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
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.
The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Scholarship (Deadline: December 18, 2014) Amount: $20,000. This program honors athletes for demonstrating excellence in school, on their sports team, and in their communities. This is an award where we celebrate YOU-not necessarily because you scored the winning touchdown or goal-but because sports have helped you grow into a strong leader in your community. For more information, visit https://footlockerscholarathletes.com.
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.
CaptainU Student-Athlete Scholarship (Deadline: December 31, 2014) 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, 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.
The Anne Ford Scholarship (Deadline: December 31, 2014) 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/.
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program (Deadline: January 8, 2014) Amount: $10,000/renewable. This national program awards college scholarships to high school seniors who embody the characteristics of President Ronald Reagan and annually rewards up to 20 college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with $10,000 renewable scholarships. Additional information, eligibility requirements, and a link to the application are available online at https://www.reaganfoundation.org/GE-RFScholarships.aspx.
The Allegra Ford Scholarship (Deadline: December 31, 2014) 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/
University Tutor Essay Contest (Deadline: December 31, 2014 11:59pm EST) Amount: up to $1,000. This is a monthly essay contest for any student over the age of 16 requiring an essay of at least 300 words in response to a monthly prompt. This month, the essay must answer the prompt “Describe a time when you exemplified strong leadership skills in school”. All essays must be submitted through the website; no mailed-in essays will be accepted or considered. For more information, see UniversityTutor.com.
Free Speech Essay Contest (Deadline: January 1, 2015) Amount: $10,000 - 9 Awards. This award is available to all high school juniors and seniors for the 2014/2015 school year. To enter, students must submit an essay between 800 and 1,000 words on the provided topic. One $10,000 first prize, one $5,000 second prize, and three $1,000 runner-up prizes will be awarded for the best essays. Four $500 winners will be chosen from the remaining entrants in a drawing. Please apply at www.thefire.org/contest.
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program (Deadline: January 8, 2015) Amount: $10,000/renewable. This national program awards college scholarships to high school seniors who embody the characteristics of President Ronald Reagan, this program annually rewards up to 20 college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with $10,000 renewable scholarships (up to $40,000 per recipient). Additional information, eligibility requirements, and a link to the application are available online at http://www.reaganfoundation.org/GERFScholarships.aspx. or http://facebook.com/GEReaganScholarships.
Gates Millenium Scholars Program (Deadline: January 14, 2015 at 11:59 EST) The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program provides renewable, need-based, merit scholarships. Seniors are eligible to be considered if they: are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American, are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of US, have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale, and meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility. For more details, please view application at http://www.gmsp.org/.
George Fox University Artistic Achievement Scholarship (Deadline: January 15, 2015) Amount: $1,000-$1,500. This scholarship is for incoming theatre majors and minors who have completed their application for admission to George Fox University by January 1, 2015. 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.
Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship (Deadline: January 15, 2015) Amount: $500-$5,000. This scholarship is for high school seniors who are US citizens. To qualify, applicants must be planning careers of service to the United States in local, state, or federal government. For additional information, visit www.gwcf.org.
National MS Society Scholarship Program (Deadline: January 15, 2015) Amount: $3,000. The National MS Society Scholarship Program was established to help highly qualified students who have been diagnosed with MS or have a parent with MS achieve their dreams of going to college. Finalists will be selected on the basis of financial need, academic record, leadership, and participation in school or community activities, work experience, an outside appraisal, goals and aspirations, special circumstances, and a written essay regarding the impact of MS on their life. For information and eligibility, see http://www.nationalmssociety.org/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/society-programsk-and-services/scholarship/index.aspx.
Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program (Deadline: January 16, 2015) Scholarship amount - $2,000 for college students and $1,500 for graduating high school students. This scholarship is available to Native Americans and Alaskan Natural Resource students. The student must be able to state their interest in natural resources, commitment to education, community and culture, and financial need. Students who have completed the FAFSA should attach the Student Aid Report or have the report sent to the ITC office. A resume, three letters of reference (from the last six months), evidence of validated enrollment in a federally recognized tribe or Alaska Native Corporation, and transcripts from high school and college, if already enrolled in college classes. Please visit http://www.itcnet.org/.
Washington Association for Liberal Arts Essay Contest (Deadline: January 16, 2015) Amount: $1,000-$3,000. The Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) is sponsoring an essay contest for high school seniors. The contest asks students to write an essay of no more than 500 words explaining how a liberal arts education can illuminate an issue that’s important to the people of Washington State. WaCLA will award scholarships to the top three essays submitted, all to a WaCLA institution. Essays must be submitted to https://collab.evergreen.edu/hsessay/. Additional information is available at http://www.evergreenedu/provost/wacla/wacclahighschoolessay2014-15instructions.htm.
The Carson Scholars Fund Scholarship. (Deadline: January 19, 2015 at 5 pm EST) Amount: $1,000. The Carson Scholars Fund scholarship program awards students, grades 4-11, who strive for academic excellence and demonstrate a strong commitment to their community with $1,000 college scholarships. An interested student must be nominated by the principal at his or her school to be able to compete for a Carson Scholarship and only one student from each school is able to apply, ensuring that each nominee epitomizes academic excellence. Carson Scholars must have a GPA of 3.75 and display humanitarian qualities through community service. Scholarships are awarded solely on the basis of academic achievement and humanitarian qualities, without regard to financial need or ethnicity. For more information, see www.carsonscholars.org.
Ronald McDonald House Charities U.S. Scholarships (Deadline: January 20, 2015) Amount: $1,000 (100 awarded). To apply for an RHMC scholarship, a student must: be a high school senior, be eligible to attend a two or four year college or university with a full course of study, be a legal U.S. resident, submit a completed application and all required documentation by the deadline on the application, meet any additional eligibility requirements outlined by each scholarship program, and have verification of enrollment each year at the studentʼs accredited postsecondary institution. Applications can be found at: http://www.rmhc.org/rmhc-us-scholarships.
DO-IT Scholars Program (Deadline: January 30, 2015, or until all positions are filled) The DO-IT Center (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. For up to 3 summers, DO-IT Scholars attend a 1-2 week, live-in summer program on the University of Washington Seattle campus, where they learn about college selection, challenging careers, self-advocacy, and adaptive technology. Students must be high school sophomores or juniors in Washington State, interested or with an aptitude for attending college, with a disability such as a mobility impairment, learning disability, sensory impairment, or health impairment, and interested in interactions with other students with disabilities. For more information, see Mrs. Kitselman or contact DO-IT at 206-685-3648. To download forms, go to http://www.uw.edu/doit/Programs/scholar.html.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders Program (Deadline: January 31, 2015) This program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through two components: 1) A summer eight-week paid internship with a nonprofit organization selected by the bank. 2) A week long, all-expense paid Student Leadership Summit in Washington DC from July 12-17, 2015. Students who apply must currently be a junior or senior in high school, be able to participate in an 8-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization and work 35 hours a week, be legally authorized to work in the US, be able to participate in the Student Leadership Summit, be a student a good standing in your school, and obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator. For details, go to www.bankofamerica.com/studentleaders.
Union Plus Scholarship (Deadline: January 31, 2015, at 12:00 pm ET) Amount: $4,000. This program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation. To be eligible, you must the child of a union member or a union member. Applicants must write an essay of 500 words with your career goals, aspirations and community service. In addition, you must describe your relationship with the union and the labor movement, how it has personally affected your life, and explain who you believe you are a good choice for a union scholarship. You must also be required to submit one letter of reference from a teacher or other adult who is familiar with your achievements and abilities. For more information, see www.unionplus.org/college-education-financing/union-plus-scholarship.
The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition (Deadline: January 31, 2015) Amount: $200-$5,000. The DuPont Challenge Science Essay competition encourages students in grades 7-12 to get to the edge of scientific discovery by writing about a technological or scientific development that captures their imagination. To apply, applicants must submit an essay between 700 and 1,000 words and can be submitted from November 15, 2014 to January 31, 2015. Grand prize winners receive cash awards plus expenses-paid trips to Walt Disney World in Orlando! See the http://thechallenge.dupont.com/ for more information.
Corban University McLaran Scholarship (Deadline: February 1, 2015) Amount: $15,000, renewable. Already a politically-engaged Christian? Ten highly-competitive $15,000 annually-renewable scholarships are reserved for incoming freshmen enrolling in the Political Science Major at Corban University. Applications will be accepted from November 1 to February 1. To learn more, visit undergrad.corban.edu/lpe.
SportQuest Playing With Purpose Scholarship Program (Deadline: February 1, 2015) Amount: $16,000. The SportQuest Playing with Purpose Scholarship Program is a national program that honors and encourages high school student athletes who excel athletically, academically, and have committed their life to following Christ. Through scholarships, college exposure, community and national recognition, and more, the program strives to see them succeed and make a difference in this world. Applying athletes must meet ALL of the following criteria: is currently a high school sophomore, junior, or senior, maintains a minimum “C” grade average or higher, is currently a varsity level athlete in one or more sports, and is a committed follower of Christ who embodies the Playing with Purpose message. An online application can be found at www.playingwithpurpose.org.
American Indian Endowed Scholarship (Deadline: February 1, 2015) Amount: $500-$2,000. The Higher Education Coordinating Board is now accepting applications for the American Indian Endowed Scholarship awards. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, be a Washington resident student with close social and cultural ties to an American Indian tribe, and intend to use his or her education to benefit the in-state American Indian community. To apply, visit http://www.readysetgrad.org/college/american-indian-endowed-scholarship.
2015 ACPE Technology Scholarships (Deadline: February 15, 2015) Amount: $2,500. 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, visit http://www.acpenw.org/home/scholarships.