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It’s Always Something Teen Writing Contest (Deadline:  March 20, 2015) Amount: $1,000.  Have you survived cancer? Have you watched a loved one deal with cancer? What was it like to watch someone your own age go through cancer?  The intention of this writing contest is to capture teens’ imaginations and open a dialog about their experience with cancer. Teens from grades 9-12 in Washington State are invited to share their stories about cancer in personal essays of 500 to 2,000 words.  Their stories can be about their own experience of a personal diagnosis or about their experience with a diagnosis of a loved one, a schoolmate, friend, or perhaps even about cancer in the abstract as it relates to them. Submit essays online at www.gildasclubseattle.org.   If you have any questions, please call the Clubhouse at 206.709.1400, toll-free at 1.866.200.2383 or email Program Coordinator Liz Lange at lizlange@gildasclubseattle.org.  

2015 QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship (Deadline:  March 25, 2015) Amount:  Varies.  The QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship for high school juniors provides awards to help high-achieving low-income students become successful applicants to the nation’s best colleges. College Prep Scholars are uniquely prepared to gain admission and full scholarships to top-tier colleges through QuestBridge. Please see http://www.questbridge.org/for-students/cps-apply.

Electronic Security Association’s Youth Scholarship Program (Deadline:  March 27, 2015) Amount:  $7,500 and $2,500.  ESA will award these scholarships to two children of active-duty police officers and firefighters.  In addition to the scholarships offered by ESA of Washington, state winners will be entered in the National ESA program, which offers four scholarships:  $10,000, $5,000, $3,500, and $1,500.  High school seniors must write an essay explaining “What it means to ME to have my parent or guardian involved in securing our community.”  Applications and information can be found at: http://www.esaweb.org/?page=youthscholarship

Asian Pacific Community Fund – Verizon Scholarship Awards Program (Deadline:  March 30, 2015) Amount:  $1,000.  The Asian Pacific Community Fund partners with Verizon to financially assist students in their pursuit of higher education as they face the challenge of significantly rising costs of obtaining a college degree.  These awards will support those who excel academically, are leaders amongst their peers and are making a positive impact on their communities.  For more information, see http://www.zinch.com/scholarships/asian-pacific-community-fund-verizon-scholarship-awards-program-high-school-seniors-0  or contact Martin Mai at scholarships@apcf.org

ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC./Zeta Omega Omega Chapter (Deadline:  March 30, 2015) Amount: $500-$1,000. The Zeta Omega Omega Chapter of ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC., Scholarship Committee will award scholarships to African American seniors from selected high schools in the Pierce County area.  The scholarships will range from $500 to $1,000. Applicants must be graduating with a GPA of 2.7 or higher and planning to attend an accredited university, college, or technical institution.  In addition, a 300 word essay it required. For more information, see www.akazoo.org. For an application, please see Mrs. Kitselman.             

Odenza Marketing Scholarship (Deadline: March 30, 2015) Amount: $500.  To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 16 and 25 by March 30, 2015, and have a GPA of 2.5 or greater. Applicants must submit answers to the following essay questions:  #1) Choose a city located anywhere in the world that you believe would, from a future employment prospective, benefit your career. Explain in under 500 words how spending time in this city would help you become more marketable to a potential employer(s). Clearly identify how it will benefit you. #2) Explain in under 500 words, why you think you should be granted the Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship.

BECU Foundation Scholarships (Deadline:  March 31, 2015)  Amount:  $2,500.  The BECU Foundation recognizes and awards outstanding service by graduating high school seniors and undergraduate students in community service.  Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s academic achievements, leadership abilities, and passion for helping others.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:  must be a BECU member with an account in the name of the applicant, must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and must plan to attend college (community, technical, university, or other institution) full time.  For more information,  visit http://www.becu.org/learn-and-plan/scholarships-grant.aspx.                                             

Pierce County Nurses Association Scholarships (Deadline: March 31, 2015) This award is for a senior planning a career as a Registered Nurse who is a resident of Pierce County with a GPA of 2.5 or better.  Applications and information can be found at: http://piercecountynurses.com/Scholarships.html.

TwinStar Credit Union Scholarships (Deadline:  March 31, 2015) Amount:  $2,000.  Each year, TwinStar Credit Union awards 15 college scholarship to graduating high school seniors.  Applicants must be a member in good standing with TwinStar Credit Union, and each application must be accompanied by a current transcript.  For additional information, call Devin Boyd at 360-923-4587; to download an application, visit www.TwinStarCU.com/scholarships.

Boeing Employees Credit Union Scholarships (Deadline: March 31, 2015) Amount: $3,000.   The BECU Foundation is a charitable private foundation and recognizes and awards a minimum of 25 $3000 scholarships each year to graduating high school seniors and undergraduate student members who have a passion for helping others.  As a not-for-profit credit union, BECU is committed to social responsibility. As a result, scholarships are awarded based on a student’s academic performance and passion for helping others. Applicants are required to submit their hours of community service, grade point average, and letters of recommendation.  Please visit http://www.becu.org/learn-and-plan/scholarships-grants.aspx

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund (Deadline: March 31, 2015) Amount: $2,500/renewable; $1,000/one time. The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund awards scholarships annually to outstanding high school seniors who are children or grandchildren of active, retired, disabled, deceased or laid-off Teamster members.  Applicants must plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university; those who plan to attend non-academic or certificate programs or community college may not apply.  See http://scholarshipmentor.com/james-r-hoffa-memorial-scholarship-fund for more information.

2015 Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship (Deadline:  March 31, 2015) Amount: $2,500. The Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to honor Mrs. Scott who was among the 125 individuals who perished in Pentagon during the attacks by terrorist on the morning of September 11, 2001. There will three to five $2,500 scholarships awarded.  These awards are nonrenewable. Please see http://scholarshipmentor.com/janice-m-scott-memorial-scholarship for more information.

Clay Huntington Sports Communication Scholarship (Deadline:  April 1, 2015) Amount: up to $1,000.  The Clay Huntington Sports Communication Scholarship is administered through the Tacoma Athletic Commission scholarship committee.  A total of $1,000 is available annually for graduating high school seniors in Pierce County who are intending to declare a major in Radio/Television Production and/or Broadcast Editorial Journalism or a similar communications-related field at any recognized post-secondary institution.  For further information, see www.tacomaathletic.com/ or see Mrs. Kitselman.

WIAA Smart Choices Scholarship Program (Deadline:  April 1, 2015) Amount:  $5,000 each to one female and one male. The Dairy Farmers of Washington and Les Schwab Tires in conjunction with the WIAA proudly present the Smart Choices Scholarship Program.  This annual program recognizes one male and one female graduating senior from among the WIAA member high schools for excellence in athletics/activities, academics, leadership and community service throughout his and her high school career.  Smart Choices winners receive a $5,000 scholarship toward the institution of choice.  An additional four male and four female finalists receive $1,000 scholarships. For additional information, visit wiaa.com/smartchoices.

American College Foundation Visionary Scholarship (Deadline:  April 1, 2015)  Amount: from $1,000 to $5,000.  The ACF awards a non-renewable, one-time scholarship to be used exclusively to offset costs and fees related directly to the student's first year of higher post-secondary education at an accredited institution of the student's choosing within the United States. To be eligible, the applicant must be currently enrolled as a high school student (freshman-senior) and be a U.S. citizen.  Financial need is not considered.; all income levels may apply.  To apply, visit http://americancollegefoundation.org/college_planning/visionary_scholarship_terms.aspx.

The Willie Stewart Community Service Scholarship (Deadline:  April 1, 2015)  Amount:  $1,000-$2,500. The Willie Stewart Community Service Scholarship recognizes high school seniors in Pierce County who have given back to their community locally and globally through volunteer service.  Applicants must qualify for and complete the application for their Varsity Letter in Community Service offered by United Way of Pierce County during their senior year in addition to this application.  There are no income requirements.  The scholarship application must be submitted with the Varsity Letter in Community Service application and be received by April l, 2015, along with a letter of recommendation to be considered.  For more information, visit www.uwpc.org/Scholarships.htm.

The Holocaust Center for Humanity 2015 Writing, Art, & Film Contest (Deadline: April 3, 2015) Amount:  $300 Grand Prizes. This contest is open to students in grades 5-12 in the Pacific Northwest.  Writing, art, and film entries must support this year’s theme:  “Liberation: 70 years later – How can the lessons of the Holocaust inspire you to help make the world a better place?” For more information, visit http://www.holocaustcenterseattle.org/education/writing-art-contest.

All About Pink Scholarship (Deadline:  April 8, 2015) Amount: $1,000. The All About Pink Scholarship helps by providing support to families with college age students whose parent is suffering from Breast Cancer or have succumbed to the disease.  Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or entering high school freshman with a minimum 2.0 GPA. For more information, visit http://scholarshipmentor.com/all-about-pink-scholarship

Tacoma Community College Foundation Scholarships (Deadline: April 13, 2015) Amount:  Varies. Applicants will need to apply to TCC, have a student ID#, complete the FAFSA, get a letter of recommendation, get an unofficial copy of your transcript, read the scholarship FAQs, and then apply for the scholarships. Visit http://www.tacomacc.edu/abouttcc/makeagift/tccfoundation/scholarships/.

Signet Classic Nineteenth Annual Student Scholarship Essay Contest (Deadline: April 14, 2015) Amount: $1,000. This essay contest will present five high school juniors or seniors with a $1,000 award to used toward their higher education plus a Signet Classics library for their school.  Essays must be a submitted by a high school English teacher of behalf of students who write a essay on one of six 6) topics for this year’s competition book, George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and Alan Jay Lerner’s musical adaptation, My Fair Lady. For more information, please see Mr. Pemberton. 

2015 Wives Behind the Badge Law Enforcement Children’s Scholarships (Deadline:  April 15, 2015)  Amount:  $500 and $1,000.  This program provides college scholarships to the children of law enforcement officers.  To be eligible, students must be a dependent child of a law enforcement officer, must be currently a high school senior or currently attending a community college or 4-year university, must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher, and must be active in community through volunteer work.  For more information, see http://www.wivesbehindthebadge.org/our-work/scholarships/law-enforcement-children/

Costco Scholarship (Deadline:  Automatic with financial aid packet) Amount:  $2,500-$14,500/renewable. Costco has joined forces with the University of Washington and Seattle University to create scholarships for underrepresented students with a goal is fill the financial gap and offer access for many deserving students to attend these universities. The Costco Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to highly qualified underrepresented minority students who wish to attend one of these universities. Requirements include a GPA of 3.0, U.S. citizenship, and submission of a FAFSA. For information, email info@costcoscholarshipfund.org or call 425-416-2035. For specific questions regarding the Costco Scholarship Fund at Seattle University, email financialservices@seattleu.edu or call 206-296-2000 and select option 2. For specific questions regarding this scholarship at the University of Washington, email osfa@uw.edu or call 206-685-3504.

Ben B. Cheney Foundation High School Scholarship Program (Deadline:  to Mrs. Kitselman by April 15, 2015) Amount: $3,000. The Ben B. Cheney Scholarship Program will award one senior from TBS a $3,000 scholarship.  This is a guaranteed scholarship for our school so all eligible seniors are encouraged to apply.  This scholarship is for use at an accredited 4-year college or university.  It cannot be used at a community college or U.S. military academy.  Requirements also include academics, leadership, character, citizenship, and participation in at least one varsity interscholastic high school sponsored athletic team (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, softball, track & field, volleyball, or wrestling).  Two candidates will be nominated.  Please see Mrs. Kitselman, if you are interested.

The Edmund F. Maxwell Foundation Scholarship (Deadline:  April 30, 2015) Amount:  $5,000(renewable).  The Maxwell Foundation is offering financial aid of up to $5,000 per year for freshmen starting college during the 2014-2015 academic year.  The scholarship is renewable for up to four years for a total of up to $20,000.  Students who plan to attend accredited private colleges or universities and who are residents of Western Washington are urged to apply in early 2014.  Scholarships will be limited to entering freshmen who have a combined math and reading SAT scores (not including the score on the writing section) of over 1200 (or equivalent ACT scores) and who have demonstrated financial need.  For more information, visit http://www.maxwell.org/.

The Nordstrom Scholarship Program (Deadline:  must be submitted online by 3:00 pm PST on May 1, 2015)  Amount:  $10,000 over 4 years; $2,500 per year.   Every year since 1994, Nordstrom has awarded college scholarships of $10,000 to hardworking high-school juniors with dreams of a higher education. Paid out in equal installments of $2,500 over four years to the college of their choice, Nordstrom Scholarships give bright, deserving kids the help they need to achieve their goals. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.7, volunteer or participate in community service or extracurricular activities, volunteer or participate in community service or extracurricular activities, and plan to apply for financial assistance to attend college. For more information, visit www.act.org/nordstrom.