SCHOLARSHIP NEWSLETTER

February 2015

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Get money for college by applying to scholarships! Read below to see what scholarships are due in February-- there are a lot this month! Click the scholarship name to go to the online application, or pick up paper applications (if applicable) in the College Center!


Helpful Tip: All of these scholarships, as well as scholarships due after February, are listed in Naviance!

The Young Woman in Public Affairs Scholarship (YWPA) Program encourages more young women to participate in public and political life by recognizing a young woman's (age 16-19) commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women. This $1,500 scholarship is awarded each year to a local high school senior to help her defray costs associated with attending college.


Due February 1

Award Amount: $1,500

Applications available in the College Center!

Jimmy Rane Foundation scholars are students who exhibit academic excellence, leadership skills and community involvement as well as activities, awards and honors, and who have a demonstrated financial need in order to attend college. They must demonstrate their desire and ability to overcome barriers and to achieve their goals. Students must certify that they did not participate as a student athlete (whether on partial or full athletic scholarship or otherwise) in intercollegiate sports during the prior semester (or quarter, if applicable) or academic year and will not participate as a student-athlete in intercollegiate athletics during the coming semester (or quarter, if applicable) or academic year.


Due February 1

Award Amount: $5,000

The James F. Byrnes Scholarship is intended to assist students who have lost one or both parents by death. They must also have financial need and a satisfactory scholastic record. It is important that excellence in character, ability and enterprise be shown to indicate that the individual will make worthwhile contributions to society. Applicants must plan to pursue a bachelor's degree as scholarships cannot be used at technical schools or for associate degrees.


Due February 6

Award Amount: $3,250

The Archibald Rutledge Scholarship program, named for South Carolina’s first poet laureate, offers twelfth-grade students (enrolled in a public school in South Carolina) the opportunity to compete for a scholarship in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts as well as encourages and recognizes academic and artistic excellence among South Carolina students. Students will mail original compositions (and other required documentation) in one of the five arts disciplines (creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts) to the South Carolina Department of Education.


Due February 6

Award Amount: $2,000

Students must submit a video of 30 seconds or less on the dangers of drunk driving. See scholarship rules and regulations for more details.


Due February 12

Award Amount: $2,000

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers’ Foundation (SCLEOF) will award $9,000 in Scholarships to graduating high school seniors who will be continuing their education in South Carolina.


Due February 13

Award Amount: $5,000

Application available in the College Center!

Omicron Phi Chapter High School Essay Contest

This contest is open to all male, college-bound, 2015 High School Graduates. The essay must answer the question, "Considering the Political Climate in the United States and the World, How Much Value do You Place on Your Right to Vote?" The essay must be original, neither previously published nor secured by copyright. Three typewritten, double-spaced copies must be submitted.


Due February 15

Award Amount: $1,000

Application available in the College Center!

In a further effort to provide an outlet for teenagers to express their thoughts about Alzheimer’s disease and to engage the younger generation in this cause, AFA is pleased to offer the AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship. Beginning in 2014, scholarship awards to deserving college-bound students will be a $5,000 scholarship to the winner; and $2,500 and $1,000 scholarships to the first and second runners-up, respectively. Additionally, seven $500 scholarships will be awarded for Honorable Mention. Must attend a 4-year college.


Due February 15

Award Amount: $5,000

Application available in the College Center!

The Richard and Elizabeth Dean Scholarship is a preferred amount of $5,000 each year for up to four consecutive years to graduating high school students. The selection process shall be based on academic merit with an initial minimum GPA of 4.0. Renewal is conditional upon maintenance of a GPA of 3.25. This scholarship is renewable only after review and approval of the annual official transcript. Renewal transcript must be submitted to the Office of the Reporter General by July 1 of the year of renewal or the scholarship is forfeited.


Due February 15

Award Amount: $5,000

Application available in the College Center!

JRF awards students four–year scholarships of up to $7,500 per year to attend the four–year accredited college or university of their choice. JRF scholarships complement the financial aid students receive from their college or university for tuition and other education expenses (books, housing, etc.). Scholars are also financially sponsored to attend our annual four day Scholar's Mentoring and Leadership Conference in New York City every spring during each of their college years.


Due February 15

Award Amount: $7,500 per year

Must be a minority high school senior to apply.

Through its education and leadership programs and initiatives, the "William and Lodie B. Griffin Aviation Leadership Scholarship Foundation" provides scholarships to high school seniors who will attend an accredited 4-year college/university or technical college of their choice. Letters of recommendation, resume, community service hours, and essay required.


Due February 15

Award Amount varies yearly based on available funding.

Application available in the College Center!

Applicants to the Military Commanders' Scholarship Fund must: be dependent children of active duty, reserve, National Guard or retired members of the United States military who hold valid Exchange & Commissary shopping privileges at the time of application, be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll for the first time in a full time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, and have a minimum cumulative 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent, at the time of application.


Due February 17

Award Amount: $5,000

Applications are available in the College Center!

Only 1 entry per person is allowed. Submit photo, artwork or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card. Designs should be appropriate for business and consumer use. Photo, art or graphics submitted must be your own original work/creation Mailed entries should not exceed 16" x 23" and the preferred format is horizontal. Must be age 14 or older.


Due February 18

Award Amount: $10,000

Must be a Richland 2 High School Senior with at least a 3.0 GPA. Must attend a South Carolina college. Must include an essay and a wallet-sized photo. Turn the application in to the Guidance office by Feb. 21, 2014. Last year, 5 Blythewood seniors received this scholarship.


Due February 20 to BHS Guidance Office

Award Amount: $1,000

Applications are available in the College Center!

High school students in grades 9 through 12 are invited to enter the annual Poster Contest for High School Students by creating a poster interpreting the theme One Person Can Make a Difference.


Due February 21

Award Amount: $1,000

African-American achievements have moved us all forward. To honor Black History Month, we're proud to offer the Regions Riding Forward® Scholarship Essay Contest. Of all the African-Americans who have made significant achievements and innovations for our society, is there one in particular who inspires you? Write about an African-American who has inspired and motivated you and you could win a $5,000 or $3,500 scholarship.


Due February 26

Award Amount: $5,000

Applicant must: Plan to major in a specified course of study that focuses on Engineering/Technology or select Design and Business-related programs of study. See website for the list of eligible majors. Must be interested in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries.



Due February 27

Award Amount: $100,000 over 4 years

In accordance with National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s (NIAAA) purpose to promote, facilitate and increase the knowledge and understanding of the vital role of interscholastic athletics in the educational system, this scholarship program will foster and recognize the partnership between the NIAAA and secondary education. These scholarships will recognize the distinguished scholastic, leadership and sportsmanship attributes of high school student-athletes, and the importance of high school athletics in each student’s life.


Due February 28

Award Amount: $2,500

Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question:

“Not every gift has to be expensive or extravagant. In fact, sometimes it’s the sweet and simple things that make a real difference in our lives. Think back and tell us about something you received as a gift and why it meant so much to you.”


Due February 28

Award Amount: $1,500

Must be over the age of 13 to apply.