High School Scholarships and Financial Aid

Just for Juniors

Plan on spending time over Christmas break studying for your ACT. One study plan is to take a practice test, review a strategies guide and take another practice test. There are flash cards and strategy guides available at the office to check out. It is a good idea to have the score you want to have on your ACT before your senior year. You can take the ACT 5 times and the test changes every three years.  If you don't have a student portfolio now is a good time to gather the information.

This is a partial list of scholarships that include juniors in high school. (you will need to copy and paste to your address bar) (there are also scholarships that have juniors high-lighted in the list by month below)

1) AFA Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship:
For college-bound high school juniors and seniors. Applicants need to write an essay on Alzheimer, and one winner gets the grand prize of $5,000.
Deadline February 15th, 2011 For more information: http://www.afateens.org/about_new.html

3) Best Buy Scholarship:
For college-bound high school students with strong academic background and community service. 60 awards of $1,000 to $25,000 are available.
Deadline February 16th, 2011 For more information: http://www.bestbuy-communityrelations.com/scholarship.htm

4) The Fountainhead Essay Contest
For high school students who participate in an essay contest on the novel Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. 236 scholarships are available, each worth $10,000.
We the Living Essay Contest - Deadline May 5, 2011 For more information: http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.com/WeTheLiving.aspx?theme=blue
Fountainhead Essay Contest - Deadline April 26, 2011 For more information: http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.com/TheFountainhead.aspx?theme=blue

5) Signet Classics Scholarship:
For high school juniors and seniors writing an essay on one of the four topics determined by the committee every year. 5 scholarships of 1,000 each are available.
Essay Contest Deadline April 21, 2011 For more information: http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/services-academic/essayhome.html

6) NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund:
For all high school students participating in a writing contest. 1 award of $4,000 is available.
Essay Deadline is December 1, 2011 For more information: http://www.nradefensefund.org/writingcontest.aspx

7) American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest:
The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. Each year, the Legion facilitates the awarding of millions of dollars in scholarships to high school students. Varying Deadlines; April 15, July 15 and other. For more information: http://www.legion.org/scholarships

8) Bank of America Scholarships:
For junior or senior high school students who are able to participate in an 8-week paid internship program in Washington, DC. Number and amount of awards vary.

9) America's Junior Miss Scholarship Program:
For college-bound high school girls. Several awards of varying amounts are available each year for female students participating in a number of contests.

10) McKelvey Entrepreneurial E-Scholarship:
For young entrepreneurs across the USA. 100 scholarships of $10,000 are available.

11) NetAid Global Action Scholarships:
For high school students in the United States who are willing to build a brighter future for the poorest people in the world. 4 awards of $5,000 each are available.

12) Toyota Community Scholars Award:
For high school students who are nominated by their high school. The high schools should have a good record of academic success. Several scholarships are available at $20,000 each.

13) AXA Achievement Community Scholarships:
For high school students with high ambition and drive, determination to reach goals, respect for self, family and community and possession of ability to succeed in college. 350 scholarships of $2,000 each are given.

14) American Planning Association High School Essay Contest:
For high school juniors and seniors writing an essay on certain topics. 11 scholarships of $5,000 each are available.

15) National Vocabulary Competition:
For high school students between ages of 13 to 19. Applicants should take the National Qualifying Exam. 50 finalists win a trip to the championship finals. The scholarship amount is $40,000.

16) Annual Poster Contest for High School Students:
For all high school students grades 9 through 12. Several awards of $100-$1000 are available.

17) Outstanding Students of America Scholarships:
For high school students who have a minimum GPA of 3.00 who demonstrate excellent commitment to community services. Several scholarships of $1000 are available.

18) Courageous Persuaders Scholarships:
For high school students who create a 30-second TV commercial targeted at middle school students warning them of dangers of underage alcohol. 7 awards of $500 to $3000 are available.

19) Siemens Westinghouse Competition:
For all high school students competing in the team contest and for only seniors competing in the individual contest. Several scholarships of $1000 to $100000 are available.

20) Young Naturalist Scholarship:
For students in grade 7 through grade 12 willing to conduct original research in several areas such as biology, astronomy, and earth science. 12 scholarships of $2200 each are available.

21) National High School Poetry Contest:
For all high school students who submit an original, unpublished poem of less than 20 lines. Several awards of up to $1500 available.

22) Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest:
For high school students in the United States and Mexico who are 19 years old or younger. Students must submit an essay. 30 awards of $100 to $5000 are available.

23) You can Make a Difference Scholarship:
For high school students who have a desire to make a difference with technology. Students must submit a proposal for a software project that will benefit a charity organization. Several awards of up to $5000 are available.
(no website)

24) Eco-Hero Award:
For high school students who show environmental awareness. Students must work on a project that show environmental concerns.

25) Angel Soft Angels in Action Scholarship:
For students between the ages of 8 and 18 who perform service and dedication to their community or a cause. 11 awards of $2500 to $20000 are available.

26) The American and Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund (APIASF Scholarship):
For students of Asian or Pacific Islander ethnicity who are getting enrolled full time in a four- or two-year college or university. Several awards of $2000 are available.

27) National Peace Essay Contest:
For high school students in grades nine through twelve who are attending a public, private or parochial school. Several awards of $1000 to $10000 are available.

While you are in high school

Cutting through some of the financial aid terms:

In the U.S. to apply for most student aid, a student must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by submitting the application to the U. S. Department of Education. A student's aid application (FAFSA) may be submitted as early as January 1 before the student’s senior year of high school. The parents must complete this each year to continue to qualify. The Department of Education processes each request and tells a student how much the federal government expects your family to contribute towards paying for college - the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

PIN web link

FAFSA web link

Grants and scholarships are best because they are "free money" – they don't have to be repaid as long as a student meets any criteria the grantor may have. Grants are given by the state and federal government based on financial need.

There are many types of scholarships and grants; merit-based grants or scholarships include both scholarships awarded by the individual college or university and those awarded by outside organizations. Merit-based scholarships are typically awarded for outstanding academic achievements and maximum SAT or ACT scores, although some merit scholarships can be awarded for special talents, leadership potential and other personal characteristics.  Athletic or skill scholarships are usually given by the college or university. Ethnicity, religious, and “major field of study” based scholarships are also given by many organizations and schools.

Loans are expected to be repaid by the student to the lender. There are different types of low interest loans available. Many campuses have work study positions available for students. It is important to work with the financial aid office where you plan to attend college.

Glossary of College and Financial Aid Terms: http://mappingyourfuture.org/services/glossary.htm

English - Spanish Glossary of Financial Aid Terms: http://www.tgslc.org/spanish/glossary/



Scholarships by topic:

NEVER send money with a scholarship application!

Scholarships in the state of Minnesota http://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-state/minnesota-scholarships/

University of Minnesota Promise Scholarship: Available to Minnesota residents who are eligible for federal Pell Grants. Eligible incoming admitted freshman and transfer students on ALL U of M campuses qualify.
For more information: http://www.upromise.umn.edu/

Minnesota State University - Mankato Scholarship page

Student Gateway: This site links students to various scholarships through the government site.
For more information: http://www.students.gov/STUGOVWebApp/Public?topicID=15&operation=topic

http://www.fastweb.com/login —FREE scholarship search. The most complete source of local scholarships, national scholarships and college-specific scholarships. 1.3 millions scholarships worth over $3 billion.

www.fastaid.com—access to the largest scholarship database available—FREE.

www.scholarships.com—matches a student’s profile with their database of college scholarships—FREE.

www.findtuition.com—FREE scholarship search—free access to the world’s largest resource for finding collegemoney. Search over 3 million scholarships and grants worth more than $24 billion.

www.scholarshipexperts.com—Provides a time-saving, customized list of scholarships that match a student’s hobbies, interests and academic background. Searches 2.4 million scholarships and is a FREE service.

www.myfreedegree.com—it’s a fast and FREE way to search their database with billions of dollars of college scholarships and financial aid awards. It has scholarships for woodworkers, cartoonists, jewelry designers, gardeners, bowlers, knitters and much more!

www.finaid.org—Offers a FREE shcolarship search, finds scholarships, figures out what loans are best, creates a budget, and calculates how much a student will need to save, borrow and pay.

www.wiredscholar.com—Learn how to access yourself, understand college requirements, prepare for standardized tests, and get college advice. It provides a FREE scholarship search of their database of 2.8 million scholarships worth more than $16 billion.

www.snrexpress.com—Contains a database of over 8,000 programs with a distribution level of over 150,000 awards for undergraduate and postgraduate students worth a total of more than $35 million. This database also includes student loan forgiveness programs for those who have graduated from college and need alternatives for repayment.

www.college-scholarships.com—Designed to offer college-bound, graduate school-bound, and career school bound students of all ages easy access to information about a wide variety of subjects which include: FREE college scholarship and financial aid searches, SAT and ACT test preparation tips, colleges and universities throughout the US, online degrees and distance education.

www.collegefunds.net—FREE service that helps a student hunt down the most ideal student loan, scholarships and other financial aid resources available! In addition, they give expert financial aid advice and college tips that will save a student big money.

www.homeschoolscholarships.org—This site will feature only those scholarships designed specifically for home school students, or scholarships that have a proven record of being home school friendly. This is a new site and is changing daily so keep checking to see if there are any scholarships that fit your needs.


Scholarship Search Sites:

http://www.schoolsoup.com/ (free scholarship search)


www.collegefund.org (Native American)




www.gmsp.org (Gates Millennium Scholars)

www.hsf.net (Hispanic)

www.uncf.org (African American)





http://kaarme.com/find_scholarships (Connecting students with colleges)

www.apiasf.org (Pacific Islander)


If you need help filling out scholarships, applying to colleges, or any other questions about future plans please contact:

Lisa Feldkamp
Graduation Coach
Nobles County Integration Collaborative
117 11th Ave
Worthington, MN 56187