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.
CURRENT SCHOLARSHIP LIST
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 scholarships that may not be listed.
- Grasshopper Valley Ladies Club
Deadline May 1
Applications are available in the guidance classroom.
- Jolly Jills Women’s Club
Deadline May 1 to counselor’s office
$500 to 3 graduating seniors from BCHS or Lima HS. Must attend a Montana College, University or vocational school. Applications are available in the guidance classroom.
- Walsh Family Scholarship
Deadline May 1
$750 to a graduating senior attending a Montana College, University or vocational school. GPA of 2.5. Applications are available in the guidance classroom.
- Vivint Smart Home Scholarship
Deadline May 1
Vivint Smart Home is very excited to offer your students the opportunity to receive the Vivint Smart Home Scholarship. The application deadline for fall semester is May 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. MST. After the deadline, five winners will be selected from across the United States. Each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship award. The Vivint Smart Home Scholarship will be recurring and available both in the Fall and Spring with new video prompts.
Scholarship award is not based on financial need. To be eligible for the scholarship contest, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Must be a high school senior or college student
- Must be a legal U.S. resident and currently living in the United States
- Must submit a video that meets the guidelines described on The Vivint Smart Home Scholarship webpage
Students must submit an application and post a 1-2 minute video creatively responding to the prompt listed here.
- United Way of Beaverhead County Community Service Scholarship
Deadline: May 3rd, 2019 to the BCHS guidance counselor
$1,000 to a graduating senior of BCHS who plans to attend a post-secondary institution. Must provide documented volunteer service, submit an essay of approximately 500 words detailing the significance oy your community service experience. Provide a list of community/school activities. Submit a letter of acceptance from the post-secondary institution you will attend. Applications are available in the Guidance Classroom
- Dillon Jaycee Auxiliary Scholarship
Deadline: May 6, 2019- email to jayceeAuxiliary@gmail.com
$500 to a BCHS senior planning to attend a Montana University, College, or Trade school.
- Beaverhead County Masonic Scholarship, Dillon Lodge #16
Deadline: May 9, 2019 to the BCHS guidance counselor
Graduating senior from Beaverhead County High School planning to attend a University, College or trade school in Montana. Applications are available in the Guidance Classroom
- Big Hole Snowmobile Association
Deadline: May 10, 2019(Postmarked)
$500 scholarship to be awarded to a Beaverhead County High School student living in the Big Hole and Grasshopper Valleys who plans to attend a Montana College, university or trade school. Submit Letter of interest to the Big Hole Valley Snowmobile Association explaining your educational and career goals, accomplishments and why you deserve this scholarship, please mention the school you plan to attend. Send to: Big Hole Snowmobile Club P O Box 141 Wisdom, MT 59761 ATTN: Sharon Stede. Applications are available in the Guidance Classroom
- OrthoRehab Physical Therapy
Deadline: May 10, 2019- to the BCHS guidance counselor
$500 to a senior interested in the field of medicine. Applications are available in the Guidance Classroom
- Davis Scholarship
Deadline: May 24, 2019
Deadline Details: Your submissions must be sent to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
How To Apply:http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm
- The Bobby Joe Turney Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: May 31, 2019
Established by Bobby Joe’s family in his honor to help a senior aspiring to attend a university, college or trade school. Hard copy applications are available in the guidance classroom on the scholarship rack
Deadline TBA Tentatively July 1, 2019
The SeniorHomes.com Caregiver Scholarship is intended for students who are passionate about helping seniors live healthy lives and are pursuing careers in senior care. The award can be used towards tuition and/or books.Applicants must be actively enrolled in or accepted to attend a U.S. college or university and pursuing a career in senior care. Applicants must submit either a 500-word essay or 2-3 minute video addressing a topic related to elder care. Apply at Seniorhomes.com
- National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
Amount: Up to $2,500
Eligibility: US citizen or permanent resident, a senior planning to major in culinary, restaurant management, or other foodservice related major.
How to Apply: Apply online