• SCHOLARSHIPS

     
    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.

  • Indiana Award for Aspirations in Computing

     School              Indiana colleges/universities
     Value  $250 cash and scholarships to Indiana colleges and universities
     Criteria
    • Honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related aspirations and interests.
    • Awardees are selected for their leadership ability, academic history, plans for post-secondary education, and computing and IT aspirations.
    • Applicants do not have to be highly-adept with computing and IT, but they should wish to become so.
     Link

    http://cewit.indiana.edu/news/2017-18-aic.shtml

    Create an account & apply

     Deadline  November 6, 2017
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  • Ron Brown Scholar Program

     School              Any four-year, accredited college/university within the U.S.
     Value  $10,000 annually for four years, for a total of $40,000
     Criteria
    • Black/African American and current high school senior
    • U.S. Citizen
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Seeks to identify students who will make significant contributions to society
    • Must excel academically, show exceptional leadership potential, and make an impact on their communities through service to others
     Link www.ronbrown.org
     Attachment Ron Brown Scholar Program
     Deadline  November 1, 2017 (for early consideration), January 9, 2018 (final deadline)
     
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  • Horatio Alger Association Scholarship

     School              Must be planning on attending college to complete a bachelor's degree - School not specified. 
     Value  Awards range from $6,000 to $25,000
     Criteria
    • Full-time high school senior in the U.S.
    • Graduating Spring or Summer 2018
    • Exhibit strong commitment to completing a bachelor's degree 
    • Financial need: $55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income
    • Co-curricular and community service activities
    • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
    • Minimum GPA of 2.0
    • U.S. Citizen
     Link scholars.horatioalger.org
     Attachment Horatio Alger Scholarship Information
     Deadline  October 25, 2017
     
     
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  • Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship

     School             Accredited Indiana post-secondary institution
     Value

    $7,500 per year for up to four years

     Criteria

    • Must be an Indiana resident
    • Must be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen authorized to be in the United States.
    • 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 use the scholarship for at least two full academic years 
    • 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 currently attend or plan to attend an eligible Indiana institution as a full time student
    • 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 maintain a 3.0 GPA each academic year
    • Must enroll in and complete 30 credit hours or its equivalent each academic year
    • Must meet all other requirements established by their program to renew the scholarship 
    • Must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • 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 complete the service requirement or have all funds provided converted to a loan that must be repaid
     Link http://www.learnmoreindiana.org/cost/financial-aid-and-scholarships/next-generation-teacher-scholarship/
    Attachment  Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship Procedures & Requirements
     Deadline November 30, 2017
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     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's strengths
     Link http://gwcf.org/AppDownload.html
     Deadline January 15, 2018
     
     
     
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