Scholarship due dates are right around the corner. Please pick up applications and turn them in ASAP. 

Watch scholarship deadlines closely. If you need a letter of recommendation, you should give the teacher or counselor at least one week before the deadline to get the letter on time.

Thank you notes should be written and sent to the person or organization providing the scholarship. If you need help addressing the organization or person, please see Mrs. Murphy in the SSC.

scholarships and transcripts

Many colleges will require you to send your 7th semester grades (your final grades at the end of first semester).  Go to Parchment and request next grading period.   These transcripts will be sent electronically as soon as they are available at the beginning of February.

All colleges will require you to send your final transcript to them.  Students who don’t do this will find that they can’t register for their second semester classes and often cannot change a class for the first semester 

NEW & TIME SENSITIVE - Check this list of academic scholarship deadlines for some Michigan college.

GREAT TIP! - Need to keep track of all the scholarships you've applied for?  Log on to your Career Crusing portfolio and click on My Scholarships and Financial Aid to seach for and track scholarships.

BEWARE OF SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS! - Click here for helpful information from the Federal Trade Commission and avoid falling prey to financial aid and scholarship scams.  One helpful tip - Legitimate companies never guarantee or promise scholarships or grants.

Read the fine print and make sure you're aware of all the details of a scholarship offer.  Read this article from the Detroit Free Press for warnings and tips from their Finance columnist. 

Free Scholarship Search

Search over 660,000 scholarships and over 40,000 colleges at .

Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

The State of Michigan offers TIP (Tuition Incentive Program) for students with low incomes. Students are encouraged to attend participating colleges and the tuition will be paid by the state. If your family received assistance from the Department of Social Services, you may be eligible for this college program.  Call the hotline at 1-888-447-2687.

winning a scholarship quick reference guide

Click here to find tips on winning a scholarship, scholarship application mistakes, ways to avoid a scam, and multiple Top 10 lists (most unusual, most generous, scholarships that don't need an A, etc.).

scholarship resources for women

The following link contains several different scholarship opportunities for females going into many different fields and majors.   Scholarships for women can also be found at and

scholarships for military families

If a member of your family has served in the military, or if you are planning to serve, you may be eligible for federal scholarship money.  Click here to find out more. 


Central Michigan University offers many different merit based scholarships for students with a 3.0+ GPA with a minimum ACT score of 20.  Also students with a 3.7+GPA and 27+ ACT can also compete for 1 of 150 scholarships that offer from free tuition to a free ride.  Register on Central Michigan University’s website.  There are two testing opportunities and they fill up fast. 


Varstiy Tutors offers a monthly $1,000 scholarship to the winner of its essay contest.  Each month, a new prompt is posted, and Junior and Senior applicatants write a 200-900 word essay that's clear, creative, original, and sincere.   Scholarship winners are determined by social media vote.


This website is an excellent source of loans, grants and scholarships for nursing students.  Any student who is going into nursing should check out this website.


The Masters in Accounting site has links to both national and state scholarships for accounting students. 


Students must submit an online application at  Students must be a US citizen and have a minimum GPA of 2.0.  Eligible students must have a critical financial need and have involvement in co-curricular and community service activities. Different scholarships available.


Many scholarship opportunities are available to students who have participated in the FIRST robotics program.  Scholarships can be located at

SOCIETY OF WOMEN ENGINEERS                                              

The SWE offers many different scholarships to females enrolling for the fall term 2016.  Applications are available online at

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Scholarships

Past Royal Oak students have been awarded some of these scholarships!  Applications will be available online and deadlines vary. Go to  for details on many scholarship opportunities for students in Southeast Michigan.


Northwood University offers many different scholarships. Many are based on merit (GPA and ACT scores). They also offer many Business Club memberships for incoming freshman who have participated during their senior year in one of the business clubs (a minimum 2.7 GPA is required).  For additional information on these scholarships and many others offered from Northwood University, log on to    

Duck Brand duct tape "Stuck at Prom" Scholarship Contest

Make prom attire using Duck Brand duct tape. Participants can enter as a single or a couple. Top prize for a couple is $10,000 per person and $5,000 for the school that sponsored the prom attended by the winning couple.  Go to for details and pictures of previous winners.

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

For students pursuing careers in health care. $250,000 in scholarships was awarded this year. More information is available at

business degrees for college students

Many scholarship options for students who plan to persue a degree in the business field in college.

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The AXA Achievement Scholarship is a national scholarship; $10,000 scholarships are awarded to 52 students, one in each state, DC and Puerto Rico; $15,000 additional scholarships are awarded to 10 National recipients.  The AXA Achievement Scholarship Program is in association with U.S. News & World Report.  Apply at: the first 10,000 applications will be accepted.  


Specs Howard School of Media Arts will be awarding three full scholarships and six partial scholarships to high school seniors this year!  To enter to compete, you must attend a testing date and select your program of choice: Broadcast Media Arts, Digital Media Arts, and Graphic Design.  For more information about Specs Howard Scholarships, go to

march 27, 2017

ROYAL OAK MUSICALE                                                                                     

The Royal Oak Musicale is offering scholarships to graduating seniors from schools in Royal Oak and surrounding communities.  Applications are available by emailing Ms. Brockett at or Ms. Smith at  There will be an audition on April 2, 2017.  The application deadline is Monday, March 27, 2017.

march 30, 2017


Oakland Community College Chancellor’s Scholarship will be awarded to the student with the highest cumulative grade point average.  An official transcript with the Fall 2016 (7th semester) grades must be included with the application and mailed to the appropriate person.  The scholarship is for $2,500 ($1,250 for the fall semester, $1,250 for the winter semester).  Applications are available in the Counseling Office or at  The application deadline is Thursday, Mach 30, 2017.

march 31, 2017

GREAT CLIPS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM                                         

Great Clips is offering up to $10,000 in scholarships.  Applicants should be pursuing a career in cosmetology.  Apply at   The application deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017.


GREATER KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION                                 

The Great Kansas City Community Foundation is offering the John Luttig Scholarship.  The scholarship’s mission is to provide scholarships to deserving high school graduates who are pursuing an architectural degree at Lawrence Technological University.  The student must have a 3.25+ GPA.  This is a one- time $2,000 scholarship, payable in two equal installments.  Apply at  The application deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017.


SENIORS HELPING SENIORS SCHOLARSHIP                                     

Bay Alarm Medical is offering three scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are involved in a community service effort/volunteer opportunity working with the elderly or to a high school senior who participates in caregiving duties for an elderly relative living in their home.  Go to: for essay questions and all other details.  The application deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017.

spring 2017


Telluride House is a living community at the University of Michigan founded on the three pillars of intellectual inquiry, community service, and self-governance. Made up of 28 undergraduate and graduate students from all ages, backgrounds, and academic disciplines, all residents are on a full scholarship that covers food and housing, renewable for up to 5 years.  Apply starting Spring 2017 at  For more information, go to

april 1, 2017

MICHIGAN RETAILERS ASSOCIATION                                                                         

The Michigan Retailers Association is offering scholarships for up to $1,500.  Eligibility:  Dependant children or owners of MRA-member businesses or full-time employees at MRA-member business; part-time employees at MRA-member businesses who are also full-time students.  Apply at www.retailers.comThe application deadline is Sunday, April 1, 2017.


EZRA PARKER CHAPTER, NATIONAL SOCIETY DAR                                 

Ezra Parker Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is offering the Tenhave Memorial Scholarship.  This $1,000 scholarship is being offered to a senior at Royal Oak High School with a minimum GPA of 3.5+ who plans on majoring in science in college.  Applications are available in the counseling office.  The application deadline is Sunday, April 1, 2017.



The Williams G. Coyne Memorial Scholarship is being offered by Credit Union One.  Applicants must have community service hours during their Junior/Senior years, be a member of a family that has belonged to Credit Union One for a minimum of six months, and have a 3.0+ GPA.  Applications are available in the Counseling Office.   The application deadline is Sunday, April 1, 2017.

april 2, 2017

JORDAN AND ASHLEY SIEGEL SCHOLARSHIP                                                 

The Jordan and Ashley Siegel Scholarship fund will award a $500 scholarship to both a male and female Royal Oak High School student.  Applicant must be going to college or a trade school, be involved in extracurricular activities (athletics, clubs, and organizations) and be involved in volunteer or community service work.  Applications are available in the Counseling office.  The application deadline is Monday, April 2, 2017.

april 10, 2017

ROYAL OAK ARTS COUNCIL                                                                                  

The Royal Oak Arts Council is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Royal Oak High School senior.  The applicant must reside in Royal Oak or perform in Royal Oak.   The applicant must be majoring or minoring in Fine Arts at the college level.  Applications are available in the Counseling office.  The application deadline is Monday, April 10, 2017.

april 12, 2017

ROYAL OAK COUNCIL PTA                                                              

The Royal Oak Council PTA is offering eight (8) $500.00 scholarships to seniors.  The application is available in the Counseling Office and needs to be returned to the Counseling Office by the deadline date.   The application deadline is Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

april 16, 2017


The 2017 Honorsgradu Multimedia Scholarship is a scholarship designed for creative voices to be heard. Students submit projects that respond to the prompt, Represent your views about the concepts of education vs. learning, in one of the following media categories: art, photography, music, creative writing, or video (for current college students). Five students will each be awarded $1,000 toward their college tuition.  Go to for more inofrmation.  The application deadline is Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 11:59 pm MST.

april 17, 2017


The Foundation offers financial aid to students who wish to make a career in the RV and campground, manufactured housing or self-storage industries. In some cases, scholarships will be awarded to students even though their career goals may not lead them back to the industries. In cases like these, awards will be made to outstanding scholars or students with compelling needs.  Students who will enroll or are currently enrolled at an accredited university or college are able to apply.  To apply online, visit or  For more information on how to apply, call Kristen Keller at All Seasons Communications at 586.752.6381 or email  The application deadline is Monday, April 17, 2017.

April 21, 2017

OAK RIDGE ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP                                                                    

Oak Ridge Elementary School offers a $500.00 scholarship to a graduating senior from Royal Oak High School.  The applicant must have attended Oak Ridge Elementary School and maintained a 2.5+ GPA.  Applications are available in the counseling office and must be submitted to Oak Ridge Elementary School by Friday, April 21, 2017.

april 22, 2017

STUDENT VIEW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM                                                

Student Insights is offering scholarships to students who plan to attend a four-year college, community/junior college or career school.  Simply log on to and complete a 15-20 minute application survey about colleges in your area.  Scholarships will be awarded through a random drawing of all completed applications.  The application deadline is Saturday, April 22, 2017.

april 26, 2017


The Royal Oak Education Association is offering a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior.  The applicant must have two letters of recommendation, a personal essay which should include:  description of events that positively or adversely affected your high school career, your future plans and goals and why you think that you deserve this scholarship.  The application deadline is Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

april 30, 2017

MATT AND HEATHER LICHTLE SCHOLARSHIP                                       

The Matt and Heather Lichtle Memorial Scholarship is a $4,000 scholarship, payable in $1,000 installments for the recipients first four semesters at college.  The applicant must have a GPA between 2.0 and 3.0, be enrolled full time in a 2 year or 4 year college, write an essay and include a letter of recommendation.  Applications are available in the Counseling office.  The application deadline is Sunday, April 30, 2017.


VIBE CREDIT UNION FUSE SCHOLARSHIP                                                     

Vibe Credit Union is offering five $1,000 scholarships to seniors who have been a member of their credit union for a minimum of one year with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must perform a minimum of 20 community service hours in their junior/senior year.  Online applications are available  at   The application deadline is Sunday, April 30, 2017.

may 5, 2017

KEVIN A RAKOCZY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP                                      

The Kevin A. Rakoczy Memorial Scholarship is offered in memory of a former student who passed away at the age of 16.  The recipient of this $500 scholarship must have a 3.0+ GPA, have some sports involvement, be enrolled in a 2year or 4 year college and submit a 250-500 word essay on “How I would use this scholarship to improve myself”.  Applications are available in the Counseling office.  The application deadline is Friday, May 5, 2017.



The Norman Horowitz Scholarship is a $250 scholarship for a student planning on majoring in a science field.  Applications are available in the Counseling office.  The application deadline is Friday, May 5, 2017.


WILLIAM J. PISTONO SCHOLARSHIP                                                          

The William J. Pistono Scholarship is being offered to a Royal Oak High School student who will be attending Michigan State University in the fall of 2017.  The applicant must be pursuing a career in education.  Applications are available in the Counseling office.  The application deadline is Friday, May 5, 2017.


AAA MICHIGAN SAFETY PATROL SCHOLARSHIP                                       

AAA Michigan is offering four $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who served as AAA Safety Patrol member in Michigan.  Applications are available in the Counseling Office.  The application deadline is Friday, May 5, 2017; return applications to the Counseling Office.

may 6, 2017

ARAB AMERICAN AND CHALDEAN COUNCIL                                                   

The Arab American and Chaldean Council offers scholarships to seniors who are of Arab/Chaldean descent.  Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, provide proof of acceptance to a university or college, and submit two letters of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or other school professional.  The application deadline is Saturday, May 6, 2017.

may 12, 2017


The Taco Bell Foundation will award over $1 million in scholarship funds to innovators, creators, and dreamers who submit a video that tells the story of their life's passion.  For more information, go to  The application deadline is Friday, May 12, 2017.

may 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                                                           

The Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce is offering scholarships to seniors that attend school in Royal Oak.  Applicants must be enrolling in post-secondary education after graduation and majoring in one of the following programs:  General Business, Marketing, Communications, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Care Management, Human Resources, Internal Business, Public Administration, Management, Operations Management or Information Technology.  Applications are available in the Counseling Office.  The application deadline is Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

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Students and parents can enter to win one of the $2,500 scholarships by signing up to receive helpful tips on planning and paying for college at  Students and parents can earn up to three additional entries into the Discover Student Loans scholarship sweepstakes when they share the sweepstakes via Facebook, Twitter and/or e-mail and their friend enters via the link in their share.  Winners will be randomly drawn on June 8, 2017, September 6, 2017, January 8, 2018.  No purchase or student loan is necessary for students to enter or win. For the official scholarship rules, visit

JUNE 1, 2017


This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to high school seniors that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college.  Visit the website to find eligibility information along with the online application.  The application deadline is Thursday, June 1, 2017.



This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a business degree at any accredited post-secondary school or college.  Interested students can visit the link  The application deadline is Thursday, June 1, 2017.



This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be award to students that are interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college.  Interested students can visit this link   The application deadline is Thursday, June 1, 2017.

june 30, 2017


Nursing Schools Almanac will award a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates a track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics, and passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare.  This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2017.  Interested students may visit  

August 31, 2017


Applicants are asked to submit a persuasive message that shows how you would convince young drivers to reduce distractions while driving.  Messages may be in the form of a video, graphic, or Tweet that resonates with teens and influences their driving behavior.  Entries will be judged and critiqued on the following factors: ability to persuade others, especially teen drivers, to stop texting while driving; ability to grab the attention of your friends, peers, and family; a clear and understandable message; and a demonstration of your personal creativity and ingenuity.  Four scholarships are awarded.  Go to for more details.  The application deadline is Thursday, August 31, 2017.

More scholarship & financial aid information 


FastWeb Scholarship Search 

The first place to start searching!  Search over 660,000 scholarships and over 40,000 colleges at  Check out this video from Fastweb with tips for winning scholarships.  Invite a freind to Fastweb and both of you could wind a $500 scholarship.  Monthly drawings!  NEW! - Download the fastweb! app to have scholarship updates at your fingertips!

career one stop

A scholarship search site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.


Multiple scholarship opportunities 

College Board/Big Future 

Scholarship search.  Complete planning for career and college success! 

College Prowler/niche

Register to get personalized scholarship matches.

NEW - Got an A in an AP class?  That could be worth $400! is a new site that awards scholarship money at participating colleges and universities based on achievements throughout high school. 


Filter seaches by due date, application type, award amount, and more. 


This website is an excellent source of loans, grants and scholarships for nursing students

Michigan Student Aid

Information on saving & planning, scholarships & grants, and student loan..

College scholarship searchers.  Also available as an app. 


MTV sponsored search!  Connect with billions of dollars available in scholarship and grant money.  New featured scholarships each day!


Scholarship opportunities search site.  Helps you discover the ones that fit you best!

Scholarships provided by non-profit organizations and private companies across the country. 


This link provides information on scholarships, grants, and resources for black students.  Seach general scholarships and scholsrships geards toward particular careers. 


Sign up for weekly scholarships and personalized matches.  Fun way to search for apply for scholarships.  Give it a try today!

The simple dollar college scholarship guide

Great information on how to prepare, search, organize and apply for scholarships. 


A different kind of scholarship site, where you earn points by completing surveys, checking out college-related information online, and inviting friends to participate.  Use your points to enter monthly scholarship drawings.  Click here  for more details.

Do you need money for college?

Federal guide to funding your college education


A helpful guide from Cappex .  Options for college funding, definitions to help you understand those options, and cost comparisions. 


One stop help for student and parent assistance with financial aid and college information on the web.


Nonprofit site to help plan career, college, financial aid, and money management.


The information you need about savings plans, financial aid, and federal & state programs that can help you pay for college in Michigan.  
What do you do when you've gotten into your first-choice school, but your financial aid award wasn't what you expected?  Read this article to see what your options are. 

FAFSA (Free application for federal student aid)

NEW DATE! - Free Federal Financial Aid application.  Start here.  Applications are available online beginning October 1, 2016.  Watch for the application deadline, usually late February or early March.

More information about the FAFSA updates for students entering college in 2017 can be found here.

FAFSA Video Document

Check out this video to learn how the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) gives you access to grants, loans and work-study jobs that can help fund your education. 

not so fafsa: how to avoid a student aid scam

Read this informative article for tips to fill out the forms and ways to protect yourself when completing the FAFSA. 


 A comprehensive user-friendly guide to FAFSA that includes why you should fill it out, special circumstances, Q&A, and much more to make the process easier for students and parents. 

Oakland University Financial Services

OU offers a variety of financial aid events and workships available to high school students and their parents.  FAFSA workships begin in January.  See their list of everything you need to complete your FAFSA.