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.

Portage Local Scholarships

Download the file below to access the long list of Portage scholarship opportunities!
AWARD

Up to $2,500 for college or postsecondary technical schooling


ELIGIBILITY

This scholarship is open to an Indiana high school senior whose parent is battling breast cancer or who has lost a parent to breast cancer.


APPLICATION

Download the application here.


DEADLINE

Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, January 31, 2020. Applications must be mailed via USPS. No faxed, emailed or late submittals will be considered.

AWARD

First-place winners will be awarded $500.
Second-place entries will be awarded $250.
Third-place entries will be awarded $100.


ELIGIBILITY

The contest is open to individual girls and boys in the following three competition categories:

  • Elementary School Students (grades 3-5)
  • Middle School Students in (grades 6-8)
  • High School Students (grades 9-12)

The category for entry must be based on US grade categories. Home schooled or international students who are unsure of their grade should choose an appropriate category based on where the student would be placed if attending public school in the US. Prior winners of the Writing Contest who have received a cash prize from EngineerGirl in any of the above grade categories may not enter again in the same age group.


Participants will create and submit an original piece of writing that responds to the following contest prompt: Tell a story about a person learning to live on a new world while traveling through space. Learning…A lifelong journey. These are stories from the spaceship Vestigo. Its 20-year journey will take a large group of people from Earth to a new home outside our solar system… The passengers are from 2- to 50-years-old and will have little contact with Earth. They will have access to books and other resources onboard the ship. Many are experts in different fields. Vestigo is equipped with artificial gravity and large areas for growing food. Living quarters are like compact apartments. Everyone onboard will need education and training. They will need to maintain the ship and to prepare for life on a new planet. Most people will need to be skilled in more than one area.


Download a complete list of the 2020 Contest Rules and Regulations here.


APPLICATION

Applications must be submitted online here.


DEADLINE

The Contest will close at 11:59 PM, February 1, 2020, U.S. Eastern Standard Time. All entries must be received prior to this date and time in order to be considered.

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 John W. Anderson Foundation Scholarship - We will be awarding one (1) scholarship to a Porter County senior for $40,000 ($10,000 a year)
  • The Philippine Professionals Association Scholarship – for students of Filipino descent GPA of 3.75 (minimum award of $1000)
  • Peoples Bank Scholarship – One (1) $1000 award, Two (2) $500 awards
  • Plus other employer and association scholarships


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

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.

The Crown Point Community Foundation is the financial administrator of over 70 scholarship funds created by generous community donors. Scholarship criteria is chosen by the donor. The scholarship committee reviews all submitted applications and makes recommendations based on the criteria of each scholarship. Porter County residents are eligible for several of the Crown Point Community Foundation scholarships.


  • American Italian Benevolent Society Scholarship

  • Barney Family Scholarship

  • Christopher Day Memorial Scholarship


The Crown Point Community Foundation Scholarship Application is completed online. For more information, please visit the CPCF Website.


Application opens January 10, 2020. The deadline for applying is Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:30 p.m. (CST).

GFWC North West District Nurses Scholarship Application Form

AWARD

To be determined


ELIGIBILITY

Applicant must be a graduating senior whose plans include attending a college or university in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science Degree in an accredited Nursing Program.

Applicant must:

  1. Complete an essay explaining why they have chosen nursing as a career (student's signature required).
  2. Provide a written recommendation from a School Counselor, Teacher, or Principal
  3. Provide a high school transcript
  4. Obtain the signature of the President of the sponsoring Club: Nancy Teller; 219-395-9343; 360 Primrose Circle, Chesterton, IN 46304


APPLICATION

Download the application below. Paper applications are available in the guidance office.


DEADLINE

A completed application must be mailed by March 1, 2020 to:

Elaine Washek, Chairman

ESO Joyce Wargo Reading Club

1751 Clifty Creek Ct.

Valparaiso, IN 46385

AWARD

Scholarships are $1,500 per semester toward tuition for a maximum of eight (8) consecutive undergraduate fall and spring semesters ($12,000 total). Universities may adjust the amount of the Scholarship based upon other received scholarships, awards, or grants. Receipt of university and other tuition scholarships, awards, or grants is considered primary and will be applied toward tuition first and the Scholarship applied secondary.


ELIGIBILITY

Any senior from the participating Indiana high schools in Lake, Newton, Porter, and Jasper Counties who satisfies the following criteria is eligible to apply for a Jim and Betty Dye Scholarship. Applicants that do not meet the minimum eligibility will not be considered.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must live and currently attend high school in Lake, Newton, Porter, or Jasper County, Indiana
  • Must have a minimum composite 1200 SAT or 25 ACT (tests may be super-scored).
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 (out of 4).
  • Must be admitted unconditionally as an undergraduate degree-seeking student to one of the following universities:
    • Indiana University Bloomington (IU)
    • Indiana University Northwest (IUN)
    • Purdue University West Lafayette (PU)
    • Purdue University Northwest (PNW)
    • Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
    • Ball State University Muncie (BSU)

*Please note: Recipients of full tuition scholarships such as Lilly, 21st Century, ROTC, Hammond College-Bound, etc. are ineligible to receive a Dye Scholarship.


APPLICATION

Applications are completed online here. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions prior to completing the online application for important information about the Scholarship. Supporting documentation consisting of an official high school transcript and the university admission acceptance must be included with the application.


DEADLINE

The 2020 Jim and Betty Dye Scholarship Application will be available January 1, 2020 through March 1, 2020. Eligible candidates must electronically submit the Scholarship application no later than 11:59 p.m. CT on March 1, 2020.

Career Scholarship

AWARD

$1,000 awarded annually with an option to renew for three consecutive years if eligibility requirements are met and a transcript is submitted


ELIGIBILITY

Public high school seniors who are dependents of current ISTA members. Criteria for selection includes academic achievement, leadership in co-curricular activities and community involvement and submission of an essay and recommendations. A seven-semester transcript is required to complete application process.


APPLICATION

Apply for the scholarship here. You can visit the ISTA Scholarships & Awards website for more information.


DEADLINE

March 1, 2020

ISTA Foundation Scholarship

AWARD

To Be Determined


ELIGIBILITY

Public high school seniors who are dependents of current ISTA members. This scholarship is open to graduates of a public high school in December or May/June of the year of application who had at least a C average, plan to participate in a formal accredited training program (apprenticeship, trade school, cosmetology, etc.) or attend a two- to four-year accredited college or university and are the children or grandchildren (stepchildren and step grandchildren qualify) of an ISTA member. The applicant does not need to have attended high school in the same district in which the ISTA member teaches, nor live with the ISTA member.


APPLICATION

Apply for the ISTA Foundation Scholarship here.

Apply for the ISTA Retired Scholarship here.

You can visit the ISTA Scholarships & Awards website for more information.


DEADLINE

ISTA Foundation contributes to the scholarships that are awarded locally. Nominations should be submitted from February - April 1 to the local president or UniServ Director. In April, the District Councils select recipients.

Educator Scholarship

AWARD

$1,000 awarded annually with an option to renew for three consecutive years.


ELIGIBILITY

This scholarship is open to public high school seniors actively pursuing a degree in education who are dependents of ISTA members. Criteria for selection includes academic achievement, leadership in co-curricular activities and community involvement and submission of an essay and recommendations. A seven-semester transcript is required to complete application process.


APPLICATION

Apply for the scholarship here. You can visit the ISTA Scholarships & Awards website for more information.


DEADLINE

March 1, 2020

Justine M. Harrell Memorial Scholarship

AWARD

$1,000 scholarship awarded for a total of four years if the student maintains a 3.0 GPA enrolled in an education curriculum at an accredited college or university in Indiana.


ELIGIBILITY

This scholarship is open to a public high school senior pursuing a degree in education. Applicants for the need-based scholarship must also meet the income criteria of at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.


APPLICATION

Apply for the scholarship here. You can visit the ISTA Scholarships & Awards website for more information.


DEADLINE

March 1, 2020

Damon P. Moore Scholarship

AWARD

$1,000 scholarship awarded annually with an option to renew for three consecutive years.


ELIGIBILITY

This scholarship is open to a minority public high school senior who plans to pursue a teaching certificate. The scholarship was named for Damon P. Moore, an African-American educator, who served three terms as ISTA president and continues to be a positive role model for young minorities aspiring to enter the education field. Criteria for selection includes academic achievement, leadership in co-curricular activities and community involvement and submission of an essay and recommendations. A seven-semester transcript is required to complete application process.


APPLICATION

Apply for the scholarship here. You can visit the ISTA Scholarships & Awards website for more information.


DEADLINE

March 1, 2020

Louis B. Russel Scholarship

AWARD

$1,000 awarded annually with an option to renew for one consecutive year.


ELIGIBILITY

This scholarship is open to a minority public high school senior who plans to pursue industrial arts, vocational education or technical preparation at an accredited post-secondary institution. This scholarship was named for Louis Russell, an African-American industrial arts educator, who acquired international recognition as the world’s longest-living heart transplant patient. Criteria for selection includes academic achievement, leadership in co-curricular activities and community involvement and submission of an essay and recommendations. A seven-semester transcript is required to complete application process.


APPLICATION
Apply for the scholarship here. You can visit the ISTA Scholarships & Awards website for more information.

DEADLINE

March 1, 2020

The Valparaiso Family YMCA Foundation Scholarship

AWARD

Four scholarships each $1,500


ELIGIBILTY

  1. Applicant must be a resident of Porter County and be a US Citizen.
  2. Applicant must attend high school in Porter County.
  3. Applicant must be accepted at an accredited public or private college, university, or technical school by July 1, 2020.
  4. Successful applicant preferred to be able to attend Annual recognition dinner in Fall of 2020.

Selection Criteria includes:

  • Financial Need
  • Academics
  • Capacity to Succeed


APPLICATION

Download the application below. Be sure to follow all directions found on the cover page. Paper copies are available in the guidance office.


DEADLINE

The completed application packet must be returned by Sunday, March 15, 2020 to:

Zachary Wagner, Director of Financial Development

Valparaiso Family YMCA

1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive

Valparaiso, IN 46368

Completed applications can also be submitted to Miss Nelson by the end of the school day on Friday, March 13, 2020.

First Trust Credit Union - Apprenticeship, Certification, or Associates Program

AWARD

$1,000


ELIGIBILITY

This scholarship will be awarded to an individual who is pursuing a career in a specialized field that will NOT require a four-year degree based upon the following criteria:

  • Recipient must be a member of First Trust Credit Union – if not a current member, applicant may open an account at any local branch location. (Bring photo I.D. and social security card, and parent/guardian if under 18 years of age.)
  • Graduation from an accredited high school
  • Enrollment in an accredited non-four-year program which will result in certification or licensing of the student
  • Involvement in school and community activities
  • Essay from applicant
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher/educator


APPLICATION

Download the application here.


DEADLINE

Information must be submitted to the Scholarship Committee via email to scholarships@firsttrustcu.com or mailed to:

The Scholarship Committee

c/o First Trust Credit Union

950 E US Hwy 20

Michigan City, IN 46360


You can also hand deliver a completed application to your local First Trust branch. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, March 16, 2020.

First Trust Credit Union - Bachelor's Degree Program

AWARD

$1,000


ELIGIBILITY

This scholarship will be awarded based on the following criteria:


  • Recipient must be a member of First Trust Credit Union – if not a current member, applicant may open an account at any local branch location. (Bring photo I.D. and social security card, and parent/guardian if under 18 years of age.)
  • Graduation from an accredited high school and entering the initial year of post high school education in pursuit of a four-year degree.
  • Enrollment in an accredited institution for post high school education or training.
  • Scholastic achievement
  • Involvement in school and community activities
  • Essay from applicant
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher/educator



APPLICATION

Download the application here.


DEADLINE

The following information must be submitted to the Scholarship Committee via email to scholarships@firsttrustcu.com or mail to:

The Scholarship Committee

c/o First Trust Credit Union

950 E US Hwy 20

Michigan City IN 46360


You can also hand deliver to your local First Trust branch. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 P.M. Monday, March 16, 2020.

AWARD

Two $2,000 Scholarships awarded to Indiana high school seniors


ELIGIBILITY

  1. Completed online application
  2. Upload digital reports or scans of standardized measures of performance i.e. SAT-I, SAT-II (subject matter), ACT, AP exam scores
  3. Upload copy of transcript, if enrolled in Indiana high school, or example of work i.e. written assignment, technology creation, or documentation of project
  4. Upload 2 letters of recommendation submitted by your references, at least one of which comes from someone familiar with your academic work
  5. Upload essay OR Create a media product, including original content and art (see prompt choices listed below). Place media project on YouTube and provide link in application.


Essay Prompts -- Post chosen prompt at the top of your essay. Use size 12 font, single spacing and between 500-1000 words. Submit entry online at www.iag-online.org.


  1. Analyze and evaluate a classroom experience that provided you exceptional levels of challenge. Determine the components or characteristics that engaged you and allowed you to realize greater capacity for performance or thought.
  2. What should schools include in their high school curriculum for high ability students? Be sure to substantiate your ideas.
  3. Prepare a speech that you would present to the state legislature about the need for increased funding for high ability education as well as for mandated high ability programming in every school in the state.

OR

Audio-Visual Media Presentation -- Post the chosen prompt at the beginning of your presentation (no more than 5 minutes). NOTE: For media presentation, upload completed product to YouTube and provide a link in your application materials. Note: To be scored, product must fall within time frame.


  1. Using examples from your experience as a student, present and analyze components or characteristics that engaged you and allowed you to realize greater capacity for exceptional performance or thought.
  2. Present and explain what schools should include in high school curriculum for high ability students.
  3. Prepare a presentation that you would show to the state legislature about the need for increased funding for high ability education as well as mandated high ability programming in every school in the state.


APPLICATION
Apply online through the Scholarship Entry Form. Visit IAG's scholarship website for more information.

DEADLINE

March 28th, 2020

AWARD

$2,500 awarded 4 times a year


ELIGIBILITY

To apply for the OppU Achievers Scholarship, submit a short essay responding to the prompted question below. For an idea of what our review committee is looking for, take a look at these scholarship essay examples from past recipients. Scholarship decisions are based solely on an applicant’s essay response. To be eligible for the OppU Achievers Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be enrolled full time in high school or at least part time in college, graduate, professional, or trade school
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0


APPLICATION

Application can be completed online here.


DEADLINE

September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30

AWARD

40 $750 scholarships were awarded in 2019.


ELIGIBILITY

  1. All applicants must be an Indiana resident.
  2. All applicants must be committed to pursuing an education and career in a law enforcement field at an Indiana college or university.
  3. All applicants must be a current member of the ISA OR a dependent child OR grandchild of a current member of the association. If you do not meet the membership requirement, an application for membership is attached to the application.
  4. All applicants must enroll as a full-time college student (12 hours).


APPLICATION

Download the PDF application below. All information must be typed or printed neatly.


DEADLINE

Complete application in full and return to the address below by April 1, 2020:

Indiana Sheriffs' Association

147 East Maryland St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204-3608

AWARD
First Place: $1,000

Second Place: $500

The ESA winner and winners from each participating state will be entered into an overall national award, where winners will be considered to win an additional $7,500 to the overall first place winner and $2,500 to the overall second place winner.


ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be a graduating high school senior who will receive a diploma from an accredited high school. The high school must be located within the state where they apply. All applicants must be between the ages of fifteen and twenty years old. In addition to public and private schools, home schooled students and students attending military are also eligible to apply. Applicants must be accepted for admission to an accredited college or university with plans to attend the following year. Each eligible student must have a father, mother or natural guardian who meets the following qualifications:

  • One of the applicant’s parents must be a full-time paid member of the police/sheriff’s department or fire department. They may also be a volunteer member of a fire department.
  • The parent or guardian must be an active duty police officer, firefighter, paramedic, or EMT (public sector).
  • Children of DHS, FBI, and other Federal employees do not qualify.
  • Children of reserve officers, part-time sheriff’s deputies and retired, deceased or disabled employees do not qualify.


APPLICATION
Apply online here. Your application includes an essay prompt: "What it means to me to have my parent/guardian involved in securing our community." You must also complete the Community Service Form.

DEADLINE

Friday, April 10

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 jduzinkiewicz@pnw.edu 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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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!

AWARD

Scholarship awards range from $5,000 to $25,000 per year.


ELIGIBILITY


This scholarship is for young innovators, creators and dreamers (ages 16-24) who want to share his/her/their passion and receive support to pursue this passion through a higher educational outlet. This is not needs or obstacle based; it is a passion-based scholarship program. All applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be considered eligible for the 2020 Live Más Scholarship Program:

  • Applicant is a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (“D.C.”) who is at least 16 years of age and no older than 24 years of age, located in the United States or D.C. If an applicant is a minor in his/her/their state of residence they must receive parental consent from his/her/their parent/legal guardian to apply.
  • Applicant must be on-track to apply for or enrolled in an accredited post-high school/post-secondary educational program (including accredited two-and four-year colleges, universities, vocational-technical and trade schools).
  • Employees of Taco Bell Foundation, Inc., Taco Bell of America, LLC, Taco Bell Corp. and its parent, subsidiaries of its parent, franchisees, licensees, and the advertising and promotion agencies involved with this Program are not eligible to apply or receive a scholarship through this version of the program. Taco Bell restaurant employees can apply to the Live Más Scholarship for Restaurant Employees Program.
  • Has not previously received a Live Más Scholarship. Prior Live Más Scholarship winners may apply to the Live Más Scholarship Renewal Program.


APPLICATION

Submit an original video that tells us the story of your real, driving passion. It could be a short film, animation or just a simple testimonial. Your video must be a maximum of 2 minutes in length (minimum of 30 seconds in length) and must be no larger than 100 MB to ensure successful upload to the application. See the Terms & Conditions for additional Application Guidelines. You must submit your application through the “Apply” link on www.LiveMasScholarship.com.


DEADLINE

The application phase is open from 12:00:00 a.m. PST, November 6, 2019 to 5:00:00 p.m. PST, January 23, 2020.

AWARD

Scholarship awards range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards.


ELIGIBILITY

APIA Scholars provides scholarships to underserved APIA students with a special focus on those who:

  • Live at or below the poverty level, or are otherwise of low socioeconomic status;
  • Are the first in their families to attend college;
  • Are representative of the APIA community’s diversity, (geographically and ethnically}, especially those ethnicities that have been underrepresented on college campuses due to limited access and opportunity; and
  • Have placed a strong emphasis on community service and leadership as well as solid academic achievement.


Minimum criteria include:

  • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census
  • Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply
  • Be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2020.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED
  • Must apply for federal financial aid for the 2020-2021 academic year using the Free Application for the Federal Student Aid (FASFA) by early April 2020
  • Submit one letter of recommendation online


APPLICATION

The APIA Scholarship Program application must be completed online here and submitted electronically once all of the required questions have been answered. You do not have to complete the online application in one sitting. Until you are ready to submit, you may access your application and edit your answers as many times as you like with your login from any computer with internet access. If you need some tips on helping you prepare to apply, please check out our Applicant Resources.


DEADLINE

The application will be available for the 2020-2021 academic year from September 4, 2019 until January 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST.

AWARD

First-place: $10,000

Second-place: $3,000

Five Finalists: $1,000 each

Eight Semi-finalists: $100 each


ELIGIBILITY/REQUIREMENTS

The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate. Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate.


In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do what was right for the nation. These leaders demonstrated political courage by taking a stand for the public good in spite of pressure by interest groups, their political party, or even their constituents. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.


The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700, not including citations and bibliography. Use at least five varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews.

All submissions must adhere to contest requirements!


APPLICATION

Submit your essay online here (preferred). Please read all contest information, FAQs, and additional judging criteria before writing and submitting your essay.


If needed, students can also mail their essay and registration form to:

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125


DEADLINE

The contest deadline is January 17, 2020 at 11:59 PM (EST).

AWARD

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $10,000 award. Up to an estimated 100 awards will be granted. Awards are renewable for up to three years or until a bachelors degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon the applicant continuing full-time enrollment in an eligible course of study at an accredited four-year college or university, maintaining a 3.0 or better GPA and continuation of the program by Amazon Corporate LLC.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


ELIGIBILITY

Applicants to the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Program must be:

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Be high school seniors who are currently enrolled in or who have completed an advanced placement computer science course or who have taken an advanced placement computer science test.
  • Be planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year majoring in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or other computer related field of study.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).


Immediate family members of Amazon employees or its subsidiaries are not eligible to apply.


APPLICATION

Read all requirements and details before applying. Apply online through Scholarship America here.


DEADLINE

Deadline to apply: January 17, 2020 3:00 pm CT.

As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:

  1. Current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course, and term in which each course was taken.
  2. Copy of the first two pages of the most recently filed IRS Form 1040 used for the Financial Information Page.

Also as part of your application, one online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf. Your application is not considered complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

AWARD

The Washington Crossing Foundation is pleased to offer a variety of national and regional college scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000.


ELIGIBILITY

Competition open to all high school seniors who are U. S. citizens and are planning careers of service to the United States in local, state, or federal government. All awards are for one year.


We invite you to explore our web site, www.gwcf.org, which contains all of the information candidates should require to prepare and submit an application. Each interested student is invited to write a one-page essay stating why he or she plans a career in government service including any inspiration to be derived from the leadership of George Washington in his famous crossing of the Delaware. The student must confine the essay to viewpoint, attitude and purpose in choice of career. This essay must be accompanied by a recommendation from the high school principal or guidance counselor evaluating the student's achievements, academic and otherwise--particularly any preparation relevant to his or her career choice--along with transcripts, national testing scores, résumé and other supporting information of the applicant's choice as described in the Official Rules. Winners receive an all expenses paid weekend, including transportation and housing, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to attend the Scholarship Awards Ceremony. All winners must attend the Scholarship Awards Program on Saturday, April 25, 2020 in order to win their scholarship.


APPLICATION

Download the application PDF here or DOC here. View the scholarship website to read additional requirements.

DEADLINE

Applications must be POSTMARKED by January 15, 2020 and addressed to:

The Washington Crossing Foundation

P. O. Box 503

Levittown, PA 19058-0503


All entries become the property of the Washington Crossing Foundation and may be used as the Board of Trustees shall decide. By accepting an award, winners grant permission to the Foundation to release their names, town, state and the names of their schools to the media and to post them on the internet.

AWARD

Up to $20,000 per recipient for up to 19 recipients

Up to $25,000 per recipient for up to 1 recipient


ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible for the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program, the applicant must:

  • Be entering college in the Fall of 2020 as a Freshman at an accredited four-year institution for an undergraduate degree;

  • Be currently involved in high school sports, intramural sports, or community based sports.

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0;

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident (you will be asked to prove citizenship and age if you win);

  • Not be an employee, officer or director of Foot Locker, Inc., or any of its subsidiaries, or a member of the immediate family of such an employee, officer or director.

Judges will evaluate each of the fully completed scholarship applications on a points system based on, among other factors:

  • Embody good sportsmanship and strong moral character. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes are trusted and respected members of their schools and communities. They have built strong relationships with and will leave a lasting impact on other students, administrators, and community members.
  • Display academic excellence. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes are intellectually curious, set high academic goals for themselves, and excel in their studies.
  • Are passionate and committed to empowering the community in which they live. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes have made a significant commitment to improving the lives of others.
  • Are confident and enthusiastic about being a leader. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes aren’t reluctant role models. They are confident, honest, and passionate leaders who take on challenges for the greater good.
  • Come from diverse backgrounds. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes have unique life stories, are from different places, have varied academic ambitions, and play a wide range of sports.

  • Are Foot Locker Scholar Athletes material. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes share key attributes:
    • Proactive and highly motivated
    • Inspiring and charismatic
    • Honest and trustworthy
    • Genuine
    • Strong and courageous


APPLICATION

Apply online here. Visit the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes FAQs before applying!


DEADLINE

Applications are due at 5pm EST on Friday, January 3, 2020.

Ron Brown Scholar Program

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.

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program 2020
AWARD

Numerous awards of $10,000 each will be granted. Awards are renewable and may be used over a period of six consecutive years from the initial award date for a total award of $40,000 based on continued eligibility. Awards may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, required supplies, and on-campus room and board.


ELIGIBILITY

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholar candidates must:

  • demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship;
  • demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent);
  • be citizens of the United States of America;
  • graduate from a high school in the United States during the 2019-20 academic year (applicants living in a U.S. territory or commonwealth or on a U.S. Armed Forces base, as well as homeschooled students, also are eligible.); and
  • plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2020-21 academic year.


Semifinalists will be required to provide a recommendation from a community leader, such as a high school principal, elected official or executive director of a nonprofit organization, and must provide documentation to certify academic performance and financial need. Finalists will be interviewed via Skype or telephone by a member of the selection committee.


Learn more about the qualifications of a GE-Reagan Foundation Scholar.


APPLICATION

Students must apply online here.


DEADLINE

Applications will be accepted online only until 3 p.m. Central Time on January 3, 2020 or until 25,000 applications are submitted, whichever comes first.

AWARD

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


ELIGIBILITY

  • 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.


APPLICATION

Download the application and complete guidelines here.


DEADLINE

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

AWARD

$5,000 (one recipient every 6 months)


ELIGIBILITY

  • 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?


APPLICATION

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


DEADLINE

December 31, 2019

AWARD

$5,000 (one recipient every 6 months)


ELIGIBILITY

  • 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?


APPLICATION

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


DEADLINE

December 31, 2019

AWARD

State winner: $4,200

Runner-up: $1,800

State Finalists: $800


ELIGIBILITY

  • 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


APPLICATION

Students can access the application here.


DEADLINE

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

OR

You can also email your application to: BMiller@indianalegion.org.

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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:


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.
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PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.


HOW TO APPLY

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

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU APPLY

  • 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.

QUESTIONS?

Please direct any questions or inquiries to NextTeacher@che.in.gov or review the scholarship FAQs.