College Scholarships


Rockford Sportsman’s Club Bob Bond scholarship program is looking for applicants interested in furthering their education on conservation or law enforcement.  This is a $1,000 scholarship. Go to for more information and application.  Deadline is May 1

The Sixth Circuit is hosting a Student Essay Contest is open to junior and senior high school students in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. Students in the 11th and 12th grades attending public, private, parochial and charter schools, and home-schooled students of equivalent grade status are invited to participate.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers, and winners will be announced in May. In addition, the 1st place winner, along with a parent or guardian, will receive travel and accommodations to attend the 2020 Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference in Cleveland.  Click here for more details and instructions on how to enter the contest.

Grandville Jenison Chamber of Commerce Grandville Community and Ted terHaar Memorial Scholarships - $1,000 each.  Students need to be residents of Jenison/Georgetown Township or Grandville but may attend any area high school.  Deadline is March 23 by 3:30 p.m.  Applications to be mailed to Chamber Office, PO Box 175 Grandville MI 49468 or FAX (616)328-6559  To apply: Application can be found in the Guidance Office, high school transcript, list of co-curricular activities, nomination form from a teacher or counselor, 1-2 typed double spaced essay using the prompt.  Contact Heather Schaedig 616-531-8890 with any questions.

NEXTIVA scholarship

Scholarship recipients will receive a one-time award of $1000. The deadline of the application is May 1, 2020. You can find all the details about this scholarship program here:

Ave Maria University

  • 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 an SAT score of 1140 or above, who is accepted for admission at Ave Maria University for Fall of 2020.  For application go to (link is external) Applicants must also complete the online scholarship application at

Central Michigan University

  • 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.

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Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Valley State University

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 (link is external) - (link is external) Deadline is March 30, 2020
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AAA - 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 17, 2020.

American Fire Sprinkler Association - 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. (link is external) 

Arbor Financial Credit Union - 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. The application deadline is March 15, 2020.  For qualifications, guidelines and essay submissions, visit

Avomeen - Avomeen is a contract research organization located in Ann Arbor, MI and we’re offering 2 scholarship opportunities annually to students pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM discipline. There is a Women in STEM $2,500 scholarship and Minorities in STEM $2,500 scholarship available.  For more information here (link is external). Applications are being accepted until April 1.

Better Business Bureau - The Better Business Bureau wants to reward our community’s young leaders in their pursuit of higher education.  The Trust Award scholarship is based on Honesty, Transparency, Integrity and Impact. Applications are due May 1, 2020.  For more information and how to apply:

Burger King - Burger King Scholarship -

College Board - 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

Consumers Credit Union - Deadline March 1.  For application and eligibility requirements go to

D.K. Sprague Educational Scholarship Endowment (Gun Lake Tribe) - 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:

Daughters of the American Revolution -

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The Vivian M. Kommer Scholarship is 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

Horatio Alger National Career and Technical Scholarship Program.  Criteria:  Must have completed high school or earned GED by Spring 2020; be enrolled in a career or technical degree/certificate granting program in Fall 2020 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 April 15, 2020.  For an application, go to

Mattress Nerd - 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 (link is external)for the essay prompt and more information.

Michigan American Legion - Guy Wilson and William & Jewell Brewer Scholarship - 

Michigan Council of Women in Technology - 

Michigan Education Association - Dependent of MEA member or retired MEA member - 

Michigan Retailers Association - 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 (link is external)  for application (access code MIRA)

Polish Heritage Society - 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.

Rotary Club of Grand Rapids Charities Foundation - The Rotary Club of Grand Rapids Charities Foundation will be offering a $2,000 scholarship (non-renewing). 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. Checklist and application instructions can be found in the Guidance Office. Applications are due to the Rotary Office no later than Friday, March 13, 2020.

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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.

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 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:

  • Self-awareness
  • Knowledgeable
  • Visionary
  • Risk-taker
  • Strong relationship builder
  • Good communicator

Scholarship applications are due in the guidance office by April 3, 2020.

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