Scholarship Newsletter

Portage High School Guidance Office

Welcome to our Scholarship Newsletter! In this newsletter, you will find a variety of scholarship opportunities, applications, and search engines. Scholarships are ordered by due date, with most recent due dates at the top of the page. Links to various scholarship search engines will be found at the bottom of the page. If you have any questions, please reach out to your school counselor in the Portage High School Guidance Office.

2020 High School Student of Integrity Scholarship

The Northern Indiana Better Business Bureau "High School Student of Integrity" scholarships are now available. $2,000 will be awarded to one Northern Indiana student who is distinguished as a role model and displays ethical behavior in their school community. Please download the application or find a paper copy in the guidance office. Applications are due to Miss Nelson in the guidance office by the end of the day on Friday, December 6th.

Urban League Horizon Bank Minority Scholarship Application

Horizon Bank is excited to offer the Minority Scholarship Program. This scholarship is designed to encourage minorities to pursue a higher education while assisting to fund such an endeavor. We encourage all students meeting the outlined criteria to apply. This scholarship will be awarded to recognize academic achievement, demonstrated leadership and future potential. It is not MANDATORY that the student major in banking or a closely related field but extra consideration will be given.

Please download the following:

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State winner: $4,200

Runner-up: $1,800

State Finalists: $800


  • Open to students in grades 9-12
  • Must be a citizen or a lawful permanent resident on the United States
  • Must be under the age of 20
  • Must be enrolled in a high school
  • Must be enrolled in high school at the time of contest (April 2019) The
  • Constitutional Speech Contest will include the following: A single main speech topic related the United States Constitution will be required with a length of 8 to 10 minutes
  • An "Assigned Topic" that must consume 3 to 5 minutes of presenter's delivery


Students can access the application here.


All parts of the application are due by Friday, December 20th and must be mailed to:

The Department of Indiana
ATTN: Oratorical Contest

5440 Herbert Lord Rd

Indianapolis, IN 46216


You can also email your application to:

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$5,000 (one recipient every 6 months)


  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Age 16 and over
  • Permanent legal U.S. resident
  • A detailed and well-written essay response
  • Enrollment in a school listed on the U.S. Department of Education website
  • Be the first in your family to attend college
  • Please submit an essay of 500 words or less addressing the following question: Pick a movie or book where the lead character has to make a difficult decision. What about their decision was difficult? Why do you agree or disagree with the decision they made?


Applications must be completed online through Course Hero. You can access the application here.


December 31, 2019


$5,000 (one recipient every 6 months)


  • Permanent Legal U.S. Resident
  • Military Affiliation: Retired, honorably discharged or active duty service members of any branch of the United States Army and Reserves, United States Navy and Reserves, United States Air Force and Reserves, United States Marine Corps and Reserves, United States Coast Guard and Reserves, the National Guard and the Air National Guard, or spouses, children, or family members of such service members
  • At least 16 years old
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale of equivalent
  • Currently enrolled full-time, part-time in a two-year or four-year accredited undergraduate or graduate college or university, or vocational, technical or private career institution in the United States, as listed on the U.S. Department of Education website
  • Please submit an essay of 500 words or less addressing the following question: What do you wish the American people better understood about military service or military families?


Applications must be completed online through Course Hero. You can access the application here.


December 31, 2019


To be determined. Last year, the committee awarded four scholarships, each in the amount of $3,000.


  • Must be a resident of Northwest Indiana
  • Must be able to provide evidence of application to or current enrollment in a nursing education program to be considered for aid
  • In general, is not seeking a Masters, Doctorate, or Nurse Practitioner degree and/or is not graduating college within the year
  • Must submit the completed application, including self appraisal and letters of reference, by the stated deadline.


Download the application and complete guidelines here.


The completed application with references and self-appraisal must be received by December 31, 2019:

Tricia's Scholarship Fund

c/o VNA Foundation

501 Marquette Street

Valparaiso, IN 46368

219-462-5195 now has provided a list of over 15 scholarship programs available to a variety of students. These programs will award over 400 student scholarships this year! Whether you are interested in science, personal safety, or even the Final Fantasy games, there is a scholarship waiting for you. There are various deadlines for all of the scholarships. View the list here or visit the scholarship table in the guidance office right away for more information.

The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans. RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship – the four pillars of the late Ronald H. Brown’s mission to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially our disadvantaged youth.

Recipients may use the renewable scholarships to attend an accredited four-year college or university of their choice within the United States. Ron Brown scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline. Since the Program’s inception in 1996, more than 300 students have been designated as Ron Brown Scholars.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Ron Brown Scholar Program provided you meet the following requirements:

  • Must be Black/African American.
  • Must excel academically.
  • Must exhibit exceptional leadership potential.
  • Must participate in community service activities.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card.
  • Be a current high school senior at the time of your application.

Download the Ron Brown Scholarship Application! Applications must be postmarked by January 1, 2020.

Knights of Pythias: Educational Assistance Program Scholarship

The Knights of Pythias, Grand Domain of Indiana, are receiving scholarship applications for their 2020 Educational Assistance Program. Applicants must be a senior in high school, have a 3.0 GPA, and be an Indiana resident.

Applications will include:

  • Re-Typed Form (see application)
  • Short, typed essay about your goals after graduating from college
  • Short, typed essay regarding your need for financial help
  • Copy of high school transcript

View the entire application and guidelines here. Applications must be postmarked by January 25, 2020 to be eligible!

Legacy Foundation is Lake County, Indiana's community foundation. However, Porter County residents are eligible for several of the Legacy Foundation scholarships, with awards varying from $500-$10,000. The Legacy Foundation Common Application is completed online. For more information, please read the Scholarship Booklet or view the Frequently Asked Questions.

Application opens December 1, 2019. Your application, recommendations, transcripts and other supporting documents must be submitted electronically through the online scholarship system on or before the deadline of February 1, 2020.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Scholarship program addresses the financial needs of college students and provides extensive, hands-on mentoring and support services. Once chosen from a national, selective application process, Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars receive a generous four-year grant to attend the undergraduate school of their choice and enroll in JRF’s celebrated “42 Strategies for Success Curriculum”. This four-year program guides JRF Scholars to effectively navigate their college environments, explore career options, develop leadership skills, and embrace a commitment to service. The program also promotes the values and character traits embodied in the heroic life of the Foundation’s namesake, encouraging Scholars to positively impact the lives of others.

JRF Scholars receive grants of up to $30,000 over four years to complement the financial aid they receive from their colleges or universities. In addition, Scholars are financially sponsored to attend JRF’s annual four-day “Mentoring and Leadership Conference” in New York City as well as other regional events throughout the year.

To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a graduating high school senior;
  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States;
  • Show leadership potential;
  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service;
  • Present evidence of financial need;
  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21;
  • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4–year College when applying for the scholarship.

The required components of the Jackie Robinson Foundation application are:

  • The online application, which includes four essay questions;
  • A professional, hi-resolution digital photo (headshots only, in a JPEG format) – you may submit a high school senior graduation photo;
  • One letter of recommendation (e.g. a teacher, a mentor, a guidance counselor, an employer);
  • SAT or ACT scores: If you have taken the SAT or ACT more than once, please enter your best scores from each test. NOTE: JRF does not consider the writing scores as part of your examination.

Applications are available online November 1, 2019 and are due by February 1, 2020.

Polish Heritage Essay Contest - Available for any high school student!

The Polish Heritage Association of Michigan City was established in November 2011 to increase awareness of Polish and Polish-American heritage. The Association organizes the annual Polish Heritage Festival at the Friendship Botanic Gardens (formerly the International Friendship Gardens) in Michigan City, tends the Polish Garden at the Gardens, offers an annual scholarship competition for local high school and college students, and contributes an annual gift to a charity such as a local homeless shelter. In Spring 2018, the Association replaced the Paderewski bust at the Polish Garden in the Friendship Botanic Gardens. The Essay Competition, in its eighth year, is essential to the Association’s community focused mission.

Purpose: The Polish Heritage Association of Michigan City Essay Competition seeks to raise awareness about Poland, Poles and Polish Americans among local high school and college students.

Award: Applicants are eligible for 1st Place ($1,000), 2nd Place ($500), or 3rd Place ($250) awards.

Eligibility: Open to any high school or college student legally residing in Northwest Indiana (Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Starke, St. Joseph Counties). Applicants do not need to be of Polish ancestry.

Application Procedure:

Applicants should submit a research essay of no more than three pages if single-spaced and six pages if double-spaced on the topic of: “The Polish-Soviet War 1919-1920 and the ‘Miracle on the Vistula’” (As World War I ended, Poland won back its independence on the ground and diplomatically.

Poland’s struggle with Soviet Russia proved crucial to Europe as a whole.)

Applicants must supply a complete application form.

Selection Criteria: Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Decisions are made by a committee based on how well the applicant’s essay addresses the topic. Preference will be given to essays that (1) directly address the topic, (2) are well organized, (3) show evidence of some research, (4) are accurate in content, and (5) are clearly written in correct standard English. All applicants will be notified of the selections at the email address they provide with their application.

Application Submission: Applications should be submitted by mail or electronically to Prof. Janusz Duzinkiewicz at no later than May 3 (Polish Constitution Day), 2020.

Download the Essay Contest details here.

Download the Essay Contest application form here.

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CollegeBoard Opportunity Scholarships

This scholarship program is open to all students and it doesn't require an essay, application, or minimum GPA. Instead, it rewards your effort and initiative!

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For more information, please contact the Portage High School Guidance Office:

School counselors are assigned by student last name:

Scholarship Search Engines and Databases:


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  • Must be an Indiana resident;
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • Must be a current high school senior or college student in Indiana;
  • Must have graduated or will graduate from an Indiana accredited high school or non-accredited nonpublic high school;
  • Must be able to utilize the scholarship for at least two full academic years;
  • Must rank in the top 20% of high school graduating class or have a top 20% ACT or SAT score;
  • Must currently attend or plan to attend an eligible Indiana institution as a full-time student;
    • In some cases, degree-seeking students may use the scholarship during the summer while enrolled part-time. Refer to the specific guidelines for using the scholarship during summer terms.
  • Must pursue or intend to pursue a course of study that would enable the student to teach at eligible Indiana school after college graduation;
  • Must obtain a license to teach in Indiana and serve as a teacher in an eligible Indiana school for five consecutive years after college graduation;
  • Must maintain a 3.0/4.0 GPA, complete 30 credit hours per year or their equivalent and meet all other requirements established by their program to renew the scholarship;
  • Must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year;
  • Must not be in overpayment or default on a federal student loan or grant; and
  • Must complete the service requirement or have all funds provided converted to a loan that must be repaid.

**Priority will be given to students graduating high school although current college freshmen and sophomore students are eligible to apply.


The 2020-2021 application will be available in ScholarTrack beginning September 1, 2019 and will close on November 30, 2019.


  • After the November 30 deadline passes, the Commission will review all applications and notify all applicants of their scholarship status via email by January 10, 2020.
  • Finalists must participate in the interview day on March 14, 2020 in Indianapolis.
  • After the interviews, the Commission will notify all finalists of their scholarship status by April 3rd, 2020. Recipients and waitlisted finalists will be provided further instructions via email at that time.


Please direct any questions or inquiries to or review the scholarship FAQs.