VARIOUS NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS
www.uncf.org – United Negro College Fund
www.HSF.net – Hispanic Scholarship Fund
www.IEFA.org – International Education for Financial Aid
www.maldef.org – Mexican – American legal defense fund
www.aises.org – American Indian Science and Engineering
www.chci.org – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
www.nacufs.org – National Assoc. of College & Univ. Food Services
www.gmsp.org – Gates Millennium Scholars
www.nsbe.org – National Society of Black Engineers
www.chemistry.org – American Chemical Society
www.womeninautocare.org - Women in Auto Care
www.imfirst.org – Students who are the first in their families to go to college are invited to check out the website I Am First for many great opportunities to connect with other first generation students, hear about colleges looking for first generation students, and to even potentially earn scholarships.
PARENTS OR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Scholarships specifically for high school seniors and college students who have parents with disabilities.
American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program provides scholarships for people with disabilities. (November 15 application deadline.)
George Washington Heath Resource Center. Online clearinghouse and postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.
Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities.
Check the following sources to verify the legitimacy of any financial aid consultants or search services you may use or hire and for tips on avoiding scholarship scams:
HORATION ALGER ASSOCIATION - various scholarships w/ various deadlines
GREATER KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION - various deadlines
AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIPS
www.ksamlegion.orgScholarships available through the American Legion are: National High School Oratorical Contest ● Hobble (LPN) Nursing Scholarship ● Hugh A. Smith Scholarship ● Ted andNora Anderson Scholarships ● Albert M. Lappin Scholarships ● Music Committee Scholarship ● Rosedale Post 346Scholarship ● Charles and Annette Hill Scholarship ● Scouting Scholarship ● Shooting Sports Scholarship ● Dr. “Click”Cowger Baseball Scholarship ● Paul Flaherty Athletic Scholarship ● Legacy Scholarship
Check with your local American Legion Post for eligibility.ACT SCHOLARSHIP GIVEAWAY - multiple entry dates
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES BY DATES
Sept. 15 The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Starting in 2018, the scholarship will be awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation, and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential. Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance* that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the methodology used by a Scholar’s college or university.
*Cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, room, board, books, and transportation, and may include other personal costs.
To apply, students must be:
- A high school senior
- From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
- A US citizen, national, or permanent resident
- In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university. *For American Indian/Alaska Native, proof of tribal enrollment will be required.
Visit https://www.thegatesscholarship.org/scholarship for more information
Oct. 4 The Career & Technical Scholarship Program is funded through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund and the generosity of Association Chairman Emeritus and Endowment Fund President Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarships (1,020 scholarships up to $2,500 each) are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States. https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/technical/Oct. 6 AES Engineering is pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education. The AES Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by an evaluation of the essays that are submitted. Scholarships are intended for future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study; therefore, recipients are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible. http://aesengineers.com/scholarships.php
Oct. 25 The Horation Alger Scholarship need-based scholarship. To be eligible, you must be enrolled as a full-time high school student in the US with plans to enter college no later than the fall following graduation. Go to https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/ to apply online.
Oct. 15 The Kansas Buffalo Association is offering a $1000 scholarship to a high school senior or first-year college freshmen who is involved in raising bison and/or is planning to pursue a career in an agriculturally related field. The KBA invites interested applicants to complete an application, provide one letter of reference, and submit a 500-word essay outlining their relationship/interest in bison and why they should receive the scholarship. KBA members may act as sponsors to qualify family, friends or a member of a local school or county ag-related organization (FFA, 4H, etc.) for this scholarship. Applications and supporting materials are due by Oct. 15, 2018. The scholarship will be awarded at the 29th Kansas Buffalo Association Sale in Salina, Kan., on Dec. 1, 2018. Either the recipient or his/her designate must be present to accept the scholarship and have a picture taken with a representative from the sponsoring organization. The successful applicant will be notified by mid-November. Questions? Please contact Kevin Leslie at 913-957-4687. To apply, click here: http://www.kansasbuffalo.org/news.cfm?id=7
Oct. 25 Newcomer Funeral Service Group is committed to excellence in funeral service education. We annually award $25,000 in scholarships to mortuary science students who demonstrate our core values of Excellence, Trust, Care and Growth. The Mortuary Science Scholarship is open to all students enrolled in a mortuary science program during the 2020-21 school year or high school seniors who intend to enroll in a mortuary science course of study. Apply online at http://www.nfsgi.com/Home/Scholarships
Oct. 31 (5:00 p.m. EST) The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communites. Apply online at http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/apply/
Oct. 31 Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. It is open to students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions. For more information and to hear a former winner’s speech, visit https://www.vfw.org/VOD/?Action=SkipLogin&cookieCheck=true
Oct. 31 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest is open to students in grades 1-12, including home-schooled students. Student must submit a piece of art on a given topic related North American game birds or animals that may be legally hunted or trapped. Go to https://artcontest.nra.org/ to apply online.
Oct. 31 Finally, a scholarship for zombie fans, creative writers can hone their survival tactics and imagine what their school or college campus might be like in a zombie apocalypse. Our Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship committee wants to know your plan to avoid the zombies, where you’d hide, and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive. To learn more and apply, visit Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship.
Nov. 1 The Self Program is intent on identifying and nurturing engineering and computer science students with strong leadership and achievement qualities and who have a desire to orchestrate innovation in business and industry during their careers. Students chosen for the program should demonstrate key attributes that relate to successful leadership. The SELF Program will recruit, select and financially support students at the University of Kansas and administer to them an ongoing four-year personal development program that leads to a continuing supply of exceptional graduates at the bachelor of science level. For more information and to apply, visit https://engr.ku.edu/self
Nov. 1 The Kansas Masonic Lodge is sponsoring an essay contest. Winners of the scholarship can earn anywhere from a $500-$4000 scholarship. The topic is: How does your personal involvement in serving others make a positive impact, whether in your community, your nation, or your world? The contest rules are: the essay must be at least 300 words and no more than 500 words. The essay must be typewritten, double-spaced, with work cited, on standard 8-1/2X11 paper with a 12 point Arial font. The original essay must be submitted to the students’ local lodge by November 1 (see https://kansasmasonic.foundation/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Essay-Brochure-2019.pdf for a list of locations and contest rules). No reference to the essay, student's name, town or school should appear anywhere in the body of the essay. This scholarship can only be applied to a Kansas college. *For other Kansas Masonic Lodge scholarships, please visit http://kansasmasonic.foundation/program/kansas-masonic-foundation-scholarships/
Nov. 5 (scholarship) and 7 (TED) On Nov. 7, Kansas Wesleyan Univiersity is hosting a Teacher Education Day, designed to give students information about the Teacher Education program at Kansas Wesleyan University. Students who are interested in attending KWU and becoming a teacher can register here, https://www.kwu.edu/albert-nelson-teacher-education-day, to participate in the Teacher Education Day. The application for the Teacher Education Scholarship can be found at https://www.kwu.edu/sites/default/files/Teacher%20Ed%20Vanier%20Cover%20Letter.pdf, which is due by Nov. 5.
Nov. 5 The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program honors middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level. It also aims to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. To apply, go to https://spirit.prudential.com/
Nov. 5 Elks National Foundation, Most Valuable Student scholarship: www.elks.org
Nov. 10 The SchoolHouse Connection Youth Scholarship Program offers a minimum of ten $2,000 scholarships for students who have experienced homelessness. In an effort to provide access to education to help students build their dreams, the SHC -
- Provides scholarships to youth who have experienced homelessness to ensure their completion of a post-secondary education program.
- Assists youth with financial aid processes, mental health advocacy and referrals, professional legal advocacy and referrals, and assistance in locating and establishing local contacts for general support and services.
- Builds a stable peer and adult support network for recipients, before, during, and after their college careers, and into their transition into the workforce.
- Offers young people meaningful opportunities to engage in advocacy, while providing sustained support services to help ensure graduation and success in life.
Nov. 20 The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard and have financial need. Our scholarships provide financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. In addition to the monetary award, students join a thriving network of nearly 2,500 Cooke Scholars. To read more about the scholarship programs and to apply, visit https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/
Nov. 1 K-State Wabash CannonBall Scholarship (55) $2500 scholarships will be given! Must have been admitted and completed your app by Dec. 1; minimum GPA of 3.25 Go to www.K-State.com/WabashScholarshipKC to apply online.
(CLOSED) Dec. 6 or until 700 applications are submitted, whichever comes first The Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities awards up to $2,500 renewable scholarships for full-time students and up to $1,250 renewable scholarships for half-time students.
To apply, applicants must:
- Have an identified disability (defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term or recurring issue that impacts one or more major life activity).
- Be high school seniors or graduates who are planning to enroll (or who are already enrolled) in full- or half-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States for the 2019-2020 academic year.
- Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent.
Dec. 31 The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all high school sophomore, juniors, and seniors interested in the American Revolution to participate in the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. It is ideal for students who can express in written format a link between current events and that of the American Revolution. The contest is open to all students attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high schools in that same grade range. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2019-20 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students. To apply, go to George and Stella Knight Essay ContestJan. 3 High school seniors who demonstrate exceptional leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship are invited to apply for the 2020 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. This program annually provides college-bound students with $10,000 renewable scholarships – up to $40,000 total per recipient – and supports them as they lead and serve in college and beyond. Additional information, eligibility requirements, and a link to the application are available online.
Jan. 3 The Hixson Opportunity Award was established by Christina Hixon to provide an opportunity for students to attend KU who would otherwise not be able to because of significant personal challenges and financial hardship. Awards are renewable for four years. Hixson Scholars engage in advising, tutoring, workshops, peer mentoring, and community service. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Hixson Opportunity Awards are available to 10 entering freshmen attending KU who are residents of the state of Kansas.
Jan. 7 The Acacia Leadership Scholarship is a one-time scholarship awarded to incoming male freshmen at the Manhattan Campus of Kansas State University who display excellence in academics, motivation for personal success, and an interest in studying the principles of leadership. One $1000 scholarship and two $500 scholarships are awarded each year. The deadline for application for this scholarship is January 7th, 2019. In order to receive the scholarship, the recipient must provide proof of enrollment at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS by September 1, 2019. Late applications will be accepted until Jan. 28th; However, applications turned in by the due date will be given priority. Apply online here: https://goo.gl/forms/5zmxwALvC2JYAd6f1
Jan. 16 Applications are now available for the Kansas State Department of Education Association of Educational Office Professionals (KSDE AEOP) Margaret Van Horn Scholarship. Each year the association offers a scholarship to a Kansas student. The scholarship program is open to current Kansas High School, College, and/or Technical School students. Applicant must intend to continue his/her education in an education or business-related program. The application can be found at https://community.ksde.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=lVuYicpNxWc%3d&tabid=4704Jan. 31 The Harry Hart Memorial Scholarships are named in honor of long-time KAEA member Harry Hart who passed away in 2009. The Kansas Art Education Association gives TWO $500.00 scholarships each year which are paid directly to the Institutes of Higher Learning chosen by the winning student. Visit http://www.kaea.com/p/harry-hart.html to apply.Feb. 1, 2017 KCLSA Scholarship (association for legal professionals) will be awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement, leadership ability and need. The scholarship award may be granted to any qualified applicant with special emphasis on those whose work is of a legal nature. Only students interested in the legal field should apply. http://kclsa.net/scholarship.php
Feb. 1 The Cleland Scholarship was established to help eliminate hatred, violence, and bigotry against gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender (GLBT) persons. The scholarship provides financing for the college education of incoming freshman at KU who have experienced discrimination, bullying, and/or violence based on the belief, real or perceived, that said students are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transgender; or for students who have exhibited support for GLBT persons. To apply, go to http://affordability.ku.edu/scholarships/jlclelandFeb. 15 The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning Scholarship application is now open. If you are a high school senior who has completed at least five (5) blended or online courses during your last two years of high school, you may be eligible for scholarship awards of up to $20,000 from The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning.
SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS SHOULD:
- Demonstrate academic achievement or improvement as a direct result of their enrollment in a blended/online learning curriculum
- Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year
STUDENTS CAN APPLY ONLINE HERE: https://scholarsapply.org/fbol-scholarship/
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 15 by 3:00 p.m. CST
Feb. 15 The Kansas Association of Directors of Plant Facilities established the KADPF Scholarship to bring greater recognition and professionalism to the buildings and grounds profession. This scholarship fund will provide five $1,000 academic scholarships and one $1,000 technical scholarship to qualifying students and are available only to graduating seniors of non-instructional support staff who wish to continue their education at the college level. The students must be residents of Kansas and graduate from a Kansas High School and plan to attend a Kansas College or technical school. Only children whose parent or legal guardian is actively employed in a K-12 or secondary education institution and engaged in a buildings and grounds, food service or transportation position shall be eligible for these scholarships. It is the responsibility of the school to submit their best applications for competition; however, interested students should contact their counselor if interested. Applications are located on our website. http://kadpf.org/ At the KADPF homepage, click on the KADPF Scholarship Program tab at the top.
March 1 At Tortoise, we are proud of our entrepreneurial culture and want to help support tomorrow's entrepreneurs in their endeavors. The Tortoise Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship seeks to award students who have typically started their own business or have drafted a detailed business plan. Visit http://www.tortoiseadvisors.com/scholarship/ to apply.
March 1 A minimum of 12 community Westar Energy/Haines Weber Scholarships will be awarded to 12 high school graduates who wish to pursue an associate degree in electric power and distribution, power plant technology, industrial technology or other industry-related degrees in Kansas. To apply, visit https://www.westarenergy.com/scholarship-opportunities
March 1 Recipients of the Tip Top Tux Scholarship are chosen based on academic achievement, eatracurricular activities, financial need and volunteer service in their community. Go to https://www.tttuxprom.com/scholarships/ for more information and to apply.
March 8 The annual BBB Student of Integrity Awards program is sponsored by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Foundation. These scholarships were established to honor the memory of Mr. Scott Mecham who served as BBB president from 1991 until January 2006. Students who exemplify ethical behavior and personal integrity and who demonstrate humility, courage, compassion and respect for their peers, teachers and community are encouraged to apply. You must be nominated by your principal, counselor or a teacher. Go to BBB Student of Integrity Award Scholarship to learn more and to apply.
March 11 The Rudd Scholarship is a Kansas program for Kansas residents who qualify for a Pell Grant and gives preference to first generation and underrepresented students. This program believes in the Midwestern values of humility, hard work and integrity that make this state and its people great. It is a competitive, 4-year award designed to pay any remaining costs associated with tuition and fees, books and supplies, and room and board after accounting for all other grants, scholarships and financial awards. It can be applied only towards studies at either Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, or Wichita State University for full-time students in pursuit of an undergraduate degree provided a student maintains the renewal criteria. https://www.ruddfoundation.org/college-scholarships
March 15 The Career & Technical Scholarship Program is funded through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund and the generosity of Association Chairman Emeritus and Endowment Fund President Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarships (1,020 scholarships up to $2,500 each) are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States. The application will OPEN online March 15 for students enrolling in Fall 2019. https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/technical/
March 15 The Glenn Lygrisse/KACRAO Scholarship (Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officials) is to reward and encourage students who have demonstrated quality leadership during their high school years. There are four $500 awards available each academic year, which may be used at KACRAO member institutions. Eligibility: High school senior, have a seventh semester cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4.00 scale. To apply, visit http://www.kacrao.org/kacrao-scholarship
March 15 The Kansas Contractors Association is offereing a minimum $2,000 scholarship for any student enrolled in, or who plans to enroll in, a construction management, construction science, construction engineering technology or related field of study at an accredited Kansas university, community college or technical college. To access the 2019 KCA Construction Education Foundation Scholarship application, contact Mrs. Lyke or CLICK HERE to download.
March 25 Kansas Crime Stoppers Association Scholarship. To apply, contace Mrs. Lyke or CLICK HERE to download the application.
March 28 The Work Ethic Scholarship Program officially opens Monday, January 28, 2019, and the deadline to submit applications is Thursday, March 28, 2019. Mike Rowe and his group are looking for the next generation of aspiring workers who will work smart and hard. This program doesn’t focus on test scores, grades, or grammar. It’s about the people who share their values and understand the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude. To apply, visit https://www.mikeroweworks.org/scholarship/ today!
March 31 Each year, more than 3,500 high school students from across the country participate in the VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. The contest began in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth. To learn more and apply, visit Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. Note: There are multiple deadlines with this scholarship.March 31 The Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund occurred in October 2001 and is amed in honor of Janice Marie Scottt to recognize her involvement with various youth programs and community service activities within the Greater Metropolitan Area of Washington, DC. Janice was one of 125 individuals that perished in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 when terrorists hijacked and crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the building of the Pentagon. Eligible high school seniors must meet the following criteria: Be a US citizen or permanent resident of the US, have at least a 3.0 GPA and who will attend a four-year university or college; student must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community services or other extra curricular activities; combined income of parents cannot exceed $50,000. To apply go to https://jmscottmemorialfund.org/
April 1 The Kansas Securities Commissioner (KSC), the State Bank Commissioner (OSBC) and the Kansas Insurance Department have partnered this year to award five scholarships, Kansas Financial Scholarships, in the amount of $3000, $2000, $1000, $1000, and $1000 to five eligible Kansas Seniors. Up to $1000 in honorable mention awards may also been issued. Apply at https://www.ksc.ks.gov/essaycontestApril 1 The Kansas Seed Industry Association wants to help out future Ag professionals. Are you a student looking to attend a college in Kansas? Are you pursuing a degree in Agronomy, Ag Education, Ag Econ/Business, Ag Communications, Grain/Milling Science, Ag Technology, Ag Farm Management, or Horticulture? If you answered “Yes!” and “Yes!” then you are eligible to get a scholarship from KSIA. Applications are due in the KSIA office by 5 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2019. Two lucky winners will be chosen. To apply, visit http://kansasseed.net/
April 15 In remembrance of one of the Kansas Association of Mappers’ (KAM) most respected members, the John Cowan Memorial Scholarship was created for the purpose of assisting students of higher learning in their pursuit of a geographic-based education. John was passionate and outgoing about the importance of geographic knowledge, and this scholarship seeks to symbolically carry on John’s passion by providing financial assistance to those with a desire for a higher education in geography. To apply, go to https://www.kansasmappers.org/JCMMay 24 Available to high school juniors and seniors as well as students currently registered in any post secondary institution, students who apply for the B. Davis Scholarship must write an essay of less than 1000 words on the following topic: "Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel they are developed in an indivicual." Your submission must be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm and then click on the Scholarships link in the upper right corner.May 31 The Lawrence Topeka PFLAG chapter is awarding the Lawrence/Topeka PFLAG Scholarship to a graduating senior in the Lawrence/Topeka area for the amount of $1,000. To be eligible, the student must be:
1. Self-identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or a straight ally.
2. A resident of the state of Kansas at time of application
3. A high school graduating senior.
4. Applying to or has been accepted at a post-secondary educational institutionJune 1 For students entering craft training or technical programs, The AGC Education and Research Foundation is happy to announce that thanks to a generous contribution from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and its Build Your Future initiative, the first Build Your Future Scholarships were awarded to nineteen applicants in the summer of 2015. The criteria to apply for this scholarship outlines eligibility. Applications for 2018 will be accepted starting March 1st until June 1st. For more information, visit http://www.byf.org/get-involved/scholarships/