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Buick Achievers Scholarship Program (Deadline:  February 27, 2015, at 5 pm EST)  Amount:  $25,000/renewable.  This scholarship program is for high school seniors and current undergraduates who plan to enroll full time at a four-year college or university in 2015-2016 and plan to major in a field of study related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), with an interest in the automotive industry.  For more details, visit www.buickachievers.com.

 

University of Washington – Husky Promise  (Deadline:  February 28, 2015)  Seniors, who are residents of the state of Washington and have been admitted to any of the UW’s three campuses and who qualify for State and Federal Pell Grants are eligible.  Applications and information are available online at: www.washington.edu/huskypromise/

VISINE Students with Vision Scholarship Program (Deadline: March 1, 2015) Amount: $5,000. This scholarship program is offering a one-time $5,000 scholarship to students who have demonstrated a clear vision or goal for their future. High School seniors and current college students with a minimum GPA of 2.8 may submit an online application.  VISINE Students with Vision Scholarship Program recipients are selected based on academic achievement, school and community involvement, financial need and a demonstrated vision or goal. For additional information and to apply for this scholarship, please visit https://aim.applyists.net/Vision.

Franciscan Scholarship Program  (Deadline:  March 1, 2015) Amount:  $2,000.  CHI Franciscan Health has established a scholarship program to assist students who plan to continue education in college or vocational school programs. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study in selected healthcare-related fields at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.  Applicants must be from one of the following ethnic minorities:  American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Multi-Racial, or other non-white.  Apply online at www.fhshealth.org/scholarship

Washington State Opportunities Scholarship (Deadline:  March 2, 2015)  Amount:  $2,500-7,500/renewable.  Can be increased to $5,000)  The WSOS supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or healthcare and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees.  Applicants must be first-year college students, sophomores, or juniors fall of the 2014-2015 academic year enrolling in an eligible Washington state college or university with a high school GPA through the first semester of 2013 of at least 2.75.  For more information, please visit www.waopportunityscholarship.org

McChord Spouses’ Club Outstanding Student Merit Awards (Deadline: March 2, 2015) Amount: $6,000.  The McChord Spouses’ Club is pleased to announce they will give Outstanding Student Merit Awards (OSMA) to 10 eligible Air Force dependents who are college-bound high school seniors. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and must be planning to attend an accredited two or four-year university or college on a full-time basis.  For more information, please contact Florence Chavez at 253-229-2070 or see http://www.mccordspousesclub.com/index.html

State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship (Deadline:  March 2, 2015) Amount: $2,500.  This program was established to provide financial assistance to high school seniors who plan to attend college, technical, or vocational school but may not be able to meet the expenses of a higher education without such aid and do not qualify for other scholarships.  Applicants must be a 2015 high school graduating senior, have a cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 3.2, plan to enroll full-time for the 2015-2016 academic year at an accredited 2- or 4-year college, university, technical, or vocational school, and be a U.S. citizen.  For further questions, contact statefarm@scholarshipamerica.org, call 1-507-931-1682, or visit https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/statefarmgoodneighborscholarship/.     

Washington State School Retirees’ Association Scholarships (Deadline: March 2, 2015) Amount:  $900 renewable,$1,500 and $1,500.  The WSSRA is pleased to invite senior students who are committed to a career in education to apply for these scholarships.  Scholarships in memory of Robert J. Handy, who founded the Washington State Teachers Credit Union, grants sixteen $900 renewable awards.  The WSSRA-Foundation grants eight scholarships in the one time amount of $1,500.  Finally, The Neil D. Prescott Scholarship, awarded this year to a student in NW Washington, in the amount of $1,500, will also be given.  For a scholarship application and complete instructions, visit www.wssra.org, click on Forms & Files, then click on Scholarship Application.  Username is student, password is wssra2014

McChord Spouses’ Club Outstanding Student Merit Awards (Deadline: March 2, 2015) Amount: to be determined.  The McChord Spouses’ Club is pleased to announce they will give scholarship awards to eligible Air Force dependents who are college-bound students, running start students, or continuing education students.  Additionally, the applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and must be planning to attend an accredited two or four-year university or college on a full time basis.  For more information, please contact Florence Chavez at 253-229-2070 or see http://www.mccordspousesclub.com/index.html

2015 Hamilton Award (Deadline:  March 4, 2015) Amount:  $500 cash+. The purpose of the Hamilton Award is to recognize high school juniors for their academic, personal, and service achievements and to select students for the Hamilton Leaders Academy – a no student cost program that helps students get into college, transition to college, succeed while in college and transition to the post college world. Some of the services provided by the Hamilton Leaders Academy include: individual college admissions assistance, peer and adult mentoring, financial aid navigation support training in vision and goal development, and internship programs.  Learn more at www.hamiltonfriends.org/apply

The 2015 MultiCare Nurse Camp (Deadline: March 6, 2015)  Nurse Camp is held July 20-24, 2015, from 8:30am-4:00pm daily, and is based at MultiCare Health System hospitals in Pierce and South King Counties.  Join professional nurses and other health care providers as they care for patients in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Cancer Center, Labor & Delivery, Pediatric Care, and Adult Surgical Care areas.  Also participate in hands-on station rotations, mock codes, job shadows, and even visit a local nursing school.  At the end of camp, walk away with nursing skills, knowledge of health careers, nursing scrubs, stethoscopes, new friends, a more focused future, and wonderful memories.  The application period, open to current high school sophomores and juniors, will begin on January 1, 2015 and close on March 6th, 2015. Please see www.multicare.org/nursecamp for information.

Sound Credit Union Scholarship (Deadline:  March 6, 2015)  Amount:  Between $500 & $1,000.  Education is important for our community’s future. In support of this belief, Sound Credit Union will be awarding $1,000 individual scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to attend a two- or four-year college. Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:  be a graduating high school senior in good standing, have a cumulative 3.00 GPA through the senior year of high school, and be a member of Sound Credit Union. (Must be the prime member of their own account as of November 28, 2014).  For more information or to download an application, visit https://www.soundcu.com/about-us/our-community/scholarships.

Ewing C. Kelly Scholarship (Deadline: Must be turned in to Mrs. Kitselman by March 2, 2015) 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.

Leadership 1000 Scholarship (Deadline:  March 9, 2015, at 5 pm) Amount:  $2,500-$5,000. The Leadership 1000 Scholarship is a scholarship program funded by individuals, foundations, or businesses and provides college scholarships to students who will be attending an eligible four-year college or university in Washington State. Scholarships awarded will range from $2,500 to $5,000. Some scholarships will be for one year only while others will be renewable for up to three additional years.  For more information, see www.collegesuccessfoundation.org.

Washington State Governors’ Scholarship (Deadline:  March 9, 2015) Amount: $2,000-$4,000/renewable. The Washington State Governors’ Scholarship for Foster Youth is a scholarship program that helps young men and women from foster care continue their education and earn a college degree. Eligible students must meet specific criteria. For more information, visit http://www.collegesuccessfoundation.org/wa/scholarships/governors.

The Jim McKay and Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarships (Deadline:  March 10, 2015) 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.

Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year Award (Deadline:  March 12, 2015) Amount:  $7,500.  This scholarship educates teens on making smart decisions, such as drinking low fat milk, eating right, and staying active.  If you are a senior student athlete who excels in academics, athletics, community service, leadership, and includes milk as part of a healthy diet, then you should apply.  Twenty-five winners will receive a $7,500 scholarship and attend an awards ceremony with a cow milk mustache ad in USA TODAY.  Visit http://www.studentscholarshipsearch.com/scholarships/scholar-athlete-milk-mustache-of-the-year-award-sammy.php for more details.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.