Scholarships may be awarded on a one time only basis or have a renewal clause attached to them. If they are renewable, make sure you find out what the criteria is to renew them. There are two types of scholarships, institutional and private. Institutional scholarships are awarded by the college and/or university. They can be bases on GPA, class rank, ACT score, or any other criteria. You usually complete a scholarship form when completing the admission application to the college or university. Private scholarships are awarded by companies, foundations, organizations, etc. Check with your families job site and any organization they are a member of to see if there are cholarship opportunities in their organization.
Organize your scholarship search by using a notebook, labeling each month on the top of the sheet of each page. Write the website address on the sheet one month in advance of when it was due last year. On the first of each month, return to the website and download an updated copy of this years scholarship application. Notice things such as due dates and # of recommendation letters needed. Give them 3 weeks notice. Have multiple copies of your college resume copied and ready to add to the application. It is also beneficial to have an essay written describing in detail why you need financial help to attend college. BE SPECIFIC!
The following opportunities have come into the Hazelwood West Guidance office recently. Additional information can be obtained in the Guidance Office. Remember the importance of meeting deadlines for applications for admissions and scholarships. If your application requires information to be provided by your counselor or if a recommendation is needed, be sure to make arrangements at least two weeks in advance.
10 Words or Less Scholarship- In 10 words or less, tell us why you deserve the $500 scholarship. Anyone who is between the ages of 14-25 who will be attending school in the fall of 2016. Deadline is January 29, 2016.
Edward G. haliburton Scholarship Program-The applicant (or parent or legal guardian) must be a member of Elctro Savings Credit Union for at least one year. The applicant must be a high school senior planning to attend an accredited four-year college or university, junior college or trade school in 2016. Completed application must be postmarked by February 29, 2016. If you want an application to apply, please see Mrs. Quain in the guidance office.
Missouri Sheriffs' Association- Offers 16 $1,000 scholarships each year to college-bound Missouri high school seniors who intend to pursue a criminal justice career and will be attending a Missouri college or university. Applicants must be in good standing with his/her school, a good reference from his/her counselor, demonstrate financial need, required to have a 2.0 GPA or greater, active in extra-curricular activities. Appliant must attach a paragraph detailing his/her goals 10 years after high school graduation. To apply, visit www.mosherriffs.com and follow the scholarship link to learn more. Applications must be submitted no later than january 31, 2106.
Vantage Credit Union Quest For Education Scholarship- Offering 20 $1,000 scholarships to Vantage Credit Union Members who qualify. Financial need is not a creiterion, nor is class rank, SAT/ACT score or GPA, any high school senior can apply-you only need to be a member. Applications must be submitted through vcu.com. The deadline to sign up is January 8, 2016. If you are not a member, you can visit a local branch or go online at vcu.com.
Hugh J. White Tuskegee Airmen Chapter- Offering 40 $1,500 scholarships to deserving high schools seniors. The scholarships are based primarily on academic performance, financial need and 2 essays. Completed applications are to be turned in by January 29, 2016. The items needed with the application are on the application. Applications are available in the guidance office.
MSPE St. Louis Chapter Schoalrship Program- The Missouri Society of Professional Engineers St. Louis Chapter will award two (2) $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors. To be eligible, student must be enrolled in an engineering program that has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology or a Pre-Engineering Program at a Missouri College or University. The three top-scoring candidates will be awarded. The deadline for the schoalrship is January 22, 2106. Click the link for the application and more information MSPE Schoalrship Program.pdf
Zeiger Firm Scholarship- In order to participate, prospective applicants must be currently enrolled in an accrediated United States college or university or planning to attend one in the fall 2016 semester. Applicants should submit a 500-word esay answering the question on the website. Applications can be found by going to http://www.scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_zeiger_firm_scholarship_8948.php
Greater St. Louis Mothers of Twins Club, Inc.- Applicants must be a twin and/or multiple birth. Application deadline is February 15, 2016. Items needed from the applicant are: completed application, copies of birth certificates or other official documents showig that the applicant is a multiple-birth child, an essay of no more than 300 words on "How my twin/multiples and I are different".
Church's Scholars Program-Scholarships will be awarded to eligible high school seniors in eighteen states. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior or graduating from a home school education, Plan to enroll part or full time with interruption for the entire 2016-2017 academic year at anaccredited two or four year college, university or vocational -technical school, have a minimum GPA of 2.7 and be a resident of the US. Application deadline is February 15, 2016. Application is online at www.scholarsapply.org/churchsscholars
The Delta Omega Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.-Applicants must be a male. Have at least a 2.75 GPA, plan to attend anaccredited four-year College or University, no older than 24 at the time of the application, a senior in high school in the Kansas City MO, St. Louis MO or CHicago, IL area. There are detailed instructions so please get a copy from the Guidance Office. Application Deadline is Thursday, March 31, 2016.
Douglass Alumni Association Schoalrship- The scholarship is awarded to any male or female who is a desendant of any person who attended Douglass Elementary or Douglass High School that was previously located in Webster Groves, Missouri. The recipient must have a "C" average and will be attending an accredited Junior College, University, or Technical School. The scholarship is for one year and non-renewable. Application deadline is March 31.
McDonald's Excellence Award Scholarship- The scholarship is a one-time, $3,000, need-based scholarship that is awarded to college-bound St. Louis and Metro East high school seniors. To qualify, high school seniors must complete an application online at McDonaldsSTL.com/AEA. Application deadline is Thursday, March 31, 2016.
Simon Youth Community Scholarship Program- A one-time award of up to $1,500 will be given to one high school senior who lives within 50 miles of St. Louis Premium Outlets. The student must plan to attend an accredited university, two or four year college, technical or vocational school. Additionally, an Award of Excellence- a $2,500 renewable scholarship will be given to the top candidate from among the scholarship winners that represent each of Simon Property Group's nationwide Premium Outlets locations. Scholarship applications will only be available online. Students can apply by visiting syf.org/scholarships. Applications must be submitted before March 1, 2016.
CocaCola Pay It Forward Scholarship-This is a one-time scholarship in the amount of $5,000.00. You can nominate yourself or someone else. Deadline is March 31, 2016. To apply, visit https://cocacola.promo.eprize.com/payitforward2016/#Home
Charles W. Frees, Jr. Scholarship Program- This $1,500 scholarship is open to any male student who will graduate from an accredited secondary school of St. Louis County. In addition, an applicant must posses maturity of purpose and have unquestionable integrity. The student must rank in the upper 20% of his class, and have a B average or higher, and make an ACT composite score of 22 or more or an SAT of 900 or more (combined V&M). Deadline is April 1, 2016. You can get an application from Mrs. Harris in the guidance office.
IAPMO Scholarship-Must be a current high school senior, or enrolled or accepted as a full-time (12 credit hours) student in an accredited technical school, community college, trade school, four-year accredited college or university, or an apprentice program. Deadline is May 1, 2016. Applications can be found by going to http://www.iapmo.org/pages/essaycontest.aspx
George Washington Carver Scholarship Fund- Must be a high school senior, have leadership ability and 40 hours minimum volunteer work. Applicants must attend a historically black college or university (HBCU). Provide a typed detailed statement of why you are applying for a scholarship and what formal goals you plan to accomplish and a brief, typed paragraph describing some experience or responsibility you have had in the community. Deadline is May 30, 2016. Applications can be found by going to http://www.gwcsf.com/application.html or see Mrs. Harris in the Guidance office.
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES WITH UNSPECIFIED DUE DATE
National Defense Transportation Association Schott/St. Louis Chapter Scholarship: Two $3,500 and four $2,000 awards available for students enrolling in a four-year or graduate degree college program related to business, transportation logistics, or physical distribution. Two $1,500 awards available for students enrolled in two-year associated degree or trade certification programs. Candidates must complete application, submit official transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, two letters of recommendation, and an essay on a given topic. More information and applications available in the guidance office or at www.ndtascottstlouis.org.
Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Scholarship- For high school grads ready to launch directly into a rewarding career. The Navy offers, hands-on training in more than 60 sought after vocations. It is also an opportunity to get a degree further down the road with 100% tuition assistance while serving on Active Duty. For students with the grades and determination needed for college, the Navy will provide up to $180,000 toward a college degree from one of over 160 first-rate colleges and universities.
United Negro College Fund, Inc. Scholarships: Multiple scholarships with various application requirements. For a list, visit www.uncf.org/forstudents/scholarship.asp. Deadlines vary.
Cosmo Scholarship-If you are a high school senior graduating in the 2015-2016 school year, you can apply for the GoCosmo Scholarship. We'll post a makeover theme on regency.edu/GoCosmo. Use it as inspiration for a self-makeover and submit before and after photos of your artistry through the app on our Facebook page. Check regency.edu/GoCosmo for updates about when the scholarship contest opens and when we'll announce the winners.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund- Multiple scholarships with various application requirements. For a list, visit http://tmcf.org/our-scholarships/current-scholarships
Moneygeek.com-Multiple scholarships with various application requirements. For a list, visit http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/scholarship-guide-for-black-students
General Scholarship Search Websites
www.raise.me (earn $100-$1000 for each A etc)
www.stlouisgraduates.org (scholarship opportunities specific to St. Louis area)