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
Additional Scholarship Opportunities
Horatio Alger Scholarship (Deadline: October 25, 2014) Amount: up to $20,000. 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, and require financial assistance to go to college. Please visit www.horatioalger.org/scholarships/apply.cfm for more details.
ACT SIX Scholarship (Deadline: October 28, 2014) 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 Seattle-Tacoma 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 www.actsix.org/tacsea/default.aspx.
Carrington Dental Centre Scholarship (Deadline: October 30, 2014) Amount: $500. To be eligible for the Carrington Dental Centre Scholarship, a student must be a high school senior or college freshman/sophomore as of October 30th, 2014. He/she also must answer the Essay Question, have a parent/guardian submit a recommendation letter prior to the deadline, be a resident of the U.S., and be enrolled in a college, university, trades, or technical school by no later than the Fall of 2015. Please visit http://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship/10321/carrington_dental_centre_scholarship_application_scholarship.php for additional information.
Coca-Cola Scholarship (Deadline: October 31, 2014) 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.
College Prowler “No Essay” Scholarship (Deadline: October 31, 2014) Amount: $2,000. The $2,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students and those planning on enrolling within 12 months. Students can use the money to help cover tuition, housing, meal plans, books, computers, or any education-related expenses. The monthly winner will be determined by a random drawing and then contacted directly and announced on College Prowler’s Facebook page. One entry per person, but you can come back each month to try again. Check this out at https://collegeprowler.com/scholarship/apply.aspx.
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards (Deadline: November 4, 2014) Amount: Certificate of Achievement; $1,000-$5,000. 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.
George Fox University Academic Theatre Scholarship (Deadline: November 15, 2014) Amount: $1,000-2,500. This scholarship is for incoming theatre majors who have completed their application for admission to George Fox University by November 15, 2014. Performance applicants will then receive an official invitation to present an audition and interview. Design/technical theatre and stage management applicants will then receive an official invitation to present a portfolio for review and an interview. For more information, please see www.theatre.georgefox.edu.
The Stokes Educational Scholarship Program (Deadline: November 15, 2014) Amount: up to $30,000/year. The Stokes Educational Scholarship Program was proposed with the purpose of facilitating the recruitment of individuals, particularly minority high school students, who have demonstrated skills critical to the National Security Agency (NSA). This program is open to high school seniors planning on majoring in computer science or computer/electrical engineering. For more information, visit http://www.nsa.gov/careers/opportunities_4_u/students/stokes.shtml.
BBG Communications Youth Volunteer Scholarship (Deadline: November 29, 2014) Amount: $500. BBG provides the Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award to recognize and reward a student who demonstrates a passion for volunteering, while maintaining a high level of academic achievement. To be eligible, applicants must have completed a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work over the past 2 years, must be under 21 years of age on the day of the deadline, and must submit an essay on the following topic: “explain in less than 1000 words why you have chosen to volunteer your time with the organization(s) that you have and how your experience has changed your life”. Visit http://bbgcommunications.com for more information.
Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship (Deadline: December 4, 2014) Amount: $1,000. The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program is a program for high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership skills, academic achievement, and a commitment to community service. To be eligible, students must be in their senior year of high school with a GPA of at least 2.8. For more information, see http://corporate.comcast.com/our-values/community-investment/youth-education-leadership.
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship (Deadline: December 5, 2014) Amount: $4,000-$50,000. The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2014 competition. To be eligible, students must be high school seniors and citizens of the U.S. Male and female students compete separately. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Visit www.elks.org.enf/scholars/.
AXA Achievement Scholarship (Deadline: December 15, 2014) Are you active in your community? Have you led a project that benefits others? Have you overcome personal challenges? You could be a winner! There is a winner in every state. Scholarships are $10,000 and $25,000. Only the first 10,000 applications will be accepted. APPLY EARLY! Please visit http://www.axa-equitable.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-scholarship.html for more information.
National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Award (Deadline: December 18, 2014). Are you a young entrepreneur? Graduating high school seniors who operate their own small business are eligible to receive a 2014 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation. Visit http://www.nfib.com/yef/yef-programs/young-entrepreneur-awards for more information and to apply online.
Gulen Institute Youth Platform Essay Contest (Deadline: December 15, 2014) Amount: $50-$3,000. The contest is for high school students (9th-12th grade) who are currently enrolled at a public or private school in the US and from around the world. Applicants must submit a research-based essay on a topic related to “Hospitality in the Global Village”. The top 30 winners will receive awards ranging from $50 to $3,000 and a sponsored trip to Washington DC. Students will have the opportunity to meet US Congress members, participate in discussions, visit local universities and think-tank organizations, and see tourist attractions. For complete information, visit http://gulenyouthplatform.org.
Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Award (Deadline: December 30, 2014). Amount: $500. The main goal of the Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Award is to encourage students to make a positive contribution to their individual communities, while providing scholarship awards to those who have done so over the previous 12 months. To be eligible, a student must be between the ages of 16 and 22 on December 30, 2014, while maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or higher in his/her last academic year. In addition to this, a student must have contributed at least 50 hours of volunteer service within his/her community over the last 12 months and must be able to ensure completion of this amount of hours with a person within the organization(s) who is willing to confirm the time volunteered. For more information, see http://odenzamarketinggroupvolunteeraward.com/awards/8/eligibility_odenza_marketing_group_volunteer_award.php.