First off, if you are a Senior reading this, congratulations! You are IN THE KNOW. If you have been in the habit of reading the Roeper Record on a regular basis, you have been taking advantage of a wealth of information gleaned from years of experience and research! If you are a parent reading this, please encourage your student to read it on a regular basis. Also please encourage all seniors to check your Roeper email at least once a day!! I recently sent information about a U of M scholarship—it had already been posted in the Roeper Record, and only one student had applied. I then sent an email to all qualified seniors, and four more applied. Good for them! I am completely in alignment with the belief that “with freedom comes responsibility,” and that students going off to college should be independent and responsible. I’ll help with reminders, but reminders won’t help if they’re not read.
Speaking of scholarships, there are many, many scholarships out there—I’ve encouraged seniors to register with fastweb.com and cappex.com/meritaid.com, and/or scholarships.com. They are all excellent search engines for national scholarships, and will email you a list of current scholarships on a regular basis. A more complete list of scholarship sites can be found on the College Counseling section of the Roeper website (another good place to check for great information). Just like buying lottery tickets, if you don’t apply, you don’t have a chance to win.
The odds of getting a scholarship increase when students look at college-based or local scholarships. Some college scholarships are by invitation or competition, but there are others students can apply for. Here are some that are worth your time and effort:
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI CLUB OF OAKLAND COUNTY offers a $1500 non-renewable scholarship to seniors that live in Oakland County and intend to attend Michigan State next year. Your parents don’t need to be alumni! It is NOT based on financial need, but on grades (students need to have an overall GPA of 3.5 or better), test scores, recommendations and personal statements. Deadline is Friday, 3-28-14. Applications are available in College Counseling, or visit www.MSUOakland.com.
MACAC MAGGIE MILLER SCHOLARSHIP Maggie Miller was a high school counselor in Dewitt and Okemos who was very active in the Michigan Association of College Admission Counseling (MACAC) and also a good friend of mine. When she passed away from ALS, the MACAC scholarship was endowed in her honor, and is awarded to a student who plans to attend a MACAC member college or university (I can give you a list—basically all colleges in Michigan and many in Ohio, Indiana and some other states as well.) Applicants will complete a one-page essay discussing an obstacle s/he has overcome and how the obstacle motivated her/him to achieve personal goals. Roeper is allowed to nominate two students from among the applicants. Applications are available in college counseling, or at the website below, and are due to me by not later than 2/26/2014. http://www.macac.org/sites/default/files/Application%202014.pdf
Some other scholarships you could consider:
Just in: The Islamic Society of North America offers four different scholarships for American Muslim students. Flyers are available in College Counseling or at http://www.isna.net/scholarships.html. HURRY, THE DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 1!!
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has a number of local scholarships you may qualify for—one stop shopping!—take a look at http://cfsem.org/scholarships.
Additionally there is a scholarship offered by the “Community Choice Foundation” for students who pledge to stay and work in Michigan after graduation and have demonstrated a commitment to improving our state through community service. Application packets are available in College Counseling or visit www.communitychoicefoundation.com
If your plan is to go into the crude oil and natural gas industry, and you’re going to a college in Michigan, I have some applications, or check out the James Bigard scholarship at www.mogpef.org.
$25,000 in scholarship money could be yours if you have an interest in Engineering or another auto-related field and are community minded. See http://www.buickachievers.com/ Deadline is 2-28-14
Going into teaching? Phi Delta Kappa, a professional fraternity of educators offers a scholarship for students who plan to become educators, and whose parents are also educators and members of PDK: http://pdkintl.org/programs-resources/scholarships-awards/prospective-educator-scholarships/
Thinking about saving money by beginning your college career by spending a year or more at OCC? You can really save with the Chancellor’s Scholarship. The top qualified student in each Oakland County high school is guaranteed this full tuition scholarship. You must apply to OCC and for the scholarship before March 15, 2014. Applications are available in College Counseling and are due to Patti by March 10.
Of course, the greatest source of college financial help is through Need-Based Aid, and that means filling out the FAFSA (ideally between now and February 14) and the CSS Profile if your college requires it. Remember, it is more important to meet that deadline than to wait for your complete tax information. You will have later opportunities to amend the report.
PARENTS—Have questions about filling out the FAFSA? Here is an event that can help:
.Sunday, February 9, 2014 MI COLLEGE GOAL (Formerly College Goal Sunday) began in 2004 as a designated day to give students and parents information about how to obtain financial aid for college. At MI COLLEGE GOAL you can:
Get free on-site professional assistance filling out the FAFSA form
Talk to financial aid professionals about financial aid resources and how to apply
Get information about statewide student services, admission requirements, and more
There are sites located around the state—such locations as Baker College of Auburn Hills, Macomb ISD, Urban League in Detroit, and Madonna University in Livonia. For more information and a complete list of locations, visit www.micollegegoal.org.
Additionally, financial aid officers from any college are happy to answer your questions, whether or not you plan to go there!