Financial Aid & Scholarship Opportunities
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Financial Aid Resources:
- Christian Connector
- College Answer
- Merit Aid
- National Merit Scholarship
- Princeton Review
- College Confidential
Additional Scholarship Opportunities
BBB Students of Integrity Scholarship (Deadline: February 14, 2016) Amount: $1,500 and $2,500 (to two students in each state). The Better Business Bureau Students of Integrity Scholarship is designed to support students to recognize the importance of ethical and responsible marketplace practice. It is available to high school students in Alaska, Oregon, and Western Washington. Requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.5 and graduation in 2016, with plans to attend college after graduation. To enter, students must submit a written essay on the theme “Which one of BBB’s Standards of Trust do you value most in businesses and Why?” For further details, please see https://alaskaoregonwesternwashington.bbb.org/scholarship/.
2016 ACPE Scholarships (Deadline: February 14, 2016 at 5pm) Amount: $5,000. This year the Association for Computer Professional in Education (ACPE) has allocated $10,000 for scholarships of up to $2,500 each for students in Oregon and Washington. These scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors who have been actively involved in the use of technology during their high school careers and are planning to pursue studies in a technology related field. For complete criteria and to complete the online application, please see http://www.acpenw.org/scholarships.
Carl N. & Margaret Karcher Founders’ Scholarship (Deadline: February 15, 2016) Amount; $1,000. Carl N. and Margaret Karcher Founders’ Scholarship is offered by the Carl’s Jr. fast food chain to help high school seniors who are residents of states where there are Carl’s Jr. restaurants (this includes Washington). This program helps 60 students pay for their college education in either a two or four-year college or vocational school of their choice. Please visit www.carlsjr.com/scholarship.
SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship (Deadline: February 15, 2016) Amount: $2,000 to $11,000. SPIE, the International Society of Optics and Photonics, offers this scholarship for students who are planning to study optics, photonics, or a related field. The awards are in varying amounts ranging from $2,000 to $11,000. For information, see http://spie.org/x1733.xml.
Gordon A. Rich Memorial Scholarship (Deadline: February 17, 2016) Amount: $50,000. This scholarship awards a maximum of five scholarships a year; the amount of each is up to $12,500 renewable for four years. The recipients of GAR scholarships are exceptionally qualified high school students with demonstrated financial need whose parents or guardians have, or had, a career in the financial services industry. For more requirements and\or an application form, see http://www.gordonrich.org/html/index.html.
The Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 Scholarship (Deadline: to Mrs. Kitselman by February 19, 2016) The Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 awards several college scholarships annually in support of seniors graduating from Tacoma high schools. The Rotary Scholarship Committee selects the scholarship recipients after reviewing applications and interviewing students. Only 3 nominees per school are considered. Each student is required to complete the scholarship application as well as provide an unofficial transcript of their high school grades to date. Scholarship applications must be signed and submitted to Mrs. Kitselman by February 19, 2016. More information can be found at: http://www.rotary8.org. Please see Mrs. Kitselman for an application.
Leadership 1000 Scholarship (Deadline: February 24, 2016 at 5 pm PST) 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.
The 9th Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest (Deadline: February 25, 2016) Amount: $10,000. The Gallery Collection is excited to give students who are currently enrolled in high school, college, or a university the rare opportunity to win a $10,000 cash award by designing a greeting card. The winning entry will be produced and sold as a real greeting card. If you are a student with talent in fine arts, graphic design or photography, this is an amazing opportunity for you. It could not only help you pay for your education but also jumpstart your career as you enter into today’s business world. The contest is simple: submit an original photograph, piece of artwork, or graphics file for the front design of a greeting card. For more information, visit http://www.gallerycollection.com/greeting-cards-scholarship.htm.
Ewing C. Kelly Scholarship (Deadline: to Mrs. Kitselman by February 25, 2016) Amount: $2,500. The 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 senior students 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. See Mrs. Kitselman for an application.
The Washington Thoroughbred Foundation Scholarship (Deadline: February 28, 2016) Amount: $5,000. This scholarship is available to Washington state residents OR students attending a Washington school from any background wishing to pursue a career in pre-veterinary medicine (equine practice only), equine science, racetrack management, equine business management, or pasture management as it pertains to horse farms. Applicants must be 24 years old or younger, have at least a 2.85 GPA with an annual household income of less than $50,000, or be financially independent from parents. Visit www.raceforeducation.org/programs/scholarships/#.
Washington State Opportunities Scholarship (Deadline: February 29, 2016 at 5pm PST) Amount: $2,500-7,500/renewable. 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 high school seniors, college freshmen or sophomores at the time of application enrolling in an eligible Washington state college or university for fall term 2016 with a high school GPA through the first semester of 2015 of at least 2.75. For more information, please visit www.waopportunityscholarship.org.
Washington State Governors’ Scholarship (Deadline: February 29, 2016 by 5 pm PST) 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.
Buick Achievers Scholarship Program (Deadline: February 29, 2016 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 2016-2017 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.
Franciscan Health System Scholarship Program (Deadline: March 1, 2016) 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.
VISINE Students with Vision Scholarship Program (Deadline: March 1, 2016) 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.
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (Deadline: March 1, 2016 by 11:59 CT) Amount: $30,000. The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships for students pursuing first-time bachelor’s degrees. The foundation provides financial resources to the children of Marines and eligible Navy Corpsmen using various programs. For more information, see www.mcsf.org.
Washington State School Retirees’ Association Scholarships (Deadline: March 2, 2016) 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 are in memory of Robert J. Handy, who founded the Washington State Teachers Credit Union. Sixteen $900 renewable scholarships are awarded. 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.
McChord Spouses’ Club Outstanding Student Merit Awards (Deadline: March 2, 2016) Amount: TBD. 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.
State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship (Deadline: March 2, 2016) 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 2016 high school graduating senior, have a cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 3.2, plan to enroll full-time for the 2016-2017 academic year at an accredited 2- or 4-year college, technical, or vocational school, and be a U.S. citizen. For further questions, please visit https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/statefarmgoodneighborsholarship/.
The Shell Oil Company Technical Scholarship & Shell Incentive Fund Scholarship (Deadline: March 3, 2016) Amount: $2,500. These scholarships are offered to graduating high school seniors who have expressed an interest in the energy industry and demonstrated an aptitude in mathematics and science. In each program, Shell will sponsor up to 20 one-year awards of $2,500 for selected graduating high school seniors enrolling in engineering or geosciences at universities identified by Shell. After the first year of studies, recipients may be eligible to apply to receive a four-year renewable award of $5,000 annually. (Applicants for the Incentive Fund Scholarship must be a member of an underrepresented minority group. Please visit http://www.shell.us/aboutshell/careers-tpkg/students-and-graduates/scholarships/high-school-seniors.html for more information.
Sound Credit Union Scholarship (Deadline: March 4, 2016) 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 27, 2015). For more information or to download an application, visit https://www.soundcu.com/about-us/our-community/scholarships.
The 2016 MultiCare Nurse Camp (Deadline: March 4, 2016 at 5pm) Nurse Camp is held July 11th-15th 2016, 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, 2016 and close on March 4, 2016. Please see www.multicare.org/nursecamp for information.
“Frame My Future” Scholarship Contest (Deadline: March 8, 2016) Amount: $1,000. The “Frame My Future” Scholarship Contest is a chance to show the world just how creative you can be. The contest is open to students who are legal US residents and will be attending a U.S. college or university full time for the 2014-2015 academic years. Those entering this contest must create an original entry piece that shares what they want to achieve in their personal and professional life after college. Follow the theme: This is how I “Frame My Future.” For more information, visit http://www.diplomaframe.com/contests/frame-my-future-scholarship-contest-2016.aspx.
University of Washington – Husky Promise (Deadline: March 14, 2016) High school 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/.
Washington State Association For Justice’s Presidents’ Scholarship (Deadline: March 14, 2016) Amount: $2,000. The Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) created the WSAJ Presidents’ Scholarship Fund in 1991. Winners are selected based on the following criteria: a Washington State high school senior who has demonstrated academic achievement and planned advancement toward a degree in an institution of higher learning, a documented need for financial assistance, a history of achievement despite having been a victim of injury or overcoming a disability, handicap, or similar challenge, and a record of commitment to helping people in need or protecting the rights of injured people. For more information, see https://www.washingtonjustice.org/index.cfm?pg=Scholarship.
Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship (Deadline: March 15, 2016) Amount: $5,000. The Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship is for high school seniors with disabilities. The scholarship identifies promising high school students who have potential to enter and successfully complete a vocational or academic college program and have a financial need. Candidates must be students living with a disability whether that be visual, hearing, mobility, cognitive or speech. For more information, see http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/microsoftdisabilityscholarship.aspx.
Superpower Scholarship (Deadline: March 16, 2016) Amount: $2,500. For all of those hero lovers and villain enthusiasts, this Superpower Scholarship can give you the power to win free college money. Use your imagination and become the superhero, or perhaps supervillain, you've always wanted to be. Applicants must submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question: “Which superhero or villain would you want to change places with for a day and why?” Visit www.scholarshipsuperhero.com.
Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest (Deadline: March 20, 2016) 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 open a dialog about their emotions when dealing 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. 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 Liz Lange at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electronic Security Association’s (ESA) Youth Scholarship Program (Deadline: March 25, 2016) Amount: $1,500 and $1,000/state level and $10,000 and $5,000/national level. ESA will award scholarships to two children of active-duty police officers and firefighters at a national level. However, applicants must apply at the state level first, and then the top winner is directly entered into the national contest. Washington state offers the initial scholarships in the amount of $1,500 and $1,000. 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 Group Scholarships (Deadline: March 30, 2016 at 11:59pm ET) Amount: $500. To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 16 and 25 by March 30, 2016, and have a GPA of 2.5 or greater. Applicants must submit answers to the following essay questions: 1) Choose a city located anywhere in the world that you believe would, from a future employment prospective, benefit your career. Explain in under 500 words how spending time in this city would help you become more marketable to a potential employer(s). Clearly identify how it will benefit you. #2) Explain in under 500 words, why you think you should be granted the Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship. Please visit http://odenzascholarships.com/.
BECU Foundation Scholarship (Deadline: March 31, 2016) Amount: $3,000. 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 http://www.becu.org/learn-and-plan/scholarships-grants.aspx.
Pierce County Nurses Association Scholarships (Deadline: March 31, 2016) Amount: varies. 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.
Twin Star Credit Union Scholarships (Deadline: March 31, 2016) Amount: $2,000. Each year, Twin Star Credit Union awards 15 college scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Applicants must be members in good standing with Twin Star Credit Union, and a current transcript must accompany each application. For additional information, call Devin Boyd at 360-923-4587 or 800-258-3115 X4587; to download an application, visit https://www.twinstarcu.com/scholarships.
Ben B. Cheney Foundation High School Scholarship Program (Deadline: to Mrs. Kitselman by April 15, 2016) 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. 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.