College Scholarships

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

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.  For application, please go to www.rogerbchaffeescholarship.org  See specific details for February 29 deadline.

The DK Sprague Educational Scholarship Endowment has been developed by the Gun Lake Tribe in order to provide financial assistance to high schools students in Allegan, Barry, Kent, Kalamazoo, and Ottawa counties. Students need not be a Tribal Citizen nor a descendent of a tribe to apply. Scholarship recipients will receive an award in the amount of $20,000. The updated scholarship application has been published and can be found at the following link: https://gunlaketribe-nsn.gov/data/upfiles/media/1049.pdf

The American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Contest is open to U.S. high school seniors who plan to further their education at a U.S. college/university or trade school. The scholarship is not based on financial need. To apply, students must read a short essay about sprinklers and fire safety and complete an eight-question quiz. Each correct answer earns participants a chance at one of 10 $2,000 scholarships. Learn more. 

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Government has also launched a scholarship program that is open to current high school and college students. Students are invited to submit a multimedia presentation that portrays the social and human impact of the national debt. Top prize is $5,000. Deadline March 1. Learn more.  

Michigan Retailers Association is 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, 2020.  Students are encouraged to apply online through MRA's website.  click here  for application (access code MIRA)

GVSU Mary Jane Dockeray 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 - Deadline is March 30, 2020

Rosa Parks Scholarship $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 of Rosa Parks.  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 rosaparksscholarship.org and deadline is March 1, 2020.

The University of Michigan Club of Grand Rapids is for accepted seniors to U of M 2020; transcripts, test scores, financial need, financial information (see application) essay and two letters of recommendation are required. Deadline is February 21, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m. Application can be found in the Guidance Office or download the online application at:  http://alumni.umich.edu/clubs/grandrapids/scholarships

The Cardinal Newman Society offers an Essay Scholarship Contest exclusively for high school seniors.  Interested students must sign up for the “Recruit Me” program.  Contest deadline is February 17, with contest application and essay due to the Cardinal Newman Society.  Go to https://newmansoc.org/EssayContest for more information.

Arbor Financial Community Scholarship essay challenge.  Share your personal innovative solution and the positive impact it would have and possibly be awarded a $2,000 scholarship.  Application deadline is March 15, 2020.  For qualifications, guidelines and essay submissions, visit arborfcu.org/scholarships

Students who are interested in promoting positive environmental change - this scholarship will award $1,000 to the winner of the best essay response regarding environmental conscientiousness.  Please go to https://www.mattressnerd.com/scholarship/ for the essay prompt and more information.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation Scholarships - https://www.grfoundation.org/

The Vivian M. Kommer Scholarship is a for a senior at West Catholic High School entering undergraduate studies in business or pre-law.  Must demonstrate financial need and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.  Apply online at:  https://www.grfoundation.org/apply-for-scholarships/general-application

Grand Rapids Community College Scholarships - https://grcc.edu/financialaidscholarships/typesofaid/scholarships

Daughters of the American Revolution - www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships

Michigan Council of Women in Technology - mcwt.org/programs/list/University-Initiatives/Scholarship-Program 

Burger King Scholarship - bkmclamorefoundation.org/who-we-are/programs/burger-king-scholars-program/application-information/

Michigan American Legion - Guy Wilson and William & Jewell Brewer Scholarship - michiganlegion.org/ 

Michigan Education Association - dependent of MEA member or retired MEA member - mea.org/mea-scholarship/ 

Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship is a $3,500 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 www.RyanFischer.org  Applications are due to the Athletic Director by January 31, 2020 for eligibility confirmation.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is now available at http://www.jackierobinson.org/ The JRF application is the vehicle through which more than 4,000 talented young minority high school students apply to become JRF Scholars and carry on the civic-minded legacy of the Foundation’s namesake, Jackie Robinson. The deadline to submit the application for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is February 1, 2020 by 5:00 pm ET.

The University Club of Grand Rapids is offering the opportunity for a $1,000 scholarship (renewable for 3 years) to seniors who have expressed a strong desire to give back or benefit their West Michigan community after college. Applicants must be in good standing and possess cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Required: (2) letters of recommendation including one from a teacher, counselor or administrator.  Do not send a letter of reference from a relative. 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 24.  Application and materials are to be mailed to the University Club.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office or you may go online to UniversityClubGR.com under the Scholarship Foundation tab.  Materials must be received by Friday, February 3, 2020.  Applications may be found in the Guidance Office or by going to http://UniversityClubGR.com

The Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship competition is now open to any high school senior who plans on enrolling in college, a university, a trade school or other form of higher education in the next academic school year.  Applicants must be residents of Michigan or Florida, or a member of Lake Michigan Credit Union, or the child of a member.  For more information go to LMCU.org/Hutt – the deadline for entries is 01/31/20.

Ave Maria University Michigan Scholarship is for $7,000 yearly/$3,500 per semester (4-year renewable) in addition to standard institutional aid.  Applicant must be a resident of the state of Michigan, a high school senior with a GPA of 2.8 (unweighted) or above; and an ACT score of 23 or above, or a SAT score of 1140 or above, who is accepted for admission at Ave Maria University for Fall of 2020.  For  application go to avemaria.edu/apply-now/ Applicants must also complete the online scholarship application at:  avemaria.edu/future-students/scholarships/

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships guide you through the college planning process and offer you a chance to earn money for college by turning your efforts into scholarships .  Learn more about scholarship eligibility at https://cb.org/opportunity.

AAA Michigan is pleased to announce the 25th annual AAA School Safety Patrol Scholarship Program.  Scholarships of $2,500 will be awarded to two graduating seniors attending a Michigan public, private or charter high school.  Student must show proof of AAA Michigan School Safety Patrol participation in elementary or middle school, good academic standing and a strong record of involvement in the community and/or extra-curricular activities.  A personal letter of introduction must be included describing community and extra-curricular activities and what being a Safety Patroller meant to them.  Applications may be found in the Guidance Office.  Deadline to turn in to the Guidance Office is Friday, April 2020.

Central Michigan University Centralis Scholarships are for students who have a 3.7 GPA and a 1260 SAT (27 ACT) score.  Seniors have the opportunity to compete with other top high-school seniors for one of many full-ride or full-tuition scholarships to Central Michigan University. All scholarship recipients secure a spot in CMU's prestigious Honors Scholar Program in addition to the awards listed below.

  • Centralis Scholar Award (Full ride) — Awarded to 20 students, it covers 100 percent of tuition, fees, room and board, and a $5,000 study abroad stipend.
  • Centralis Gold Award (Full tuition) — Awarded to 80 students, it covers 100 percent of tuition and a $5,000 study abroad stipend.
  • Centralis Maroon Award — Awarded to 50 students, it rewards recipients with a $5,000 study abroad stipend in addition to their automatic merit scholarship.

For more information go to cmich.edu

The Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund is pleased to announce its annual scholarship essay contest for high school juniors and seniors. This essay contest encourages students to research and express their reflections on how the 9/11 terrorist attacks affected them personally, their family members or friends, their communities, or the nation as a whole. Doing so is consistent with their mission, which is, in part, to ensure that future generations remember Sept. 11, 2001 and understand the range of impacts that it had and continues to have.

Essay submissions will be accepted through November 1st, and any high school junior or senior may participate. Prizes of $250, $150, and $100 are available to the top submissions. Details, along with submissions from past winners, can be viewed on our website.

Contest information is available at michiganremembers.com/scholarship-essay-contest