College Scholarships


Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship – Scholarship award is $3,000.  Eligibility criteria:  must be a male or female enrolled at and participating in MHSAA interscholastic ice hockey at a member school.  Must be a senior and will be graduating during the school year in which the award is being applied for.  Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale.  You may not round up a 3.4xgrade point average for the purpose of qualifying.   This student must be enrolled at an accredited public or private college or university by October 1 following his or her high school graduation to receive the scholarship.  Students must be of a high moral character, demonstrate a strong faith in God, a love for this country and a commitment to community service.  Student must also demonstrate outstanding sportsmanship, exceptional leadership, integrity and a positive attitude toward all individuals.  Go to to use the online application.   Submit application to the school’s Athletic Director no later than January 26, 2018.

Scholarship applications are now being accepted for high school seniors with a focus on a technology academic program.  Must be female, a Michigan resident and attending a Michigan college or university for the 2018-19 academic school year.  Apply now for a 2018-19 MCWT scholarship at

The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Scholarship Application is now open.  Applicants are considered for over 300 different opportunities and over 1 million dollars in scholarship funds by completing  the online scholarship application.  Simply visit: https: // and log in using their GRCC Blackboard log-in credentials.  Students must be admitted to apply.  Priority deadline to submit applications is March 15, 2018.

The $2,500 Discover Scholarship Award is still available for eligible students and parents through December 31, 2017. Students and parents can enter by signing up to receive tips and resources on No purchase or loan necessary to enter or win.

KISD Career Readiness – Have you ever wished that, just once, you could be recognized for the amazing traits and talents that make up who you really are?  Are you looking for a way to help you get to the “next level” but lack the funds to even start?  Then this BRAND NEW scholarship is for you!  Wise Up is a student life recognition scholarship program built to recognize high-school student achievement in a broad range of categories including: Academics, Athletics, Leadership, Visual Arts, Performing Arts/Theater, Music, and Community Service.  A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded in each category. To find out more about this scholarship AND how to apply, visit:


Each year, “We the Students” essay contest gives high-school students in grades 8-12 from across the U.S. a chance to share their perspectives on a trending topic.  This year, we’re asking students to consider what role the government should play in monitoring internet content and we are awarding $20,000+ in scholarship and prizes, including:

  • 1st Place – $5,000 and a scholarship to our 2018 Constitutional Academy in Washington, D.C.
  • Runners Up – Six prizes at $1,250 each
  • Honorable Mentions – Eight prizes at $500 each

For more details, and to enter, go to

Your  500-800-word essay is due before February 5, 2018.

The Latino Youth Conference is offering a $1,000 scholarship to current seniors of Hispanic Heritage. Deadline is December 13, 2017. Please see attachments for full details or visit the Latino Youth Conference website.

The United Energy Workers (UEW) is pleased to offer the UEW Healthcare Scholarship.  The award amount is $1,000 and the Deadline is July 31, 2018.  For more information go to

Econ Club Essay – the Economics Club of Grand Rapids Co-sponsored by GVSU Seidman College of Business has released their 40th Annual Economic Club Essay Contest.  For information, go to:  Deadline is February 1 @ 12:00 Noon.

Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) empowers Latino families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional Hispanic American students as possible.

As the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic American higher education, HSF has awarded more than $550 million in scholarships and provides a range of impactful programs for students, HSF scholars, alumni, and parents.

Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for an HSF scholarship. The application opens January 1, 2018, and closes March 31, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be selected in June 2018. For more information visit

For details about the College Board’s other scholarship partners connected to the PSAT/NMSQT® and PSAT™ 10, please see our scholarships page.

Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship is now accepting entries!  This is the opportunity to showcase those creative thinking skills in pursuit of one of fifteen $2,000 scholarships!  To enter, write a 750-1,500 word essay about the topic:  Imagine nearing the end of your life – describe what will have brought you the greatest happiness or success.  Essays will be evaluated with greater emphasis placed on creativity, clarity and originality.  Applicants must be high school seniors in Michigan entering a trade school, college or university in the next academic year.  Deadline for entries is January 31, 2018.  To enter, go to

SCHOLARSHIP FOR FEMALE WEST CATHOLIC SENIOR:  FUTURE FEMALE HEALTHCARE LEADERS-ESTABLISHED 2014 – The Mary Kay (Kempker ’76) VanDriel Healthcare Leadership Scholarship will be awarded to a female West Catholic senior who will be going on to college to study and eventually work in the healthcare field.  The goal of the scholarship is to encourage more young women to advance to healthcare leadership positions.

The scholarship also aims to help develop a mentorship mentality, both seeking guidance from mentors and also eventually becoming mentors themselves as they advance in their post graduate professional careers.  (Pay it forward).

Scholarship recipients may receive an award from $500-$2,500, depending on the need and the number of applicants. This scholarship is to be used for college tuition, books, supplies and living expenses.

Please note: This scholarship is good for Freshman Year in College ONLY.  It is NOT renewable each year.

The Scholarship guidelines are as follows:
1.  A West Catholic senior female graduate, going on to their freshman year in college.
2.  Students must be identified by the teaching, counseling staff and peers as a leader.
3.  Students must have a desire to study and work in healthcare.
4.  Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 at the time of application.
5.  Must complete a 1-2 page essay to include the following:

  • Understanding that plans and college majors may change as you advance through college, in two pages or less, explain why you are interested in healthcare.  Also describe how you see yourself contributing to the advancement of healthcare and how you use your successes to help with the mentorship of other females interested in healthcare. Finally, identify the values instilled by your family and the West Catholic education experience.

Scholarship applications are due in the guidance office by April 1, 2018.

Mary Kay Van Driel Scholarship Summary: 

1.   To advance young women to healthcare leadership positions.
2.  To develop a mentorship mentality so West Catholic graduates will find guidance from mentors and
subsequently become mentors as they advance their professional careers.

1.  Identify possible leadership roles in healthcare.
2.  Understand the preparation needed for leadership roles and the job requirements.
3.  Learn and experience the value of a mentor/mentee relationship.
4.  Create an esprit de corp of leadership and mentorship.  Suggest graduates return to mentor young
West Catholic aspiring leaders.

Other possible characteristics:
a.   Self awareness
b.  Knowledgeable
c.  Visionary
d.  Risk taker
e.  Strong relationship builder
f.  Good communicator
g.  Inspiring
h.  Able to lead change

Honors GradU Design A Better Future $10,000 Scholarship – for more information go to  Deadline is February 11, 2018 @ 11:59 MST

Ave Maria University is now offering The MICHIGAN Scholarship.  This is a $7,000 yearly/($3,500 per semester) add on scholarship for the duration of up to 4 years as an undergraduate student.  Requirements:  Must be a resident of the state of Michigan, first time college freshman with high school GPA of 2.8 or above/ ACT score of 22 or above or SAT score of 1100 or above and is accepted for admission at Ave Maria University for the Fall of 2018.  Applicant must be a practicing Catholic (endorsement letter from parish) and maintain a university GPA of at least 2.5 to keep scholarship.  How to apply:  complete the online scholarship at

Free Speech Essay Contest:  to enter, students must submit an essay between 800 and 1,000 words on the provided topic.  One $10,000 first prize, one $5,000 second prize and three $1,000 runner-up prizes will be awarded for the best essays.  Four $500 winners will be chosen from the remaining entrants in a drawing.  FIRE will accept essay contest entries through December 31, 2017.  Winners will be notified by January 31, 2018.  To enter, visit THEFIRE.ORG/CONTEST




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