***SAVE THE DATE - Dec. 2 - 6:30 pm - Financial Aid Seminar - NW Auditorium - SAVE THE DATE***
College SCHOLARSHIP Conference. Free Event. Saturday, November 15. 9 am to 2 pm at the Universities at Shady Grove. Online registration required. Click here to register. |web post September 2014|
The University of Maryland College Park offer the Maryland Pathways and State of Maryland Guaranteed Access Grant to provide academically qualified students with ways to help defray college cost. The Maryland Pathways program offers grant funds to cover tuition, fees, room, board and books. The Pathways program offers an affordable and a debt free education to students who otherwise would not be able to attend college. The first step for program consideration is completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The State of Maryland Guaranteed Access Grant also has an application requirement. For more information on both programs, families should visit www.financialaid.umd.edu.
Maryland Public Television... You Can Afford College usually airs beginning in November of each year. To view what is currently streaming online, visit the MPT web site.
Check out the MC Financial Aid TV! A series of short videos on financial aid topics, including scholarships made available through the Montgomery College Office of Student Financial Aid. Click here.
The FAFSA filing season is from January 1 to June 30. Families should be aware of both state and college deadlines in preparation to file the FAFSA. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to begin the process and check your state deadline. Be aware of scams! The FAFSA is a free application!
STAR Scholarship Information for Winners!
Are you a recipient of the STAR Foundation Scholarship? If so, click here to find out how to receive your award. [Updated June 2014]
Conquering the Financial Aid Process... the Jaguar way!
Knowledge is power - know the terms and time lines of the financial aid process! Click here to download information to help in your scholarship and financial aid planning.
The JAG Scholarship Forecast Bulletin
Click here to preview many of the scholarship opportunities that may be available during the coming school year! Opportunities are posted for all grades. The listing includes scholarship criteria and anticipated deadline information. Forecast your scholarship future!
JUST IN SCHOLARSHIPS (listed in the order received)... Remember to look at the current month's posting below and download the complete JAG Scholarship Bulletin with scholarship opportunity listings through May 2013!
B'nai B'rith International is offering high school students in grades 9-12 the Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge! First place winning individual or team receives a college scholarship of $5,000 and book publication. Students are invited to write and illustrate a children's book that discusses the topics of tolerance and diversity. For detailed submission information visit bnaibrith.org/diverseminds. Calls should be directed to 888-838-2499 and emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission is February 27, 2015. |web post November 14|
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Eta Pi Zeta Chapter, Montgomery County, is inviting graduating seniors to apply for their 2015 scholarship. This $1,000 award is available to seniors planning to attend a 2 or 4-year college or university in the fall of 2015. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA (un-weighted) and live or attend school in Montgomery County, MD. Application includes an essay, two letters of recommendation and official transcript. To apply, click here. The deadline for application is February 12, 2015. |web post November 7|
The Amazon Student Scholarship application season has opened! $5,000 in scholarship and $500 textbook award. Awards are based on merit. Applications will be scored based on GPA, community service and leadership experience. Semifinalists will be required to write an essay to advance to the finalist round. Learn more and apply online by visiting amazon.com/studentscholarship. The deadline to apply is November 20. |web post November 7|
The Dr. Ben Carson Scholarship Fund is offering students in grades 9-11 the opportunity for the Carson Scholars $1,000 award. Carson Scholars must have a minimum 3.75 GPA and be involved in community service. Applicants must request nomination. One student will be nominated from Northwest High School. Click here to download and complete the nomination form. Forms must be returned to the NW College & Career Information Center no later than lunch on December 12. Selected student will be required to complete the online Carson Scholars application. |web post Oct. 30|
The Washington Regional Transplant Community offers Legacy of Life Essay & Video Scholarships. Awards range from $1,000 to $3,000. Available to high school seniors. Applicants have the option of presenting a video or essay that will convince the community to be a registered donor. Scholarship criteria and submission information can be found at BeADonor.org/Scholarship or call 1.866.BeADonor. The deadline for submission is March 31. |web post Oct. 29|
The Violet Richardson Award honoring young women is now accepting applications. This award recognizes young women between the ages of 14 and 17 who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts. Actual award amounts vary. If you think you would make a good Violet Richardson candidate, please complete the application and follow the instructions noted to submit by December 1. |web post Oct. 22|
The Console & Hollawell, NJ law firm, is offering a national Console & Hollawell Legal Scholarship 2015. Offered to high school seniors who are planning on pursuing a legal degree or certification upon graduation. Eligible fields are pre-law, paralegal, legal assisting, etc. To apply, visit the Console & Hollawell web site. The deadline to apply is July 15. |web post Oct. 22|
The Maryland JCI Senate is awarding $500 scholarships to Maryland high school seniors! Recipients are chosen based on merit and need. Applications of Maryland winners are forwarded to the US JCI Senate Foundation for consideration of a $1000 scholarship. Applications are available online and must be submitted by mail to the Maryland JCI Senate Vice President (Cheryl France, 168 Warm Sunday Way, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050). The deadline to apply is January 9. |web post Oct. 16|
The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award program is accepting applications from October 1 until December 18. Applicants must be high school seniors who operate their own small business. For application details and to apply, visit www.NFIB.com/YEA. |web post Oct. 1|
The Greater Washington Employee Relocation Council (GWERC) is offering a one-time $1,500 scholarship to eligible seniors who have relocated to the Washington DC area between grades 9 and 12. Applicants must be US citizens and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. The deadline to apply is January 16. Interested seniors can download the application here. A limited number of copies will be available in the College & Career Information Center. |web post Oct. 1|
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Scholarship Opportunities for the 2014-2015 school year are posting NOW! Click here to download the entire JAG Scholarship Bulletin with postings through July 2014 and additional scholarship resources!
Scholarship Opportunities for the month of December:
VIOLET RICHARDSON AWARD: open to young woman between the ages
of 14 and 17 who volunteer in their community or school; actual award varies;
applications are available to complete on the NW web site under “College &
Career” “Scholarships & Financial Aid”; DEADLINE TO APPLY: DECEMBER 1 (ONLINE – limited number of applications will be
available in the College & Career Information Center JAG Scholarships
Private Organizations file) |Posted
STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP:
SENIORS considering application to Montana State; visit www.montana.edu/honors; DEADLINE TO
APPLY: DECEMBER 5 (ONLINE) |Posted August 13|
MOST VALUABLE STUDENT (MVS) SCHOLARSHIP offered by the
Elks National Foundation: offered to SENIORS; applicants must be
US citizens and need not be a member or affiliated with the Elks; applications
are available online (please note separate application for males and females;
applicant must be college bound; http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm;
applications judged based on scholarship, leadership, and financial need;
awards range from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year; requests for additional
information should be emailed to Suzanne Noonan at email@example.com;
APPLY: DECEMBER 5 (ONLINE) |Posted September 29|
SCHOLARS AWARD: offered to students in grades 9-11; $1,000;
applicants must have a minimum 3.75 GPA and have made significant contributions
to their school or community through service; one student from Northwest will
be nominated; nominee will then be required to complete an online Carson
Scholars application; DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR NOMINATION: DECEMBER 12 (ONLINE – request for nomination form available on
our school web site ‘College & Career/Scholarships’ web page; a limited
number of applications will be available in the College & Career
Information Center JAG Scholarships Private Organizations file) |Posted October 30|
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD: offered to graduating high school
SENIORS who operate their own small business; scholarship award potential is
from $1,000 to $10,000; visit www.nfib.com/YEA
for application instructions and to begin the application process; DEADLINE TO
APPLY: DECEMBER 18 (ONLINE) |Posted October 1|
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Additional Scholarship & Financial Aid Resources:
From the American Educational Guidance Center is a link to United States colleges and universities which offer comprehensive programs for students with learning disabilities and/or students with special needs. Links to scholarship sites and opportunities are available as well. Click here for quick access! |web post August 4|
Educators for Fair Consideration have published a list of Scholarships That Don't Require Proof of US Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency. This document includes national scholarships, a list of colleges that offer scholarships without SSN requirement, tips on applying for scholarships and more. Visit the Educators for Fair Consideration web site for more information and to download the most recent scholarship guide. [web post November 27]
"Getting the Most out of Financial Aid" aired on the Today Show. A great 5 minute overview for parents and students on the financial aid process, what you need to look.
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) College & Career Information web site includes scholarship listings and important information to assist with post-secondary planning.
Scholarships for Students with Disabilities: Please note: This listing is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Board of Education of MCPS, the superintendent, or this school. Please research each opportunity and make your own decision when using this resource. Resource provided by Transition Support Services. Click here to download listing.
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Assistance with the FAFSA...
FAFSA filing tip: Remember to check the state's FAFSA deadline for the schools you are applying to. File the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Check out this new tool from FAFSA on the Web! Students and parents can now op to transfer tax data directly from the IRS. Visit FAFSA FAQs for more information.
FAFSA 4caster! The FAFSA4caster presented by Federal Student Aid. Preparing for college takes planning and organization. Paying for college takes financial aid. The FAFSA4caster will help you get an early start on the financial aid process.
FREE of charge. Appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling (240) 567-5644. Montgomery College Educational Opportunity Center, 7600 Takoma Avenue HC 135, Takoma Park, MD 20912
College Goal Maryland held in February each year. February 9, 2014 and February 27, 2014. Registration to attend will be online at CollegeGoalSundayMD.org or call 1.877.632.4709. FREE to families.
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Scholarship and Financial Aid Web Sites!
StudentScholarships.org - Several opportunities with varying criteria and deadlines.
Valuable information for Maryland residents - Click on the Education link
Great resource for scholarship searching - search by several categories.
Scholarship opportunities for all students. Search for information on colleges and universities and hundreds of careers
The Scholarship List (click on 'scholarships') published by the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF). An extensive list of scholarships that may not inquire about immigration status or require a valid social security number to redeem the award.
From the Maryland Higher Education Commission: Use the College Aid Calculator for Maryland students and families