February Scholarship Opportunities

Washington Catholic Guidance Office

Earn more money for college now!

There are all kinds of scholarships available - the scholarships our students apply for every year and those that appeal to really specific groups of students you may not even expect!

Are you really tall? There's a scholarship for than. Are you a secret Magic: The Gathering fan? There's a scholarship for that, too. Have you created a prom dress made from duct tape? You know the drill - there's a scholarship for that, too!

Below are several opportunities available but there are many more online just waiting for you to discover and apply. See Miss Birchler or check out www.scholarship.com to learn more.

Upcoming Events

Oakland City University - Intro to College Night

Oakland City University is hosting an Intro to College Night on February 25, 2021 for any student interested in attending OCU. This event is for all high school students, not just seniors. We will be offering 30-minute informational sessions in which we will discuss athletics, financial aid/FAFSA, transitioning to college, and the admissions process. Students who attend are eligible to receive up to a $1500 scholarship! I have attached our flyer for the event and would appreciate if you would share this with your students.

The direct registration link for the event can be found below:


College Goal Sunday

The first virtual College Goal Sunday of 2021 takes place at 2pm (ET) on March 7th. Please feel free to direct your students and families to CollegeGoalSunday.org for information about the event, and items to get organized for a successful filing experience. Also on the website are resources to help you promote Indiana’s largest FAFSA filing event. On March 7th families will simply go to CollegeGoalSunday.org and click the link that will be displayed there to enter the virtual event. FAFSA experts from across Indiana will be available to assist with the FAFSA filing.

College Goal Sunday is once again having a drawing for 5 scholarships worth $1,000 each for students who attend virtual CGS and fill out a survey on March 7th.

Click here for more information

February Deadlines

Regions Riding Forward® Scholarship

Your story will inspire the future. Tell us about an African-American who has inspired you and you could earn a $5,000 or $3,500 college scholarship in celebration of Black History Month and those who encourage the next generation to make history. We believe in tomorrow’s leaders and that’s why after the 2019 contest, Regions will have awarded over $1 million in total scholarships to high school and college students.

Enter the Regions Riding Forward® Scholarship Essay Contest through February 29, 2020, at regions.com/ridingforward.

Entries due February 20, 2021

Complete the FAFSA Scholarship - College Board

The FAFSA is now open to seniors through June 30, 2022, but fill it out sooner so you don’t miss out on qualifying for aid you’re eligible for. Many states and colleges have priority FAFSA filing deadlines in early 2021, so make sure you know the deadlines for your state and the colleges you’re interested in applying to. The College Board will award 200 Opportunity Scholarships every month from October through December 2020 and 100 scholarships every month from January through February 2021.

How to Qualify

You can earn an entry for this scholarship if:

  • You submit the FAFSA.
  • You submit the financial aid form for your state (some states have state aid forms that students who are ineligible for the FAFSA can complete. Check here and/or talk to your counselor to see if your state has a state aid form you can submit.)
  • OR you're legally ineligible to submit both the FAFSA and a state aid form.

Once you submit the FAFSA or your state’s aid form, log in to the College Board Opportunity Scholarships and confirm you’ve submitted on the My Action Plan page. This will earn you one entry in the Opportunity Scholarship drawing.

If you’re legally ineligible to file both the FAFSA and your state’s aid form (see the FAFSA eligibility requirements referenced above), you can still earn an entry for the Opportunity Scholarship drawing on the My Action plan page.

Get Started:

  1. Join or log in to the College Board Opportunity Scholarships program.
  2. Go to My Action Plan and select the Complete the FAFSA scholarship card.
  3. If you've submitted the FAFSA or a state aid form, or you're ineligible to complete both the FAFSA or a state aid form, select the Confirm your qualification button in the FAFSA scholarship card.

Click here for more information

Complete Your Journey Scholarship - College Board

Juniors: Class of 2022 students who earn an entry for all 6 steps in the College Board Opportunity Scholarships (Build, Practice, Explore, Strengthen, Complete, and Apply) will earn a chance at a $40,000 scholarship.

For students in the class of 2022, the College Board will award 25 $40,000 Opportunity Scholarships in February 2022.

Class of 2021 students who earn an entry for 5 of the 6 actions (Build, Practice, Strengthen, Complete, and Apply) will earn a chance at a $40,000 scholarship.

Class of 2021 students don’t need to complete the Improve Your Score step to be eligible for the $40,000 scholarship.

For students in the class of 2021, the College Board will award 25 $40,000 Opportunity Scholarships to students who complete their journey in February 2021.

Click here for more information

Build Your College List Scholarship - College Board

Students in the class of 2022 who build a college list with 6 or more colleges on our college planning site, BigFuture™, can earn a chance at a $500 scholarship.

College Board will award 500 Opportunity Scholarships every month in January, February, and March to students who build a college list, and 100 Opportunity Scholarships per month in April, May, and June.

How to Qualify

Sign in to your College Board account and build a college list on BigFuture with at least six colleges to earn one entry in the monthly drawing.

Get Started

  1. Join or log in to the College Board Opportunity Scholarships program.
  2. Search for colleges on BigFuture and save them to your list. Make sure you’re signed in to your College Board account to save your list.
  3. Add at least 6 schools to your list

Tips for Building Your List

  • What is a college list?

    A college list is a record you create of colleges and universities that could be a good fit for you. The list can include schools close to home or in other cities and states.

  • How can I build a strong list?

    Consider colleges that match your interests, goals, and what’s important to you. You can use average GPA and test scores, potential majors, and other factors to help you narrow it down.

  • How do I earn entries?

    Earn an entry by adding at least 6 colleges to your college list on BigFuture. Make sure to have at least 6 colleges on your list.

Increase Your Chances

More scholarships are awarded in January, February, and March. When you build your list early, you have a chance at a higher number of scholarships in those months.

Whenever students whose families earn less than $60,000 a year build a college list, they’ll earn an extra entry in monthly drawings and have double the chances at a scholarship.

Dates and Deadlines

Scholarships are awarded every month from January through June 2021. A new eligibility window starts on the first day of each month and ends at midnight on the last day of the month. The drawing occurs on the first day of the following month.

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Beta Sigma Psi National Lutheran Fraternity Educational Foundation

Christian Leadership Award: This award is available to Lutheran men who will be starting college in the Fall of 2018. Alumni from our chapters at the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and Purdue University will select well-qualified individuals to be honored with the award of a $1,500 scholarship towards the cost of tuition at the respective campus they will be attending.

Martin Luther Scholarship: This $2,000 award is open to young men who will be attending their first year at any accredited 4-year college or university in the United States. Applicants for both scholarships must be male, confirmed members of a Lutheran congregation, and attend college in the Fall of 2021 semester. There is no obligation to join Beta Sigma Psi or be related to one of its members in order to be considered.

Deadline: February 17

Visit www.scholarships.betasigmapsi.org to apply.

American Chemical Society Scholars Program

Renewable scholarships for underrepresented minority students who want to enter fields in the chemical sciences. Scholars are selected based on academic standing, financial need, career objective, leadership skills, and involvement in school activities and community service. The ACS Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students majoring in undergraduate chemistry-related disciplines, and are also intending to pursue careers in chemistry-related fields. Selected recipients are awarded up to $5,000* per academic year. To date, over 3,000 students have received a funding from the ACS Scholars Program.

Multiple Awards range between $1000 and $5000 Due March 1, 2021

Click here for more info and to apply

Crane Federal Credit Union Scholarship

All graduating high school seniors who meet the following requirements are eligible to apply: applicants must be members of Crane Federal Credit Union for a minimum of 3 months prior to the date of the scholarship award, must be the primary member on the account, be enrolled full-time in the fall at a technical, 2-year or 4-year college or university, have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Deadline March 1, 2021

Click here for the Application and more information

Daviess County Extension Homemaker Scholarships

This scholarship is offered to eligible Seniors who are - A daughter or granddaughter, son or grandson, or step-daughter/step-son of any Daviess County Extension Homemaker who lives in Daviess County or in the home of a member who lives in another county is eligible. A grade point average of at least 85% or 3.0 on 4.0 system - "B" average. A daughter or son of the Daviess County Extension Homemaker will be given first priority with a random drawing of remaining qualified grandchildren to select additional finalists.

Application due to office by March 1, 2021. Multiple awards of $100

Click here for more information

Next Indiana Scholarship


Next Indiana has a $1,500 College Scholarship for one of your junior or senior students.
All they have to do is go to indnext.com and enter to win. It is that simple!

While they are entering to win, have your students check out the latest issue of Next Indiana: A Guide to Life After High School and read about Gillienne Boyd, last year’s Next Indiana scholarship winner. They can also find last minute advice on preparing for graduation or senior year. The website features Universities and Partner Profiles, Virtual College Tours and Resources for Online Learning.

Indnext.com and Next Indiana are the perfect resources for every junior and senior.


Make sure your students fill out the form and hit submit before March 31. This year’s winner will be featured on the website and in the new issue of Next publishing in August.

Please contact us for more information and resources to communicate with your students and parents about Next Indiana Magazine and the Scholarship.

Jodi Belcher

Next Indiana Magazine is published in partnership with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and IBJ Custom Publishing

School-Specific Scholarships and Aid

Ivy Tech Community College - Merit Scholarship

The Ivy Tech Community College Merit Based Scholarship is based on a GPA of 2.5-4.0, and only has a few requirements of the student.

Student Must:

-Have a FAFSA on file

-Must be a Core 40 or Academic Honors Student

-Provide their Fall Semester Senior Year Transcript

GPA Range Award

2.5-2.75 $500

2.76-3.0 $1,500

3.01-3.25 $2,500

3.26-4.0 $3,000

The inquiry form for this scholarship must be completed and turned in to show interest. After the form has been received, the student will receive additional instructions. The form can be found at www.ivytech.edu/evscholarships and is titled “Attention All High School Students”.

The amount they are awarded will be split, and half will be given for the Fall semester, and the other half will be given for the Spring semester.

Purdue University - FarmHouse Fraternity Achievement Scholarship​

Any young male 4-H member residing in Indiana who is (or will be) enrolled as a freshman at Purdue University.

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of : 1. Scholastic Ability 2. Leadership Qualities 3. Community Activities Amount of Scholarship - $1,000.00 The scholarship will be awarded upon successful completion of one semester at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Click here for the application and more information

University of Evansville - Aces Opportunity Grant

With the Aces Opportunity Grant, freshmen entering in the Fall of 2021 who meet the following criteria will not pay any tuition out of pocket. No special application is needed to be awarded the Aces Opportunity Grant. It will automatically be offered to qualified Indiana students who:

  • Have a household adjusted gross income of $50,000 or less
  • Have a high school GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Are eligible for Indiana state grant funding
  • File the FAFSA by April 15, 2021
  • Live on campus

How It Will Work

UE will first combine the student’s UE Scholarships, Indiana State Grant Funding, and Federal Grant Funding. Any remaining gap between this combined amount and full-time tuition and full-time fees will be covered through an Aces Opportunity Grant. In this way, UE ensures the student will have no out of pocket tuition costs.

What to do:

  1. Apply online to UE
  2. Receive official notification of admission
  3. Apply for financial aid by filing your FAFSA by April 15, 2021

Renewability Requirements

  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Annually submit the FAFSA by April 15
  • Meet credit hour requirements for on-time state award
  • Continue to meet adjusted gross income criteria threshold reported on the FAFSA

UE will renew the Aces Opportunity Grant up to four years for students meeting these requirements.

Click here for more information and to apply

Indiana State University - Warren M. Anderson Scholarship

Warren M. Anderson was a graduate of Indiana State Normal School, majoring in education. Anderson, who had the highest grade point average among varsity athletes, was awarded the Hines Medal in 1926. He went on to serve as principal of Gary Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana and served as the first African American member of the Indiana Board of Education.

Indiana State University is dedicated to teaching and the creation of knowledge while maintaining its longstanding commitment to inclusiveness, community and public service, and access to higher education.

The Warren M. Anderson Scholarship is awarded to high academic achievers, with a preference for students of racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. This scholarship serves to promote inclusivity, while student’s involvement in the program will help to enhance the learning environment through increased diversity and academic excellence.

2021-2022 Warren M. Anderson Scholarship Information:

  • Full in-state tuition
  • Ten awards available
  • Renewable for up to three additional years
  • Admission deadline: February 1
  • Requirements (listed below) must be satisfied by February 1.
  • Open to Indiana and out-of-state residents
  • Not open to international, online-only, or returning ISU students
  • All incoming freshmen who are admitted to the University by February 1 and meet the criteria listed below will be eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • Scholarship application must be submitted by February 15.
  • To be awarded this scholarship, students must be entering ISU fall semester.

For consideration, candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Candidates must also have completed the FAFSA.