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Additional Scholarship Opportunities

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 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

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.

The Nordstrom Scholarship Program (Deadline:  must be submitted online by 5:00 pm, central time, on May 1, 2014)  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 students 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. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement, awards/honors, leadership, school activities, community/volunteer activities, financial and employment history.  Awards are granted without regard to, creed, color, religion, gender, or national origin. For more information, visit

Miss Washington USA (Deadline:  May 1, 2014)  Amount:  over $72,000 in cash, scholarships, and prizes.  The 2015 MISS WASHINGTON TEEN USA pageant will be held this fall. October 18th – 19th, 2014.  This program is designed to be an excellent vehicle for advancing both personal and career goals.  As a contestant, each entrant will be judged in three equal categories consisting of Personal Interviews, Swimsuit, and Evening Gown.  If you are interested or if you have any other questions, please see Mrs. Kitselman.

Mackenzie Cowell Memorial Scholarship/BIAW (Deadline:  May 9, 2014)  Amount: varies.  The Building Industry Association of Washington is the largest trade association in this state.  BIAW created this scholarship for students who choose the building industry as their life’s work.  It can be used to fund almost any post-secondary education, i.e., college or vocational, public or private.  For more information, please see or see Mrs. Kitselman.

The Tylenol Future Care Scholarship (Deadline:  May 27, 2014)  Amount:  $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000.  The Tylenol Scholarship Fund currently awards scholarships to students pursuing careers in healthcare.  The makers of Tylenol award 10 scholarships worth $10,000 each, followed by 30 scholarships worth $5,000 each.  An additional 150 scholarships worth $1,000 are reserved for students who participate in community service activities.  Applicants will be judged on leadership qualities and academic performance. This scholarship program can be used at any accredited university or college in the United States.  For more information, see

US Bank Scholarship (Deadline: May 29, 2014) Amount: $1,000.  This scholarship is for seniors who are planning to attend 2- and 4- year colleges.  Recipients are selected through a random drawing process.  Applications and information can be found at:

JUNIORS AND SENIORS: Abbott and Fenner Scholarship (Deadline June 14, 2014)  Amount:  $1,000. The Abbott and Fenner Scholarship is available for students who submit a 500-1000 word essay on the topic: What have you done outside the classroom that demonstrates qualities sought after by the post secondary institution that you are hoping to attend? Also, which of these qualities means the most to you? The A&F Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors.  Your submissions must be sent by email to: by above deadline. Information can be found at:

Gene Juarez Academy Scholarship (Deadline:  June 14, 2014)  Amount:  $1,000.  The beauty industry is an exciting, challenging and rewarding profession. The demand for artistic talent is growing everyday. If you have a passion for beauty and enjoy helping people feel good about themselves, this profession is for you!  Gene Juarez Academy awards up to $1,000 per applicant through our merit scholarships. Scholarships are open to all graduating high school seniors. For more information, see

BigSun Scholarship (Deadline: June 20, 2014)   Deadline:  $500The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits by offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student in the amount of $500.00. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in a sport at that institution or in the community. To apply, please visit

Lift Parts Express Scholarship (Deadline:  June 30, 2014)  Amount:  $500. To be eligible for the LPE Scholarship you must: be either a current senior in high school or a freshman or sophomore in a college/university, be a legal resident of the United States or Canada, enrolled or expected to be enrolled by the Fall of 2013, and submit a completed online application form prior to the deadline. Going to college is a big financial commitment. Applicants are required to write an essay that outlines how much you expect to spend to finish your schooling, how you intend to pay for your schooling, and what you expect your job to be once you are finished your schooling. There is no word limit for the essay.  For an application, visit

Air Force Association-Lt Col Romeo and Josephine Bass Ferretti Scholarship (Deadline: June 30, 2014) Amount:  $2,500.  This is a scholarship established for minor dependents of active duty or retired Air Force, Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard enlisted airmen.  It is for students pursuing an undergraduate degree in the area of science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM).  The scholarship will be awarded to a student who has graduated from high school in 2014 and who is entering their first year at an accredited institution of higher learning.  Recipients will be selected by a committee based upon high academic achievement, good character, and financial need. For additional information visit:‎.                     

ERCA Community Contribution Scholarship (Deadline: July 22, 2014) Amount: $1,000.  ERCA will award 25 $1,000 scholarships this year to students who have made a difference in their community.  Applications must be postmarked by July 22, 2014. The application and rules are available to download at

Wells Fargo CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes (Deadline:  August 13, 2014 at 11:59 pm CT)  Amount:  $1,000.  When you sign up to receive college planning and money management information from Wells Fargo’s CollegeSTEPS Program, you will automatically be entered in the CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes for a chance to win $1,000.  Once you sign up, you are automatically entered in future drawings until you no longer meet the eligibility criteria. (Eligible students may only win one time.)  Sign up today at