look at the television screen or read the newspaper showing and giving graphic details on the tragedy that transpired and say “Why aren’t they (police and other officials) doing something about this?” It made our justice system appear as if they did not care. It is time for someone to take a stand and fight for the same rights that our military is fighting the great fight for; Freedom, Peace, and Prosperity. If not, then violence will continue to spread until there is no hope in trying to stop it. The masterminds behind these crimes know that they outnumber those who are hired to help and defend to bring an end to it. Due to that, most of the people we call for help have now given up the passion that they once had when they applied for the positions that they now hold. If there was someone that can help bring peace to the streets, then the people we depend on would feel inspired to not only strive, but continue to finally bring an end the trials and tribulations that they have been fighting for decades. I want to be that someone. If I work hard to show my passion and dedication, I know that I can bring about that change.
    By winning the Oprah Winfrey Scholarship it will not only help with the finances for my studies, but will show me that there are people out there who really care about the safety of their neighborhood and supports my plight to help bring about the change that the world so desperately needs.

    Thank you for your time. I hope that your day and weekend are blessed.

    Sincerely,

    Khalil Brown

    Comment from Victoria Ryan
    Time April 14, 2012 at 5:20 am

    Marita,

    I feel your heartache. My daughter also was accepted to Berkley School of Music in Boston. She has Been dreaming of this for as long as I can remember. I to am perplexed on how we are going to raise the money to send her. My heart melts when I think she may not be able to attend. Congratulations to your daughter I hope both of them will be attending together. Berkley goes around the world and hand pick there students , only 26 percent of the applicants get selected.

    Carol,

    I don’t know if you are able to help me as well. It would be greatly appreciated. My daughter is 18, her Major is Film Scoring / Bachelor in Music . GPA 3.8 she plays the violin,piano,guitar,sings and composes contemporary songs lyrics and music. She also composed a symphony for her senior solo first to do so three high schools will be playing her music. She also was voted Class Musician. She plays music for the elderly with her orchestra for the past 8 years. She also has done the French club for 3 years. She does an after school coffee shop program where she preforms. I hope you can help me help my daughters dreams come true. God has truly blessed her with a gift that I be leave needs to be shared with the world!!!!!
    Thank you
    Victoria ( proud mama )

    Comment from Michele Laurenza
    Time June 3, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Dear Oprah,

    I was a victim of domestic violence some time ago and it took me long and hard to try and get where i am today since the violence my at the time 6 year old son is now fifteen and doing well in high school. I just recently got married and i now have a two year old son but i feel that something is missing. I have been in the social services field for over 3 years and i feel awesome when i help people but also realize i could be doing so much more if i just had the money to educate myself. I recently tried to fill out for a house because my mom lives with me and is currently disabled with bulged disks in her back. I try so hard to keep things together but some days i just want to let everything go and not go back to school. If someone could just cut me a break i say I just need a little bit more money to make ends meet and pay off my loans for school i already have and the lights and the gas and my moms medical bills I feel like i am over my head sometimes but i know there are people out there like you that are willing to help, I know people like me write to you all the time and just tell you all there problems but i am a mother that is trying to make my boys proud of me and who i am one day to be able to live instead of trying to see whats for dinner tomorrow its been so hard and the economy doesnt help..please consider my application for the scholarship and if not I still love you and God Bless you and for what you do every day…Michele

    Comment from Michelel Anderson
    Time July 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    My name is Michele Anderson and I am interested in pursuing career as a Licensed Cosmetologist, due to limited financial means, recent unemployment, the shortage of jobs and my inability to be competitive because I don’t have any marketable skills. I am writing to be considered for a scholarship to continue my education to provide a service that would allow me to improve the quality of my life and others.

    I have had an interest in cosmetology since I was a kid but I came from a large family and father died when I was a kid any my mother was left to carry the burden of providing for all of us. My mother’s finances were limited and she could not to send us to a school of higher learning. As a kid with limited financial means, I professed the skill to make an outfit out of rags, the art of applying makeup and fixing hair, to compensate for my limited financial means.

    I lived a very trouble life because I had goals and no means to better myself through education, disparity overcame me and I subscribed in self destruction roles that plagued my life. Subconsciously, now, I think I wanted to die, I wish that on no one. I lost interest in me, I didn’t care how I looked and that was drastic for me. I entered into a drastically physically abusive marriage as a result I received a criminal charge while protecting myself against my husband. I was a single mother, I had to leave my son during my incarceration, that was one of the most devastating tasks that I have ever had to do.

    During my incarceration, I looked at were I was, over my life, how I got there, what I needed to do with my life, and I vastly began working on me, regrouping myself and I was brought to tears when I looked at myself in the mirror. I told myself that the ”pitty pot mentality” has got to go, I enrolled and took some college classes while incarcerated. I cleaned myself up and began to take an interest in me, again, it showed in my appearance that I was back on track.

    Throughout the years, to date I have had the passion for making a person look good and I have a host of people who have relied on my natural talents to assist them. My services have been done for free because I don’t meet the licensing requirements but I love to make people look good and feel good about who they are no matter what obstacles that they face. I realize that cosmetology is art and a career that has a positive psychological affect on one. It helps them to feel confident about themselves and it increases their self esteem, at some point in life we all need that.

    Cosmetology can touch a person’s life in a number of ways, this was a natural talent that I discovered early in my life and it is a reward for me to see the faces of the people that I serve. I want to make this my lifelong objective and obtain the required licensing so I can embark upon my career as a licensed cosmetologist to serve others in a positive manner.

    Thank you,
    MICHELE ANDERSON
    andersonmichelle95@yahoo.com
    phone: (540) 287-9549

    Comment from Daniel Mwaka
    Time July 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Daniel mwaka from
    South Sudan says

    Dear sir/Madam,

    I am a south Sudanese and a student studying from Uganda but currently due to financial hardships i am not able to continue. So i am kindly requesting for any financial support if available to ensure the completion of my studies. I had someone who use to pay for my tuition but he is now unable due to financial issues.
    To ensure that i become a responsible citizen and a better person in future i want to ensure that i study hard to meet the challenges in life.
    Any help will be highly appreciated,
    Thanks
    Daniel.

    Comment from Matthew Delbruegge
    Time July 24, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    To whomever may be able to help,

    My name is Matthew Delbruegge, recent United States Navy veteran, served in operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. I’ve been on deployments overseas and have been in some pretty sticky situations, but this message is not about me. My girlfriend, whom I love, is African-American, single working mother who has been attending National University here in San Diego for her Bachelor degree in Nursing. It pains me to see her work so hard, stay up till early in the morning to study for her exams which she maintains a 3.4 GPA. I too am a full time student and it pains me to see her struggle financially. It seems like no matter how hard she works at her job she struggles to pay her rent and provide groceries for her son. She is an intelligent, beautiful, well put together woman who deserves a chance for a better life than where she came from but she needs help now just to pay her rent and keep her car while going through school. Every time she has school she has to cut her work hours short which mean less money for bills and food. I help when I can but I too am struggling. This message is for HER, she deserves the chance at a better life just like everyone else. I am pleading with anyone that may be able to help, contact me and I can give you all of her information.

    Thank you

    Matthew Delbruegge
    314-495-1867

    Comment from john paul
    Time July 26, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Hello madam Oprah may God bless you and thank you for the nice work you are doing for the less fortunate by giving them a hand in areas they aren’t able to do so.Am leaving in Kampala the capital city of Uganda i studied for my primary education and passed very well but my dad passed away and my mum a less educated woman managed to push me up to my senior four which i passed very well with good aggregates but i couldn’t proceed forward to my A level studies because my mum couldn’t afford it.I am humbly begging you madam if you could please finance my education up to university so i can be fruitful to my family who are only having hope in me for a brighter future.I will be grateful if you please consider me dear.

    YOUR A HAND OF GOD TO THE NEEDY AND LET GOD PLEASE GRANT YOU MORE LIFE FOR THE WORLD NEEDS YOU.

    Comment from Mindy Marie Molina
    Time July 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I am 31 years of age and I would love to be an E.M.T Paramedic. I can’t get a grant because I make too much money when I work full time and and by the time I pay for all of my bills and my necessities I barely have enough money for my gas. My mom is a 1st grade teacher and her salary isn’t very much to continue to support me when she has been trying her hardest to help me get back on my feet again. I love my mom so dearly that I would like to eventually help her the way she has helped me. She is my inspiration and the reason why I want to be a paramedic cause I love how she makes a difference in small children’s lives. I am having a hard time to get a head with my life and I would love to give back to the world as much as I can. I hope you can help me with this I feel you are my last hope.

    Comment from Nansamba Mutaawe Milly
    Time August 9, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Dear Oprah thank you so much for this program. Child Aid Uganda is basically focusing on ensuring that the vulnerable children in Lyantonde district get a chance to attain education. 60% of our beneficiaries are female. We are currently sponsoring 521 students on our education program that is funded by the Chello foundation in UK but the need is still great superseding the available interventions in place. This district where we operate has very many orphaned children due to HIV/AIDS as the virus was first identified in this area in Uganda. These are the children whose little hands work late into the night without holding a ball to play or a pencil to write. They work in inhuman conditions because if they don’t they will die of hunger or cold at the same time knowing in their hearts that if they continue to work like this they will die any way.
    I am contacting you in order to establish communication for future possibilities of collaboration. If you have any suggestions of possible funding, information sharing etc. with regards to implementing an educational Scholarship Programme for AIDS orphans in Rakai or Lyantonde district in Uganda, please contact me at your earliest convenience in order to give these children the child hood they deserve. If this project seems to be of interest to your organization, I would
    be more than happy to send an official proposal. I do look forward to hearing from you and hope this message finds you with happiness. Thank you for your time.
    Yours sincerely,
    Nansamba Mutaawe Milly
    Strategic Planning and Resource Mobilisation Officer
    Child Aid Uganda (CHAU)
    P.O BOX 5, Lyantonde – Uganda
    Tel: +256 773 922786/ +256 704424514
    Website: http://www.childaiduganda.org
    Email: fundraising@childaiduganda.org

    Comment from Lee bruz
    Time August 13, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Dear, Oprah
    My name is lee bruz am living in dar es salaam the capital city of Tanzania i am in need of your help am an ophan i have passed secondary studies but i can”t aford to pay fees for advanced level please i need your help please make my dreams to come true please oprah help me as you have helped others.

    Comment from Slyqavious B.
    Time August 14, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Dear, Oprah

    I am an incoming freshmen at North Carolina A&T State University and I want to pursue my dream of becoming Dental Hygienist. I come from a small town called Pahokee in the state of Florida. I am the oldest of my four sisters. My mom is a single parent and she doesn’t make enough money to give me that dream or to even put me through school. I’ve applied for financial help but its not helping that much. Now its a struggle for me to even complete my first semester. So i’m not askng for much but some support financially and for necessities if possible. I really want to be a example for my younger sisters and help support my mom in the future and give her some hope that everything will be alright.

    Thanks Dearly

    Comment from kelly puta
    Time August 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Dear Madam Oprah,my name is kelly puta am a zambian citizen,born on 03/12/1991.Current am a first year student of medicine in Russia.My problem is my father is unable to pay for my school fees because his income is very small,he only managed to pay for my foundation which i successfully completed with good grades therefore am asking for help to ensure i complete my studies.Madam please help me i will greatly apreciate if your raise you bless hand upon my sufferings.You are the only hope i have Madam.Thanks very much for your kind coperation.

    Comment from Elesia Barrett
    Time August 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Dear Ms. Oprah Winfrey,

    It is my junior year in school and I am now seeking opportunities for when I graduate high school

    Comment from Elesia Barrett
    Time August 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I just want a full time scholarship to NSU so i can have a career as being a Pediatrician I would just love to make my parents and my grandma(1993-2010) proud of me so please Ms. Oprah. Thank youO:-)

    Comment from frehiwot teshome
    Time August 20, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Dear sir/madam first of all i would like to thank you for this scholarship program.I am Frehiwot am 18 years old live in Ethiopia East Africa am graduated from high school in the year 2012 i have been very competitive student from my lower classes up to now but now because of my economy i can”t afford my educational necessities in university for next year. i really want to learn hardly to graduate by higher grade.Am living with my beloved family but they have no more fees to teach me further. They have been trying there best since i started class on governmental school.Now it is turn to my 3 younger sisters to get education. so if u are willing to make me one of global citizen email me at fremarge@yahoo.com am very grateful to attend any of your fields, am looking forward from hearing u i hope u accept all my questions.thank you for helping me.
    your sincerely
    Frehiwot Teshome
    Email:fremarge@yahoo.com

    Comment from Kiara
    Time August 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    i am a senior in high school i have a 3.3 GPA I am from Ms im african american if there are any scholarships available please notify me kiarajanay601@yahoo.com

    Comment from Rebecca Strunk
    Time August 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Hello there! My name is Rebecca, I have just been excepted into Wilkes University to major in Nursing and a Minor in Psychology. I would like to start by telling you I am the first in my family who continued on with their education and went to college. My mother had lost her job over a year ago and in this little town that we live in she is having a hard time finding a new one. My father fell ill 2 years ago and has not worked either and just makes enough off of disability to survive himself. Which leaves me with no help from either of my parents. I am getting a little help through PA Grants, and FASFA, but not enough to cover all of the cost of this school. I finished all my pre reqs at out local community college, and decided to transfer to a University to continue on in the Nursing Feild. As of right now School starts next week, and I do not have a single book yet, and owe the school 12,000+ just for the semester. I work part time but Majoring in Nursing and Minoring in Psychology does not leave me much time to work a job so i can only handle a part time minimum wage job (which isnt much for this area). I have started to google grants/scholarships, and came across this website. If anyone knows of any other extra grants/scholarhips it would help me out very much. I just want to be the first in my family to graduate college with a good degree and make my faimily proud. Please e-mail if anyone knows of any extra help, and thank you for taking the time to read this!
    Rebecca Strunk

    strunk.becky@gmail.com

    Comment from Gracia Chigavakava
    Time August 30, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I am a 32 year old woman with 2 school going children. My husband left me when my second child was less than a year old and I have been struggling with the kids alone ever since. I decided to go back to school in order to ensure a future for myself and my kids. I am currently doing a B.Comm Honours degree in Economics with a local university. However its really tough to pay my fees and look after the kids all by myself. I need financial assistance, a scholarship to pay my fees, otherwise my dream will jus go down the drain and my kids will always be trapped in this poverty cycle. Help me please. grashie0911@gmail.com
    Tel 263 734504299

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