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Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Horatio Alger Scholarship (Deadline: October 25, 2016 at 11:59 EST) Amount: up to $22,000(national), $6,000-$10,500(state). 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, display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, and require financial assistance to further your education. (The Association also offers several scholarship programs that either require an applicant to pursue a specific degree or attend a specific university. In addition, they offers scholarship programs for students who plan to pursue a career or technical training.) Please visit for more details.

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (Deadline: October 26, 2016) Amount: $500. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology and encourages them to pursue their passions. This multi-tiered competition includes recognition at the national level (sponsored by Bank of America) and at the local level (sponsored by Microsoft), serving all 50 states. Any US high school woman in grades 9-12 is eligible to apply, if she is a US citizen and has a US Tax Identification or Social Security Number. Aspirations Award recipients are chosen for their outstanding aptitude and interest in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education. Please see for more information.

Williams-Mystic/Joseph Conrad Ocean Essay Contest (Deadline: October 28, 2016) Amount: $400(1), $50(2). This scholarship is in honor of Joseph Conrad, a maritime author who wrote both fiction and nonfiction about the sea. Only college undergraduates and high school seniors are eligible to participate. Submission of an essay of 1,000-5,000 may be in any genre as long as the ocean or a major body of water is the primary setting or aspect or concern. If submitting poetry, more than 6 poems must be sent. Visit for more information.

ACT Six Scholarship (Deadline: November 8, 2016) 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. Twenty-two new Act Six scholars will be chosen.  Students who live in the Tacoma-Seattle region can apply for one or more of the following four partner colleges through Act Six: Gonzaga University, Northwest University, Pacific Lutheran University, and Whitworth University. Apply online at

Coca-Cola Scholarship  (Deadline: October 31, 2016) 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

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards (Deadline: November 8, 2016) Amount: Certificate of Achievement; $1,000-$5,000 and a trip to Washington DC. 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 or 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.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program (Deadline: November 5, 2016) Amount: up to $40,000/renewable. This scholarship will be given to as many as 40 College Scholars from across the country. To be eligible, a student must be graduating in the spring of 2017, intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college in the fall of 2017, earn a GPA of 3.5 or above, receive test scores in the top 15%, and demonstrate significant unmet financial need. For more information, seen