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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 |

 Reminder Notice Image Assistance with the FAFSA is available at College Goal Maryland held in February each year.  February 8, 2015 (MC Takoma Park Campus 2-4 pm) and February 26, 2015 (MC Germantown Campus 4-6 pm).  Registration to attend will be online at CollegeGoalSundayMD.org or call 1.877.632.4709.  FREE to families.  |updated post December 2014| 


   UMD for WebThe 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.  

TVLogoMaryland 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. 

TVLogoCheck 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 Foundation 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]  


 Dollar Sign Lock on ScholarshipsConquering 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.   

 Dollar Sign Lock on ScholarshipsThe 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!    


Dollar Sign Lock on Scholarships 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!  

 New Scholarship Post The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Scholar Award and Essay Contest offers a $1,812 award to a high school senior to put toward the college of his/her choice.  The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges as a result of an essay submission.  Submissions will be accepted until 4:00 pm on March 27.  To view this year's question and submit your essay, please visit www.flaghouse.org.  |web post December 18| 

New Scholarship Post The Army Officers' Wives Club of the Greater Washington Area, in partnership with the Fort Myer Thrift Shop, awards scholarships to eligible students.  These students are the children of active duty, retired or deceased Army personnel who reside in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area.  This is a merit scholarship based on the students' academic achievements, community involvement and leadership potential.  Applicants must be a high school senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The deadline for application is March 27.  Applications are available on the Army Officers' Wives web site under Scholarships & Grants.  Click here for the Scholarship Information Fact Sheet.  Click here for the Scholarship Application.  |web post December 8|

New Scholarship Post Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars is accepting applications.  Applicants should have a minimum composite SAT score of 1700 or ACT score of 27 with a GPA of 3.5 (un-weighted).  Applicant must plan to pursue the fields of engineering, computer science, mathematics or physics.  $10,000 award disbursed over 4 years.  Application includes official transcript and three letters and recommendation.  Click here to download the application.  The deadline to apply is February 4.  |web post December 5| 

New Scholarship Post Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Xi Alpha Lambda Chapter is offering the Ira Dorsey Scholarship to deserving high school male seniors.  Awards begin at $1,500.  Applicants should have a minimum 2.5 GPA and plan to attend a 4-year college or university in the fall.  Official transcript and recommendations required.  Financial need is considered.  Click here to download the application.  The deadline to apply is May 1.  |web post December 5|

New Scholarship Post Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. scholarship application season is open for graduating seniors!  The Montgomery County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta is looking for a 2.5 or higher GPA.  Applicants should be prepared with two letters of recommendation, an official high school transcript and 500 word essay.  Applications will be available in the College & Career Information Center.  The deadline for application is February 27. |web post December 5|

New Scholarship Post The Masonic Charities of Maryland, Inc. offer graduating seniors the opportunity to apply for their Masonic Grant.  The local lodge grant is $500 with the potential for an additional $500.  Applicants should be able to demonstrate participation and leadership in community and school activities.  Applications will be reviewed on the basis of content of resume, academics, financial need, references and organization.  Click here for the application.  The deadline to apply is March 6.  |web post December 5|

New Scholarship Post 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 diverseminds@bnaibrith.org.  The deadline for submission is February 27, 2015.  |web post November 14|

New Scholarship Post 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|

NWHS Jaguar Paw  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|

NWHS Jaguar Paw  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|

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Dollar Sign Lock on ScholarshipsScholarship 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: 

 Reminder Notice Image THE ANNE FORD & ALLEGRA FORD THOMAS SCHOLARSHIPS:  offered to SENIORS with documented learning disabilities (LD); the Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 renewable with enrollment in a full-time BA degree program at a 4-year college or university; the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a one-time $2,500 award for enrollment in a 2-year community college, voc-ed or technical training school;  enrollment must occur in the fall of 2015;  application is online by visiting www.ncld.org/about-us/ and scroll down the page to Scholarships & Awards; DEADLINE TO APPLY:  DECEMBER 31 (ONLINE) |Posted November 24|     

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Scholarship Opportunities for the month of January:

NWHS Jaguar Paw MARYLAND JCI SENATE SCHOLARSHIP:  open to SENIORS; $500 scholarships at the state level; $1,000 scholarships at the National level; selection based on merit and need; applications must be downloaded from the US JCI Senate web site @ www.usjcisenate.org; for Maryland scholarship consideration, applications must be mailed to the VP, Maryland JCI Senate, Cheryl France (168 Warm Sunday Way, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050); DEADLINE TO APPLY:  JANUARY 9 (ONLINE) |Posted October 16| 

NWHS Jaguar Paw RON BROWN SCHOLAR PROGRAM:  open to Black or African American high school SENIORS; applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents; applicants should be able to demonstrate academic achievement (minimum 3.5 GPA), exhibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need; application process is online at www.ronbrown.org; DEADLINE TO APPLY:  JANUARY 9 (ONLINE) |Posted October 9| 

NWHS Jaguar Paw GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARS:   offered to SENIORS who are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American; permanent residents or US citizens with a minimum un-weighted GPA of 3.3; highly competitive; financial need considered; recommendations and nominators required; apply online @ www.gmsp.org; DEADLINE TO APPLY:  JANUARY 14  (ONLINE) |Posted October 9|  

NWHS Jaguar Paw FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP NOMINATION:  open to SENIORS planning application to Fairleigh Dickinson; applicant must have an SAT composite score of 1300 or higher (CR/MA) or ACT score of 29 or higher GPA 3.5 or higher; nomination by counselor required; nomination forms will be available in the College & Career Information Center; DEADLINE FOR NOMINATION:  JANUARY 15 |Posted October 23|  

NWHS Jaguar Paw HOLLINS UNIVERSITY SHORT SCREENPLAY CONTEST for High School Sophomore and Junior Girls:  scripts must be submitted online; prizes include film presentation and new HD Go-Pro camera; $50 cash; more information is available on the Hollins web site at visit www.hollins.edu/screenplaycontest; DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ENTRY:  JANUARY 15  

NWHS Jaguar Paw HOLLINS UNIVERSITY DANCE YOUR DANCE CONTEST for High School Sophomore and Junior Girls:  solo composition must be submitted by DVD; winner invited to perform solo dance at the Spring Dance Concert at Hollins U. and $200 cash; more information is available on the Hollins web site at visit www.hollins.edu;  DEADLINE TO SUBMIT COMPOSITION:  JANUARY 15   

NWHS Jaguar Paw HOLLINS UNIVERSITY 10-MINUTE PLAY CONTEST for High School Sophomore and Junior Girls:  scripts must be submitted online; $200 cash; more information is available on the Hollins web site at visit www.hollins.edu; DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ENTRY:  JANUARY 15 

NWHS Jaguar Paw ITHACA COLLEGE MARTIN LUTHER KING SCHOLAR PROGRAM:  available to SENIORS making application to Ithaca College; Scholar awards begin at $25,000 and can increase to full tuition; applicants should be exceptional academically who have demonstrated strong character and leadership through service and community involvement; additional information and application is available online; DEADLINE TO APPLY:  JANUARY 15 (ONLINE) |Posted October 1|  

NWHS Jaguar Paw UMBC CENTER FOR WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY (CWIT) SCHOLARS PROGRAM:  4-year merit based scholarships for talented men and women majoring in computer science, information systems, business technology, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical/biochemical/environmental engineering or related program (while attending UMBC); awards range from $5,000 to $15,000 per academic year for 4 years; apply online to cwit.umbc.edu; apply online; DEADLINE TO APPLY:  JANUARY 15 (ONLINE) |Posted October 6|   

NWHS Jaguar Paw UMBC CYBER SCHOLARS PROGRAM:  merit-based scholarship program for talented undergraduates majoring in computer science, information systems, and computer engineering (while attending UMBC) who are interested in pursuing a career within the field of cybersecurity; apply online; DEADLINE TO APPLY:  JANUARY 15 (ONLINE) |Posted October 6|     

NWHS Jaguar Paw GREATER WASH. EMPLOYEE RELOCATION COUNCIL (GWERC) SCHOLARSHIP:  available to SENIORS who have relocated to the Washington DC area between grades 9 and 12; one-time $1,500 award; applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and be a US citizen or permanent resident; essay required; questions can be directed to Celeste McLane @ celest.mclane@cort.com or 571.350.9713; information about the GWERC can be found at www.gwerc.org; DEADLINE TO APPLY:  JANUARY 16 (Applications will be available in the College & Career Information Center – Jag Scholarships Private Organization files) |Posted October 1|     

NWHS Jaguar Paw AMERICAN LEGION HIGH SCHOOL ORATORICAL SCHOLARSHIP:  open to high school students under the age of 20; awards begin at $1,500; the main purpose of the program is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of the high school student; guidelines; topics; rules/regulations and how to apply information can be found at www.legion.org/oratorical/about; CONTEST DATE:  JANUARY 17; 10 AM (19401 Walter Johnson Road, Germantown, MD  20874 across from the Germantown Mark Train Railroad Station); Questions should be directed to James Garrant (301) 972-4314 or by email to Jgarrant01@verizon.net; (ONLINE)  |Posted December 4| 

NWHS Jaguar Paw RMHC SCHOLARS offered by the RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF CHARITIES SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAM:  open to SENIORS; 2.7 minimum GPA; financial need may be a requirement; some scholarships may have additional eligibility criteria; applicant must plan to attend a two or four-year college or university, vocational/technical school post-secondary; US legal resident/citizen; application process is online at www.rmhc.org; DEADLINE TO APPLY:  JANUARY 20 (ONLINE) |Posted October 9|  

NWHS Jaguar Paw MACKLIN BUSINESS INSTITUTE SCHOLARS PROGRAM:  offered to high school SENIORS planning to attend Montgomery College in the fall; applicants should be prepared with official high school transcript and college test scores (or Accuplacer); essay and two letters of recommendation required; applications are online @ montgomerycollege.edu/macklin; DEADLINE TO APPLY:  JANUARY 30 (ONLINE) |Posted November 26|  

NWHS Jaguar Paw MONTGOMERY SCHOLARS PROGRAM:  offered to high school SENIORS planning to attend Montgomery College in the fall; a 2-year; full tuition merit scholarship; applicants should be prepared with official high school transcript and college test scores (or Accuplacer); essay and two letters of recommendation required; applications are online montgomerycollege.edu/montgomeryscholars; DEADLINE TO APPLY:  JANUARY 30 (ONLINE) |Posted November 26|  

NWHS Jaguar Paw THE PRINCETON PRIZE IN RACE RELATIONS:  open to high school students in grades 9-12; $1,000 and an invitation to Princeton University for an expense-paid weekend symposium on race; applicants must have been involved in a volunteer activity to help improve race relations during the last year; application is online at www.princeton.edu/pprize (please note:  there is no relationship between the Princeton Prize in Race Relations and admission to Princeton University); DEADLINE TO APPLY:  JANUARY 31 (ONLINE) |Posted November 24|  

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Dollar Sign Lock on ScholarshipsAdditional Scholarship & Financial Aid Resources:

NWHS Jaguar Paw 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|

NWHS Jaguar Paw 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]

 NWHS Jaguar Paw  "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.

 NWHS Jaguar PawMontgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) College & Career Information web site includes scholarship listings and important  information to assist with post-secondary planning. 

NWHS Jaguar Paw 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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Dollar Sign Lock on ScholarshipsAssistance with the FAFSA...

NWHS Jaguar PawFAFSA 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.

NWHS Jaguar PawCheck 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.

NWHS Jaguar PawFAFSA 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.

 NWHS Jaguar PawFREE 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  

NWHS Jaguar PawCollege Goal Maryland held in February each year.  February 8, 2015 (MC Takoma Park Campus 2-4 pm) and February 26, 2015 (MC Germantown Campus 4-6 pm).  Registration to attend will be online at CollegeGoalSundayMD.org or call 1.877.632.4709.  FREE to families.  |updated post December 2014|

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 Dollar Sign Lock on ScholarshipsScholarship and Financial Aid Web Sites!

StudentScholarships.org - Several opportunities with varying criteria and deadlines.

 Scholarships for High School Seniors - FREE information on scholarships and grants. 

www.problemsolver.maryland.gov 
Valuable information for Maryland residents - Click on the Education link

 www.Scholarships4Students.com 
Great resource for scholarship searching - search by several categories.

 www.SchoolSoup.com
Scholarship opportunities for all students. Search for information on colleges and universities and hundreds of careers

CollegeBoard Calculator
For estimating financial aid!

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

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