Scholarship News You Can Use

Scholarship News You Can Use 2018-2019

Welcome college-bound students and parents to Scholarship News You Can Use. Check back often as information is continuously updated. Your counselor and college adviser are also a great source of information, so please make an appointment with them 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).

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List of Scholarships for 2018-2019 Graduates

Thiel Fellowship

Eligibility:

  • Be under the age of 23
  • Be interested in designing and building things

Description:

Founded by technology entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel in 2011, the Thiel Fellowship is a two-year program for young people who want to build new things. Thiel Fellows skip or stop out of college to receive a $100,000 grant and support from the Thiel Foundation’s network of founders, investors, and scientists.

Award: $100,000

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Apply for the Thiel Fellowship

VIP Scholarship

Eligibility:

  • Be a United States citizen and currently be enrolled in college or high school
  • Be at least 13 years of age or older

Description:

For each survey you complete, you will earn VIP points. With our tiered rewards program, the more surveys you take the more points you earn.You must take at least two surveys to be eligible to enter our $5,000 Scholarship Sweepstakes. The more surveys you take the better your chances are to win!

Award: $5,000

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Apply for the VIP Scholarship

Imagine America Scholarships

Eligibility:

Have a high school grade point average of 2.5 or greater

Have financial need

Demonstrate voluntary community service during senior year

Description:

Approximately 400 schools participate in the Imagine America Scholarship and Award Programs, and you could be eligible to receive a scholarship or award. IAF provides high school scholarships for graduating seniors, scholarships for adults and grants for military.

Award: $5,000

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Apply for the Imagine America Scholarship

Harris Poll (HP) Scholarship

Eligibility:

  • Be a legal resident of the United States
  • Be 13 years or older at the time of entry

Description:

The Harris Poll Online conducts market research that matters to YOU. Their studies are featured in textbooks, mentioned on national TV broadcasts, and create headlines for the front page of your newspaper. This all comes from people like you, for people like you. Participate now to earn Digital Rewards while influencing new product development, government, and non-profit organizations. To view the sweepstakes rules, please visit their Official Sweepstakes Rules page.

Award: $1,000

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Apply for the Harris Poll Scholarship

ScholarshipPoints (SP) Scholarship

Eligibility:

  • Be at least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the U.S.
  • Be a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico.

Description:

Each year, the ScholarshipPoints membership program awards more than $100,000 in scholarships to current and future college students. All of our scholarships are available exclusively to ScholarshipPoints.com members. To provide you with even more opportunities to win, we work with preferred partners that offer scholarships to our members.

Award: $10,000

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Apply for the ScholarshipPoints Scholarship

Overachievers Student Grant

Eligibility:

  • Be in middle school or high school
  • Be a person who is making a difference in others’ lives outside of the classroom

Description:

Pilot Pen is continuing the G2 Overachievers Student Grant designed to reward and celebrate one exceptional young scholar (aged 13 to 19, in middle school or high school) who is making a difference in others’ lives outside of the classroom. One student grant winner will earn $12,500 to further their education and/or continue their good works. The winner’s school will also be awarded $2,500 to help enhance their efforts to foster student overachievement. Entrants are required to submit 1,000 to 2,500 handwritten words expressing how they, or a student they know, are working outside the classroom to benefit others. Submissions for the G2 Overachievers Student Grant will be accepted until December 31st, 2018.

Award: $12,500

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Apply for the Overachievers Student Grant

Easton/ NFAA Scholarship Program

Eligibility:

  • High school applicants must be applying to be full time students at a two of four-year college/university or a technical training college.

Description:

The AXA Achievements Scholarship provides over $1.4 million in scholarships to young people throughout the nation representing all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. Students have the opportunity to receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. In addition, for every student who wins a scholarship, a grant in the amount of $1,000 will be made to the winner’s school.

Award: $1,000

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Apply for the AXA Achievement Scholarship

The Caring.com Scholarship

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States.
  • Applicants cannot be on academic disciplinary status.
  • Must not be related to or living with any employees of Bankrate, Inc. or Caring, LLC.

Description:

At Caring.com, they understand the demanding lifestyle of student-caregivers and the challenges they may face. The Student-Caregiver Scholarship provides financial assistance to students who are caring for an adult relative while enrolled in college. Two scholarships of $1,500 are awarded each year to student-caregivers to help cover costs of tuition and books. Applicants must be full-time college students at an accredited two-or-four-year college or university in the United States, or full-time high school students who are registered to attend a qualifying institution the following semester.

Award: $1,500

Deadline: December 31, 2019 at 11:59 P.M.

Apply for the Caring.com Scholarship

MIT THINK Scholars Program

Eligibility:

  • Be a full-time high school student attending a public, private, or home school at the time of your application.
  • Be a U.S. resident during the 2018-2019 school year.

Description:

THINK is an annual science research and innovation competition for high school students. Rather than requiring students to have completed a research project before applying, THINK instead caters to students who have done extensive research on the background of a potential research project and are looking for additional guidance in the early stages of their project. The program is organized by a group of undergraduates at MIT.

Award: $500

Deadline: January 1, 2019

Apply for the MIT THINK Scholars Program

Ge-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Eligibility:

  • Demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship
  • Demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent);
  • Be a citizen of the United States of America
  • Be a high school senior attending high school in the United States, or any of the U.S. territories and commonwealths and graduating in winter 2017 or spring 2018.  Applicants living on a U.S. Armed Forces base and attending high school outside the U.S. are eligible. Home-schooled students who are graduating in winter 2017 or spring 2018 are also eligible.
  • Plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2019-2020 academic year.

Description:

Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education. Awards are for undergraduate study and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program and receive ongoing leadership-development support. For more information visit the website below.

Award: $10,000 renewable for up to four years up to $40,000

Deadline: January 4, 2019

Apply for the Ge-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Ron Brown Scholarships Program

Eligibility:

  • Identify as Black/African American
  • Excel academically
  • Exhibit exceptional leadership potential
  • Participate in community service activities
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card
  • Be a current high school senior at the time of application

Description:

The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans.  RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship – the four pillars of the late Ronald H. Brown’s mission to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially our disadvantaged youth.

Award: $40,000

Deadline: January 9, 2019

Apply for the Ron Brown Scholarship

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APASF)

Eligibility:

  • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census
  • Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply
  • Be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2019.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED
  • Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Submit one letter of recommendation online.

Description:

Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest non-profit provider of college scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA). APIASF creates opportunities for students to access, complete, and succeed after post-secondary education; thereby developing future leaders who will excel in their careers, serve as role models in their communities, and will ultimately contribute to a more vibrant America.

Award: $2,500

Deadline: January 10, 2019

Apply for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship

United State JCI Foundation Scholarship

Eligibility:

  • Graduating high school senior in the U.S. where that state has an active JCI Senate Program.
  • Be a citizen of the U.S.

Description:

Each year, the U.S. Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Foundation grants $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools. The number of grants awarded annually is at the discretion of the Foundation and must be used for educational expenses in the first year of full-time study. Checks awarded will be made out in the name of the recipient and the educational institution of the recipient’s choice.

Award: $1,000

Deadline: January 11, 2019

Apply for the JCI Foundation Scholarship

SeniorAdvice.com Senior Caregiver Scholarship

Eligibility:

  • Students must be attending a two or four year university or college in the Spring of 2019. They must have been involved in caregiving for a family member or friend.
  • SeniorAdvice.com employees and their family members are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Description:

Offering a $2,000 scholarship to an eligible student who has been a caregiver for a senior friend or relative. One student, who will be attending college or university in the Spring of 2019, will receive $2,000 for tuition and/or books. Application must be submitted by January 15, 2019. Scholarship winners will be notified by February 1, 2019.

Award: $2,000

Deadline: January 15, 2019

Apply for the Senior Caregiver Scholarship

Holland Optimist Club Essay Contest

Eligibility:

  • The contest is open to students under age 19 as of October 1st of the current Optimist International Contest year (October 1 – September 30) and is not enrolled as a degree seeking student of a post-secondary institution. Students must enter in the District in which they reside. U.S. students attending school on military installations outside the U.S. are eligible to enter in their last home of record.
  • Contestants are eligible for only one Club’s contest during any given year.
  • No student who has previously won a District Optimist Essay contest scholarship will be eligible to compete at any level of the competition again.
  • All contestants at each level of the contest must show proof of age before competing. Optimist Clubs may require a copy of birth certificate or passport before participating if offering a Club scholarship separate from Optimist International. District winners must provide a copy of birth certificate or passport with the District entry documentation.

Description:

The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays, based on the theme of “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?” and determine the top winners. Winners will receive AWARDS and the winning essays will be sent to the district level where college scholarships are available for top winners.

Award: $2,500 - Medallion

Deadline: January 25, 2019

Application: Download the Application for the Optimist Club Essay Contest or see Ms. Ramirez in Student Success Office

Points Scholarship

Eligibility:

  • Be at least 13 years old and enrolled  or will enroll in a 4-year college or university in the U.S.
  • Be a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico
  • A proven track record of leadership and community involvement
  • Strong academic achievement
  • Working for the betterment of the LGBTQ community
  • Financial need

Description:

Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. Point’s multifaceted support of its scholarship recipients (“scholars”) extends far beyond direct financial contribution toward the cost of their education. Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development programs and events.

Award: $10,000

Deadline: January 29, 2019

Apply for the Points Scholarship

Michigan Education Association (MEA)

Eligibility:

  • Dependent of MEA member or MEA-Retired member in good standing.
  • Graduate of a Michigan public high school or private high school that has an MEA bargaining unit.
  • Will attend or is currently an undergraduate student of a Michigan public community/junior college, four-year degree-granting institution, or vocational training institution that grants a degree, certification or license. Those attending the following private institutions ONLY are also eligible: Baker College-Flint/Owosso; University of Detroit–Mercy; Adrian College; Finlandia University; and Albion College. (The aforementioned private institutions are existing local MEA affiliates.)
  • Note: Children of MEA officers, fund trustees, and MEA staff are not eligible. (A child of an MEA, MESSA or MEA-FS staff person is eligible if the other parent is an MEA member in good standing).
  • The scholarship will not be awarded for the purpose of working on a post-baccalaureate degree.

Description

The amount and number of scholarships offered each year shall be determined by the trustees of the MEA Scholarship Fund. Such scholarships may be offered on a renewal basis limited to four times in a five-year period.

Award: $750 - $1,500

Deadline: February 21, 2019

Apply for the MEA Scholarship

Credit Union ONE: William G. Coyne Memorial Scholarship Program

Eligibility:

  • Complete 30 or more hours of documented, qualified community service during Junior/Senior year of high school ending April 1, 2019
  • Be a 2019 graduating high school senior
  • Be a Member of a family that has belonged to Credit Union ONE of Michigan for a minimum of 6 months (in good standing)
  • Have a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or above
  • Plan to enroll in, beginning in the fall of 2018, a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or accredited trade or vocational school

Description:

This scholarship is for students who meet the above eligibility criteria. Visit the link below to view/print a PDF of the application.

Award: $1,000

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Appy for the William G Coyne Memorial Scholarship

Credit Union ONE: Continuing Education Scholarship Program

Eligibility:

  • Be a Member of a family that has belonged to Credit Union ONE of Michigan for a minimum of 6 months (in good standing)
  • Be a high school or GED graduate with a gap in education of two years or more
  • Complete a Personal Statement (details within application)
  • Plan to enroll in, beginning in the fall of 2018, a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two or four-year college or university, or accredited trade or vocational school.

Description:

This scholarship is for students who meet the above eligibility criteria. Visit the link below to view/print a PDF of the application.

Award: $1,000

Deadline: May 1, 2019

Apply for the Continuing Education Scholarship Program