Scholarships Available in the Counseling Office: See the Large Green Binder for complete applications and materials! Please note: The organizations sponsoring these awards mail things throughout the year. When this year’s information has not yet been received, I will indicate last year’s due dates for use as a probable deadline and indicate these with an asterisk (*). Current dates will be used whenever possible. Scholarships particular to schools (i.e. Sullivan Leadership from Seattle University or Cataldo from Gonzaga) are not listed here! Interested students and parents can inquire for more information as needed. Local scholarships specific to our community are highlighted. American Legion’s “Need a Lift” book for parents and students is on the library college center’s shelf. Information in large green binder as well, including an oratorical skills scholarship contest. American Musical and Drama Academy—Various opportunities AXA Foundation: $670,000 in funding this year awarded to students who exhibit: “Ambition and drive, determination to set and reach goals, respect for self, family, and community, and ability to succeed in college. Due December 15 Bank of America Financial Aid Sweepstakes: Five $1000 scholarships. Go to www.bankofamerica.com/studentsweeps Blue Mountain Community Foundation: Many opportunities for local, need- based scholarships. Applications will be handed out and publicized to parents when the come in. You can check the website also: www.bluemountainfoundation.org *Approximate Deadline: March 1 Chapel of Four Chaplains Essay (450 words or less) and art contest. email at email@example.com for more information. *Due approx. Dec. 9 Christian Connector, Inc. Free Christian college service plus a chance for a $2500 scholarship drawing. Log on to www.christianconnector.com to be entered. Coca Cola: National opportunity, pretty selective, but someone gets it each year. Apply online at www.coca-colascholars.org Approx. Deadline: October 31 College Steps Sweepstakes through Wells Fargo: Free sweepstakes for college planning information and scholarship money at www.wellsfargo.com/collegesteps *Monthy winners October through May Columbia REA: For students whose parents and families are members/customers. Uses a 100 point scale with five categories of equal weight. Top scholarship of $1,500, but others available as well—renewable for four years as long as 2.75 college GPA is maintained. *Annual Deadline: Late February Dixie PTSO: For students who attended Dixie Schools. Application in the past has arrived in late May, but those to whom it applies can preview last year’s application to plan ahead. Earl Ransom-Blue Mountain Horticulture Society Scholarship. For students with interest in horticultural careers. *April Deadline Educational Communications Scholarship Foundation: These are the “Who’s Who Among High School Students” folks. Applications in the office or green binder. Foundation’s goal is to award a minimum of $101,000 nationally each year. *Approx Deadline: May 15 Elks Betty C. Medlar Memorial $2,500 scholarship based on financial need, activities, and merit. Requires essay, counselor report, 2 letters of recommendation, official transcript, and parent financial statement. *Approx. Annual Deadline March 1 Elks: Most Valuable Student, Three Highly Competitive Scholarships Approx. Deadline: January 12 Elks Dave Nicholas Memorial Scholarship: For seniors with GPA between 2.2- 3.2 ApproxDeadline: March 15 Elks Trade or Technical Program: Three scholarships up to $1,000 for pursuing associate degrees, based on GPA and test scores as well as leadership. Approx. Deadline: March 1 Fireside Essays: Honorees to submit essays decided upon by religion teachers. *Applicants chosen in mid-November, Essays Due mid-December Pat Gillette Memorial Scholarship: Must have been involved in at least one area of high school athletics and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (including cheerleading and training). Deadline: April 15 Got Milk? Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY). $7,500 award. Apply online at www.whymilk.com until *approximately March 3 Horatio Alger Association: $8.5 million for students with financial need “who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming person adversity.” Apply online, www.horatioalger.org/scholarships *Deadline: October 30 Italian Heritage Association: $500 award to members only. Contact Mrs. Mary Hopkins at 509-529-2855 for more information, application likely requires an essay. KeyBank $5,000 award sweepstakes. Register at www.key.com/TakeFive for monthly drawing. Kids’ Chance of Washington: For students whose parents have suffered a fatal or debilitating injury. Information in green binder. Kiwanis Club: $500 scholarships available, based on service and merit. CD rom in green binder along with information packet. *Last year’s application can be used as a template: due approx. April 20. John McGillis Jr. Memorial Education Trust: Merit based local award for $1,600 or more per year over four years. Requires cover page (not yet available, but brief), a biography and statement of goals, transcript, essay on any subject between 500-1500 words (students may use a coursework for this), and two letters of recommendation. *Approximate Deadline: April 14, based on last year’s deadline. McGregor Company, for students interested in agriculture. Three $1,000 awards. Application, 2 letters of recommendation, 500 word essay (topic on application, and transcript required. Approx. Deadline: March 28 McKelvey Foundation: Scholarships available for entrepreneurial vision. Apply online at www.mckelveyfoundation.org. Approx. Deadline: January 31 National Multiple Sclerosis Society: For children with MS or children of parents with MS, Applications accepted Jan 1-February 16 of last year. Northwest Career Colleges Federation: Up to three $1,000 awards per high school toward tuition for students attending the numerous schools within this consortium. Northwest Grain Growers Robert Abbey Memorial Scholarship: Eight scholarships of $500 each for graduates from area schools. Transcript, biography, essay, and two letters of recommendation needed. Approx. Deadline: April 1 Outstanding Students of America: Many scholarships available, $1000. www.outstandingstudentsofamerica.com to apply online. *Annual Deadline: October 15 Presidential Freedom Scholarship: Requires 100 or more hours of documented community service. www.studentservicescholarship.org *Approximate deadline: May 12 Prudential Spirit of Community Award: Based on community service. Deadline: October 31 Society of Automotive Engineers Scholarship: This one requires a fee—not sure if it’s a good deal or not . . . application for last year was due December 1. See green binder. St. Mary Service League: $500 Health Career Scholarship, 2.5 minimum GPA *Approximate Deadline, May 15 St. Mary Medical Center Scholarship Program: Lovely application with no date listed! Can obtain information for interested parties. Questbridge College Match: For high-achieving low-income students. www.questbridge.org Approx. Deadline September 30 School Employees Credit Union of Washington: $50,000 college grant program *Approximate Deadline: March 15 Trippeer Charitable Foundation: Awards for area youths based upon academic performance, financial ability, community service, and extracurricular and non- academic activities. *Approx. Annual Deadline: March 15 USA Today All Academic Team: Counselor nominates students who may apply. School nominees due in February, awards announced in May. Details in binder. Walla Walla Community College: Various awards available for students who apply to WWCC. Engineering scholarships in particular have been under-utilized in the past *Approximate Deadline: April 15 WASA/Pemco: Three $4000 ($1000 per year for four years) scholarships for students with GPA’s of at least 3.0 who plan to pursue careers in education. Approx. Deadline: Early March Washington State School Retirees’ Association Robert J. Handy Memorial Scholarship and WSSR Foundation Scholarship: For students who plan to enter teaching professions. Requires transcript, 3 letters, form, essay questions. Approx. Deadline: Early March George T. Welch Foundation: Available for any student graduating from a Walla Walla County High School. Requires CSS/Financial Aid Profile, available only at www.collegeboard.com Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE): Significantly reduce out of state tuition at most western colleges. See website here or counselor for details. www.wiche.edu/sep/wue . . . And many more! Please be resourceful and apply for as many scholarships as you can. Once you’ve done one application process, you will see that there is a lot of overlap, and you can do many, many more. * Dates with asterisks are approximate based upon previous year’s due dates.
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