Looking for a way to fund your postsecondary education plans? You’re in the right place! While figuring out how to fund college can seem like a daunting task, finding and applying to scholarships shouldn’t be. That’s why it’s important to know HOW to search for scholarships and WHERE to find the best ones for you. Google can be your best friend, if you know what to search for. Scholarships are the place where your uniqueness is meant to shine, so dig deep! Following these steps should ensure your time is used wisely and your chances to receive a scholarship are increased. PLEASE, NEVER EVER PAY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH ENGINE OR FAFSA
*REMINDER: You should be applying for scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year*
*Schools may not have their 2018-2019 scholarships updated just yet.
Spring time is the most popular time for scholarships*
Fill out FAFSA https://fafsa.ed.gov
Check out what merit based scholarships you qualify (based off of GPA and SAT scores) for the specfic institution(s) you’d like to attend
Start looking at private scholarships at the institution(s) you’d like to attend (some links below)
Wayne State: https://wayne.edu/scholarships/private/list/
Henry Ford: https://hfcc.academicworks.com/
4. Search for community scholarships (Taylor, MI)
Taylor Federation of Teachers Scholarship (Check back Spring 2018)
The teachers of the Taylor Federation of Teachers are proud to award a $2,500 scholarship to the son or daughter of a TFT member. Selection will be based equally on GPA, school-related activities, community-related activities, and essay.
5. Search for county scholarships (Wayne County) or state (Michigan)
Community Foundation Scholarships for Southeast Michigan are NOW OPEN
Start applying here! Deadlines are March 15th, but applying early is your best bet!
Stefan Wanczyk Foundation Scholarship (Deadline May 31, 2018)
The Stefan Wanczyk Foundation will be providing $2,000 in scholarships to hardworking current high school students in the Wayne County area. Applicants must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher and demonstrate financial need, along with intent to begin college as a full-time student in the fall of 2018. Stefan Wanczyk Foundation
NFL Alumni - Detroit Chapter Student Athlete Scholarships (Deadline March 2, 2018)
The NFL Alumni - Detroit Chapter is sponsoring two unique scholarship opportunities for student athletes. Each scholarship awards one scholarship to one high school female and one high school male student.
Online application can be found on https://nflalumnidet.org under Scholarships in the menu.
The University of Michigan Scholarship (Deadline January 19, 2018)
The U of M Club of Greater Detroit is offering TWELVE scholarship opportunities worth $3,500 each. The online application is available at www.umclubgreaterdetroit.org along with additional information.
Michigan Council of Women in Technology Scholarship
Scholarship applications are now being accepted for high school seniors or current college/university students with a focus on a technology academic program. Must be female, a Michigan resident and attending a Michigan college or university for the 2018-19 academic school year. Click here for more information!
NABS Scholarship (Deadline March 17th)
The National Association of Black Suppliers Scholarship Fund (NABSSF) is a stipend of up to $5000 per year for up to five years that can be used for tuition, room and board and fees at a college or university of the recipient choice. The NABS Scholarship is awarded to graduating African-American seniors from high school, demonstrating outstanding academic and community leadership, and who plans to be enroll full-time in a engineering, technology, business or a related curriculum. Apply Here!
Bettie Dorothy Remembrance Scholarship Application (Deadline March 15th)
The scholarship is available to any college bound girl who is motherless for any reason. We believe that every young woman should have a chance at achieving her goals and fulfilling her dreams.The $1,000 Scholarship will be divided equally between semesters in the first year. Mentoring will also be provided,if desired, throughout your college years. Bettie Dorothy Remembrance Scholarship Application here!
Society of Women Engineers - Detroit Section (Deadline March 1st)
The Detroit Section of the Society of Women Engineers annually recognizes high school women who have shown exemplary abilities in areas such as leadership, academics, and community activities. Application can be found here!
6. Complete the MI Student Aid’s Scholarship Search Request
7. You COULD use generic search engines like https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search or https://www.salliemae.com/ just know those sites typically gain attention from students from all over so make sure you are looking with intent and purpose (use filters to make it specific to YOU)!
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Michigan Education Association Scholarship (Deadline February 22, 2018)
Are you a dependent of an MEA member or MEA-Retired member and planning to attend a community college or a four-year degree-granting institution? Priority is given based on academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, school and community service and students from lower income households. Access to the application can be found at http://www.mea.org/mea-scholarship.
ACT Student Champion Award (Deadline December 31, 2018)
The ACT Student Champion Award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place. The applicant must be a student who has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions, have a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale. Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.
Applications can be found at www.act.org/readinesschampions.