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College Scholarships



DeRegnaucourt Ltd. is offering a $2,500 scholarship to a selected West Michigan High School graduating senior.  Guidelines:  seeking graduating seniors who have started their own business or self-employment and would like to expand their business plan or pursue college as a business major.  Applications must show a Business Plan Outline, and submit a Personal Schedule “C” or Business Tax Return.  Additionally, GPA nor college prep curriculum are factors for the candidates, but rather the desire and focus to become an Entrepreneur is what they are looking for.  Application is in the Guidance Office and deadline is April 15.

The Polish Heritage Society will be awarding the following college scholarships to full time students of Polish descent for the Fall semester 2017:  GVSU = $1,000 scholarship, Aquinas = $1,000 scholarship, Davenport University = $1,000 or Grand Rapids Community College = $1,000.  Applications are in the Guidance Office.

Adventure Credit Union Scholarships –is offering four scholarships.  Four winners  will be chosen and scholarships of (2) $1,000 and (2) $500 will be awarded.  Entry is by essay and has a deadline of April 7, 2017.  For essay topic and requirements go to https://www.adventurecu.org/explore/what-we-do/scholarships

Consumers Credit Union Scholarship-20 winners will receive and iPad and $500.  For application materials and guidelines, go to https://www.consumerscu.org/Information/ConsumersScholarships

Deadline is March 19, 2017

The Vern Hyde Scholarship through Community West Credit Union will award three area students  a $1,500 scholarship (Runner-up will receive $500) for the 2017 fall semester.  This scholarship is designed to acknowledge and reward outstanding efforts in leadership, volunteerism and community involvement.  Entry Deadline is March 31, 2017.  Applications and eligibility requirements are available at any branch or at communitywestcu.org

The Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarship is sponsored by the Regional Math and Science Center at Grand Valley State University. This is a named scholarship in honor of Mary Jane Dockeray, founding curator of the Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids.  It is a $1,500 scholarship for graduating seniors pursuing a degree in science.  Submit an application with a typed personal essay, high school transcript, teacher recommendation, and a recommendation from someone not connected to your high school.  You can submit your full application through the online application system at http://www.gvsu.edu/rmsc/mary-jane-dockeray-scholarship-24.htm  Deadline is March 3, 2017.

MI Student Aid’s new scholarship database contains thousands of scholarships for Michigan students, MI Student Aid can now conduct a scholarship search for you.  MI Student Aid’s scholarship database, developed by AmeriCorps VISTA Michelle Danaj, contains scholarships with a Michigan place-based component.  That means the scholarships are set aside specifically for students from a particular region, county, city, or high school.   Just call MI Student Aid at 1-888-447-2687 or fill out our new online scholarship search form. Our team uses this information to search a database of scholarships from every county in the state and compile for you a list of scholarship opportunities.

Michigan Retailers Association is offering scholarships for students employed at a business of the MRA or children of parents who work for MRA. Applications must be requested by March 15 and submitted by April 1, 2017.  Students are encouraged to apply online through MRA’s website at www.retailers.com (access code is MIRA).

Check out the MANY scholarships available from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.  Apply online at www.grfoundation.org – application deadline for all scholarships is April 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  **Please note:  the Vivian M. Kommer scholarship is specific to a West Catholic senior entering undergraduate studies in Business or Pre-Law.

University of Michigan Club of Grand  Rapids Scholarship – For accepted seniors to U of M 2017; transcripts, test scores, financial need, essay and two letters of recommendation are required.  Deadline is February 10, 2017.  Online applications are encouraged.  The application can be found at https://www.tfaforms.com/444644

The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Scholarship application is now open.  The application is available to all students once they have completed the admission process.  Access the website:  www.grcc.edu/money for various scholarship opportunities, instruction and application.  Deadline is March 15.

If you are a senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0, are attending a private, charter or homeschool and reside in the city or township of Lowell or township of Vergennes, you may apply for the Lowell Fund Englehardt Scholarships by picking up the application, completing and submitting the form to the Lowell High School Student Services office by March 3.

KidGuard is offering multiple scholarships ranging from $500-$1,000.  For more detailed information, visit:  www.kidguard.com/nonprofits/high-school-scholarship/  Deadline is March 31.

MACAC is a professional organization whose purpose is bringing together high school guidance counselors and college admissions officers.  Our goal is to promote effective and ethical programs for the college bound student in Michigan.  Criteria for this $500 scholarship:  You must be a senior attending a MACAC member high school, must attend a MACAC member post-secondary institution, minimum 3.2 GPA, financial need may be a factor, citizenship – involvement in community service and motivation to achieve personal goals.  Applications can be found in the Guidance Office.  Application and essay MUST be returned to the Guidance Office by March 24, 2017.

Roger B Chaffee Scholarship – This 3,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding student (public or non-public) in the Kent Intermediate School District, who intends to pursue a college career in engineering, mathematics or the sciences relating to space technology.  Requires transcript w/first semester grades, ACT and/or SAT scores, current schedule, school’s grading system, 2 letters of recommendation from your science/math teachers returned in a sealed manila envelope signed by your guidance counselor.  Application must be postmarked by February 28, 2017 or hand delivered by 4:00 p.m. February 28.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office or online at www.rogerbchaffeescholarship.org

Central Michigan University is offering the Lem Tucker Scholarship to one future communicator with full tuition, room, board and books.  Students interested in broadcasting, journalism, public relations or related fields may apply by going to www.cmich.edu – application materials must be postmarked by February 17, 2017.

Groth & Associates, a personal injury law firm in Toledo, OH, is offering a $1,000 scholarship for any individuals who qualify.  Criteria:  GPA of 3.0 or higher, must go to http://www.grothlaw.com/scholarship/ and fill out the form with your contact information, a school transcript to verify enrollment and a 500-word essay about difficulties or hardships you have had to personally overcome.  Deadline is June, 7, 2016.

The Vegetarian Resource Group is offering two $5,000 and one $10,000 Scholarship to students graduating from high school in Spring 2007.  Deadline is February 20, 2017.  Please stop into the Guidance Office for application and more details.

Room and Board scholarship opportunity for High School students applying to University of Michigan.  Telluride House (MBTA) 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 early!! Go to www.telluride-house.com


Be wary of companies that promise to locate scholarship offers for a fee. There are numerous websites to help you search for scholarships that are free of charge.

Other Resources

www.fastweb.com  – largest online scholarship database

www.grfoundation.org – Grand Rapids Community Foundation Scholarships

https://www.raise.me/ – Micro scholarships that earn you money at partner colleges for your achievements in high school