College Scholarships


Northern Rocket Football League, Inc. is an umbrella organization  involving communities/school districts in the counties of Kent, Ottawa, Montcalm, Mecosta and Ionia.  If you played Rocket Football you may apply for this scholarship.  Application is available in the Guidance Office.  Deadline is April 20, 2019.

Horatio Alger National Career and Technical Scholarship Program -Criteria: Must have completed high school or earned GED by Spring 2019; be enrolled in a career or technical degree/certificate granting program in Fall 2019 that will lead to employment; attend a not-for-profit post secondary education; demonstrate financial need; applicants must be Pell Grant eligible; be under age of 30; must be a United States citizen. Priority deadline is June 15, 2019. For an application, go to

Dronethusiast $500 Women In Science UAC Award – For more information go to:

SCHOLARSHIP FOR 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 15, 2019.

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

Rockford Sportsman’s Club is looking for applicants interested in furthering their education in conversation or law enforcement.  All information necessary to apply for this scholarship is available at  Deadline is May 1, 2019.

Credit Union One William G. Coyne Memorial Scholarship – to be eligible, applicants must  complete 30 or more hours of documented, qualified community service during Junior/Senior year of high school ending April 1, 2019; be a 2019 graduating high school senior; be a member of a family that has belonged to Credit Union ONE of Michigan for a minimum of 6 months (in good standing); minimum 3.0 GPA, plan to enroll a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two or four year college or university, or accredited trade or vocational school.  For application and more information go to

Credit Union One Continuing Education Scholarship Program – to be eligible applicants must be a member of a family that has belonged to Credit Union ONE of Michigan for a minimum of 6 months (in good standing);  be a high school or GED graduate with a gap in education of two years or more, complete a personal statement (details within application); plan to enroll in, beginning in the fall of 2019, a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two or four year college or university or accredited trade or vocational school.  For application and more information go to

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:

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. 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:

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 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:

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:

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  – largest online scholarship database – Grand Rapids Community Foundation Scholarships – Micro scholarships that earn you money at partner colleges for your achievements in high school