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).

Helpful links

Check out February's Scholarship Newsletter!

 

Upcoming Scholarships 

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

 

Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship (Due Date: February 20, 2020)

Description:

Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs.

Eligibility:

  • Commityment to promoting Vegetarian or Vegan diet
  • Essay required

Award: $5,000-$10,000

Deadline: February 20, 2020

Apply for the Vegetarian Resource Group 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

 

Gordon A. Rich Memorial Foundation Scholarship (Due Date: February 20, 2020)

Description:

Gordon A. Rich was a committed supporter of people of lesser means and limited opportunities. While he was alive, he donated enormous amounts of his incredible energy, passion and resources to help improve their conditions. The Gordon A. Rich Memorial Foundation (GAR) intends to carry on that commitment.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be dependent children of full-time employees in the financial services industry (commercial banks, investment banks, securities brokerage firms, insurance companies, fund and asset management companies, credit card and finance companies and similar businesses as determined by the Foundation).
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Essay required (500 words)

Award: $50,000

Deadline: February 20, 2020

Apply for the Gordon A. Rich Memorial Foundation Scholarship

 

Farm Kids for College Scholarship (Due Date: February 25, 2020)

Description:

At National Farmers, we are honored to encourage the next generation to chase their ag dreams – and catch them. Part of how we at National Farmers do that, is through the national Farm Kids for College Scholarship.National Farmers announces three national scholarship winners in the spring of each year. All three winners receive $1,000 each. The award is disbursed directly to the college or university. This is a non-renewable, freshman scholarship.

Eligibility:

  • Be a high school senior planning to attend college next year.
  • Plan to pursue agriculture-related fields

Award: $1,000

Deadline: February 25, 2020

Apply for the Farm Kids for College Scholarship

 

Community Choice Foundation Scholarships (Due Date: February 28, 2020)

Description:

The Community Choice Foundation embodies the credit union philosophy of people helping people. We have expanded our program to offer three different scholarships to students. With this broad range of educational opportunities, Community Choice supports Michigan students with whatever path they choose in life.

Eligibility:

  • Pursuing higher education at college or skilled trade program
  • Minimum 3.0 (2.5 for skilled trade) GPA
  • Have a desire to live and work in Michigan

Award: $2,500-$5,000

Deadline: February 28, 2020

Apply for the Community Choice Foundation Scholarships

 

 

Description:

Skilled trade careers are in high demand in Michigan but the cost of starting a profession in this field can be expensive. But we want to help. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in a trade by attending a career technical education program, we want to help you get a fresh start.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a Michigan resident and eligible for a Lake Trust membership
  • Essay Required (600 words)

Award: $5,000

Deadline: February 29, 2020

Apply for the New Beginnings Scholarship

 

The Freedom Scholarship (Due Date: February 29, 2020)

Description:

VetLaw fights for the men and women who have dedicated their lives to fight for the freedoms we have in the United States. Attorneys at VetLaw recognize that those freedoms have evolved over time, and will continue to change from here on out.

Eligibility:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Resume and Essay required (750-1000 words)

Award: $1,000

Deadline: February 29, 2020

Apply for the The Freedom Scholarship

 

Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland Scholarships (Due Date: March 1, 2020)

Description:

The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area seeks to ensure that our community thrives today, tomorrow, and forever by building our Community’s Endowment to support high impact charitable projects, helping donors achieve their charitable goals, and leading and partnering in community-level initiatives.

Eligibility:

  • Varies based on scholarship
  • One General Application required

Award: Varies

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Sign up for reminders about the Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland Scholarships

 

Rosa Parks Foundation Scholarship (Due Date: March 1, 2020)

Description:

Since it was founded by The Detroit News and Detroit Public Schools in 1980, The Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation has awarded over $2,000,000 in scholarship money to more than 1,000 high school seniors. The Foundation awards approximately forty $2,000 non-renewable scholarships annually.

Eligibility:

  • Graduating Spring 2020
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

Award: $2,000

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Apply for the Rosa Parks Foundation 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

 

Consumers Credit Union Scholarship (Due Date: March 1, 2020)

Description:

The Consumers Credit Union Student Scholarship Fund is supported by the generosity of our employees and the revenue from our coin counters. Hurry! Applications are OPEN NOW and will close on March 1, 2020!

Eligibility:

  • Must be an active member of Consumers Credit Union with his/her own account.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Essay required (300 word minimum)

Award: $1,000-$20,000

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Apply for the Consumers Credit Union Scholarship

 

Holland Hospital RN scholarship Program (Due Date: March 18, 2020)

Description:

Holland Hospital offers scholarships to Ottawa County high school seniors pursing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at an accredited institution.

Eligibility:

  • Essay Required (300 words)

Award: $7,000

Deadline: March 18, 2020

Apply for the Holland Hospital RN scholarship Program

 

Trendway Scholarships (Due Date: March 20, 2020)

Description:

Through the George and Lucile Heeringa Scholarship Program, Merit Scholarships are available for the benefit of local students in our community.  These scholarships were created by Trendway’s founding proprietors to assist with the higher education expenses of area young people.  “My parents always placed a strong emphasis on education” says Don Heeringa, Chairman of Trendway Corporation, based in Holland Michigan.  “Through these scholarships, we are able to honor their memory and the values they held dear, as well as encourage and support young men and women as they advance their knowledge.”  Scholarship applicants are reviewed and selected by the Selection Committee, which consists of High School Guidance Counselors from the six local high schools. Trendway Corporation, an office furniture manufacturer in West Michigan, is the administrator of the George and Lucile Heeringa Scholarship program.

Eligibility:

  • Local Scholarship (one student from the school)
  • Essay Required
  • Also, specific scholarship for student attending Kendall School of Design

Award: $1,000

Deadline: March 20, 2020

Apply for the Trendway Scholarships

 

Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarship (Due Date: March 30, 2020)

Description:

We are pleased to announce the Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarship sponsored by the Regional Math and Science Center at Grand Valley State University. This is a named scholarship in honor of Mary Jane Dockeray, founding curator of the Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids. Each year, the Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarships for Careers in Science are awarded to graduating high school seniors from public or private schools in the Kent, Muskegon, and Ottawa Intermediate School Districts with an interest in pursuing a career in science. Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded this year to graduating seniors who plan to pursue a career in science.

Eligibility:

  • Any graduating senior from a high school within the Kent, Ottawa, or Muskegon Area Intermediate School Districts who is pursuing a career in science at a two or four-year college or university is eligible to apply.
  • Essay required (No more than 1000 words)

Award: $2,500

Deadline: March 30, 2020

Apply for the Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarship

 

Foster Care to Success Scholarships (Due Date: March 31, 2020)

Description:

Foster Care to Success has provided scholarships since 1991;  in 2000 we restructured the program and since then have awarded over $15M to 2,000 students in all 50 states. We are proud of our graduation rate of 65%, with a persistence rate of 75% – both higher than those of the general population of college students.

Eligibility:

  • Have been in public or private foster care for the 12 consecutive months leading up to and including their 18th birthday; OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship after their 16th birthday; OR have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday and not subsequently adopted

Award: $2,500-$5,000

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Apply for the Foster Care to Success Scholarships

 

Kelsey's Law Distracted Driving Scholarship (Due Date: March 31, 2020)

Description:

In April, $5,000 worth of scholarships will be awarded to Michigan students. Applicants are asked to submit a persuasive message that shows how you would convince young drivers to reduce distractions while driving.

Eligibility:

  • Open to 11th and 12th grade students (Class of 2020 and 2021) attending any public or private Michigan high school
  • Applicant must be a Michigan resident with a valid Michigan driver’s license.
  • No Essay Required

Award: $500-$2,000

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Apply for the Kelsey's Law Distracted Driving Scholarship

 

Recent Immigrant Scholarship (Due Date: March 31, 2020)

Description:

The Recent Immigrant Scholarship supports high school students who immigrated to the US within the last decade and who plan to live & work here. High school students at any grade level are eligible, and all GPAs will be considered.

Eligibility:

  • Immigrated to US after 2010 and plan to live/work in US
  • Essay required (500-1000 words)

Award: $1,000

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Apply for the Recent Immigrant Scholarship

 

Life Reimagined Scholarships (Due 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

 

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

 

Elise Joy Frantz Scholarship Award (Due Date: April 13, 2020)

Description:

The Ottawa County Bar Association each year presents a $1,500 scholarship award to an outstanding high schoo senior to be applied to their first year college expenses. Please note that the scholarship is not based upon financial need, but solely on merit.

Eligibility:

  • Demonstrated interest in government, civics, economics, or social studies
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Letter of recommendation required

Award: $1,500

Deadline: April 13, 2020

Apply for the Elise Joy Frantz Scholarship Award

Please see Mr. Vozza for application

 

Quell Student Fighter Scholarship (Due Date: April 15, 2020)

Description:

The Quell Foundation Fighter Scholarship is awarded to a select high school senior or a current undergraduate/graduate student that is being treated for a diagnosed mental health condition. The Quell Foundation Awareness Fund established the award as a means to improve the care and treatment of people with mental health illness.

Eligibility:

  • Student must live with a diagnosed mental health condition, as documented by a mental health care professional.
  • Student must obtain a passing grade in all classes and have minimum 3.2 GPA

Award: $1,250

Deadline: April 15, 2020

Apply for the Quell Student Fighter Scholarship

 

RealtyHop Scholarship (Due Date: April 30, 2020)

Description:

The RealtyHop Scholarship awards up to $2,000 a year to eligible undergraduate students and high school seniors working towards a bachelor and/or associate degree program in the US who demonstrate the ambition, diligence, leadership, and entrepreneurial spirit that is central to our company culture.

Eligibility:

  • Current undergraduate student or graduating high school senior
  • Essay required (500 words)

Award: $1,000

Deadline: April 30, 2020

Apply for the RealtyHop Scholarship

 

Brady Cobin Scholarship Essay Contest (Due Date: May 1, 2020)

Description:

Our goal as wills and estate planning attorneys at Brady Cobin Law Group is to understand our clients’ needs and provide guidance to make well-informed decisions about the future. Our attorneys recognize the importance of getting a good education to pursuing a fulfilling career and achieving future goals. We’re glad to be in a position to help some deserving students pursue their dreams with our scholarship essay contest.

Eligibility:

  • Open to high school students as well as students enrolled in two-year and four-year colleges
  • Essay required (approximately 500 words)

Award: $500-$2,500

Deadline: May 1, 2020

Apply for the Brady Cobin Scholarship Essay Contest

 

PB&J Scholarship (Due Date: May 31, 2020)

Description:

We are looking for students who have experienced challenges in their life and who have the drive to succeed. For the first time, we are opening this scholarship to Holland High School.

Eligibility:

  • Open to all college-bound seniors

Award: $500-$1,000

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Apply for the PB&J 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

 

Got a Spine Scholarship (Due Date: June 2, 2020)

Description:

At Arctic Chiropractic, our goal is to maintain and improve the spinal health of every paitent, while educating the community and each paitent about the benefits associated with chiropractic care. People develop back pain for a variety of reasons and it is our goal to educate as many people as possible in ways to abvoid developing chronic back problems.

Eligibility:

  • Must be attending college in Fall 2020
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Essay requiredTwo letters of recommendation required

Award: $500

Deadline: June 2, 2020

Apply for the Got a Spine Scholarship

 

Rosen & Ohr Essay Contest (Due Date: July 20, 2020)

Description:

Write an essay explaining in detail how a serious accident involving you, a family member, or a close friend has impacted your life. This could have been a car crash, a slip-and-fall accident, a work-related injury, or any other serious accident.

Eligibility:

  • Attending college in Fall 2020
  • Essay Required (750-1000 words)

Award: $1,000

Deadline: July 20, 2020

Apply for the Rosen & Ohr Essay Contest

 

School Specific Scholarships

Muskegon Community College Scholarships (Due Date: Varies)

Description:

MCC offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for recent high school graduates, new students, current students, returning students and adults.

Eligibility:

  • Varies based on application

Award: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Apply for the Muskegon Community College Scholarships

 

Western Michigan University Admissions Schoalrships (Due Date: February 15, 2020)

Description:

There is still time for your students to submit supplemental scholarship materials. Should a student be eligible for an admissions scholarship, a link to complete the scholarship application will be on the main page of their Gold Gateway account.

Eligibility:

  • Must be admitted to WMU
  • Supplemental materials required
  • Seita Scholars (foster care) due May 15

Award: Up to $60,000

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Apply for the Western Michigan University Admissions Scholarships