Higher education costs are at an all-time high, and landing the right scholarship could be the difference between graduating debt-free or paying off loans for years and years.
Unlike a loan, a scholarship does not need to be repaid. It is a gift. Scholarships are granted by a variety of entities, like schools, private endowments, businesses, religious organizations, nonprofits, the government, and professional associations. There are thousands of scholarships available to undergrad and graduate students throughout the country. Below are some resources to help you find scholarships.
The College Scholarship Guide
Fastweb Scholarship Search
Student Scholarship Search
Scholarships will be posted here when they become available.
Horatio Alger Association offers up to $25,000 scholarships. To be eligible to apply you must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0; have a family adjusted gross family income of $55,000 or lower and be planning to pursue a four year bachelor’s degree. For more information visit www.scholars.horatioalger.org. Deadline is October 25.
Coca-Cola Scholarship; to apply go to http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/applicants/#programs; deadline is October 31
The Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel is offering a $1000 essay scholarship contest; you must write a 300 word maximum essay that describes a person in your life who is inspiring you to fulfill your post-secondary education dreams; for more info on the contest check with Mrs. G; deadline is October 31.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship; applicants must have a 26 ACT and 3.5/4.0 GPA; for more information go to http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/college-scholarship/faqs/#356; deadline is November 14.
Hagan Scholarship Foundation offers 350 scholarships; you must have 3.5 GPA, 23 ACT and a FAFSA EFC of less than $6500; for more information go to hsfmo.org; deadline is November 15.
Enter the “My Story Essay Contest; 1 $1500 winner, 1 $750 winner and 4 $250 winners; go to http://ow.ly/uAJN30fhvqo; deadline is November 17, 2017.
Rove Pest Control is offering a $500 Scholarship for students studying in the field of entomology or a related field; the application can be found at http://www.rovepestcontrol.com/rove-pest-control-scholarship/; deadline is December 31, 2017.
Best of Senior Living Scholarship gives three $2000 scholarships; student must submit a 5000-750 word essay responding to the question: How can your major of study improve the lives of seniors in assisted living facilities in your town; scholarship details can be found at www.senioradvisor.com; deadline is January 31, 2018.
Scholarship open to students in grades 9-12: The Friends of the University of Missouri Libraries invite entries for the Robert J. Stuckey Essay Contest; three awards of $1500, $750, and @50 will be awarded; for more information about this contest check with Mrs. G for contest details; deadline is January 31, 2018. (NOTE: last year they only had 63 entries from across the state—might be worth a try!)
Sierra Elliott Basketball Scholarship; there will be (4) $500/ 1 time non renewable scholarships awarded; you must have a 2.5 GPA or greater, have played 2 years of high school basketball, be enrolled in a college/university and have financial need. You must have a letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach or pastor and write a 500 word essay on how basketball has influenced/enriched your life and where you plan to attend college. Scholarships must be submitted to Jim & Peggy Elliott at 698 E 430th Road, Bolivar, MO 656123; deadline is February 28, 2018.
CMH Medical Excellence Scholarship for students planning to enter the medical profession and you must commit to return to work for CMH for a period of time based on the amount of assistance given; applications can be found at https://www.citizensmemorial.com/professionals/careers/medical-excellence.html; deadline is February 28, 2018.
The Missouri Patriot Guard Riders Scholarship is being offered to Missouri students who are sons or daughters of those who fall within the following categories: (1) Those who have given their lives in the line of duty, both military and first responders. (2) Those honorably discharged veterans who have passed after their term of service. (3) Those veterans or first responders disabled in the line of duty. This is a $2500 scholarship; deadline is April 1, 2018. See Mrs. G for more details.
Here’s a scholarship all students 9-12 are eligible to apply for: American College Foundation's Visionary Scholarship Program offering multiple awards ranging from $1000 to $5000; go to www.AmericanCollegeFoundation.org for the application details; deadline is May 1, 2018
Injury Lawyers Scholarship one time award of $1500; applicants must have a minimum 2.5/4.0 GPA and have been affected by a personal injury; for application and more details go to https://www.bestinjurylawyer.com/#scholarship-application; deadline is May 31, 2018.
Groth & Associates Personal Injury Law Firm in Toledo, Ohio, is offering a $1000 essay scholarship contest; you must write a 500-word essay about difficulties or hardships you have had to personally overcome; for more information go to http://www.grothlaw.com/scholarship/; deadline is July 31, 2018.
United Energy Workers Healthcare offering a $1000 scholarship; for application and information go to https://www.uewhealth.com/eeoicpa-reca/#scholarship-application; deadline is July 31, 2018
I have information about the National Co-Op Scholarship Program or you can check out their scholarship opportunities at www.wacein.org
Scholarships for Criminal Justice Majors: For more information go to www.bestcolleges.com/financial-aid/criminal-justice-scholarships/
Students 9-12: I have a handout with several scholarship opportunities (way to many to put in the bulletin); amounts and deadlines vary; see me for a copy of this handout. Mrs. G