Senior Exit Survey: Scholarships & Post-Secondary Plans. Due May 1. Graduation requirement for all Northwest seniors. Complete the survey online in Family Connection or use the Pen & Ink Form. Download the survey instructions and Pen & Ink form here. |web update March 15|
UniversityTutor.com offers students the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship with only a short essay requirement (300-900 words)! Students age 16 and older are eligible to participate. No participant is required to purchase any services from University Tutor. Click here to enter! The deadline for entry is April 30. |web post April 21| 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 school student made $80K in guaranteed scholarships with raise.me, click here to view the CNN Money article. |web post September 30|
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!
Sickle Cell Association of the National Capital Area, Inc. (SCANCA, Inc.) offers a $500 scholarship to high school seniors. The applicant must be an individual with Sickle Cell Disease and must live in the Washington DC area. The applicant must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Application includes two letters of recommendation and a 500 word essay. To apply, click here. The application deadline is June 30. Questions may be directed to email@example.com or by phone to 202.271.5733. |web post April 29 |
The Montgomery County Bowie State University Alumni Association is offering a one-time scholarship award to high school seniors planning to attend Bowie State. The monetary value of the award will be based on the applicant's high school success. To download the application, click here. Seniors planning to attend Bowie in the fall of 2016 should apply by May 15. |web post April 22|
The Elks State Association is offering scholarships to high school seniors who plan to pursue post-secondary study in a vocational program. Program consideration includes study in cosmetology, electrical plumbing or culinary arts, to name a few. Awards range from $1,000 to $2,000. Application and program guide letter can be downloaded here. Please disregard application deadlines on downloaded materials. The deadline for application has been extended to April 30. |web post April 21|
studentscholarships.org NEW postings with deadlines through June 30. Click link for details. |web post April 18|
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2016 Youth Awards. Applicants must be a current junior identified as being of Hispanic/Latino descent. A minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required. US Permanent Resident/US Citizen/or qualify under the DACA. Youth award categories include business & entrepreneurship, community service, education, engineering, science & math. For a full list of award categories, regions and application, visit www.hispanicheritage.org. The deadline to apply is Sun., Oct. 2. |web post April 14|
2016 Association of Vietnamese Americans (AVA) $1,000 Scholarship is Announced! Applicants must be a Vietnamese American graduating high school senior with a minimum 3.3 GPA. Financial need is considered. Official high school transcript, two recommendation and personal essay required. Click here to download the application. The deadline to apply is May 6; 5 PM. |web post April 11|
Aspiring Business Professional Scholarship for $1,000. Applicants must be pursuing a business degree at any accredited post-secondary school or college. Click here to access the application. The scholarship link is located at the right side of the page. The deadline for application is June 1. |web post April 11|
The Pichler Family $10K Scholarship for Northwest High School graduating seniors! Applicants MUST currently attend Northwest High School, Montgomery County, MD. A minimum GPA requirement of 3.5 is required (4.0 scale). Applicants must be able to demonstrate leadership ability through extra-curricular activities and/or community service. Post-secondary plan for 2 or 4-year college/university. Financial need considered. Application requires an unofficial transcript, resume and essay. Click here to download the application. The deadline to apply is May 1. |web post April 8|
Herb Block, the legendary Washington Post editorial cartoonist, directed the creation of The Herb Block Foundation in his will. This foundation offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to attend select community colleges in the Washington DC area. Over 100 scholarships are awarded. Interested students can obtain additional information, including the application, by visiting herblockfoundation.org. The deadline for application is July 7 for fall 2016 semester. Applications received after July 7 through November 10 may be considered for either fall 2016 or spring 2017, depending on when materials received. |web post March 17|
Rising seniors! The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is one of the largest undergraduate scholarship programs available. Applicants can receive up to $40,000 per year to attend a 4-year accredited undergraduate institution. They can pursue any field of study and will have access to one-on-one advising about selecting a college, navigating financial aid, transitioning to college, and maximizing the college experience. To apply, students must have a cumulative un-weighted GPA of 3.5 with SAT CR/Math score of 1200+ or ACT composite of 26+. Financial need is considered. Applications accepted September-November. Visit jkcf.org/college. |web post February 18|
The 2016 Drug Lawsuit Source Scholarship has been announced! $1,000. This scholarship opportunity is available to all students currently enrolled in a university, college, junior college, community college, or trade school. High school students planning to start college in the Fall of 2016 are also encouraged to apply. The requirement for application is to write a 500-750 word essay describing the applicants educational and career goals, the plan to achieve those goals, and any adversity that may have been faced on the journey to success. To learn more and apply, click here. The deadline for application is November 1. |web post March 22|
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 an APRIL deadline (online post March 8):
HIGH BRIDGE FOUNDATION
SCHOLARSHIP: offered to high school SENIORS; $500
& $1000 awards; scholarships are to support the educational aspirations of
young people from underserved populations, especially those who make
substantial and noteworthy academic progress despite hardship conditions;
minimum 3.0 GPA required; applicant must have been admitted to a trade school,
community college or 4-year college or university with a plan for full-time
attendance; apply @ www.highbridgefoundation.org/scholarships/; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
APRIL 30 | ONLINE | Original JAG Bulletin Post Posted
Feb 8 |
LES GEMMES, INC.,
WASHINGTON CHAPTER ‘FLORENCE EASLEY BUILDING A BRIGHTER FUTURE
SCHOLARSHIP: open to high school SENIORS; applicant
must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale); applicant must have a post-secondary
plan for college, university, or trade school; US citizen; high school
transcript, essay, letter of acceptance and 2 letters of recommendation
required; demonstrated leadership by evidence of community service; awards
vary; click here (Word document) for application; DEADLINE
FOR APPLICATION: APRIL 30 | Original JAG Bulletin Post Feb 23 |
Scholarship opportunities with a MAY deadline (online post April 18):
IZAAK WALTON LEAGUE 'THOMAS W. FISHER CONSERVATION & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP: offered to SENIORS planning to actively pursue advanced learning in the areas of conservation or environmental sciences; $2,000; apply online using the "Forms & Documents" link; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: MAY 1 | ONLINE | Original JAG Bulletin Post Feb 22 |
KARIN RILEY PORTER GOOD
WORKS SCHOLARSHIP: open to SENIORS; established to
encourage young students to work and give back to their communities; $500
award; 500 work writing requirement; applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
(cumulative); click here to apply; DEADLINE FOR
APPLICATION: MAY 1 | ONLINE | Original JAG Bulletin Post Dec 18 |
KUSH ARORA FEDERAL
JUSTICE REFORM SCHOLARSHIP: open to SENIORS; applicant must be in
good standing with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; 1000-word essay required –
prompt provided online; DEADLINE FOR
APPLICATION: MAY 1 | ONLINE | Original JAG Bulletin Post Dec 18 |
PAN HELLENIC COUNCIL OF
MONTGOMERY COUNTY TERESA C. SUGGS/ROY T. LYONS SCHOLARSHIP & BOOK AWARD:
open to SENIORS; HBCU scholarship award requires that the applicant be
accepted to a Historically Black College or University and have a current
cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; Montgomery College Book Award requires
application to Montgomery College and a current cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0
scale; applications are available online at www.nhpcmc.com;
APPLICATION: MAY 1 | ONLINE | Original JAG Bulletin Post Sept 28|
THE PICHLER FAMILY $10K
SCHOLARSHIP: offered to Northwest High School (MCPS)
graduating SENIORS; applicant must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and should be able to
demonstrate leadership ability through extra-curricular activities and/or
community service; applicant must plan to attend a 2 or 4-year college or
university (be prepared with a letter of acceptance); financial need
considered; click here to download the application; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: MAY 1 (POSTMARKED) | ONLINE | Original JAG Bulletin Post Apr 7 |
JEWISH SOCIAL SERVICE
AGENCY SCHOLARSHIPS: available to ALL Montgomery County
high school SENIORS; additional opportunities are available for students in the
Jewish community; most awards based on financial need; criteria varies for each
scholarship – 8 scholarships available; awards up to $6,000; visit www.jssa.org; search ‘scholarships’; click on
‘Educational Scholarships & Loans’; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
MAY 2 | ONLINE | Original JAG Bulletin Post Jan 19 |
WOMEN’S REPUBLIC CLUB: offered to a graduating high school
SENIOR from select up-county high schools in Montgomery County, including
Northwest HS; $1,000; application is by essay on a specific topic along with
application cover page; click here to download; DEADLINE FOR
APPLICATION: MAY 2 (POSTMARKED) |
ONLINE | Original JAG Bulletin Post Mar 10 |
TAIWANESE AMERICAN COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP: open to ALL graduating high school SENIORS (regardless of ethnicity); $500; one recommendation and official high school transcript required; copy of highest SAT/ACT score report required; resume required and 500 word essay; apply online at the TAC website; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: EXTENDED TO MAY 5
APRIL 30 | ONLINE | Original JAG Bulletin Post Mar 15; Web Update Apr 29 |
OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS, INC., 2016 SCHOLARSHIP: offered
to a graduation VIETNAMESE AMERICAN SENIOR; applicant must have a minimum GPA
of 3.3; financial need considered; 2 letters of recommendation required;
official high school transcript required; applications will be available for
download at www.AVAUS.org; DEADLINE FOR
APPLICATION: MAY 6 (5 PM) | ONLINE | Original JAG Bulletin Post Apr 11 |
MARYLAND HISPANIC ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP: ALL high school SENIORS with a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible to apply; applicant must plan to attend a Maryland college or university; $2,000 award; must be a US citizen, permanent resident or Dreamer (as defined by the Maryland Dream Act); financial need considered; apply online; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: MAY 31 | ONLINE | Original JAG Bulletin Post Feb 23 |
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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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