Scholarship News You Can Use

Scholarship News You Can Use 2017-2018

Welcome college-bound students and parents to Scholarship News You Can Use. Check back often as information is continuously updated.  Your counselor is also a great source of information, so please make an appointment with your counselor to talk through some of these options.  

Here are some helpful tips to guide you on your search

  1. Do not let small award amounts discourage you. Apply to as many scholarships as you think you are qualified for. Your counselor and the college adviser are great resources in determining different options you should pursue.
  2. Beware of any scholarship that asks for a social security number, guarantees an award, or charges an application fee. These are usually hoaxes of one sort or another. If you are unsure, ask your counselor or college adviser.
  3. Keep track of your scholarships! Staying organized will help you plan out how many you need to apply to, and when you should be done applying.
  4. Don't get stressed out. Plan to complete one scholarship a day to lessen the load. By the end of the school, you could have applied for over a hundred scholarships! (That's a lot of money).

Helpful links

List of Scholarships
CGTrader Scholarship - CGTrader is the largest 3D model marketplace backed by the strong designer community of more than 500k members. Each semester CGTrader challenges students to dig into the field of technology by writing an essay on how innovative technologies are transforming our lives. Enter the CGTrader Scholarship 2017 challenge to win $3,000 for your education bills. The best submission will be awarded $2,000 while the two runners-up will receive $500 each. Minimum GPA requirement is a 2.5

Deadline is June 1st, 2017. Link to application here

Fostering Futures Scholarship Program - The Fostering Futures Scholarship is available on a first-come, first-served basis to students who have been placed by the Department of Health and Human Services in the Michigan foster care system on or after their 13th birthday. There is no maximum age restriction for the student. The student must be enrolled at least half-time as an undergraduate at a Michigan public or private degree-granting four-year college/university or a community college. You can apply for this scholarship every year. Deadline is June 30th, 2017. Applications can be picked up in the Student Success Office.

Discover Scholarship - Scholarship Sweepstakes - Beginning mid-March, students can enter to win a $2,500 Discover® Student Loans Scholarship Award.  Discover is giving away a total of $100,000 in scholarships to 40 individuals. New for 2017 - Parents of eligible students can enter to win on behalf of their student. Link to apply here.

Christensen and Hymas General Scholarship - A $1,000 scholarship for students who meet the following criteria:

  1. You must be currently enrolled in or have been accepted to (and planning to attend) a University or College in the United States and provide proof of current enrollment. If you have not received acceptance, you may still apply, but be sure to provide proof of acceptance and enrollment for the scholarship to be released (ex. screenshot of grades, picture of acceptance letter, etc.)
  2. You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Deadline is August 1st, 2017. Link for scholarship here.

Guide to college for LGBTQ students, and scholarships

Rove Pest Control Scholarship - for Class of 2017 graduates. Applicants for this scholarship must be attending college by the Fall 2017 semester and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. This scholarship is open to anyone seeking a higher education.
Deadline: December 31, 2016 Award Amount: $500 Application: Only online applications will be accepted. The application can be found at: http://www.rovepestcontrol.com/rove-pest-control-scholarship/

Llyod F. Hutt Scholarship - To enter the 2017 Lake Michigan Credit Union Lloyd F. Hutt College Scholarship Competition, write an essay answering the following question: "You have the entire country's attention for one hour. What would you say?" Submit your essay by January 31, 2017 for consideration. Winner Receives $2,000. Ten $2,000.00 Scholarships will be awarded. https://www.lmcu.org/about/hutt/

Latino Youth Conference Scholarship - A scholarship offered to graduating seniors through the Latino Youth Conference program. Must be a senior graduating in 2017, be of Hispanic heritage, actively attending high school, and have at least a 2.0 GPA. Application materials can be picked up in the Student Success Office. Deadline: December 14th, 2016.

Solar Action Alliance is a group of environmentalists who want to spread the word about the most clean, reliable, and abundant source of renewable energy: the sun. To further spread the solar message and give back to the community, we created a $1000 Solar Scholarship. For more information, please follow the link. https://solaractionalliance.org/scholarship/

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship - $2,500 scholarships awarded at a local level. Visit https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/community-scholarships.html for more information. Application is not yet open, check back for updated info!

AXA Achievement Scholarship - $10,000 to $25,000 scholarship awarded to one student from each state. Visit https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-scholarship.html for more information. Deadline to apply is Dec. 15, 2015 or firs 10,000 applicants.

The University of Michigan Club of Grand Rapids is offering scholarships to students who will attend U of M in the fall. Applications can be found at http://alumni.umich.edu/clubs/grandrapids/scholarships. Application not open yet, check back later!

Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) - Various scholarships awarded to seniors interested in pursuing an engineering degree at an Accreditation Board of Engineering Technology (ABET) accredited Michigan college or university. There are lots of scholarships, so visit this site to see them all. http://www.nspe.org/resources/students/scholarships Deadline is Mar. 1st, 2016.

Courageous Persuaders Video Competiton - This scholarship program encourages creativity through the creation of a 30 second TV commercial about the perils of underage drinking. To upload your video and also learn more about the scholarship and the commercial competition, visit http://www.courageouspersuaders.com/contest.htm. Several additional scholarships are available through this competition. Deadline is Feb. 11th, 2016.

WACE National Co-op Scholarship offers 195 Merit scholarships to seniors who will attend the following Institutions in the fall: Clarkson Univ, State Univ. of New York Oswego, Drexel Univ., Univ. of Cincinnati, Johnson & Wales Univ, Univ. of Mass Lowell, Kettering Univ., Univ. of Toledo, Rochester Inst. of Tech., Wentworth Inst. of Tech and have a minimum 3.5 GPA. Please visit http://waceinc.org/scholarship/index.html for the application. Deadline is Feb. 15th, 2016.

GVSU Scholarships - GVSU Department and Endowed Scholarships for admitted GVSU students can be found at http://www.gvsu.edu/financialaid/scholarships-157.htm Deadline is Feb. 15th, 2016.

Western Michigan University Scholarships - WMU Department and Endowed Scholarships for admitted WMU students can be found at https://wmich.edu/admissions/freshmen/cost-scholarships/scholarships. Deadline is Dec. 4th, 2016.

Michigan Education Association Scholarship - Offers scholarships to Michigan public high school graduates who will be attending a Michigan public school or a few listed private institutions. Awards will be based on 1. Academic achievement. 2. Extra-curricular activities. 3. School and community service. 4. All other criteria being equal, first consideration will be given to children of MEA members and students from lower income households. Only written or printed applications will be accepted-no faxed or electronic applications. Pick up an application in the counseling office or print it from http://www.mea.org/mea-scholarship. Application deadline not updated yet.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program will award 100 students up to $25,000 each year for 4 years. The selection is based on academic achievement, financial need, participation and leadership in community and school activities, and those planning to major in a course of study that focuses on Engineering/Technology or select Design and Business-related programs of study. Application can be found at https://buickachievers.scholarshipamerica.org/. Information not yet updated.

PAF Scholarships for Survivors - The purpose of the scholarship program is to provide support to individuals that are legal residents of the United States of America, under the age of 25, who have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer and/or a chronic/life-threatening disease within the past five years. Application is available at http://www.patientadvocate.org/index.php?p=69. Information not yet updated.

University Club of Grand Rapids' Scholarship is targeted toward individuals who intend to remain in or return to West Michigan after college graduation. You must have at least a 3.0 GPA to apply and financial need will be considered. The application can be found at http://universityclubgr.com/scholarship-fund/. Deadline not yet updated.

American Chemical Scholars African American, Native American and Hispanic students planning to pursue full-time study in a chemically-related field with outstanding academic records and a desire to pursue a career in the chemical sciences can apply for an ACS Scholars Award. Must have a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Application available at http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/scholarships/acsscholars/apply.html. Deadline not yet updated.

The Maureen L. and Howard N. Blitman, P.E., Scholarship aims to Promote Diversity in Engineering is awarded annually to a high school senior from an ethnic minority who has been accepted into an ABET-accredited engineering program at a four-year college or university. The scholarship is awarded in two disbursements of $2,500 each at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters of the freshman year. Please visit http://www.nspe.org/Students/Scholarships/blitman.html for application. Deadline is March 1st, 2016

Haworth Scholarships - Haworth offers 2 $2,000 Diversity Scholarships with Paid Internships, 2 $2,000 Skilled Trade Scholarships, and 3 other scholarships for dependents of Haworth members ranging from $2,000-$10,000. More information can be found at http://www.haworth.com/bottom-nav/join-haworth/internships-scholarships. Deadline not yet updated.

Rosa Park Scholarship Foundation offers a $2,000 scholarship to a student with a 2.5 minimum GPA, leadership, financial need and a dedication to the civil rights principles of Rosa L. Parks stand against racial prejudice. Applications and further information can be found at http://www.rosaparksscholarshipfoundation.org/Scholarship.htm. Applications must be mailed in!. Deadline not yet updated.

Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation Scholarships are posted online at http://cfhz.org/page/scholarship-search/category/holland. These scholarships are just for students at Holland High. Applications open again in January.

Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarship - At least two $1,500 scholarships will be available to graduating seniors from Kent, Ottawa or Muskegon School Districts who plan to pursue a career in science. Visit http://gvsu.edu/rmsc/mary-jane-dockeray-scholarship-24.htm for application information. Deadline not yet updated.

Muskegon Community College - The general scholarship application for admitted MCC students can be found at http://www.muskegoncc.edu/scholarships/. Deadline of March 2nd, 2016.

Walmart Associate Scholarship - Scholarships are awarded to those employed part-time or full-time with any division of Walmart for at least six consecutive months prior to the application due date. Students must have financial need. Apply online at https://walmart.scholarsapply.org/associate/. Deadline is March 3rd, 2015.

Johnson Controls Foundation Scholarship Program - This scholarship is for students whose parents are an employee of Johnson Controls. Seniors need to exhibit an achieved balance of academic excellence, leadership and civic involvement in their lives. Winners are selected based on merit, not financial need. Application can be found at https://scholarship.jciportalonline.com/#. Deadline is March 13th, 2015.

US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation - Offers scholarships to students who are of Asian Pacific Island heritage and have at least a 3.3 GPA. Application can be found at http://celebrasianconference.com/about-celebrasian/scholarships/application-forms. Deadline is March 13th, 2015.  

Walmart Dependent Scholarship - Scholarships are awarded to the dependents of an associate (employee) of any division of Walmart who has been actively employed with Walmart for at least six consecutive months as of April 1st, 2015. Students must have financial need. Apply online at https://walmart.scholarsapply.org/dependent/. Deadline is April 1st, 2015.

GRCC Foundation Scholarship - Only one application is needed to be considered for over 200 scholarship opportunities. The application can be found at http://grcc.edu/financialaidscholarships/scholarshipopportunities. Deadline is March 16th, 2015.  

Through The Looking Glass Scholarship - A total of 15 $1,000 scholarships will be given to students who have at least one parent with a disability. Application can be found at http://www.lookingglass.org/scholarships/178-2015-scholarships-applications-now-open. Due by March 23rd, 2015.

Central Michigan University Scholarships - A list of scholarships for admitted CMU students can be found at https://www.cmich.edu/ess/OSFA/Pages/CMU_Scholarships.aspx. Apply before March 15th, 2015 for priority consideration.

KFC REACH Educational Grant Program helps KFC restaurant hourly Team Members and Shift Supervisors pursue their educational dreams. These $2,000 grants help Team Member recipients attend accredited four-year and two-year educational institutions, as well as trade/vocational schools. Applications can be found at http://www.kfc.com/foundation/. Check back often for the opening of applications.

Consumers Credit Union - Offers 20 scholarships for $1,000 and iPads to seniors who have an active account at Consumers Credit Union. Minimum GPA of 3.0 and ACT of 23 or higher. Applications are evaluated on academic achievement, community service, and essay contest. Visit www.consumerscu.org/information/dollarsforscholars. Due March 15th, 2015.

Ferris State University Scholarships - A list of scholarships for admitted FSU students can be found at http://www.ferris.edu/admissions/financialaid/scholarship/incoming/incoming-freshmen.htm. Deadline is TBD

32 Michigan Scottish Rite Scholarship Fund - The Masons offer scholarships to seniors based on academics and financial need. It is NOT limited to those with Masonic ties. Visit http://scottishrite.org/brothers-in-the-community/scholarships/ for a list of scholarships. Deadline is March 31st, 2015.

United Federal Credit Union awards one $1,000 and 9 $500 to seniors who are an active member of United Federal Credit Union. Pick up an application in the counseling office. Deadline March 31st, 2015.

Service League Health Care Scholarship - Organized by the hospital’s Service League of Volunteers, annual $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to three local high school or college students pursuing a career in the medical profession. Experience—even volunteer activities—in the medical field is preferred. http://give.spectrumhealth.org/zeeland-community-hospital/scholarships. All submissions must be postmarked by March 31st, 2015.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation - Most scholarships are offered to students in Kent County, but a few include Ottawa County students, so visit their website for a listing. http://www.grfoundation.org/scholarshipselection. Deadline is April 1st, 2014

Prospective Educator Scholarship - The PDK Educational Foundation awards more than 30 scholarships each year to prospective educators who have a connection to PDK by having a family member or teacher who is a PDK member, or through membership in the Future Educators Association®. All scholarships are available under a single application which can be found at http://pdkintl.org/programs-resources/scholarships-awards/prospective-educator-scholarships/. Deadline is April 1st, 2015.

Michigan Retailer Association will award at least 30 $1,000 scholarships. Applicants or their parents must be employed at a business that is a member of MRA. To find out if a particular business is an MRA member, check with your employer or call Laura Schilling at 800-366-3699. Awards are not based on financial need. For more information visit http://www.retailers.com/mra/events/scholarships-competition.html Deadline is April 1st, 2015.

Holland Little League - Scholarships available to those who participated in Holland Little League Baseball or Softball. Applications can be picked up from the counseling office and should be returned by April 1, 2014.

Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarship - 2 $10,000 and 100+ $2,500 will be awarded to Meijer employees or children of Meijer employees. Apply online at https://meijerscholarship.egrant.net/login.aspx?PIID=147&OID=107. Deadline is April 1st, 2015.

Michigan Foundation for Exceptional Children - This scholarship program is intended to provide support for educational/training opportunities when students are no longer eligible for special education (and Section 504) programs and services provided by public education (i.e., graduation or reaching 26 years of age). Awards can be granted up to $1,500 and would support anything from transportation, special equipment, tutoring, including tuition. These funds are intended to augment, not replace, funds available through other agencies. For more information visit http://michigancec.org/MCECFoundationforExceptionalChildren.aspx. Deadline is April 13th, 2015.

Rick D. Postma Medical Scholarship - Sponsored by the family of Rick D. Postma, an accomplished nurse and medical provider, an annual $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one individual who is pursuing a medical career. This program is open to all area students attending Muskegon Community College or Grand Valley State University. http://give.spectrumhealth.org/zeeland-community-hospital/scholarships. All submissions must be postmarked by April 15th.

student-view.com has a 15-20 minute application survey about colleges in our area. $500 - $4000 scholarships will be awarded at random. For more information please go to http://www.student-view.com/ScholarshipWmap.html. Deadline is April 22nd, 2015.

Credit Union ONE William G. Coyne Memorial Scholarship Program - Scholarship for students who completed at least 30 hours of community service, has at least a 3.0 GPA, and is a member of a family that has belonged to the Credit Union ONE for a minimum of 6 months. Applications can be found at http://www.cuone.org/about/scholarships.aspx. Deadline is May 1st, 2015.

Resthaven is offering a scholarship to a Holland area student who plans to attend college with the intent to work in healthcare. Pick up an application in the counseling office. It is due by May 1, 2014.

B. Davis Scholarship - To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on the following topic: Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that are developed in an individual. Visit http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm for more information. Deadline is May 25th, 2015.

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program - To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. Your submissions must be sent by e-mail to scholarships@abbottandfenner.com The winner will receive up to $1,000. Every generation faces new challenges and new problems. What do you think is the biggest difference between your generation and older generations? How do you think these differences will affect the future of our country and/or your career choice? Visit http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm. Deadline is June 15th, 2015

Bigsun Athletic Scholarship will award a $500 scholarship to an athlete who completes a short essay. Visit http://www.bigsunathletics.com/ for details. Deadline is June 19th, 2015.   

Kids' Chance of Michigan awards scholarships from $2,500 to $5,000 to students who demonstrate financial need related to a parent's catastrophic injury/death in a Michigan work-related accident covered by workers' compensation. The application can be found at http://kidschanceofmi.org/scholarship/ and must be mailed in. Accepting applications until June.

The Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) Scholarship Fund offers scholarship opportunities to any under-served student across the United States. Qualified applicant must be a high school senior, college student, and/or between the ages of 18-25, pursuing studies at a college, university, vocational or trade school. Applicant must be a US Citizen and complete the on-line application at https://www.shawncartersf.com/scholarship-fund/#. The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation is unique in that it offers scholarships to single mothers, children who attend alternative schools, students who have earned a GED, students with grade point averages of 2.0 and students who have previously been incarcerated, etc. but desire a higher education. Deadline is April 30th, 2015

Abbott and Fenner Scholarships are open to juniors and seniors or anyone currently registered in an accredited postsecondary institution. Visit https://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships for more information. Deadline is June 15th, 2015.

The Michigan Oil & Gas Producers Education Foundation – James R. Bigard Scholarship Fund was established in 2012 to provide Michigan high school senior students having a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (computed on a 4.0 scale) and have been accepted for enrollment at a Michigan university of community college. There will be a $500 scholarship awarded to the top 5 applicants, to be paid directly to the university or college where the applicant is enrolled. Qualified applicants must be pursuing a degree in teaching with the specialty in science and have the need for financial assistance. http://www.mogpef.org/. Deadline is July 15th, 2015.