Scholarships 

 

                                                          


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.


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 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/, http://oedb.org/scholarships/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/.


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.


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.


may 31, august 31, december 31, 2017

DISCOVER STUDENT LOANS COLLEGE COVERED

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 CollegeCovered.com/Assist.  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 Scholarship.collegecovered.com/do/rules.


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.


june 15, 2017

HORATIO ALGER ASSOCIATION                                                          

The Horatio Alger Association is offering up to 1,020 scholarships in 2017.  Priority is given to students with financial need and who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity.  Apply at https://scholars.horatioalger.org/.  The application deadline is Thursday, June 15, 2017.


june 30, 2017

NURSING SCHOOLS ALMANAC ASPIRING NURSES SCHOLARSHIP

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 http://www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com/articles/2017-aspiring-nurse-scholarship.  


july 31, 2017

GARY BURNSTEIN COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC

Attention Junior girls:  Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic is offering a $500.00 scholarship to girls in the 11th grade.  Applications are available in the Counseling Office.  The deadline for this application is Monday, July 31, 2017.
 

 

REDFIN REAL ESTATE SCHOLARSHIP

Redfin is very passionate about helping students achieve higher education.  The $2,500 biannual scholarship is open to high school seniors and current college students.  To apply, in 800 words or less, answer the following question: When the population of a city grows, low-income people are often forced to move to more affordable areas outside of the city. Many initiatives have been proposed or implemented to keep affordable housing within city limits. Identify one such initiative and discuss its pros and cons.  For more information, go to https://www.redfin.com/resources/scholarship.  The application deadline is Monday, July 31, 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.


september 10, 2017

BETA THETA PI FRATERNITY MEN OF PRINCIPAL SCHOLARSHIP                                                                     

The University of Michigan Chapter of Beta Theta Pi is offering a scholarship totaling over $1,000.  Applicants must be a male student attending the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.  There is no obligation to join the fraternity.  Applications are available in the Counseling office.  The application deadline is Sunday, September 10, 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!  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.

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.