Scholarship News You Can Use

Scholarship News You Can Use 2019-2020

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. The college adviser also sends out a monthly Scholarship Newsletter to student class group emails, so students make sure you check your emails.

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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November's Scholarship Newsletter!

College Board Opportunity Scholarship (Deadlines Vary)

Description:

The new College Board Opportunity Scholarships program is awarding $5M in scholarships to the class of 2020. There is no GPA or family income requirement, yet 50% of the scholarships are reserved for low income students. Students simply get rewarded for the work they're already doing to apply for college, no additional essays required. 

Eligibility:

  • Current high school seniors with a College Board account (should have been created when they took the SAT)
  • Completed at least one of the following actions:
    • Build a college list on BigFuture
    • Practice for the SAT using Khan Academy
    • Increase their SAT score by 100 points
    • Strengthen their college list on BigFuture
    • Complete the FAFSA
    • Apply to Colleges

Award: Varying amounts

Deadline: Varies, but students should sign up as soon as possible for maximum eligibility

Sign up for the College Board Opportunity Scholarship program

 

RaiseMe (Deadlines Vary)

Description:

Rather than waiting until the end of high school to earn scholarships, which is often too late to impact a student's college ambitions or choices, RaiseMe enables students to earn scholarships throughout high school, starting as early as 9th grade, for doing all the things that best prepare them to succeed, whether that’s getting good grades, volunteering in the community or joining an extracurricular. 

Eligibility:

  • All High School Students
  • Planning on attending one of their college partners; Michigan schools include Western, Wayne State, Hillsdale College, Lawrence Tech, and Madonna

Award: Varies

Deadline: Rolling, Register ASAP for maximum eligibility

Sign up for RaiseMe

 

Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship (Due November 30)

Description:

Since 1982, USHLI has awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships and internships to students from disenfranchised groups. Most notably, the Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders seeks to recognize Hispanics students who share Dr. Andrade’s lifelong commitment to servant leadership. Recipients will receive two non-renewable scholarships – a conference scholarship to attend the 37th USHLI National Conference and an academic scholarship ($1,000 for a 4-year institution or $500 for a 2-year institution) for undergraduate students.

Eligibility:

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full-time undergraduate students, in an accredited institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories.
  • Demonstrate a verifiable need for financial support.
  • Have at least one parent of Hispanic ancestry.

Award: $1,000

Deadline: November 30, 2019

Apply for the Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship

 

Rumba Meats Scholarship (Due November 30)

Description:

Rumba Meats, part of the Cargill family of brands, helps the Hispanic community celebrate their culture and preserve their heritage through food. Through a partnership with United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, Rumba is awarding 25

Eligibility:

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full-time undergraduate students, in an accredited institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories.
  • Demonstrate a verifiable need for financial support.
  • Have at least one parent of Hispanic ancestry.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Scholarship recipients must be willing to provide a two-minute video articulating how their Hispanic heritage has influenced their life and how they plan to preserve it throughout their life.

postsecondary academic scholarships of $1,000 each and helping empower today’s Hispanic youth to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Award: $1,000

Deadline: November 30, 2019

Apply for the Rumba Meats Scholarship

 

VIP Scholarship (Due November 30)

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!

Eligibility:

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

Award: $5,000

Deadline: November 30, 2018

Apply for the VIP Scholarship

 

Sixt Scholars (Due November 30)

Description:

The Sixt Scholar Program was founded in 2014 to aid high school students planning to continue their education in college. With a successful first year receiving over 1,000 applications, we are very excited to be continuing the program. Sixt rent a car is thrilled to contribute to higher education and support the development of exceptional students. We look forward to awarding these prizes and continuing the Sixt scholars tradition for years to come.

Eligibility:

  • Have a minimum 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Graduating high school senior in the USA, academic year 2017/2018
  • Plan to enroll in a full time 2 or 4 year university

Award:$5,000

Deadline: November 30, 2019

Learn more about the Sixt Scholars

 

10 Words or Less Scholarship (Due Date: November 30)

Description:

This scholarship is provided by StudentScholarships.org

Eligibility:

  • Attending college in Fall 2020
  • Must have Facebook to submit

Award: $500

Deadline: November 30, 2019

Apply for the 10 Words or Less Scholarship

 

Keith Williams Law Group Annual Scholarship (Due December 1)

Description:

The Keith Williams Law Group Annual Scholarship seeks to help students who have fought through adversity in their lives in order to better themselves through education.  Understanding that, for many possible reasons, not everyone has been a straight A student with perfect test scores, we seek to help those who have had difficulty in school and fought through it—whether it be the result of a difficult home life, socio-economic disadvantages, learning disabilities, ethnic/racial/gender or other biases, just plain stubborn orneriness and misbehavior early in life, or any other reason.

Eligibility:

  • High School seniors who have been accepted to a college or university.
  • Currently enrolled students in any college or university, including graduate/professional schools.
  • No minimum GPA required to qualify.
  • Applicants must have overcome adversity in their lives and difficulty in school; 800 word essay on adversity required

Award:$1,500

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Apply for the Keith Williams Law Group Annual Scholarship

 

Lamber-Goodnow  Injury Law Team Education Scholarships (Due December 1)

Description:

Each year, the Lamber-Goodnow Injury Law Team awards two scholarships to innovative and highly creative high school and college students. They seek essay submissions from students who are creative thinkers and problem solvers. Whether you are a star in your local community, an aspiring leader, a tech whiz, an engineer or a creative writer, they want to hear from you. Additionally, they offer scholarships specifically for students interested in pursuing nursing or physical therapy

Eligibility:

  • Enrolled at high school, college, or university
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA
  • 500-750 word essay required

Award: $1000

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Apply for the Lamber-Goodnow Scholarships

 

Dell Scholars Program (Due Date: December 1)

Description:

While many students dream of obtaining a college degree, life sometimes gets in the way - particularly for those dealing with personal responsibilities at home or in their communities. The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation created the Dell Scholars program with the understanding that it takes more than financial help to support students to college graduation. From the start, Dell Scholars was designed as a college completion program that offers support services that go beyond a scholarship check.

Eligibility:

  • Participate in a program-approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12 (GEAR UP, Upward Bound)
  • Minimum 2.4 GPA
  • Must be Pell grant eligible

Award: $20,000

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Apply for the Dell Scholars Program

 

Science Ambassador Scholarship (Due December 9)

Description:

Our goal is to highlight outstanding women in science, technology, engineering, and math. To date, we've funded four full–ride scholarships and created a community of mentors and students who work in STEM fields.

Eligibility:

  • High school senior or enrolled in college or university
  • Female-identifying student pursuing STEM major
  • Three–minute video of yourself explaining a STEM topic you're passionate about required

Award: Full Tuition

Deadline: December 9, 2019

Apply for the Science Ambassador Scholarship

 

Burger King Scholars (Due Date: December 15)

Description:

Created in memory of BURGER KING® Co-founder James “Jim” W. McLamore, the BURGER KINGâ„  Scholars program has awarded $35 million in scholarships to more than 33,000 high school students, BK® employees and their families across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico since 2000. In 2018 alone, the Foundation awarded $3.7 million to more than 3,400 students in North America. Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities and community service.

Eligibility:

  • Graduating high school seniors (not required to be employee)
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • No essay required

Award: $1000-$50000

Deadline: December 15, 2019

Apply for the Burger King Scholars

 

Final Fantasy Fan Scholarship (Due Date: December 15)

Description:

The Final Fantasy Fan Scholarship is a highly competitive award for high school and college students who enjoy the Final Fantasy game franchise. You have invested many hours in the world of Final Fantasy, and now you have the opportunity for Final Fantasy to invest in your world!

Eligibility:

  • Attending college in Fall 2020
  • Essay required (maximum 5 paragraphs)

Award: $1,000

Deadline: December 15, 2019

Apply for the Final Fantasy Fan Scholarship

 

Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship (Due December 20)

Description:

The Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship is an award for any current or soon-to-be undergrad in the United States who has had his or her life altered due to an injury from a car or truck accident, be it their own injury, that of a loved one, or an influential individual. The Dirk Derrick Scholarship has a brief submission process, and applicants will be judged on their ability to convey the lasting effect an auto accident has had on their life as well as their journey to overcome those challenges.

Eligibility:

  • Enrolled at high school, college, or university
  • No minimum GPA
  • Essay required (maximum 5 paragraphs and 600 words)

Award: $1000

Deadline: December 20, 2019

Apply for the Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship

 

The Travis W. Watkins Tax Resolution & Accounting Firm Scholarship (Due December 31)

Description:

The Travis W. Watkins Tax Resolution & Accounting Firm Scholarship is a one-time $1,000 award for any current or soon-to-be student who has had his or her family’s life altered because of tax controversies (back taxes owed, audits, etc.). The Travis W. Watkins Scholarship has a brief and 100% confidential submission process, and applicants will be judged on their ability to convey the importance of tax compliance as well as the journey of those challenges (including the impact of professional tax representation or lack of representation on the outcome).

Eligibility:

  • Enrolled at high school, college, or university
  • No minimum GPA
  • Essay required (maximum 5 paragraphs and 600 words)

Award: $1000

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Apply for the Travis W. Watkins Tax Resolution & Accounting Firm Scholarship

 

Life Reimagined Scholarships (Due December 31 and April 1)

Description:

Calivn Rosser created and funded the Life Reimagined Scholarship series to elevate motivated and high-achieving students who will make the world a better place. The scholarships are focused on three deeply important causes – supporting first-generation students, empowering women in technology, and increasing mental health awareness. 

Eligibility:

  • Current high school student
  • Essay required (500-1000 words)
  • No minimum GPA

Award: Varies

Deadline: December 31, 2019 (First-Gen) or April 1, 2020 (Women in Technology, Mental Health)

Apply for the Life Reimagined Scholarships

 

GoTranscript Academic Scholarship (Due Date: December 31)

Description:

GoTranscript is a professional transcription company, founded in 2005. Our team consists of nearly 20,000 professional transcriptionists, proofreaders, and customer support specialists. All staff members are carefully trained and certified. We review our service quality regularly to ensure best-in-class results.

Eligibility:

  • Currently be enrolled in college or high school
  • Register with school email
  • Essay Required (500-1000 words)

Award: $1,000

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Apply for the GoTranscript Academic Scholarship

 

G2 Overachievers Student Grant (Due Date: December 31)

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, 2019.

Eligibility:

  • Current middle or high school student
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Essay required (1500-2500 handwritten words)

Award: $12,500

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Apply for the G2 Overachievers Student Grant

 

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship (Due January 15)

Description:

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Bayer Fund, partners with farmers to award rural youth $1,500 scholarships to support their studies in ag-related fields after high school. In 2019, more than $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded to students across the country. Grow Ag Leaders scholarships are available in a variety of fields including: farming, agronomy, business, education, science, technology, communications, and more.

Eligibility:

  • Enrolled at high school, college, or university
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Plan to pursue a degree or certification in specific areas of agriculture and eligible majors (a complete list of areas/majors is available in the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Program Overview)
  • Two endorsements from active farmers

Award: $1500

Deadline: January 15, 2020

Apply for the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders

 

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest (Due January 17)

Description:

In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do what was right for the nation. These leaders demonstrated political courage by taking a stand for the public good in spite of pressure by interest groups, their political party, or even their constituents. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.

Eligibility:

  • Open to all high school students
  • Essay required (700-1000 words)
  • Must ask for nomination from teacher

Award: $10000

Deadline: January 17, 2020

Learn more about the JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest

 

NCLD Scholarships (Due Date: January 17)

Description:

The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships offer financial assistance to two graduating high school seniors with documented learning disabilities and/or ADHD who are pursuing postsecondary education.

Eligibility:

  • Be a graduating high school senior who will be attending a two-year community college, a vocational/technical training program, or specialized program for students with LD and/or ADHD in the fall.
  • Be a United States citizen
  • For Anne Ford Scholarship, minimum 3.0 GPA

Award: $2,500

Deadline: January 17, 2020

Apply for the NCLD Scholarships

 

LMCU's Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship (Due January 31)

Description:

Established in 1990, this scholarship program honors the legacy of Lloyd F. Hutt – teacher and founder of LMCU. Each year, we establish a question for high school seniors to answer in the form of an essay and award (15) $2,000 scholarships. We are proud to have provided $361,500 in scholarships to 222 deserving students over the years.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a resident of Michigan or Florida, or a member of Lake Michigan Credit Union or the child of a Lake Michigan Credit Union member. LMCU employees, children of LMCU employees, directors or officers are not eligible.
  • High school seniors who plan to enter a trade school, college or university in the next academic year
  • Essay required (750-1000 words)

Award: $2,000

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Apply for LMCU's Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship

 

University Club of Grand Rapids Scholarship (Due February 3)

Description:

As part of the University Club of Grand Rapids’ effort to give back to the West Michigan community, the Club has created a Scholarship Foundation.  It will develop business mentoring opportunities for candidates and for businesses to foster highly motivated and potentially successful young adults.  It is the goal of the Scholarship Committee to help students gain career roots in West Michigan and to keep these educated, bright and ambitious potential future leaders in our community.

Eligibility:

  • High school senior
  • Essay required (No more than 2 pages)
  • Two letters of reference required

Award: $1000

Deadline: February 3, 2020

Apply for the University Club of Grand Rapids Scholarship

 

MEA Scholarship (Due February 20)

Description:

The Michigan Education Association is an organization dedicated to the principles of public education, advancement of quality education, and security of the rights of education employees. There are approximately 140,000 members of MEA, who are public K-12 teachers and education support professionals; higher education faculty and educational support personnel; employees of intermediate school districts; and MEA-Retired members. Throughout its long history, MEA has remained committed to quality education and retains a prominent leadership position as a strong advocate for public education. As one means of demonstrating its commitment to public education, the MEA has established and offers the MEA Scholarship.

Eligibility:

  • Dependent of MEA member or MEA-Retired member in good standing.
  • 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. 
  • Essay required
  • Two letters of recommendation required

Award: Varies

Deadline: February 20, 2020

Apply for the MEA Scholarship

 

American Chemical Society Scholars (Due Date: March 1)

Description:

The ACS Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students majoring in undergraduate chemistry-related disciplines, and are also intending to pursue careers in chemistry-related fields. Selected recipients are awarded up to $5,000 per academic year. To date, over 3,000 students have received a funding from the ACS Scholars Program.

Eligibility:

  • Intend to major or already major in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology, or another chemistry-related science AND plant to pursue a career in a chemistry-related science as well
  • Be African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian
  • Minimum 3.0 GPABe a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent U.S. resident

Award: $2,500-$5,000

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Apply for the American Chemical Society Scholars

 

William G. Coyne Memorial Scholarship (Due April 1)

Description:

Everyone knows about the rising costs of higher education. As a credit union invested in our Michigan communities and neighbors, Credit Union ONE understands the financial pressure families feel when it comes to earning a college degree. We offer the William G. Coyne Memorial Scholarship Program for high school students who are graduating in the current year. We believe in the value of education and are proud to offer financial support.

Eligibility:

  • Current high school senior
  • Be a member (in good standing) of a family that has belonged to Credit Union ONE (located in Michigan, or Ohio (counties of Wood, Lucas, Sandusky, Summit, Lake or Cuyahoga)) for a minimum of six months
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • 30 or more hours of community service completed in Junior/Senior year
  • Essay required
  • Two letters of recommendation required

Award: Varies

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Apply for the William G. Coyne Memorial Scholarship

 

Heavy Equipment Parts Express Scholarship (Due Date: April 1)

Description:

Every year HE Parts Express offers a scholarship to students.  The deadline is April 1.  To be eligible to apply, please read the eligibility guidelines below and then submit an application along with the essay, which can be found on the application page.

Eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled in high school or college, over age of 16
  • US Resident
  • Essay Required (Under 1000 words)

Award: $1,000

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Apply for the Heavy Equipment Parts Express Scholarship

 

Review It Scholarship (Due Date: May 31)

Description:

Dr. Gabriel and Christine Chiu are active philanthropists who avidly support a variety of organizations such as: Children Mending Hearts, Cedars Sinai, the American Red Cross, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Children's Action Network, GenArt, AVIVA, Project Angel Food, Center Dance Arts, Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Obesity, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Help for Orphans, the American Red Cross, P.S. Arts, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Art of Elysium, Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis, Children's Action Network and the Music Center.

Eligibility:

  • Attending college in Fall 2020
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Essay Required (Movie review of no more than 1000 words)

Award: $1,000

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Apply for the Review It Scholarship