Scholarships are a large part of the application process. There are three different types of scholarships:
Institutional Scholarships: These are scholarships given to you directly from the institution and are normally merit or talent based. Most of these applications are tied directly to your application to the institution.
Need Scholarships: Students and parents should apply for FAFSA by March 2nd. This will determine if you are eligible for "need-based" aid through the government, state or institution. We host a financial aid night each October.
Private Scholarships: These are the most competitive types of scholarships and can be in any form. You must find and apply for these types of scholarships independently. See below for some helpful resources.
Financial Aid - FAFSA The Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has changed the reporting date this year and will be open for students and parents on October 1st. What this means is: families will be able to know how much grant money they qualify for at the beginning of 2019. The first step to applying for FAFSA is to sign up ahead of time for a FSA ID. You must have an FSA ID to be able to electronically sign (and complete) your FAFSA.
Both students and parents need to get a FSA ID #
How do I get an FSA ID?
You can create an FSA ID when logging into FAFSA.gov (Click on FSA ID at top of page)
The FSA ID process consists of three main steps:
1. Enter your log-in information.
- Provide your e-mail address, a unique username, and password, and verify that you are at
least 13 years old.
2. Enter your personal information.
- Provide your Social Security number, name, and date of birth.
- Include your mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and language preference.
- For security purposes, provide answers to five challenge questions.
3. Submit your FSA ID information.
- Agree to the terms and conditions.
- Verify your e-mail address. (This is optional, but helpful. By verifying your e-mail address,
you can use your e-mail address as your username when logging into certain ED websites.
This verification also allows you to retrieve your username or reset your password without
answering challenge questions.)
Here are links to scholarships that you may be eligible for:
Geneseo Migrant Center Scholarships for Migrant Students
Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation Scholarships
Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program
2016 Green Home Improvement Scholarship
ENTELEC’s Wayne V. Black Scholarship
VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Patriotic Art Contest
Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund
Diabetes Scholars Foundation
Going Merry is an awesome new scholarship website - it makes scholarship applications as easy as college applications are when you use the Common App! There is a big waiting list but all of you can skip it when you sign up here: www.goingmerry.com/sign-up
Going Merry is completely different from the older scholarship search engines:
- Matching - Once you fill out your profile, you are automatically matched with scholarships you are most eligible for.
- Direct Applications - You can apply directly to multiple scholarships, you never need to leave the site.
- Autofilled Applications - All of the information from your profile is autofilled into each application, saving you time.
- Estimated Application Times - Every scholarship has estimated application time to help you prioritize them.
- Scholarships Grouped By Essay Topics - Scholarships are grouped by common essay topics so you can minimize the number of essays you have to write.
Deadline: October 2018 (round one) - January 2019 (round two)
Requirements: US Citizen, Between 17 and 23 years old, High School Graduate (May 2019), Be Physically Qualified for the Marine Corps, No Criminal History, Qualifying Score on ACT or SAT, Gain Admission to an approved NROTC college or university
Click here for more information and to apply!
Dorrance Foundation Scholarship
Will you be a "first-generation" college student, meaning neither parent holds a 4 year degree?
Dorrance Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: February 6, 2019
FAFSA Completion Deadline: January 1, 2019
The foundation awards up to $12,000 annually and is renewable. No more than 8 semesters (4 years) of funding will be provided. Up to 30 awards will be made each year. Scholarships are renewed based on academic standing, participation in program events and activities and community service projects. Eligible applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
-Seniors in good standing who will graduate from an accredited Arizona high school
-First generation to attend college (neither parent holds a 4-year degree)
-Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (weighted or unweighted)
-Minimum combined SAT score of 1040 (old), 1120 (new), or composite ACT score of 22 (excluding writing score in both instances)
-Demonstrated financial need (www.fafsa.ed.gov)
-Admitted to one of Arizona's three residential public universities (main campuses only)
-Demonstrated leadership and volunteer service
-Agree to participate in all aspects of the scholarship program
-Reside on campus freshman and sophomore year
-Participate in Dorrance Summer Bridge Program in Flagstaff, AZ
Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards
Deadline: October 15, 2018
Recipients are selected for their accomplishments in the classroom and community, and for their focus on various categories. Recipients are awarded up to $3,000 in educational grants to be used for their college education or to fund a community service effort. Recipients will be chosen from various categories including: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment and Technology & Engineering. Applicants must be a current high school senior, graduating in the Spring of 2019, planning to enroll in college in 2019-2020, be a U.S. citizen/Permanent Resident/qualify under DACA, of Hispanic/Latino descent (at least one parent), minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), willing to travel at own cost to the awards ceremony in Phoenix.
Flinn Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: October 5, 2018
Flinn Scholarships are provided to 20 of Arizona's highest-achieving students annually for undergraduate study at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or the University of Arizona. Each award provides nearly the full cost of study for eight semesters, study-related travel opportunities, faculty mentorship, exclusive meetings with leaders across a spectrum of disciplines, and a community of high-achieving peers. Merit, demonstrated by academic and personal achievement, is the basis to select Flinn Scholars.
As a general rule, Flinn Scholarship applicants should: 1) Participate and demonstrate leadership in a variety of extracurricular activities, 2) be in the top 5% of their graduating class, 3) have at least an unweighted 3.5 GPA, 4) have at least a 1300 on the old SAT (CR+M) or 1360 on the new SAT (ERW+M) or minimum 29 composite score on ACT, and 5) be a U.S. citizen (or legal permanent resident) and an Arizona resident for at least two years by the time of entry to the university.
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Deadline: November 15, 2018
Online Application: www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm
The ENF awards 500 four-year awards of varying amounts annually to high school seniors who are U.S. citizens and need financial assistance to fulfill their dreams of attending college . Applications will be judged on academics, leadership and financial need.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program
Deadline: November 20, 2018
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholars are selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service to others, and leadership. This highly competitive scholarship includes: Up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school, ability to pursue any area of study, personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid & multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the college student experience.
Minimum requirements to apply:
Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above
SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 (based on the old SAT scores) or above and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above
Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant.
Wendy’s Heisman Scholarship
Deadline: October 17, 2018 3 p.m. (pacific time)
Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of a B (3.0) or better, participate in at least one of the 47 sports listed on the Wendy’s Scholarship website as recognized, demonstrate leadership in school and in the community, and serve as a role model for underclassman.