Scholarships & Financial Aid

October 2 - 16

From the School Counseling 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! Heisman High School Scholarship

The Heisman® High School Scholarship is presented by Acceptance Insurance®. The program was created in 1994 through a partnership between Wendy’s® and The Heisman Trophy Trust. From its inception, the program has leveraged the reputation of the Heisman Memorial Trophy as a symbol of great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.

The Heisman High School Scholarship program honors the nation’s most accomplished, community-minded high school senior athletes. By inviting male and female students from schools across the country to share their stories of leadership and impact, the program aims to inspire all students to harness their potential, push their limits, and use their talents not only to advance their own futures, but to improve the communities and world around them.


  • Have a cumulative weighted high school grade point average (GPA) of a B (3.0) or better.

  • Participate or have participated in grades 9, 10, or 11 in at least one of the 48 sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Association and sponsored by your school. The full list of qualified athletic events in alphabetical order includes:

    Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bobsleigh, Bowling, Boxing, Canoeing/Rowing, Cross Country, Curling, Cycling, Diving, Equestrian (Dressage/Eventing/Jumping), Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Ice Hockey, Ice Skating (Figure or Speed), Judo, Karate, Lacrosse, Luge, Modern Pentathlon, Rugby, Sailing, Shooting, Skateboarding, Skiing (Alpine, Biathlon, Cross Country, Free-Style, Jumping), Snowboard, Soccer, Softball, Spirit/Cheerleading, Sports Climbing, Surfing, Swimming (or Synchronized), Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Track & Field, Trampoline, Triathlon, Volleyball (or Beach), Water Polo, Weightlifting, and Wrestling

  • Be a leader in school and in the community and serve as a role model for underclassman.

Apply online at

Deadline: October 20, 2020

NEW! Horatio Alger Association Scholarships

As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.


To be eligible to apply for any of the Horatio Alger Undergraduate Scholarships, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2021 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen

Apply online at

Deadline: October 26, 2020

NEW! NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. Since 2007, more than 17,000 students have received an Award for AiC.

Apply online at

Deadline: November 5, 2020 (Apply by 10/15 to be invited to a VIP event)

NEW! Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Program

  • The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2021 competition.

  • Male and female students compete separately.
  • Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university.

  • The Chicago office of the Elks National Foundation will announce the 500 national winners in late April, 2021. (Many local Lodges, districts and state Elks associations award their own scholarships through this program. These scholarships are not to be confused with the 500 Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarships.)

Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

  • Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.

  • Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks.

  • High school graduates are not eligible to apply.

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are submitted; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.

The 20 Top Finalists traditionally participate in an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges. These 20 Finalists will be vying for two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.

Apply online at

Deadline: November 15, 2020

NEW! Prudential Spirit of Community Awards (Open to Grades 5-12)

Are you a middle level or high school student making a difference through volunteering? Apply today for national recognition, a scholarship and an invitation to the program's national recognition events!

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

Applications are now open for 2021 awards. Here's how it works:

  • By November 10, 2020, students must submit their completed applications, and signed student/parent agreements, to a certifier. (Certifiers can be school principals or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or a Points of Light Global Network member.)
  • By November 20, 2020, certifiers select and certify top applicants for state level judging.
  • On February 9, 2021, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards announces state-level winners for 2021.

Apply online at

Deadline: November 10, 2020

Louie's Tux Shop Model Search

Louie's Tux Shop will be awarding (2) college scholarships in conjunction with our 8th annual statewide Model Search. We will be bringing together a 100% local cast to participate in our annual photo shoot in October and two students will be named "Top Model" and will receive a $1,000.00 college scholarship. A total of 20 students will be participating and all will be featured in our next prom magazine to be published in the spring.

Ten students will be chosen by their peers during the online voting period in September and October. These students will receive automatic entries to the photo shoot. Another ten students will receive special invitations from Louie's Tux Shop and Act ll Modeling Agency to round out the cast with all students having an equal chance at winning the scholarships.


  • Entries can be made until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2020
  • You must be enrolled in high school when voting begins
  • You must live in Indiana or a county that directly borders Indiana.
  • Images must meet quality standards. We hold the right to reject any image.
  • Images taken with mobile devices are usually not accepted
  • Image should not have any watermarks or text
  • Professional images are recommended - Avoid Selfies - No Modified Images or Filters
  • Placeholder size is 315 x 430 pixels and image size cannot exceed 1MB
  • Only individual entering Model Search may be in the photo - No couples/groups
  • We are not responsible for the editing of any submissions.
  • Non tasteful, inappropriate, filtered or silly submissions will not be posted. Don't bother.
  • There are no height requirements, we only ask to ensure good parings at the photo shoot.

Register online at

Deadline: October 13, 2020

Cooke College Scholarship Program

Scholarships can open doors for students who aspire to go to college but don't have the funds. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation provides one of the largest scholarships in the country for high-achieving students with financial need.

The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as access to a thriving network of more than 2,600 fellow Cooke scholars and alumni.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Senior standing – Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2021.
  • Fall College Enrollment – Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2021.
  • GPA – Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above.
  • Income – Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000.
  • Test Policy – This year, the Cooke Foundation will not require applicants to submit test scores for the College Scholarship Program application, and we will be “test blind” in the review process.

The Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program application (exclusively through the Common App) closes October 30, 2020.

Ron Brown Scholarship Program


The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans. RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship – the four pillars of the late Ronald H. Brown’s mission to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially our disadvantaged youth.

Recipients may use the renewable scholarships to attend an accredited four-year college or university of their choice within the United States. Ron Brown scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline. Since the Program’s inception in 1996, more than 300 students have been designated as Ron Brown Scholars.

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

Deadline: January 9, 2021

APIA Scholarship

The APIA Scholarship is a scholarship dedicated to providing underserved APIA college students funds to support them in their undergraduate education. Supported in partnership with donors nationwide, APIA Scholars has a special focus on those who:

 Live at or below the poverty level, or are otherwise of low socioeconomic status;

 Are the first in their families to attend college;

 Are representative of the APIA community’s diversity, (geographically and ethnically}, especially those ethnicities that have been underrepresented on college campuses due to limited access and opportunity; and

 Have placed a strong emphasis on community service and leadership as well as solid academic achievement. 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

Deadline: January 14, 2021

Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship

The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship provides 200 high-achieving high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in education the opportunity to earn a renewable scholarship of up to $7,500 each year for four academic years. In exchange, students agree to teach for five years at an eligible Indiana school or repay the corresponding, prorated amount of the 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.


The 2021-2022 application will be available in ScholarTrack beginning October 1, 2020 and will close on January 31, 2021.

  • Review the 2021-2022 Application Procedures and Requirements prior to applying.
  • Submit a complete application in ScholarTrack.
  • Submit a complete and clean FAFSA.

CollegeBoard Opportunity Scholarships - Class of 2021

  1. Priority Action Steps for Seniors

    Below are important college planning steps that all seniors should focus on this fall. Utilize your Pledge Resources Booklet and this implementation page for additional tools to guide your students through each scholarship step.

    Practice for the SAT: $1,000
    Open Through October
    Students can use Official SAT® Practice on Khan Academy® to prepare for the SAT by practicing for six or more hours. Remind your students to:

    • Create a Khan Academy account on and link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts.

    • Click the prompt to agree to send their scores from the College Board to Khan Academy.

    Pro Tip: Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy provides personalized recommendations based on prior PSAT/NMSQT® or SAT scores. Use the flyer on page 32 of your Pledge Resources Booklet to help your students link their accounts to unlock their personalized study plan.

    Improve Your Score: $2,000

    Pro Tip: For each additional hour they practice, students can earn multiple entries for the Practice for the SAT Scholarship, while preparing for the Improve Your Score Scholarship.

    Strengthen Your College List: $500

    Pro Tip: Utilize this short video clip and the worksheet and handout on pages 34–36 of the Pledge Resources Booklet to help support your students on strengthening their lists.

  2. Open Through October
    Students who update their lists on BigFuture™ to include at least one safety, two match, and three reach colleges will earn a chance at a $500 scholarship

  1. Open Through January
    Your students can earn $2,000 by practicing for six hours on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy and improving their scores by 100-plus points from the PSAT™ 10 to the SAT, from the PSAT/NMSQT to the SAT, or from the first SAT they take to the second.

Hobart High School Guidance Office

Mrs. Danielle Adams, Director of Guidance

Mrs. Victoria Hamilton, Last Names A-G

Mrs. Peggy Orchard, Last Names H-O

Mrs. Amanda Hensley, Last Names P-Z

College Goal Sunday!

Sunday, Oct. 25th, 12am

This is an online event.

The date has been set! On October 25th, 2020, students and families all across the state of Indiana can receive free help filing the FAFSA. College Goal Sunday is a program that started right here in Indiana and has spread across the country. ISFAA and College Goal Sunday have helped tens of thousands of Hoosiers file their FAFSA and secure funding to achieve their college dreams.

The best way to stay connected with College Goal Sunday Indiana is to check this website, follow us on Twitter (, and like us on Facebook (!

FAFSA Completion Event

Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 8am-6:30pm

Hobart High School

InvestEd will be here to help parents and students file the 2021-2022 FAFSA. Please bring your tax information. You will likely want to attend with your student.