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.
- 20 - DEA Operation Prevention Video Challenge - 1st Place-$10,000, 2nd Place-$5,000, 3rd Place-$1,000, and 1-People's Choice Award-trip to Quantico, VA for an exclusive tour of DEA training; U.S. Citizen or legal resident; 9-12 grade; Create an original 30 to 60 second public service announcement video that would make students’ peers think twice about misusing prescription opioids.
- 20 - Bernie Scholarship Awards Program - senior; min 2.0 GPA; students can be undocumented if can qualify as Dreamers; resident of Montgomery County, MD receiving housing assistance from the agencies partnered with the program (see link); copy of transcript; information about family's financial situation; community service; 100-350 word statement of your goals; provide two to four references.
- 22 - Create Real Impact Contest - 4-$1,500 Grand Prizes, 4-$500 Top Online Vote Getters, 1-$500 Best Meme award, 1-$500 Sports Team, and school prizes; legal residents 14-22 years old; create an original work (video, music, creative writing, or artwork) showcasing your idea for a solution or strategy to fix the problem of reckless and distracted driving.
- 23 - Delta Sigma Theta MCAC Educational Program Scholarship - senior; min 2.0 GPA; community service; apply for a two- or four-year school (full time); Educational Program Participant for a minimum of two consecutive years, with MCAC; two letters of recommendation; transcript; two 300-500 word essays; photograph; finalists must participate in an in-person interview.
- 23 - Delta Sigma Theta Career/Vocational Technical Scholarship - senior; min 2.0 GPA; community service; apply for an accredited career/vocational/technical school as a full time student; two letters of recommendation; transcript; two 300-500 word essays; finalists must participate in an in-person interview.
- 23 - Delta Sigma Theta Couny-Wide Scholarship - senior; min 2.5 GPA; community service; apply for a two- or four-year school (full time); two letters of recommendation; transcript; two 300-500 word essays; finalists must participate in an in-person interview.
- 28 - Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity (Gaithersburg-Rockville Alumni Chapter) Scholarship - senior; male student of color living in Montgomery County; min 2.5 GPA; active in extra-curricular activities or work related activity; official transcript; copy of acceptance letter; essay (max 300 words); two letters of rec.
- 30 - 1,000 Dreams Fund - up to 5 awards of up to $1,000; female; 9-12 grade; must demonstrate financial need; 1 or 2 letters of rec.; essay explaining how this grant will be used.
- 30 - USPAACC Scholarships - 10-20 awards of $3,000-$5,000; senior; U.S. Cit. or perm. Res.; must be of Asian Pacific Island heritage; min 3.3 GPA; enroll full-time in the fall; able to attend CelebrAsian Procurement Conference (5/29-6/1) in Bethesda, MD; leadership in extracurricular activities; community service; financial need.
- 30 - Bruce Lee Scholarship - same as above, but you do not have to be of Asian Pacific Island Heritage to apply.
- 30 - Hispanic Scholarship Fund - $500 - $5,000 awards; senior; must be of Hispanic Heritage; min 3.0 GPA; U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA); complete FAFSA; transcript; enter a four-year school in the fall.
- 31 - Great Clips "The Great Scholarship Program" - awards range $250-$1,500 OR you can choose a kit of cosmetology tools; enrolled in a cosmetology program; legal residents of U.S. & Canada; 16 years of age and older; answer two applicant questions.
- 31 - Frederick Douglas Memorial and Historical Association Essay Scholarship Contest - 1st Place-$3,000, 2nd Place-$2,000, and 3rd Place-$1,000 awards; senior; write an essay that demonstrates research on the life of Frederick Douglas.
- 31 - Leslie A. Ebert Legacy of Life Scholarship - 2-$5,000, 2-$3,000, and 6-$1,000 awards; senior; write an essay or produce a video convincing others to register to be organ, eye and tissue donors; winners must attend a "Donation 101" training and participate in one WRTC-approved event in the community.ׇ
- 31 - PlumbersStock Student Scholarship - 1-$2,000 and 2-$500 awards; senior; plan to study at a college or trade school to become a plumber, HVAC technician or sprinkler and irrigation specialists (or other related fields, like construction management); create a "how-to-guide" video (no more than 10 mins) for home improvement novices demonstrating your skill in plumbing, HVAC, or irrigation
- 1 - National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships - through the generosity of its donors, provides merit-based scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing degrees related to the restaurant industry. Scholarships awards range from $2,500 to $10,000.
- 1 - Project Yellow Light Video Contest - $5,000, $2,000, & $1,000; juniors & seniors; U.S. Cit. or legal res.; create a video (either :25 or :55 seconds) warning your peers of the dangers of texting and driving; winning designs will be turned into an Ad Council PSA and distributed nationally to 1,600 TV stations.
- 2 - Maryland Multicultural Coalition Scholarship - senior; Maryland resident; min 3.5 GPA; major in education and intend to teach p-12 grade upon completion of an undergrad program; copy of official transcript; two letters of rec.
- 6 - Miss Utility Scholarship - 1-$1,008.11 award for our zone; senior; extracurricular activities; personal essay (max 500 words); one (or two) letter(s) of recommendation; official high school transcript.
- 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 to be held on Thursday, May 31st at M&T Bank Stadium in the Ravens Team Locker Room beginning at 12 PM.
- 13 - MSSA Scholarship - multiple awards, ranging from $1,000-$5,000; senior; MD, VA, DE, WV, or DC resident; official transcript; essay of 300-600 words that includes your educational goals, post-baccalaureate intentions, career ambitions, and an explanation about how your education will help you to enhance the environment of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and coastal waters of the mid-Atlantic.
- 13 - "Act Responsibly Scholarship" - one or more awards of $2,500 (minimum); senior; interested in pursuing career paths such as police or fire dept., EMT, health workers, behavior prevention, intervention and treatment, and public safety; extracurricular and community activities; transcript; essay; three letters of rec.
- 15 - Lavinia Engle Scholarship Fund - multiple awards, ranging from $550-$3,000; senior; female; must attend a Maryland college or university; transcript; 2 letters of rec.; one-page essay about your goals in life; copy of the 1st two pages of current income tax return of the person or persons who support you; photo.
- 17 - Taiwanese American Community Scholarship Award - up to 3-$500 awards from MD and two from Taiwanese American category; senior; U.S. citizens or permanent residents; open to all qualified students from all ethnic groups; community service; 1 letter of rec.; official transcript; essay of no more than 500 words on community service experiences; brief biography of no more than 250 words; 2x2 photo; photocopy of highest ACT/SAT score; resume including extracurricular activities; all winners MUST attend awards ceremony at MC Performing Arts Center on May 26.
- 21 - Ira Dorsey Scholarship Endowment Fund - $1,500 awards; male; senior; min 2.5 GPA; attend a four-year college or university; official transcript; two recommendation forms; photo; Expected Family Contribution (from FAFSA); essay of 800 words or less; winners expected to attend awards ball in Tysons Corner, VA on June 16.
- 28 - Theresa Suggs - Roy Lyons Scholarship (MC-NPHC) - senior; min. 2.5 GPA; must attend an HBCU in the fall; transcript; copy of acceptance letter; community service; two letters of reference; 300-500 word statement.
- 30 - D.C. Area Phi Beta Kappa Association High School Awards Program - 3 awards: letter of recognition, a book, and $1,000; display sustained interest in the liberal arts and sciences, love of learning, and civic responsibility; min 3.5 GPA; ACT/SAT scores; copy of acceptance letter; extracurricular activities; community involvement; 250-500 word essay.
- 30 - High Bridge Foundation Scholarship - 5-$1,000 and 7-$500 book awards; senior; intended for students who are facing and overcoming personal and family hardship conditions (including financial); min 3.0 GPA (those under may apply if they demonstrate academic progress given hardship conditions); will attend school full time in the fall; community service; leadership.
- 15 - Bowie St. University Alumni Association (Mont. Cty. Chapter) Scholarship - senior; must attend Bowie State University; min 2.5 GPA; official transcript; SAT/ACT scores; two letters of rec.; essay on how you decided to attend Bowie State; list of extracurricular activities and/or honors received.
- 18 - Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Education Scholarship - $500 - $8,200; senior; African-American or black students; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; min 2.5 GPA; leadership; community service; resume; 2 letters of rec.; photo; official transcript; copy of Student Aid Report (from FAFSA); personal statement of 500-1,000 words.
Scholarship Search Sites
- www.fastweb.com - Great site! Profile-based database
- www.tuitionfundingsources.com/scholarships/ - 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/.