Remember, the majority of your scholarship money will come directly from the college. Most schools require that you complete the FAFSA and a separate financial aid or scholarship application to determine your eligibility for their scholarships. At some colleges you are automatically considered for their merit-based scholarships simply by applying for admission to the college. Be sure to contact each school’s financial aid office or visit their website to determine if you need a separate application and find out the deadline for each school you are considering.
There are MANY opportunities for private scholarships out there, but finding ones for which you are eligible can take time and research. Below are several resources that should help in the process. Remember…NEVER pay for a scholarship search! Can you spot a scholarship scam? Good luck!
The Debt Free College Guidebook
Budgeting 101: The Ultimate College Cost Calculator
Guidebook to Extracurricular Activities in School
BurgSimpson Scholarship Competition
ACT High School Poster Contest
High School Juniors and Seniors Info available at http://www.actstudent.org/postercontest
Air Force Museum Writing Contest ages 13-18 $300-$1,000
Alert Magazine $500.00 scholarship Visit http://www.alertmagazine.org or call 1-800-398-0842
American College Foundation Visionary Scholarship 9-12 graders, not need based, Use Invitation Code to Apply: M6659 $1,000-5,000 (multiple awards)
Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) for computer science, electrical engineering, software engineering, information technology, math, physics, or a related field of study $1,500-$2,000.
Ayn Rand Essay Contests 9-12 graders, 3 different contests, award amount varies
B. Davis Scholarship junior/seniors, essay needed, $1,000
Best Buy Scholarships Grades 9-12 http://www.bestbuy-communityrelations.com or http://www.at15.com
Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado Teen Scholarship Create a resume, write an essay, letter of recommendation
BK Scholars 2.5 GPA $1,000-$5,000 awards
Bobby Anderson Scholarship- female senior, 3.0 GPA $2,380 (2 awards)
Buick Achievers Scholarship Program http://www.buickachievers.com
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation http://www.coca-colascholars.org
Colorado Council on High School/College Relations/Volunteerism/Community Service Scholarship Instate scholarship, need significant volunteer experience $1,500 (14 awards)
Colorado Young Farmers Educational Assoc http://www.coloradoyoungfarmer.com
Colorado resident attending Colorado school to major in agriculture working toward a teaching degree
“Compassion and the Illiterate Child” Essay Contest 9-12th graders $250-1,000
County Sherrifs of Colorado (COSC) Scholarship Program In state scholarship, $500-$1,000
Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm HS seniors, US citizen, leadership, scholarship, and financial need
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) Essay Contest http://www.fire.org/contests
Got Milk? Sammy 2013 Scholarship 3.2 GPA, participate in a high school sport $7,500 (25 awards)
Greenhouse Scholars http://www.greenhousescholars.org Colorado resident, 3.5 GPA, income under $70,000
Horatio Alger Assoc. Scholarship Program US Citizen, 2.0 GPA, Financial Need, Show Community Involvement
Hurliman Scholarship Foundation up to $25,000 per yhear for Fremont, Custer, Pueblo County
Jackie Robinson Foundation http://www.jackierobinson.org/about
John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest 9-12 graders $500-10,000 multiple awards
Kit Faragher Memorial Scholarship 2.5 GPA, financial need, positive attitude and strong drive toward accomplishment
Kohls Cares Scholarship Program ages 6-18, show community involvement, be nominated by a teacher/counselor $1,000-$10,000 awards
Mountain Post Spouses Club 3.0 GPA, military dependent
Move It Photo Contest all ages/all grades, submit photo $5,000
National Association of Women in Construction Scholarship Metro Denver Chapter #112- An in state scholarship for male/female pursuing a construction related degree $1,000 (many)
National Co-op Scholarship Program http://www.co-op.edu Early applications are highly encouraged. 3.5 GPA.
National Commission Partner Institution: Drexel, Johnson & Wales, Kettering, Pace, RIT, U of Cincinnati, U. of Toledo, Wentworth Inst. Of Technology
National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Rocky Mountain Chapter Scholarship Program for students in science, technology, engineering, and math degrees
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution KINNIKINNIK Chapter Scholarship 3.0 GPA, leadership qualities, explain how the scholarship will support your career goals
Nicole Lyne Fields Memorial Scholarship 3.0 GPA, El Paso County residents
Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for young writers Offered to sophomores or juniors and sponsored by Kenyon Review. http://www.kenyonreview.org
Peterson Spouses’ Club for dependents of active duty, retired, deceases, MIA military personnel. http://www.petersonspousesclub.com
Pikes Peak Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Scholarship for engineering majors $500 (3 awards)
Prudential Spirit of Community Award available to high school student volunteers- http://www.spirit.prudential.com
Rollins college offers the RAN scholarship for Colorado residents for $5,000.00/renewable. Based on leadership and involvement
Ron Brown Scholar Program ronbrown.org/home.aspx
Sachs foundation Scholarships for African American Colorado resident students http://www.sachsfoundation.org
Shell Oil Company Technical Scholarship for majors in geology, geophysics, physics, chemical, civil, electrical, geological, geophysical, mechanical or petroleum engineering
Standout Student College Scholarship 2.0 GPA, Must have something that makes you stand out among your peers $500.00
Transit Mix Concrete Co. El Paso and Teller County residents, preference given to students pursuing construction, architecture, or engineering.
Wendy’s Heisman Award for senior athletes who are leaders in the school and community- http://www.wendyheisman.com
Western Golf Association Chick Evan Golf Caddie full ride scholarship http://www.wgaesf.org
Will to Win Scholarship is available to seniors who are outstanding, disciplined, determined, and successful in managing their asthma. Two $5,000.00 scholarships available- www/willtowinscholarship.com
Women’s Foundation of Colorado honors community service efforts of sophomore girls with $1,500.00 academic award. http://www.wfco.org
Scholarship Bootcamp $1,000 scholarship Scholarship Bootcamp is available to students seeking to improve their scholarship application package. Visit the web site each week for a section involving a different topic and locate the dog tags. Each time you find a dog ta, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered into the weekly $1,000.00 drawing. The more tasks you complete, the better your chances of winning!
Alvin J. Cox Memorial Fund $1,000 Winner chosen from essay contest
Global Solutions Multimedia Contest- $2,000.00 Available to high school and college students interested in international affairs. You submit a short video addressing the question, “How can the US support peacekeeping and the International Criminal Courts, or working through the international community, as viable solutions to ending the genocide in Darfur?”
American Council of the Blind of Colorado (ACBCO) All legally blind, full or part-time students admitted to academic and vocational training programs at the post-secondary level for the 2010-11 school year are encouraged to apply for one of these scholarships. If you have any questions, please contact Barbara H. Boyer (303) 831-0117 or toll free 1-888-775-2221 Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted in hard copy post-marked by March 2, 2010.
American Society of Military Comptrollers This National Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding graduating high school seniors. The student does not have to be a family member of an ASMC member, however, you must be entering a field of study related to financial management (business administration, economics, public administration, computer science, or operations research related to financial management; accounting, finance.) The candidate selected must be a graduating senior, in the final half of his/her school year. If you have any questions, please contact Ivajean Peters (719) 333-6216 or Lisa Lucero (719) 333-6670 or email Ivajean.Peters@usafa.af.mil or Lisa.Lucero@usafa.af.mil
AXA Achievement Community Scholarship Winners-known as AXA Achievers-are diverse, but share these characteristics:
- Ambition and drive
- Determination to set and reach goals
- Respect for self, family and community
- Ability to succeed in college
Download an application for a $2,000college scholarship at: http://www.axa-achievement.com
Black Hills Energy 15- $1,000 Scholarships to Customer’s Children Rank in top 25% of class or have 21 or higher on ACT or 980 on SAT http://www.blackhillsenergy.com/scholarships after Feb. 1 Call 785-832-3918 with questions Send to 110 E. 9th St., Lawrence, KS 66044
Bob Piper Construction Education Scholarship http://www.abermc.org 1-303-832-5812
Boettcher Foundation Please see the College Counselor for more information.
Cibrowski Family Foundation Re: U of Denver or Colorado School of Mines Engineering or Chemistry Majors U of Denver- $3,000/year Colorado School of Mines $1,000/year email@example.com See the College Counselor for application
CollegeInvest Early Achievers Scholarship If you are a Colorado 7th, 8th, or 9th grade student, you have the opportunity to apply to become a CollegeInvest Early Achiever with the CollegeInvest Early Achievers Scholarship.
Applications accepted during 7th, 8th or 9th grade year. Deadline is June 1 of your 9th grade year.
Colorado County Clerks Association Presidential Scholarship The Colorado County Clerks Association has established a scholarship fund to aid outstanding Colorado seniors in furthering their education at any university, college, junior college, or technical institution. For more information please see the College Counselor. Colorado County Clerk Association Scholarship $500.00 3.25 GPA Minimum Interested in government, business, or political science March 15th DeadlineSee Counselor for Application
Colorado State University (CSU) Land Grant Award
Daniel’s Scholarship This is a very important scholarship to apply for. If you qualify, this scholarship will close the gap between what the college and other scholarship will give you and what you will still owe. The amount will be different for everyone. It takes a lot of time and effort. Make a decision to finish out the process. It may be well worth it.
Check out the web and see if you qualify. If so, fill it out. Try and have it done before Thanksgiving.
Ethnic Minority Scholarship The Ethnic Minority Advisory Council of the Colorado Education Association (CEA) is offering four $1,000 scholarships to ethnic minority high school seniors whose parents or guardians are CEA members.
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program The GMS was established to provide outstanding, low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. For more information call 1-877-690-4677
IBC Educational Foundation
firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and application
- Graduating from high school this academic year
- Maintaining a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
- Pursuing a bachelor’s degree
- A U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Kane Family Scholars (University Connection) Application This scholarship is designed for high achieving Pikes Peak Area high school students to take advantage of the University Connection Program. Through the University Connection Program, students earn their Associate’s degree at PPCC and transfer as a junior to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to complete their Bachelor’s degree.
- Must be classified as a resident of Colorado for tuition purposes.
- Must be a graduation Colorado high school senior and have at least a 3.25 cumulative high school GPA.
- Maintain a 3.0 GPA in each term at PPCC to continue to be eligible for the scholarship.
- Must have applied for and been admitted as a regular student (AA or AS degree-seeking, post-secondary education to PPCC) with plans of becoming a University Connection UCCS transfer student.
- Student must maintain satisfactory progress requirements established by the Financial Aid Office at PPCC.
- Must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for each term, at college level 100 or higher in order to continue to receive the scholarship award.
Kinnikinnik Chapter Scholarship (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) Kinnikinnik Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is awarding a scholarship to a senior graduating from a high school in the Pikes Peak area. This year the amount of the scholarship is $1500.
In order to qualify the student must:
- Graduate from high school in 2016
- Have a grade point average of 3.0 or above at the time of application
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be a good citizen
- Need some financial assistance in order to continue his or her education
Mountain View Electric Association Scholarship Applicant qualifications:
- Have parents or guardians receiving service from MVEA
- Be graduating high school seniors
- meet ACT or SAT and GPA requirements (these vary depending on scholarship)
National Achievement Scholarship Program Black students may enter the 2011 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they take the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and enter the National Merit Scholarship Program. For more information please see the College Counselor.
National Defense Industrial Association Scholarship Program Scholarship qualifications are as follows:
- NDIA will select scholarship recipients seeking degrees in Space Operations, related engineering fields, computer sciences, mathematics or physics.
- Applicant must be a graduating high school senior from a high school in the geographic area served by the NDIA Rocky Mountain Chapter.
- NDIA will accept nominations from any source in the prescribed format.
- NDIA Rocky Mountain Chapter Scholarship Committee will make the final selection(s). Decisions of this Committee are final.
- Selection criteria will include, but not be limited to, academic/community achievement, motivation and financial need.
Neff Achievers Scholarship http://www.neffco.com/neffachievers/
PepsiCo Scholarship http://www.buildurdestiny.com or http://wwwconstruyetudestino.com
PepsiCo is offering 30 scholarships to assist with undergraduate and graduate studies to promote higher education among Hispanic students.
Pinnacol Foundation http://www.pinnacol.com/foundation If one of your parents has been killed or permanently disabled on the job, the Pinnacol Foundation can help you pay for a post-high school education.
RBC Wealth Management Colorado Scholarship Fund Exceptional students interested in science, mathematics, or engineering 5- $3,000 scholarships to Colorado High School Seniors
Ronald McDonald House Charities U.S. Scholarship Program http://www.rmhc.org The RMHC scholarship program seeks to invest in students who are exemplary role models in their communities and have the initiative to fulfill their educational goals. Graduating seniors, apply today and move on step closer to a brighter future Please visit http://www.rmhc.org for complete program details and eligibility requirements.
The Ruby D. Hall Scholarship The Colorado Springs Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is honored to offer scholarships to deserving students. This scholarship program was created to provide financial assistance to young, college-bound students who reside in El Paso County.
- Be a graduating high school senior
- Have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above on 4.0 scale
- Demonstrate financial need
- Be an active member in the community
- Possess an interest in pursuing a higher education
The Society of American Military Engineers This scholarship opportunity is open to any student who plans on pursuing an engineering degree and either is interested in pursuing a military career or has at least one family member (sibling, parent, or grandparent) who is either: (1) an active SAME member, (2) a current member of the U.S. Military, (3) retired from the U.S. Military.
Society of Women Engineers (Pikes Peak Section) Scholarships http://www.swe.org | http://www.swe-pps.org This scholarship program is for female Colorado high school seniors who intend to enroll in engineering or computer science at an ABET accredited college or university in the Fall.
USA Funds $1,500.00 scholarships available to ethnic minorities who show financial need http://www.usafunds.org/scholarship
U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship Program High school seniors planning to enroll next fall at an eligible four-year college or university participation in the U.S. Bank No Fee Education Loan Program are eligible to apply.
NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award:
- A graduating high school senior who is entering his or her freshman year at an accredited two or four-year university, college, or vocational institute in the fall of 2010.
- A student who demonstrates entrepreneurial spirit and initiative through examples such as: starting his/her own business; participating in organizations such as DECA, Junior Achievement, Future Business Leaders of America(FBLA), Future Farmers of America (FFA), National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), among others; or through other initiatives.
The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards open to any graduating high school senior entering their freshman year at an accredited (not for profit) two- or four-year university, college or vocational/technical institute.