Financial Aid & Scholarship Opportunities
Warning! Avoid scholarship scams. Beware of any service that wants you to pay for a scholarship search. Most scholarships are listed online or in your local library for free.
Scam Warning Signs
• You have to pay a fee or “taxes”
• Money-back offers or guarantees
• Credit card or back account information required
• Provides “exclusive” information
Financial Aid Resources:
- Christian Connector
- College Answer
- Merit Aid
- National Merit Scholarship
- Princeton Review
- College Confidential
Additional Scholarship Opportunities
The Jim McKay and Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarships (Deadline: March 10, 2014) Amount: $10,000. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is offering this scholarship to a high school senior who intends to pursue a baccalaureate degree in communication with emphasis on any aspect of the television industry. This year’s scholarship will be awarded to a college-bound applicant who demonstrates exceptional talent as a creator of video programming as well as outstanding academic achievement and potential for success in a highly competitive profession. For more information, see http://emmyonline.com/scholarship.
Ewing C. Kelly Scholarship (Deadline: Must be postmarked by March 10, 2014) Amount: $2,500. Ewing C. Kelly Scholarship provides awards for students who demonstrate good citizenship while striving to attain their academic goals. Students will be judged on academic merit, extra-curricular achievements, and financial need. It is open to students who are seniors at a public or private high school and who have an application pending or have been accepted at an institution of higher learning, public or private. You must have a composite score of 20 on the ACT or a composite score of 1400 on the SAT. Please see Mrs. Kitselman for an application.
Davis Law Group Scholar Athlete Program (Deadline: March 15, 2014) Amount: $100-$1,000. This scholarship is for high school seniors currently attending a Washington State high school. To qualify, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and perform as main contributors in a sport. From January to March, two students will be chosen weekly as the Davis Law Group Scholar Athlete of the Week and given a $100 scholarship to acknowledge their academic and athletic commitment. Then 20 recipients will be selected and will have the choice to enter the Sportsmanship Essay Contest for a chance to win an additional $1,000 scholarship. Two $1,000 Sportsmanship Scholarships will be awarded. Please visit www.dlglawfirm.com/scholar-athlete-program for more information.
2014 QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship (Deadline: March 27, 2014) 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. QuestBridge provides a single, internet-based meeting point which links exceptional students with colleges, scholarship providers, enrichment programs employers, and organizations seeking students who have excelled despite obstacles. Please see www.quest6.org.
Electronic Security Association’s Youth Scholarship Program (Deadline: March 29, 2014) Amount: $1,500 and $1,000. ESA will award these scholarships to two children of active-duty police officers and/or 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.
Odenza Marketing Scholarship (Deadline: March 30, 2014) Amount: $500. To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 16 and 25 on March 30, 2012, and submit answers to the essay questions which can be found on the application page. An application and information can be found at: http://www.odenzascholarships.com/awards/8/eligibility_odenza_marketing_group_scholarship.php.
TwinStar Credit Union Scholarships (Deadline: March 31, 2014) Amount: $1,000. Each year, TwinStar Credit Union awards 18 college scholarships to graduating high school seniors. An applicant 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.
BECU Foundation Scholarships (Deadline: March 31, 2014) Amount: varies. 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 www.becu.org/learn-and-plan/scholarships-grants.aspx.
Pierce County Nurses Association Scholarships (Deadline: March 31, 2014) This award is for a high school senior planning a career as a Registered Nurse who is a resident of Pierce County. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or better. Applications and information can be found at: http://piercecountynurses.com/Scholarships.html.
Ben B. Cheney Foundation High School Scholarship Program (Deadline: to Mrs. Kitselman by April 8, 2014) 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 high school sponsored athletic team. Two candidates will be nominated. Please see Mrs. Kitselman, if interested in an application.
Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards (Deadline: March 31, 2014) Amount: $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, $1,500, and $500. Awards will be given by Ladies Auxiliary VFW. Applicants must be high school students in the same state as the sponsoring Ladies Auxiliary and must submit one piece of patriotic art on paper or canvas accompanied by a teacher’s signature. The applications and contest rules can be found at: http://www.ladiesauxvfw.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/18_Patriotic-Art-Application-13-14.pdf.
Letter in Community Service (April 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014) Pierce County students in grades 9-12 can earn their high school’s varsity letter for doing community service, thanks to a partnership with United Way of Pierce County. The minimum qualification is completing 145 volunteer hours in 1 year (April 1-March 31). Specific requirements can be viewed athttp://www.uwpc.org/LetterinCommService.htm Seniors applying for their Varsity Letter can also apply for the Willie Stewart Community Service Scholarship. Please see below.
The Willie Stewart Community Service Scholarship (Deadline: April 1, 2014) Amount: $1,000-$2,500. The Willie Steward 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, 2014, including a letter of recommendation, to be considered. For more information, visit www.uwpc.org/Scholarships.htm.
WIAA Smart Choices Scholarship Program (Deadline: April 1, 2014) Amount: $5,000. 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 his and her choosing. For additional information, visit wiaa.com/smartchoices
The Edmund F. Maxwell Foundation Scholarship (Deadline: April 30, 2014) Amount: $5,000(renewable). The Maxwell Foundation is offering financial aid of up to $5,000 per year for freshmen starting college during the 2013-2014 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 2013. 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/.
2014 Sound Credit Union Scholarship (Deadline: March 7, 2014) Amount: $500 to $1,000. Sound Credit Union will be awarding scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to attend a two- or four-year college. Applicants must meet the following criteria: graduating high school senior in good standing with an average GPA of 3.00, a member of Sound Credit Union, and a prime member of their own account. For more information, visit https://www.soundcu.com/about-us/our-community/scholarships/.
2014 Wives Behind the Badge Law Enforcement Children’s Scholarships (Deadline: April 15, 2014, by 5 pm PST) Amount: $1,000 and $500. 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 information, see www.wivesbehindthebadge.org/our-work/scholarships.
Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity (Deadline: April 30, 2013) Amount: up to $20,000. This scholarship is a non-traditional four year scholarship focused on rewarding academic achievement and financial need. Its specific goal is to reward and encourage innovative and creative problem solving. Eligible applicants must satisfy these conditions: (a) a high school junior, or (b) a high school senior, or (c) any person entering an undergraduate degree program in the fall after the application deadline or the following spring, or a student in the first year of an undergraduate degree program. Applicant must also be: (a) a student planning to attend or attending an educational institution in Connecticut or the New York City metropolitan area. We anticipate granting 3-5 awards of up to $20,000 each to applicants who demonstrate exceptional innovation and creativity. Financial need will not affect the selection of recipients. However, the amount of any award, from $1,000 to $5,000 per year, renewable for four year, will be determined by the financial need of the recipient. Application available at: http://www.rbffoundation.org/.
Bob Maguinez Memorial Scholarship (Deadline: April 30, 2014) Amount: $1,000. This scholarship celebrates the memory of Bob Maguinez, a fixture in the Tacoma athletic community for many years. There will be one $1,000 scholarship awarded to a qualified senior from a Pierce County high school. To obtain an application, please see Mrs. Kitselman.