Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 2017-2018

Dear Parents and Students:

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  Seniors and senior parents make sure you check the scholarship page periodically.  New scholarships will be posted in sequential order based upon the scholarship's due date.  Please read the scholarship qualifications and pay close attention to the deadlines. If you have any questions regarding scholarships, qualifications, or the application process please don't hesitate to contact me at sturner@isd116.org.  

A quick reminder, as you search for scholarship opportunities online, please make sure you don't pay money to an organization/insitution for the privilege of applying for their scholarship. All legitimate scholarships and scholarship applications will not charge a fee for you to apply. Please be careful and read the scholarship details carefully before you give out any personal information.  As always, if you have questions about a particular scholarship please contact me. Local scholarships will become available later this spring.  

Best,

Mrs. Turner

Better Business Bureau Student of Integrity Scholarships

Award:  
One for $5,000, three for $2,500 and two for $1,000

Qualifications:
The scholarship is designed to recognize and promote ethics and integrity among young people, and will be awarded to students who demonstrate high character in their personal choices and actions.  Students will be asked to write an essay that gives a personal example of how they were challenged or struggled through a difficult situation and how they overcame the situation by the application of integrity and personal ethics.  The essay must be accompanied by the scholarship entry form, one letter of recommendation, a copy of your high school transcript, a list of extracurricular activities and any post-secondary education plans.

Deadline:
The application and supporting materials must be received by Thursday, September 21. The entry packet and further details are available at http://thefirstbbb.org/scholarship.

Wendy Heisman Scholarship
Award:  
Varies

Qualifications:
Wendy's High School Heisman is awarding a total of $150,000 in scholarships to the nation's most accomplished scholar-athletes.  

Deadline:
Students can go to http://wendysheisman.com/ to apply.  Deadline to apply is October 2, 2017.

Horatio Alger Association
Award:
Scholarships are given to deserving students each year and range in award value from $6,000 to $25,000.

Qualifications:
Be enrolled full-time as a high school senior in the United States with plans to enter college no later than the fall semester following graduation, exhibit strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States, demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required), be involved in co-curricular and community service activities, display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, hold a minimum GPA of 2.0, be a United States citizen

Deadline:
Deadline to apply is October 25, 2017.  Students can apply online at http://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/

2017 Congressional App Challenge
Award:
The winners of the Congressional App Challenge will be recognized and honored by their Member of Congress. They'll have their app displayed on the Congressional App Challenge website, and winners will also have their apps exhibited on a digital display in the Capitol Building for the year following the conclusion of the Challenge.

Qualifications:
The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging high school and junior-high students across the nation to learn how to code by creating their own software applications ("apps").  This challenge recognizes-at a national level-the innovative and cutting edge skills our students are learning and honing, and shines a light on the growing importance of cultivating skills and interest in STEM fields for our nations' youth.  Students ages 13 and above enrolled in high/junior-high schools are encouraged to participate as individuals or as teams.

Deadline:
Students have until November 1, 2017 to submit an app. For more information students can go to http://1.usa.gov/1X5SaQe

2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Award:
State Honorees will win $1,000 scholarship, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington D.C. in late April.  National Honorees will receive $5,000 scholarship, engraved gold medallions, crystal trophies for their school organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.

Qualifications:
Any student in grades 5-12 as of November 7, 2017, and is a legal resident of one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia, has engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least in part after September 1, 2016, completes and application and submits it to a school principal by November 7, 2017.

Deadline:
Young volunteers in grades 5-12 complete applications online, and then submit them to their school principals .  Applicants and their parents or guardians also must complete the application form's signature page.  Each participating school reviews the applications of its students and selects on high school Local Honoree for every 1,000 students in grades 9-12. The principal will certify applications of their selected Local Honoree online by November 17, 2017.  The top middle level and high school youth volunteer in each state and the District of Columbia are named State Honorees in February, and two to 10 runners-up in each state are named Distinguished Finalists.  Ten of the State Honorees are named America's top 10 youth volunteers of the year by a distinguished national selection committee at a special ceremony in Washington D.C.

Hagen Scholarship Foundation
Award:
Two-thirds of all finalists interviewed are awarded scholarships.  Each finalist interviewed and not awarded a scholarship will receive $1,000.

Qualifications:
Must be a U.S. citizen, attend an eligible public high school (Pillager HS is one of the eligible high schools), must be a student in the high school graduating class, must have achieved a 3.50 CGPA or higher, must score a 23 or higher on the ACT (Composite Score); or 1,200 or higher on the SAT (Total Score), must enroll at an eligible four year college or university the fall semester following high school graduation, must work 240 hours in the twelve months prior to the start of each academic year of college, must complete the FAFSA in 2017 with EFC less than $6,500, must apply for eligible Federal and State grants, must not have a convicted felony.

Deadline:
Application deadline is November 15, 2017.  Applications can be found at http://www.hsfmo.org/

UPS Earn and Learn Program
The "Earn and Learn" program pays up to $5,200 per year with a lifetime maximum of $25,000 for tuition for any part-time package handler in every operating facility in the state of MN.  Eligibility in the program begins on the first day of employment, and all UPS locations in the state are currently hiring for part-time package handling positions.  UPS operates sorting and delivery facilities in the Brainerd Lakes Area.  Please contact UPS for further information.