• 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 April 15th.  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.

  • IAG Scholarship Competition

    School            

     Any
    Value  $2,000
    Description

    Every year, IAG awards two, $2000 scholarships to current Indiana high school seniors. To enter, students have their choice of writing an essay or submitting a multi-media presentation via YouTube. Students also must submit letters of recommendation, test scores, and transcripts.

    Link Apply Here
    Deadline  April 9, 2021

     

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  • Jean Ann Ford Fund for Education Scholarship

    School            

     Indiana University
    Value  Up to $10,000/year for up to 4 years
    Description
    • For first year or transfer students from Indiana who are admitted for Fall 2021
    • Majoring in elementary education
    • Special consideration is given to underrepresented males, including but not limited to financially challenged students, and/or students with diverse cultural experiences
    • Ten scholarships are planned to be awarded
    Link Jean Ann Ford Fund for Education Scholarship
    Deadline  N/A

     

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  • Ken Nunn Scholarship $1,000

    School            

    Any 2- or 4-year College in Indiana
    Value  $1,000
    Description
    • Applicants must be college students in Indiana, with a GPA of at least 3.0, who have been accepted to or are currently enrolled in a 2-year college or 4- year university.
    • One student will be selected to receive $1,000 in scholarship funds based on their winning essay response.
    • To enter, applicants are encouraged to submit via form on our website.
    • The deadline for submissions is April 30th, 2021. The winner will be notified individually and announced on our social media between May 17th-21st, 2021. 
    Link https://kennunn.com/ken-nunn-scholarship/
    Deadline  April 30, 2021
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  • Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award Sweepstakes

    School            

     Any
    Value  $5,000 (given away each month)
    Description

    2020 Scholarship Award Sweepstakes: 

    Discover Student Loans is giving away one $5,000 scholarship each month this year!

    The earlier your college-bound students and parents enter, the more chances they have to win.

    Link Enter Here
    Rules Official Rules
    Deadline  January 31, 2021
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  • OppU Achievers Scholarship

    School            

     Any
    Value  $2,500
    Description
    • Be enrolled full time in high school or at least part time in college, graduate, professional, or trade school.
    • Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.
    • Answer an essay prompt:  Why you are an achiever?
    Link https://www.opploans.com/oppu/scholarship/
    Deadline September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30
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  • College Board Opportunity Scholarships - New!

    School            

    Any
    Value Varies
    Description
    • These scholarships reward effort and engagement. 
    • There is no essay, no GPA, no application, no income limit!
    • Approximately half of the scholarships are reserved for students whose families makde $60,000 or less per year.
    • There are 6 individual categories with lots of small monetary raffle drawings.
    • If students complete all 6 categories, they are in the running for one of the $40,000 scholarhsips!
    • Categories are...
      • Build your college list
      • Practice for the SAT & take it
      • Improve your SAT score
      • Complete the FAFSA
      • Apply to colleges
    Link https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/
    Deadline  Varies
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  • Bedford Board of Realtors

     

    School             Accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
    Value

    $250

    Criteria

    • Live in Lawrence, Orange, Greene, Washington, Martin, Monroe, or Jackson Counties in Indiana
    • Must be a child or grandchild or legal gaurdian of a primary/secondary member of the Bedford Board of Realtors
    • GPA minimum of 3.0
    Attachment BBOR Scholarship
    Deadline March 15, 2021

     

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  • Nancy Jaynes Memorial Scholarship Award

    School For College or Post-Secondary Technical Schooling
    Value Up to $2,500
    Criteria
    • Current high school senior
    • Awarded to a student whose parent is battling breast cancer, or who has lost a parent to breast cancer
    • Visit the website link below, click on the scholarship tab, and follow the link to download the complete application
    Link  www.breastcancerplate.org
    Deadline

     

    February 5, 2021 (Applications and Recommendations must be postmarked by this date. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Faxed and/or emailed applications will not be accepted)

     

     
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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 (up to $30,000 total)

     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/
     Deadline January 31, 2021
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