Scholarships are a key way to fund your education. It's different from a loan because you don't have to pay this money back. There are so many out there! Look for scholarships that are specific to your school first and once you have applied to those, start expanding your search. 
Seek other scholarships through parent/student employers, organizations, church, special interest groups or websites that pertain to your interests and experience. 
It can seem overwhelming when searching for scholarships. But remember, it doesn't cost you anything to apply and the more you apply the more likely it is you'll receive funds! 

Below we have provided a list of scholarship links and applications available throughout the year. The top section offers General Scholarship Websites for free searches and resources to explore.  Please keep in mind that you should not have to pay to search for scholarships or to submit applications; check out legitimate websites that offer this information to you. 

The second section offers a variety of scholarships listed by monthly DUE DATE. Keep an eye out for new scholarships because the list updated regularly.

*Many applications may be completed by downloading the application located at the bottom of the page.  If online application or information is available the scholarship name is linked, just click the scholarship name to go to the website for more information and the online application. 

General Scholarship Websites
College Board Scholarship Search: Available through the College Board On Line, this site is a free scholarship search.
College Net Scholarship SearchUse this link to find a particular scholarship or to search for types of scholarships.
College Tool Kit: Scholarship search website and financial aid information. 
Fastweb Scholarship Search:  A free scholarship search resource. Begin by entering data about yourself and course of study to create a scholarship mailbox. Information in your mailbox will be automatically updated for you, giving you the names, addresses, and details of the scholarships that you'd be eligible to apply for. Suggested form letters to each scholarship organization are also included.
Financial Aid.OrgA guide to financial aid, with a links for scholarships, financial planning information, etc. 
GoCollege - The Collegiate WebsourceOne of the largest free scholarship databases in the country. 
High Five Scholarships: A scholarship matching service that will find hundreds of scholarships that match personal characteristics, goals, and interests, free of charge.

How to Plan for College: Step by step approach to planning for college,  Scholarships are no cost to you, federal aid or student loans -- how to make financial planning work for you. 

LendEDULendEDU recently updated their guide to college scholarships to help students find relevant opportunities. Within this update, they have added our new search tool where students can filter scholarship opportunities based on grade level, GPA, the scholarship amount, and the requirements of the scholarship.

UNIGO Scholarship ResourceA resource of various scholarships. Search by interest, state, specific college, major, interests, etc.  

ScholarshipAmerica.orgTo make sure the high cost of college doesn't keep you, your kids or your grandkids from earning their degrees, Scholarship America offers lots of resources for students and families.

Student ScholarshipsOne of the largest collections of scholarships on the web for quick access to a diverse offering of scholarships. 

Student Financial Aid SearchSearch engine to find and apply for financial aid. 

Scholarships (organzied by DUE DATE)

October 17th - Wendy's Heisman Scholarship

The Wendy’s High School Heisman recognizes two winners—one male athlete and one female athlete—from each state. 90 State Winners receive a $500 scholarship, eight National Finalists receive a $1,000 scholarship, two National Winners receive a $5,000 scholarship along with national honor and recognition during ESPN’s telecast of the college Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation. Winning the Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship requires a GPA of 3.0 or better, participation in at least one school-sponsored sport, and demonstrated leadership at school and in the community. Go to to apply today!

October 31st - ACT College & Career Readiness Challenge

Applications are open for the ACT Student Champion Award! 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. ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, and state-level recognition.  Please encourage students in the graduating class of 2019 who have taken the ACT who fit the following criteria to apply: high school seniors who have overcome challenges and can articulate their education and/or career actions, at a minimum students must have a composite ACT score of 22 on a single test date OR a Gold ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate®. Applications can be found Applications are due October 31, 2018, and champions will be notified on or before January 31, 2019. 

October 31st - Kirksville High School Counselor's Office ACT Scholarship

Need help paying for the December 8th ACT test? This scholarship is open to any high school student that plans to take the ACT test. Applications can be found at the bottom of this page or in the High School counselor's office. 

November 6 - Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Middle School or High School students who have made a significant community service or volunteer contribution in the last 12 months to their community are encouraged to apply for this prestigious national scholarship. As the largest youth recognition program in the United States created through a partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals and Prudential, they offer Spirit of Community scholarship awards. Recognized youth are honored with certificates, scholarship or an all expense paid trip to Washington!  

December 1st - Robert J. Stuckey Essay Contest

Essay's are due to the KHS COUNSELING OFFICE by December 1st for one essay to be selected. The contest is open to Missouri High School students (in the 9th through the 12th grades), and only one entry will be accepted from each school. Essays should not have been submitted to any previous contest or have been previously published. Common topics for essays are literary analyses, accounts of personal experiences and fictional short stories. Essays which review a single book are not acceptable.  Contest judges will be comprised of members of the Friends of the Libraries. Entries will be judged on the basis of: originality of thought, content, skill in organizing and presenting ideas and in marshaling evidence, grammar, spelling and composition. Each essay should have a title and be between 1,200 and 1,500 words in length. Essays should be typed, double-spaced on one side of paper. Initials of the student should be in the upper right hand corner of each page. A 3” x 5” card with student’s name, title, address, telephone number, name of school, school address, school phone number and teacher’s full name should be clipped to the upper left corner of the manuscript. Essays become the property of the Friends of the University of Missouri Libraries upon receipt.

December 7 - MO School Board Association Scholarship, J. Belcher Award

$1000 scholarship awarded to a student in each of the MSBA's 17 regions. Applicants are reviewed on the basis of academic performance, extracurricular activities and the quality of their essay. A statewide winner is selected from the 17 regional recipients for an additional $1500 scholarship. The application is available at the bottom of this page. Please note the deadline on the application indicates Jan. 10 ---- you must submit your application to the Counseling office by Dec. 7 in order for the Kirksville School Board to select a nominee and forward all required materials by the deadline. 

December 17 - National Wild Turkey Federation

Missouri NWTF will award three $1000 and one $2000 scholarship.  The local NWTF Chapter offers a $250 scholarship and is where your scholarship will be submitted, return your completed application to the Counseling office by Dec 17 in order to obtain required signatures and meet the January 1 deadline. Applicants must be a current NWTF member, have current hunting license, provide three letters of recommendation, provides school or community leadership, demonstrated dedication to conservation and essay regarding conservation.  

December 18 - Kiwanis Scholarship:   Key Club members check in tomorrow for details on this scholarship!!


January 22 - I Think I Can Scholarship

$1000 Scholarship for a student who has a CAN DO attitude! Are you experiencing a personal hardship, financial difficulty, or striving to achieve life changing goals by pursuing your dream?  And you are considering an apprenticeship, certification, technical training, or a 2 or 4 year degree - this scholarship could be for you!  Perhaps you are not the strongest in academics, or you are the first in your family to pursue a postsecondary training or education, or you are responsible for paying for your education or living expenses, or you want to make a difference for your family or community, etc. If your CAN DO attitude is evident in your life or is the cornerstone of pursuing your dream, consider submitting the application attached at the bottom of this page for a new scholarship opportunity!  Application requires two letters of recommendation, an essay on how you can "pay it forward" in the future, etc. Return your completed application to the Counseling office by January 22.  

February 8th- Hy-Vee Foundations Scholarship

At Hy-Vee, we believe our helpful smiles – our people – are our most important asset. And we are committed to cultivating the future by investing in our helpful smiles. The Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship Program exists to provide financial assistance to help students achieve their educational goals. Since 1969, more than $2.5 million has been awarded in scholarships to high school and college students from the Hy-Vee Foundation. For the 2018-2019 school year, 80 - $1,000 scholarships are available to qualifying high school and college students.

March 1st (Deadlines vary) National Technical Honor Society Scholarships

NTHS believes that CTE students must be supported and encouraged to seek higher education in today’s highly competitive global community. Aware of the increasing costs to attend post-secondary schools, NTHS is dedicated to providing scholarships to career and technical education students who choose a skilled trade as their career. Use the website to view applicable scholarships. 

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