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FAFSA
ALL students who are considering attending college or any educational institution after high school should file a FAFSA (FREE Application for Federal Student Aid).   There has been a recent change to the FAFSA process.  Filing now opens on October 1st and the deadline is still March 10th.  The most significant change is that the FAFSA will be based on taxes that are already filed.  For example: this year's seniors aide will be based on family's taxes from 2015.  FAFSA is done online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/  Here is a web resource for students and parents to learn more about the FAFSA http://www.bestschools.com/fafsa/  As always, see your counselor with questions.
 
The world of scholarship searching is a big one.  There are many websites and people out there that could potentially be helpful to you in your scholarship search.  We post scholarships to this website that we receive in our office, and many of these are local in nature.  Please do not stop your search here because this is only a very small portion of what is out there.  
 
The BHSS Counseling Center doesn’t specifically endorse or recommend any one website, but we do know that many of our students have used www.fastweb.com and www.scholarships.com to build profiles and search for scholarships.  We have also had students use http://www.discusawards.com/,finding this to be a unique scholarship website.  The following website: https://weirdscholarships.net/ is newer and specializes in connecting students with atypical scholarships.  The site http://www.college-scholarships.com/free-scholarship-searches.htm has amassed a list of free scholarship websites with brief descriptions of their offerings.  
 
For general college information, other good websites to check out are www.knowhow2go.com and www.collegeboard.org.  Here is another that past students have found helpful: www.goodcall.com. Lastly, check out this site for advice on applying for scholarships and financing college: The Simple Dollar.
 
Scholarships.com additionally provides a free app, and a variety of student resources: http://www.scholarships.com/resources/.  Their five most requested documents include the Academic Calendar & Financial Aid Reference Guide for Juniors, the Academic Calendar & Financial Aid Reference Guide for Seniors, the Top 10 Student Resources, their Scholarship Application Checklists, and their College Application Checklists.
 
Also, don't forget that you should check with the schools you are applying to for school-specific scholarships...their websites are a great resource.
 
Our only piece of advice regarding scholarship searches and/or websites is to be aware of any website, organization, or individual offering to help you find scholarships for a fee.  Although not always the case, this can be very indicative of a scam.  Never pay a fee to an organization offering to help you find scholarships.  
 

Scholarships below have been sent directly to our office for posting. 

They are listed chronologically by deadline.

  • Simon Youth Foundation Scholarships 

     School             An accredited two- or four-year college, university, vocational/technical or trade school full-time in Fall 2017
     Value $1,500-$10,000

     Criteria

    • Simon Youth Community Scholarships are available to high school seniors living near a Simon mall or in the surrounding communities.
    • Simon Youth Academy Scholarships are available only to graduates of Simon Youth Academies.
     Link http://programs.applyists.com/syf/
    Attachement -
     Deadline -
    Comments (-1)
  • Indiana State University Gongaware Scholarhsip

     School              Indiana State University
     Value $40,000

     Criteria

    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
    • A 1070 SAT (combined critical reading and math) or 1140 SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math) or 23 ACT
    • Ranking in the top 15% of their senior class
     Link https://www.indstate.edu/scholarships/freshman/gongaware
    Attachement -
     Deadline December 15th, 2016

     

    Comments (-1)
  • Knights of Pythias Poster/Visual Arts Contest

     School              Accredited college or university
     Value $100-$1,000

     Criteria

    See attachment
     Link -
    Attachement Knights of Pythias Poster Contest
     Deadline April 1st, 2017

     

    Comments (-1)
  • Knights of Pythias Scholarship

     School              Accredited college or university
     Value $1,000

     Criteria

    • Senior in high school and resident of Indiana
    • At least a 3.0 GPA
    • Submit SAT or ACT scores
     Link -
    Attachement Knights of Pythias Scholarship
     Deadline January 25th, 2017

     

    Comments (-1)
  • Indiana State Networks Scholarship

     School             Indiana State University 
     Value $35,000

     Criteria

    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale

    • A 1070 SAT (combined critical reading and math) or 1140 SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math) or 23 ACT

    • Ranking in the top 15% of the senior class

     Link http://www.indstate.edu/business/scholarships/financial-services/networks
    Attachement  Networks Scholarship
     Deadline December 5, 2016
    Comments (-1)
  • Next Generation Teacher Scholarship

     School             Accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
     Value

    $7,500 per year for up to four years

     Criteria

    • Must be an Indiana resident by December 31st the year prior to applying for aid (i.e. December 31, 2016 for the 2017-18 school year)
    • Must be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen authorized to be in the United States.
    • Must have graduated from an Indiana accredited high school or non-accredited nonpublic high school
    • Must either have (a) graduated in the top 20 percent of their high school graduating class, or (b) received a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT**
    • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA each academic year
    • Must enroll in and complete 30 credit hours or its equivalent each academic year
    • Must request renewal for the scholarship on an annual basis
    • Must obtain a license to teach in Indiana and serve as a teacher in an eligible Indiana school for 5 years upon college graduation
    • Must repay 20% of the scholarship for each year service requirements are not fulfilled
     Link http://www.learnmoreindiana.org/cost/financial-aid-and-scholarships/next-generation-teacher-scholarship/
    Attachement  
     Deadline December 31, 2016
    Comments (-1)
  • Society of Plastics Engineers Scholarship and Essay Competition

     School             Accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
     Value

    $1,000 Scholarship, $200 reward for essay 

     Criteria

    1. Students must be a graduating high school senior from an accredited public/private Indiana school.
    2. Students must be enrolled at a four year college / university or a two year community college degree program. Have a minimum of six credit hours per semester which is toward pursuing a career directly related to plastics such as; Plastic Engineering, Polymer Engineering, Polymer Science, Packaging Engineering, Material Engineering, Material Science, Composite Materials and Structures, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or Mechanical Engineering.
    3. Applicants must have maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.8/4.0 scale from the prior school year.
    4. Applicants must demonstrate a high degree of intent to pursue a career in the Plastics Industry.
     Link http://www.4spe.org/contentnorelated.aspx?ItemNumber=6514
    Attachement SPE ScholarshipSPE Essay ContestEssay Info
     Deadline March 3, 2017 for Essay and May 1, 2017 for Scholarship 
    Comments (-1)
  • National Honor Society Scholarship

     School             Accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
     Value

    375 national semifinalists - $2,325 scholarship
    24 national finalists - $4,500 scholarship
    1 national winner - $20,125 scholarship

     Criteria

    • Watch video on website
    • Create account
    • Letters of recommendation
     Link https://www.nhs.us/advisers/the-nhs-scholarship?SSO=true
    Attachement -
     Deadline February 1st, 2017
    Comments (-1)
  • Bedford Board of Realtors

     School             Accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
     Value

    $250

     Criteria

    • Live in Lawrence County or surrounding communities
    • Must be a child or grandchild or legal gaurdian of a primary/secondary memner of the Bedford Board of Realtors
    • GPA minimum of 2.0
     Link -
    Attachement BBOR Scholarship
     Deadline March 15, 2017

     

    Comments (-1)
  • NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards 

     School             Accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
     Value

    $2,000-$15,000

     Criteria

    • Be a high school senior
    • Own/operate your own business
    • Demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit and initiative
     Link http://www.nfib.com/foundations/yef/yef-programs/young-entrepreneur-awards/
    Attachement -
     Deadline December 18, 2016

     

    Comments (-1)
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities 

     School             Accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
     Value

    Varies 

     Criteria

    • Be a high school senior
    • Be younger than 21 years old
    • Be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college, university or technical school with a full course of study
    • Be a legal U.S. resident
    • Live in a participating RMHC Chapter's geographic area
     Link http://www.rmhc.org/rmhc-us-scholarships
    Attachement -
     Deadline January 18, 2017

     

    Comments (-1)
  • AXA Achievementsm Scholarship

     School             Accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
     Value

    $2,500-$25,000

     Criteria

    • Be United States citizens or legal residents living or claiming residency in one of the 50 united states, Washington, D.C. or Puerto Rico
    • Be current high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2017-2018 academic year
    • Demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities
     Link https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-scholarship.html
    Attachement -
     Deadline December 15, 2016

     

    Comments (-1)
  • Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarship Program

     

     School             Accredited, nonprofit college university, vocational, or technical school in the U.S.
     Value Base award of $1,000
     Criteria
    • Full-time highschool senior
    • 2.8 GPA or higher 
    • Demonstrated leadership abilities
    • Commitment to community service 
     Link http://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/recognizing-the-best-and-brightest-nationwide
    Attachement Comcast Leaders and Achievers
     Deadline  December 1, 2016

     

    Comments (-1)
  •  

    Wesleyan University Hamilton Prize for Creativity

     

     School              Wesleyan University 
     Value  Four-year full-tuition ($200,000+)
     Criteria All incoming first-year students. "Work of creative written expression is judged to best reflect the originality, artistry, and dynamism embodied in Broadway's Hamilton
     Link

    http://wesleyan.edu/admission

    http://wesleyan.edu/hamiltonprize

     Attachment Wesleyan University
     Deadline  January 1, 2017

     

    Comments (-1)
  • Trine Alumni Referral Scholarship

     

    School             Trine University (Angola, Indiana)
     Value $250 per year for 4 years ($1,000 total)
     Criteria If interested, please inquire with your counselor in the Counseling Office.
       
    Comments (-1)
  •  Washington Crossing Foundation Senior Scholarships

     School              Not specified
     Value
    • Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000
     Criteria
    • Senior in high school interested in pursuing a career in government or military service
    • Write a one-page essay regarding decision to work in government service
    • Recommendation letter from high school principal or guidance counselor speaking to student strengths
     Link http://gwcf.org/AppDownload.html
     Attachment  N/A
     Deadline  January 15, 2017
     
     
     
    Comments (-1)
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