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

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:  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