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Scholarship Opportunities

The good news is that there is an almost unlimited amount of money available for college!

However, you must put some effort into obtaining it.  Deadlines for scholarships start early in the school year, so students should start looking into the requirements as early as possible.  This list is by no means all-inclusive; however, it's a good start to finding the money you need for college:

Various deadlines

The Alpha Sigma Epsilon Foundation offers several scholarship opportunities to Michigan residents, based on scholastic ability and financial need. Click here for the complete list and to apply.

The American Legion Auxiliary offers a wide variety of scholarship opportunities to direct descendants, step-children or step-grandchildren of US wartime veterans who served during one or more periods of war designated as eligibility dates for membership in the American Legion. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $2,500. Click here for more information.

Lake Superior State University's Junior Laker Award of $2,000 per year ($1,000 per semester), goes to graduates of LSSU-chartered high schools who have been admitted to an LSSU degree or certificate program for the semester following graduation. Applicants must have a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and an ACT composite score of at least 19. See Mrs. Patrzik for details.

October deadlines

The Michigan Hispanic Caucus's Youth Leadership Scholarship Award provides $500 to high school students of Hispanic/Latino descent who plan to pursue an associate's or bachelor's degree. Students must have a cumulative GPA of no less than 2.5. Selection is based on the applicant's academic performance, community service and demonstrated financial need. See Mrs. Patrzik for an application. The postmark deadline is October 13.

The Ayn Rand Institute's Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest honors high school seniors and college students who distinguish themselves in their understanding of Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged. Applicants must be high school seniors or college students who submit an 800-1,600 word essay which will be judged on both style and content, with an emphasis on writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Awards of $50-10,000 will be granted to those who demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of the book. Entry deadline is October 24. Find details here.

The Centralis Honors Scholarship Competition - High school seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher are invited to write an essay during a half-day Centralis Scholarship Competition. Semi-finalists are chosen from those who have completed the essay and have been accepted to Central Michigan University. These semi-finalists are required to complete and return a Centralis Scholarship application for further consideration. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Outstanding academic performance and extracurricular involvement will enhance your application. Competition dates are October 25 and November 15. Click here for details.

The Horatio Alger Association Scholarship provides financial assistance of up to $21,000 to seniorsthroughout the nation who have financial needs and have exhibited integrity and perseverence in overcoming personal adversity. The deadline is October 25. Click here for details and to apply online.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is dedicated to selecting well-rounded, outstanding seniors with a highly developed interest in their community. Applicants are evaluated on demonstrated leadership in school, commitment to community, academic achievement and part-time employment. The deadline is October 31. Click here for details.

November deadlines

To receive priority consideration, you should mail your college applications by November 1.

The VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship is an audio essay contest for all high school students. The first place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship. Each department's first place winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC. This year's theme is "Does My Generation Have a Role in America's Future?" The deadline is November 1. Click here for details.

The Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award - One award of $500 will be given to a student who is under 21 years of age by the application deadline of November 29. To be eligible, students must have completed a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work over the past two years, while maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or greater. An application can be found here.

December deadlines

The RARE Foundation's "Everyday Hero" Writing Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship for high school seniors planning to attend a Michigan college , university or post-sescondary school after graduating. RARE's purpose is to engage young people in identifying everyday heroes throughout our state and, through the process of discovery and writing, to become inspired about life's possibilities. The deadline is December 1. Click here for details.

The MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Awards, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance, recognize those senior varsity athletes who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Only two male and two female athletes from each school can be nominated, so see Mrs. Patrzik as soon as possible! The deadline is December 4. Click here for details.

The National Elks Foundation's Most Valuable Student Competition offers 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated senior applicants, based on scholarship, leadership and financial need. The deadline is December 7. Click here for details.

The BURGER KING Scholars Program offers scholarship opportunities to high school seniors, BURGER KING employees, and their dependent children of $1,000-$50,000. The application period begins on October 15 and ends on December 15. Click here for more information.

The Scholastic Art Awards reward America's best student artists. Applicants must submit artwork in one of the following categories: art portfolio, animation, ceramics and glass, computer art, design, digital imagery, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, photography portfolio, printmaking, sculpture, or video and film. There are regional and national levels with awards of up to $10,000. Deadlines: Online applications - December 16, mailed applications: December 20. More information can be found here.

Young Entrepreneur Awards offers scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to appplicants who demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit. The application period opens October 1 and the deadline isDecember 18. Click here for details.

The Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Scholarship is a $500 award given to a student who has contributed at least 50 volunteer hours in his or her community over the last 12 months. Students must be between the ages of 16 and 22 at the application deadline of December 30 and have earned a GPA of 2.5 or higher in their most recently completed academic year. An application can be found here.

January deadlines

The American Legion Department of Michigan's Oratorical Scholarship Program provides high school students with a deeper understanding of the Constitution of the United States of America, develops and sharpens their speaking skills and allows them to compete for scholarship money ranging from $800-1,500 (department contest) or $14,000-18,000 (national contest). The deadline is January 2. Click here for details.

The American Legion Department of Michigan's Wilson and Brewer Scholarships are available to Michigan residents who are the child or grandchild of a wartime veteran and plan to attend an accredited Michigan college or university. Both scholarships are worth $500 and are not renewable. The deadline is January 12. Click here for details.

SAE International offers a variety of Engineering scholarships. Qualifying criteria vary, but include GPAs ranging from a 3.0 minimum and up. The scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 and many are renewable. The deadline is January 15. Click here for details.

The Association for Women in Science College Scholarship is awarded to female high school seniors planning to study behavioral, life or physical sciences or engineering at an accredited college or university. Eligibility includes a 3.75 minimum GPA and a score of at least 1200 on the SAT or 25 on the ACT. Selection is based on academic achievement, research experience, commitment to a career in research or teaching, overcoming economic, social or other barriers, and involvement in community activities. Amounts vary and the deadline is January 19. Click here for more information.

Ronald McDonald House Charities' U. S. Scholarship Program seeks to invest in students who are exemplary role models in their communitite and have the initiative to fulfill their educational goals. Visit Ronald McDonald House Charities here for complete program details and eligibility requirements. The deadline is January 20.

February deadlines

The Arlene Scholsser Memorial Endowment provides financial assistance of $500 to a student who demonstrates acholastic ability, financial need and leadership. Applicants may pursue any major at any instutition of higher learning. Selection is based on scholastic ability (30 percent), leadership (20 percent), character (10 percent) and service (10 percent). Details may be found here. The deadline isFebruary 1.

The Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition allows high school students to conduct a research project studying a health problem in a human population using the methods employed by epidemiologists. The deadline is February 1. Click here for details.

The Michigan and National Society of Professional Engineers offers a wide variety of scholarships for high school students who plan to enroll in an engineering program at any accredited Michigan college or university. The deadline is February 21. Click here and then type the word Scholarships in the search bar for details.

Grand Traverse Area Retired School Personnel are offering a scholarship program for the youth of the community. They will award at least two academic scholarships and two vocational scholarships, each for a minimum of $1,000. Please see Mrs. Patrzik for an application packet. The deadline is to be announced.

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program offers scholarships of up to $25,000 per year to students who have succeeded both inside and outside the classroom and may not be able to attend college without financial assistance...those driven to make a difference today and lead tomorrow. Students must plan to enroll full-time as a first-time freshman at a four-year college or university, majoring in one of the following: science, technology, engineering, math, business administration, finance, marketing or design and interested in a career in the automobile industry. Click here for more information. The application period opens January 6 and the dealdine is February 28.

March deadlines

Michigan Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Click here for details. The deadline is March 1.

The Zonta Club of Traverse City is offering a Young Women in Public Affairs Award in the amount of $1,000. The award will go o the young woman who best demonstrates evidence in four areas of criteria. See Mrs. Patrzik for an application or visit their website here. The deadline is March 2.

The American Legion Auxilary Medical Career Scholarship is awarded to direct descendants, step-children or step-grandchildren of US wartime veterans who served during one of more periods of war designated as eligibility dates for membership in the American Legion. Applicants for the $500 scholarship must be in the top quarter of their class. The scholarship may be used at any public Michigan college or university. Click here for more information. The deadline is March 15.

The Ayn Rand Institute's Anthem Essay Contest honors high school seniors and college students who distinguish themselves in their understanding of Ayn Rand's novella Anthem. Applicants must be high school seniors or college students who submit an 800-1,600 word essay which will be judged on both style and content, with an emphasis on writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Awards of $50-10,000 will be granted to those who demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of the book. Entry deadline is March 20. Find details here.

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards offers eight scholarships ranging from $10,000 for first place to $500 for eighth place. Artistic and creative students are asked to create a magazine cover for the Ladies' Auxiliary VFW. Students may submit watercolor, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen & ink or oil artwork on paper or canvas. digital art may be submitted but must be on paper or canvas. Discs will not be accepted. See Mrs. Patrzik for a scholarship application or click here for details. The deadline is March 31.

The National Writer's Series of Traverse City, with the support of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation and in cooperation with Michigan Writers, will award up to $6,000 in scholarships ($2,000 each) in the categories of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. In addition, writers will recieve a master's class in their submitted genre and have their work considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Dunes Review, Michigan Writers' literary journal. All winners will be contacted by the Community Foundation and the National Writers Series Scholarship Committee and be recognized at an NWS author event in April. Visit them here to download submission guidelines and submit an online application. The deadline is March 31, with applications available in February.

The USS Indianapolis/Gwinn "Angel" Endowment Fund provides an annual scholarship award to those who have direct relatives who were involved with the USS Indianapolis and the rescue of the survivors. Applicants must be a descendant (includes step-children) of a survivor, honorary survivor, lost at sea or rescue crew. Visit the website here for qualifying criteria and application requirements. The deadline is March 31, with applications available February 1.

Many local scholarships are available through the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation (GTRCF). Click here for details and applications. The deadline is March 31, with applications available February 1.

April deadlines

The Peter Pasula Study Habits Scholarship is a $500 award. To be eligible, a student must be attending an accredited post-secondary institution by the fall of 2014 and enrolled at any level in any program that is at least two years in length. Applicants must answer the essay question on the online application form found here. The deadline is April 1.

The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year Scholarship is open to high school aged boys who are actively involved in church, school, community, and scouting. Applicants must be Eagle Scouts and must have received the appropriate Boy Scout religious emblem. The scholarship is worth $10,000, with three second place scholarships worth $2,500 each. Click here for details. The deadline is April 1.

The Michigan Oil and Gas Producers Education Foundation offers five $500 scholarships to high school seniors who are planning to pursue a degree in an energy-related field and intend to obtain full-time employment in the oil and gas industry. Click here for details. The deadline is April 2.

The local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of women educators, is sponsoring a "Grand" in Aid Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to encourage young people to enter the teaching profession. Any high school senior planning to be an educator may apply. See Mrs. Patrzik for an application. The deadline is April 11.

The Grand Traverse Area University of Michigan Club has five scholarships available to students enrolled with the U of M on a full-time basis. To apply, see Mrs. Patrzik for quailfying criteria and application requirements. The deadline for all five scholarships is April 15.

AAA Michigan's School Safety Patrol Scholarship Program offers scholarships of $1,000 to two graduating seniors. Students must show documented proof of AAA Michigan School Safety Patrol participation, good academic standing and a strong record of involvement in the community an/or extra-curricular activities. See Mrs. Patrzik for an application. The deadline is April 16.

The Ayn Rand Institute's The Fountainhead Essay Contest honors high school seniors and college students who distinguish themselves in their understanding of Ayn Rand's novel The Fountainhead. Applicants must be high school seniors or college students who submit an 800-1,600 word essay which will be judged on both style and content, with an emphasis on writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Awards of $50-10,000 will be granted to those who demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of the book. Entry deadline is April 26. Find details here.

May deadlines

Gene's Auto Parts offers scholarships for Grand Traverse Academy seniors pursuing post-secondary education at colleges, universities or technical/trade schools. The scholarship was established in 2003 in memory of Gene Denman, founder. The amount is determined annually and may be awarded to more than one candidate. Click here for more information.

The Roy Grossman Memorial Scholarship offers $500 to a student who shows how they have overcome adversity in their life and applied him/herself to imprive their life status. See Mrs. Patrzik for an application. The deadline is May 1.

The Maple Leaf Dentistry Scholarship is a $500 award. To be eligible, a student must be attending school in any year of their undergraduate level program in the fall. Students attending a trade or technical school must be enrolled in a program of at least two years in length. Eligible students must also have performed at least 100 hours of volunteer work over the last two years and have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in his or her last academic year. An application can be found here and the deadline is May 30.

Summer deadlines

The Global Lift Equipment Scholarship - Students who will be attending a post-secondary institution in Canada or the United States in September of 2014 and have a GPA of 2.5 or greater are invited to apply by submitting a short story by the deadline of June 15. One award of $500 will be given. Detailed instructions can be found on the application page here.

The Energy for Michigan, Inc. - Tony Howard Scholarship provides $500 to students actively seeking degrees in programs relating to future careers in the crude oil and natural gas industry at postsecondary Michigan educational institutions. Click here for details and an application. The deadline is July 15.

Helpful websites for additional scholarship options:

www.fafsa.ed.gov
https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships
www.collegeboard.com
www.fastweb.com
www.scholarships.com
www.collegeview.com
www.collegeanswer.com
http://weeklyscholarshipalert.com/weeklylist
www.collegescholarships.com

Don't forget to visit the website of the college/university to which you have applied or have been accepted for even more scholarship opportunities!

Updated September 2014