Scholarships & Financial Aid
January 22 - February 5
From the School Counseling Office at Hobart High School
Scholarships that are new to the newsletter are posted towards the TOP; after the new scholarships, they will be listed by order of deadline.
Legacy Foundation Scholarships (Local Opportunities!)
Legacy Foundation’s Scholarship Application opened on December 1, 2020! The deadline is February 1, 2021.
Students can check out our website & apply here online: https://legacyfdn.org/scholarships/apply-for-scholarships/
- With one online application, students can apply to 25+ scholarships. The Legacy Scholarship application asks specifics questions regarding the eligibility for each of our scholarships. The system will automatically determine which scholarships they qualify for.
- Students who started the Lilly application (even if just partially), can import their previously entered information into the Common Application. This means completing the Common Application will take much less time!
- For 2020-2021, the SAT/ACT requirement is waived.
Learn More Indiana Magazines and Scholarship Opportunity
2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest (Open to students in grades 6-12)
Students are being asked to write their essays based on the following quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Contest parameters include:
Open to students in grades 6 – 12
450 word limit, NOT counting the title and inclusion of the quote
Judging parameters include:
Content/Development: Addresses quote, responds to three stated questions (see below), organization, evidence to support position
Language & Mechanics: Sentence structure, word choice, grammar As you write your essay reflect on the following questions:
How do you feel about this quote?
What does this quote mean to you?
How can you use these words to honor Dr. King and the life he lived?
Awards will be presented in two age groups: grades 6 - 8 and grades 9 – 12.
First place: $500 Second place: $300 Third place: $200
Hobart High School can submit 5 essays. Essays are due to the School Counseling Office by 2/21/21 or can be sent via email to email@example.com.
HHS will choose the 5 best essays to submit to IASP for a chance to win.
NEW! Jim and Betty Dye Scholarship Program (local to northwest Indiana)
The James W. and Betty Dye Foundation was established to provide scholarships toward tuition for qualified high school graduates at selected high schools in Northwest Indiana. Jim and Betty Dye Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors to recognize academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and future potential.
The Foundation believes a better educated population will enhance the quality of life for all its citizens. The goals and ideals of the Foundation will be realized if those who benefited from the Jim and Betty Dye Scholarship program live and work in Northwest Indiana following graduation from college.
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). Due to the issues with limited and/or canceled tests for SAT/ACT, applications will be accepted without the test requirement this year.
- 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)
Apply online at https://dyescholarships.org/index.php/application/
Deadline: March 1, 2021
NEW! Partners for Clean Air Scholarships (Local to Lake, Porter, LaPorte)
To be considered for a Partners for Clean Air Scholarship, applicants must:
- Timely submit the PCA Scholarship Application (available on the IDEM Forms page);
- At the time of application, be a senior at a high school in Lake, Porter or LaPorte counties, Indiana and be on track to graduate;
- Have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA;
- Be attending an Indiana accredited college, university or trade school in the Fall of 2021; and
- Be pursuing a two-year or four-year college degree or two-year trade school certification or degree. Any applicant will be considered provided that the applicant demonstrates how his or her planned field of study supports the goals of Partners for Clean Air. Preference may be given to individuals pursuing a course of study in the environmental sciences.
Criteria Used for Awarding the Scholarship:
Consideration for this Scholarship opportunity will be limited to the first 100 applications received by Partners for Clean Air and/or those received by 5:00 PM (CST) on March 31, 2021, whichever comes first. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Partners for Clean Air. To be considered, applicants must meet the criteria identified above, with preference be given to students who have:
- Engaged in community service;
- Participated in environmental programs or clubs; and
- Demonstrated a sincere interest in improving air quality, as supported by the responses to the following questions in Part III of the application.
- Describe your involvement in community-based programs/organizations, environmental organizations or clubs, highlighting any leadership roles in which you served.
- Describe why clean air is important to you.
- Provide at least three ideas/concepts that you believe would help to reduce air pollution.
- Explain how, after graduating from your college or trade school, you see yourself implementing and/or participating in activities -- work related or social -- that you believe will help keep our air clean, protect the environment and provide for a better quality of life.
You can find the fillable pdf online at https://www.in.gov/idem/5157.htm#op2_p2_grants
Deadline: March 31, 2021
NEW! Hispanic Scholarship Fund
HSF empowers families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional students as possible.
Founded in 1975, HSF has awarded over $650 million in scholarships. HSF Scholars have access to valuable Scholar Support Services and, as funding permits, scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000.
- Must be of Hispanic heritage
- U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or DACA
- Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students; minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for college and graduate students
- Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public or not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, in the U.S., for the 2021-2022 academic year
- Submit the FAFSA or state-based financial aid forms (if applicable)
Apply online at https://www.hsf.net/scholarship
Deadline: February 15, 2021
NEW! 2021 Kyle L. Harrop Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the scholarship ($500 for two successive school years), please see the criteria below, complete the attached application, and submit with the necessary documents as a.pdf file to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 17, 2021. Financial need will be considered when awarding this scholarship, although it is not the main criteria.
The scholarship recipient will:
Be a student at an IASP Department of Student Programs member school;
Have participated in one of the following Dept. of Student Activities programs while in high school: Academic Spell Bowl, Academic Super Bowl, Quiz Bowl, Academic Decathlon, and/or Future Problem Solvers.
Enter and attend Purdue University, West Lafayette, as an admitted student in Fall, 2021;
Submit a letter of recommendation from a school employee;
Submit a short essay, up to 250 words, on the affect music in general, or a specific piece of music, has impacted you throughout your life, or during a specific moment of your life; Submit an official school transcript;
Provide information regarding your participation in extra-curricular activities, community service, and employment.
Please include a brief paragraph to address how this scholarship will assist you in attending Purdue University, West Lafayette.
List any additional scholarships you are receiving, etc.
Application is attached below.
Deadline: March 17, 2021
Knights of Pythias Educational Assistance Program
The Knights of Pythias of Indiana, a fraternal Order founded in 1864, has long been active within Indiana High Schools by sponsoring public speaking and highway safety poster contests on a local, regional, statewide, and national level. We are continuing to show our interest in the youth of Indiana by, for the fourteenth consecutive year, offering a minimum of 12 scholarships in the amount of $1000 to selected graduating high school seniors who meet the criteria on the enclosed form.
Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. An essay is required.
Applications are available in the School Counseling Office and are attached below. Applications must be typed and sent via mail.
Deadline: January 25, 2021
Richard Lugar Minority Scholarship
- be a minority high school senior (African American, Hispanic, or Native American)
- Intend to enroll in an Indiana college or university
- Have minimum combined critical reading and math SAT scores of 1000 or ACT composite score of 22
- Have a 3.0 gpa or higher on a 4.0 scale
If you did not receive information about how to apply, and you believe you meet the qualifications, please email email@example.com.
Deadline: Must be returned to guidance by 1/29
Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship
- 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 an 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 2021-2022 application will be available in ScholarTrack beginning October 1, 2020 and will close on January 31, 2021.
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
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.
To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must:
- Be a graduating, minority 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 (applicants will not be disadvantaged in the selection process if they do not have test scores due to COVID-19)
- Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4-year college when applying for the scholarship
Apply online at https://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/
Deadline: February 1, 2021
2021 EngineerGirl Writing Contest
The COVID-19 pandemic profoundly changed how we work, learn, and play. Making these changes were – and continue to be – an immense challenge.
Fortunately, this is the kind of challenge that engineers are made for.
Since COVID-19 began raging across the globe, engineers have been working with public health officials, medical workers, business owners, and research scientists to implement solutions to problems posed by the pandemic. They have contributed essential insights and expertise to address issues like:
- protecting essential workers in different environments
- helping people work from home
- retooling factories to make medical or protective equipment
- mass producing and distributing medicines and vaccines
- maintaining supply chains when businesses are closed
- making schools safer for students and their families
- helping people stay connected
The 2021 EngineerGirl Writing Contest invites you to submit a piece of writing that salutes engineering’s role in meeting and defeating the challenges presented by COVID-19.
More tips on how to write a winning entry can be found in the complete rules & regulations.
To Enter the Contest
You should submit a piece of writing that salutes engineering’s role in meeting and defeating the challenges presented by COVID-19. Your submission must also follow the specific guidelines and limits for your competition category – based on your grade level.
Elementary School (grades 3-5)
Write a letter to the editor of a local paper or community website that pays tribute to the contributions of engineers responding to the pandemic. You may include an original artwork or graphic along with your letter. Limit: 600 words.
Middle School (grades 6-8)
Write a news story or blog post that illustrates the contribution of engineers in responding to the pandemic. You may include one original image or graphic and up to five references in an annotated bibliography that will help support your story. Limit: 650 words.
High School (grades 9-12)
Write an essay that examines the vital contribution of engineers in responding to the pandemic. You must include at least 3, but no more than 10 references in an annotated bibliography to support your essay. You may also include one image or graphic that will help the reader understand your ideas. Limit: 700 words.
Apply online at https://www.engineergirl.org/134513/2021-contest
Deadline: February 1, 2021
McDonald's HACER Scholarship
Check out the requirements below to find out if the McDonald’s® HACER® National Scholarship is right for you:
- You’re a high school senior
- You’re a legal U.S. resident
- You’re younger than 21 years old
- You carry a minimum 2.8 GPA
- You’re eligible to attend a two- or four-year college or university with a full-time course of study
- You’ll disclose other scholarship programs that you’ve applied for
- You’ll enroll and attend an accredited institution in the academic year after your selection (verification needed, as scholarship funds are paid directly to the schools)
- You have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage
Apply online at https://aim.applyists.net/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=%2fHACER
Deadline: February 3, 2021
Indiana Association of Educational Office Professionals Scholarship
The Indiana Association of Educational Office Professionals will present one $1000 scholarship yearly to an Indiana graduating senior. This scholarship is designed to assist a business or office-related career or vocation student who wishes to continue his/her education. Criteria for selection is based on: Scholastic 20%; Financial Need 20%; Letters of Recommendations 10%; Application and Essay 30%; Activities/school/Extracurricular 20% = 100%
Application must intend to continue his/her education in any business or office-related field, preferable in education.
Applicants must have completed two or more business education courses (4 credits) from the following: Computer classes, communication, marketing, business communication, business management, finance/accounting, office practices and procedures, desktop publishing, and/or business law.
Must enroll as a full-time student in a two or four year college.
Must maintain a GPA of 2.8 or higher.
The application is attached below.
Deadline: February 10, 2021
Crown Point Community Foundation Scholarships
The following are scholarships that students outside of Crown Point High School can apply for through the Crown Point Community Foundation:
-American/Italian Benevolent Society Scholarship: Lake or Porter County resident with Italian descent. Graduating High School or College students. Preference given to a student with family ties to the American Italian Benevolent Society of NWI. Attending college, trade school, or technical school. 3.0 GPA. Amount and number of scholarships varies. Can re-apply.
-Trinity Lutheran Crown Point PTL Scholarship: Graduating high school student and Trinity Lutheran School Crown Point graduate. Minimum C average. 3 $750 scholarships, non-renewable.
-St. Mary's Catholic Community School Scholarship: Graduating senior. Must be graduate of St. Mary School Crown Point and have performed religious service through high school. 2 scholarships. $500 each, non-renewable.
-Youche Country Club Scholarship: Son/daughter/grandchild of current Youche Country Club member in good standing for at least 2 years. Student attending any college or vocational school, 3.0 GPA. Amount and number of scholarships varies.
-Ralph E. Bennett Memorial Scholarship: Student enrolled in the Construction Engineering and Management Technologies Program at Purdue Northwest. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Can re-apply.
-Lisa Schaefer Stover Scholarship: Graduating senior in Lake Co., IN attending Purdue Lafayette and majoring in vet science. $1,000 non-renewable.
-Christopher Day Memorial Scholarship: Graduating High School senior pursuing a degree in Culinary Arts. Accepted into an accredited program. Preference given to student involved in the ProStart program. $500 non-renewable.
-Barney Family Scholarship: Graduating senior from Lake, Porter, Jasper or Newton Counties in IN. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Attending an Indiana state sponsored college, university or technical school. Family income between $80,000 and $150,000. Must maintain a 2.75 GPA and full time student status in college every semester to receive additional semester scholarship payments. Up to $5,000 per semester for 8 semesters.
Wilbert Buth Music Scholarship: Graduating senior, who attended Trinity Lutheran School CP. Prefer music major. Amount varies.
-Lake County Master Gardeners Scholarship: Resident of Lake County, IN, majoring in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Forestry, Botany, Plant Pathology, Agricultural Education, Entomology or other similar major that benefits consumer gardening. Must be attending a 4 year accredited college/university that offers above majors. Graduating High School students and college students already in one of the above programs can apply. Awarded by the Lake County Master Gardeners Scholarship Committee. Amount and number of scholarships varies. Apply on the 2021 General Scholarship Application.
Apply online at www.thecpcf.org
Deadline: February 19, 2021
American Academy of Art Senior Scholarship Competition
The American Academy of Art College is excited to announce our annual Senior Scholarship Competition.
Awards: The American Academy of Art College is offering over $400,000 in Senior Scholarship Competition awards!
Who can participate? Any high school student who will be graduating in spring 2021.
Registration is required to participate.
How can I participate?
• Register for the competition
(You will receive an email with information on how to submit your work after registering)
• Submit 3 pieces of original artwork
(Artwork should be either paintings or drawings and submitted as jpeg files)
Award announcements will be made in April of 2021.
Students can register for the competition by visiting https://www.aaart.edu/events/registration-scholarship-competition-2021/
Deadline: March 1, 2021
AABE Scholarship Program
- Unweighted academic average of B or better (3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
- Graduating high school senior who intends to enroll next semester in an accredited college or university
- Pursuing a major in business, one of the physical sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics field
- Underrepresented minority (African Americans, Hispanic or Native Americans)
- Transcripts must show unweighted academic average
- Due to COVID-19 we have waived the SAT/ACT requirement for this cycle. The essay will be scored in place of the test.
Apply online at https://scholarship.aabe.org/
Deadline: March 7, 2021
Flavorful Futures Scholarship
The Sparkling Ice® Flavorful Futures Scholarship Program awards 5 scholarships of $5000 each. Eligible applicants who complete the online application process will be evaluated based on academic achievement and the creativity of their application, which should showcase what makes them who they are and how they want to contribute their gifts through education. We receive a large number of applications and recommend you begin the application process early.
Applications must meet ALL the following criteria:
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States.
- Must be a high school senior graduating between August 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021.
- Must have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4 point scale (high school/home schooled seniors).
- Must enroll for Fall 2021 as a freshman or 1st year student in part-time or full-time study at a 2-year, 4-year, college, university, trade or vocational school. The school must be an accredited U.S. institution, and listed on the official website for the U.S. Department of Education.
- Must not be a relative or dependent child of an employee of Talking Rain or any of its retail customers.
Apply online at https://app.mykaleidoscope.com/scholarship/flavorfulfutures
Deadline: March 16, 2021
Urban League of Northwest Indiana Scholarships
Horizon Bank Scholarship
NIPSCO "STEM" Power Scholarships
National Hook-Up of Black Women
National Council Negro Women
Northwest Indiana Corvette Club
Michael L. Suggs STEM Youth Leaders
First Midwest Diversity Scholarship
Apply online at https://ulofnwi.communityforce.com
Deadline: March 20, 2021
2021 Poster/Visual Arts Contest - "Go Green, Help Save the World"
For a brochure with rules and regulations, please visit the School Counseling Office.
Deadline: April 1, 2021
We the Students Essay Competition
Essay Prompt: What is the relationship between Equality and Justice?
Answering this question requires considering each of these principles and analyzing the relationship between them.
To truly explore this question in an essay that is between 500 -800 words, you’ll need to go beyond "dictionary definitions," and express your understanding and reasoning about the connection between these two principles. This reasoning involves a combination of observation, experience, and some pretty "big ideas." What does it take to understand them? To build toward and maintain them? To see them with regard to each other? Why is this relationship important?
We encourage you to bring emotion, creativity, specific examples, and well-researched facts into what you write. A good essay will demonstrate how equality and justice are not just abstract ideas but are part of the actions and choices of people every day.
We genuinely want to know how you would answer the question – what is the relationship between Equality and Justice?
Apply online at https://billofrightsinstitute.org/we-the-students-essay-contest
Deadline for entry is April 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
PB&J Foundation Scholarship
Traven Watase started the first PB&J Scholarship back in 2013 when he graduated Governor Wallace Rider Farrington High School. Traven was not a good student when he was in High School and did not have strong family support from his parents. In which he moved from Roosevelt High School (Honolulu, HI) to Kauai High School (Lihue, HI) and finally graduated from Governor Wallace Rider Farrington High School (Honolulu, HI). What he realized is that kids who do not have proper guidance/encountered an unusual challenge, are at a significant disadvantage that not a lot of scholarships recognize. Most scholarships you see are merit-based, financial need, or ethnicity. But students who encountered challenges in their lives may not be able to achieve merit-based benchmarks, might be in the middle ground of financial need, and not qualify for ethnicity-based scholarships. So because of this Traven decided to eat PB&J Sandwiches to save money on his budget so that he could pay forward a scholarship while he was in his first year of college himself. Traven did not start the scholarship because he had a lot of money, but he was willing to sacrifice a little and give what he could to help out someone going through similar challenges that he went through.
Our philosophy back when we first started was not to create barriers from students applying (GPA, Ethnicity etc…) because we will only judge the student by hearing their story and not disregard them before hearing it. Our scholarship is open to:
- Current High School Seniors studying in one of the 50 States or Washington DC
- Plan on attending a 2 or 4 year college next school year
What needs to be submitted
- Personal Statement
- 1 letter of reccomendation minium
- Transcript (GPA will not be considered and this is only to verify your student status)
Apply online at https://pbjscholarship.org/
Deadline: May 31, 2021 (Priority Deadline: 12/31)
CollegeBoard Opportunity Scholarships - Class of 2021
The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program will remain open to your senior class to take actions through the end of February.
Complete the FAFSA: $1,000
Open Through February
Ensure that students complete the FAFSA® form to apply for financial aid. After they submit the FAFSA, students can verify that they took this action on the College Board Opportunity Scholarships page to be eligible for a scholarship.
Note: Students who are legally ineligible to submit the FAFSA can still earn an entry for the scholarship by going to their My Action Plan page.
Pro Tip: Check out this useful financial aid FAQ (.pdf/81.73 KB) to understand verification and for eligibility questions surrounding undocumented or international students attending school in the U.S.
Apply to Colleges: $1,000
Open Through February
Ensure your students apply to at least two colleges they want to attend and submit the names of the colleges to earn an entry for the scholarship.
Note: Students who apply for early decision or early action can still earn an entry for the scholarship by going to their My Action Plan page.
Pro Tip: Tell your students about the Common Application and Coalition Application to make applying to multiple colleges simpler. Find additional resources and advice on BigFuture™.
CollegeBoard Opportunity Scholarships for Class of 2022
Class of 2022: Complete these six college planning steps for six separate chances at $500. When you finish all six, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $40,000 scholarship, but you can still earn money even if you don’t complete them all. Class of 2021:Log in to see scholarships just for you.
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