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) Many scholarships end March 1st.
Wayne State: https://wayne.edu/scholarships/private/list/
Henry Ford: https://hfcc.academicworks.com/
4. Search for community scholarships (Taylor, MI)
ROTARY CLUB OF TAYLOR (April 27th)
Scholarship is based on academic performance, responsible citizenship and need. Applicant must be in the current senior class, have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3, and attend an institution of higher learning by the fall semester following graduation. Family members of Rotarians are not eligible for this scholarship. Find application and further instructions in counseling office.
Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital (April 27th)
If you plan to attend college in the fall to pursue a medical career, apply here! Print and submit your application to the counsleing department by April 27th.
Jeanna Eckert Scholarship (May 6th)
This scholarship is open to students interested in following a career in Agriculture, Horticulture, Organic Gardening, Botany, Envicomental Studies, Landscape Design, Conservation and Viticulture. Application rules found here.
Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild 2018 Scholarship Fund (April 30th)
Applications are now being accepted for our 2018 Art Scholarship. This year there will be three $500.00 scholarships awarded. The scholarship is open to any downriver high school senior that will be pursuing a career in the arts. This includes Art Education, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Architecture, Artistic Welding, Photography, Ceramics, Printmaking, Video, and other Visual Arts. More requirements can be found here and the scholarship application can be found here.
Taylor Federation of Teachers Scholarship (June 8th)
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. There are a few applications available in the office or you can download the application here.
Taylor Foundation Scholarships (Deadline April 16th)
The Taylor Public School Foundation for Educational Excellence is a fundraising organization dedicated to the progress and success of our schools. They support various projects and programs of the Taylor School Distric. The majority of their efforts focus on schoolarships and district programs. Scholarship applications can be found here or found in the counseling office.
5. Search for county scholarships (Wayne County) or state (Michigan)
Stefan Wanczyk Foundation Scholarship (Deadline May 31)
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
Sara Marie Diepenhorst Memorial Scholarship Fund (April 4th)
The Sara Marie Diepenhorst Memorial Scholarship, held under the auspices of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, is awarded each year to a high school senior from Taylor who will attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The successful applicant is the person who most embodies the qualities that Sara possessed. Application here!
2018-2019 Community Choice Foundation Scholarship Application
Must be a resident of the state of Michigan, graduating high school in the spring of 2018, planning to attend an accredited college or university in Michigan, be enrolling in either a two or four-year degree program, intend to remain a Michigan resident after college graduation, is not related to a Board Member or team member (employee) of Community Choice Credit Union, and has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Application can be found here.
NAACP Scholarship (April 23rd)
Two scholarships will be awarded in May and require the completed aoolication, a copy of the transcript evidencing a 2.5 GPA, a letter of recommendation from a school faculty member and a 300-word essay on "Criminal Justine in the 21st Century". Link to scholarship form 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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