Scholarships & Financial Aid
November 27 - December 11
From the School Counseling Office at Hobart High School
Scholarships that are new to the newsletter will be posted at the TOP; after the new scholarships, they will be listed by order of deadline.
NEW! Legacy Foundation Scholarships (Local Opportunities!)
Legacy Foundation’s Scholarship Application will open 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.
NEW! Horizon Bank Minority Scholarship Application
The Horizon Bank Minority Scholarship application was made available by the Urban League of Northwest Indiana to students in Lake, LaPorte or Porter counties with a 2.5 GPA or higher.
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. Based on the content of the essay and personal interview, five (5) non-renewable scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 each.
To apply, visit ulofnwi.communityforce.com. The attached brochure also lists the requirements for applying. The deadline is December 18, 2020 at 3 p.m.
NEW! Tricia's Scholarship for Nursing (Northwest Indiana)
General Guidelines: 1. The Scholarship Committee may be comprised of VNA staff, family member(s) of Tricia Marie Simpson Russell, RN, VNA Foundation Board Members, and community members. 2. The family members of Tricia Marie Simpson Russell, RN will be invited to serve on the committee annually and notified when the scholarship applications will be reviewed. 3. The amount and number of scholarships shall be determined annually upon the recommendation of the Scholarship Committee and shall not exceed the annual earnings. 4. The scholarship will be distributed at the VNA Annual Recognition Dinner in February each year.
Applicant Guidelines: 1. Must be a resident of Northwest Indiana. 2. Must be able to provide evidence of application to or current enrollment in a nursing education program to be considered for aid. 3. In general, is not seeking a Masters, Doctorate or Nurse Practitioner degree and/or is not graduating within the year. 4. Must submit the completed application, including self appraisal and letters of reference, by the stated deadline to be considered by the Scholarship Committee.
Deadline to Apply: December 31, 2020
NEW! 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.
NEW! Networks Scholars Program (Indiana State University)
The Networks Scholarship, created through a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., is for students studying for a career in business and financial services – all majors in the Scott College of Business are eligible. Typically, we are able to share this information with your students when they visit ISU for the BPA conference, or through our high school visits. Due to the COVID Pandemic, it would be helpful if you could share the below information with your seniors that may be interested. It includes:
● 4-year, $9,000 Scholarship valued at $36,000
● $3,000 Professional Development Account to be used over four years
● Paid Internships and Career Preparation
● International Travel and Professional Conferences
● Professional and personal growth through hands-on learning, industry relationships, and coaching
To be eligible to apply, students must be admitted as an incoming freshman to Indiana State. Qualified students should possess two of the following three criteria:
1. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale
2. An 1140 SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math) or 23 ACT
3. Ranking in the top 15% of the senior class
Additional information can be found at www.indstate.edu/scholarships/freshman/networks. Please note, a student must have applied and been accepted to Indiana State by December 1st to access the application. Completed Networks applications, including all required materials, are due by December 15th.
In addition, my students created a video highlighting a few pieces of the program, featuring the scholars. It is not as great as meeting in person, but we hope that it is helpful!
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Indiana State University Gongaware Scholarship
2021-2022 Gongaware Scholarship Information:
- $9,000 per year
- Additional $3,000 professional development account to be utilized over the four years
- Up to four awards available
- Renewable for up to three additional years
- Open to Indiana and out-of-state residents
- Not open to international, online-only, or returning ISU students
- Admission deadline: December 1
- Requirements (listed below) must be satisfied by December 1.
- Scholarship application must be submitted by December 15. Application opens October 1.
- To be awarded this scholarship, students must be entering ISU fall semester.
The Gongaware Scholarship is for students planning to major in financial services or insurance and risk management.
To be eligible to apply, students must be admitted as an incoming freshmen to Indiana State University. Qualified students must possess two of the following three criteria:
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
- An 1140 SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math) or 23 ACT
- Ranking in the top 15% of their senior class
Apply online by December 1, 2020. Application link is included above.
Hispanic Heritage Foundation 2020 Educational Grants Program
The Youth Awards was founded in 1998 by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Now entering its 22nd year, the Youth Awards honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence in various categories including: Business & Finances, Entrepreneurship, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, Sports and Technology.
Gold, Silver and Bronze recipients are selected in each category and receive a one-time grant to fund their college education or to fund a community service effort that tackles a social issue.
Once selected, recipients will be celebrated in 10 virtual ceremonies and will become part of our broader HHF network of 200,000 professionals and fulfill our unique cycle of leadership where we meet America's priorities in the classroom and workforce.
- Be currently enrolled in high school and graduating in the spring of 2021
- Must have a minimum unweighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or 7.5 on a 10.0 scale
- Must enroll at an accredited higher education institution in 2021-2022
- Be of Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines)
- If selected, attendance to virtual regional awards ceremony is mandatory
- Be a U.S. permanent resident, U.S. citizen, or qualify under the DACA
- Categories: Business & Finance, Education, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, Social Justice, Technology
Apply online at https://hhfawards.hispanicheritage.org/2020/forms/welcome.php
Deadline: December 6, 2020
UPDATED: BBB Students of Integrity Scholarship
BBB's Charitable and Educational Foundation (BBB C&E) will again award multiple $2,000 scholarships to area students who personify integrity and exhibit exemplary character as part of its 2021 Students of Integrity Scholarship program. To date, BBB C&E has awarded more than $125,000 in scholarships to deserving students. We invite students to apply for the 2021 scholarships.
Check requirements before you choose the scholarship below. Students are eligible to apply for ONE scholarship. Duplicate entries will be disqualified.
ALL APPLICANTS: must be a legal resident of Indiana and graduating in Spring 2021 from a high school in Indiana
• Accredited Business - HS to College or Trade (1): must be a high school student graduating in spring 2021 attending a two or four year college or entering trade school; must ALSO be an employee, family member or mentee of an employee at a BBB Accredited Business in Northern Indiana (available list at BBB.org)
• General High School Scholarship (1): must be a high school student graduating in spring 2021 living and attending a high school in one of BBB's 23 county service area (Adams, Allen, Blackford, Cass, Dekalb, Elkhart, Fulton, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Miami, Noble, Porter, Steuben, St. Joseph, Wabash, Wells, Whitley)
• Brotherhood Mutual Student of Integrity Scholarship (sponsored by Brotherhood Mutual): must be a current high school student OR currently enrolled at a college/university and planning to attend a private, Christian college/university in Indiana in Fall 2021.
Applications are attached.
Deadline: December 18, 2020
Burger King Scholars Program
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
BURGER KING® General Track - Available to all high school seniors who meet the criteria below.
Note: Employees, spouses or domestic partners of employees, and dependent children of employees who meet eligibility requirements for the General and Employee-Based Track will be considered for an award in both tracks, but if selected, will receive only one award.
- Be living in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico
- Be graduating high school seniors (U.S. and Puerto Rico), graduating from grade 12 (Canada) or graduating from home school education in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada
- Have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent
- Plan to enroll full-time, without interruption, for the entire 2021-22 academic year at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico
Apply online at https://burgerking.scholarsapply.org/information.php
Deadline: December 15, 2020
Marine Option NROTC and FCB Scholarships
You may be familiar with NROTC, but in the case that you are not, it is a way for highly qualified young men and women to “try-on” the military lifestyle, pay for their undergraduate education, and earn a commission as an officer upon graduation from college.
A subset of this program is the Frederick C. Branch Scholarship, which is specifically set aside for students interested in attending one of 17 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). We have unused allocations for this scholarship, and are in need of applicants for this program as well.
The bottom line up front is these scholarships represent a great opportunity that many students would be interested in, if they knew it was an option available to them. This is where you come in, as the deadline for submission of 31 December, 2020 is fast approaching.
- The scholarship covers 100% of undergraduate tuition, books, uniforms, and includes a monthly subsistence allowance.
- The program runs concurrently with a student’s normal college educational course of study.
- NROTC students attend classes in Naval Science, participate in unit drill and physical training, and other activities.
- Students are taught the leadership principals and high ideals of a military officer.
- During the summer students participate in a variety of training courses. These periods of instruction help students understand different career options, as well as familiarize them with a military life.
- Upon graduation, students are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Marine Corps.
- Students incur zero obligation by applying and can withdraw from the program at any time during the freshman year of college.
- Students can simply visit https://www.netc.navy.mil/Commands/Naval-Service-Training-Command/NROTC/Apply/ to start the application process.
The following are the minimum academic requirements for application:
- 1000 on the SAT (math plus critical reading), OR
- 22 on the ACT (composite), OR
- 74 on the ASVAB.
Additionally the applicants must score at least 200 points on the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test (consisting of a timed three mile run, crunches, and pull-ups/push-ups).
Deadline: December 31, 2020
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
To be eligible for this award, applicants 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;
- be current high school seniors attending high school in the United States (students living on U.S. Armed Forces base and homeschooled students are also 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 upcoming academic year.
Deadline: January 5, 2021
2021 Foot Locker Scholar Athletes
The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program honors student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, in their schools, and within their communities.
Whether you're the lead scorer or the most spirited team player, we want to hear how you have taken the skills you've cultivated in the locker room and used to them create a powerful, positive impact on the lives of others around you.
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.
Foot Locker Scholar Athletes share key attributes:
Proactive and highly motivated
Inspiring and charismatic
Honest and trustworthy
Strong and courageous
Twenty Foot Locker Scholar Athletes will each receive $20,000 in college scholarship money for their excellence in school, on their sports teams, and in their communities.
In order to be eligible for the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program, the applicant must:
Be entering college in the Fall of 2021 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.
Apply online at https://www.footlockerscholarathletes.com/
Deadline: January 8, 2021
Ron Brown Scholarship Program
RON BROWN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY:
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.
Applicants for the Ron Brown Scholarship MUST be graduating high school seniors at the time of their application.
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. NOTE: Current college students are not eligible to apply.
Apply online at https://www.ronbrown.org/section/apply/rbsp-application
Deadline: January 9, 2021
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. While APIA Scholars has a special focus on those who fall under the categories above, our scholars come from a wide variety of backgrounds, socioeconomic statues, and APIA ethnicities.
The minimum eligibility for the APIA Scholarship is as follows: 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 using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Must have one letter of recommendation submitted online by a recommender Scholarships range in amount from $2,500 to $20,000, with some being one-time awards and others being multi-year awards.
Apply online at https://apiascholars.org/scholarship/apia-scholarship/
Deadline: January 14, 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
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
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
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™.
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