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 Cruising portfolio and click on My Scholarships and Financial Aid to seach for and track scholarships.

BEWARE OF SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS! - 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 FastWeb.  NEW! - Download the fastweb app for scholarships at your fingertips!

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

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.  Online Colleges.   Scholarships for women can also be found at  Best Colleges, OEDB,  and Money Geek.

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

CTE scholarships for children of marines

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships to children of Marines who are planning on attending a non-degree certificate program or vocational training that is 12 months or less at a community college or private career school listed on College Navigator.  These applications are available all year round.  Apply at Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

CardRate Financial SCHOLARSHIP is proud to offer the Financial Futures Scholarship to future and current college students majoring in Business, Accounting, Finance, Mathematics, Management, and others preparing for a career in the personal finance industry.

Badcredit Wealth Wise SCHOLARSHP

The Wealth Wise Scholarship is open to US undergraduate and graduate students seeking a career in the finance industry.

The scholarship amount is $1,000 and will be awarded based on academic merit and submission of a short essay to be titled How the US Credit Scoring System Can Be Improved.


Michigan State University updates and publishes this list of scholarships.  The earliest deadlines are listed first.


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.  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 Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan 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 pursue a degree in the business field in college.

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Ave Maria University is offering a $7,000 scholarship to an incoming freshman.  Applicants must have a 2.8+ GPA (unweighted), an ACT score of 28+ or a SAT score of 1100+  Applicant must provide a letter from their parish stating that they are a practicing Catholic.  To apply go to www.avemaria/apply.  Apply early, only a limited number of scholarships will be awarded.


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

September 30, 2018


Each quarter, $1,000 + a care package filled with healthy organic goodies is awarded to young women who are striving to maintain their health and wellness as they pursue their higher education goals.  To be eligible, you must be a graduating high school senior, current college undergraduate, or current graduate student at a 4-year, 2-year, vocational, or technical school in the United States, you must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, and you must identify as female.  All majors and GPAs are welcome to apply.  For more information, go to The next application deadline is Sunday, June 30, 2018.

August 31, 2018


The second annual Kelsey’s Law Distracted Driving Scholarship for Michigan high school juniors and seniors has launched. Kelsey Raffaele, 17, of Sault Ste. Marie, tragically died in a cell phone-related automobile crash in 2010. This scholarship has been created in her honor to inspire change in teens who drive distracted and help prevent car accidents.  For more information and to apply, go to  The application deadline is Friday, August 31, 2018.


ASPIRING NURSES SCHOLARSHIP has just launched its fourth annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. Our website will award a $1,000 scholarship to a future nurse in the high school graduating class of 2018.
We will award this scholarship to the applicant who best demonstrates:
+ A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics
+ A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare
This scholarship competition 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 Friday, August 31, 2018.  Go to for more information.

EDUCATOR.COM SCHOLARSHIP is offering $2,400 in scholarships.  To apply go to application deadline is Friday, August 31, 2018.

December 2018


The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students.  Young orators earn some of the most generous college scholarships available to high school students. Over $138,000 in scholarships can be awarded each year.  High school students under age 20 are eligible.  For more information email

January 31, 2019


Sign up for e-mails to get helpful college tips and resources, and enter to win a scholarship! Throughout the year, 11 eligible students or parents will be randomly selected to win a $10,000 Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award to help cover college expenses. Click to sign up.  The entry deadline is Thursday, January 1, 2019.

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.

Student aid VIDEOS 

Check out this Federal Student Aid YouTube channel for videos about the financial aid process, filling out FAFSA, responsible borrowing, and more.

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.

The Scholarship

You can see our offering here: Michigan Tour Guide Scholarship