HEY SENIORS! Check out these Internet sites with FREE scholarship & financial aid searches & reliable information. Never pay for a scholarship search!
www.fastweb.com www.collegeboard.com www.nextstepmagazine.com www.finaid.org www.wiredscholar.com/index.jsp www.fafsa.ed.gov www.legion.org/needalift
If you need money for college, apply for scholarships! It is your responsibility to pick up applications and fill them out. Applying for scholarships is hard work and it takes dedication, persistence, and organization on your part. Mr. Thomas is always willing to help you but remember that he has other responsibilities in the school and isn’t always available. Plan ahead and make an appointment with him. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION – Whoever you ask for these, please give them at least one week’s notice, so they have time to prepare a good letter.
Remember the old adage “Lack of preparation on YOUR part does not necessitate an emergency on MY part”.
Need information concerning NCAA Division I and II and NAIA Athletic Scholarships? *Visit the NCAA Clearinghouse website or the NAIA website to get approved to participate in athletics. See Mr. Thomas for more information.
Make sure you are getting your applications sent in for the colleges of your choice. It is of the utmost importance to get those in early. If you are waiting for the results of your ACT testing....DON’T! Mark as “pending” on your application, but get them sent in as soon as possible. Programs in some of these schools fill up a year in advance, and then you find yourself playing the waiting game.
Most applications for these scholarships will be located in the Senior Corner on 3rd floor or they can be downloaded off the internet sites.
REMEMBER IF THERE IS ONLY ONE APPLICATION IN THE SENIOR CORNER, PLEASE HAVE SOMEONE MAKE MORE COPIES BEFORE YOU TAKE THE LAST ONE!
CHECK OUT THIS WEBSITE FOR A LISTING OF VARIOUS SCHOLARSHIP POSSIBILITIES http://www.studentscolarships.org
ESA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS – Listing of various scholarships – www.epsilonsigmaalphaorg/scholarships-and-grants
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOLARSHIPS – Various Scholarships offered based on Academics, Talents (Fine Arts) and Athletics – Various Deadlines –www.usd.edu/financial-aid/scholarships.cfm
SAM WALTON COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP – Various Scholarships offered and Various Deadlines – Go to www.walmartfoundation.org All Apps are submitted online
*AXA ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP – 52 STATE WINNERS (one from each state) at $10,000 each – 2 & 4 year schools – Must exhibit ambition & drive; Determination to set and reach goals–Respect for family & community and ability to succeed in college – Application Deadline is 12/15/13 – http://www.axa-achievement.com
*FOOT LOCKER SCHOLAR ATHLETES – Apply now for a chance at a $20,000 scholarship – Must be a senior planning to attend a 4–year school next fall – Must currently be involved in sports, intramural or community based sports – Minimum GPA of 3.0 – Must not be an immediate family member of an officer or director of Foot Locker, Inc. – Must complete an Application form – 1 letter of recommendation for a non–family member – Application Deadline 12/19/13 http://www.dosomething.org/footlocker/apply
LEGACY AWARDS – Up to 250 $4,000 scholarships to be awarded – Any child or grandchild of a living Elks member can apply – Must have taken the SAT or ACT by 12/31/13 – Apps online only – www.elks.org/ENF/scholars/legacy.cfm
SD ASSOCIATION OF PLUMBING, HEATING AND COOLING CONTRACTORS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP – For students who will be pursuing a career in the plumbing, heating, and cooling (PHC) industry – Must be sponsored by a SDAPHCC member in good standing and the sponsor must sign the application – 1 letter of recommendation – Application Deadline is 12/31/13 www.sdphcc.org/news
MODERN WOODMAN SCHOLARSHIP – Seniors who are Modern Woodmen members can apply for scholarships – Application Deadline is 1/1/14
www.modern-woodmen.org/Pages;HomePage.aspx Enter scholarship in search area
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION CONSERVATION SCHOLARSHIPS – Minimum GPA of 3.0 – Must: be pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education; must support the preservation of the hunting tradition and actively participate in hunting sports. A copy of current hunting license is required; Must hold a current NWTF membership; Must be involved in school activities; Must demonstrate community leadership and/or involvement; Essay required; 3 letters of recommendation – Application Deadline is 1/1/14 – Apps in Senior Corner or online at www.nwtf.org/jakes/scholarship.html - Completed Apps are to be returned to Mr. Rife.
SAE ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP – Must intend to earn degree in engineering or a related science – Must meet their minimum requirements of GPA, ACT scores – Retrieve application & more info online at http://www.sae.org/students/engschlr.htm Application Deadline is 1/15/14
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS – Various Scholarships Available – Priority given to those received before 1/15/14 – www.sdstate.edu/admissions/financing/aid/scholarships.cfm
SOUTH DAKOTA ASSOCIATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS SCHOLARSHIP – Must desire a career in a trade supportive to the protection & enhancement of our natural resources, environment &/or related fields – Minimum GPA of 2.0 – Must submit letter of application, career & future goals, work history, extra-curricular activities, financial need; 3 letters of reference – Must provide copy of your acceptance letter from your college – Application Deadline is 1/15/14. More info at www.sdaep.org
DAKOTA CORP SCHOLARSHIP – This scholarship was designed to keep South Dakota kids in South Dakota while filling jobs in critical need areas. Applicants must have minimum GPA of 2.8 – ACT score of 24 or higher – Must agree, in writing, to stay in SD and work in a critical need occupation after graduation or as many years as the scholarship was received, plus one year – Short essay required – Application Deadline is 2/1/14 – www.sdbor.edu/dakotacorps/welcome.htm
YANKTON COLLEGE GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS – multiple scholarships – You only need to complete one application for all scholarships – Applicant must be seeking a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college as a full time student; Must have a family relationship to Yankton College Alumni, former faculty or staff member or have a family friend, teacher, pastor or other person with a connection to Yankton College who can recommend the student; Minimum GPA of 3.0; Minimum ACT score of 21; Must have displayed leadership in one or more non–academic activities in high school; 2 letters of reference; Personal statement – Application Deadline is 2/14/14 www.yanktoncollege.org Apps also in Senior Corner on 3rd floor.
WFLA SCHOLARSHIPS – 25 National Scholarships – Must be a WFLA member in good standing – GPA of 2.0 or higher – Application Deadline is 3/1/14 – www.wflains.org/scholarships.html
BUCHE FOODS UNDERDOG SCHOLARSHIP – We all know someone who had obstacles in their lives. Some people rise above and evolve from an “underdog” to a “super hero”. Some kids are thrown MORE obstacles than others. Starting in May of 2014, each of the Buche Foods stores will award one $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior from their community that has overcome some seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their life and are going to attend a college, university, or tech school. These scholarships are not your usual awards. It does not award the highest academic, most improved, best attendance – but it recognizes the accomplishments of the student who struggled to graduate. It recognizes the strength and perseverance they displayed by overcoming obstacles in their personal life. Requirements: A typed essay on how you exhibited perseverance by overcoming a trying obstacle with honesty and respect, but through it all have never given up; 2 letters of recommendation; Report card/transcript. – Application Deadline is 3/17/14
YANKTON MEDICAL CLINIC SCHOLARSHIP – Must plan to pursue a major in the medical field – Must provide a listing of school, church, and civic activities – 3 letters of reference – Essay – Minimum GPA of 3.2 – Application Deadline is 3/28/14 – Apps in Senior Corner.