Painting Scholarships

Oil Painters of America Shirl Smithson Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

Deadline: December 1, 2015

Established in 1991, the Oil Painters of America is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of representational art. Oil Painters of America (OPA) offers a $500 scholarship appropriately named after its founding member, Shirl Smithson, to a currently enrolled part or full-time student enrolled in art school or an art related program.

  • Please submit:
    • application
    • cover letter
    • artist's statement
    • resume
    • 2 CD's containing six representational images of your work in oils
    • letter from instructor acknowledging that you are currently enrolled as an art student
    For more information, please visit the Oil Painters of America website.

    Stanfield and D’Orlando Art Scholarships - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: February 15, 2016

    The Stanfield Scholarships Program is funded by a trust created by Mrs. Marion Barr Stanfield for Unitarian Universalists studying the fields of art and law. Mrs. Stanfield stated that the Stanfield Scholarship committee should take into consideration, "Not only the intellectual attainments and potentialities of the beneficiaries but that they consider whether in character and constructive spiritual philosophy the beneficiaries are most likely to use their legal training and their training in art for the betterment of humankind."

    The Marion Barr Stanfield and the Pauly D'Orlando Memorial Art Scholarships are for either graduate or undergraduate Unitarian Universalist students preparing for a career in fine arts. The terms of the trust limit eligibility to those in the study of painting, drawing, photography, and/or sculpture.

    For more information, please visit the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations website.

    P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: March 31, 2016

    In keeping with the goals of renowned artist P. Buckley Moss, who struggled with dyslexia during her school years, this scholarship represents her dedication to young people who have learning disabilities and are aspiring towards a career in the visual arts.

    Scholarship(s) up to $1,000 will be awarded to one or more high school seniors with financial need, a certified language-related learning difference, and artistic talent who plan a career in visual arts. Scholarships are potentially renewable for up to three additional years.

  • Eligibility:
    • Graduating high school senior
    • Verified specific language-related learning disability
    • Verified financial need
    • Visual arts talent
    • Acceptance to accredited four-year college or university or two-year community college
    • Intent to pursue career in a visual arts field

    Nominations can be made only by members of the P. Buckley Moss Society. Students who do not know a Society member should call the Foundation Office at 540-932-1728. Brochure and application.

    For more information, please visit the P. Buckley Moss website.

    Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Educational Fund - Outside Scholarship

    The Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Educational Fund offers grants 4 times each year to students who are enrolled full time in accredited and degree granting fine arts programs such as painting, sculpture, or photography. We cannot give grants to students in the performing arts, or other studies.

      Eligibility Requirements:
    • There are no restrictions on race, religion, gender, national origin, or age.
    • Citizenship: Scholarship recipients are required to be citizens of the United States of America.
    • Full time status: Students must send proof of full time enrollment in an art program (not performing arts) of an accredited, degree granting college or university in the United States of America.
    • Degree: Students may be at the bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctoral degree level.
    • Students are required to submit portfolios.
    • Minimum 2.5 grade point average.
      Grant Deadlines:
    • Fall: September grants, submit June 1-July 31
    • Winter: December grants, submit September 1-October 31
    • Spring: March grants, submit December 1-January 31
    • Summer: June grants, submit March 1-April 30

    You must be enrolled full-time when funding is received, or the funds will be returned to the Albert K. Murray Foundation.

    For application materials, or to ask questions contact Dr. Marion Gilliland, Ph. 740-796-4797, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST. The office is closed on weekends and holidays.

    **We have had past winners of this scholarship!

    General Scholarships

    Interior Deluxe Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 15, 2015

    Education is important, and having a college degree can make a huge difference to your future. Financing a college education, however, can be difficult., known for his vast collection of luxury lighting and modern light fixtures, believes in giving our youth a chance, that's why we're offering need-based college scholarship of $1,500. Applying for the scholarship is easy. All you have to do is answer four questions that are open-ended yet thought-provoking.

    Our scholarship is open to students of all majors in all countries who are 16 years of age or older. All are encouraged to apply for our scholarship - including high school students, undergraduate students, master degree students, and adult learners.

    For more information, please visit the Interior Deluxe website.

    Tungsten Rings & Co - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 15, 2015 is the leading retailer of high quality tungsten rings and wedding rings in cobalt chrome, ceramic and titanium. Tungsten Rings & Co. is proud to offer scholarships to students, age 16 and older, attending high school or enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and vocational programs in the US. Our needs based scholarship rewards students who are aspiring to achieve higher education and pursue their dreams. At Tungsten Rings & Co., we understand the financial difficulties students are facing today and we would like to help.

    To apply, please answer four personal questions. The submission with the most thought provoking, and well-written, judged by our executive team, will be awarded as the recipient.

    For more information, please visit the Tungsten Rings website.

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

    Deadline: October 16, 2015

    AGI is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2015.

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

    The photography theme for this year is: "Visualizing Earth Systems."

    Geoscientists study our planet’s geosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (living things). These spheres — or Earth systems — continually affect and influence one another. Photography is an important medium for representing Earth systems. With a camera, you can capture evidence of the dynamic impact of change processes in your home, neighborhood, school, workplace, or local public spaces. In a photo, show at least one Earth system affecting another Earth system 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 "Visualizing Earth Systems" 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.

    YoungArts National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 16, 2015

    YoungArts is now accepting applications for their 2016 program. You can apply for your chance to win cash awards up to $10,000, take Master Classes with world-renowned artists, perform in the most prestigious venues in the country, be nominated as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, get significant access to scholarships, and achieve national recognition.

    • You have to be 15-18 years old or a high school student in grades 10-12, in the US.
    • Prepare your portfolio according to the guidelines.
    • Complete the application form online.
    • Pay the $35 non-refundable fee or get it waived.

    Applications are accepted in the areas of Cinematic Arts, Dance, Design Arts, Jazz, Music, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice, and Writing.

    For more information, please visit the YoungArts website.

    Ayn Rand Novels Essay Contest - Outside Cash Award

    Deadline: October 23, 2015

    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.

    The current contest is open to 12th graders, college undergraduates, and graduate students, with the top prize being $20,000!

  • Read the "Atlas Shrugged" book and write an essay on one of these topics:
    • At his trial, Hank Rearden declares: “The public good be damned, I will have no part of it!” What does he mean? How does this issue relate to the novel’s theme?
    • Who is John Galt?
    • What is the meaning of money to Francisco d’Anconia? To James Taggart? How do these characters’ views on money relate to the events of the story?
  • Contest Details:
    • No application is required. Contest is open to students worldwide, except where void or prohibited by law.
    • Entrant must be a 12th Grader, College Undergraduate or Graduate Student.
    • Essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words in length, double-spaced.
    • One entry per student.
    • Essay must be submitted online or postmarked by October 23, 2015, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific standard time.
    • Essay must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. Essays must not infringe on any third-party rights or intellectual property of any person, company or organization. By submitting an essay to this Contest, the entrant agrees to indemnify the Ayn Rand Institute for any claim, demand, judgment or other allegation arising from possible violation of someone’s trademark, copyright or other legally protected interest in any way in the entrant’s essay.
    • Winners, finalists, semifinalists and all other participants will be notified via email and/or by mail by December 23, 2015.
    • Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.

    For more information, please visit the Ayn Rand Novels website and click on the Atlas Shrugged link.

    Horatio Alger Michigan Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 25, 2015

    As one of the nation’s largest college financial aid programs in the country, the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is one of the major scholarship programs nationally that specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives.

    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 2016 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!

    Coca-Cola Scholars Program - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 31, 2015

    The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Scholarship recipients excel academically and in service to others. Most Coca-Cola Scholars share a passion for social justice and many have overcome tremendous challenges to pursue their dreams.

    • 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.

    National Eagle Scout Association - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: October 31, 2015

    The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) is an alumni association for Eagle Scouts of all ages. NESA is young men searching for dynamic and challenging leadership roles. NESA is older Eagle Scouts who desire using their efforts and influence toward forming the kind of young men America needs for leadership. The objective of NESA is to serve—to serve Eagle Scouts and through them, the entire movement of Scouting.

    NESA offers two basic types of scholarships: academic scholarships and merit scholarships.

  • NESA Academic Scholarship requirements
    • NESA academic scholarships are based on school and Scouting participation, academic performance, and financial need.
    • Academic scholarship applicants must apply during their senior year in high school unless the Eagle Scout board of review is held after October 31, 2015. In those cases, the applicant must apply between August 1, 2016 and October 31, 2016 even if he is already attending college. Eagle Scouts may apply for an academic scholarship one time only and must apply during the timeframe defined above.
    • All academic scholarship applicants must have a minimum 1800 SAT or 28 ACT score to apply. A “super score” may be used to meet this requirement.
    • All applicants must be members of the National Eagle Scout Association to receive a scholarship.
  • NESA Merit Scholarship requirements
    • Eagle Scouts may apply for the NESA merit scholarships beginning in their senior year of high school and may continue applying every year up till the junior year in college. Applicants may win a merit scholarship one time only. Merit scholarships are awarded based on school and Scouting participation and community service.
    • All applicants must be members of the National Eagle Scout Association to receive a scholarship.
    For more information, please visit the NESA website.

    Cash Store Continuing Education Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 1, 2015

    The Cash Store, in partnership with Scholarship America, will be offering five individual $1,000 scholarships for people who are continuing their college education. We encourage everyone who is furthering their college education to apply for our scholarships.

  • All applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Be a high school graduate, current undergraduate or current graduate student at the time of application.
    • Be U.S. citizens
    • Be 25 years of age or older at the time of application.
    • Be enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two year or four year college, university, or vocational/technical school for the entire 2015-2016 academic year.
    • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale of its equivalent.
  • Only the first 200 submitted applications will be accepted.
  • For more information, please visit the Cash Store website.

    VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 1, 2015

    Each year, nearly 38,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.

    The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.

    The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each (state) VFW Department wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

    The essay theme for 2015-2016 is: “MY VISION FOR AMERICA”

    The Voice of Democracy is open to students in grades 9-12 by the Nov. 1 deadline, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions; or in an overseas U.S. military/civilian dependent school. Although U.S. citizenship is not required, students must be lawful U.S. permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence (the application for which has not been denied) and intends to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law. Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or over, previous Voice of Democracy first place state winners, GED or Adult Education Students are ineligible.

    • Complete the Voice of Democracy entry form.
    • Record your original 3-5 minute (+ or – 5 seconds max.) essay on an audio CD or a flash drive. One student per CD or flash drive. No music, singing, poetry or sound effects are allowed.
    • Individual students may submit their entry directly to the Post. This VFW Post should be within your local area and within your U.S. state of residence. If a qualified student is attending school overseas, please email kharmer@ for additional instructions.
    • 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 3, 2015

    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 2016
    • Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2016
    • 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. Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 8, 2015

    The use of digital textbooks is on the rise. Many universities or colleges are offering them or students are choosing e-books as an alternative on their own. Although some people prefer the romance of hardcopy textbooks, it is questionable whether digital or hardcopy textbooks are more eco-friendly.

    Write a 400-600 word essay for an uninformed audience answering: Which is more environmentally responsible, digital or print textbooks?

    College students enrolled full time at a two- or four-year university for the entire 2015-2016 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 400-600 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.

    NRA Jeanne E. Bray Memorial Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 15, 2015

    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, 2015

    Since 1972, the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards program (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) has disbursed more than $30 million to tens of thousands of women who have overcome poverty, domestic and sexual violence, divorce, the death of a spouse, or other life challenges. They are women—just like you— who had the courage and determination to turn their lives around.

    Recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, including books, childcare and transportation. The program begins on the club level, where award amounts vary. Club recipients become eligible to receive region-level awards, which are granted through Soroptimist’s 28 geographic regions. Currently, each Soroptimist region grants one first place award for $5,000.

  • 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, Northern Mariana Islands, 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.

    North American International Auto Show High School Poster Contest - Outside Competition

    Deadline: November 24, 2015

    The 28th annual NAIAS Poster Contest is open to all Michigan high school students, grades 10-12. An independent panel of recognized representatives from the local art community will judge the contest. Winning posters will be displayed at the 2016 North American International Auto Show and displayed on the official NAIAS website.

    This contest provides a unique opportunity for students to become involved in our premier auto show, while gaining experience in creative competition. Students create automotive-themed posters that meet contest requirements.

    Posters must be original artwork, 18" x 24" in size, two-dimensional and camera ready. Poster must have an automotive theme. Any mixed media suitable for reproduction as a poster is allowed, including computer-generated graphics. All subject matter must be in good taste. Posters must contain all of the following copy: "North American International Auto Show 2016, Detroit, and Cobo Center."

    For more information, please visit the North American International Auto Show High School Poster Contest website.

    Sixt Rent A Car Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 30, 2015

    Sixt rent a car has established a scholarship program to assist high school students who plan to continue their education in college. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice. If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award.

  • Applicants to the Sixt Scholars Program must -
    • Be graduating high school seniors within the United States.
    • Plan to enroll in full time undergraduate study at an accredited two year or four year college or university for the entire 2016-2017 academic year.
    • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
    For more information, please visit the Scholarship America website.

    American Quarter Horse Association - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: December 1, 2015

    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, 2015

    The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund sponsors a scholarly writing contest for grades K-12.

    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 2015-2016 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, 2015

    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. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $6,000 per year.

    For more information, please visit the website.

    Insurance Providers Look Twice Save A Life Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1, 2015 is proud to introduce a new scholarship promoting motorcycle safety among students.

    The Look Twice, Save A Life Scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to any student who is currently attending or planning to attend college or some form of higher education.

  • How to Enter
    • Create a form of social awareness that inspires other students to focus on Looking Twice for Motorcycle Safety. This can be a video, artwork, essay or anything that would engage other students to focus on safe driving.
    • Once you have completed Step 1, please proceed to filling out the application.
    • Submit a link to your video, artwork, essay or creative element of your choice in the final step of the application form.
  • Qualifications
    • Current college student or anyone planning on attending college (or another form of higher education) in the upcoming school year.
    • Student must have a valid driver’s license.
    For more information, please visit the Insurance Providers website.

    Griswold Home Care - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1, 2015

    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 bi-annual scholarship to a qualified student pursing a bachelor’s, associate’s, or graduate 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.

    Lights, Camera, Save Contest - Outside Award

    Deadline: December 1, 2015

    Lights, Camera, Save! is a video contest that encourages teens to educate themselves and their peers about the value of saving and using money wisely. Students enter the contest by submitting videos to local participating banks. These banks then choose a local winning video and submit it for judging at the national level.

    SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Entrants must be legal residents of the United States or the District of Columbia, live in the United States or the District of Columbia, and be 13-18 years of age as of October 1, 2015; videos must be in English, no more than 90 seconds in length, and the entrant’s original work.

    • Grand Prize Winner ($5,000 toward savings goal);
    • 2nd Place Winner ($2,500 toward savings goal);
    • 3rd Place Winner ($1,000 toward savings goal).

    Please contact a participating bank in your area for a contestant entry form. (Website has names and phone numbers). The banks that are participating within the State of Michigan are Hastings City Bank, University Bank, and Mercantile Bank of Michigan.

    For more information, please visit the American Bankers Association website.

    Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: December 4, 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.

    The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2016 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.

    Stephen J Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 5, 2015

    The Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships recognize and reward students who have made a significant impact in the fight against hunger. The scholarship recipients each receive $5,000 for their education as well as a matching grant in their name for the hunger-related charity of their choice.

  • Applicant Requirements:
    • All applicants must be enrolled in an accredited educational institution (kindergarten through graduate school) in the United States. All applicants must be ages 5-25 and meet the age requirement by October 5, 2015.
    • All applicants must have demonstrated on-going commitment to their community by performing unpaid volunteer services impacting hunger in the United States within the last 12 months.
    • All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
    • Volunteer services must be helping non-family members.
    • Scholarship funds awarded to winners must be used for tuition and related fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses at an accredited post-secondary education institution.
    For more information, please visit the Sodexo Foundation website. Savvy Saver Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 13, 2015 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 2015 Topic: Write a tweet about the best way to save money as a college student, followed by a short essay (400-600 words) explaining your tweet. Provide examples to support your answer. (400-600 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.

    Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest - Outside Contest

    Deadline: December 14, 2015

    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 2015 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.

    The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Outside Competition

    Deadline: December 15, 2015

    Through the Scholastic Awards, teens in grades 7 through 12 from public, private, or home schools can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published.

    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. Students that are entering art and/or writing as an Individual entry must pay a $5.00 entry fee. There are unlimited individual entries allowed per teacher. Students entering art and/or writing Portfolios (open to seniors only) must pay a $20 fee. There is no limit on the number of Portfolios per teacher.

    All art and/or writing must be submitted digitally.
  • Art Categories
    • Architecture
    • Ceramics & Glass
    • Comic Art
    • Design
    • Digital Art
    • Drawing and Illustration
    • Editorial Cartoon
    • Fashion
    • Film & Animation
    • Jewelry
    • Mixed Media
    • Painting
    • Photography
    • Printmaking
    • Sculpture
    • Video Games
    • Art Portfolio - for graduating seniors only
  • Writing Categories
    • Critical Essay
    • Dramatic Script
    • Flash Fiction
    • Humor
    • Journalism
    • Novel Writing
    • Personal Essay/Memoir
    • Poetry
    • Science Fiction & Fantasy
    • Short Story
    • Writing Portfolio - for graduating seniors only
  • Special Categories and Sponsored Awards
    • Award for Tolerance
    • Best-in-Grade
    • Creativity and Citizenship
    • Editorial Cartoon
    • Neiman Marcus Award for Fashion
    • Neiman Marcus Award for Jewelry
    • The RBC Flaunt It Award
    For more information, please visit the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers website.

    Anne Ford Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15, 2015

    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 2016. 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 2016
    • 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.

    Eric Verhaar Memorial Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15, 2015

    Our son, brother, friend, mentor, and community activist passed as he was entering an exciting time in his life, at age 22. Eric was an Eagle Scout, a recent graduate of Western Michigan University with a Degree in Aviation Mechanics and was entering the Marine Corp to become a pilot.

    Eric was one of those individuals that made friends where ever he went. Eric will be remembered for his kindness, his love of the Boy Scouts, his mentoring younger Scouts and for being a free spirit. Eric inspired everyone to realize that life needs to be lived and we need to balance work to make room for the things and people we love. Eric touched many lives and his family wants to continue his legacy by providing assistance to deserving West Michigan students.

  • Scholarship Criteria
    • Student must be a Junior or Senior in college from West Michigan attending a Community College, 4 Year College or University or Trade School within Michigan
    • Student must be from one of the following Michigan Counties (Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Ionia, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa, and Van Buren Counties)
    • Applications will be accepted from students entering into their Junior or Senior college Year
    • Financial need will not be a factor in the applications process.
    • A minimum student GPA of 2.0 is required.
    • Applications will be judged on work experience, community service, leadership/extracurricular activities, short essays, and essay.
    For more information and to apply, please print this Eric Verhaar Memorial Scholarship Application 2016.pdf

    AXA Achievement Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15, 2015

    Every year the AXA Achievement Scholarship awards 52 scholarships to outstanding young people across the nation. If you've accomplished something exceptional outside the classroom, you could be an AXA Achiever.

  • An AXA Achiever must demonstrate:
    • Ambition and drive
    • Determination to set and reach goals
    • Respect for self, family and community
    • Ability to succeed in college
  • Applicants must be:
    • United States citizens or legal residents living or claiming residency in one of the 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico.
    • current high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2016-2017 academic year.
    • Ambitious and motivated, as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community, or work activities.

    Apply Early - Only 10,000 applications will be accepted.

    For more information, please visit the AXA Foundation website.

    The Christophers’ Video Contest for College Students - Outside Competition

    Deadline: December 15, 2015

    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, 2015 and December 16, 2015.
    • 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 2015.
    • 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 Christophers website. - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15, 2015 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 2015 are eligible once they have received a student ID number.

    Essay Topic: Several years ago, the real estate and mortgage meltdown had a crushing impact on the United States economy that also negatively affected countless families nationwide. Today, the situation has significantly improved, with 'boomerang buyers' recovering and getting back into the market. Looking back, what lessons did we learn from the collapse, what is/are the silver lining(s) and how are real estate buyers today benefiting from those past mistakes? 800 - 2000 words

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

    Deadline: December 15, 2015

    Some people treat their cars like their children. They carefully wash and wax them, make certain not to park too close to other vehicles to avoid scratches and dents and tuck them into their garage at night. Many protect their vehicles with car covers, garage or not. These car owners do everything they can to make their vehicles last forever. While most cars in the US are on the road for an average of 11.4 years, there are ways of extending your car’s life, so that it still runs great many more years after your purchase.

    Some people obsessively keep their cars clean, while others take their cars to the shop every time they hear a strange noise or think something has gone wrong. Those with expensive cars may even get a cheaper car for their daily driving and only drive their luxury vehicle on special occasions. We’re looking for your thoughts on the best ways to make a car last forever.

  • Write a minimum of 1000 words essay on the topic:
  • “How to Make Your Car Last Forever”
  • Eligibility:
  • Any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 at any accredited American college, university or trade school.

    For more information, please visit the website.

    Jay Kennedy Cartooning Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15, 2015

    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 2016-2017 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.

    Mark A Forester Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 21, 2015

    Rocky Mountain Mattress Company proudly contributes to The Mark Forester Foundation scholarship fund and is now holding an essay contest; the contest winner will receive a $1000 scholarship in the name of The Mark Forester Foundation.

    Senior Airman, Mark A. Forester was killed September 29th, 2010 in Afghanistan while risking his life to save a fallen comrade. Mark died serving his country, family and friends. He had courage and honor and gave selfless sacrifice. He embodied everything a hero is. This is why Rocky Mountain Mattress would like to give a scholarship to students in his honor.

  • How to Enter:
  • Any student who is currently enrolled in an accredited American university or college, or will be enrolled for the winter semester of 2015, can apply for the Mark A. Forester scholarship.

    To enter, the student must write a 300-500-word essay explaining how you go about honoring America's military heroes. You can simply send the essay, with your full name, school you will be attending, and contact information to

    For more information, please visit the Rocky Mountain Mattress website.

    Global English Editing - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31, 2015

    Global English Editing awards one $1000 scholarship each year to a student in the United States who intends to make a positive contribution to the country’s future.

    Today’s college students have the ability to seamlessly navigate the 21st century better than any previous generation. The world is shrinking, with globalization, speed of light communication and unprecedented access to knowledge via the Internet tearing down barriers to individual and community advancement. With a pocket-sized smartphone that would have been considered a supercomputer 40 years ago, a young person can turn the world on its head and take selfies all at the same time.

  • Eligibility
    • Currently enrolled at an accredited university in the United States.
    • A citizen of the United States, or have a valid green card.
    • International students studying in the United States are eligible, but they will have to demonstrate their intention to stay in the country after graduation and see through their change-making agenda.
    • Students must outline in 200 words or less how they intend to change America after finishing their degree.
    For more information, please visit the Global English Editing website.

    AFSCME Family Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31, 2015

    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, 2015

    Best Price Nutrition is offering one student a $1,000 paid scholarship towards their academic costs for the 2016 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.

    ABWA Education Fund - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: December 31, 2015

    The Mission of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.

    Since its creation in 1953, the Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund (SBMEF) has offered support for women by opening doors that grant them greater access to higher education. Over the years, the ABWA has awarded over $17 million in scholarships to more than 16,000 women in the United States and today, the organization is regarded as one of the most respected national grant scholarship programs in the country. The longstanding success of the ABWA has been made possible by generous contributions from organization partners. The ABWA has a passion for moving women forward in education and business, empowering women through its scholarship fund.

  • Below you find links to 7 different webpages. You must apply for each of these separately. You can apply for one, or you can apply for all of them. Please click on the links to go to each partner's webpage.

    To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be female students currently enrolled in college.

  • Along with your essay, you must include the following information:
    • Full Name
    • Email Address
    • Mailing Address
    • College
    • Expected Year of Graduation
    • Phone Number
    • Brief Bio About Yourself (please limit to 150 words or less)
  • Truth In Aging website. Deadline = December 31, 2015.
  • Minerva Associates website. Deadline = December 31, 2015.
  • Soccerloco website. Deadline December 19, 2015.
  • Unhinge Hardware website. Deadline = December 19,2015.
  • North American Production Sharing website. Deadline = December 31, 2015.
  • Unigo $10K Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31, 2015

    College is one of the most amazing experiences of your life. It's a leap into possibility, into the unknown. It will shape the course of your future. Even though many people have been through the college experience, every generation faces unique challenges. We want to know yours.

    Whether you’re already in college or planning to go, what’s the biggest challenge facing college students today and how it can be addressed? In 250 words or less, tell us what you think.

  • Eligibility:
    • Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
    • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
    • Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2021) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education
    For more information, please visit the Unigo website.

    National Society, Sons of the American Revolution - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31, 2015

    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 high school 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). 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. 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.

    Patio Furniture Covers - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 1, 2016 is a passionate proponent of continued education. We support our military and Armed Forces Veterans wholeheartedly. We’re excited to help students continue their education and meet their personal goals.

  • You are eligible for our scholarships if you are:
    • an Armed Forces Veteran planning to enroll in college classes in your next semester
    • a U.S. citizen
  • You must write a 500-750 word essay as part of your application. You can choose from the following subjects:
    • Your appreciation for another veteran or Armed Forces member
    • The skills you learned in the military that can transfer to your college career
    • Your biggest challenge in the military and how you overcame it
    • A moment where you experienced failure and the lessons you learned from it
    • Your opinion on the greatest commander of all time

    You can write your essay in any style. You can choose to be informative, humorous, inspirational or educational. Keep in mind that winners will be chosen primarily on creativity and content. However, make sure you use correct grammar and punctuation. Citing sources is acceptable, but your quote should not exceed two sentences. Your ideas and experiences should be the focal point of your essay.

    For more information, please visit the website.

    John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 6, 2016

    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 8, 2016

    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. 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.

    Ron Brown Scholar Program - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 9, 2016

    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 (RBSP) honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans. Recipients may use the renewable scholarships to attend an accredited four-year college or university of their choice within the United States. Ron Brown scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline.

  • Eligibility:
    • Must be Black/African American.
    • Must excel academically.
    • Must exhibit exceptional leadership potential.
    • Must participate in community service activities.
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Must be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card
    • Be a current high school senior at the time of your application.
    For more information, please visit the Ron Brown Scholars website.

    American Legion Department of Michigan - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 11, 2016

    The Michigan American Legion has a few different scholarships available for students.

  • $500 Brewer Scholarship
    • Must be a Michigan resident who is a son, daughter, or grandchild of a veteran
    • Must have a 2.5 minimum GPA
    • Must be an undergraduate student who has not earned a prior Bachelors Degree
    • Must submit parent's or grandparent's DD214 or equivalent showing honorable military service
    • Must submit transcript
    • Must submit copies of most recently filed 1040 tax returns
    • Must submit short essay describing your career goals and intentions for the scholarship
  • $800 - $18,000 Oratorical Contest
  • A contestant must register with their American Legion, Department of Michigan by November 21, 2015. Most Posts have information available and a student should contact a local American Legion Post and ask for sponsorship.

    The purpose of this program is to provide high school students with a deeper understanding of the Constitution of the United States, develop and sharpen their speaking skills, and compete for scholarship money ranging from $800 - $1,500 (Department Contest) and $14,000 - $18,000 (National Contest).

    • Must be a Michigan resident
    • Must be a United States citizen
    • Must be enrolled in high school grades 9, 10, 11, or 12
    • Must be younger than 20 years old
    • Must do 2 speeches; One must be on some aspect of the Constitution with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government (but not the preamble) and the second will be an Assigned Topic on one of the articles and sections or amendments of the Constitution of the United States; see Contest Information Sheet for more information
    • Must be spoken in the English language
    • Speech length; see Contest Information Sheet
    • Songs in a speech are not permitted
    • Quotations may be used and indicated as such but quotes 10 words or more in length will need the author’s name and cited orally
  • $10,000 National American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year
  • The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year will receive an $10,000 scholarship. Three second-place scholarship awards will be given in the amount of $2,500 each. The scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive their scholarships immediately upon graduation from a state accredited high school (public, parochial, military, private, or home school) and must utilize the total award within four (4) years of their graduation date, excluding active military duty.

    • Must be a registered, active member of a Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew chartered to an American Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary unit or Sons of The American Legion squadron.
    • OR
    • Be a registered, active member of a chartered Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew, and the son or grandson of a Legionnaire or Auxiliary member.
    • AND
    • Received the Eagle Scout Award.
    • Be an active member of his religious institution and must have received the appropriate Boy Scout religious emblem.
    • Have demonstrated practical citizenship in church, school, Scouting, and community.
    • Have reached his 15th birthday and be enrolled in high school at the time of selection.
    • Reside in the department (state) to which he applies
  • $500 Guy M. Wilson Scholarship
    • Must be a Michigan resident who is a son, daughter, or grandchild of a veteran
    • Must be in high school
    • Must have a 2.5 minimum GPA
    • Must have financial need
    • Must submit parent's or grandparent's DD214 or equivalent showing honorable military service
    • Must submit transcript
    • Must submit copies of most recently filed 1040 tax returns
    • Must submit short essay describing your career goals and intentions for the scholarship
    • For more information, please visit the Michigan Legion website.

    Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 11, 2016

    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 $7 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 story? What do you dream of achieving? Tell us your one of a kind story 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 may enter your one of a kind story.

    • Submit your One of a Kind story in 350 characters or less.
    • Rally your friends to vote.
    • Once you reach 50 votes, submit a video to inspire more fans.
    • $1,000 in tuition – awarded to each of the Top 5 students on the Monthly Leaderboard.
    • $5,000 in tuition – awarded to each of the Top 5 students on the Leaderboard when voting ends.
    • $100,000 in tuition - Dr Pepper selects finalists to compete to win the Grand Prize at a college football championship game.
  • Deadline date for $100,000 Tuition Contest = October 19, 2015
  • Deadline date for $5,000 Tuition Contest = January 11, 2016
  • For more information, please visit the Dr Pepper website.

    Gates Millennium Scholars Foundation - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 13, 2016

    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 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 2016 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!

    National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 15, 2016

    MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education. This is why the National MS Society's scholarship program exists — to help highly qualified students who have been diagnosed with MS or who have a parent with MS achieve their dreams of going to college.

  • Who is eligible?
    • Individuals who have MS or have a parent with MS and will be attending an accredited postsecondary school for their first undergraduate degree.
    • Applicants must be United States citizens or legal residents living in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam or any other U.S. territory
    • Plan to enroll in an undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school located in the U.S., PR, VI, Guam or any other U.S. territory.
    • Applicants must be enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester in course work leading to a degree, license, or certificate.
    For more information, please visit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website.

    Eve’s Addiction Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 15, 2016

    At, we have invested a lot in things that shine. Now, we want to invest in YOU! Do you shine in academia? Sparkle even?! If the answer is yes, this $1,000 scholarship could be yours. Eve’s Addiction is partnering with colleges nationwide to find the brightest young scholar to help them shine even brighter and reach their dreams.

  • Eve’s Addiction Shine Bright Scholarship
  • Eligibility: The Eve's Addiction Scholarship Shine Bright Scholarship is open to high school seniors and any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 at any accredited U.S. college or university. One student will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must complete a 500 word essay on the topic listed below.

  • How can the Web give a company a competitive advantage?
  • Submit your essay of 500 words or more to

  • Eve’s Addiction Just For Moms Scholarship
  • Eligibility: The Eve’s Addiction Just For Mom’s scholarship is open to any mother who is enrolled in an undergraduate or master degree program in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 at any accredited U.S. college or university. The applicant must be a mother who has legal custody of at least one child under the age of 18. One applicant will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must complete a 500-word essay on the topic below.

  • How has motherhood shaped your career goals?
  • Submit your essay of 500 words or more to

    For more information, please visit the Eve's Addiction website.

    Mensa Education & Reseach Foundation - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: January 15, 2016

    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 $87,000 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.

  • 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 2016-2017 academic year.
    • The applicant must submit an application and essay explaining his or her career, academic and/or vocational goals.

    For more information, please visit the Mensa Foundation website.

    We have had a winner of this scholarship!

    Charles Shafae’ Scholarship Fund - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 18, 2016

    The Charles Shafae' Scholarship Fund awards a $1000 scholarship each year to the winner of the Papercheck Essay Contest. The Papercheck Essay Contest is open to students of all majors.

      To qualify for entry, participants must meet the following criteria:
    • be enrolled at an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S.
    • be enrolled at the undergraduate level (have taken or are taking an undergraduate course) taking at least 12 credits per semester
    • be a legal resident of the U.S. or hold a valid student visa
    • carry a status of “Good Standing”
    • maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.2
  • Scholarship Question:
  • Increasing numbers of colleges and universities are offering not only individual courses but also entire degree programs online. Many educators, however, are concerned that online programs do not provide the same quality of education as an on-campus education provided in a classroom setting. They state that online classes deprive students of the invaluable experience of collaborating and working with other students. Academic honesty is also an issue in evaluating online courses and coursework. Proponents argue that an online education offers convenience and flexibility, enabling access to students who might not otherwise be able to earn a degree and complete their education. In your opinion, should colleges and universities offer degrees entirely online? Why or why not? Please discuss the issues around the question and the pros and cons.

    For more information, please visit the Papercheck website.

    Ronald McDonald House Charities - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 20, 2016

    Students across the country work hard to earn top marks; they dream of the college they'll attend and the education they'll receive. Unfortunately, many of those students can’t afford it. We want these students to reach their full potential.

    To help them accomplish this, our network of U.S. Chapters, along with RMHC Global, offer scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. Since 1985, more than $56 million in scholarships have been awarded.

  • To apply for an RMHC scholarship, a student must:
    • Be a high school senior
    • Be younger than 21 years old
    • Be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college, university or technical school with a full course of study
    • Be a legal U.S. resident
    • Live in a participating RMHC Chapter’s geographic area
    • Submit a complete application and all required documentation by the deadline on the application
    • Meet any additional eligibility requirements outlined by each scholarship program
    • Provide verification of enrollment each year at respective accredited post-secondary institution
    For more information, please visit the Ronald McDonald House Charities website.

    We have had a winner of this scholarship in the past!

    The Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 22, 2016

    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 current senior of a high school or GED program, or currently enrolled in an undergraduate program and have not received a Bachelor's Degree yet, 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.

    **We have had a winner of this scholarship in the past! Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 23, 2016

    The Scholarship Program awards one $1,500 scholarship each year. This year's winner will be announced on February 23, 2016.

  • 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.
  • As the number of those in need in America increases, the needs of charities that provide food, shelter, clothes, and healthcare also increase. This has driven many philanthropic individuals and institutions to reflect on where to put forth their efforts. Please discuss what causes you think organizations and individuals should support and why.

    For more information, please visit the website.

    Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 29, 2016

    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!

    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, 2013, 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, 2016. 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.
    • Applicants must take the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the American College Test by December 31, 2015.
    • 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.)
    For more information, please visit the Elks website.

    Union Plus Scholarship Program - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 31, 2016

    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 $3.7 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 unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations) are eligible. Grandchildren are not eligible unless a legal dependent (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, 2016.
    • Members of participating unions from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada.
    • The applicant must be accepted into a U.S. accredited college, university, community college, technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Awards must be used for the 2016 - 2017 school year.
    • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.
    For more information, please visit the Union Plus website.

    Naomi Winston Scholarship in Art - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 1, 2016

    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.

    ESA Foundation - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 1, 2016

    The Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation is dedicated to the promotion of continuing education and to altruistic activities that make a positive difference in the world community. They prepare their members to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. More than 80 years later, ESA continues to meet this original goal through the educational, leadership, and service programs that were born through the organization’s commitment to making a positive difference for its members and the causes they support.

  • The ESA Foundation awards numerous scholarships annually. Applicant must be one of the following:
    • A senior high school student who will be an incoming college freshman student with a minimum non-weighted cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, OR a minimum score of ACT 22 OR SAT [verbal / critical reading and math] 1030 OR GPA designated by specific endowment;
    • A College student presently enrolled in an accredited college / university who has maintained a “B” average [3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale] during his / her college career OR GPA designated by specific scholarship;
    • A College student applying for graduate scholarship must have GPA of 3.50 on 4.00 scale or higher and enrolled in a US accredited college / university;
    • A student returning to accredited college / university after period of absence from school must have at least a GPA of 3.00 on 4.00 scale;
    • Enrolled for training in a technical school or any person returning to school after an absence to retrain job skills or obtain a degree. [Post secondary students at any educational level];
    • On-line credit tuition when obtained through an Accredited College / University / Vocational school or an accredited program by an accredited agency.
  • Here are the ones that are just art specific but there are many general scholarships offered also:
    • Fashion Design: Charline E. McCue Memorial Endowment, GPA minimum = 3.00
    • Architecture or Interior Design: Dorothy Dyer Vanek Endowment, GPA minimum = 3.00

    For more information on the more than 51 scholarships offered, please visit the Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) Foundation website.

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

    Deadline: February 1, 2016

    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 planning 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, 2016

    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.

  • 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, 2016

    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.
    • Must 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 essay 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.

    The Christophers’ Annual Poster Contest for High School Students - Outside Competition

    Deadline: February 17, 2016

    A nonprofit organization founded in 1945, The Christophers uses the media to spread two basic ideas: There’s nobody like you, and you can make a difference. This message, based on the concept of service to God and all humanity, is addressed to people of all faiths and of no particular faith. The Christopher motto is: “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”

    Students in Grades 9 through 12 are invited to interpret our theme “One Person Can Make A Difference” in an original poster.

  • 1st Prize – $1,000
  • 2nd Prize – $500
  • 3rd Prize – $250
  • Plus up to five Honorable Mention prizes of $100 each
  • Posters must include the statement “You can make a difference” and illustrate the idea that one person can change the world for the better.

    For more information, please visit the The Christophers website.

    Gordon A Rich Memorial Fund - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 17, 2016

    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, 2016

    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 2016. 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.

    World of 7 Billion - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 25, 2016

    Population Education, a program of Population Connection, is the only national program with a strong emphasis on curriculum and professional development for K-12 educators that focuses on human population issues. Since 1975, the program has developed age-appropriate curricula to complement students’ science and social science instruction about human population trends and their impacts on natural resources, environmental quality and human well-being.

    Create a short video (up to 60 seconds) about human population growth that highlights one of the following global challenges.

    • Deforestation - erosion, clearing for agriculture/pasture, impacts on climate, biodiversity or habitat loss
    • Public Health - spread of communicable disease, air quality, sanitation, maternal/reproductive health
    • Water Scarcity - aquifer depletion, water conflicts, pollution, impact on girls’ education, irrigation

    All videos must include how population growth impacts the issue and at least one idea for a sustainable solution.

  • Who can enter?
  • All students, grades 6-12 worldwide are eligible to participate and win.

    For more information, please visit the World of 7 Billion website.

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

    Deadline: February 25, 2016

    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.

    Gerber Foundation - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: February 28, 2016

    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.

    Engebretson Foundation - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: March 1, 2016

    The Engebretson Scholarship Foundation, established in 2006, recognizes exceptional students and supports them in the fullfillment of their potential. Each year, scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who are recognized for their academic achievements and leadership ability.

    The Engebretson Foundation is in the process of seeking a high school senior to receive a one-year $5,000/Semester scholarship.

  • All applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Financial Need
    • Academic Merit: Score a 28 composite or higher on the ACT exam (or at least 1240 on the SAT exam); GPA 3.75 or above and/or top 5% of graduating class (other factors considered will be strength of academic course schedule and/or academic improvement).
    • Leadership Potential: factors considered include teacher recommendation (see application), work experience (after school job, etc.), extra-curricular activities, and community service.
    For more information, please visit the Engebretson Foundation website.

    Danish Sisterhood of America - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: March 1, 2016

    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
    For more information, please visit the Danish Sisterhood of America website.

    Tall Clubs International - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: March 1, 2016

    The Tip Toppers Club of Detroit is offering a scholarship to a Michigan student who shows a high level of achievement, involvement in school activities, community service, volunteer work, leadership, integrity, enthusiasm, originality and a positive attitude toward him/herself and others.

  • What are the requirements?
    • High school seniors and any applicants under the age of 21 attending his or her first year at a 2 or 4 year institution of higher learning.
    • You must be entering your first year of college in Fall 2016
    • You must also meet the TCI height requirement minimums. (5’10″ for women and 6’2″ for men.)
    • Include a transcript of your school records.
    • Write an one page essay on “What Being Tall Means to Me.”
    • Recommendations must be submitted with your application. One should be from an adult at your high school (i.e. teacher, counselor, coach), and another from an adult (not a relative or school relation).

    The recipient of the local Susan M Tranchida Memorial Scholarship will be submitted to the TCI Scholarship Committee to be considered for the National $1000 Kae Sumner Einfeldt Scholarship.

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

    Slovenian Union of America - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: March 1, 2016

    VISION: To be recognized with high esteem, as the leading Slovenian Heritage and Cultural organization responsible for promoting interest, and awakening passion in those Americans of Slovenian ancestry and to serve their diverse interests.

    MISSION: Dedicated to honor and preserve our Slovenian legacy; to promote its ideals and to ensure its longevity for future generations.

    PURPOSE: To commit ourselves to keeping the spirit alive by fostering in our membership an understanding and appreciation of our Slovenian heritage and by reaching out to awaken or instill this passion in others through communication, education and the provision of available resources.

    Scholarships are available for high school, current undergraduate and graduate students through the generous contributions and memorials from members and friends. Awards are given with the hope that Slovenian culture will continue to be promoted through its recipients. Candidate must have a paid membership in SUA. An application for membership is available on the website..

    The SWU Scholarship Committee will evaluate candidates based on life goals and objectives, scholastic achievements, school, church, community involvement, and financial need. Incorporate these topics in your essay of 500 words stating education and personal goals, Slovene ancestry.

    For more information, please visit the SUA website.

    American Legion Auxiliary Children of Warriors Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: March 15, 2016

    It is important to acknowledge the sacrifices of our servicemembers who preserve our freedom, but that is not enough. The sacrifices of the children of those who served should also be honored. Providing funds to assist these children so they can pursue higher education is a concrete way of showing how much we, as a nation, care.

    The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors the Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship program to support the children of our warriors. These scholarships are awarded to 15 students annually who excel in academics and volunteer in their communities.

    Candidates for this award shall be daughters, sons, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, or great-grandsons of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion.

    • Applicants must be in their senior year of high school.
    • Must submit an original article consisting of no more than 1,000 words. The title of the article/essay will be "How Military Families are Keeping the Promise to Preserve our Freedom."
    • The following four letters of recommendation are required: One letter from either the principal or guidance counselor of the school from which the applicant will graduate, to include size of class and student's position in the class and the cumulative grade point average, one letter from a clergyman/clergywoman of the applicant's choice, and two letters from adult citizens, other than relatives, attesting to the applicant's character in regard to conduct, citizenship and leadership.
    • Applicant must complete 50 hours of volunteer service within the community, verified in writing by the recipient organization(s).
    For more information, please visit the American Legion Auxiliary website.

    CSA Fraternal Life - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: March 25, 2016

    CSA Fraternal Life was founded on the principle that each of us are brothers and sisters. For more than 150 years, CSA has been serving members nationwide and evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of our membership. We are a non-profit society owned by the people insured with us - our members.

    Scholarship grants are available for students pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited junior college, college, or university on a full-time basis and are renewable for a second year.

    • Applicant must be a member in good standing of CSA Fraternal Life for a minimum of two (2) continuous years at the time of application. Premiums paid in advance will not be considered in determining duration of membership.
    • Applicant must have at least $5,000 face value in permanent life insurance or $1,000 cash value in an annuity.
    • Only Applicants with a cumulative 3.0 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) upon graduation from high school may apply.
    • Students already attending college must submit college transcripts which indicate a 3.0 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale). Students applying for a scholarship who have not yet completed a full year of undergraduate studies must submit their high school transcripts indicating a 3.0 or better GPA.
    • A grant recipient must remain a CSA member in good standing throughout the period covered by the award. If membership should cease during the academic period covered by the grant, the Society will expect reimbursement of the award.
    • Determining factors in qualification include: Class rank or grade point average (25 points), college test scores (30 points), extracurricular activities including CSA activities (15 points), and essay (30 points).

    CSA also offers scholarships to students seeking a Masters degree or post-graduate studies courtesy of the Blanche and Violet Dvorak Endowment Scholarship Fund. These funds are non-renewable. The application period for that scholarship is April 9 - July 6.

    For more information, please visit the CSA Fraternal Life website.

    Deanna Lynn Potts Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: March 30, 2016

    Deanna Lynn Potts was born with Cystinosis and lived to be 27 years old. Before she died, she discussed her wishes to start a scholarship fund for children with Cystinosis. We know how devastating a chronic illness can have on a family emotionally, physically, socially, and financially. Children with Cystinosis are living longer, thanks to medical science and therefore, embarking on careers. These careers require education. Education is expensive, yet something we do not want to deprive our children of in our world today. Due to the financially draining medical costs, it might prove difficult to send a child to college.

    • Each candidate must be a current high school senior, who has Cystinosis and have a financial need.
    • Documentation/verification of Cystinosis (e.g. letter from physician.)
    • An official copy of high school transcript.
    • Two letters of recommendation from current teachers/faculty members and/or counselors regarding applicant's scholastic aptitude and personal qualifications.
    • An essay of 500 words. We want to know a person who has played a vital role in student's life. How? Why? The essay should be typewritten and double spaced
    • A copy of the previous year's income tax return.
    For more information, please visit the Cystinois Foundation

    Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: March 31, 2016

  • Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards
  • Art must be on paper or canvas. Water color, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen-and-ink, or oil may be used. Digital art is not accepted. The art should be no smaller than 8" x 10" but no larger than 18" x 24", not including mat. Do not frame!

    Each entry will be judged on the originality of concept, presentation, and patriotism expressed; the content of how it relates to patriotism and clarity of ideas; the design technique; total impact of work; and uniqueness.

    • Students must be in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12.
    • Students must attend school in the same state as the sponsoring Ladies Auxiliary. Home-schooled students are eligible; foreign-exchange students are not.
    • Entry must have been done during the current school year—note that you must have your teacher’s signature.
    • Each student may submit only one entry.
  • Awards
    • $10,000 first place, (also includes a plaque and airfare plus two nights' lodging to attend the Ladies Auxiliary National Convention).
    • $5,000 second place
    • $2,500 third place
    • $1,500 fourth place
    • $500 fifth - eighth place
    For more information and entry form, please visit the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW website.

    **We have had a past winner of this scholarship! - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: March 31, 2016

    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.

    Second Marine Division Association - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: April 1, 2016

    Since its inception in 1949 by Lt. Gen. Julian C. Smith, the Second Marine Division Association (SMDA) has grown steadily with thousands of members. The Camp Lejeune-based organization includes officers and enlisted men and women who are proud of their service. Our members continue their friendships with old and new comrades, and they perpetuate the spirit and traditions of the Marine Corps.

  • Eligibility:
    • Applicants must be an unmarried, dependent son or daughter or grandchild of an association member who served in the 2nd Marine Division or a unit attached to one of its subordinate commands such as hospital corpsmen, aviation, logistics, and other attached units.
    • At the time of application, the student must be a senior in high school, a high school graduate, or currently enrolled as a full time student in an accredited college, vocational school or technical school.
    • The applicant’s family income, i.e., adjusted gross income, should not exceed $90,000.00 for the taxable year preceding the school year for which assistance is requested.
    For more information, please visit the Second Marine Division website.

    Armenian Relief Society - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: April 1, 2016

    The ARS Eastern USA provides undergraduate scholarships to students of Armenian descent. Scholarship grants are awarded on the basis of financial need, merit, and involvement in the Armenian Community.

    • Must be of Armenian descent
    • Must be an undergraduate student completed at least one college semester at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States OR must be enrolled in a two year college and are transferring to a four year college or university as a full time student in the Fall.
  • The following information must be sent with the completed application:
    • Financial aid forms filed with a testing service or school’s financial aid office or a copy of the most recent Income Tax Return of applicant’s parents.
    • Recent official transcript of college grades with raised seal. No faxes or copies will be accepted.
    • Two letters of recommendation. The letters must include a letter from a college professor or advisor, and an affiliate(s) of Armenian organization(s) of which you are a member.
    • Tuition Costs- Include a copy of your school’s costs for the academic year. It can be the most recent official copy of the school’s bulletin or a statement cost.

    For more information, please visit the Armenian Relief Society website.

    BrickHouse Security “Wounded Warrior” Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: May 1, 2016

    Working closely with law enforcement personnel for years, the BrickHouse Security team has come to understand and appreciate not only the value of service, but also how the personal sacrifice of men and women in uniform affects their entire family. When a person goes into harm's way to protect others, they do so at great risk to themselves and their own family.

    If you are a current or former uniformed law enforcement officer in the United States who was wounded in the line of duty, then you may be eligible to receive money for you or your child's college education courtesy of BrickHouse Security. Because the rising costs of tuition and other associated costs of higher education are difficult enough to manage under normal circumstances, BrickHouse would like to help those who deserve it most.

  • Eligibility:
    • Must be the individual, spouse or dependents of a former or currently employed uniformed peace officer in the United States who was wounded, disabled or suffered serious injury in the line of duty.
    • High School Graduate or Current College Student
    • Minimum 3.0 Cumulative High School GPA
    • Complete a 250-500 word essay on the following topic: "Describe how your service and injury have impacted your outlook on higher education."
    For more information, please visit the BrickHouse Security website.

    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.

    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - Study Abroad Outside Scholarships

    The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

    • Open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing.
    • The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship.
    • The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
    • The applicant is studying or interning abroad for at least four weeks (28 days) in one country - or two weeks (14 days) for current community college students - and no more than one academic year. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be in one country for at least four consecutive weeks.
    • The applicant is studying or interning abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State's current Travel Warning list. Students applying to programs in Mexico may only apply for scholarships to support study in Mexican states where no advisory is in effect according to the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning list.

    For more information, please visit the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship 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 Chegg? That is the question.

    Chegg puts students first. As the leading student-first connected learning platform, the company makes higher education more affordable, more accessible, and more successful for students. Over $1 billion in awards waiting for you to apply. Personalized matches available for all students in high school, college, grad school & beyond…

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

    **We have had students win scholarships from Chegg in the past! - 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.

    1800wheelchair Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Established in 2006, the 1800wheelchair scholarship now awards two $500 scholarships each year.

  • Participants must meet the following criteria:
    • Enrolled at an accredited high school, college or university in the U.S.
    • Enrolled at the undergraduate level or your final year of high school
    • Age sixteen (16) years or older
    • Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (or equivalent)
    • There are no requirements in terms of physical disability or ability. All applications are welcome
    For more information, 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.

    Unigo - Outside Scholarships

    Do you always find yourself doodling on your notes? Do you find it easier to express your thoughts through paintings or drawings instead of words? If so, there could be money for college waiting for you!

    For those interested in a degree in art, there are several scholarship opportunities to help pay for college. Art majors encompass a wide range of different mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpting, photography, design and even performing arts such as theatre, dance, and music. Whatever you have a passion for, start your search for college money with this directory of scholarships for art majors.

    Sign up for a free account and get instant access to scholarships that are tailored to you.

    For more information, please visit the Unigo website.

    LA Tutors Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    At LA Tutors, we believe that it’s more than just the grades that make a great well-rounded student. Each one of you is creative in his or her own way: some of you blog; others curate documentary photography on Instagram that helps us understand the world better; and still others find imaginative ways to solve problems in their public and private lives. Creativity is the air each one of us breathes, but sometimes we get so concerned with grades that we forget that imagination is our natural problem solver.

    One way to showcase your creativity is to innovate either by solving a problem, by designing something that helps others solve problems, or by enhancing our relationship with whatever matters to us. Innovation brings together in unique ways our technical skills and our hopes for a better world.

    It also provides opportunities for gaining real-working experience in a chosen field, and gives students the chance to connect with adults outside their circle who might be able to help students get into their top choice college or get an internship. In the end, innovation makes people look at the bigger picture, which is the best preparation for college and for life.

    We at LA Tutors are passionate about sparking the creative genius in students and would love to commend those outstanding students who have a made a difference in the lives of others in some innovative or technological fashion. In order to achieve this, we have established a scholarship for students who meet certain criteria.

    • Must currently be enrolled as a high school or college/university student within the United States or Canada.
    • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (or the equivalent).
    • Must be a citizen of, permanent resident of, or hold a valid student visa in the United States or Canada.
    • Must have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others (This could be a website, series of blogs, an app, fundraising event, etc.)
    • Must submit an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation.
    • The essay, idea, or creation must be the applicant’s original work.
    • All submissions must be uploaded no later than 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month. The submission window closes starting the 21st and will reopen on the 1st at 8:00 a.m.
    For more information, please visit the LA Tutors website.
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