Northwest Financial Aid Seminar for the Class of 2016. December 1. 6:30 pm. English presentation will be in the Auditorium. Presentation in Spanish will be in Room 251.
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 posting below and download the complete JAG Scholarship Bulletin with scholarship opportunity listings through the school year!
Nursing Schools Almanac has just launched its second annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. $1,000 will be awarded to an aspiring nurse who demonstrates a track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics and who has a passion for the nursing profession. This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue a college education in nursing. Applications are available to download from the Nursing Schools Almanac web site. The deadline to apply is June 30. |web post November 24|
The Kappa Youth and Community Outreach Foundation Scholarship is now being offered to eligible graduating high school seniors! $1,000. Applicants must be a minority student with a minimum 3.0 GPA. College test scores required. To download the application and view additional requirements, visit the chapter web site. Applications must be submitted by email be Friday, February 19. |web post November 20|
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Paul Robeson Scholarship 2016. Applications are available for this $1,000 award. Applicants must be male, African American and a graduating high school senior. Minimum GPA eligibility is a 2.5. Application includes an essay, official high school transcript and three letters of recommendation. Finalists will be invited to interview. The deadline for application is March 4. |web post November 16|
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Montgomery County Chapter, 2016 Scholarship Opportunity. Applicants must be a Montgomery County high school senior with a minimum 2.5 GPA. $1,000. Applicants can be planning to enroll at a 2 or 4-year college or university. Scholarship application, essay, two letters or recommendation and official transcript are required. For electronic application submission, click here. The deadline for application is February 12 (postmarked). |web post November 10|
NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation awards 100 scholarships to Young Entrepreneurs ranging from $2,000 to $25,000! The application season has opened for high school seniors who operate their own small business. Apply online at www.NFIB.com/YEA. The deadline for application is December 18, 2015. |web post November 3|
Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship. $1,000 awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a fashion degree. June 1 deadline to apply. Click here for scholarship eligibility and application information. |web post October 29|
Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship. $1,000 awarded to high school seniors interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college. June 1 deadline to apply. Click here for scholarship eligibility and application information. |web post October 29|
2016 Maryland Emergency Management Association Scholarship. Applicants should be a current high school senior planning to pursue a career in Emergency Management or related field such as Fire Science, Law Enforcement, Public Health, or Nursing. The deadline for application is April 1. 500 word essay required. Click here to download the application. |web post October 28|
"Why is a College Education Important to Me?" Scholarship Essay Competition. Sponsored by Black College Expo, coming to your area on March 5, 2016. Entries are due by February 22. All entries are to be typed, double-spaced and embedded in the email submission (no attachments). Essay guidelines are available for Northwest students in the College & Career Information Center. Guidelines are also available to view online by visiting the Expo web site. More information on the upcoming Expo as well as additional scholarship resources can be found at thecollegeexpo.org. |web post October 28|
Angie Dipietro Women in Business Scholarship. $500 to a female high school senior. The applicant must be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA. 500 word essay required. Applicant should have an interest in business or entrepreneurship. Essay prompt and guidelines can be found here. The deadline to apply is March 1. |web post October 28|
Seth Okin Good Deeds Scholarship. $500. Minimum 3.0 GPA required. 500 word essay requirement. Applicant should be committed to service to others. For essay prompt and guidelines to apply, click here. The deadline for application is March 1. |web post October 28|
Ed Tayter Outstanding Citizen Scholarship. $500 to a student who best exemplifies outstanding characteristics as citizens in their community. The applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The essay must be 500 words. Click here for the essay prompt and submission requirements. The deadline for submission is March 1. |web post October 28|
2016 Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Scholar & Essay Contest. $1812 awarded to a high school senior to put toward the college of his/her choice. Essay must be no more than 250 words. Online submission required. For essay guidelines and prompt visit www.flaghouse.org. The deadline for submission is 4 pm, March 25. |web post October 23|
The University of Maryland Baltimore County Center for Women in Technology is now accepting applications for their CWIT and Cyber Scholars Programs. Programs are open to high school graduates (both women and men) who are interested in the fields of engineering, computing majors or cybersecurity. Both programs are merit-based scholarship programs. CWIT Scholars receive four-year scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 per academic year (in-state). For more information: CWIT Scholars | Cyber Scholars. The deadline for application is January 15. |web post October 5|
Be A Donor Legacy of Life Scholarship. Write and essay or produce a video! To qualify for the scholarship, write an essay or produce a video that will convince an audience to register to be organ, eye and tissue donors. Visit beadonor.org for essay and video guidelines. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000. The deadline to submit entries is March 23; 11:59 pm. |web post October 1|
National Co-Op Scholarship Program with WACE partner institutions is accepting applications. Advancing Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education (WACE) partners with the following schools to offer renewable merit scholarships: Clarkson U., Drexel, Johnson & Wales, Merrimack College, Rochester Inst. of Technology, State U. of New York Oswego, the U. of Toledo, U. of Cincinnati, U. of Massachusetts Lowell and Wentworth Inst. of Technology. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior with a minimum 3.5 GPA (4.0 scale) and must be applying to one of the partner institutions. Applications are available online at www.waceinc.org. The deadline for application is February 15 (postmarked). |web post September 30 |
The University of Dayton offers Northwest High School the opportunity to nominate one graduating senior to be names the Leadership in Service Scholarship recipient! This scholarship is worth $10,000 over four years. The selected student must be applying to the University of Dayton and meet their standards for admission for scholarship consideration. Interested students should express interest in the College & Career Information Center no later than January 5, 2016. |web post September 28|
Pan Hellenic Council of Montgomery County announces their Theresa C. Suggs/Roy T. Lyons Montgomery College Book Award and HBCU Scholarship Award. Click here for MC Book Award criteria and application. Click here for the HBCU Scholarship criteria and application. Both applications are due to May 1 (postmarked). |web post September 28|
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Program is accepting applications. Scholarship applicants must have a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA (4.0 scale) and should be of Asian American and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity. Applicants must plan to enroll as as undergraduate student in a US accredited college or university in the fall of 2016. Application requires the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Apply online. The deadline for application is January 8; 9 pm EST. |web post September 25|
Montgomery College Opens Montgomery Scholars Applications! Available to high school seniors planning application to Montgomery College. Highly selective two-year interdisciplinary honors program that includes full tuition merit scholarship. Participation in a summer study travel experience is an integral part of this program. Application requires an official high school transcript, college test scores and two recommendations. For program eligibility and to download the application, visit montgomerycollege.edu/montgomeryscholars. The deadline for application is January 29, 2016 (postmarked) |web post September 18|
Blades of Green 2016 Scholarship Announced! Blades of Green is a lawn care company located in Edgewater, Maryland. They are offering a $1,000 scholarship to students interested in environmental studies (or related field). Application requires an official high school transcript and letter of recommendation. To apply, visit the Blades of Green web site and look for the scholarship under 'Culture'. The deadline for application is March 15; midnight. |web post September 17|
2016 Gates Millennium Scholars Program is open for application! Eligible high school seniors must be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American. Applicants must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the US with a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA (4.0 scale). Applicant must be able to demonstrate leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities. Applicant must be able to meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria (determined after application through the FAFSA). To apply and for details on the individual award information, visit gmsp.org. The deadline to apply is January 13, 2016 11:59 pm EST. |web post August 20|
The Herb Block Foundation announces that applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 Herb Block Scholarship. This scholarship program provides financial assistance to graduating seniors in the Washington DC area for full or part-time attendance at select community colleges in the MD/DC area. Interested seniors can visit www.herbblockfoundation.org for additional information and to download the application. Applications confirmed as complete after July 7 through November 10 could be considered for fall or spring semester awards. |web update July 8|
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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 DECEMBER deadline:
SCHOLARS AWARD: open to high school students in GRADES
9, 10 & 11 ONLY; recipient must be nominated by their high school; one
student selected for nomination from Northwest; nominee must have a minimum GPA
of 3.75; nominee must be able to demonstrate humanitarian qualities in their
schools and communities through volunteer work and/or community service above
what is required; final award selection is at the discretion of the Carson
Scholars Fund Committee; Click here to download the Northwest High School Nomination Request Form or visit the
College & Career Information Center; DEADLINE FOR NOMINATION REQUEST: DECEMBER 1 |ONLINE| |Posted October 23|
NATIONAL FOUNDATION ‘MOST VALUABLE STUDENT 2016’ SCHOLARSHIP: open to SENIORS; applicant must be a
US citizen; membership with the ELKS is NOT required; applications judged on
scholarship, leadership, and financial need; applications must be submitted to
the Elks Lodge closes to the student’s permanent US address –
Washington-Rockville Elks Lodge #15, located at 5 Taft Court, Rockville,
MD 20850; awards range from $1,000 to
$12,500 per year; www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm;
APPLICATION: DECEMBER 4 |ONLINE| Posted October 5 |
STINKS” SCHOLARSHIP: open to high school students 17 or older;
$10,000; essay requirement on bullying; visit http://scholarshipguidance.com –
recently added scholarships; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
DECEMBER 14 | ONLINE | Posted
October 29 |
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD: open to SENIORS who operate their own small
business; awards range from $2,000 to $25,000; apply online at www.NFIB.com/YEA; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: DECEMBER 18 | ONLINE | Posted
November 3 |
THINKING SCHOLARSHIP: open to high school students; high
school transcript verification required; $1,500; visit http://scholarshipguidance.com –
recently added scholarships; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
DECEMBER 20 | ONLINE | Posted
October 29 |
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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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