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Jan 16
2018

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Seniors: Financial Aid and Scholarship update!

Dear Seniors:

Once exams are over and your applications are for the most part complete, you might be thinking about using some of that application energy for applying for scholarships.  There are several with upcoming deadlines, listed below.

Additionally, in case you are considering taking a “gap year” between high school and college, the annual US Gap Year Fair will be held the evening of January 23, 2018,  at Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple Road, Ann Arbor, MI.  There will be a speaker from 6:00-6:45 to explain the nature and benefits of a gap year, emphasizing the experiential education and personal growth through travel, language immersion, directed study, outdoor adventure, community service and/or internships.  Following the speaker will be a fair, where attendees can speak directly with gap year leaders, advisors and alumni.   More information in College Counseling. Registration available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/usa-gap-year-fair-2018-ann-arbor-mi-tickets-39194291180, and more information about Gap Year Fairs can be found at https://usagapyearfairs.org/

Many of you completed your financial aid applications last fall and are beginning to receive your financial aid packages.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to come into College Counseling and we’ll work together. Additionally, the State of Michigan has put out a guidebook explaining all about financial aid that can be accessed at  Affording College in Michigan Guidebook 

If you qualify for financial aid, the colleges will offer you a Financial Aid Package which can include Work Study, Loans, Grants or Scholarships.  Grants and Scholarships are gift aid and do not need to be repaid—grants are generally need-based and scholarships are awarded for talent, academics, etc.

Scholarships are awarded by various community groups as well as colleges and there are many, many scholarships out there—I’ve encouraged seniors to register with    www.fastweb.com , and/or www.scholarships.com, and also https://www.cappex.com/scholarships/

They are all excellent search engines for national scholarships, and will email you a list of current scholarships on a regular basis.  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 recent scholarships that might be worth your time and effort.

ALERT: ***The University of Michigan Alumni Club of Greater Detroit provides merit scholarships for strong students with a minimum of a 31 on the ACT.  You may apply for several scholarships with one application.  DEADLINE IS JANUARY 19, 2018.  Access the application at:  http://umclubgreaterdetroit.org/scholarships/application

Jackie Robinson Scholarship based on academic achievement, leadership, community service and financial need:      http://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/ DUE FEBRUARY 1, 2018!

Here is a link to a college and scholarship guide specifically for Black students, with good general information and scholarship links: https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/black-students-college-scholarships/

Lawrence Technological University hosts its scholarship competition its winter for students who apply to LTU by February 1, 2018. Compete to earn up to $4000 per year.  Details at www.ltu.edu/scholarshipcompetition.

Community Choice Foundation offers scholarship to graduating seniors who plan to attend college or university in Michigan and intend to live in Michigan after college graduation.  Last year they gave out twelve (12) scholarships to area seniors, so the odds are good.  Criteria include a 3.0 average and an essay choice discussing some aspect of making Michigan a better place. Applications are available online and due by February 28, 2018.  https://www.communitychoicecu.com/resources/scholarships

WACE represents a group of eleven colleges and universities that provide “Co-op” opportunities to their students, allowing these students to receive meaningful work experience and substantial income while obtaining a world class college education.  Some of these colleges include Drexel University, RIT, Johnson & Wales, University of Toledo and University of Cincinnati among other colleges that have been of interest to former Roeper students.  Additionally, these eleven colleges participate in a scholarship program for students with a 3.5 grade points average, who plan to attend one of these colleges, and who write an essay about pursuing a college cooperative education program.  Postmark deadline is February 15, but early applications are encouraged.  Information in College Counseling or at http://www.waceinc.org./scholarship/index.html

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Southfield Alumnae Chapter is offering a scholarship to a qualified senior from within the service areas of the Southfield Alumnae Chapter, or who participate in EMBODI, Delta GEMS and or Cotillion Programs of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Applications are due February 15, 2018.  Information and online application are available at http://deltasac.org/scholarship/

Jewish students who are have demonstrated leadership in the Jewish community are encouraged to apply for a scholarship through the Jewish Youth Awards from the National Council of Jewish Women Greater Detroit Section.  Since these are local awards, the odds are good.  Applications must be received by noon February 26, 2018 and are available in College Counseling or can be found at   http://ncjwgds.org/ncjwgds/?page_id=367

The Rosa Parks Scholarship is now available and due on March 1, 2018.   Students graduating from Michigan high schools who have demonstrated scholarship, leadership, financial need and dedication to the civil rights principles of Rosa Parks can apply to receive a $2000 scholarship.  Applications can be found in College Counseling or on the website: http://www.rosaparksscholarshipfoundation.org/Scholarship.htm

Thinking of attending a Catholic College?  The National Catholic College Association (CCAA) is offering a $1000 scholarship to students planning to attend a Catholic institute of higher education. Applications are due March 1, 2018, and are available at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3994377/2018-Application-for-The-National-CCAA-Scholarship.

Oakland University offers up to full tuition for its top applicants. Automatic consideration if you apply to OU by March 1, 2018.  http://www.oakland.edu/payingforcollege?tab=21099

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. This scholarship is sent from College Counseling and due to the College Counseling Office by Friday, March 16,2018. Applications are available in College Counseling, or visit http://msuoakland.com/scholarship

David Barns, a graduate of Goodrich High School and U of D Mercy and basketball coach for Goodrich until he passed away from cancer in November 2012.  David’s Faith & Hope for Life Foundation will award a $2500 scholarship, renewable for three years to a student who best represents his academic excellence, athletic prowess, and commitment to the community.  Applications are available in College Counseling or at  http://faithhopelife.com/scholarship/ Deadline is March 16, 2018.

Thinking of attending one of the Colleges that Change Lives? In addition to receiving a great, Roeper-type education you can apply for a scholarship if you attend one of the schools.  Deadline is March 23, 2018.  Information at http://ctcl.org/2018-scholarship-application/

Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities (LAHC) is offering a scholarship program with awards ranging from $1000-$16,000 per year.  Deadline is March 26, 2018. Information can be found at https://lahc.org/scholarship-program/

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/  Deadline is April 2, 2018.

The American Business Women’s Organization of Greater Oakland County announces a series of scholarships to female students planning to study such majors as nursing, business, science and technology and engineering. Apply by May 15, 2018 at http://sbmef.org/Site/Scholarships.cfm.

The Society of Women Engineers offers one application for a variety of scholarships aimed at females going into the field of engineering.  If that applies to you, check out: http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/index.php/scholarships#activePanels_

Groth & Associates, Attorneys at Law are offering a $1000 scholarship to students with a 3.0 GPA and who have overcome challenges.  Due July, 1, 2018.  Information at: https://www.grothlaw.com/scholarship/

Keep watching for more scholarships as they come in!

Patricia Bostwick, MA, LPC

Director of College Counseling

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