Financial Aid & Scholarship Opportunities
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Financial Aid Resources:
- Christian Connector
- College Answer
- Fastweb College Gold
- Mapping Your Future
- Merit Aid
- National Merit Scholarship
- Princeton Review
- College Confidential
- Varsity Learning Tools
- Khan Academy
- Best Colleges
Additional Scholarship Opportunities
The Edmund F. Maxwell Foundation Scholarship (Deadline: April 30, 2017) Amount: $5,000. Believing in the importance of acknowledging the fine accomplishments of high- achieving young people, the Maxwell Foundation is offering financial assistance of up to $5,000 for freshmen starting college during the current academic year. Students who plan to attend accredited private colleges or universities and who are residents of Western Washington are urged to apply in early 2017. Scholarships will be limited to entering freshmen who have a combined math and verbal SAT score of over 1200 (or equivalent ACT scores) The scholarships are designed to provide assistance to those who have demonstrated financial need and have shown ability, aptitude, and a promise of useful citizenship. For more information, visit http://www.maxwell.org/.
Lt. Col. Romeo-Josephine Bass Ferretti Scholarship (Deadline: April 30, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT) Amount: $5,000. This scholarship was established for minor dependents of active duty or retired Air Force, Air Force Reserve, or Air National Guard enlisted Airmen. It is for students pursuing an undergrad degree in the area of science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). The scholarship will be awarded to a student who has graduated from high school in 2016 and who is entering their first year at an accredited institution of higher learning. Application requirements include completing of an essay (no more that 600 words) describing your academic achievements and goals. For more information, see http://www.afa.org/LtColRomeoandJosephineBassFerrettiScholarship.
The Nordstrom Scholarship Program (Deadline: May 1, 2017) Amount: $10,000 over 4 years/$2,500 per year. Nordstrom awards college scholarships of $10,000 to hardworking high-school juniors with dreams of a higher education who reside and attend school in a state with a Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack store. Paid out in equal installments of $2,500 over four years to the college of their choice, Nordstrom Scholarships give bright, deserving kids the help they need to achieve their goals. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.7, volunteer or participate in community service or extracurricular activities, and plan to apply for financial assistance to attend college. For more information, visit www.act.org/nordstrom.
BIAW/Mackenzie Cowell Memorial Scholarship (Deadline: May 5, 2017) Amount: up to $10,000. The Building Industry Association of Washington is the largest trade association in this state. BIAW created this scholarship for students who choose the building industry as their life’s work. It can be used to find almost any post-secondary education, i.e., college or vocational, public or private. For more information, please see http://www.biaw.com/documents/education/scholarship_app_fillable_17.pdf.
Folded Flag Foundation Scholarship (Deadline: May 15, 2017) Amount: varies. Folded Flag is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization focused on raising and awarding money in the form of educational scholarships and support grants to surviving family members of military and government employees who have lost their lives in combat while serving our country. Scholarship and grant opportunities include children’s education scholarships for private school tuition and educational programs for children in grades K-12 and scholarships for spouses and dependents to attend college or technical/trade school. To learn more about The Folded Flag Foundation, including how to apply for scholarship aid, visit www.FoldedFlagFoundation.org/Apply.
Uber Partner & Family Scholarship (Deadline: May 16, 2017) Amount: $2,500(20). The Uber Partner & Family Scholarship supports current Uber drivers or their family members attending, or planning to attend, college so they can achieve their greatest potential through education. There will be twenty $2,500 scholarships awarded for one year only to selected applicants who will be attending an eligible two or four-year college or university in Washington state. Applicants also must be residents of Pierce or King County, have a 3.0 GPA, and be in good standing with Uber 6 months prior to application. For more information or to apply, please visit www.collegesuccessfoundation.org and locate Supports/Scholarships.
Brower Youth Awards (Deadline: May 17, 2017) Amount: $3,000, a short film about their work, and a trip to San Francisco. The program seeks outstanding leaders who have played a major role in creating, organizing and implementing a project in the areas of Conservation, Preservation, or Restoration. To be eligible, you must live in North America and be between the ages of 13 and 22. For more information, see http://www.broweryouthawards.org/apply/.
BestMattressReviews.com Sleep Scholarship (Deadline: May 19, 2017) Amount: $1,000. At BestMattress.com, we value education highly and want to give back to our community at large. We are also passionate about promoting sleep awareness and created the scholarship to both help further that cause and to help students pay for the increasing costs of higher education. This scholarship is intended to be used for tuition during the 2017-2018 school year. To be eligible, applicants must be current high school seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA at the end of their senior year. BestMattress.com is looking for creative video applications that answer two questions along with a single page google word doc that answers a series of questions. For complete information, visit https://www.bestmattressreviews.com/sleep-scholarship/.
Mometrix College Scholarship (Deadline: May 19, 2017) Amount: $2,500, $1,500, or $500. Mometrix Test Preparation is hosting the third annual college scholarship contest looking to award students with great scholarship prizes. Students must write an essay (approx. 400 words) telling a personal, inspirational story about how the work they put in ahead of time helped them overcome adversity to achieve a specific goal or dream. Visitors will have through June 1, 2017, to cast their votes for their favorite essay by going to www.mometrix.com/collegescholarship Essays will be posted as they are received, so the longer your essay is on the site, the more opportunities people have to vote for it. Essays receiving the most votes could win a $500-$2,500 scholarship. Visit https://www.mometrix.com/collegescholarships/rules.php for details.
Foundation for College Christian Leaders Scholarships (Deadline: May 20, 2017) Amount: Varies. The purpose of the Foundation is to assist Christian individuals with identified leadership history, high academic achievement and financial need with academic, vocational, and ministry training to further the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. The following guidelines must be met before a candidate is considered: Christian testimony and verifiable Christian leadership, entering undergraduate studies, minimum 3.0 GPA, financial need, and a primary residence or attending college in California, Oregon, or Washington. See http://www.collegechristianleader.com/.
JASNA 2017 Essay Contest (Deadline: May 21, 2017) Amount: $1,000; $500; $250. The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) Essay Contest celebrates the life and work of the author, Jane Austen. High school students worldwide are encouraged to enter. In keeping with the theme of the JASNA annual meeting, the 2017 essay contest topic is “Jane Austen in Paradise: Intimations of Immortality” For specifics on the essay, instructions and more information, please see http://www.jasna.org/essaycontest/.
Master Builders Association Scholarship (Deadline: May 27, 2017) Amount: $500. This scholarship is for students interested in such fields as association management, government affairs, architecture, engineering, business or interior design, plumbing, painting, remodeling, building or other house-related studies. The application focuses on school and community participation and is not directed solely toward academic performance. For more information, see www.mba-ks.com/index.cfm?/Community/Master-Builders-Career-Connection/page/Scholarships--Grants.
Flag Manufacturers Association of America (Deadline: May 30, 2017) Amount: $1,000. To enter the Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA) Scholarship Program, the applicant must create a video/public service announcement geared to consumers that asks the question: “How do you make sure the American flag you are buying online is made in America?” Videos should be no longer than 90 seconds. Videos will be judged on content, original thought, visual imagery, and patriotic expression. Applicants must be high school seniors continuing their education in a degree program. For more information, see www.fmaa-usa.com/about/scholarship.php.
Navy Wives Clubs of America Scholarship (Deadline: May 30, 2017) Amount: $1,000(30). To be eligible, applicants must be high school seniors and children of an enlisted member of the Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard on active duty, retired, or deceased. This is scholarship is a grant that my be used for tuition, room and board, fees and books. For more information, visit http://scholarshipmentor.com/navy-wives-clubs-america-scholarship.
Apartment List Scholarship (Deadline: June 1, 2017) Amount: $2,500. Apartment List is one of the nation’s largest online rental marketplaces. As a way of giving back to the future leaders of America, they are offering one $2,500 scholarship for a high school student (enrolled in college in Fall 2016) who exemplifies one or more of our company’s core values: Bold While Pragmatic, Endlessly Helpful, Making an Impact, Driven by Data, Succeeding Together, and Forever Learning. For more information, visit www.apartmentlist.com/scholarship.
Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation (Deadline: June 1, 2017) Amount: $1,000. Provides annual scholarships nationwide for cosmetology students. See http://www.joefrancis.com.
The Athnet Scholarship (Deadline: June 1, 2017) Amount: $1,000. Athnet Sports Recruiting believes in the ability of sports to teach young people important life lessons. They are offering a $1,000 scholarship to a current or future college student who plays, or has played high school or college sports. Applicants must write a 400-500 word essay describing how sports have impacted their lives. For more information, see email@example.com.
Abbott and Fenner Scholarship (Deadline June 12, 2017) Amount: $1,000. The Abbott and Fenner Scholarship is available is available to all high school juniors and seniors students who submit a 500-1000 word essay on the topic: “Describe your educational, career, and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.” Your submissions must be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org by the above deadline. Information can be found at: http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm.
Global Lift Equipment Scholarship (Deadline: June 15, 2017) Amount: $500. To be considered for the Global Lift Equipment Scholarship, you must be currently attending or planning on attending a post-secondary institution in September of 2013 or 2014, submit a short story (details on the application page), and have a GPA of 2.5 or greater. See http://www.scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_global_lift_equipment_scholarship_8934.php. for more information.
2017 Horatio Alger Association Career & Technical Scholarship (Deadline: June 15, 2017) Amount: $2,500. The Horatio Alger Association is proud to announce their first national scholarship program for students seeking to pursue a career or technical education in a post-secondary environment. This program provides financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. Scholarship criteria also include high school completion by spring of 2016, commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical certificate/degree, and U.S. citizenship. They will award 510 scholarships in 2017 with a maximum award amount of $2,500 depending on the length of the program. To apply, visit www.application.horatioalger.org.
BigSun Scholarship (Deadline: June 17, 2017) Amount: $500. The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. They are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student who is a high school senior and attending a post secondary institute. . All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. To apply, please send a short essay (500-1,000 words) answering the following questions: “How did your participation in sports during high school years influence you?”, “Has your participation influenced your career goals?”, and “Has your participation influenced how you relate to your family?” For more information, visit http://www.bigsunathletics.com/
Lift Parts Express Scholarship (Deadline: June 30, 2017) Amount: $500. To be eligible for the LPE Scholarship you must: be either a current senior in high school or a freshman or sophomore in a college/university, be a legal resident of the United States or Canada, enrolled or expected to be enrolled by the Fall of 2015, and submit a completed online application form prior to the deadline. Going to college is a big financial commitment..Applicants are required to write an essay that outlines how much you expect to spend to finish your schooling, how you intend to pay for your schooling, and what you expect your job to be once you are finished your schooling. There is no word limit for the essay. For an application, visit http://www.forkliftpartswashington.com.
BBG Communication Award Scholarship (Deadline: June 30, 2017) Amount: $1,000. The BBG Communications scholarship is designed for students between the ages of 16 and 21 who are currently in or will be attending an institution of higher education in the Fall of 2016. To be considered eligible, you must: have at least one full year of post secondary studies remaining at the time of the award, have a GPA of 2.5 or greater, and a citizen of the U.S. In addition, you must answer the following essay questions: “What do you think is the greatest advancement in the information and communications technology industry over the last 10 years.” Information technology consists of IT as well as telephony, broadcast media, and all types of audio and video processing and transmission. “Why do you think a College/University education is Important?” For more information, visit http://www.breylancommunications.com.
The Tylenol Future Care Scholarship (Deadline: June 30, 2017) Amount: $1,000 - $10,000. The Tylenol Scholarship Fund currently awards scholarships to students pursuing careers in healthcare. The makers of Tylenol award 10 scholarships worth $10,000 each, followed by 30 scholarships worth $5,000 each. An additional 150 scholarships worth $1,000 are reserved for students who participate in community service activities. Applicants will be judged on leadership qualities and academic performance. This scholarship program can be used at any accredited university or college in the United States. For more information, see www.tylenol.com.
Wells Fargo Bank Scholarship (Deadline: June 30, 2017) Amount: $5,000(6). The Wells Fargo Bank Scholarship is actually a scholarship sweepstake open to high school and undergraduate students for a chance to win $5,000. The awards are non-renewable and are not based on the student’s academic performance or financial needs. For more information and to see the Wells Fargo Scholarship application, please visit ebm.collegesteps.wellsfargoemail.com.
The Korean American Scholarship Foundation-Western Region (Deadline: June 30, 2017) Amount: $5,000. This scholarship is for full-time undergraduate or graduate students at a school in one of the designated Western region states (includes Washington). Eligible students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, with a Korean heritage studying in the U.S. regardless of citizenship status, and able to demonstrate need for financial assistance. For more information, please visit http://www.kasf.org/.
Indy Displays Graphic Arts Scholarship (Deadline: July 1, 2017) Amount: $1,000. The team at Indy Displays is proud to help further the education of tomorrow’s professionals in graphic design and visual arts. Indy Displays believes in supporting talented artists and is offering a $1,000 scholarship for students pursuing a degree in Graphic Design or Applied Arts. Applicants are asked to create a unique visual design and submit a short 200-300 word essay answering the following prompt: “Why are you passionate about pursuing a degree in Graphic Design or Applied Arts?” For more information, visit http://www.indydisplays.com/content/16-graphic-arts-scholarship.
ERCA Community Contribution Scholarship (Deadline: July 26, 2017) Amount: 1,000(25). This scholarship is awarded for contribution to the community and is open to all high school students who have recognized a need or problem in their community and have determined a way to address the issue. Three things are important in the scholarship submission: 1) the project is the student’s original idea that addresses a specific and pressing need in the student’s community 2) a student who believes that change starts locally and is passionate about making that change happen and 3) a true leader who uses his/her unique talents to nurture the project. To apply, go to http://www.studentresearch.org/our-scholarship-program/.