Scholarships & Financial Aid

March 20th - April 3rd

From the Guidance Office at Hobart High School

This scholarship newsletter contains information compiled by the Guidance Department at Hobart High School. Please contact us with any questions!

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! We the People Essay Contest (Open to grades 8-12)

What does civil discourse mean to you?

Civil discourse is a concept that goes beyond a simple dictionary definition, and understanding it involves a combination of personal experience and ‘big ideas.’ Perhaps it is something you recognize from an occurrence in your own life. Maybe you can easily recognize when it is missing. Differing perspectives are a key part of learning, of democracies, and of civil society. For this essay, we ask you not only share your comprehension of what civil discourse is meant to be but to also relate what it looks like when it works – and when it doesn’t – and why. Perhaps you will choose to include mention of a time when you, yourself, were part of an exchange intended to understand something – how did you go about it? We encourage you to bring emotion, creativity, specific examples (including current events), and well-researched facts into what you write. A good essay will demonstrate how civil discourse is not just an abstract idea, but is, in fact, action inspired by constitutional principles, and demonstrated through civic virtues. We want to know what you think civil discourse truly means.

For more information, visit

Deadline: April 15, 2020

NEW! Horatio Alger Career and Technical Scholarship

The Career & Technical Scholarship Program is funded through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund and the generosity of Association Chairman Emeritus and Endowment Fund President Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarships are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Have completed high school (or earned a high school equivalency credential)
  • Will be enrolled in eligible program in Fall 2020
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program (up to 2 years) at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
  • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be under the age of 30
  • Be a United States citizen

Apply online at

Deadline: April 15, 2020

NEW! Braces for All Ages Scholarship

Dr. Brenda Stenftenagel and Dr. Milena Bulic would like to offer a $500 scholarship to a senior high school student that meets the following requirements:

- is a current or former full treatment patient

- college bound high school senior

- is planning to study in the medical/dental field

Please write a 500 word essay explaining your accomplishments and goals. Fax your essay to 219-762-3870 or email it to

Deadline: June 1, 2020

St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship

This scholarship is open to seniors with a 3.0 GPA and higher who are pursuing higher education in any St. Mary Medical Center related medical field. Applications are available at or in the HHS Guidance Office.

Deadline: March 27, 2020 by 4:00 pm to the St. Mary Medical Center Gift Shop

(No faxed or emailed applications will be accepted)

Indiana Association for the Gifted Scholarship

The Indiana Association for the Gifted educates and advocates for meeting the academic and social/emotional needs of high ability youth. The IAG members recognize the benefits in supporting high ability youth and contributing to their futures. With their mission in mind, IAG has established a scholarship program for high ability students who will enter college the following fall. Up to three scholarships will be awarded annually in the spring to collegebound Indiana students attending any accredited college or university.

For more information and to apply online, visit

Deadline: March 28, 2020

Construction Advancement Foundation Scholarship

The Construction Advancement Foundation is delighted to invest in the future of the construction industry by awarding scholarships to Northwest Indiana students who are pursuing a career in construction management, engineering, or a related field within construction. The scholarships for undergraduates are $2,500 per year and can be renewed for up to four years for a maximum of $10,000.


  • Recipients must be Indiana residents of Lake, Porter, La Porte, Newton, Jasper, or Starke Counties

  • Recipients must be pursuing a career in construction or related field (Construction Management, Civil Engineering, Project Management, etc.)

  • High school GPA > 3.0

  • Pass an annual hair follicle drug test

  • Evaluation of applicants participation in extra curricular activities in school and/or community

  • Recipient must be U.S. Citizen

  • Full or part-time students are eligible. Part-time students will be funded on a proportional basis

  • No restriction as to school the student attends (applications from students attending online schools are discouraged from applying)


Scholarship funds are restricted to tuition, fees, books, and room and board only. Payments will be made to student with submission of receipts, or directly to the school upon receipt of an invoice.


  • Completed application form

  • Letters of Recommendation from 3 people (teacher, employer, coach, scout leader, church leader, etc.)

  • Copy of SAT/ACT scores

  • Proof of acceptance / enrollment in college / university

  • Declaration of major field

  • An essay on “Why I am interested in a career in the Construction Industry. (300 words)

Deadline: March 31, 2020

2020 IAPSS Sagamore Foundation Scholarship Application

Introduction: The Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS) will award two $1,000 scholarships in April 2020.

Requirement: Indiana Public High school senior must be related to an active member of IAPSS. Candidate must be admitted and accepted as full time student at a four or two year college or vocational/technical school.

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Hobart High School Alumni Association Scholarship

The HHS Alumni Association Scholarship is a $500 scholarship available to HHS seniors!

To be eligible, students must:

- continue his/her education through an accredited apprenticeship program, trade school, college, or university of their choice

- there is not GPA or SAT requirement

- have a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, counselor, coach or administrator

- have qualities of good citizenship, favorable attitudes and habits, and a desire to succeed

Applications are available in the Guidance Office!

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Kyle L. Harrop Memorial Scholarship (for students attending Purdue WL)

Kyle L. Harrop was the Indiana Association of School Principals Department of Student Programs Director from August, 2000 to September, 2018, when he passed away unexpectedly. Mr. Harrop’s passion for student success was unrivaled, and during his tenure as Student Programs Director, academic competitions participation grew tremendously. Mr. Harrop was truly the face, voice and spirit of IASP academic competitions. To honor Mr. Harrop’s passion for student success, and create a legacy in his honor to continue that support, the Kyle L. Harrop Scholarship was created.

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 Diane Abel at no later than March 31, 2020.

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, 2020;  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.

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Indiana Sheriffs' Association Scholarship

The Indiana Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship Fund was established for the purpose of receiving, investing, and dispensing funds to provide college scholarships to qualified students who are committed to pursuing an education and career in the law enforcement field.

The scholarship fund was established for the benefit of the members of the association and qualified individuals. The general qualifications for applicants are: to be an active affiliate or associate member of the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association or a dependent child or grandchild of an active affiliate or associate member of the association, be an Indiana resident, attend an Indiana College or University, major in a law enforcement field and enroll as a full-time student (12 hours).This year, the association will be awarding forty $750 scholarships to qualified students who are pursuing an education and career in the criminal justice field.

Application is attached below.

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Hoosier Coho Club Scholarship

The Hoosier Coho Club is offering a $1000 scholarship. The Coho Club is a non-profit organization which encourages ethical fishing in Lake Michigan and the tributaries for anadromous fish.

To be eligible the applicant must be:

- accepted to an accredited college/trade school AND

Meet one of the following criteria:

- a member of the Hoosier Coho Club

- a relative of a HCC member in good standing

- a member of a recognized high school fishing club/team

- a student in Lake, LaPorte, or Porter counties if not affiliated with HCC

Application is available in Guidance.

Deadline: April 3, 2020

Women's International Network of Utility Professionals STEM Scholarship

Our STEM scholarship committee is offering a $500 scholarship to students planning to attend school after high school in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics curriculum.

Our application can be found at Selecting the blue $500 STEM Scholarship button will open the scholarship pdf that can then be downloaded. Instructions for completion are included in the scholarship pdf. If students don’t want to print the form, then write in answers by hand, and lastly scan it to send back to us, they can use this tool to easily fill in their downloaded form.

Deadline: Friday, April 3rd at 5 PM EST.

Greater Gary American Jazz Association Scholarship

The Greater Gary Jazz Association will be awarding music scholarship(s) totaling $1,000 to a student in the greater Gary area school system. Each applicant must submit the following information:

- Completed application form (available in Guidance)

- An Official transcript of grades or credits including classes or courses in progress

- Record of extracurricular activities in school and/or community

- College entrance test scores

- List of other monetary scholarships or awards which have been or will be received by the applicant

- A 500 word essay on "Why I Want to Further My Education in Music"

- A letter of recommendation from a music teacher/instructor and one from a counselor

- A personal interview and a tape recording demonstrating the applicant's musical ability if interested.

Deadline: April 10, 2020

Kiwanis "We Build" Scholarship

Kiwanis is awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior who has demonstrated community service and leadership skills and plans to attend college. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Students may drop their application off at the Hobart Family YMCA c/o of Sharon Tarry or send it to the address included on the application.

Deadline: April 11, 2020

Mid-Lake Republican Women's Club Scholarship

Application Guidelines:

The Mid-Lake Republican Women’s Club Scholarship is awarded annually to an individual(s) who are pursuing their first undergraduate college degree that meets our requirements for eligibility, which are:

-Graduating high school senior (class of 2020) and/or a college undergraduate student.

-Must be a legal U.S. citizen that is a resident of Lake County, Indiana

-Must be seeking a degree in one or more of the following fields of study:

· Political Science

· Criminal Justice

· Education (to teach History/Social Studies)

· Pre-Law

Application attached below.

Deadline: April 15, 2020

Urban League of Northwest Indiana Scholarships

Available scholarships:

Horizon Bank Scholarship - 5 $1000 scholarships to students in Lake, LaPorte or Porter counties

Chester Arthur Jones and Robert L. Buggs, Sr. Engineering/Construction Scholarship - $500 scholarship to a Lake County Senior

National Hook-Up of Black Women Scholarship - $250 scholarship to a Northwest Indiana student

Timothy Lamar Johnson Foundation Scholarship - $1000 scholarship to a graduating Lake County High School student

Northwest Indiana Corvette Club's Anthony Courtney Scholarship - 2 $1000 scholarships for seniors in Lake, LaPorte or Porter counties

Apply online at

Deadline: April 20, 2020

Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Grant

The Alpha Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (a national honorary of women educators) is again offering an educational grant of $500 for a graduating senior girl who plans to enroll in a teacher preparatory program beginning in the fall of 2020. The completed grant packet should be sent to the Professional Affairs Committee by the deadline.

Please mail to:
Toni Sulewski

972 Pawnee Drive

Crown Point, IN 46307

Applications are available in the Guidance Office.

Deadline: April 24, 2020

Polish Heritage Scholarship

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, and contributes an annual gift to a charity such as a local homeless shelter. In Spring 2018, the Association restored the Paderewski bust at the Polish Garden in the Friendship Botanic Gardens. The creator of the bust was the noted sculptor Dora C. Natella, Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, Indiana University South Bend. The Essay Competition, in its seventh 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 an essay of no more than three pages if single-spaced and six pages if double-spaced on the topic of

“The Polish-Soviet War and the ‘Miracle on the Vistula’”

(The “Blue Army” was part of the successful effort of Polish-Americans to help

restore Polish independence during and after the First World War.)

Applicants must supply a complete application form.

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

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

James Waters Memorial Scholarship

The James Waters Memorial Scholarship was created in 2017 to honor the late IMPD Assistant Chief James Waters and to continue his legacy of excellence, generosity and service. In 1990, Assistant Chief Waters began his dream of becoming an Indianapolis Police Officer, embarking on a career that would change lives and make the City of Indianapolis a better place. Assistant Chief Waters’ goal was to improve the quality of life for those he served. Assistant Chief Waters grew throughout his career; holding many positions and in January of 2017 was appointed Deputy Chief of Investigations by Chief Bryan Roach.

The James Waters Memorial Scholarship is an annual, merit based competition offered to both undergraduate and graduate students, that focuses on rewarding ambitious, driven, goal-oriented individuals with majors related to law, public safety, or social services and a background of continuous civic involvement or community service. This is a one-time award of $1000. Financial need is considered; however, all high school seniors, undergraduate students, or graduate students are encouraged to apply. Assisting others in making their dream of attending a college or university a reality, is the main goal of the scholarship committee.

The James Waters Memorial Scholarship is funded through the Indiana Latino Institute and donations made by Charlie Garcia and Billie Dragoo Garcia. Previous recipients are encouraged to continue serving their community by volunteering, advocating, and caring for others.


  • Students must be planning to enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester (for undergraduate students) or a minimum of 3 credit hours per semester (for graduate students) in the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Students must be between the ages of 17 and 30 at the time of submitting application
  • Demonstrate academic achievement (minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Document ongoing community service involvement
  • Major or anticipated major in a field related to: law, public safety, or criminal justice
  • Preference given to Latino students residing in Indiana who are first generation college students

Scholarship Application Checklist:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Financial Need Form
  • Community Service, Extracurricular Activities, and Work Experience List
  • Essay/Personal Statement
  • Official transcript from current high school or college
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor, guidance counselor/advisor, or community service supervisor

Apply online at


All application materials must be submitted online by May 31, 2020.

Indiana Latino Institute Scholarship

The Indiana Latino Institute (ILI) Scholarship was created as a means to address the under-representation of Latinos in post-secondary education. The goal is to encourage Latino students in Indiana to pursue higher education and engage in community service. In order to accomplish this goal, ILI will provide scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year.


  • Students must be planning to enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester in the
  • 2020-2021 academic year
  • Students must be between the ages of 17 and 25 at the time of submission
  • Demonstrate academic achievement (minimum 2.7 GPA on 4.0 scale)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Document ongoing community service involvement
  • Preference given to Latino students residing in Indiana who are first generation college students

Scholarship Application Checklist:

Community Service, Extracurricular Activities, and Work Experience List

Essay/Personal Statement

Official transcript from current high school or college

One letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor, guidance counselor/advisor, or community service supervisor.

Apply online at


Application materials must be submitted online by May 31, 2020

CollegeBoard Opportunity Scholarships - Class of 2021

  1. The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program opens in December for the class of 2021.

    Early efforts will get rewarded! Students who've already taken action to build their college list on BigFuture™ and link their College Board and Khan Academy® accounts to practice for the SAT® on Official SAT Practice will automatically earn a scholarship entry when they join the program once it opens.

    Getting Juniors Started in December


    Students should join the program by signing in with their existing College Board account (same one they used for the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT®) or they can create an account if they don’t have one.


    They should click on the yellow Earn Scholarships button at the top of the homepage.


    They should review the official rules on the Opt In screen and click Agree. Then they’re ready to start turning their efforts into scholarships!

    The Scholarships

    The more effort you put in, the more opportunities you have to earn a scholarship. Complete all six, and you’re eligible to earn $40,000. Scholarships will be awarded through monthly drawings to students who complete each action.

    1. Build Your College List: $500

    Get started by exploring colleges you're interested in. Learn More

    2. Practice for the SAT: $1,000

    Use Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® to get ready for test day. Learn More

    3. Improve Your Score: $2,000

    Show how practice pays off by improving your SAT score. Learn More

    4. Strengthen Your College List: $500

    Make sure your college list has a mix of academic safety, match, and reach schools. Learn More

    5. Complete the FAFSA: $1,000

    Fill out the free government form to apply for financial aid. Learn More

    6. Apply to Colleges: $1,000

    Apply to the schools you want to attend. Learn More

    Complete Your Journey: $40,000

    Complete all six scholarship steps to be eligible for a $40,000 scholarship. Learn More

A memo from the U.S. Selective Service System and U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Selective Service System and U.S. Department of Education have requested help in communicating a reminder to students in Indiana of the registration requirements under the Military Selective Service Act, 50 U.S.C. 3801-3820. See also and

Males are required to register beginning 30 days prior to their 18th birthday and extending 30 days thereafter. Late registration is accepted up to the 26th birthday. Failure to register prior to reaching age 26 may result in unfortunate life consequences, including:

 Ineligibility for employment by the federal government, the U.S. Postal Service, and many state and local governments;

 Ineligibility to receive federal and, in some cases, state student financial aid;

 Ineligibility to receive job training under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act;

 Ineligibility for security clearances; and

 Delay in citizenship proceedings.

Hobart High School Guidance Office

Mrs. Danielle Adams, Director of Guidance

Mrs. Victoria Hamilton, Seniors A-G

Mrs. Peggy Orchard, Seniors H-O

Ms. Amanda Hensley, Seniors P-Z

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