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.
Megan Meier Foundation- The Megan Meier Foundation is offering scholarships to high school seniors that have made a positive impact in regards to issues surrounding bullying and cyberbullying in their own school enviroment and community. Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.50, obtain a written recommendation from a member of the faculty or staff at the school in which he/she is enrolled. The deadline is November 6, 2015. For more information, go to www.meganmeierfoundation.org
Show-Me Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society- The Show-Me Chapter offers a $2000 scholarship for a high school senior, or undergraduate, planning to major in conservation or a natural resources-related field. This is an essay contest. Information can be found at www.moswcs.org/scholarship. Applications mut be postmarked by November 30th.
Conservation Foundation of Missouri Scholarship- CFMO offers five $1000 scholarships to high school seniors or undergraduates in different natural resource areas. Preference will be given to those demonstrating financial need. Applications must be submitted by December 31, 2015. Information can be found on www.moswcs.org/scholarship.
Create Real Impact Scholarship- Create Real Impact Contest Awards are open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia between the ages of 14 and 22 years. Entrants must be enrolled as full-time students in an accredited educational institution. Scholarships are awarded to ten (10) applicants with $1,500 awarded to each one.
Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships- Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships are open to all college and high school students enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the United States. Scholarships are awarded to twenty (20) applicants with $5,000 awarded to each one. Deadline is December 5, 2015.
Sallie Mae's "Make College Happen Challenge"- How do your students plan to pay for college? That is the question students ages 14-18 will answer as a part of Sallie Mae's "Make College Happen Challenge." The contest will reward 10 high school students who creatively communicate their plan to pay for college in videos, photos, essays, songs or poems. The challenge will award a first place prize of $10,000; second place $5,000; third place $2,5000; and $1,000 to seven semifinalists. Stuednts may submit their entries October 15 through December 15. The 10 finalists will be annonced in January based on creativity of entry, effective communication of the message and potention of their plan. The public will them have the opportunity to choose their favorite entery from the 10 finalist by voting online for a week in February. Top online voting entries, combined with the judges scores will determine the contest winners who will be announced in March.
The Burger King Scholars Program- High School seniors, Burger King employees, their dependent children, spouses or domestic partners in the US can apply to receive up to $50,000 in scholarship awards for the 2016-2017 school year! High School seniors must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale to be eligible. Apply at www.bkmclamorefoundation.org/WhatWeDo/ScholarsProgram
Zeta Charitable Foundation of St. Louis, Inc.- The scholarship is open to any female high school senior who has applied and been accepted to a four year college or university. Eligible female high school students interested in being considered for this scholarship are asked to submit a completed application, 500 word essay on "Why a College Education is Important to Me", a copy of official high school transcript, three letters of recommendation, and documentation that she has completed a minimal of 40 Community Service hours in the past year by December 31, 2015. If you would like an application, please see the college/career counselor.
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 froom 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.
Zeiger Firm Sscholarship- 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
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
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.
General Scholarship Search Websites
www.raise.me (earn $100-$1000 for each A etc)
www.stlouisgraduates.org (scholarship opportunities specific to St. Louis area)