General Scholarships

Scholarships available to all Kendall students, regardless of program.

"Outside Scholarship" Disclaimer:

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University is dedicated to assisting students with their financial needs. As an added service to students, we post outside scholarships on our current scholarship page. Outside scholarships are clearly marked and have no affiliation with Kendall College of Art and Design or Ferris State University.

Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

Deadline: October 3, 2014

Every year, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program and The Heisman Memorial Trophy team up to recognize our nation’s most esteemed high school Seniors. The culmination of this process takes place in December in conjunction with the National Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation during Heisman Weekend in New York City. It’s here where Wendy’s selects its National High School Heisman Winners during a broadcast on ESPN networks. This partnership ensures that high school winners enjoy the prestige of national recognition for their tremendous achievements.

The Wendy’s High School Heisman Program is looking for all types of high-achieving seniors from more than 29,000 public and private high schools within the U.S. We consider young men and women who participate in a wide range of sports and school and community activities. If you’re one of the 1.4 million high school athletes across the country that excels in the classroom, on the field, and within your school and community, apply now.

  • Criteria:
    • Students must be seniors during the 2014/2015 academic years, graduating with the class of 2015.
    • Have a cumulative high school GOA of 3.0 or better.
    • Participate in at least 1 of 27 eligible school-sponsored sports.
    • Be a leader in school, in the community, and serve as a role model for underclassmen.
    For more information, please visit the Wendy's High School Heisman website.

    AES Engineering Solutions - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 6, 2014

    AES Engineering is pleased to be able to offer scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education.

    Our belief is that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by the essays that are submitted.

    Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.

  • How to Apply
  • Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question:
  • When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What people, things and accomplishments do you need?

    For more information, please visit the AES Engineering Solutions website.

    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - Study Abroad Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: October 7, 2014

    The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

    The Spring 2015 application cycle is now open. Students must study in one country for a minimum of four weeks in length.

    For more information, please visit the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship website.

    YoungArts National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 17, 2014

    YoungArts is the signature national organization that recognizes and supports America’s most talented 15-18 year olds in the visual, literary and performing arts.

    YoungArts identifies and nurtures emerging artists ages 15-18 (or in grades 10-12) in the visual, literary, design and performing arts. Winners in cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing are provided once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, significant access to scholarships and national recognition. YoungArts ensures the nation’s most outstanding young artists are encouraged – at critical junctures in their lives – to pursue careers in the arts.

      By applying to the YoungArts program you are eligible for:
    • Up to $10,000 in monetary awards
    • Exclusive U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts nomination
    • Master classes with world-renowned artists
    • Access to scholarships, career opportunities and professional contacts
    • Opportunity for works to be viewed by top artists in their fields
    • All applicants to YoungArts have the opportunity to learn about college programs, scholarships, summer programs and festivals through participation in the YoungArts Student List Service (SLS)

    For more information, please visit the YoungArts website.

    American Geosciences Institute (AGI) Earth Science Week Photography Contest - Outside Competition

    Deadline: October 17, 2014

    AGI is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. The photography theme for this year is: "Connections in My Community."

    The photography contest is open to interested persons of any age. You must be a resident of the United States or a member of an AGI International Affiliate to enter.

    Your photograph should focus on the topic “Connections in My Community.”

    Earth science is the study of the geosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (living things). These spheres — or Earth systems — are continually affecting and influencing one another all around us. In our homes, in our neighborhoods, in our workplaces, and in our public gathering places, we can observe the dynamic interactions of “Earth system science.” In a photograph, capture evidence of the connections of Earth systems in your community.

    The photography contest is limited to one submission per entrant. A valid submission will contain the following information:

    • One photograph focusing on the topic "Connections in My Community." Each photograph must be original, authentic, unpublished, taken or created by the entrant, the sole property and work of the entrant, and not previously submitted in any other contest.
    • Your personal information and a brief one- to two-sentence caption in English explaining your entry (exact location featured in entry photo, natural feature displayed in photo, when photo was taken). This information should be sent in an email along with your photograph.
    • A completed and signed entry form.

    For more information, please visit the Earth Science Week website.

    Ayn Rand Novels Essay Contest - Outside Cash Award

    Deadline: October 24, 2014

    Ayn Rand’s novels contain many elements that appeal to young readers. They are inspiring and exciting stories with heroic characters fighting for their ideals. The nov­els portray events of profound, timeless sig­nif­i­cance, challenging readers to decide not just what will happen to particular characters, but what their own lives and the world should be like.

    There are 3 different contests for students, ranging from 8th grade to Graduate students. These essay contests have different contest rules and deadline dates. Foreign students may apply. So read the book and write an essay on the topics that are presented on the book that you read.

  • Anthem Essay Contest Information
  • Eligibility: 8th, 9th and 10th Graders
  • Entry Deadline: March 20, 2014
    • FIRST PRIZE: $2,000
    • 5 SECOND PRIZES: $500
    • 10 THIRD PRIZES: $200
    • 45 FINALISTS: $50
    • 175 SEMIFINALISTS: $30
  • The Fountainhead Essay Contest Information
  • Eligibility: 11th and 12th Graders
  • Entry Deadline: April 26, 2014
    • FIRST PRIZE: $10,000
    • 5 SECOND PRIZES: $2,000
    • 10 THIRD PRIZES: $1,000
    • 45 FINALISTS: $100
    • 175 SEMIFINALISTS: $50
  • Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest Information
  • Eligibility: 12th Graders, College Undergraduates, and Graduate Students
  • Entry Deadline: October 24, 2014
    • FIRST PRIZE: $10,000
    • 3 SECOND PRIZES: $2,000
    • 5 THIRD PRIZES: $1,000
    • 25 FINALISTS: $100
    • 50 SEMIFINALISTS: $50

    For more information, please visit the Ayn Rand Novels website.

    Horatio Alger Michigan Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 25, 2014

    The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. Today, through its Members, the Association continues to educate our nation's young people about the economic and personal opportunities afforded them by the promise of the American free enterprise system. Through its scholarship programs, the Association encourages students to pursue their own version of the American Dream. While providing scholarship opportunities, Association Members mentor the Scholars and underscore the importance of service to others. The Members work directly to provide promising young people with the support, education and confidence needed to realize their aspirations.

    The Horatio Alger Michigan Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students in the State of Michigan who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire to pursue higher education.

    There is also a National Scholarship Program that is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference.

  • Eligibility:
    • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2015 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
    • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
    • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
    • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
    • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
    • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
    • Be a United States citizen

    For more information, please visit the Horatio Alger website.

    KCAD has had a past winner of this scholarship! Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 31, 2014

    Do you understand what energy deregulation is? Well, believe it or not, based on our research not many people do. For the 2014® Education Scholarship, we'd like to try and change that.

    In order to be considered, write a 600-800 word essay for an uninformed audience on the topic of "How Energy Deregulation Works." Your essay should answer these questions: What are the differences between regulated and deregulated models? Why are some states embracing energy retailer competition while others aren't? How does energy deregulation reflect the ideals of a free market? Is that even an adequate comparison?

    College students enrolled full time at a two- or four-year university for the entire 2014-2015 school year are welcome to apply for the scholarship. Each applicant must attend an accredited university. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents of the United States.

  • How to enter:
    1. Write your essay: Do your research, think creatively and compose a 600-800 word essay for an uninformed audience based on the topic above.
    2. Submit your essay. A team of writers and editors will judge the submissions and choose a winner.
    3. Win $1,000 for school: If your essay is chosen by our panel, you’ll receive $1,000 for college!

    For more information, please visit the website.

    Coca-Cola Scholars Program - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 31, 2014

    The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

    • CURRENT high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools);
    • U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees;
    • anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application;
    • planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution;
    • carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.

    For more information, please visit the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation website. Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 1, 2014

    The Scholarship Program awards one $1,500 scholarship each year. This year's winner will be announced on December 1, 2014.

  • To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
    • attend classes at an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S.
    • take a minimum of 12 semester units (you must be a full-time student)
    • be a legal resident of the U.S. or provide a valid green card
    • maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.5
  • Scholarship Guidelines:
  • You must write a minimum of 1,500 words in reference to the information presented below. There is no maximum word count.
  • Many Americans are pondering important questions that surfaced after the recent NSA surveillance controversy. How secure are we as Americans? What is the government's role in our "security," and to what lengths should they go to ensure it?

    Please discuss the costs/benefits of these issues, how they lead to problematic links between government and business, and the role whistleblowers play in America's security surveillance discussion.

    For more information, please visit the website.

    Griswold Home Care - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 1, 2014

    Griswold Home Care is a mission-driven home care services company headquartered just outside of Philadelphia that celebrates, educates, and advocates the choice to remain independent at home. Griswold Home Care was founded by Jean Griswold, wife of a Presbyterian Minister, in 1982 after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and seeing the need for quality care in her community. Jean’s mission of affordable care for all continues to spread today.

    In honor of Jean’s vision, Griswold Home Care offers a $1,000 annual scholarship to a qualified student pursing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree at an accredited college or university.

      Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
    For more information, please visit the Griswold Home Care website.

    The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships For New Americans - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 1, 2014

    The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.

    Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study – in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program – in the United States.

  • Eligibility:
    • you must be a New American (a green card holder or naturalized citizen if born abroad; a child of naturalized citizens if born in this country),
    • not yet 31 years old as of the application deadline,
    • a college senior or holder of a bachelor's degree,
    • and not beyond your second year – if already enrolled – in the graduate degree program for which you request support.
    For more information, please visit the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship website.

    Buckfire & Buckfire P.C Disability Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 1, 2014

    The Michigan personal injury lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are pleased to announce its first annual 2014 Disability Scholarship intended for a student with a disability.

    The Disability Scholarship is $1,000.00 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited college or university. The scholarship is open to students with any type of disability, including but not limited to physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental and psychiatric conditions, speech and language, learning disabilities, behavioral conditions, and all other conditions. We encourage all students to apply even if they are unsure if their specific disability qualifies for the scholarship.

    • Recipient is a U.S. citizen enrolled at an accredited college or university within the United States.
    • Has a disability diagnosis from any person qualified to make a diagnosis
    • Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA.
    • Completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited college or university.
    • A completed Scholarship Application Form.
    • One-page typed essay describing how you overcame a personal challenge or adversity in your life and what you learned from the experience.
    • A certified copy of accredited college or university transcript including your most recent semester.
    • Diagnosis Documentation of disability from a person qualified to make a diagnosis
    For more information, please visit the Buckfire & Buckfire website.

    Ron Brown Scholar Program - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 1, 2014

    The Ron Brown Scholar Program provides Scholars with the financial resources to attend some of the finest colleges and universities in the country. Upon acceptance, Scholars are each awarded $40,000 ($10,000 per year for 4 years) that may be used at the college or university of their choice. Acceptance into the Program means Scholars are also provided with the nurturing and mentorship to succeed and flourish in college and beyond.

    The Ron Brown Scholar Program has a proven track record of academic success with a 100 percent graduation rate. Graduating Scholars go on to outstanding careers in the arts, sciences and public service, and many more pursue professional degrees in law, medicine and business.

  • Eligibility:
    • African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society.
    • Must excel academically
    • Exhibit exceptional leadership potential
    • Participate in community service activities
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Must be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card
    • Current college students are not eligible to apply.
    For more information, please visit the Ron Brown Scholars website.

    VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 1, 2014

    Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, almost 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2.1 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme.

    Prizes and scholarships are awarded at the Post, district, state and national level. Department (State) winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., Feb 28 - Mar 4, 2015, to tour the city, be honored by the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary and receive their portion of $152,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.

    The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12 (for the 14/15 academic year), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories and possessions; or in an overseas U.S. military/civilian dependent school. Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or over and previous Voice of Democracy first place state winners are ineligible.


    • Complete the Voice of Democracy entry form.
    • Students should record their reading of their essay to a CD. The recording can be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes (plus or minus 5 seconds).
    • Entries begin at the Post level. Once the student creates their essay and completes burning the audio version to a CD, they can submit their typed version, CD and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post.
    • Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest
    • Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to the other.
    • Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.
    For more information, please visit the VFW website.

    Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 4, 2014

    The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program rewards excellence by supporting high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation's best four-year colleges and universities.

    Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive.

  • 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

    Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholars are selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, a desire to help others, and leadership. A rigorous application review includes analysis of grades, standardized test scores, participation in available advanced courses, student essays, letters of recommendation, and family finances. Each year 30-40 students will be selected into the program.

  • At a minimum, applicants must:
    • Plan to graduate from a US high school in spring 2015
    • Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2015
    • Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above
    • Receive standardized test scores in the top 15%: SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 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
    • For more information, please visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website.

    NRA Jeanne E. Bray Memorial Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 15, 2014

    Named for the late Columbus, Ohio, police officer, shooting champion, and NRA Director, this program offers college scholarships of up to $2,500 per semester (up to $5,000 per year for a maximum of four years) to dependent children of any public law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty who was an NRA member at the time of death, and to dependent children of any current or retired law enforcement officers who are living and have current NRA membership.

    For more information, please visit the NRA website.

    Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 15, 2014

    The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

    Each year, more than $1.6 million in education grants are awarded to more than 1,200 women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse. Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation.

    The Live Your Dream Awards involves three levels of cash awards. The program begins at the local Soroptimist club-level, where award amounts vary. Local-level award recipients become eligible for region-level awards of either $3,000 or $5,000. Region-level award recipients then become eligible to receive one of three international-level awards of $10,000.

  • Step 1: Determine if you are eligible
  • Eligible applicants are women who:
    • Provide the primary financial support for yourself and your dependents. Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents.
    • Have financial need.
    • Are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
    • Are motivated to achieve your education and career goals.
    • Reside in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela)
    • Have not previously been the recipient of a Live Your Dream Awards (formerly called the Women’s Opportunity Award)
    • Do not have a graduate degree.
    • Are not a Soroptimist member, an employee of Soroptimist International of the Americas or immediate family of either.
  • Step 2: Complete the application.
  • Step 3: Obtain References
  • You will need two different people (NOT related to you) to fill out the reference form.
  • Step 4: Submit your application.
  • For more information, please visit the Soroptimist website.

    First Freedom Center- Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 17, 2014

    The First Freedom Student Competition is a first-semester national essay and video contest. It offers high-school students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom, and then, by written essay or video production, present their evaluation.

    The competition is open to students in the United States and U.S. territories, and to American schools and American home-schooled students worldwide. We invite 9th - 12th grade students at all levels of academic placement to participate.


    INTRODUCTION: The United States is populated by a rich patchwork of diverse communities. For many communities, the quest for freedom of religion and belief was a central theme to its establishment, as early settlers sought a land where they could practice their faith with like-minded others, free from the horrors of persecution. Ironically, some seeking freedom from religious persecution became religious persecutors themselves in their new homeland.

    After the Revolutionary War, the new nation faced the challenge of creating a national government that would unify the diverse states and its people under a democratic model. Addressing religious differences was an important piece of that puzzle. The states were comprised of different religious majorities and had varying laws in support of those majorities. To preserve their hard-fought freedoms, many citizens, notably those of minority religious groups, demanded that a bill of rights be added to the United States Constitution to guarantee various personal freedoms and reserve some powers to the states and public. The religion clauses of the First Amendment were the negotiated result of efforts to guarantee freedom of religion in the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment established the “first freedom” on the grounds of sixteen famous words, stating that: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free expression thereof . . .” Yet, as momentous as this achievement was, this right applied only to the federal government. Each state government remained free to address matters of religion as it chose. Catholics, Jews, non-theists, and other minorities continued to suffer state-approved discrimination for years to come.

    In the 19th and 20th centuries, a number of developments significantly altered the religious composition of the United States. In the mid-1800s, waves of Catholic and Jewish immigrants began flooding into the country. At the same time, homegrown religious movements were fast multiplying. Chinese and Japanese immigrants brought Asian religions at the beginning of the 20th century, and a secondary influx of Jews arrived on the heels of World War II. With substantial changes to immigration laws in 1965, even greater religious diversity colored the American landscape.

    As these demographic shifts were continuing, the 1940s saw a legal development with far-reaching outcomes for religious liberty. In a series of decisions, the United States Supreme Court extended the interpretation of the word “liberty” in the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process clause (a clause established during judicial proceeding to safeguard the legal rights of the individual) to include other freedoms in the Bill of Rights (the doctrine of incorporation). As a result, the First Amendment became legally applicable to state and local governments.

    Yet, despite the expanded legal protections and a greater acceptance of previously disadvantaged groups, some faith communities still struggle to receive religious recognition and equal rights. In some areas of the United States, they continue to battle religious discrimination.

  • TOPIC:
  • The United States has become a country of great religious diversity. The treatment of religious minorities is considered by many to be the true measure of a government’s guarantee of religious freedom.

    • Select a minority religion from any time period in U.S. history; then
    • Research and analyze its history in your local community, state or region, as it applies to religious freedom and equality; and
    • Also research and evaluate this religious group’s history in the broader narrative of U.S. history and First Amendment law.
    • How well has this religious group fared historically in its pursuit of freedom of religion and equality in your locality and in the United States? Where does it stand today?
    For more information, please visit the First Freedom Center website.

    American Quarter Horse Association - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: December 1, 2014

    The Foundation provides financial assistance to members of the American Quarter Horse Association or the American Quarter Horse Youth Association through general, racing, career path and state or regional scholarships.

    Eligibility of applicants is based on the individual criteria and requirements provided for each scholarship. There is a Michigan scholarship and a Journalism/Photojournalism/Communications scholarship. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, financial need and American Quarter Horse involvement, as well as the applicant's outstanding leadership and communication skills.

    For more information, please visit the AQHA website.

    NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1, 2014

    The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund continues its Yearly Youth Essay Contest celebrating the Second Amendment as an integral part of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    The theme for the essay is "What Does The Second Amendment Mean to You" All essays should be about 1,000 words, neat, and legible (double spaced, typed preferred). Essays will be judged on originality, scholarship (including works cited) and presentation (including grammar and spelling).

    Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 9-12) and Junior (grades 8 and below), with separate cash prizes awarded to the winners in each category. First place cash prizes are $1,000, $600 for second place, $200 for third place, and $100 for fourth place.

    The contest is open to all students enrolled, or who will be enrolled, in an elementary, junior high or high school during the 2014-2015 academic year, or homeschooled students in an equivalent grade level, who have not previously received a prize in their category. A previous winner in the junior category, who is now eligible for the senior category, may submit an entry.

    For more information, please visit the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund website. - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: December 1, 2014

    Are you a bowler? One of the great benefits of USBC Youth membership is the chance to earn college scholarships so you can pursue your dreams. Did you know more than $6 million in scholarship money is offered each season by bowling associations and councils, certified tournaments and proprietors throughout the United States?

    Both high school and current college students may apply for scholarships.

    For more information, please visit the website.

    AFA Teens Video Competition - Outside Award

    Deadline: December 1, 2014

    As more and more families across America are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, many teenagers as well are becoming aware of this heartbreaking brain disease—from personal experiences in their own families, watching friends and neighbors, or involvement in community service.

    In a further effort to provide an outlet for teenagers to think creatively about Alzheimer’s disease and to engage the younger generation in this cause, AFA is pleased to offer the AFA Teens Video Competition for teens ages 13-19. AFA will award $500 to the grand-prize winner and $250 to the first runner-up.

    This competition provides an excellent opportunity for teenagers to reflect on why Alzheimer’s disease is becoming an issue that is increasingly important to their own lives and those around them. Students are required to submit an autobiography and create an artistic or documentary (non-fiction) video of two minutes or less that conveys the following: - A moment in relation to Alzheimer’s disease when you learned something about your understanding of the disease, learned something about caregiving, or decided to become a community volunteer/activist.

  • Requirements:
    • United States citizenship or permanent residence
    • Are between the ages of 13 and 19 on the application due date
    • Submit one copy of completed and signed application form
    • Submit one copy of brief, typewritten autobiography in essay format. (Brief would be considered a word length of 200 words, for example)
    • Submit one copy of video on cd- or dvd-rom (enclosed in disc envelope) or submitted through the online application form and no longer than two minutes in length that conveys the following: A moment in relation to Alzheimer’s disease when you learned something about your understanding of the disease, learned something about caregiving, or decided to become a community volunteer/activist.
    For more information, please visit the AFA Teens website.

    Earl Anthony USBC Youth Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1, 2014

    The Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship annually recognizes five USBC Youth bowlers for their community involvement and academic achievements. Five winners will be chosen and awarded $5,000 scholarships.

  • Eligibility and Requirements
    • Be a current USBC Youth member in their senior year of high school or enrolled in college
    • Be a USBC Youth member in good standing
    • Have a current GPA of 3.0 or better, based on a 4.0 scale
    • Completed application
    • Include at least two letters of reference (by a teacher, principal, employer, etc.)
    • Include an official or unofficial school transcript
    • submit an essay of 500 words or less on how the lessons you have learned through academics, community involvement and bowling have influenced your life and your goals for the future.
    For more information, please see the Earl Anthony PDF.

    Smith Publicity Book Marketing Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1, 2014

    One of the leading marketing firm and book publicity firms in the publishing industry, Smith Publicity is offering a one-time $1,000 scholarship to one high school or college/university student in the United States. The scholarship will be awarded to the student who submits the best essay on persuasive writing.

  • 1500 word limit
  • Points which must be addressed are
    • The most essential elements of persuasive writing,
    • At least one personal example of how the student persuaded someone through writing, and
    • Comparative analysis of the art of persuasion through language versus verbally.
    For more information, please visit the Smith Publicity website.

    Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Single Mother Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 5, 2014

    Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers believes in the empowerment of single mothers through education. Education has the power to open doors for single mothers and even their children. Having a degree or certification can enable a woman to expand her lifetime earning potential, increase her gross income, and provide her with better job opportunities.

    In turn, this allows a single mother to financially support her children, purchase groceries, afford a mortgage and provide a stable household for the family. Even though it can be difficult to care for a child while pursuing an education, the rewards of an education far outweigh the challenges. We want to expand opportunities for single mothers who are going back to school by offering two $1,000 scholarships (one awarded to a single mother in an undergraduate program or community college and one to a single mother enrolled in an accredited law school).

  • The Application Process
  • Write a 500+ word essay on the advantages of going back to school while caring for your children as a mother. How do you believe motherhood has helped prepare you for the challenges that you will face as a student? Examples may include the ability to succeed in time management skills, ability to listen carefully to others and ability to effectively manage multiple priorities. Craft your essay and explain your answer.

  • Criteria
    • Enrollment in an accredited high school, college or university in the U.S.
    • Must be a mother who is attending school
    • Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of a minimum of 3.0
    For more information, please visit the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers website.

    Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: December 5, 2014

    Elks are community. No matter where you go in the country, an Elks Lodge is right around the corner. With more than 850,000 members and 2,000 Lodges nationwide, Elks are providing charitable services that help build stronger communities.

    The Elks National Foundation provides more than $3.74 million in college scholarships each year through its three scholarship programs. All applications must go through a local Elks Lodge before reaching the Elks National Foundation office.

    The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2014 competition.

  • Eligibility:
    • A high school senior.
    • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
    • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
    • Male and female students compete separately.
    • Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university.

    Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

    For more information, please visit the Elks website.

    Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest - Outside Contest

    Deadline: December 8, 2014

    Elie Wiesel and his wife, Marion, established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity soon after he was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize for Peace. The Foundation's mission, rooted in the memory of the Holocaust, is to combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding and equality. The Foundation runs multiple programs both domestically and internationally.

    The contest is open to registered undergraduate full-time Juniors or Seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the Fall 2014 Semester. The essay must be the original, unpublished work of one student. Only one essay per student per year may be submitted.

    This year's suggested essay topic:

  • Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself. In 3,000 to 4,000 words, you are encouraged to raise questions, single out issues and identify dilemmas.
  • For more information, please visit the Elie Wiesel Foundation website.

    bistroMD Innovative Ideas for Health and Wellness Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 10, 2014

    As innovative thought leaders in the field of home diet delivery, bistroMD is proud to announce our first annual spring and fall Innovative Ideas for Health and Wellness Scholarship for high school and college students who are pursuing a college degree. In offering this scholarship, it is our goal to help provide access higher education to one student each spring and fall semester so that they may go on to become uniquely extraordinary members of their communities. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one student each spring and fall semester.

  • How to Apply
    • Take the short survey on obesity-related issues. Your answers will remain anonymous, and no information obtained will be sold to third parties.
    • Write a 500 word essay discussing what you think is the largest contributing cause of obesity in the United States, as well as why you believe this is such a significant factor in the obesity epidemic in our nation.
    • Submit your application with one click when you’ve finished.
  • Rules & Eligibility Requirements:
    • Eligible applicants are either a graduating senior in high school, or currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited institution. For enrolled college students, your graduation date must be no earlier than December 2015.
    • BistroMD reserves the right to verify information collected, such as date of high school graduation or college enrollment.
    • Only one entry per student, per semester, is permitted. In the case of duplicate applications, only the most recent will be considered.
    • Once submitted, your essay and survey responses will become the property of bistroMD, LLC and can be used by bistroMD for any purpose. BistroMD respects your privacy, and all information will remain anonymous. We will never sell your information.
    • Entries containing content plagiarized from other works that are not your own, or that are off-topic, will not be considered.
    For more information, please visit the bistroMD website.

    Emitations Women In Business Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 14, 2014 is known for making trendy, classic and beautiful jewelry accessible to people of all income levels. Through in-depth market trend research and customer collaboration, we are able to offer over 5,000 sku's of silver jewelry that is both affordable and accessible to the general public. is pleased to offer the opportunity to apply for its scholarship program, for those meeting the eligibility requirements, to assist in funding the cost of higher education.

    • Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States, may not be an employee of Marketing Advantages International, Inc. and must meet one of the following 2 criteria:
    1. Incoming freshman:
    2. Applicant must be a current high school student, graduating or earning a GED between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014 and have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale and must have taken either the ACT or SAT test. If selected, the winner must provide proof of enrollment at an accredited American college or university, provide original proof of ACT or SAT score, and provide original high school transcript.

    3. Current freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students:
    4. Applicant must have a cumulative college grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale, and be enrolled full-time at an accredited American college or university between November 30, 2013 and December 14, 2014. If selected, the winner must provide original college transcript from accredited American college or university.

    Applicants must submit an essay of 1,000 words minimum on one of the designated topics and a copy of their most recent transcript to Please include your name, address, phone number, school name and year in school with your email.

    1. Emitations makes beautiful jewelry accessible to everyone by making it affordable. Not everyone has a celebrity budget and therefore cannot afford certain things. If you could make something more affordable and accessible to the general public, what would it be and why?
    2. OR
    3. How has internet shopping and social media impacted jewelry styles and fashion?
    For more information, please visit the Emitations website. Working Parent Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 14, 2014

    Are you a working parent currently in college or other accredited post-secondary educational institution? is proud to announce our new initiative, a college scholarship awarded once a year designed to help working parents currently enrolled in higher education. We’re here to assist you get the education you need to get the job you’ve always wanted.

    Requirements: 600 to 1000 word essay: Clearly outline three keys to successfully balancing parenthood, working, and excelling in school

  • Eligibility: The Working Parent College Scholarship Award Program is open to any person who:
    • Is a full or part-time student who is in an accredited U.S. post-secondary educational institution (including, but not limited to, college, university or trade school, or similarly accredited program) with a current cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher at that institution; and
    • Has worked an average of at least twelve (12) hours for each of the previous four (4) weeks at the time of applying; and
    • Is a residential parent of at least one minor child; and
    • Is a legal resident of the United States of America; and
    • Is currently enrolled and furthering his or her education at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution or program; and
    • Is eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of applying; and
    • Completes and submits the official Application form within the relevant periods for the periodic scholarships to be awarded.
    For more information, please visit the website.

    American Association of University Women - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15, 2014

    The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

    Career Development Grants provide assistance to women who, through additional higher education, technical training, or participation in professional development institutes, are making career changes, seeking to advance in current careers, or re-entering the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color, women pursuing credentials in nontraditional fields, and women who do not currently hold an advanced degree.

  • Eligibility:
    • are U.S. citizens or permanent residents;
    • hold an earned (not honorary) bachelor’s degree;
    • received their bachelor’s degree on or before June 30, 2010;
    • do not hold an earned (not honorary) graduate or professional degree;
    • plan to enroll or are enrolled in courses/activities that are required for professional employment or advancement; and plan to enroll or are enrolled in one of the following: Bachelor’s or associate’s degree that is different from the field of study of the previously earned bachelor’s degree Master’s degree Certification program Technical school Professional degree (e.g. M.D., J.D.)
    For more information, please visit the AAUW website. - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15, 2014 has issued $45,000 in scholarship money to 25 college students nationwide since the program was introduced in 2009. Each year, the company challenges future leaders of America to provide creative solutions/ideas to many of the nation's most critical issues, real estate/housing in particular, which can be used to help turnaround the market.

    Currently enrolled college students (graduate students, law students and/or high school seniors are NOT eligible) are invited to apply by submitting an essay. Freshman entering Fall 2014 are eligible once they have received a student ID number.

    Essay Topic: The foreclosure crisis that swept the nation several years ago claimed countless well-to-do homeowners, who were forced out of their houses when the economy hit rock-bottom. Those victims, along with the economy, are now beginning to slowly recover. And with collective home prices — and interest rates — still at very attractive levels, these "foreclosure victims" have transitioned into potential "boomerang buyers." How can these buyers with checkered pasts best take advantage of the current desirable real estate market conditions? There are a several actions these "boomerang buyers" can take to get back into home ownership. Please describe in your own words how the "rent-to-own" option, among others, might best benefit these folks until they are ready to go "all in" on another mortgage.

    For more information, please visit the website. Savvy Saver Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15, 2014 knows how important it is for college students to keep a close eye on their spending. It's tough to eat Ramen all week so you have enough money to go out on Saturday night. We want to know how students learned to be smart with their money. The student with the best essay on the topic will receive a $2,500 scholarship. No purchase is necessary to participate.

    Savvy Saver Scholarship 2014 Topic: How or where did you learn to be financially responsible?(400-750 words)

  • Eligibility:
    • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
    • At least 18 years old
    • Attending college at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university in the United States
    • One entry per applicant
    For more information and to check the official rules, please visit the website.

    Jay Kennedy Cartooning Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15, 2014

    The annual Jay Kennedy Scholarship, in memory of the late King Features editor, was funded by an initial $100,000 grant from the Hearst Foundation/King Features Syndicate and additional generous donations from Jerry Scott, Jim Borgman, Patrick McDonnell and many other prominent cartoonists. Submissions are adjudicated by a panel of top cartoonists and an award is given to the best college cartoonist. The recipient is feted at the annual NCS Reuben Awards Convention attended by many of the world's leading cartoonists.

    Applicants must be students at a 4-year college in the United States, Canada or Mexico who will be a Junior or Senior during the 2015-2016 academic year. Applicants do not have to be art majors to be eligible for this scholarship.

    Along with a completed entry form, applicants are required to send 8 samples of their own cartooning artwork (copies only); noting if and where the work has been published, either in print or on the web. DO NOT send original artwork.

    For more information, please visit the National Cartoonists Society Foundation website.

    The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Outside Competition

    Deadline: December 16, 2014

    Students submit their works to regional programs of The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and its Regional Affiliates. Kendall College of Art and Design is a proud Regional Affiliate for art. Students can earn opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.

    Students must be enrolled in grades 7-12 of a public, private, parochial, home-school program in the U.S., Canada, or in an American school abroad.

  • Art Categories
    • Architecture
    • Ceramics & Glass
    • Comic Art
    • Design
    • Digital Art
    • Drawing and Illustration
    • Fashion
    • Film & Animation
    • Jewelry
    • Mixed Media
    • Painting
    • Photography
    • Printmaking
    • Sculpture
    • Art Portfolio - for graduating seniors only
  • Writing Categories
    • Critical Essay
    • Dramatic Script
    • Flash Fiction
    • Humor
    • Journalism
    • Personal Essay/Memoir
    • Poetry
    • Science Fiction & Fantasy
    • Short Story
    • Writing Portfolio - for graduating seniors only
  • Special Categories and Sponsored Awards
    • Best-in-Grade
    • Creativity and Citizenship
    • Duct Tape Brand Award
    • Future New
    • Gendenk Award
    • Novel Writing
    • Video Games
    For more information, please visit the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers website.

    The Christophers’ Video Contest for College Students - Outside Competition

    Deadline: December 16, 2014

    College students are invited to create a film or video (5 minutes or less in length) that best communicates the message and mission of The Christophers and its belief that one person can make a difference. Entries can express this theme in any genre or shooting style, but must be submitted as DVDs that are able to uploaded onto the site or send a link to your video.

  • The Rules:
    • Entrants must be enrolled in and attending undergraduate or graduate college classes, full or part time, between September 1, 2014 and December 16, 2014.
    • Entries must interpret some variation of the theme, “One Person Can Make a Difference.”
    • Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form. All forms must be signed. This form may be photocopied.
    • Entries must be 5 minutes or less in length.
    • Entrants who do not obtain and cannot provide written documentation of all necessary rights and permissions for music, images, video clips and any and all other non-original aspects of their entry will be disqualified.
    • Entries must be submitted as DVDs that we are able to upload onto our site or send us a link to your video to the email with the Subject Heading Video Contest 2014.
    • Each DVD or email (with link) must be labeled with the entrant’s name, email address, home address and telephone number,as well as the title and length of the entry.
    • For more information, please visit the The Christophers website. $1000 Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 21, 2014

  • If you could only choose one TV show to watch during your entire college career, which one would you choose and why?
  • Write a 300-500 word article about that subject. Please include the specific reasons as to why you like the show. Does it make you laugh and help you de-stress? Would you watch it with your roommates? Would it be helpful in your studies? Give us the details.

    Applicants are judged on creativity, thoughtfulness, and insight; along with how well they promote their post.

  • Applicant Eligibility
  • Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States, and may not be an associate (employee) or direct relative of an associate, of any division of

    Incoming freshmen: Applicant must be a current student and have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale, and must have taken either the ACT or SAT test. Applicant also must be a high school or home school senior graduating or earning a GED between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015, who will then enroll for fall 2015 as a freshman at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university.

  • Current freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors: Applicant must have a cumulative college grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale, and be enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015.
  • For more information, please visit the website.

    AFSCME Family Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31, 2014

    AFSCME is the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union with more than 1.6 million active and retired members. AFSCME’s members provide the vital services that make America happen. We are nurses, corrections officers, child care providers, EMTs, sanitation workers and more. With members in hundreds of different occupations, AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

    Each year the AFSCME Family Scholarship Program provides ten $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors that will be renewed for $2,000 each year for a maximum of four years, provided the student remains enrolled in a full-time course of study. The scholarship may be used for any field of study.

      To be eligible, you must:
    • Be a graduating high school senior.
    • Be a daughter, son or financially dependent grandchild of an active or retired, full dues-paying AFSCME member.
    • At the time the scholarship is awarded, be enrolled in a full-time degree program either at an accredited four-year institution or at a two-year institution that will transfer credits to a four-year institution.
    • Have taken the SAT or the ACT.
    For more information, please visit the AFSCME website.

    Best Price Nutrition - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31, 2014

    Best Price Nutrition is offering one student a $1,000 paid scholarship towards their academic costs for the 2014 school year. If any alumni wins this scholarship, $1,000 will be given to the school the alumni graduated from. As a bonus, the winner will also receive $250 in supplements from Empyrean Nutrition.

    Fill out a survey which has questions related to your health and fitness goals in life. Also answer the last essay question in the survey with 750 words or less. Punctuation, grammar, clarity and organization will be considered during the evaluation process, as well as content.

    Eligibility for Payout
    • Currently residing in the United States.
    • All eligible participants must be a currently enrolled full-time in college or an alumni
    For more information, please visit the Best Price Nutrition website.

    Anne Ford Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31, 2014

    The National Center for Learning Disabilities' (NCLD) mission is to ensure success for all individuals with learning disabilities in school, at work, and in life.

    The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) granted to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall of 2015. The ideal Anne Ford Scholar is a student who:

    • Articulates his or her LD and clearly demonstrates the importance of self-advocacy
    • Is committed to completing a four-year college degree and has begun to set realistic career goals
    • Participates in school and community activities
    • Has demonstrated academic achievements consistent with college and career goals
    • Plans to contribute to society in ways that increase opportunities for individuals with LD
    • Excels as a role model and spokesperson for others who struggle with LD
    • Be a graduating high school senior who will be attending a four-year bachelor’s degree program in the fall of 2015
    • Have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Provide most current documentation of an identified learning disability Please Note: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder alone is not considered to be a learning disability; eligible candidates with AD/HD must also provide documentation of a specific learning disability.
    • Be a United States citizen
    For more information, please visit the National Center for Learning Disabilities website.

    Datatech Labs - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31, 2014

    We are looking for creative geniuses to come out of the works to make a clever parody about our company. We want to see your best music video that describes our advantages and services using any song on the “Billboard Top 100” and the information we provide to you about Datatech Labs. Basically, we want you to help make us look good. In return; we will give you $1000 towards school! Please be appropriate and have fun with it.

  • Criteria:
    • You need to be either a high school senior who has been accepted into a college/university/trade school or a student currently enrolled in a college/university/trade school.
    • You must include the Datatech Labs Frame as the closing frame of the video.
    • You must Submit your video for approval. We will first evaluate your video before posting to make sure content is appropriate. Once approved by Datatech Labs, we will upload your video and send you the link.
    • Get as many likes as you can for your YouTube submission from your friends and families.
    For more information, please visit the Datatech Labs website.

    National Society, Sons of the American Revolution - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31, 2014

    The George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest was originally established and named in honor of President Calvin Coolidge, who won a local SAR essay contest while a student at Amherst. The contest was reestablished in 1988 by Compatriot McCarthy DeMere. In 1995, the contest was renamed the George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest in honor of their generous gift to the SAR to support this contest. The program is designed to give sophomore, junior and senior students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American history.

    Conducted at the Chapter, State Society and National Society levels, the students must submit an original essay with topics based on original research and deal with an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution.

    This contest is open to all students who are United States citizens or legal aliens. Contestants shall be attending public, parochial, or private high schools (including accredited home schools). Contestants shall be in the sophomore, junior or senior grade of study during the contest year. The contest is conducted in three phases: local (Chapter), state (State Society) and National. The contest must be entered through a Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution near the student's residence. In some cases, the contest may be entered at the State level (if the State does not have chapters or the chapters are not participating). Only one entry per student is permitted per contest year. If the State does not participate, then the essay may be submitted to the At Large judge listed on our website. The first place National winner is prohibited from participating in following years' contests.

    The contest is for an original researched and proven topic written in English. The topic of the essay shall deal with: an event, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. During the 2013-14 and 2014-15 contest years only, to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, contestants may also choose a topic that relates to Magna Carta and its influence on the Revolution or one or more of the Founding Fathers. Students must source at least five (5) references with the minimum of three being published book sources to allow for verification of sources if necessary. References from Encyclopedias or Internet sites will be accepted, but are not considered as part of the three published book sources. If there are no book sources (i.e. all are from encyclopedias or internet sources) the essay will be disqualified.

    For more information, please visit the Sons of the American Revolution website.

    John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 5, 2015

    The Profile in Courage Essay Contest invites United States high school students to consider the concept of political courage by writing an essay on a U.S. elected official who has chosen to do what is right, rather than what is expedient. A “Profile in Courage” essay is a carefully researched recounting of a story: the story of how an elected official risked his or her career to take a stand based on the dictates of the public good, rather than the dictates of polls, interest groups or even constituents. The contest challenges high school students to discover new profiles in courage, and to therefore research and write about acts of political courage that occurred after the publication of Kennedy's Profiles in Courage in 1956.

    The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas.

    For more information, please visit the John F Kennedy Library website.

    Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 9, 2015

    Our vision is to see that all APIAs have access to higher education and resources that cultivate their academic, personal and professional success regardless of their ethnicity, national origin or financial means. Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of APIA students by providing them with resources that increase their access to higher education which serves as the foundation for their future success and contributions to a stronger America.

    Minimum Eligibility Criteria
    • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census
    • Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply
    • Be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2015. Please read the scholarships by supporter details below for specific eligibility requirements regarding the academic standing required for each scholarship.
    • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED
    • Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA
    • Submit one letter of recommendation
    For more information, please visit the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund website.

    US Military VA Loan Disability Awareness Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 10, 2015 is pleased to offer scholarships in support of disability awareness. Every year, a prospective or current college student will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship to help with the costs associated with attending school.

    Applicants should submit an essay between 500 and 1000 words about how they or someone they knew overcame disability to do something great. This year's potential award winners will be judged by the editorial staff of and selected on February 10th, 2015. Applications for this scholarship period will close one month prior to the announcement date on January 10th, 2015.

    Applications are welcome and accepted from anybody who meets the Application requirements. Whether or not you have a disability, we would love to review your application, as the scholarship is not restricted - only meant to bring awareness.

  • Requirements
    • Applicant shall be at least 17 years of age and be accepted to and/or attending a full-time higher education program at an accredited institution of learning.
    • Applicant must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA based on the previous year's academic performance.
    For more information, please visit the Military VA Loan website.

    Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 12, 2015

    The Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway is changing students’ lives. Every student deserves a chance to realize their potential. That's why Dr Pepper is awarding over $1,000,000 in tuition to help students across the country pursue their dreams.

    The Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway has changed lives by awarding over $6 million dollars in tuition since 2008. With the challenges of rising tuition costs and studying full-time, we take pride in helping students achieve their goals.

    What is your one of kind goal? What do you dream of achieving? Tell us your one of a kind goal for your chance to compete to win up to $100,000 in tuition.

    If you're a student between the ages of 18-24 you can tell us your one of a kind goal to enter for the chance to compete to win up to $100,000 in tuition.

    You'll be eligible to submit a video once you reach 50 votes. Dr Pepper will select finalists for a chance to compete to win up to $100,000 in tuition at a college football championship game. In addition, if you reach the top 5 of the $5,000 Leaderboard when voting ends, you could win $5,000 in tuition.

    If you're 25 and older, you won't be eligible to compete to win $100,000 in tuition but you are eligible to compete for the leaderboard prize. Collect as many votes as possible and if you're in the top 5 of the Leaderboard when voting ends, you could win $5,000 in tuition.

    If you know a student with a one of a kind story, you can nominate them by submitting a story on their behalf.

  • Deadline date for $100,000 Tuition Contest = October 20, 2014
  • Deadline date for $5,000 Tuition Contest = January 12, 2015
  • For more information, please visit the Dr Pepper website.

    Gates Millennium Scholars Foundation - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 14, 2015

    The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline or area of interest.

    GMS will select 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. They provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through their leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career. The program is more than a scholarship–it's an opportunity to change your life!

      Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they meet all of the following criteria:
    • Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American
    • Are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States
    • Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED
    • Will enroll for the first time at a U.S. located, accredited college or university (with the exception of students concurrently pursuing a high school diploma) in the fall of 2015 as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student. First-time college enrollees can also be GED recipients
    • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities
    • Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria
    • Have completed and submitted all three required forms: the student's application (Nominee Personal Information Form), an evaluation of the student's academic record (Nominator Form) and an evaluation of the student's community service and leadership activities(Recommender Form) by the deadline
    • For more information, please visit the Gates Millennium Scholars website.

      KCAD has had a winner of this scholarship! It pays the difference of "cost of attendance" less other financial aid!

    Mensa Education & Reseach Foundation - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: January 15, 2015

    The Mensa Foundation recognizes, encourages and communicates excellence in intelligence globally through education, research and recognition programs. Each year the Mensa Foundation gives away an average of $60,000 through a scholarship program run by 400 volunteers from coast to coast; presents national and international awards in recognition of research, education and practical achievement regarding giftedness, intelligence and creativity; and publishes the Mensa Research Journal. The Mensa Foundation also sponsors award-winning educational activities including the podcast series Conversations with Mensa and projects for gifted youth such as the Mensa For Kids Web site.

    The Foundation's college scholarship program bases its awards totally on essays written by the applicants. Consideration is not given to grades, academic program or financial need. U.S. applicants need not be Mensa members. However, Mensa members may apply for both these scholarship programs and the additional Mensa Member Award Program.

    The Foundation's international scholarship program is open to foreign Mensans or their dependents attending college in the United States.

  • There are two requirements for applicants:
    • The applicant must be enrolled in a degree program in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning for the 2015-2016 academic year.
    • The applicant must submit an application and essay explaining his or her career, academic and/or vocational goals and how they plan to achieve those goals.
    For more information, please visit the Mensa Foundation website.

    The Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 21, 2015

    The MOPH Scholarship Program is a competitive scholarship program that awards approximately eighty (80) scholarships to Purple Heart recipients and their spouses, children, and grandchildren each year.

    To be eligible to apply for a MOPH Scholarship, each applicant needs to be a member of one of the following categories:

    • a Purple Heart recipient who is also a member of MOPH, or
    • his/her spouse, or
    • his/her direct lineal descendent (child, step-child, adopted child, grandchild or step-grandchild), or
    • the spouse, widow/widower, or direct lineal descendent of a service member killed-in-action or who died of wounds. If the Purple Heart recipient is listed as killed-in-action or died of wounds, supporting documentation must accompany the application.
  • In order to receive an MOPH Scholarship, applicants must meet the following three requirements:
    • be a graduate or upcoming graduate (current senior) of a high school or GED program, and
    • accepted by or enrolled as a FULL-TIME undergraduate student at an accredited U.S. college, university, or trade school at the time the scholarship is awarded, and
    • be able to demonstrate the capacity for advanced academic achievement or technical proficiency as demonstrated by maintaining at least a 2.75 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) based on an un-weighted 4.0 grading system.

    Graduate students and students going back to school to receive additional undergraduate degrees after successfully completing at least one prior undergraduate degree program are not eligible to apply.

    For more information, please visit the Military Order of the Purple Heart website.

    Zinch One Year Free Tuition Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 24, 2015

    This is the longest running and most prestigious scholarship on Zinch. Each year 100 students are selected to compete for this award based on their Zinch profile. Students are grouped into one of ten categories; the best profile within each respective category will be named the category winner and receives a $250 Chegg Textbook Scholarship. Zinch then judges the top ten profiles of each category to select one grand prize winner, who will be awarded a full year of tuition (up to $20,000).

    The scholarship is a series of 4 quarterly scholarship competitions culminating in a Grand Prize competition. Each quarter, Zinch will select ten (10) student finalists (“Quarterly Category Super Students”) from among all Zinch users who created or updated their profiles during the entry period, and who enter the Contest. There will be 1 finalist selected in each of the ten available categories (40 Quarterly Category Super Students). Finalists will be selected based off the strength of their Zinch profile inclusive of (but not limited to) completeness, uploaded media, and Endorsements.

  • The 10 categories are:
    • Engineering - students pursuing programs in chemical, civic, electrical or mechanical engineering or a related field
    • Life Sciences - students pursuing programs in biology (plant or animal), the environment, medicine or a related field
    • Computers & Technology - students pursuing programs in information technology, computer science or a related field
    • Performing Arts - students that excel in theatre, music, dance or other types of arts performed in front of live audiences
    • Digital Media & Design - students using digital technologies to create traditional and digital art and design for print, film, web or other media related distribution
    • Social Media & Communication - students using social media in the fields of advertising, communications, journalism, marketing or related field
    • Student Athlete - students that show exceptional ability in individual or team athletic sports
    • Community Service - students that lead projects that have social impact within their communities
    • Business & Entrepreneurship - students that have started their own businesses or pursuing degrees in accounting, business, entrepreneurship or a related field
    • Leadership & Government - students that hold positions of leadership in organizations and/or are pursuing degrees in government, political science, law or related field

    Eligibility: High school students graduating in 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016 with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

    At the end of the year, a panel of guest judges will review all 40 Quarterly Super Students and select one (1) Grand Prize Winner, who will receive free tuition for an entire academic year (up to a $20,000) as a scholarship prize, and 3 Honorable Mentions who will each receive a $1000 scholarship prize. Judges will select the Grand Prize Winner inclusive of (but not limited to) the strength of the student’s Zinch profile, the results of user community selection, and personal merit.

    For more information, please visit the Zinch website.

    Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 30, 2015

    Elks are community. No matter where you go in the country, an Elks Lodge is right around the corner. With more than 850,000 members and 2,000 Lodges nationwide, Elks are providing charitable services that help build stronger communities. Join us in service to your community!

    The Elks National Foundation awards more than $3.74 million a year in college scholarships. Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships ($1,000 per year for four years). The Foundation will offer a total of up to 250 awards.

  • Eligibility:
    • Any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2012, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2012, is eligible to apply. The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2015. Great-grandchildren are not eligible.
    • The applicant must be a high school senior.
    • The applicant must apply online only.
    • If the applicant's parent and grandparent are both Elk members, the applicant must apply through the parent's Elks Lodge.
    • Students may apply for more than one ENF scholarship; however, they may win only one. In cases where the student qualifies for more than one, we will award the scholarship with the greater value.
    • Legacy Awards may only be applied to accredited US American schools, colleges or universities. (Note: Applicants from Guam, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Philippines may apply Legacy Awards toward schools, colleges or universities in their respective homes.)
    • Applicants must take the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the American College Test by December 31, 2014.
    For more information, please visit the Elks website.

    Union Plus Scholarship Program - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 31, 2015

    The Union Plus Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Union Plus Education Foundation, is open to students attending or planning to attend a four-year college or university, a community college or a technical college or trade school.

    Since 1992, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $3.6 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education.This is a competitive scholarship. Applicants are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor.

  • Eligibility
    • Current and retired members of participating unions, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations). At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant's spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2015.
    • Participating union members from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada are eligible. But students must attend an U.S. accredited college.
    • Union members do not have to purchase any Union Plus program product or participate in any Union Plus programs to apply for the scholarships and scholarship awards are not based upon participation in a Union Plus program.
    • The applicant must be accepted into a U.S. accredited college or university, community college or technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Awards must be used for the 2015 – 2016 school year.
    • A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended.
    • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.

    The amount of the award ranges from $500 to $4,000. These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall of 2015. Students may re-apply each year.

    For more information, please visit the Union Plus website.

    Civitan Shropshire Scholarship Program - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 31, 2015

    Dr. Courtney W. Shropshire was the founder and first President of Civitan International. Following his death in 1965, the Civitan International Freedom Foundation established this scholarship in his honor. The worldwide mission of Civitan International is to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs, with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.

  • Eligibility:
    • Must be a Civitan, Campus Civitan, or Junior Civitan and must have been a member for at least 2 years.
    • Must be pursuing careers which help further the ideals and purposes of the Civitan International as embodied in its creed.
    • Must be enrolled full-time in undergraduate or graduate studies.
    For more information, please visit the Civitan International website.

    Naomi Winston Scholarship in Art - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 1, 2015

    In honor of Naomi Winston, an annual scholarship has been established and made available, through the National Society of Arts and Letters, to young visual artists between the ages of 16 and 22. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional talent and promise of future success.

    The scholarship funds are only for private study, for special training or for personal advancement in the applicant’s art medium. They can be used for workshops, museum programs, summer programs, etc. The funds are not for college tuition, housing or travel.

    The maximum amount awarded to an applicant is $5,000.

    For more information, please visit the National Society of Arts and Letters website.

    Islamic Society of North America - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 1, 2015

    The Islamic Society of North America is pleased to announce scholarships for Muslim American students pursuing a college education in the United States:

    Dr. Abdulmunim A. Shakir Scholarship: Given his strong belief in the value education, Dr. Shakir arranged for a scholarship fund to be established to support freshmen students in their first year of higher education. 20 students will be awarded $1000 each in any field of study. Awards based on academic achievement, leadership experience and volunteer service. The objective is to help students achieve and succeed by receiving aid financially.

    • GPA 3.0 or higher
    • Entering Freshman year in college (current high school senior)
    • American Citizenship or Permanent Residency
    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • Write an one page essay: Describe your commitment to leadership, scholarship and Islam.
    For more information, please visit the ISNA website.

    IAFF W. H. “Howie” McClennan scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 1, 2015

    The International Association of Fire Fighters presents awards annually to the sons, daughters or legally adopted children of fire fighters who have died in the line of duty to attend a university, accredited college or school of higher learning in the United States or Canada.

    Selection Criteria:
    Awards are based on financial need, aptitude promise and demonstrated academic achievement.

    How to Apply:
  • All applicants, both new and renewal applicants, must submit all application materials. Applications materials include:
    • A completed Scholarship Application Form.
    • An official copy of a school transcript and grade report from the school currently attending or most recently attended. The official school transcript should list all grade points earned and academic course work completed to date.
    • A brief statement (about 200 words) prepared by the applicant that indicates their reasons for wanting to continue their education.
    • Two letters of recommendation from a teacher, school administrator, counselor, clergy, work supervisor or military supervisor (active, reserve or National Guard) who can address the qualifications and academic aptitude of the scholarship applicant. The required letters of recommendation may not be from immediate family members, close family friends, blood relatives, or relationships by marriage.
    For more information, please visit the IAFF website.

    Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 15, 2015

    The American Traffic Safety Services Foundation Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program, awarded annually, provides financial assistance for post-high school education to the children as well as parents with custody or legal guardianship of surviving children of roadway workers killed or permanently disabled in work zone accidents, including mobile operations and the installation of roadway safety features.

    Eligible applicants must be children of roadway workers killed or permanently disabled in work zones related construction or maintenance activities, including mobile operations and the installation of roadway safety features. Spouses of fallen workers and parents with custody or legal guardianship of surviving children are also eligible.

  • Applicants must apply to the scholarship program. All applicants will be judged by the following four criteria:
    • The applicant’s past academic performance record of high school grades. In the case of applicants already attending an institution of higher learning, their cumulative college grade point average and academic performance will be considered.
    • A written statement that explains the applicants reasons for wanting to continue his or her education.
    • The applicant’s demonstrated need for financial assistance for continuing education. The need for financial assistance will be based on a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
    • The views expressed in the letters of recommendation that are provided in support of the applicant’s nomination.

    An additional award of $1000 may be granted and this award is based solely on the applicant’s volunteer experiences and commitment to volunteerism.

    For more information, please visit the ATSSA website.

    AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 15, 2015

    As more and more families across America are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, many teenagers as well are becoming aware of this heartbreaking brain disease—from personal experiences in their own families, watching friends and neighbors, or involvement in community service.

    In a further effort to provide an outlet for teenagers to express their thoughts about Alzheimer’s disease and to engage the younger generation in this cause, AFA is pleased to offer the AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship—an annual $5,000 scholarship awarded to one deserving college-bound student, and $2,500 and $1,000 scholarships to the first and second runners-up, respectively. Additionally, seven $500 scholarships will be awarded for Honorable Mention.

  • Eligibility:
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
    • Plan to enter an accredited four-year college/university within 12 months of the scholarship deadline.
    • Be currently enrolled in a public, independent, parochial, military, home-school or other high school in the United States (if not currently enrolled, please explain extenuating circumstances).
    • Write a 1,200 to 1,500 word autobiography that answers the following questions:
          How has Alzheimer’s disease changed or impacted your life?
          What have you learned about yourself, your family and/or your community in the face of coping with Alzheimer’s disease?
    For more information, please visit the AFA Teens website.

    Tall Clubs International - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 15, 2015

    Are you under 21 years of age and about to start college in the fall of 2015? If so, you may be in luck! TCI annually awards student scholarship(s) of up to $1000 each to tall students who are under 21 years of age and attending their first year of college in the following Fall.

  • What are the requirements?
    • You must be under 21
    • You must be entering your first year of college in Fall 2015
    • You must also meet the TCI height requirement minimums. (5’10″ for women and 6’2″ for men.)

    If you are interested in applying for a TCI Scholarship Award, you may contact a TCI Member Club closest to you for sponsorship, or you may ask for an application directly at

    Please include your name, email, city and state in your inquiry.

    For more information, please visit the Tall Clubs International website.

    Gordon A Rich Memorial Fund - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 18, 2015

    The Gordon A. Rich Memorial Foundation (“GAR”) was created to honor the memory of Gordon Rich. Gordon was an individual of extraordinary talent, energy and persistence with a passion for life. He was extremely bright, hard working, a superb athlete, an accomplished pianist, a master chef and wine connoisseur, an advisor to corporations and their leaders and a loving father and husband. His effusive personality combined with a genuine interest in the well being of others yielded him a plethora of friends from all walks of life.

  • Requirements:
    • Applicants must be dependent children of full-time employees in the financial services industry (commercial banks, investment banks, securities brokerage firms, insurance companies, fund and asset management companies, credit card and finance companies and similar businesses as determined by the Foundation). Employees must be presently employed with five years of experience OR no longer employed in this field but had ten years of experience which ended no longer than five years prior to the GAR Scholarship application closing date (which is located on the top of the application).
    • Students must be graduating high school seniors who are enrolling as full time first year students in pursuit of a four-year bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university in the United States.
    • Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and rank in the top 20% of their class.
    • Students must demonstrate financial need.
    • Students must be a US citizen or legal resident.
  • Applications will require:
    • Applicant Data
    • Parent/Guardian Information
    • Applicant Appraisal to be completed by a high school counselor or a teacher from your junior or senior year
    • An essay response (500 words or less) Drawing on your own interests, accomplishments and experiences, tell how you’ve embodied the passion, spirit and ideals exemplified in the life of Gordon Rich. (Information about Mr. Rich is available on the Gordon A. Rich website)
    • An official transcript of grades from each school attended
    • Cumulative GPA
    • Standardized test scores (SAT I or ACT)
    For more information, please visit the Gordon Rich Memorial Foundation website.

    Vegetarian Resource Group - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 20, 2015

    The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger. We have been helping health professionals, food services, businesses, educators, students, vegans, and vegetarians since 1982.

    Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs.

    One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be given. Entries may only be sent by students graduating from high school in spring 2015. Applicants will be judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle.

    For more information, please visit the Vegetarian Resource Group website.

    Community Foundation of Monroe County - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: February 21, 2015

    If there is anything certain in life, it is change and the current economic climate has proven this to be true. It seems that every day we are confronted with new challenges and opportunities that test our abilities and thinking. Nonprofit organizations, like ours struggle to meet the increased demands on our resources in this uncertain investment market. Despite this we were able to give scholarships to students totaling $40,000 and award $70,000 in grants to the community.

    There are many scholarships for students from the Monroe County region. We have listed only those that are art related, however, we strongly encourage you to check out the website and see if there are any general or high school specific scholarships for which you can apply.

    Brent Ansted Memorial Scholarship Fund endowed by the Ansted and Uller family to provide scholarships to graduating Seniors of Bedford High School pursuing a degree in the Liberal Arts anywhere within the US. Preference will be given to those students pursuing the following fields: Computer Design, Graphic Design, Culinary Arts, Photography and Music. A sample portfolio should be included with the essay.

    For more information, please visit the Community Foundation of Monroe County website. Applications need to be to your school counselor by February 21, 2015.

    Gerber Foundation - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: February 28, 2015

    The Gerber Foundation offers two competitive scholarships for students in West Michigan graduating from high schools in Newaygo or Muskegon counties.

  • The Daniel Gerber, Sr. Medallion Scholarship is available to students graduating from one of the five school districts in Newaygo County, Michigan. (GPA must be 3.71 or higher)
  • The Gerber Foundation Merit Scholarship is available to students graduating from a high school in Newaygo and Muskegon Counties in Michigan. (GPA must be between 2.00 - 3.70)
  • Complete the application, submit one letter of recommendation, and write a 500-1000 word essay about yourself including a brief summary of your family, job experiences, extracurricular activities, community service, reasons for your interest in your chose field of study, and indicate how you have demonstrated responsibility, honesty, good citizenship and teamwork through the activities in which you have participated.

    For more information, please visit the Gerber Foundation website.

    Annual Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 28, 2015

    The Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card $10,000 Scholarship Contest from the Gallery Collection is open to high school, college, and graduate students. Applicants are asked to design the front of a greeting card that could be sold as an actual card in their line. Designs may consist of original photographs, artwork, and/or computer graphics. The student with the winning design will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship and his or her design will be made into a greeting card to be sold on their website.

    This contest is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, as well as American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. International students who have a student visa to attend school in the United States are considered legal residents and eligible.

    If you are an eligible student interested in entering this scholarship contest, please take a look at the cards they currently sell on their site to get a better idea of what kind of designs the judges will be looking for. They sell holiday cards and all occasion cards, so you can design a Christmas card, a generic happy holidays card, a seasons greetings card, or a card ranging from birthday to thank you to get well soon. Be sure to read through the scholarship rules and guidelines so that you are well-acquainted with the criteria for this scholarship contest.

    For more information, please visit The Gallery Collection website.

    Sons of Norway Foundation - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: March 1, 2015

    The Sons of Norway Foundation was established in 1966 to provide funding for research and promotion of Norwegian heritage and culture. We have grown in our focus and offerings so that we now have six categories of scholarships.

    Applicants must have a certificate of completion from high school and be enrolled in post-secondary training or education (college, vocational school, or trade school), and be current members of Sons of Norway, or children or grandchildren of current Sons of Norway members in Sons of Norway districts 1–6. Sons of Norway membership must be in effect at least one calendar year prior to application.

    Applicants must submit an application form. Included in this application must be information describing what you plan to study, where and when. Please indicate related fees, your long-term career goals, your involvement in Sons of Norway, youth or community activities, and your financial need (compare cost of program with your ability to pay). Attach to the application a copy of your latest grade transcript and two letters of recommendation (written by teacher, youth leader, or someone else not related to you, but who knows you well) describing your character and abilities.

    For more information, please visit the Sons of Norway Foundation website.

    Danish Sisterhood of America - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: March 1, 2015

    The Danish Sisterhood of America is very proud of its Scholarship and Grant Program. Our Scholarship and Grant Program is made possible through generous endowments and memorial funds and are being supplemented by donations from individual members, lodges, and districts of the Danish Sisterhood. No membership dues are used to support these scholarships and grants.

    Betty Hansen National Scholarship
  • Up to eight available at $1000 each.
  • The applicant must:
    • Have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Be a full time student enrolled in or entering an accredited four-year college or university as a graduate or undergraduate student
    • be a Danish Sisterhood member in good standing in the sponsoring lodge or be a Danish Sisterhood member initiated for a minimum of one year prior to the application deadline or the daughter/son of Danish Sisterhood member or the daughter/son of a Danish Sisterhood member who was in good standing at the time of her death.
    For more information, please visit the Danish Sisterhood of America website. - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: March 31, 2015

    Register to win a $1000 scholarship from eCampusTours. It's as easy as 1-2-3...

  • Step 1 - Read the Scholarship Giveaway rules.
  • Step 2 - Create an eCampusTours account. If you already have a User ID and Password, you can go on to Step 3. You may retrieve your password if you have forgotten it.
  • Step 3 - Register for the scholarship.
  • For more information, please visit the website.

    Seabee Memorial Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: April 15, 2015

    Since 1972, through the generosity of its supporters, SMSA has provided approximately 2,500 scholarships to children and grandchildren of Seabees and CEC Officers seeking a college education. Over the years, SMSA has increased the value of the majority of each scholarship from $600 to $3,000, and the number of students with SMSA scholarships in any year has grown from 6 to over 70. The SMSA desires to double the scholarship award amount in order to keep up with the rising costs of a college education, and to increase the number of students receiving scholarships.

    Children and grandchildren of Seabees qualify for an SMSA scholarship. Great-grandchildren do not qualify. Seabees are enlisted personnel with a Seabee rating; CEC Officers; or others who have served, or are serving, in a Naval Construction Force (Seabee) unit. Seabees can be active, reserve, retired, deceased or honorably discharged.

    The applicant must currently be a senior in high school or a high school graduate (the applicant may already be in college). Scholarships are awarded for two or four-year college degree programs; they are not granted for graduate study. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, scholastic record, citizenship and leadership.

    For more information, please visit the SMSA Foundation website.

    Polish National Alliance - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: April 15, 2015

    The Polish National Alliance is pleased to make available scholarship applications to qualified members who are enrolled as full-time sophomore college and university students or above, and who will continue their undergraduate studies in the fall semester.

  • Eligibility requirements:
    • Only college sophomores, juniors or seniors are eligible to apply for scholarships.
    • To be eligible to participate in the Scholarship Program the applicant must be a beneficial premium paying member in good standing of the PNA for at least three (3) years, or the applicant must be an insured premium paying member in good standing with PNA for at least two years, providing one parent has been an insured member for at least five years.
  • The application must include the following:
    • A completed application signed by the applicant and parent.
    • Most recent official college or university transcript. Copies and grade reports will not be accepted (if not available with application, then one must be received by April 15th). A computer printout will not be accepted. Without an official transcript the application is incomplete and therefore, will be disqualified.
    • Recent Photo (wallet size please)
    • In determining the recipients, the Scholarship Committee will take into consideration the applicant’s academic record, educational goals, involvement in fraternal and youth programs, - Church, community or college activities as well as family PNA membership. The evaluation will be on a Cumulative Point System. A GPA below 3.0 will not qualify.
    • A PNA Scholarship recipient must be a beneficial member at the time any award is paid. In addition, a recipient must be a member for a minimum of 5 years after the last award is received. If membership is not retained all awards received must be repaid.
    For more information, please visit the Polish National Alliance website.

    ChairScholars Foundation - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: April 15, 2015

    Available to students in every state in the continental U.S., the ChairScholars National Scholarship Program provides eligible high school seniors and college undergrads up to $20,000 for tuition to attend the college or university of their choice.

  • To qualify for a National Scholarship:
    • Must have a serious physical challenge and may or may not use a wheelchair for mobility. The physical challenge must be significant and affect activities of daily living. No minor disability will be considered.
    • Must have verifiable unmet financial need.
    • Must have at least a B average.
    • Must be a high school senior or college undergrad. We do not fund graduate studies.
    • Must show some form of significant community service or social contribution in the past.
  • You need to include:
    • A good quality recent photograph, full body shot as opposed to head shot.
    • A 300 500 word essay outlining : How you became physically challenged, how your situation has affected you and your family, and your goals and aspirations for the future.
    • Three letters of recommendation.
    • Include your Parent's or Guardian's Federal income tax return from last year. If you are on SSI or some other form of aid you must inform us. If your parents are divorced, please send both tax returns.
    • Send your High School transcripts, including your SAT and ACT scores and any honors or achievements you have earned.
    • Physician's documentation of your disability.
    For more information, please visit the ChairScholars Foundation website.

    FRA Education Foundation - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: April 15, 2015

    FRA's Education Foundation scholarship program has been helping deserving students reach their educational and professional goals for decades, presenting annual awards of up to $5,000 to individuals pursuing college and graduate degrees. Thanks to the generosity of our members, legacy gifts and corporate sponsors, the scope of the program has grown substantially since 2000; increasing the number of recipients by more than 50 percent and boosting the monetary value of the awards by more than 260 percent. Just since 2000, the FRA scholarship program has provided over 200 scholarships totaling more than $850,000.

    The FRA Education Foundation makes scholarships available to eligible full-time students (Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel and their families) who are U.S. citizens attending accredited colleges and universities in the United States.

    For more information, please visit the FRA Education Foundation website.

    Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: April 16, 2015

    The mission of CHCI Scholarship Program is to provide critical financial assistance that will increase graduation rates among Latino students in post-secondary education. CHCI's scholarship opportunities are afforded to Latino students in the United States who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. There is no GPA or academic major requirement. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply.

  • Eligibility Criteria
    • Full-time enrollment in a United States Department of Education accredited community college, four-year university, or graduate/professional program during the period for which scholarship is requested
    • Demonstrated financial need
    • Consistent, active participation in public and/or community service activities
    • Strong writing skills
    • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization.
    For more information, please visit the CHCI website.

    Sports Unlimited Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: April 20, 2015

    Sports Unlimited is dedicated to reaching further than the field, court, or diamond that you play on. We believe in fostering development and empowering ourselves and others through higher education because it takes as much courage to succeed in the classroom as it does on the field. Two times every year, we offer a $1,000 college scholarship to the athlete who inspires us most through his or her essay.

  • Essay Topic:
  • Describe a time when you've had to overcome adversity to succeed in a sport.
  • Write a 500-1000 word essay on the subject above and answer a short survey on-line.

  • Eligibility:
    • You must be a graduating high school senior or a freshman/sophomore in college.
    • You can’t be related to anyone at Sports Unlimited.
    • We reserve the right to verify the date of high school graduation and/or college enrollment.
    For more information, please visit the Sports Unlimited website.

    The Drive to Learn Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: May 1, 2015

    Shift Insurance has aimed to change the way you think about insurance and now we aim to change the way you think about learning. Pursuing post-secondary education can provide us with important experiences that extend our knowledge and contribute to personal growth. However, there are also life experiences that occur outside the classroom that can offer bits of wisdom in our lives. Consider driving, for instance. The majority of the country’s population spends a good chunk of time behind the wheel and/or as passengers on a regular basis but how often do any of us seize the opportunity to reflect on these experiences?

    Take a moment to think about your most memorable experiences—both good and bad—as a driver and/or a passenger. Whether or not you noticed it at the time, they probably helped you learn something about yourself, others, or life in general. Share your experiences with us! If you are currently a full-time student at a four-year university, graduate program, community college, or trade school, Shift Insurance wants to hear from you. Simply tell us about an important learning experience you had while on the road —either as a driver or a passenger—and you could receive $1000!

    Applicants must be enrolled full time (at least 12 undergraduate units or 6-9 graduate units) at a single educational institution located in the continental United States. U.S citizens and non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.

  • In 750-1000 words, prepare a written response that addresses ONE of the following prompts:
    • Some of the best life-lessons are the ones we learn from our mistakes. Share a lesson you learned when facing the consequences of bad decision-making as a driver or a passenger. Describe the situation and explain how it led to a valuable learning experience.
    • Learning how to drive is a different experience for everyone because some may find it easy to accomplish while others struggle with the challenge. Describe your experience. What did it take for you to become a confident driver? What valuable lesson(s) did you learn--about yourself, others, or life in general--during or after the process?
    • You may have noticed that people tend to change over time. For example, you're probably not the same person you were as a freshman in high school. Think about the driver you were when you first obtained your driver's license. Maybe you were a young and reckless driver or perhaps a timid and careful driver. Now think about the driver you are today. Describe how you have changed as a driver. Does this transformation reflect changes in other aspects of your life (i.e. driving more carefully after a near-death experience, driving aggressively after losing your job, etc.)? If so, explain. Would you consider this transformation to your benefit or do you see it as a potential problem? Why?
    • Although the vast majority of the country's population drives on a regular basis, there are still many people who do not. Are you one of them? What's keeping you from getting behind the wheel? Maybe the city you live in is not commuter-friendly, maybe you cannot afford to buy a car, or perhaps you simply choose not to drive. Describe your situation. Is this an obstacle for you? Why or why not? How has not driving influenced you and your life?
    For more information, please visit the Shift Insurance website.

    Women’s Army Corps Veterans’ Association Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: May 1, 2015

    The Women's Army Corps Veterans Association Scholarship has been established to recognize relatives of Army Service Women.

    This scholarship is based upon academic achievement and leadership as expressed through co-curricular activities and community involvement. A $1500 scholarship will be given annually. The recipient will be notified by mail or email. The check will be forwarded to the acceptance institution.

  • Eligibility:
    • Is a United States Citizen.
    • Is a high school Graduating Senior, showing academic promise, with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Include a letter from the high school attending, with transcripts.
    • Submit a biographical sketch and letter stating goals and how the scholarship will be used.
    • Applicants must plan to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited college or university in the United States in pursuit of a degree course of study.
    • Applicants must be a child, grandchild, niece or nephew of an Army Service Woman, and must submit documentation of sponsor's military service.
  • Application Process:
  • The application process encompasses five steps.
    • Complete the Women's Army Corps Veterans’ Association application form.
    • Attach an official 7-semester high school transcript.
    • Include three letters of recommendation, one of which must be written by a teacher, counselor or principal.
    • Attach the biographical sketch of 500 words or fewer about your future goals and how the scholarship will be used. Include significant people and/or events that have influenced you.
    • Attach documentation of sponsor's military service.
    For more information, please visit the Women's Army Corps Veteran's Association website.

    Inheritance of Hope Legacy Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: May 31, 2015

    The Inheritance of Hope Legacy Scholarship is awarded to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are college-bound high school seniors who are living with a parent who has a life-threatening illness as of February 1, 2015. The student must demonstrate a compelling personal and financial need, a strong sense of family, and collegiate promise. The award amount is a one-time payment of $1,000.

  • Record a video (with a digital camera, phone camera, webcam, etc.) of yourself answering the following questions:
    • How have you and your family been impacted by your parent's illness?
    • What does this parent mean to you and how has s/he made you who you are today?
    • Why do you need an Inheritance of Hope Legacy Scholarship?
  • This video must adhere to the following criteria:
    • maximum length of 5 minutes
    • maximum file size of 300 MB
  • You must submit a letter from a doctor verifiying that your parent has been diagnosed with a terminal or life-threatening illness. The letter must be on the doctor's letterhead and include the following:

    • Full name of the ill parent
    • Date
    • Diagnosis
    • That the condition is terminal or life-threatening
    • The doctor's name both printed and signed
    For more information, please visit the Inheritance of Hope website.

    Michigan Community Foundations - Outside Scholarships

    Many Michigan Community Foundations award scholarships to residents of their county and the surrounding areas. Find your local Community Foundation to see if they offer scholarships. Michigan Community Foundations - Home

    Hispanic Scholarship Fund - Outside Scholarships

    The Hispanic Scholarship Fund's (HSF) mission is to strengthen America by advancing the college education of Hispanic Americans. We deliver a range of programs to Hispanic families and students through community outreach and education, affordability via scholarships, college retention and career opportunities. HSF supports a successful path for Latinos to attain a college degree - creating an increasingly valuable asset for a stronger, more competitive America in the 21st century. Celebrating its 35th year, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded over $300M, resulting in close to 100,000 scholarships to students in need.

    Please visit the Hispanic Scholarship Fund website for more information on numerous applications. Deadline dates vary.

    Walmart Foundation Associate Scholarship Program - Outside Scholarship

    The Walmart Foundation offers scholarship programs that benefit qualified Walmart associates.

  • Walmart Associate Scholarship
  • Eligibility:
    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States.
    • Must be employed part-time or full-time with any division of Walmart for at least six consecutive months prior to the appropriate application due date.
    • Must have graduated high school/home school or obtained a GED before applying or be a graduating high school senior who intends to enroll in a college or university upon graduation.
    • If applying as a graduating high school senior, must wait to apply until you are within 6 months of starting your college courses.
    • Must have financial need and be able to demonstrate the need with required documents. (Note: Students with other funds that pay entirely for tuition, books, fees, and on-campus room and board are ineligible.)
  • Deadline dates vary.
  • For more information, please visit the Walmart website.

    Segal AmericaCorps Education Award - Outside Award

    AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.

    Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Whether your service makes a community safer, gives a child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, you’ll be getting things done through AmeriCorps!

    Each AmeriCorps member who successfully completes a term of AmeriCorps service will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award*. You can use your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay educational expenses at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified student loans. You have up to seven years after your term of service has ended to claim the award.

    The amount of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is tied to the maximum amount of the U.S. Department of Education’s Pell Grant. Since the maximum amount of Pell grants can change from year to year, so can the dollar amounts of education awards. (For terms of service that were approved using 2012 funds, the amount of a full-time education award was $5,550; awards for part-time terms of service are pro-rated based on the amount of a full-time award.)

    For more information, please visit the AmeriCorps website.

    Michigan Education & Training Voucher Program - Outside scholarship

    • Were you in foster care after your 14th birthday or,
    • Were you adopted from foster care after your 16th birthday?
  • and
    • Do you have a high school diploma or GED?
    • Are you attending an accredited college or vocational program?
    • Are you under the age of 21?
    • Are you a Michigan resident?

    If you answered “yes” to these questions, you may be eligible for funding to help with your educational expenses! The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) can pay for tuition, loans, rent, school supplies, computers, health care, and much more!

    Eligible Amounts: Full Time students will be eligible for up to $2,000 per term and Part Time students will be eligible for up to $1,000 a term (while funding is available).

    For more information, please visit the Lutheran Social Services of Michigan website or call the ETV office toll free at 1-877-660-METV (6388). - Outside Scholarships

    We love teens. They are creative, active, wired…and frustrated that our world is so messed up. harnesses that awesome energy and unleashes it on causes teens care about. Almost every week, we launch a new national campaign. The call to action is always something that has a real impact and doesn’t require money, an adult, or a car. With a goal of 5 million active members by 2015, is one of the largest organizations in the US for teens and social change.

    Many different scholarships are offered to students 25 years old and under with different deadline dates.

    For more information, please visit the website. - Outside Scholarship

    In addition to being a Cheap Lodging provider, HotelsCheap is offering college scholarships for students aspiring to achieve a college education. Having attended college ourselves, we appreciate the difficulty students face in financing their education, and we recognize the benefits a college degree can provide. That’s why our need-based scholarship rewards students who are looking to better themselves, who have goals and dreams, and who are committed to achieving a college degree. US students who are 16 years of age or older are encouraged to apply for our scholarships. High school students, undergraduate students, master degree students, and adult learners are all encouraged to apply. is awarding a need-based scholarship of $1,500 to college students. We at Hotelscheap understand that financing your education can be difficult; as a result we would like to lend a hand.

    To apply for the scholarship, he or she must answer four personal, open-ended, and thought-provoking questions. The students whose responses are the most persuasive, compelling, and well-written, as judged by our Headquarters management team will be considered finalists.

      Question 1
    • What extra-curricular activities are you involved in? Describe how these activities contribute to your college education and how they make you a better person. (Response should be 300–500 words long.)
    • Question 2
    • What are your goals in life? Describe steps you will take to achieve your goals and ambitions. (Response should be 300–500 words long.)
    • Question 3
    • As an online travel company who specializes in selling discount hotels, we appreciate well written articles about travel and tourism. Write a 700 word travel-guide style article listing the Top 5 Things To Do in your favorite vacation destination.
    • Question 4
    • Do you have a special family circumstance affecting your need for financial assistance?
        Fall scholarship deadline = October 15
        Spring Scholarship deadline = April 15
    For more information, please visit the website. - Outside Scholarships

    What is Zinch? That is the question.

    We hook students up with scholarships. Based on our comprehensive student profile, we can match students to any scholarship out there. Students tell us who they are...and we hook them up with scholarships that matter. Get personalized matches to over $1.9 billion in scholarships.

    To complete your on-line profile, please visit the website. - Outside Scholarships

    Fastweb is the premier online resource when it comes to paying for and preparing for school. We have scholarships for every type of student from the high school freshmen to the returning adult.

    We've been around for over 15 years and have earned a reputation as a leading scholarship search provider. We not only find scholarships but offer our members information on financial aid, jobs and internships, student life and more.

    To create an on-line profile, please visit the website. - Outside Scholarships

    We believe in simplifying the scholarship search process and in helping students find scholarships to pay for college and grad school.

    We provide a time-saving, customized list of free scholarships that match your hobbies, interests and academic background.

    Get unlimited access to our scholarship database of 2.4 million scholarships worth over $14 billion.

    To create an on-line profile, please visit the website.

    Minted Design - Outside Scholarship

    Minted is a design community founded on meritocratic principles. We believe that artists should have opportunity based on the quality of their work, not who they know, where they live, or what hours of the day they like to work.

    At Minted, all that matters is good design. Our professional design challenges rely on the wisdom of the crowd - designers, customers, the Minted team, and fans - to vote for their favorite designs. In addition to cash prizes and a 6% commission on sales of their designs on, our winners are promoted on blogs, in our ads, and in national magazines. They hold contests/challenges throughout the year.

    For more information, please visit the Minted website.

    Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation - Outside Scholarships

    The first Common Knowledge Scholarship was created in January 2000 for high school students in Norway, Michigan. Unlike traditional scholarship programs, the competition was designed to reward students who had well-rounded, practical knowledge, not just the strongest academic performers. The success of this first competition led to the creation of the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) in 2001.

    Administered at the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, CKSF has since developed a wide variety of scholarships in which high school, college, graduate students, and even parents can participate. The National Nursing Scholarship, the Bible Scholarship, and the CKSF Movie Scholarship are just a few of the scholarships that helped fuel CKSF's growth. With new, exciting scholarship quizzes being announced each month, more and more students, parents, and scholarship coordinators began to recognize CKSF as a unique, fun, and legitimate scholarship provider.

    CKSF scholarship competitions consist of one or more quizzes with topics ranging from general "common knowledge" to specific academic subjects, books, websites, and even movies. Scores are based on a combination of time and accuracy. Students with the highest scores at the end of the competition win. There are no essays or long applications to complete and a single CKSF registration is good from high school all the way through college and graduate school.

    • All U.S. high school, college, and graduate students are eligible (parents can compete, too)
    • Scholarship competitions consist of one or more quizzes with topics ranging from general "common knowledge" to specific academic subjects, books, websites, and even movies
    • Current and upcoming scholarship quizzes will appear in your account once you register
    • Scores are based on a combination of time and accuracy
    • Results are always accessible from our homepage
    • Students with the highest scores at the end of each competition win
    • Award amounts range from $250 to $2,500
    • CKSF scholarship awards may be used at any post-secondary school in the U.S.
    For more information, please visit the CKSF website.

    Varsity Tutors - Outside Scholarship Competition

    Varsity Tutors offers a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest to high school students who write the best essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage will be able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes will be reviewed by Varsity Tutors and one winner will be chosen who will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.

    The deadline is the 15th of each month.

    For more information, please visit the Varsity Tutors website.

    Geneseo Migrant Center - Outside Scholarships

    The Geneseo Migrant Center provides a variety of services and opportunities for migrant farmworkers and their families on a regional, statewide, and national basis to encourage and assist them in achieving their full potential.

    There are multiple scholarships available. One of them is an art related scholarship.

  • Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarship for Migrant Workers
  • Funded by a bequest from Berrien Fragos Thorn, creative arts scholarships have been initiated in order to foster and encourage the creative talents of individuals with a history of migration to obtain work in agriculture. Eligible applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing further development of their talents in one of the following disciplines:

    • Visual-painting, sculpture, photography, etc.
    • Performing-dance, theatre, music, etc.
    • Media-film, video, animation, computer graphics, etc.
    • Literary-poetry, short stories, etc.
    • Crafts-traditional folk arts, furniture, weaving, pottery, etc.
  • Application Criteria:
    • Minimum 16 years of age
    • Applicant need not be enrolled in school
    • Because there is no essay required, the Letter of Recommendation is very important and should address the quality of both the applicant and the intended project.
    • A portfolio or samples of work are required, i.e. photos, tapes, video, etc.
    • A history of movement to obtain work in agriculture is REQUIRED.
    For more information, please visit the Geneseo Migrant Center website. - Outside Scholarships

    ScholarshipPoints is a point based reward program for students (we call them scholarship points) that awards over $100,000 in scholarships to high school and college students each year. It’s free, it’s fun and can help you pay tuition, what more do you need to know?

  • 1. Earn Points
  • Earn scholarship points for completing activities like: quizzes, reading blogs, playing games, surfing the web, taking opinion surveys and more. Stuff you're already doing online!

  • 2. Enter Drawings
  • Your earned scholarship points are chances to win. Each point you earn equals one entry into a monthly $1,000 or quarterly $10,000 scholarship drawing. The more points you earn, the more chances to win!
  • 3. Win Scholarships
  • All winners are randomly selected from the total points entered and announced on a couple times each month. Your chances of winning increase with each activity you complete. The more activities you do, the more points you earn, and the more chances you will have to win a scholarship!
  • We had a winner this year!

    For more information, please visit the ScholarshipPoints website.

    1st Marine Divison Association - Outside Scholarship

    OBJECTIVE: To assist dependents of deceased or 100% permanently disabled veterans of service with the 1st Marine Division in furthering their education towards a bachelor's degree.

    POLICY: Grants of up to $1,750 per academic year are awarded to full time, undergraduate students who are attending an accredited college, university, or higher technical trade school, up to a maximum of four years. Neither graduate study requests nor applications at the high school or prep school level are accepted. Payments are made directly to the educational institution.

    ELIGIBILITY: Limited to dependents of honorably discharged veterans, now deceased from any cause or totally and permanently disabled, who served in a unit that was part of, attached to, or operating in support of, the 1st Marine Division. Beneficiaries who marry before completion of the course, or who fail to complete an academic year for reasons other than scholastic, must reapply before benefits may be resumed.

    INSTRUCTIONS: In order to verify the 1st Marine Division related period of service of the deceased or 100% and permanently disabled veteran sponsor, please complete the Standard Form 180 (or get more info first) and mail directly to the National Personnel Records Center, GSA (Military Personnel Records), 9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63132. When a veteran sponsor's DD214 is locally available and indicates 1st Marine Division service, return a copy with this instruction sheet. That will expedite processing of this application.

  • In addition, the following information must be provided:
    • An official copy of the death certificate of the applicant's sponsor under the seal of an Office of Vital Statistics or:
    • An Affidavit from the Veteran's Administration attesting to the 100% and permanent disability of the applicant's sponsor. Failure to state both 100% and permanent will result on rejection of the application.
    • A official copy of the applicant's birth certificate under the seal of an Office of Vital Statistics.
    • The name, address and telephone number of the applicant's parent, guardian, or whoever stands in loco parentis.
    • The name of the college, university or higher technical trade school which the applicant attends or plans to attend and the anticipated graduation date.
    • The name of the high school in which the applicant is currently enrolled.
    • A statement indicating that the applicant will either live on campus or daily commute to school from a specified home address.
    • Recent photograph of the applicant.
    • The applicant's Social Security Number and telephone number.
    • A letter from the prospective scholar describing goals and aspirations.

    Upon receipt of the foregoing by this office, the applicant will be further advised.

    For more information, please visit the 1st Marines Division website. Please scroll to the bottom.

    Children of Veterans Tuition Grant - Outside Award

    The Children of Veterans Tuition Grant (CVTG) is designed to provide undergraduate tuition assistance to certain children of veterans. Students may receive scholarship assistance for up to four academic years for a total of up to $11,200. Awards are for an academic year with the amount determined by the student’s enrollment status. Full-time students can receive up to a maximum of $2,800 per academic year.

  • Eligibility:
    • Must be older than 16 and less than 26 years of age.
    • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or refugee.
    • Must have been Michigan residents for the 12 months prior to application.
    • Must be the natural or adopted child of a Michigan veteran. Stepchildren of the veteran are not eligible.
    • The veteran must have been a legal resident of Michigan immediately before entering military service and must not have later resided outside of Michigan for more than two years; or the veteran must have established legal residency in Michigan after entering military service.
    • Must enroll at least half time at an approved Michigan community college, public university or independent, degree-granting college or university.
    • Not have been convicted of a felony involving an assault, physical injury or death.
    • For renewal, maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.25.
    • Must not be in default on Federal/State student loan.
  • The Veteran must:
    • Have been killed in action or died from another cause while serving in a war or war condition in which the United States of America was or is participating; or,
    • Have died or become totally and permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected illness or injury as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; or,
    • Have been totally and permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected illness or injury prior to death and has now died; or,
    • Be listed as MIA (missing in action) in a foreign country as determined by the U.S. government.
    • For more information, please visit the State of Michigan website.

    The Brunswick Foundation - Outside Scholarship

    Established in 1957, the Brunswick Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that enhances the interests of our employees and the communities in which they live and work, as well as supports causes and/or projects that complement the business interests of Brunswick Corporation.

    The Sons & Daughters Scholarship Program awards single-year college scholarships to the children of Brunswick employees.

    The Dealer Sons & Daughters Scholarship Program awards single-year college scholarships to children of Brunswick Dealers who have achieved "Gold" or "Platinum" level status.

  • For more information, please contact The Brunswick Foundation:
  • The Brunswick Foundation, 1 North Field Court, Lake Forest, Illinois 60045 or the Brunswick Foundation website.
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