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 

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 NEW! - See their list of Back to School Scholarships.

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. 


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


The SWE offers many different scholarships to females enrolling for the fall term.  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

october 1, 2017


Good at explaining science or math? Want a chance to win a $250,000 scholarship? Enter the Breakthrough Junior Challenge video contest again this year. To qualify, create a short (under three minutes) video explaining a challenging concept in physics, mathematics, or the life sciences in an engaging, illuminating, and creative way. If you win, you’ll receive the college scholarship, your teacher will receive a $50,000 prize, and your school will get a new $100,000 science lab!  Go to for all the information.  The submission deadline is Sunday, October 1, 2017.

october 13, 2017


The Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund will accept submissions for its 2017-2018 Michigan Remembers 9-11 Essay Contest from September 11, 2017 through October 13, 2017. High school juniors and seniors in Michigan are encouraged to submit an original essay on their reflections and research on the impacts of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington D.C., and Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  Fom more information, go to  The application deadline is midnight, Friday October 13, 2017.

December 31, 2017


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 January 8, 2018.  No purchase or student loan is necessary for students to enter or win. For the official scholarship rules, visit  The application deadline is Sunday, December 31, 2017.


Submit a piece of game-development related work for a chance to win a $1,500 college scholarship. For details, go to  The application deadline is Sunday, December 31, 2017.

january 15, 2018


Test Study Guides will award one (1)  $3,000 Scholarship to the lucky person who can show that they scored in the 99th percentile of a recognized standardized admissions test for college or graduate school admission and submits the most convincing essay outlining his or her vision for their future career goals.  Go to for more information.  The application deadline is Monday, January 15, 2018.

APRIL 1, 2018


Scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements: Complete 30 or more hours of documented, qualified community service during Junior/Senior years of high school ending April 1, 2018; be a 2018 graduating high school senior; be a member of a family that has belonged to Credit Union ONE of Michigan for a minimum of six months (in good standing);  have a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or above; and plan to enroll in, beginning in the fall of 2018, a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two or four-year college or university, or accredited trade or vocational school.  One $2,000 and eight $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.  For more information and a link to the application, go to  The application deadline is Sunday, April 1, 2018.

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.