College Scholarships


The Cardinal Newman Society 2019 Essay Scholarship Contest for high school seniors is now open.  This is a $5,000 scholarship toward the cost of attending one of the institutions recommended in The Newman Guide for the fall of 2019.  For more information and to submit your application and essay, please visit:  – Deadline is February 18, 2019.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards over $1 million in scholarships every year! By completing just one online application, high school students can be considered for over 70 different scholarship opportunities! In addition to the general scholarship application, many other scholarships are also available. Applications are open now, and must be submitted by March 1, 2019.

Please note: *One of the scholarships is the Vivian Kommer scholarship which goes to a WC grad.*

Student is a senior at West Catholic HS entering undergraduate studies in business or pre-law. Must demonstrate financial need and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.  Visit for more information.

The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Scholarship Application is now open. This application is available to all students admitted to GRCC. Applicants are considered for over 300 different opportunities and over one million dollars in scholarship funds by completing the general application.  Students simply visit and log in using their GRCC Blackboard log-in.

The priority deadline to submit applications is March 15th, 2019. Please note that if students have not earned at least 12 credits from GRCC, they MUST submit a high school transcript showing 7 complete semesters.

Seniors if you reside in the city or township of Lowell or township of Vergennes, he or she may apply for the Lowell Fund Englehardt Scholarships.  The Lowell Community Fund awards college scholarships to high school seniors with a minimum 3.0 grade point average residing in the city or township of Lowell, or township of Vergennes.  Awards are made through a competitive application process and students must demonstrate need.  The four, $3,000 scholarships are renewable and can be used at any accredited four or two-year college/university or approved technical school.  For additional scholarship and deadline information, you may contact Lowell High School’s Counseling Office at (616) 987-2900.

The Lake Michigan Credit Union Lloyd F. Hutt scholarship essay contest supports high school seniors bound for higher education. This is the opportunity to showcase those creative thinking skills in pursuit of one of fifteen $2,000 scholarships!  If you’re a high school senior, you’re in. All applicants must plan to enter a trade school, college or university in the following academic year.  To enter, write a 750 – 1,500 word essay about the following topic:“But we’ve always done it that way”. Name something you’d change and why. Essays will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges, with greater emphasis placed on creativity, clarity and originality rather than grammatical proficiency.  Deadline for entries: January 31, 2019. Entrants must complete an application online.  Go to for more information and application.

Ryan Fischer Legacy Award – Criteria:  Seniors with a minimum of 3.5 GPA who have been accepted to a college and/or university.  A varsity letter recipient in at least two varsity sports including hockey.  An individual of high moral character and able to demonstrate a strong faith in God, a love for country and committed to community service.  One who demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship, leadership, integrity and a positive attitude toward all individuals.  Applications can be found in the Guidance Office.  Questions or concerns can be directed to Applications are due to the school’s athletic directory by January 25, 2019.

Each year, the U.S. Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Foundation grants $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools. The number of grants awarded annually is at the discretion of the Foundation and must be used for educational expenses in the first year of full-time study. Checks awarded will be made out in the name of the recipient and the educational institution of the recipient’s choice.  Please go to the Guidance Office for a copy of the application and it’s guidelines.  No electronic submissions will be accepted.  Deadline is January 11, 2019. is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones.  Scholarships have been made available to help with providing financial assistance.  For more information, go to:

Agora Foundation Scholarship for Change – submit an essay detailing efforts they have already undertaken or initiatives they wish to implement in the future promoting a positive change in the world.  Deadline is December 31st.

SET Educational Fund – scholarship for students with financial need who have excelled scholastically while volunteering their time to help others.  Students must be able to demonstrates financial need, provide a history of community service, prove residency in Michigan and enrollments at an accredited college/university in Michigan. – all requirements must be sent in a single, standard envelope.  Deadline is April 1, 2019.

Officer Collin Rose Memorial Foundation Scholarship Applicants must be a US citizen and Michigan resident, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher with a strong attendance history.  The students must be pursuing a degree in mediation, dispute resolution, criminal justice, law enforcement, firefighting or paramedic services.  A 500 word biographical essay detailing achievements and career aspirations must be submitted.  Deadline is April 1, 2019.

Central Michigan University offers more scholarships for leadership than any other university in the Midwest. Students with a 3.0 GPA and qualities such as integrity, self-confidence, and a desire to lead are encouraged to apply for the Leader Advancement Scholarship.

  • Receive up to $8,000 per year
  • Live with other Leader Advancement Scholars
  • Enroll in courses with a leadership emphasis
  • Complete the Leader Advancement Scholarship Protocol

Students selected for this scholarship will earn a leadership minor through CMU’s Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute – the premier center for leadership in the Midwest.

Qualifying recipients may also earn one of CMU’s enhanced merit scholarships, valued between $3,500 and $6,500 per year.  Apply by January 1.  Go to:

Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship Opportunity:
– GPA of 3.5 or above
– SAT of 1200 or above or ACT of 26 or above
– demonstrated financial need (family income up to $95,000 will be considered.  Last year’s cohort has a median family income of approximately $26,000)

The University Club of Grand Rapids application is now available.  Criteria:  Seniors who have expressed a strong desire to give back or to benefit their West Michigan community after college.   Applicants must be in good standing and possess cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher  This is a $1,000.00 scholarships renewable up to three years.  (2) letters of recommendation are required  including one from a teacher, counselor or administrator, high school transcript, statement of goals, financial need may be considered. You must complete the top half of the Verification of Enrollment page and submit to your counselor by Friday, Jan 25.  Application and materials are to be mailed to the University Club.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office or you may go online to under the Scholarship Foundation tab. Materials must be received by the University Club by Friday, February 1, 2018.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute is awarding college scholarships to high school seniors who embody the characteristics of President Ronald Reagan at school, in the community, in the workplace and at home. Looking for students with LEADERSHIP, DRIVE, INTEGRITY, CITIZENSHIP.  Application deadline is January 4, 2019.  You may apply online at

The Society of Women Engineers has 80 different scholarships listed on their website, many of which are available for incoming freshman college students, and includes short videos explaining eligibility, how to apply, and award amounts:

The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation has information on their annual awards of up to $5,000 on their website.  Deadline is January 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.  For more information go to:

Ave Maria University Michigan Scholarship is $7,000 yearly and is an add on scholarship for the duration of up to 4 years as an undergraduate student.  You must be a resident of the State of Michigan, with a GPA of 2.8 (unweighted) or above, an ACT score of 22 or above or an SAT score of 1100 or above and a practicing Catholic.  For more information and application, go to:

SeniorAdvice Caregiver Scholarship – $2,000 Award

For students who have acted as caregiver to an adult friend or relative in any capacity.  Deadline is January 15, 2019:

Kettering University is offering a Robotics Scholarship for up $25,000.  Deadline is March 1.  For more information and application go to:


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