Scholarships 

 

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IMPORTANT

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.

Please note: 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 www.fastweb.com .

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.  www.onlinecolleges.net/forstudents/scholarships-for-women/.   Scholarships for women can also be found at  http://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/scholarships-and-resources-for-women/ and http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/scholarships-for-women-guide/.

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

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. 


VARSITY TUTORS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST

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.


RN TO BSN FINANCIAL AID DATABASE

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.


ACCOUNTING SCHOLARSHIPS

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


HORATIO ALGER SCHOLARSHIPS

Students must submit an online application at www.horatioalger.org/scholarships.  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.


FIRST ROBOTICS PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS

Many scholarship opportunities are available to students who have participated in the FIRST robotics program.  Scholarships can be located at http://www.usfirst.org/scholarshipsearch.aspx.


SOCIETY OF WOMEN ENGINEERS                                              

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


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 www.cfsem.org  for details on many scholarship opportunities for students in Southeast Michigan.


NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY

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 http://www.northwood.edu/mi/financialaid/fundingyoureducation/.    


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 www.duckbrand.com/promotions/stuck-at-prom/ 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 www.tylenol.com/news/scholarship.


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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AXA ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

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:  www.axa-equitable.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-scholarship.htmlOnly the first 10,000 applications will be accepted.  


SPECS HOWARD SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

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 http://www.specshoward.edu/scholarshiprules/


december 15, 2016

AXA ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP                                               

AXA Achievement is offering scholarships to high school seniors who qualify.  Seniors who are active in their community, led or initiated a project that benefited others or have overcome personal challenges or difficulties to achieve their goals are encouraged to apply.  Apply at us.axa.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-scholarship.html.  The application deadline is Thursday, December 15, 2016.


december 18, 2016

NFIB YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR FOUNDATION AWARD                     

The NFIB is offering scholarships valued between $2,000 and $25,000.  This scholarship is for a budding entrepreneur or a student who has started their own business.  Additional information is available at www.NFIB.com/YEA.  The application deadline is Sunday, December 18, 2016.


december 31, 2016

BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MICHIGAN SPEECH CONTEST                                  

The BCBSM National Association is offering scholarships to high school students in Southeast Michigan.  Applicants with compose and deliver a speech related to Leadership.  For further information and rules for the contest visit the website at www.NMAChapter141SpeechContest.com.  The application deadline is Saturday, December 31, 2016.


january 1, 2017

NATIONAL WILDLIFE TURKEY FEDERATION                                  

The National Wildlife Turkey Federation is offering scholarships to students who support the preservation of the hunting tradition.  Applicants must hold a current MWTF membership and have a current hunting license.  Information can be obtained at http://www.nwtf.org/resource-library/detail/jakes-scholarship-application.   The application deadline is Sunday, January 1, 2017.


january 5, 2017

GE-REAGAN FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM                         

The GE-Reagan Foundation is offering high school seniors who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship to apply for scholarships.  Apply at reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/ge-reagan-foundation-scholarship-program/.  The application deadline is Thursday, January 5, 2017.


january 9, 2017

RON BROWN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

This scholarship is for academically talented, highly motivated African American seniors who plan to pursue undergraduate degrees full-time.  Applicant must be a US citizen or hold permanent resident visa card.  To date, more than 250 students have been named Ron Brown Scholars and have been awarded $10,000 a year for four years.   Students may download the application at www.ronbrown.org.  The early application deadline is Tuesday, November 1, 2016.  Final postmarked deadline is Monday, January 9, 2017.


january 13, 2017

THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN CLUB OF GREATER DETROIT

The University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit funds multiple scholarships each year for both the general student body as well as for student-athletes. Several of these scholarships are endowed. In addition to the scholarships that they sponsor, at times they have been asked by the university to help a student that needed financial assistance to continue their education. The University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit has always tried to meet each and every request from the university.  If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please read the important eligibility and deadline information at https://www.umclubgreaterdetroit.org/scholarships/scholarships.aspx.  The application deadline is Friday, January 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm.


january 15, 2017

NALS OF MICHIGAN SCHOLARSHIP                                                     

NALS of Michigan is offering a scholarship to a high school senior.  Applicants must have a 3.0+ GPA, enrolling in a Michigan school of advanced education in the legal field, be in need of financial assistance.  Applications are available in the Counseling office.  The application deadline is Sunday, January 15, 2017.


January 31, 2017

LAKE MICHIGAN CREDIT UNION HUTT SCHOLARSHIP                     

Lake Michigan Credit Unions is offering the Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship.  The 2016 scholarship program will award ten (10) $2,000 scholarships to students who are members of Lake Michigan Credit Union.  Applicants must write an essay between 750 and 1,500 words on the topic. "You have the entire country's attention for one hour.  What would you say?"   To enter, simply visit LMCU.org/Hutt.    The application deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

 

SPECIAL TREE REHABILITATION                                                               

Special Tree Rehabilitation is offering a $1,000 high school healthcare scholarship to a Royal Oak High School student.  The recipient will be based on academic achievement, interest in a healthcare career, volunteer or work experience, school and community activities, citizenship, references and brief responses to essay questions.  Apply at:  specialtree.com/highschool-scholarship-program.  The application deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.


february 3, 2017

ELKS LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP

Applicant must be a child or grandchild (or stepchild, step grandchild, or legal ward) of an Elk who joined on or before April 1, 2014.  Award based on test scores, transcript, application, biographical questionnaire, and letters of reference.  Apply at  www.elks.org.  The application deadline is Friday, February 3, 2017.


february 6, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN DEARBORN ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP    

The University of Michigan – Dearborn is offering scholarships to students who have family member(s) that are alumni of the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  Applications are available in the Counseling Office.   The application deadline is Monday, February 6, 2017.


february 15, 2017

SCHOLARS HELPING COLLARS SCHOLARSHIP                          

P.L.A.Y. is offering one $1,000 scholarship to a student who can tell the best story, describing the impact he or she made in the life of a rescue animal or animal welfare cause in general.  Scholarship details can be found at petplay.com/scholarship/.   The application deadline is Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

 

KEITH J. LEENHOUTS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP FUND                         

The First United Methodist Church of Royal Oak is offering three different scholarships.  The first scholarship is in the amount of $2,000 and the criteria is as follows:  a 2.5+ GPA; active church member for two years and planning on going into full-time Christian service.  The second scholarship is in the amount of $2,000 and the criteria is as follows:  a 2.5+ GPA; active member of First United Methodist Church of Royal Oak for the past six months and an active church member of any congregation for the past two years and planning on going into full-time Christian service.  The third scholarship is in the amount of $1,000 and criteria is as follows:  a 2.5+ GPA and an active church member for at least two years.  Applications are available in the Counseling Office.  The application deadline is Wednesday, February 15, 2017.


February 23, 2017

MICHIGAN EDUCATION ASSOCIATION                                     

The Michigan Education Association is offering scholarships to dependents of MEA or MEA retired members in good standing.  Applicants must graduate from a school that has an MEA bargaining unit.  Eligible applicants should apply at mea.org/mea-scholarshipThe application deadline is Thursday, February 23, 2017.


FEBRUARY 28, 2017

DISCOVER STUDENT LOANS SWEEPSTAKES SCHOLARSHIPS

Four drawings for $2,500 scholarships awarded to 10 applicants at each drawing.  Winners will be randomly drawn March 7, 2017.  Earn multiple entries while brushing up on your financial knowledge.  Go to https://scholarship.collegecovered.com/ for official rules and entry information.


march 1, 2017

ROBERT EDWARD LANG SCHOLARSHIP                                          

The Robert Edward Lang Scholarship is being offered by the Greater Detroit Chapter of the United Nations Association.  Applicants must reside in Macomb, Oakland or Wayne counties, have a 2.5+ GPA and are planning in pursuing a degree related to international studies.  The application procedures can be found at unadetroit.orgThe application deadline is Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

 

MAKING THE TURN AGAINST PARKINSON’S                                        

Making the Turn Against Parkinson’s is offering a $2,500 scholarship to a deserving students from a family affected by Parkinson’ disease.  The applicant must be a Michigan resident, a relative of a patient (living or deceased) diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  Applications are available at http://www.makingtheturngolf.com/.  The application deadline is Wednesday, March 1, 2017.


march 15, 2017

CHRIS M. KURZWEIL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM                                     

Legal dependents of employees of Intertape Polymer Group can apply for  the Chris M. Kurzweil Scholarship.  They are offering up to two renewable scholarships of $1,000 each.  The scholarship materials are available online at cfsem.org/apply.  Applications will be available December 1, 2016.   The application deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

 

DETROIT ECONOMIC CLUB                                                                                 

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is offering up to two $2,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties.  Applicants must have a 3.2+ GPA, exemplary leadership, extra-curricular activities, service in school and the community, volunteer involvement and paid work experience.  Apply at cfsem.org/apply.  Applications will be available December 1, 2016.   The application deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2017

 

ENRICO AND MARIE VESPA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM                         

The Enrico and Marie Vespa scholarship is offering up to four non-renewable $2,500 scholarships to employees and/or dependents of English Gardens Corporation employees.  The scholarship materials are available online at cfsem.org/apply.  Applications will be available December 1, 2016.   The application deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2017. 

 

HELEN TALLMAN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM                                       

The Helen Tallman Scholarships is being offered to engineering, medical or pre-medical students at Wayne State University.  Scholarship materials can be found at cfsem.org/apply.  Applications will be available December 1, 2016.   The application deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2017. 

 

JEPTHA WADE SCHUREMAN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM                       

The Jeptha Wade Schureman Scholarship is offering up to ten scholarships of $7,500 to attend one of the 15 public universities in Michigan.  Candidates must be a fatherless child through either death or by permanent termination of parental rights.  Applicants must have a 3.0+ GPA, demonstrate leadership and character through extracurricular activities, service in school and community, volunteer involvement and paid work experience.  Applicants should be pursuing a career in nursing, law, dentistry or medicine.  Scholarship materials can be found at cfsem.org/apply.  Applications will be available December 1, 2016.   The application deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2017. ​

 

OTIS M. SMITH SCHOLARSHIP FUND                                                     

The Otis M. Smith Scholarship is being offered to assist a single parent mother to attend college.  The non-renewable scholarship of up to $3,000 will be made.  Applicants must attend Columbus College of Law at Catholic University of America, any campus of the University of Michigan, or Wayne State University.  Scholarship materials can be found at cfsem.org/apply.   Applications will be available December 1, 2016.   The application deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2017. 

 

PLANTE MORAN SONS AND DAUGHTERS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 

Plante Moran Holding Group, LLP is offering up to ten non-renewable scholarships of $2,000 to dependent children of Plante Moran staff members.  Scholarship materials can be found at cfsem.org/apply.  Applications will be available December 1, 2016.   The application deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

 

ROBERT HOLMES SCHOLARSHIP                                                         

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is offering a scholarship to dependent high school seniors of Michigan Teamsters.  Applicants must be attending a Michigan college or university.  Up to six non-renewable $1,000 scholarships are available. Apply at www.cfsem.org. ​ Applications will be available December 1, 2016.   The application deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2017.


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:  bayalarmmedical.com/scholarship for essay questions and all other details.  The application deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017.


spring 2017

TELLURIDE HOUSE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

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 mbta.apply@tellurideassociation.org.  For more information, go to www.telluride-house.com.


april 1, 2017

CREDIT UNION ONE WILLIAM G. COYNE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP     

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 16, 2017

HONORSGRADU MULTIMEDIA SCHOLARSHIP

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 http://honorsgradu.com/scholarship/ for more inofrmation.  The application deadline is Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 11:59 pm MST.


JUNE 1, 2017

ASPIRING ANIMATION PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP              

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 http://www.animinationcareerreview.com/ to find eligibility information along with the online application.  The application deadline is Thursday, June 1, 2017.

 

ASPIRING BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP                   

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 http://onlinembareport.com/.  The application deadline is Thursday, June 1, 2017.

 

ASPIRING FASHION PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP                 

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 www.fashion-schools.org.   The application deadline is Thursday, June 1, 2017.


August 31, 2017

KELSEY'S LAW SCHOLARSHIP

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 http://www.michiganautolaw.com/kelseys-law-scholarship/ for more details.  The application deadline is Thursday, August 31, 2017.


More scholarship & financial aid information 

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FastWeb Scholarship Search 

The first place to start searching!  Search over 660,000 scholarships and over 40,000 colleges at www.fastweb.com.  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!

COLLEGE WEEK LIVE  

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.

raise.me

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

goodcall

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

RN TO BSN FINANCIAL AID DATABASE 

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.. 

www.scholarships.com

College scholarship searchers.  Also available as an app. 

MY COLLEGE DOLLARS

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

Cappex

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

www.studentsscholarships.org

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

NEW - MONEYGEEK.COM

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

chegg

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. 

SCHOLARSHIPPOINTS.COM

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

20 INSIDERS STRATEGIES TO SAVE MONEY ON COLLEGE NOW PDF Document  

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

STUDENTaid.GOV 

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

MAPPINGYOURFUTURE.ORG 

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

Affording COLLEGE IN MICHIGAN  

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 
 

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.  www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

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. 

BEST SCHOOLS GUIDE TO 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.