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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

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• You have to pay a fee or “taxes”
•  Money-back offers or guarantees
• Credit card or back account information required
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Additional Scholarship Opportunities

US Bank Scholarship (Deadline: September 17, 2015 at 5pm CST) Amount: $5,000 (5)This Scholarship is available to high school seniors or current undergraduate college students enrolled by September 1, 2015, at an eligible two- or four-year college or university. Winners will be selected at random. Applications and information can be found at

Write your Way to College Sweepstakes (Deadline: September 30, 2015) Amount:  Up to $30,000. Write your way to college with PaperMate, Sharpie, Uni-ball, Expo, or Mr. Sketch.  However, no purchase is necessary to enter or win.  To be eligible, a student must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old. For details, visit

QuestBridge National College Match Scholarships (Deadline: September 28, 2015) Amount: full tuition. The QuestBridge National College Match is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges. If you are a student who has achieved academic excellence in the face of economic challenges, we encourage you to apply to the National College Match. QuestBridge's partner colleges offer generous financial aid packages that cover 100% of demonstrated financial need, making them very affordable for low-income students.

Wendy’s High School Heisman Program (Deadline: October 2, 2015)  Amount:  $10-$50 gift card/$2,000-$10,000 donated to your high school.  Wendy’s Restaurants and the Heisman Memorial Trophy Committee have teamed up to create the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.  The award honors both male and female high school students who excel in academics, athletics, and student leadership. For more information, see

AES Engineers Scholarship (Deadline:  October 7, 2015) Amount: $500. The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students. To be eligible the student must submit a 500 to 1000 word essay in answer to the following question: “When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?” Our belief is that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted.  Further information, including previous winners, is available on our web site at:

ACT SIX Scholarship (Deadline:  October 27, 2015)   Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative is the Northwest’s only full-tuition, full-need scholarship for emerging urban and community leaders who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their community at home.  Thirty new Act Six scholars will be chosen.  Students who live in the Tacoma-Seattle region can apply for one or more of the following five partner colleges through Act Six: Gonzaga University, Northwest University, Pacific Lutheran University, Trinity Lutheran College, and Whitworth University.  Apply online at