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 |
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|
March 1 Priority Deadline for FAFSA Filing... Maryland Colleges & Universities
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!
Cynthia E. Morgan Memorial Scholarship applications are now being accepted. $1,000 scholarship offered to Maryland high school seniors or college students who are first-generation. Applicant must plan to attend or be attending a Maryland college or university with a major in a medical-related field. Apply online at www.cemsfund.com. The deadline to apply is February 25. |web post January 30|
The 2015-2016 Maryland State Howard P. Rawlings Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant application is now available for the class of 2015. Applicants must plan to enroll full-time at a Maryland 2 or 4-year college or university. Minimum 2.5 un-weighted GPA required. Income requirements. For details on eligibility, click here. Students must create a MDCAPS account to begin the application. Counselor certification required along with high school transcript. The deadline for application is March 1. |Posted January 30|
Ivy Vine Charities, Incorporated, charitable foundation for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Theta Omega Omega Chapter, is accepting applications for its 2015 academic scholarship program. Applicants must be a graduating high school seniors with a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 2.7. Scholarships are available for students entering a 4-year college or university or Montgomery College in the fall of 2015. Applicants should be prepared with an official transcript, SAT/ACT scores and two letter of recommendation. Applications can be found here and should be available on the Charities web site at IvyVineCharities.org. Awards range from $500 to $2,000. The deadline for application is February 21. |web post January 26|
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|
USDA 1890 National Scholars Program. Available to seniors who plan to attend one of the 19 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions and major in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or other related disciplines. Full tuition, books and fees available. To view the list of schools and to apply, click here. The deadline to apply is February 1. |web post January 22|
The Pan Hellenic Council of Montgomery County announces the 2014-2015 Historical Black College or Universities (HBCU) Scholarship. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior from the MCPS system and accepted by an HBCU with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Application requires an essay, two letters of recommendation, official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores. The application can be found online at www.nhpcmc.com. The deadline to apply (postmarked) is March 31. |web post January 22|
Wiser Scholarship is now available to the learning challenged. Available for high school seniors. Applicants must be college bound and diagnosed with a learning challenge. Demonstrated community service required. $1,000 award. Application and more information is available at www.wiserdc.org. The deadline for application is March 27. |web post January 22|
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|
Educational Foundation Scholarship. Offered to high school seniors. Application is online at www.mcpsfoundation.org. Select 'Scholarships'. Select 'How to Apply'. Recommendation and financial statement required. Awards vary based on application content. The deadline to apply is March 16. |web post January 22|
The Polish Heritage Association of Maryland Scholarship Grant is now available to high school seniors. Applicants must be a legal resident of Maryland and have at least two Polish ancestors. Selections are primarily based on financial need with additional consideration given to academic standing, leadership potential and the student's pride of their Polish Heritage. Applications are available online at www.pha-md.org. The deadline to apply is March 1. |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|
Air Force Officers' Spouses' Club of Washington DC 2015 Scholarship. Offered to high school seniors who are dependents of active duty, reserve, guard, retired, MIA/POW, or deceased members of the United States Air Force. Awards based on academic achievement, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, work experience, citizenship, leadership roles, awards/honors, letters of reference and personal essay. Applications are available online at www.afoscdc.com scholarships tab. The deadline to apply is March 2. |web post January 16|
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Iota Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Montgomery County Paul Robeson Scholarship. African American male graduating seniors are eligible to apply. Minimum award $1,000. Essay, official high school transcript and letters of recommendation required. Click here to download the application and guidelines. The deadline to apply is March 5. |web post January 15|
The Children's Defense Fund offers current sophomores the Beat the Odds Scholarship. Applicants must be nominated or seek nomination from a teacher, counselor, case worker or other adult who can speak to the applicant's academic achievement, character, commitment to social justice/community, and tremendous odds he/she beats every day. The application is available online and must be received by March 9. $10,000 scholarships will be awarded along with a laptop computer and mentoring through the applicant's college process. Visit the web site for more information and/or to download the application (click on Washington DC). |web post January 15|
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|
The Government Employees' Benefit Association (GEBA) Scholarship Foundation is offering scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the categories of Academic, Community and Career Training. Each applicant must be sponsored by a parent or grandparent who has been a GEBA member for at least three years. Scholarships are awarded at $2,500. For additional information and to view scholarship applications, visit the GEBA web site at www.geba.com/scholarship. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2015. |web post January 12 |
The 2015 Alpha Kappa Alpha, Xi Sigma Omega Scholarship is now available for application! Several $1,000 scholarships are available. Scholarships are awarded in various areas with varying criteria. The deadline to apply is March 2. Click here to download the application and scholarship descriptions. |web post January 8|
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 for the month of January:
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
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
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|
Scholarship Opportunities for the month of February:
NORTHROP GRUMMAN ENGINEERING
SCHOLARS: offered to SENIORS; applicants must be
a US citizen and plan to attend an accredited college or university as a
full-time student in an approved engineering, computer science, mathematics or
physics program; minimum SAT score of 1700 or ACT score of 27; 3.5 un-weighted
GPA requirement; application includes essay, 3 letters of recommendation; $10,000
award payable over 4 years; click here to apply; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: FEBRUARY 4 |Posted December 2|
PHI BETA SORORITY INC. 2015 SCHOLARSHIP:
SENIORS; applicant must be planning to attend a (2) or (4) year college or
university; minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5; essay and two letters of
recommendation required; official transcript required; electronic versions of
the scholarship application are at http://bit.ly/EPZscholarship;
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: FEBRUARY 12 (ONLINE) (a limited number of applications will be
available in the College & Career Information Center – Jag Scholarships Private
Organization files) |Posted November
CO-OP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: offered to SENIORS; applicants must be
applying to WACE (Advancing Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education)
partnership schools that include Clarkson U., State U. of New York Oswego,
Drexel, U. of Cincinnati, Johnson & Wales, U. of Massachusetts Lowell, RIT,
The University of Toledo, Wentworth Inst. of Technology, Merrimack College and
Kettering University; applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better on
a 4.0 scale; applications are online at www.waceinc.org;
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: FEBRUARY 15 (ONLINE)
Please note deadline exceptions to * schools – check on the WACE web site for
exact deadline to apply |Posted
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 (a limited
number of applications will be available in the College & Career
Information Center – Jag Scholarships Private Organization files) |Posted December 4|
MINDS YOUTH WRITING CHALLENGE: open to
GRADES 9-12; high school students are invited to write and illustrate a
children’s book that discusses the topics of tolerance and diversity (students
may work individually or as a team); top award of $5,000; submission guidelines
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: FEBRUARY 27 (RECEIVED OR POSTMARKED)
(ONLINE) |Posted November 14|
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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. 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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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