College Goal Maryland FREE FAFSA Assistance. First event is scheduled for Feb. 11 @ MC Germantown Campus, 4 to 6 pm. Visit www.CollegeGoalSundayMD.org to register and find out what is needed to attend. All attendees entered to win a $500 scholarship! |web update February 11|
Northwest Scholarship Workshop. Wed., Feb. 17 @ lunch. College Career Information Center, Room 126. Seniors can sign up in Family Connection. Bring your scholarship related questions and a copy of the latest JAG "Apply Now' Scholarship Bulletin and come prepared to search for scholarships! Pizza served on a first-come, first-served basis. |web post February 9|
The Maryland Higher Education Commission web site is a resource for students attending a college or university in the state of Maryland. Most applications deadline March 1. Click here for a list of opportunities.
2016 NAACP Scholarship Awards Just Announced! The Montgomery County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will award $1,000 scholarships at their Freedom Fund Dinner on Sunday, May 1, 2016. These scholarships are available to all seniors residing in Montgomery County. Eligibility requires a minimum 3.0 GPA (cumulative or weighted) and participation in extracurricular activities, faith-based, religious-based and/or volunteer activities (if this is not possible due to paid employment, a letter of explanation is accepted). Application must include two school references, an official high school transcript and essay. Click here to download the Scholarship Information Sheet with instructions on how to apply. To apply, download the application here. Application
deadline February 12 DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB. 26 Submit application to the address noted on the application. |web update February 11|
Varsity Tutors Monthly Scholarship Contest. $1,000. Juniors and seniors! Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where
high school juniors and seniors write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the
Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for
submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by
Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to
receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Click here to enter! |web post November 10|
raise.me. An easier and more affordable path to college. What if you could earn $1,000 for college every time you got an "A" in a class? What if you could earn $600 for college every time you got a "B" in class? How about $250 for participating in an after-school club or sport? Today you can start to earn scholarships to colleges each time you achieve one of these goals, as early as 9th grade. Find out how and visit raise.me. To see how one high schooler made $80K in guaranteed scholarships with raise.me, click here to view the CNN Money article. |web post September 30|
Dates have been announced for the 2016 College Goal Maryland events! College Goal Maryland is an opportunity for students and families to receive assistance with completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the financial aid form required by colleges and universities for students to qualify for scholarships, grants and loans. These events are free and open to the public. Montgomery College will host events on Thursday, February 11 from 4 to 6 pm at the Germantown Campus and Sunday, February 21 from 2 to 4 pm at the Takoma Park Campus. Visit www.CollegeGoalSundayMD.org to register and find out what is needed to attend. |web post September 29|
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
FAFSA filing Tips from Teen Life!
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 postings listed AFTER 'JUST IN' and download the complete JAG Scholarship Bulletin with scholarship opportunity listings through the school year!
Lavinia Engle Scholarship. Awards ranging from $450 to $1,500 are offered to women enrolling in the fall of 2016 as an undergraduate student at a Maryland college or university. High school transcript and two letters of recommendation required. Click here to download the application. The deadline to apply is April 16. |web post February 11|
Delegate Kirill Reznik, Maryland Legislative District 39, is offering Montgomery County seniors a scholarship opportunity. Students must reside in MD District 39 and plan to attend a college or university in the State of Maryland (both two and four-year). FAFSA completion required. Click here to download the application. Applications must be returned to the high school College Career Information Center by April 15. |web post February 11|
The Sherry S. Hintz Scholarship Fund was created by an anonymous Montgomery County resident in memory of several women in her family who lost their lives to breast cancer. The Fund provides college scholarship awards to students who have lost a parent/guardian to breast or ovarian cancer. Applicants must have demonstrated financial need and a minimum GPA of 3.0. High school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply. Applicants must be able to demonstrate participation in school, community, or athletic activities. Click here to download the application. The deadline to apply is Mach 15. Awards range up to $20,000 per year for as many as four years of undergraduate college education. |web post February 11|
Maryland PTA offers scholarships to high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in education in the schools of Maryland! Scholarship awards begin at $500. Applicants should have a minimum 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Signature of local PTA president required (Northwest seniors are encouraged to request signature by email to email@example.com. Click here to download the application. A limited number of hard copies are available in the Northwest College Career Information Center. The deadline to apply is March 18; 4:30 pm. |web post February 11|
The Law Offices of DuBoff & Associates Chartered is offering a $1,000 scholarship to one high school-aged student. To apply, students create a short (30-120 second) video and essay (topic specific). More information is available on the law office website. Questions can be directed to Luke Parker at 513.437.1559 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit scholarship video and essay is April 17. |web post February 11|
Blacks in Government (BIG) Health & Human Services/College Park Complex Chapter 2016 Scholarships application is available. $500 and $1,000 scholarships. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior entering a four-year college or university in the fall of 2016. Minimum 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) required. Apply by March 23. |web post February 9|
The Bernie Scholarship is available for application! Applicants must be high school seniors who receive housing assistance from the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC), Edgewood Management Corporation, Scotland Community, Rockville Housing Enterprises or Forest Park Apartments. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for application. Visit the Bernie Foundation website for the application and additional requirements. The deadline to apply is March 21. |web post February 8|
The Esperanza Education Fund offers awards ranging from $5,000 to $20,000! Applicants must be high school seniors born outside of the US (or with two parents born outside of the US). Visit esperanzafund.org for application and requirements. The deadline to apply is April 1. |web post February 8|
The Federal Water Quality Association is seeking high school seniors for their 2016 scholarship. Applicants must plan to pursue a career in the environmental sciences. $2,000 award. Northwest seniors can obtain applications in their College Career Information Center. |web post February 8|
The Asian American League of Educators Scholarship is available to seniors who are members of a high school Asian American Club and who are planning to pursue the field of education. $1,000 award. Click here to download the application. The deadline to apply is April 15. |web post February 8|
High Bridge Foundation Scholarships are offered to high school seniors. Awards are $500 and $1,000. This scholarship program is designed to support the educational aspirations of young people from under-served populations, especially for those students who make substantial and noteworthy academic progress despite hardship conditions. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required. For additional details on eligibility, visit highbridgefoundation.org/scholarships. The deadline to apply is April 30. |web post February 8|
The Gram's Promise Charitable Foundation has opened application for the 2016 Elizabeth Ann "Libby" Frist Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes selected high school seniors for their activism and leadership among their peers in the fight against tobacco use. Visit gramspromisefoundation.org and click on 'Scholarships' to apply. The deadline for application is April 22. |web post January 29|
The Dwight P. Jacobus Scholarship is available for graduating high school seniors with a career plan for Business or Education. $1,000. Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and have financial need. Visit asbo.org and click on 'Awards' for the application and additional information. The deadline for application is March 1. |web post January 29 |
The Jewish Social Service Agency has eight $6,000 scholarships available to ALL Montgomery County High School seniors! Several other scholarships are available to seniors within the Jewish Community. Most awards are based on financial need. Visit the jssa.org web site for the application. Application deadlines are May 2. |web post January 20|
National Guard Bureau Officers' Spouses Club to offer scholarships to seniors who are dependents of specific military personnel. The applicant's parent or guardian must be an officer, enlisted member, or civilian, assigned to the Military District of Washington (MDW) in specified categories. Several $1,000 academic and need-based scholarships are available. Application requires an essay, official transcript and college test scores. To download the application and get more information on eligibility requirements, visit ngbosc.org. The deadline for application (postmarked) is April 1. |web post January 20|
Northwest has just received information on the establishment of the Coolidge Scholars Program for high school juniors. Administered by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, this is a full-ride scholarship that covers a student's tuition, room, board, and expenses for 4 years of undergraduate study and leadership training. "The Coolidge" can be used by recipients at any accredited US university. The deadline for application is March 18. Students of any background, planning to pursue any academic discipline of study in college, may apply. The program is non-partisan and need-blind. For more information and to apply, visit Coolidgescholars.org. |web post January 20|
MCPS Educational Foundation Paul Vance Scholarship is available for high school seniors to apply! Applicants should be prepared with complete FAFSA filing and plan to attend either Montgomery College or a public Maryland college or university. To apply, visit mcpsfoundation.org. Under 'Our Programs' select 'scholarships' - 'how to apply'. The deadline for application is March 17. |web post January 20|
2016 Children's Defense Fund Beat the Odds Scholarship Program for current sophomores! The CDF Beat the Odds Scholarship Program will honor current sophomores in the Washington DC area who have overcome adversity to excel in school and serve as leaders in their communities. Applicants must be nominated by a teacher, counselor or other educator who is familiar with the student both personally and academically. Nomination also includes a student personal statement and signed media release form. A 3.0 minimum GPA is required. Honor comes with a $10,000 scholarship, allocated during college matriculation; laptop computer; life skills development and college tours and admission assistance. For more on the Beat the Odds Program, click here. To download the application packet, click here. The deadline for application is March 11. |web post January 8 |
Masonic Charities of Maryland, Inc. is offering high school seniors the Masonic Grant. $500. Awards based on participation and leadership in community and school activities, resume content, academics, need for financial assistance and reference. Organization and completeness of application is also important. The deadline for application is March 1. Click here to download the grant application. |web post January 6|
The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Ira Dorsey Scholarship opportunity for deserving high school male seniors in celebration of their academic excellence and contributions to their school and community. Awards granted up to $1,500. Application includes official high school transcript, two (2) recommendations and essay. Applicant must have a minimum 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). The deadline for application is April 15 (postmarked). Click here to download the application. |web post January 6|
For earlier JAG 'Apply Now' Scholarship Bulletin postings and a list of opportunities through June 2016, download the complete bulletin here.
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Scholarship Opportunities for the current school year will begin posting in September! Click here to download the entire JAG Scholarship Bulletin with postings through the end of the school year and additional scholarship resources! Post date refers to the JAG Scholarship Bulletin original publication date.
Scholarship opportunities with a FEBRUARY deadline (online post January 20):
ENGINEERING SCHOLARS PROGRAM: open to SENIORS who intend to pursue a
career in engineering, computer science, mathematics or physics; $10,000 award over
4-years; official transcript and 3 letters of recommendation required; 400 word
essay required; applicant must have a minimum SAT score of 170 or ACT score of
27 and un-weighted GPA of 3.5; applicant must be a US citizen; visit the Scholars Program website to apply; DEADLINE
FOR APPLICATION: FEBRUARY 3
|ONLINE |Posted Dec. 4|
NAACP SCHOLARSHIP AWARD:
open to ALL Montgomery County graduating high school SENIORS; applicant
must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (CUM or weighted); applicant must participate in
extracurricular activities; applicant
must participate in faith-based, religious-based, or volunteer activities
(paid-employment exempt with explanation); two references and official high
school transcript required; essay required; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 26
FEBRUARY 12 | ONLINE | Northwest students can download the application
from the school web site link above under 'Recent Postings' or visit the College & Career Information Center | Post update Feb. 11|
ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY,
INCORPORATED Montgomery County Chapter 2016 SCHOLARSHIP: open
to SENIORS; applicant must be planning to enroll at a 2 or 4-year college or
university; minimum 2.5 GPA required; applicant must live or attend school in
Montgomery County; essay and two letters of recommendation required; official
high school transcript required; visit http://bit.ly/EPZscholarship
to submit application electronically; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
FEBRUARY 12 (POSTMARKED) | ONLINE | Posted Nov. 10|
DELTA SIGMA THETA
SORORITY Montgomery County Chapter SCHOLARSHIPS: offered
to MCPS graduating high school SENIORS; 3 scholarship opportunities; varying
criteria and awards; GPA eligibility begins at 2.0; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: FEBRUARY 13 | ONLINE | Northwest students can download the application
from the school website or visit the College & Career Information Center |Posted Dec. 7|
IVY VINE CHARITIES, INC.
SCHOLARSHIP: offered to high school SENIORS in the
Metro area; GPA of 2.7 or higher required; applicant must have been accepted to
a 4-year college or university of Montgomery College; evidence of participation
in school activities and community involvement required; essay, two (2) letters
of recommendation, official high school transcript and copy of college test
scores required; interviews are expected to be conducted for selected
FOR APPLICATION: FEBRUARY 15 |
Northwest students can download the application
from the school website or visit the College & Career Information Center |Posted Jan. 6|
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: open to SENIORS; applicants must plan to
submit application to one of the 10 WACE Partner Institutions that include
Clarkson University, Drexel University, Johnson & Wales, Merrimack College,
Rochester Institute of Technology, State University of New York Oswego, the
University of Toledo, the University of Cincinnati, the University of
Massachusetts Lowell and Wentworth Institute of Technology; merit scholarships
available up to $30,000, depending on the institution; college applications
must be submitted by the college deadline; applicants for scholarship should
have a minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale; visit www.waceinc.org
for the application; transcripts and recommendations are not required; DEADLINE FOR
APPLICATION: FEBRUARY 15 (POSTMARKED )
| ONLINE | Posted Sept. 30|
KAPPA YOUTH &
COMMUNITY OUTREACH FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP:
graduating high school SENIORS; $1,000 award; applicant must be a minority
student with a minimum 3.0 GPA;
applicant must have college test scores and plan to enroll in an
accredited college/university the fall following graduation; applications are
available to download on the chapter website at www.grockkapsi.org and must be submitted
by email to email@example.com;
the application can be found under ‘Programs’; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: FEBRUARY 19 | ONLINE | Posted Nov. 20|
THE COLLEGE EXPO
SCHOLARSHIP “WHY IS A COLLEGE EDUCATION IMPORTANT TO ME?” open
to high school JUNIOR or SENIOR; US citizen or permanent resident; 500 word
essay; submit essay by email to Scholarship@thecollegeexpo.org;
essay guidelines are available for Northwest students in the College &
Career Information Center; students can also view the guidelines online by
for more information on The College Expo or National College Resources
Foundation visit www.thecollegeexpo.org;
SUBMISSION: FEBRUARY 22 | ONLINE | The College Expo will be coming to the MD-DC area on March 5, 2016
| Posted Oct. 29 |
AIR FORCE OFFICERS’
SPOUSES’ CLUB OF WASHINGTON DC 2016 SCHOLARSHIPS: available
to graduating high school SENIORS; open to USAF dependents of any rank, active
duty, reserve, guard, retired, MIA/POW, deceased; awards are merit based;
amount varies; download application at www.afoscdc.com
(select ‘scholarships’ tab); DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
FEBRUARY 29 | ONLINE | Posted Jan. 19 |
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA
SORORITY, INC., XI SIGMA OMEGA CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIPS: offered
to Montgomery County high school SENIORS; six scholarship opportunities with
varying criteria and eligibility; awards range from $500 to $4,000; three
letters of recommendation, official high school transcript and copy of college
test scores required; essay required; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
FEBRUARY 29 (RECEIVED BY) | ONLINE | Northwest students can download the application from the school website or visit the College & Career Information Center | Posted Dec. 7 |
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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!
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.
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.
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.
FAFSA Assistance 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. 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.
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.
CollegeBoard Calculator: For estimating financial aid!
From the Maryland Higher Education Commission: Use the College Aid Calculator for Maryland students and families.
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