March 1 Priority Deadline for FAFSA Filing... Maryland Colleges & Universities. Verify the date to file with your college or university! The priority filing deadline for Montgomery College is May 15.
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!
Tips for FAFSA filing: Basic FAFSA info - what it is; how do you fill it out | Dependency status for FAFSA purposes | Determining which parent's info to report | How aid is calculated | web post December 9 |
FAFSA filing Tips from Teen Life! | web post January 9 |
The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Montgomery County Chapter is seeking nominations for their Black Youth Achievement Awards Program! Students in grades 9-12 are invited to self-nominate in the following categories: Academic Achievement, Athletics, The Arts & Citizenship. Please click here to download the Northwest Nomination Form and view category criteria. Forms must be submitted to the College & Career Information Center no later than Monday, March 23. Nominated students will be invited to an awards ceremony to be held on May 3, location TBD. |web post February 13|
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.
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!
Merit Award Opportunity for High School Seniors from the DC Area Phi Beta Kappa Association! The Ruth Knee $1,000 Merit Award is offered to graduating high school seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.75 or SAT score of 1950. The award recognizes excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Interested seniors can visit the Phi Beta Kappa web site for more information and instructions on how to apply. The deadline for application is April 20 (postmarked). |web post March 4|
The Thomas W. Fisher Conservation & Environmental Studies Scholarship is available to seniors planning to pursue advanced learning in the areas of conservation or environmental science. $2,000 award. Letters of recommendation and high school transcript required. For more information on the scholarship and to download the application, visit www.iwla-rockville.org/forms/. The deadline for application is April 15. |web post March 3|
Kohl's Cares Scholarship is available to students ages 6 to 18. Nomination is required and students can be nominated by parents or any adult over the age of 21. Kohl's Cares recognizes students who through volunteerism have had a positive impact on their communities. Awards range from $50 Kohl's Gift Cards to $10,000 at the National level. Nomination is online at www.kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations/scholarship/. The deadline for nomination is March 13. |web post March 3|
The American University Washington College of Law offers the Latino / A Law Students' Association (LALSA) Scholarship. Applicant must be of Latino background and graduating high school senior. Applicant should have financial need and a demonstrated desire to attain a college education. Demonstrated involved and commitment to serve in the Latino community required along with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Click here to download the scholarship application. The deadline for application is March 18. |web post March 3|
The Maryland Association of Private Colleges and Career Schools (MAPCCS) Scholarship Committee has announced their 2015 scholarship program. Application and a list of participating MAPCCS schools can be downloaded here. The completed application must be submitted to the chosen career school by May 1. |web post March 2|
The Pan Hellenic Council of Montgomery County Theresa C. Suggs/Roy T. Lyons Montgomery College Book Award is announced! Applicant must be a graduating senior from the Montgomery County Public School system and have been accepted by Montgomery College. 2.5 GPA requirement (on a 4.0 scale). Application requires an essay, two letters of recommendation and an official high school transcript. SAT and/or ACT scores required. Applications are available to download by visiting www.nhpcmc.com. The deadline for application is March 31. |web post February 25|
Deadline to apply extended!! DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC., Montgomery County Chapter SCHOLARSHIP: offered to SENIORS with a 2.5 or higher GPA; applicant must be planning to enter a 4-year college or university as a full-time student in the fall of 2015; application requires two letters of recommendation, an official high school transcript and essay; finalists will be asked to interview for further consideration; awards up to $5,000; click here to download the application; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
FEBRUARY 27 EXTENDED TO MARCH 3 |web update February 24|
The Maryland PTA Scholarship Fund Committee invites high school seniors to apply for their 2015 scholarship. Applicants should plan to pursue a career in education in the state of Maryland (scholarship recipients are able to freely choose the content area they desire to specialize in). $500 award. The application includes an essay, resume, letters of recommendation, high school transcript and signature of sponsoring PTA officer at your high school. Northwest seniors who plan to apply should send an email to the PTSA president to make arrangements for securing her signature. Applications will be available in the College & Career Information Center. The deadline to apply is March 16; 4:30 pm. |web post February 24|
The Abelson Law Firm Teen Safety Scholarship. Available to high school seniors pursuing a college degree. $2,000, $1,000 and $500 awards. Create an original 1 minute or less Public Service Announcement (PSA) showing commitment to the cause of deleting cyber-bullying. Video details, scholarship FAQ's and application can be found online here. The deadline to submit video and application is April 1. |web post February 19|
StudentScholarships.org has announced several scholarship opportunities with varying deadlines and awards. |web post February 19|
The Potomac Valley Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. has opened the application for their 2015 scholarship. Scholarships are awarded to Montgomery County high school seniors judged on academic achievement, community service and financial need. Awards are up to $1,500. Applications can be downloaded from the chapter web site. The deadline to apply is March 31. |web post February 12|
Dorothy Marvil Memorial Scholarship is available to high school seniors who are members of the Educational Systems Federal Credit Union. $3,000 scholarships awarded. Applicants should have a minimum 2.75. Application information is available on the ESFCU web site at esfcu.org/2015Scholarships. The deadline for application is March 16. |web post February 12|
The Esperanza Education Fund has announced the 2015 scholarship award! $5,000 to $20,000 awarded to students born outside of the US or who have two parents born outside of the US. Applicant must be a graduating senior planning to enroll full-time at an accredited public college or university in 2015-2016. The application and more information about the Esperanza Fund can be found at www.esperanzafund.org. The deadline for scholarship application is April 1. |web post February 2|
Federal Water Quality Association 2015 National Capital Environmental Scholarship Program is open for application. Applicants should be graduating high school seniors planning to pursue environmental careers at a 4-year college or university. Acceptable areas of study include: environmental sciences, environmental engineering, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, chemical engineering, or natural resource planning. $2,000 award. Applications will be reviewed on the basis of academic achievement and essay. School transcript, college test scores and letter of recommendation required. Applications will be available in the College & Career Information Center 'JAG Scholarship' file for Private Organization Opportunities. The deadline for application is April 13. |web post January 23|
The Joseph Fox Jr. Memorial Scholarship is available for seniors planning to major in reading or a reading-related field. Applicant should plan to pursue coursework that will prepare him/her for a teaching career. $2,000 award. Applicant must have a minimum 3.2 GPA and documented community service. Apply online at www.somirac.org by clicking the 'Resources' link. The deadline for application is April 15. |web post January 22|
Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Associations Institute (WMCCAI) Essay/Presentation Scholarship. Available to high school seniors living within a community association. 500-700 word essay or 3-5 minute PowerPoint presentation on "How Volunteer Leadership Adds Value to My Community Association" required. Applications available online at www.caidc.org (look for the 2015 scholarship program link). $1,000 award. The deadline to apply is April 30. |web post January 22|
The Jewish Social Service Agency offers $6,000 scholarships to all Montgomery County high school seniors. Additional scholarship opportunities are available for seniors in the Jewish community. Awards are primarily based on financial need and volunteerism. Visit the JSSA web site and select 'Forms' to download the application and guidelines. The deadline to apply is May 1. |web post January 15|
Bowie State University Alumni Association, Montgomery County Chapter 2015 Scholarship. This is a one-time award of $1,000 ($500 each semester) for a graduating senior planning to attend Bowie State in the fall of 2015. Applicants should be prepared to complete the application and provide an official high school transcript. The deadline to apply is May 15. |web post January 5|
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Scholarship Opportunities for the current school year are posting NOW! Click here to download the entire JAG Scholarship Bulletin with postings through the end of the school year and additional scholarship resources! Scholarship opportunities with a March deadline:
AIR FORCE OFFICERS’ SPOUSES’ CLUB OF
WASHINGTON DC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: offered to
SENIORS who are dependent children of active duty, reserve, guard, retired,
MIA/POW, deceased officer or enlisted member of the United States Air Force;
applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale;
applications are available to download at www.afoscdc.com
scholarships tab; for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org; DEADLINE TO APPLY:
MARCH 2 (ONLINE) |Posted January 16|
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA, XI SIGMA OMEGA
SCHOLARSHIPS: offered to
SENIORS; $1,000 awards available; several scholarship opportunities with
varying criteria; click here to download the application; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: MARCH 2 |Posted January 8|
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC., Montgomery County Chapter SCHOLARSHIP: offered to SENIORS with a 2.5 or higher GPA; applicant must be planning to enter a 4-year college or university as a full-time student in the fall of 2015; application requires two letters of recommendation, an official high school transcript and essay; finalists will be asked to interview for further consideration; awards up to $5,000; click here to download the application; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
FEBRUARY 27 EXTENDED TO MARCH 3|web update February 24|
ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC. Iota
Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Montgomery County PAUL ROBESON SCHOLARSHIP: offered to AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES who are graduating
SENIORS; minimum $1,000 award; essays required; official high school transcript
and 3 letters of recommendation required; click here to download the application; DEADLINE
FOR APPLICATION: MARCH 5 |Posted January 15|
CHILDREN’S DEFENSE FUND ‘BEAT THE
ODDS’ SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: offered to
high school SOPHOMORES who have overcome adversity to excel in school and serve
as leaders in their communities; applicant must be nominated by a teacher,
counselor, case worker or other adult who can speak to the student’s character,
academic achievement, commitment to social justice issues/community and the
tremendous odds he/she beats every day; $10,000 scholarships awarded including
a laptop computer, life skills development, college tours, guidance through the
college admissions process and mentoring; applications available and must be
submitted online; visit the CDF site www.childrensdefensefund.org and
select ‘Programs’ → ‘Beat the Odds’ → Washington DC; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: MARCH 9
(ONLINE) |Posted January
BLACKS IN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES/COLLEGE PARK COMPLEX CHAPTER 2015 SCHOLARSHIP: offered to graduating high school SENIORS; $500 Book
Awards and $1,000 academic scholarships offered; applicant must plan to enter a
4-year college or university as a full-time freshman in the fall of 2015; GPA
requirement of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale); applications include two recommendations,
official high school transcript, student resume and essay; click here to download the application.DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
MARCH 16 |Posted
DOROTHY MARVIL MEMORIAL
SCHOLARSHIP: available to
high school SENIORS; $3,000; applicants must be a member of Educational Systems FCU; 2.75 minimum GPA
requirement; application requires essay; instructions for applying can be found
on the ESFCU web site at esfcu.org/2015Scholarships; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: MARCH 16
(ONLINE) |Posted February 11|
EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP: offered to
SENIORS; apply online at http://www.mcpsfoundation.org/ → select ‘Scholarships’ → select ‘How to
Apply’; recommendation and financial statement required; awards vary based on
application content; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: MARCH 16 (ONLINE) |Posted January 21|
ARMY OFFICERS’ WIVES CLUB OF THE
GREATER WASHINGTON AREA & FORT MYER THRIFT SHOP SCHOLARSHIP: open to SENIORS; applicants must be children of active
duty, retired or deceased Army personnel; merit award based on academic
achievements, community involvement and leadership potential; applicant must
have a minimum 3.0 GPA; students can download applications by visiting www.aowcgwa.org under ‘Scholarships &
Grants’; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: MARCH 27 |Posted December 8|
STAR-SPANGLED BANNER FLAG HOUSE SCHOLAR AWARD & ESSAY CONTEST: open to SENIORS; award of $1,812; 250 word essay
requirement; winner must be available to travel to Baltimore to read essay
aloud at the Flag House event on June 14; www.flaghouse.org;
DEADLINE FOR ESSAY SUBMISSION: 4PM MARCH 27 (ONLINE) |Posted December 18|
SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE LEARNING CHALLENGED:
offered to SENIORS; applicants must be college bound and diagnosed with a
learning challenge; applicant must have demonstrated community service; apply
online at www.wiserdc.org; $1,000 award; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
MARCH 27 (ONLINE) |Posted
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, POTOMAC
VALLEY ALUMNI CHAPTER 2015 SCHOLARSHIP: available to
Montgomery County high school SENIORS; applications reviewed based on academic
achievement, community service and financial need; $1,500 award; 3.0 minimum
GPA requirement; applicant must plan to enroll at a 4-year college or
university by fall 2015 with an annual family gross income that does not exceed
$75,000; 2 letters of reference, essay, official transcript and copy of FAFSA
form required; applications can be downloaded at www.PVACFundinc.org; scholarship
materials should be mailed to the Scholarship Committee Chair, Potomac Valley
Alumnae Chapter Fund, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., P. O. Box 10372,
Rockville, MD 20849-0372; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
MARCH 31 (ONLINE) |Posted
EMPLOYEES’ BENEFIT ASSOCIATION (GEBA) SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION EDUCATIONAL
SCHOLARSHIPS: offered to
graduating high school SENIORS; $2,500 awards offered in 3 categories of
Academic, Community and Career Training; applicants must be sponsored by a
parent or grandparent who has been a GEBA member for at least 3 years;
applications and scholarship criteria is available at www.geba.com/scholarship; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
MARCH 31 (ONLINE) |Posted
OF LIFE ESSAY & VIDEO SCHOLARSHIPS: offered to SENIORS; awards range from $1,000
to $3,000; convincing essay or video submission on donor registration; rules
and entry forms are available online at www.beadonor.org
and click on ‘News & Events’ and ‘Scholarship Information’; DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:
MARCH 31 (ONLINE) |Posted
HELLENIC COUNCIL OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY THERESA C. SUGGS/ROY T. LYONS
SCHOLARSHIP: offered to
SENIORS; applicant must plan to attend a Historically Black College or
University with a current cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;
essay, two letters of recommendation, official high school transcript and
ACT/SAT scores required with application; applications are available online at www.nhpcmc.com; DEADLINE
FOR APPLICATION: MARCH 31 (ONLINE) |Posted January 22|
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Additional Scholarship & Financial Aid Resources:
Scholarships for International Students: The Inst. of International Education | NAFSA | Smart Student Guide for Studying in USA | Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute | United Negro College Fund | Organization of Chinese Americans | American Indian College Fund | web post January 2015
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. Look for the 2015-2016 dates to post early next school year. Registration to attend will be online at CollegeGoalSundayMD.org or call 1.877.632.4709. FREE to families. |updated post February 2015|
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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