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
Amazon Student Scholarship (Deadline: November 20, 2015) Amount: $250,000/50 students; $25,000 in gift cards/50 students. Amazon Student members (must start or already have an Amazon Student membership), who will be full-time undergraduate students at an accredited, non-profit U.S. college or university in the fall of 2016, are eligible to apply for these awards. The Student’s Scholarship is merit based and applicants are scored on GPA, Comunity Service, and leadership experience. Semifinalists will be required to submit an essay to advance to the final round. Please go to http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=9944643011.
Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest (Deadline: November 27, 2015) Amount: $2,000. This contest is for high school seniors with duck calling skills. The competition will take place at the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce (Stuttgart, Arkansas) at 11am on November 27, 2015. Four calls are required: the hail call, the feed call, the come-back call, and the mating call. There is no charge, but a high school transcript is required for proof that student is a high school senior. For more information, see http://www.stuttgartarkansas.org/duck-festival/scholarship_contest.aspx.
BBG Communications Youth Volunteer Scholarship (Deadline: November 29, 2015) 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.
Good360 Sustainability Scholarship (Deadline: November 30, 2015) Amount: $1,000. How has sustainability touched your life? If you’re a high school senior applying to college and you have an interest in sustainability and the environment, then post a photo on Instagram along with a 200-300 word essay explaining what sustainability means to you. Visit http://good360.org/sustainability-scholarship/ for more information and to complete a form.
2015 Smithsonian Magazine’s Annual Photo Contest (Deadline: November 30, 2015) Amount: $2,500. Here’s a great photography contest for those over 18 years old. Contestants must enter one of the six photography contests areas: the natural world, travel, people, The American Experience, altered images, and mobile photos. The grand prize is $2,500. Both category winners and the readers’ choice winner will receive $500. There are also monthly prizes of $100. Please see http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/.
2015/2016 FRA Americanism Essay Contest (Deadline: December 1, 2015) Amount: $5,000 grand prize. The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) sponsors an annual essay contest to promote the spirit of Americanism and patriotism among our country’s youth. This contest is open to all students, in grades 7-12, including those being home-schooled. Students are invited to submit an essay of not more than 350 words, through an FRA member or local FRA branch, on the theme “What The United States Flag Stand For”. Local winners are forwarded for competition at the regional level and regional winners compete for national prizes. Applications are available from Mrs. Kitselman. For more information, please visit www.fra.org/essay.
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (Deadline: December 1, 2015) Amount: see description. CBYX for Young Professionals is a yearlong fellowship, funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress through the U.S. Department of State. The program annually gives 75 American young professionals the opportunity to study, work, and live with a host in Germany. The CBYX program consists of 3 phases: 2 months of German language school, 4 months of classes in your career field at a university, technical school, or professional school, and a 5 month internship in your career field. For more information, see https://cbyx.info.
Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship (Deadline: December 3, 2015) 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. Nominations are made by high school administrators. However, to be eligible, students must be in their senior year of high school with a GPA of at least 2.8 with plans to attend a college, university, vocational or technical school in the US. For more information, see http://corporate.comcast.com/our-values/community-investment/youth-educa....
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship (Deadline: December 4, 2015) Amount: $1,000-$12,500. The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarship to the highest-rated applicants in the 2015 competition. To be eligible, a student must be a high school senior who is a citizen of the U.S. Male and female students compete separately. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Visit http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars/.
The BURGER KING Scholars Program (Deadline: December 15, 2015) Amount: up to $50,000. High school seniors, BURGER KING employees, their dependent children or spouses, are eligible to receive up the $50,000 in scholarship awards for the school year. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5, and plan to enroll full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico for the 2016-2017 academic school year. For details/information or to apply, see www.bkmclamorefoundation.org/WhatWeDo/ScholarsProgram.
AXA Achievement Scholarship (Deadline: December 15, 2015) Amount: $10,000 (52 per state), $25,000 (10 nationally). 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.
The Anne Ford Scholarship (Deadline: December 15, 2015) Amount: $10,000. This scholarship is for high school seniors who are graduating with a documented learning disability.The ideal Anne Ford Scholar is a student who articulates his/her LD and clearly demonstrates the importance of self-advocacy, is committed to completing a four-year college degree, participates in school and community activities, and excels as a role model and spokesperson for others who struggle with learning disabilities. For more information, visit http://www.ncld.org/scholarships-and-awards/.
The Allegra Ford Scholarship (Deadline: December 15, 2015) Amount: $2,500. This scholarship is for a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability. To be eligible, this student must be planning to attend a two-year community college, a vocational/ technical training program, or specialized program for students with LD in the Fall of 2015 and demonstrate financial need. For more information, please go to http://www.ncld.org/scholarships-and-awards/.
2016 Constitutional Speech Contest (Deadline: December 15, 2015/received by the State Contest Chairman) Amount: $2,000/state + trip to Indiana to compete nationally. The American Legion’s National High School Oratorical Scholarship Program aims to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the right and privileges of American citizenship. If you are interested and/or would like more information, see www.waconstitutionalspeechcontest.org.
National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Award (Deadline: December 18, 2015). Are you a young entrepreneur? Graduating high school seniors who operate their own small business are eligible to receive a 2015 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.
Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Award (Deadline: December 30, 2015) Amount: $500. The main goal of the Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Award is 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, 2015, 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 this 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.
CaptainU Student-Athlete Scholarship (Deadline: December 31, 2015) Amount: $2,000. CaptainU, the leading college sports recruiting platform, is awarding a $2,000 scholarship every quarter to a top student athlete looking to play at the next level. Students can apply and set up a free recruiting profile to be entered into the scholarship sweepstakes. In addition to a chance to win a scholarship sweepstakes. In addition to a chance to win a scholarship, you can get noticed by over 16,000 college coaches, find the right fit for you, and make a college team. See details at www.captainu.com/scholarship.