Financial Aid & Scholarship Opportunities
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Financial Aid Resources:
- Christian Connector
- College Answer
- Fastweb College Gold
- Mapping Your Future
- Merit Aid
- National Merit Scholarship
- Princeton Review
- College Confidential
- Varsity Learning Tools
- Khan Academy
- Best Colleges
Additional Scholarship Opportunities
Odenza Marketing Group Scholarships (Deadline: March 30, 2017) Amount: $500. To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 16 and 25 by March 30, 2017, 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/.
Sleeklens Academic Scholarship (Deadline: March 30, 2017 by 11:59 EST) Amount: $2,000. Sleeklens is made up of a group of photographers and designers, who work mainly with Photography and Adobe Lightroom, and believe individual effort and brilliance should be rewarded. Because of a strong sense of community responsibility, they play a big role in giving back to the community. In 2017, three winners will each receive $2,000 to cover expenses for academic year. To qualify for the scholarship, you must be undergraduate, graduate or high School senior with a legitimate acceptance letter from an accredited University or College. For more details or to apply, go to http://sleeklens.com/the-sleeklens-academic-scholarship.
Ajia Matthews Educational Scholarship Fund (Deadline: March 31, 2017) Amount: $5,000. The Aija Matthews Education Scholarship Fund is in memory of Ajia Matthews, who passed away in 2009 at a young age due to a medical condition. AMESF scholarships for Washington State high school graduates in pursuit of a higher education. Criteria for these awards include academic performance, school involvement, character, leadership, employment history and community service. Students planning to attend two or four-year colleges or technical colleges are encouraged to apply. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible. Digitally scanned documents are preferred and should be emailed as one package to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details and to apply, please visit http://wwwintegrity4lift.org/#!amesf/ce9h.
BECU Foundation Scholarship (Deadline: March 31, 2017) 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, 2017) 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, 2017) 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.
James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund (Deadline: March 31, 2017) Amount: $2,500/renewable; $1,000/one time. The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund awards scholarships annually to outstanding high school seniors who are children or grandchildren of active, retired, disabled, deceased or laid-off Teamster members. Applicants must plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university; those who plan to attend non-academic or certificate programs or community college may not apply. See http://scholarshipmentor.com/james-r-hoffa-memorial-scholarship-fund for more information.
2017 Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship (Deadline: March 31, 2017) Amount: $2,500. The Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to honor Mrs. Scott who was among the 125 individuals who perished in Pentagon during the attacks by terrorist on the morning of September 11, 2001. There will three to five $2,500 scholarships awarded. These awards are nonrenewable. Please see http://scholarshipmentor.com/janice-m-scott-memorial-scholarship for more information.
The Great Clips Scholarship Program (Deadline: March 31, 2017) Amount: $250-$1,500. Great Clips, Inc., the world’s largest haircare brand, is sponsoring the Great Scholarship Program, in memory of Alice Madden Barton, by setting aside $100,000 to distribute in scholarships for high school students in North America who are interested in pursuing a cosmetology career and current cosmetology school students. For questions, email email@example.com. To apply, visit www.greatclipscareers.com/scholarships.
Clay Huntington Sports Communication Scholarship (Deadline: April 1, 2017) 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/Editioral Journalism or a similar communications-related field at any recognized post-secondary institution. For further information, www.tacomaathletic.com/.
The Washington Thoroughbred Foundation Scholarship (Deadline: April 1, 2017) 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/#.
WIAA Smart Choices Scholarship Program (Deadline: April 1, 2017) Amount: $5,000 each to one female and one male; $1,000 each to four females and four 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.
The Willie Stewart Community Service Scholarship (Deadline: April 1, 2017) Amount: $1,000-$2,500. The Willie Stewart Community Service Scholarship recognizes high school seniors in Pierce County who have given back to their community locally and globally through volunteer service. Applicants must qualify for and complete the application for their Varsity Letter in Community Service offered by United Way of Pierce County during their senior year in addition to this application. There are no income requirements. The scholarship application must be submitted with the Varsity Letter in Community Service application and be received by April l, 2016, along with a letter of recommendation to be considered. For more information, see Mrs. Kitselman or visit www.uwpc.org/Scholarships.htm.
Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow Competition (Deadline: April 1, 2017, to register) Amount: $300 award to participating schools; 60 awards for students. The Imagine Tomorrow competition challenges 9th through 12th graders to take on the world’s sustainability concerns and other grand challenges with creative, well-researched ideas. Students may choose from four challenges: The Itron Food, Energy, and Water Challenge; The Boeing Aerospace Challenge; The Biofuels Challenge; or The McKinstry Built Environment Challenge. The competition is free and is held at WSU in Pullman on May 19-21, 2017. Registration is now open. There is no registration fee; competitors and advisors stay and dine free on campus. For more information visit http://imagine.wsu.edu/.
Signet Classic Twenty-first Annual Student Scholarship Essay Contest (Deadline: postmarked by April 14, 2017) Amount: $1,000(5). This essay contest will present five high school juniors or seniors with a $1,000 award to be used toward their higher education plus a Signet Classics library for their school. Essays must be a submitted by a high school English teacher on behalf of students who write an essay on one of five (5) topics for this year’s competition book, Shakespeare’s The Tempest. For more information, please see http://www.penguin.com/services-academic/essayhome/.
American Fire Sprinkler Association High School Senior Scholarship Contest (Deadline: April 7, 2017) Amount: $2,000(10). The AFSA created this scholarship program to help with the educational and training pursuits of students. This scholarship is open to 2016-2017 high school seniors who want to pursue a college degree or trade school education. For more information, see https://www.afsascholarship.org/
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC./Zeta Omega Omega Chapter (Deadline: April 8, 2017) Amount: $500-$1,000. The Zeta Omega Omega Chapter of ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC., Scholarship Committee will award scholarships to African American seniors from selected high schools in the Pierce County area. The scholarships will range from $500 to $1,000. Applicants must be graduating with a GPA of 2.7 or higher and planning to attend an accredited university, college, or technical institution. In addition, a 300 word essay is required. For more information or an application, see www.akazoo.org.
Ben B. Cheney Foundation High School Scholarship Program (Deadline: to Mrs. Kitselman by April 10, 2017) 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.
“New Car and Truck Dealers American Dream” Scholarship Program” (Deadline: April 15, 2017) Amount: $2,500. Washington State’s franchised new car and truck dealers serve 75 communities around the state and together provide over 20,000 people with good, family-wage jobs. Auto dealers reinvest and contribute millions to Washington communities through taxes and contributions to charitable organizations. The state’s new car and truck dealers have worked hard to establish and grow their businesses and in turn, give back to their communities in hope of making it a better place and helping others achieve their own American Dream. Applicants must submit an essay answering the prompt, “What does the American Dream mean to you and how do you plan to fulfill yours?” Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded – one each for an eastern Washington student and a western Washington student, one $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to an immediate family member of a WSADA-member dealership employee, and two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to a Washington student enrolling, or current enrolled, in an Automotive Technology program in Washington. For more details, see http://www.wsada.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/2017-WSADA-Scholarship-Guidelines.pdf.
Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship (Deadline: April 15, 2017) 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
2017 Wives Behind the Badge Law Enforcement Children’s Scholarships (Deadline: April 15, 2017) Amount: $1,000(2). This program provides college scholarships to the children of law enforcement officers. To be eligible, students must be a dependent child of a law enforcement officer, must be currently a high school senior or currently attending a community college or 4-year university, must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher, and must be active in community through volunteer work. For more information, see http://www.wivesbehindthebadge.org/our-work/scholarships/law-enforcement-children/.
The American Legion Legacy Scholarship (Deadline: April 20, 2017) Amount: up to $20,000. The American Legion wants to ensure higher education is a possibility for children whose parents have been killed while serving our country. Those eligible to apply for the scholarship shall be the child/children of active duty United States military and National Guard, and military reservists who were federalized and died on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.. Beginning in 2017, the American Legion expanded the scholarship to include children of VA-rated, post-9/11 veterans with a disability of 50 percent or higher. In addition, the applicant must be a high school senior or high school graduate. For more information, see http://www.legion.org/scholarships/legacy or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Edmund F. Maxwell Foundation Scholarship (Deadline: April 30, 2017) Amount: $5,000. Believing in the importance of acknowledging the fine accomplishments of high- achieving young people, the Maxwell Foundation is offering financial assistance of up to $5,000 for freshmen starting college during the current academic year. Students who plan to attend accredited private colleges or universities and who are residents of Western Washington are urged to apply in early 2017. Scholarships will be limited to entering freshmen who have a combined math and verbal SAT score of over 1200 (or equivalent ACT scores) The scholarships are designed to provide assistance to those who have demonstrated financial need and have shown ability, aptitude, and a promise of useful citizenship. For more information, visit http://www.maxwell.org/.