We understand that paying for college is not easy. There are many scholarships available to students for some extra financial aid. Your best resource is to meet with your College/Career Information Coordinator. These professionals will help guide you in your search for scholarships and answer any questions you may have. I have included a list of scholarship links and applications below for your convenience.
**REMEMBER - When searching, it is very important to read all scholarship requirements carefully to determine if you are eligible. You do not want to put time and effort into completing an application for a scholarship that you are not eligible to win.
Also, keep in mind that some scholarship applications may require a letter of recommendation from a teacher or responsible adult. Pay attention to deadlines and give these people at least a week to complete this part of the application for you.
WEEKLY (RECURRING; SEE SITES FOR EXACT DEADLINE DATES)
- Zinch Weekly Scholarship - one $1,000 award per week; write a short essay (a few sentences)
- Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation - $500-$5,000; take a quiz, show what you know, win scholarships. It's that easy!
- Courage to Grow Scholarship - $500; Junior or Senior; min 2.5 GPA; 250 words or less why you should win $.
- Quick Entry Course Hero Scholarship - $1,000; Senior; must be at least 16 years old to enter; create an account and submit a response of up to 1000 words on the monthly topic.
- $2,000 No Essay Scholarship - $2,000; 9-12 grade; U.S. Cit. or legal res.; register for site; random winner drawn monthly; you can enter once each month for a chance to win.
- 01 - Esperanza Education Fund Scholarship - awards ranging from $5,000-$20,000, depending on financial need; senior; must be born outside the U.S. or have two parents born outside the U.S.; must enroll full-time in the fall; in 2017, your family's total income (before taxes) was less than $100,000; recipients will be selected based on hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance in the face of adversity, academic achievement, and commitment to one's community.
- 01 - Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) Scholarship - awards ranging from $5,000-$10,000, senior; min 3.0 GPA; be of Hispanic descent and/or must significantly demonstrate leadership or service within the underserved community; academic achievements, leadership and campus/community activities; must pursue a science, technology, engineering or math degree; personal statement; resume; Peer Letter of Recommendation; Faculty Letter of Recommendation; official transcript; Self-photo (used for publication purposes only).
- 01 - Educational Systems Federal Credit Union Dorothy Marvil Scholarship - 1-$3,000 award; senior (Under the age of 21); must be a member of Educational Systems FCU; min 2.75 GPA; essay of 250-500 words.
- 01 - Naval Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Washington, D.C. - senior; must be a dependent child of an active duty, activated reservist, retired from active duty, or deceased United States Navy (USN) service member; U.S. Citizen; awards on the basis of scholastic achievement, school involvement, and community engagement; essay; official transcript; signed statements; letter of recommendation; high school info sheet; see link for all details and guidelines.
- 05 - DC Area Phi Beta Kappa Association - 3-$1,000 awards; senior; min 3.5 GPA; student must show commitment to academic achievement, community involvement/service, and a dedication to the liberal arts and sciences; essay; transcript; SAT/ACT scores; recipients will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the national PBK headquarters in Washington, DC.
- 05 - Miss Utility/District One Call Scholarship - 1-$1,008.11 award per region; senior; attend a two-, four-year, or technical school; 500-word essay (or less) about Miss Utility/District One Call and how it relates to your future; transcript; letter(s) of recommendation; extracurricular activities.
- 06 - Paul Robeson - Need Based Scholarship - multiple awards; senior; male; African American; attend a 2 or 4 year school in the fall; official transcript; 3 letters of recommendation; community service; one-page essay; 5x7 photo; min 2.5 GPA; submit pages 6-8 of the FAFSA.
- 06 - Paul Robeson - Merit (Academic) Scholarship - multiple awards; senior; male; African American; attend a 4 year school in the fall; official transcript; 3 letters of recommendation; community service; one-page essay; 5x7 photo; min 3.4 GPA; must maintain a 3.4 GPA while in school to be renewable; scholarship will not be awarded this year.
- 06 - Paul Robeson - Mentoring Scholarship - multiple awards; senior; male; African American; attend a 4 year school in the fall; official transcript; 3 letters of recommendation; community service; one-page essay; 5x7 photo; min 2.5 GPA; must have participated in the Alpha Phi Alpha-Montgomery County Maryland Chapter Programs: Project Alpha, high school mentoring, or one-on-one mentoring with a chapter member; must have shown improvement throughout the program.
- 06 - Ira Dorsey Scholarship - multiple awards of up to $1,500; senior; male; African American; min 2.5 GPA; attend a four year school in the fall; official transcript; 2 recommendations; essay (800 words or less); EFC (from FAFSA); photo; winners expected to attend Black and Gold Ball on 6/15 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, VA.
- 08 - Federal Water Quality Association Environmental Scholarship - $2,000 awards; senior; accepted into a 4-year school; must major in one of the following areas of study: environmental sciences, environmental engineering, civil engineering, biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, natural resource planning, or other environment-related program; transcript; reference letter(s); list of extra-curricular activities; copy of college acceptance letter; ACT/SAT scores; essay (pick one of 3 topics).
- 12 - Allstate Minds in Motion Scholarship (Athletes) - 12 to 14-$1,000 awards; senior; min. 3.25 unweighted GPA; participated in athletics (see details); ACT/SAT scores; transcript; parent/guardians will be honored at a luncheon on Thursday, May 30th at M&T Bank Stadium in the Ravens Team Locker Room beginning at 12 PM.
- 12 - Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Scholarship Contest - 3-$1,000 awards; senior; male student of color; essay; resume/activity sheet; guidance counselor signature; transcript.
- 13 - The Links, Inc. High School Scholarship - senior; for African Americans and other persons of African ancestry; Montgomery County resident; min 3.5 GPA by the end of Junior year; accepted into a 4 year school as a full-time student in the fall; unofficial transcript; 250-300 word personal essay; signed letter of recommendation from counselor or teacher; resume; color (headshot) photo.
- 13 - The Links, Inc. Technical School/Community College Scholarship - senior; for African Americans and other persons of African ancestry; accepted in a technical school or two-year community college; unofficial transcript; 250-300 word personal essay; signed letter of recommendation from counselor or teacher; resume; color (headshot) photo.
- 15 - Lavinia Engle Scholarship Fund - multiple $500 to $3,000 awards; senior; female; resident of Montgomery County, MD for at least three years; must attend a Maryland school in the fall; attention will be given to financial need, academic achievement and community involvement; transcript; 2 letters of recommendation; copy of first 2 pages of tax return; one page essay; small photo.
- 15 - Maryland PTA Scholarship Fund - multiple $1,000 awards; senior; pursue a career in Education in the state of Maryland; obtain sponsorship of a Maryland PTA local unit in good standing; must be a member of a Maryland PTA/Maryland PTSA local unit meeting the Standards of Affiliation; essay; transcript; 2 letters of recommendation; student resume.
- 15 - VIP Women in Technology Scholarship Program - multiple $2,500 awards; senior; female; U.S. Citizen or legal resident; min 3.0 GPA; must be planning a career in computer science, information technology, management information system, or related field; (unofficial transcript); 1000-1500 word essay; 200-500 word personal statement; community service/extracurricular activities.
- 26 - National Society of Black Engineers (DC Metro Pro. Chapter) Scholarship - $1,000 awards; senior; student of color; must have applied for admission for a degree program in engineering, computer science, mathematics, technology, or an applied science; essays; list of community service/awards; letters of recommendation; transcript.
- 26 - Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Essay Scholarship - 1st place-$1,500, 2nd place-$1,000, and 3rd place-$750; winners and their families also invited to Washington, DC in September to accept their award and attend a panel discussion on the topic during the CBCF 49th Annual Legislative Conference; juniors & seniors; must reside or attend school in a district represented by a Congressional Black Caucus Member (participants can enter their home and school zip code at www.house.gov to verify their Congressional representation); contestants should identify as Black or African-American; submit a 750-1,000 word issue about empathy.
- 29 - Garage Gurus Automotive Technician Scholarship Program - 12 awards of up to $2,500; senior; legal U.S. resident, resident alien or have a student Visa; min 3.0 GPA; be in pursuit of an automotive technician degree or certification (or equivalent degree/certification); transcript; 2 letters of recommendation; submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words or a video of no more than two minutes long describing "why I want to be a top technician."
- 30 - Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship - senior; U.S. Cit. or perm. res.; min 2.0 GPA; leadership; community service; compelling desire to pursue higher education in spite of personal, socio-economic setbacks; essay.
- 30 - Taiwanese American Community Scholarship Award - up to 3 $500 awards from MD & 2 from the Taiwanese American Categories; senior; one letter of recommendation; transcript; written essay of no more than 500 words about your community service; a brief biography of yourself of no more than 250 words; copy of ACT/SAT scores; resume including including community service and extracurricular activities; photo; winners must attend the TCC award ceremony on 6/1 at MC in Rockville to receive the award in person.
- 30 - High Bridge Foundation Scholarship - 5-$2,000 & 7-$1,000 book awards; senior; for students who are facing and overcoming personal & family hardship conditions (including financial); min 3.0 GPA (those under may apply if they demonstrate academic progress given hardship conditions); attend school full time in the fall; community service; leadership.
- 30 - National Hazing Prevention Week Essay Competition - 1st Place-$500, 2nd-$250, 3rd-$150, and $50 honorable mention awards; 9-12 grade; U.S. Cit. or resident; submit a 500-600 word essay about hazing.
- 30 - E-Waste Scholarship - $1,000 award; 9-12 grade; U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident; submit a 140-character message about e-waste; top 10 applications will be selected as finalists; finalists will be asked to write a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about e-waste.
- 30 - National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. (MoCo Chapter) Scholarship - senior; resident of Montgomery County, MD; min 2.5 GPA; attending an HBCU in the fall; transcript; proof of registration; 2 reference letters (one community and one school-based); 350-500 word statement entitled "How I Plan to Impact the Future".
- 01 - Jon H. Poteat Scholarship - 250-$1,000 awards; for current National Technical Honor Society Members who have not graduated; awarded to members who consistently exemplify the seven character attributes of the NTHS; no application, essay, OR letters of rec.!
- 01 - Rover Scholarship - 1-$2,500 awards; senior; resident of the United States; min 3.0 GPA; in 400 - 500 words, answer the following question: Has technology caused you to feel more included in your community, or excluded?
- 01 - DutchCrafters Heritage Scholarship - 2-$500 awards; senior; U.S. citizen or legal resident; min 3.0 GPA; must have applied for financial aid (FAFSA); enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited 4-year school in the fall; submit an essay of 750 words or less; see link for topic.
- 15 - Snort Scholarship Award - 2-$10,000 awards chosen at random from a pool of eligible applicants; senior; must be 18 years of age at the time of submitting your application; provide reasonable evidence to Cisco that you are seeking a degree in computer science, information technology, computer networking, cyber security or similarly related field of study; answer 5 questions.
Scholarship Search Sites
- www.fastweb.com - Great site! Profile-based database
- www.tuitionfundingsources.com - Lots of info! Profile-based database
NEW!!! Open Education Database is a great, extensive resource featuring information about MD schools, scholarships, loans, and more! Check it out: oedb.org/maryland/.
The College Scholarship Guide has many great tips and information about the scholarship application process. Check it out: www.thesimpledollar.com/college-scholarship-guide/.