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
- Varsity Learning Tools
- Khan Academy
- Best Colleges
Additional Scholarship Opportunities
Create Real Impact Scholarship (Deadline: September 30, 2016) Amount: $500 to $1,500. Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens in America, and the majority are preventable. Create Real Impact motivates young people to promote innovative and effective SOLUTIONS to the deadly epidemic of reckless and distracted driving. Entries are accepted if four formats (writing, art, music, and video) from full-time students between the ages of 14 and 22 years. For more information, visit http://createrealimpact.com/contestrules/.
Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship (Deadline: September 30, 2016) Amount: $1,000. Do you know how far you will drive on the freeway if you take your eyes off the road for five seconds, the average time it takes to send a text? An entire football field. The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the risks of texting while driving. You must be a high school student or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level. Home-schooled students are also eligible. To apply, complete the application form including a 140-character message about texting while driving. Finalists will be asked to write a full length 500 to 1000 word essay about texting while driving. See http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/dont-text-and-drive-scholarship.
US Bank “Financial Genius 2016 Scholarship Sweepstakes” (Deadline: September 30, 2016 at 11:59 CT) Amount: $20,000(1), $5,000(5). This Scholarship is available to high school seniors or current undergraduate college students enrolled by September 1, 2016 at an eligible two- or four-year college or university. Winners will be selected at random. Applications and information can be found at https://www.usbank.com/community/financial-education/scholarship.html.
QuestBridge National College Match Scholarships (Deadline: September 27, 2016) Amount: full tuition. The QuestBridge National College Match is a college 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. http://www.questbridge.org/for-students/ncm-national-college-match.
Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship (Deadline: September 30, 2016) Amount: $500. Odenza Marketing Group provides quality incentive marketing solutions that give select clients a competitive edge in their market. Each school year they are proud to offer opportunities for students to win scholarships to help ease the financial burden of a post secondary education. To be eligible, a student must be over the age of 16 on September 30, 2016, currently in high school, and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Additionally, you must like their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/odenza and write two small essays. For complete instructions, visit www.odenzascholarships.com.
University Tutor Scholarship Contest (Deadline: September 30, 2016/repeated monthly) Amount: $1,000. University Tutor holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students write a short essay in response to a monthly prompt. The submitted essays are reviewed by University Tutor staff at the end of the month and one winner is chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here: http://www.universitytutor.com/scholarship-contest.
Wendy’s High School Heisman Program (Deadline: October 3, 2016) Amount: $10-$500 gift card/$1,000-$10,000 donation 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 to honor both male and female high school students who excel in academics, athletics, and student leadership. Class of 2017 seniors who have at least a “B” grade point average and participate in at least one school-sponsored Wendy’s High School Heisman recognized sport can apply online. For more information, see http://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com.
AES Engineers Scholarship (Deadline: October 6, 2016) 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 at: http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm.
LendEDU Scholarship (Deadline: October 15, 2016) Amount: $1,000(2). LendEDU helps students find financial aid, scholarships, and student loans. Scholarships are free money and can go a long way when used correctly. This scholarship can be used to cover any and all costs related to your education. The LendEDU Scholarship can be used to cover tuition, textbooks, room and board, and even living expenses. Eligible students must be high school seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Applicants must answer the following questions in 750 words or less: "How do you plan to manage your finances in college and after graduation to be financially prosperous as a young adult?" Tell how you plan to utilize budgeting, resources, and other things to manage finances while you are in college and post-graduation. Will you plan ahead to ensure that you can repay your student loans? Do you have a plan if you can't find a job? Will you start saving for the future? For more information or to apply, go to https://lendedu.com/.
Horatio Alger Scholarship (Deadline: October 25, 2016 at 11:59 EST) Amount: up to $22,000(national), $6,000-$10,500(state). If integrity, determination, and courage describe you, the Horatio Alger Scholarship program encourages you to apply for scholarships up to $20,000. To qualify, you must be a senior with at least 2.0 GPA, be involved in co-curricular and community activities, display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, and require financial assistance to further your education. (The Association also offers several scholarship programs that either require an applicant to pursue a specific degree or attend a specific university. In addition, they offers scholarship programs for students who plan to pursue a career or technical training.) Please visit http://www.scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/ for more details.
NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (Deadline: October 26, 2016) Amount: $500. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology and encourages them to pursue their passions. This multi-tiered competition includes recognition at the national level (sponsored by Bank of America) and at the local level (sponsored by Microsoft), serving all 50 states. Any US high school woman in grades 9-12 is eligible to apply, if she is a US citizen and has a US Tax Identification or Social Security Number. Aspirations Award recipients are chosen for their outstanding aptitude and interest in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education. Please see www.aspirations.org/ for more information.
Williams-Mystic/Joseph Conrad Ocean Essay Contest (Deadline: October 28, 2016) Amount: $400(1), $50(2). This scholarship is in honor of Joseph Conrad, a maritime author who wrote both fiction and nonfiction about the sea. Only college undergraduates and high school seniors are eligible to participate. Submission of an essay of 1,000-5,000 may be in any genre as long as the ocean or a major body of water is the primary setting or aspect or concern. If submitting poetry, more than 6 poems must be sent. Visit http://mystic.williams.edu/conradcontest/ for more information.
ACT Six Scholarship (Deadline: November 8, 2016) 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. Twenty-two new Act Six scholars will be chosen. Students who live in the Tacoma-Seattle region can apply for one or more of the following four partner colleges through Act Six: Gonzaga University, Northwest University, Pacific Lutheran University, and Whitworth University. Apply online at www.actsix.org.
Coca-Cola Scholarship (Deadline: October 31, 2016) Amount: $10,000-$20,000. Each year, the Coca-Cola Company awards 250 four-year, achievement-based scholarships. To be eligible, a student must be a current high school senior, planning to pursue an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the end of the junior year of high school. For more information, visit www.coca-colascholars.org.
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards (Deadline: November 8, 2016) Amount: Certificate of Achievement; $1,000-$5,000 and a trip to Washington DC. These awards are open to all young volunteers in grades 5 -12 who have taken part in community service activities in the past year. An online application form is available at http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit. Once the form has been completed, it must be submitted to Mrs. Kitselman by the deadline. Please see Mrs. Kitselman, if you have any questions.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program (Deadline: November 5, 2016) Amount: up to $40,000/renewable. This scholarship will be given to as many as 40 College Scholars from across the country. To be eligible, a student must be graduating in the spring of 2017, intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college in the fall of 2017, earn a GPA of 3.5 or above, receive test scores in the top 15%, and demonstrate significant unmet financial need. For more information, seen http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/college-scholarship/.