This is where you will find current information on scholarships and related information. If you have any questions regarding scholarships, please contact Joe Raniero in the Wilson Career Center at (253) 571-6019
Top Ten Scholarship Tips
(From: American Indian Graduate Center)
1. Give concrete examples.
If your answer to an essay question is abstract, support it with a concrete example that illustrates your point. The scholarship sponsor wants to see evidence that you satisfy their criteria, not just unsupported statements.
2. Apply only if you are eligible.
Read all the scholarship requirements and directions carefully, and make sure that you are eligible before you send in your application. Your application will not be considered if you aren’t qualified to apply.
3. Identify the sponsor’s goals.
Try to understand the sponsor’s motivation in offering the award. Do they want to promote interest in their field? Do they want to identify promising future researchers and business leaders? If you can identify their goals, you can direct your application toward satisfying those goals, increasing your chances of winning the award.
4. Complete the application in full and follow directions.
Many students fail to follow directions. You can give yourself a competitive advantage by reading the directions carefully. Provide everything that is required. But don’t supply things that aren’t requested. You won’t impress and you might be disqualified. Be sure to complete the entire application. If a question doesn’t apply, note that on the application. Don’t just leave it blank.
5. Neatness counts.
Make several photocopies of all the forms you receive. Use the copies as working drafts as you develop your application packet. It’s always best to type the application. If you must print, do so neatly and legibly. Proofread the entire application carefully. Nothing is less impressive than an application with misspelled words or grammar errors. Ask a friend, teacher or parent to proofread it as well.
6. Write an accomplishments resume.
Complete a list of all your accomplishments. This will help you identify your strengths and prepare a better application.
7. Watch all deadlines.
Impose a deadline for yourself that is at least two weeks before the stated deadline. Use this “buffer time” to proofread your application before you send it off. You are responsible for making sure all parts of the application arrive on time. This includes supporting materials, such as letters of recommendation and transcripts. So make sure everyone who is contributing to your application has ample lead-time. If worse comes to worst, call the scholarship provider in advance and ask if it’s possible to receive an extension. Don’t just send the materials in late: many committees will refuse late applications. But don’t rely on extensions – very few scholarship providers allow them at all.
8. Take steps to make sure your application gets where it needs to go.
Before sending the application, make a copy of the entire packet and keep it on file. If your application goes astray, you can always reproduce it quickly. Make sure your name (and social security number, if applicable) appears on all pages of the application. Pieces of your application may get lost unless they are clearly identified.
9. Ask for help if you need it.
If you have problems with the application, do not hesitate to call the sponsor. They will usually be glad to give you help. But don’t expect them to do the work for you. Completing the application is your job.
10. Remember – your scholarship application represents YOU.
Your ability to submit a neat, timely, complete application reflects on you. It’s the face you present to the sponsoring organization. Take pride in yourself by submitting the best application you can.
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Scholarship Sites For Students of Hispanic Origin
Latino/Hispanic students can find scholarships at http://www.latinocollegedollars.org.
Scholarships, Loans and Grants
http://wsha.org Washington State Hospital Association
http://wsna.org Washington State Nurses Association Foundation
http://nursingworld.org American Nurses Asociation
http://aone.org/aone/index.jsp American Organization of Nurse Executives
http://www.nwone.org Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives
http://nursingworld.org American Nurses Association
www.hecb.wa.gov/paying/waaidprgm/health.asp Health http://www.marymahoney.org Mary Mahoney Professional Nurse Organization for African American Washington resident
http://www.ceufast.com/articles/top-scholarship-and-financial-aid-resources-for-nursing-students.html Financial aid resources for nursing students
All two year community and technical colleges are offering the State of Washington Opportunity Grants. Programs that qualify vary from college to college. The Career Center has a list of qualifying programs for each individual college. This grant is need based and applicants' income cannot exceed more than 200% of the Federal poverty level when the number of dependents are taken into consideration. An income chart is also available at the community and technical colleges. This grant pays up tp $3500.00 a year for tuition and up to $1000.00 for books. For complete details, come to the Career Center.
MeritAid.com gives a complete listing of scholarships available from hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the country. Go to www.meritaid.com and register for the program.
10 steps of the Imagine America Scholarship Program high school application process:
- The student goes to our web site, www.imagine-america.org.
- The student clicks the “High School Students” tab and selects “Apply.”
- The student selects his/her career college of choice.
- The student selects his/her high school.
Wait, I don't see my high school listed.
If the high school is not listed, the high school’s guidance counselor/scholarship coordinator will need to contact us and provide the following information:
- High school name
- Full high school address
- High school phone number
- Full name of guidance counselor or contact
- Guidance counselor’s/contact’s email address
Guidance counselors/scholarship coordinators can also enroll their high schools by calling 202.336.6800 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The student fills out the online application. Please verify that the correct guidance counselor is listed at the bottom of the application.
Note: Make sure the student uses his/her own email address when applying
- The student verifies all information on the application and clicks “Submit.”
- Make sure you and the student have a copy of the student's application ID number. This will ensure the application was submitted successfully, and you can use it to check the status of the student's application at any time!
- Once the application has been submitted, an email will be sent to the designated contact at the high school. The contact must review and accept or deny all applications before the process can move forward. If approved, the application is sent electronically to the student's career college choice.
- Once the application has been reviewed and accepted by the contact at the student’s high school, the career college representative will be prompted via email to confirm the acceptance.
- Once accepted by the college, the Foundation will send an Imagine America certificate and directions on how to claim the scholarship funds to the recipient.
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There is a multitude of scholarships avilable through the search engine in the Career Cruising program. After logging in to the program, click on "scholarships and financial aid." Click on "saved scholarships." Click on "explore financial aid." Then click on "financial aid selector." You will then be asked to fill out a profile that will match you with scholarships.
There is a multitude of scholarships listed at http://www.legion.org/needalift/pdf/nal2011.pdf. Scroll down to 6-1. There is something for everybody.
A multitude of scholarships are available at http://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship.php. Pay careful attention to deadlines.
The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need. The applicant must be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card. Current college students are not eligible to apply.
Each year, a minimum of ten students will be designated Ron Brown Scholars and will receive $10,000 annually for four years, for a total of $40,000. The recipients may use the renewable scholarships to attend an accredited four-year college or university of their choice within the United States. Ron Brown Scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline. More than 250 students have been designated as Ron Brown Scholars since the inception of the Program.
Ron Brown Scholars are selected in the spring prior to entering college. Applications are screened during the month of February by Ron Brown Scholar Program staff. In March, finalists are invited to participate in a weekend selection process in Washington, D.C. at the expense of the Ron Brown Scholar Fund. Finalists are interviewed by members of the Ron Brown Selection Committee and are expected to participate in several Selection Weekend activities. Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of their applications, interviews and participation in Selection Weekend activities. Notification follows immediately.
The Ron Brown Scholar Program currently has two deadlines for applications (students must be current high school seniors at the time of their application):
November 1st - application will be considered for the Ron Brown Scholar Program AND forwarded to a select and limited number of additional scholarship providers.
January 9th - final postmarked deadline in order to be considered for only the Ron Brown Scholar Program ONLY.
Application materials must be mailed in one packet. Transcripts and letters of recommendation should not be sent under separate cover. Incomplete, e-mailed or faxed applications will not be considered.
Due to the volume of applications received, the Ron Brown Scholar Program can only notify semi-finalists and finalists of their status in the competition. This notification will be made in February and March. Winners of the scholarship will be notified by April 1st and names will be posted on the Ron Brown Scholar Program web site in early May.
http://www.aie.org/scholarships/index.cfm. Serach for scholarships using key words.
http://www.careerinfonet.org/scholarshipsearch/ScholarshipCategory.asp?searchtype=category&nodeid=22. US Deptartment of Labor search engine.
http://collegefunds.net/. Free scholarship search and finmancial aid info.
American Indian Endowed Scholarship. Go to documents and open AIES Scholarship. Deadline is February 1, 2014.
The Northwest Leadership Foundation is offering the Act Six Scholarship. This has the potential for full tuition, fees, etc. at five Northwest colleges and universities. For complete information and application, go to www.actsix.org.
The Smart Choices Scholarship recognizes one female and one male high school student for their achievements in athletics/activities, the community and the classroom. The selected recipients will receive a $5,000 college scholarship that will be presented to them at the WIAA Hall of Fame Banquet held at the Renton Pavilion Event Center in May.
"The Smart Choices College Scholarship is a great opportunity for two high school seniors to leverage their participation in WIAA activities toward building their college fund," WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese said.
Applicants have until April 1, 2014 to submit their applications. In addition to a series of background questions, each applicant will be required to write an essay or provide a personal statement video about "How you plan to use your education to benefit others." The judging criteria is based on 35 percent athletic/activity excellence, 35 percent academic achievement, 15 percent leadership, 10 percent citizenship/community service and five percent on originality/creativity of the essay or video submitted. Applications for the Smart Choices College Scholarship Fund are online at www.wiaa.com/smartchoices.
Over $625,000 in scholarships for LGBTQ and straight ally student leaders. go to www.pridefoundation.org or www.thegsbascholarship.org.
The Ewing C. Kelly Scholarship application is now available in the documents section. Selection is based on academic achievement and community involvement. Deadline is March 14, 2014.
"The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice."
MINIMUM GPA: 3.3
ETHNICITIES: African American, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American
RESIDENCY STATUS: U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident / Foreign National
ACADEMIC CLASSIFICATION: High School Senior, GED, High School Graduate
(Successful applicants will also need to be Pell eligible, but they won't know that until after the application deadline so encourage any eligible person to apply.)
The Gates Millennium Scholars Webpage - http://www.gmsp.org/
Link to application - https://scholarships.gmsp.org/Program/Details/0fb486dd-d32c-4a4f-a0c5-d911d7d89cb7
GE-Reagen Foundation Scholarship. Twenty college-bound scholarships for students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship. $10,000 renewable. For complete information and application, go to www.reaganfoundation.org/scholarships or follow on Facebook at http://facebook.com/GEReaganScholarships. Deadline is January 9, 2014.
Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program
Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program for the 7th year.
We will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year.
Scholarship Deadline - June 14, 2014.
Application Process: Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site: http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm. Full details are available on our site.
Financial Aid Resources for Nursing Students: http://www.ceufast.com/articles/top-scholarship-and-financial-aid-resources-for-nursing-students.html
Tuskegee Airman Scholarship. Download application and details in the documents section. Deadline January 11, 2014.
Sound Credit Union is offering scholarships between $500 - $1,000. Must have 3.0 G.P.A. and be a student in good standing. Must also be a primary member of Sound Credit Union by November 29, 2013. Application can be found in the documents section. Deadline to submit application is March 7, 2014.
The Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarship is now available at http://www.syf.org/our-initiatives/scholarships/community-application/. This is a renewable scholarship. Deadline is January 11, 2013.
The Princeton Prize in Race Relations recognizes high school students who are helping to improve race relations in their schools and communities. Winners of the prize will be awarded up to $1,000 and will be invited to Princeton University for an expense paid weekend symposium on race relations. For more information and application, go to www.princeton.edu/pprize. Deadline is January 31, 2014.
The Burger King McLamore Foundation is offering scholarships up to $50,000 for graduating seniors. Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5. For more information, go to www.bkmclamorefoundation.org/WhatWeDo/ScholarsProgram. Deadline is January 14, 2014. You may have to copy and paste the link.
The Palmer Scholars Scholarship Application is up and available at www.palmerscholars.org. The deadline is rapidly approaching at December 18, 2013, and we want to encourage all eligible students to apply. If you know any student of color in Pierce County who meet our income requirements please send them to the application. They can download a pdf worksheet but please note that all applications will need to be officially submitted online.
Lastly, we will be hosting an application and essay night on Tuesday December 10th from 5-7pm at Trininty Presbyterian Church at 1615 6th Ave. Tacoma, WA 98405. This is an opportunity for students to come and receive help and/or ask questions about their application. Please have students who plan on attending rsvp by sending an email to email@example.com
Merit Awards are offered to Native American High School Seniors each spring. Awards are presented to students planning on attending an accredited two or four year college, tribal college or university, to include vocational or technical institutes. Recipients must be Native American, have a minimum GPA of 2.00 and enrolled in a school where Native Education Counselor is a member of WWNAEC. WWNAEC is an organization dedicated to furthering the educational goals of Native Youth in Western Washington. WWNAEC offers up to six awards at $566.00 each. Exact dollar amount and number of awards are contingent on that year’s fundraising efforts. For complete information and application, go to the documents section and click on Native American Merit Award. Deadline is April 11, 2014.