College Scholarships


MACAC Maggie Miller Scholarship – 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. Application can be found in the Guidance Office. Application and essay MUST be returned to the Guidance Office by March 27, 2019.

The Rotary Club of Grand Rapids Charities Foundation will be offering two – $2,000 scholarships annually (non-renewing). The application period for the Boyden-Shearer Scholarship Award is now open.  Criteria for the award: a minimum GPA of 3.5, achievement in scholarship, participation and leadership in school programs including athletics, music, art, etc., participation in community activities and financial need within the criteria will be considered. Check list and application instructions can be found in the Guidance Office. Applications are due to the Rotary Office no later than Friday, March 1, 2019.

The University of Michigan Club of Grand Rapids is for accepted seniors to U of M 2019; transcripts, test scores, financial need, essay and two letters of recommendation are required.  Deadline is February 15, 2019 @ 11:59 a.m.  Application can be found in the Guidance Office or download the online application at:

The Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarship sponsored by GVSU’s Regional Math and Science Center is 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 – Deadline is March 29, 2019.

Visit the Bill of Rights Institute is offering a We the Students Essay Contest with an opportunity to win one of fifteen scholarships including a $5,000 first prize.  Go to for the application and more information.

Hammett, Bellin and Oswald Law & Justice Scholarship is for all first-year college freshman who will be attending an accredited College/University during the 2019-2020 school year (current seniors).  Other requirements include proof of enrollment to an accredited college/university and a minimum 3.0 GPA.  The application deadline is May 31, 2019.  Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.  Award amount is $750.  Applications details can be found at:

Consumers Scholars is proud to help members reach their goals by helping to fund the Consumers Scholarship program.  To be considered for an iPad and $500 scholarship, applicants must be full-time high school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and an ACT score of 23 and/or a SAT score of 1150 or higher.  Applicants must be an active member of Consumers Credit Union with his/her own account.  Applications are evaluated on academic achievement, community service and essay content.  Application materials must be submitted by March 18, 2019.  For Application materials and for more information, go to

Michigan Retailers Association Scholarship-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, 2019. Students are encouraged to apply online through MRA’s website at

The Rosa Parks Scholarship application is now available.  This is a $2,000, non-renewable scholarship to graduating seniors. Winners are selected on the basis of scholarship, leadership, financial need and dedication to the civil rights principles. Must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, describe financial need, complete application form and essay, document community activities and furnish 3 letters of recommendation (at least one from a school representative, suggest clergy, community and/or civic representative). Applications are available at and deadline is March 1, 2019.

The Polish Heritage Society will be awarding the following college scholarships to full time students of Polish descent for the Fall semester 2019:  GVSU = 2 @ $1,000 scholarship, Aquinas = $1,000 scholarship and a $500 scholarship, Davenport University = $1,000, Grand Rapids Community College = $1,000 scholarship and a $500 scholarship or Universal scholarship to any other college = $1,000.

Applications are in the Guidance Office.  All applications must be received by the Financial Aid Office by March 15.

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 field may apply by going to  Application materials must be postmarked by February 8.

Roger B. Chaffee Scholarship – A $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, 2019 or hand delivered by 4:00 p.m. February 28.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office or online at

Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarship – for Full or part-time Meijer Team Members or children of full or part time Meijer Team Members with a date of hire prior to 4/2/2018 are eligible.  Deadline is March 1 2019.  Go to for information and application.

The Economic Club of Grand Rapids in cooperation with The Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University is announcing their Forty First Annual Essay Contest.  This year’s topic is “How Might a Renewed Emphasis on Career and Technical Education (CTE) in High School Impact the West Michigan Economy?”  First place is $2,000 and a $500 gift card.  Go to: for entry requirements, judging criteria and submission instructions.  Deadline is February 1, 2019.

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:

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.

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 12, 2019.

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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