Looking for a way to fund your postsecondary education plans? You’re in the right place! While figuring out how to fund college can seem like a daunting task, finding and applying to scholarships shouldn’t be. That’s why it’s important to know HOW to search for scholarships and WHERE to find the best ones for you. Google can be your best friend, if you know what to search for. Scholarships are the place where your uniqueness is meant to shine, so dig deep! Following these steps should ensure your time is used wisely and your chances to receive a scholarship are increased. PLEASE, NEVER EVER PAY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH ENGINE OR FAFSA
*REMINDER: You should be applying for scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year*
*Schools may not have their 2018-2019 scholarships updated just yet.
Spring time is the most popular time for scholarships*
Fill out FAFSA https://fafsa.ed.gov
Check out what merit based scholarships you qualify (based off of GPA and SAT scores) for the specfic institution(s) you’d like to attend
Start looking at private scholarships at the institution(s) you’d like to attend (some links below) Many scholarships end March 1st.
Wayne State: https://wayne.edu/scholarships/private/list/
Henry Ford: https://hfcc.academicworks.com/
4. Search for community scholarships (Taylor, MI)
Taylor Federation of Teachers Scholarship (June 8th)
The teachers of the Taylor Federation of Teachers are proud to award a $2,500 scholarship to the son or daughter of a TFT member. Selection will be based equally on GPA, school-related activities, community-related activities, and essay. There are a few applications available in the office or you can download the application here.
5. Search for county scholarships (Wayne County) or state (Michigan)
Community Foundation Scholarships for Southeast Michigan are NOW OPEN
Start applying here! Deadlines are March 15th, but applying early is your best bet!
Stefan Wanczyk Foundation Scholarship (Deadline May 31, 2018)
The Stefan Wanczyk Foundation will be providing $2,000 in scholarships to hardworking current high school students in the Wayne County area. Applicants must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher and demonstrate financial need, along with intent to begin college as a full-time student in the fall of 2018. Stefan Wanczyk Foundation
NFL Alumni - Detroit Chapter Student Athlete Scholarships (Deadline March 2, 2018)
The NFL Alumni - Detroit Chapter is sponsoring two unique scholarship opportunities for student athletes. Each scholarship awards one scholarship to one high school female and one high school male student.
Online application can be found on https://nflalumnidet.org under Scholarships in the menu.
Michigan Council of Women in Technology Scholarship
Scholarship applications are now being accepted for high school seniors or current college/university students 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. Click here for more information!
NABS Scholarship (Deadline March 17th)
The National Association of Black Suppliers Scholarship Fund (NABSSF) is a stipend of up to $5000 per year for up to five years that can be used for tuition, room and board and fees at a college or university of the recipient choice. The NABS Scholarship is awarded to graduating African-American seniors from high school, demonstrating outstanding academic and community leadership, and who plans to be enroll full-time in a engineering, technology, business or a related curriculum. Apply Here!
Bettie Dorothy Remembrance Scholarship Application (Deadline March 15th)
The scholarship is available to any college bound girl who is motherless for any reason. We believe that every young woman should have a chance at achieving her goals and fulfilling her dreams.The $1,000 Scholarship will be divided equally between semesters in the first year. Mentoring will also be provided,if desired, throughout your college years. Bettie Dorothy Remembrance Scholarship Application here!
Society of Women Engineers - Detroit Section (Deadline March 1st)
The Detroit Section of the Society of Women Engineers annually recognizes high school women who have shown exemplary abilities in areas such as leadership, academics, and community activities. Application can be found here!
2018 Metro Bureau Scholarship Application (March 2nd)
Applicants must have plans to attend one of the following schools Henry Ford College, Oakland County Community College, Oakland University, Wayne County Community College, or Wayne State University. Application can be found here!
Sara Marie Diepenhorst Memorial Scholarship Fund (April 4th)
The Sara Marie Diepenhorst Memorial Scholarship, held under the auspices of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, is awarded each year to a high school senior from Taylor who will attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The successful applicant is the person who most embodies the qualities that Sara possessed. Application here!
2018-2019 Community Choice Foundation Scholarship Application
Must be a resident of the state of Michigan, graduating high school in the spring of 2018, planning to attend an accredited college or university in Michigan, be enrolling in either a two or four-year degree program, intend to remain a Michigan resident after college graduation, is not related to a Board Member or team member (employee) of Community Choice Credit Union, and has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Application can be found here.
6. Complete the MI Student Aid’s Scholarship Search Request
7. You COULD use generic search engines like https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search or https://www.salliemae.com/ just know those sites typically gain attention from students from all over so make sure you are looking with intent and purpose (use filters to make it specific to YOU)!
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Michigan Education Association Scholarship (Deadline February 22, 2018)
Are you a dependent of an MEA member or MEA-Retired member and planning to attend a community college or a four-year degree-granting institution? Priority is given based on academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, school and community service and students from lower income households. Access to the application can be found at http://www.mea.org/mea-scholarship.