WHAT KINDS OF SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE?
SOME SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COLLEGE ARE MERIT-BASED. YOU EARN THEM BY MEETING OR EXCEEDING CERTAIN STANDARDS SET BY THE SCHOLARSHIP-GIVER. MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS MIGHT BE AWARDED BASED ON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OR ON A COMBINATION OF ACADEMICS AND A SPECIAL TALENT, TRAIT, OR INTEREST. OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS ARE BASED ON FINANCIAL NEED.
MANY SCHOLARSHIPS ARE GEARED TOWARD PARTICULAR GROUPS OF PEOPLE; FOR INSTANCE, THERE ARE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMEN OR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS. AND SOME ARE AVAILABLE BECAUSE OF WHERE YOU OR YOUR PARENT, OR BECAUSE YOU COME FROM A CERTAIN BACKGROUND (FOR INSTANCE, THERE ARE:
A SCHOLARSHIP MIGHT COVER THE ENTIRE COST OF YOUR TUITION, OR IT MIGHT BE A ONE-TIME AWARD OF A FEW HUNDRED DOLLARS. EITHER WAY, IT'S WORTH APPLYING FOR BECAUSE IT WILL HELP REDUCE THE COST OF YOUR EDUCATION. KNOW THAT YOU MAY APPLY FOR 20 SCHOLARSHIPS AND ONLY RECEIVE A COUPLE BUT MAKE SURE THAT YOU FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS AND MAKE EACH APPLICATION NEAT AND FOCUSED TO WHAT THE SPONSOR IS LOOKING FOR. SEE THE SCHOLARSHIP HANDOUT FOR MORE TIPS INFORMATION.
THE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH WEBSITE HAS A TON OF INFORMATION ABOUT LOOKING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND THE FINANCIAL AID PROCESS.
How Do I Find Scholarships:
You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend and checking information in a public library or online. But be careful - make sure scholarship information and offers you receive are legitimate and remember that you don't have to pay to find scholarships or other financial aid.
Try these free sources of information about scholarships:
- The financial aid office at a college or career school - go directly to the colleges that you are applying to and search for scholarships on their sites.
- The U.S. Department of Labor's FREE scholarship search tool or other search engines:
- College Board's Scholarship Search
- Smart About College
- Fastweb Scholarship Search
- www.internationalscholarships.com – Searchable database of scholarships all around the world.
- www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/ge-reagan-foundation-scholarship-program/ –The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program awards scholarships to college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship.
- Federal agencies
- Your library's reference section
- Foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses or civic groups
- Organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest
- Ethnicity-based organizations
- Your employer or your parents'/guardians' employers
Scholarships for students with Disabilities or chronic illness:
- www.aahd.us/initiatives/scholarship-program/ – The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program provides scholarships for people with disabilities. Application deadline for the following academic year is November 15th.
- www.needymeds.org/scholarships.taf – Lists scholarships that are offered for students (or students with a family member) with specific medical conditions.
- www.patientadvocate.org – Scholarships for individuals pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies who have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer, a chronic, or life-threatening debilitating disease as a child or young adult.
Scholarships for Minority Students
- Minority Student Scholarship Guide- Discusses minority scholarships, grants and other financial aid available to African-American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, LGBT and female students and helps minority students look for and land scholarships through resources and expert advice.
- www.thebestcolleges.org/college-scholarships-for-minority-students/ - Guide to finding scholarships for minorities to help students maximize their financial aid opportunities.
- www.jackierobinson.org/impact/programs/ – The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Programs addresses the financial need of minority college students and provides comprehensive mentoring services.
Scholarship Resources Related to Military and Public Service Groups
- https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/ - U.S Department of Veterans Affairs link to information and resources on the GI Bill.
- www.elks.org/enf/scholars/ – High school seniors are eligible to apply. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
- mcsf.scholarshipapps.org/index.cfm – The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides need-based scholarships to the children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen who attend college or career training.
- www.truman.gov – The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership.
Go to http://www.raise.me to learn more about this interesting scholarship program. Students can create a portfolio starting in 9th grade to which they add their achievements as they move through high school. Examples of achievements can be earning an A in a class or joining a certain club/organization. For each achievement, colleges have the opportunity to award "micro-scholarships" which add up over time. Various schools across the country, including the University of Montana, participate.
Log intoMyScholly.com for access to a comprehensive, online, scholarship search. Montana students have free access to this resource through the organization Reach Higher Montana. Visit their website to learn more.http://www.reachhighermontana.org/scholarships/
Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here: http://www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship
The Scholarship Guidance website atwww.scholarshipguidance.com displays a frequently updated list of scholarships available for a wide variety of interests and age levels. You can register to receive updates on available scholarships or like their Facebook page to have scholarships sent to your Facebook.
Scholar Snapp - A free, simple to use data standard that allows students to reuse their application information - including contact information, essays, transcripts, etc. - from one scholarship application to another thereby streamlining the college scholarship application process.
- FinAid – Links to scholarships, grants, loans, and graduate aid.
- StudentAid.gov – Information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
- College Affordability Guide – This site’s mission is to provide clear, correct info and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree, and to offer a fresh analysis of which colleges are doing the most to make high-quality education affordable.
Greetings from Montana State University in Bozeman!
Each year MSU awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to new students. In addition to affordable in-state tuition, Montana students can take advantage of the Montana Premier Scholarship. This scholarship is simple to apply for - all your students need to do is:
Step 1: Apply for Admission to MSU
•Fill out the online application form and make sure that students include their self-reported GPA
Step 2: Have ACT or SAT scores sent to MSU
MSU’s school code for the ACT is 2420 and for the SAT it’s 4488
•If students have already taken their test, visit the official ACT or SAT website to have scores sent to MSU (if they haven't already).
•If your student is going to take their test tell them to enter MSU's school code when they register or when they are tested.
Step 3: Fill Out the Premier Scholarship Application no later than February 1, 2020
That’s all they have to do! Just remember, the funds are limited, so make sure your students apply and send their test scores as soon as possible.
You can email me directly at email@example.com with any questions.
I look forward to see your student at MSU
Director of Admissions
Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana 59717
This list includes National, State ,and Local scholarships and is updated as information is received, please check this page often !!!! This not an all inclusive list, there are many national and private scholarships that may not be listed.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 31st class in 2019, the Foundation has provided over 6,150 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $69 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. Apply now! High school seniors may visit Cokeurl.com/Apply2019 to apply to be a Coca-Cola Scholar. DEADLINE OCTOBER 31, 2019
Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship: Judging based on Scholarship, Leadership and Financial Need. Apply online at enf.elks.org/mvs. Deadline November 5,2019.
Voice of Democracy Contest :Open to 9-12 students. $100 prize for local winner, up to $30,000 in scholarships. A national patriotic speech writing competition open to 9-12th grade students. To enter the competition a student records a short 3-5 minute speech expressing their interpretation of this year's theme : "What Makes America Great ". Applications are located in the BCHS Guidance Office or go to www.vfw.org Deadline is October 31, 2019
Hagan Scholarship : The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need based merit scholarship. The scholarship provides up to $6,000 each semester for up to 8 consecutive semesters. Eligibility Requirements : 3.75 GPA, 24 or higher on the ACT, enrolled in a 4 year college or university the fall semester following high school graduation, must work 240 hours in the twelve months prior to the start of each academic year. Must complete the FAFSA with a EFC less then $6,500. Must be eligible for Federal and State grants. visit www.hsfmo.org for more information. DEADLINE NOVEMBER 15, 2019
Vigilante Electric Cooperative Youth Tour : Open to Juniors and Seniors. Student or parent must be served by Vigilante Electric Cooperative. Students write an essay on "How can electricity be used to save and improve lives, especially in developing nations?" Applications are located in the BCHS Guidance Office or at Vigilante Electric Cooperative. Deadline is November 29. 2019