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Reminder Notice Image The priority filing deadline for Montgomery College is May 15. 

NWHS Jaguar PawThe 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! 

NWHS Jaguar Paw 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 |

New Scholarship Post FAFSA filing Tips from Teen Life!  | web post January 9 |  


   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  Northwest High School Boosters Club offers $500 scholarships!  A $500 scholarship will be awarded to one male and one female Northwest High School senior (Montgomery County Public Schools) planning to attend a two-year or four-year college or university in the fall of 2015.  Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and 150 or more SSL hours as well as have participated in extracurricular activities.  Essay describing an experience or obstacle that was a challenge for them while at Northwest is also required.  Visit the Boosters web site to download the application and information on how to submit your essay.  The deadline to apply is April 15.  |web post March 27|

Reminder Notice Image The Pichler Family $10K Scholarship for Northwest High School Seniors!  Applicant must be strong academically with a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA with a plan to attend a 2 or 4-year college in the fall.  Applicant must be able to demonstrate leadership ability through extracurricular activities and/or community service.  Applicant must be able to demonstrate financial need.  Click here to download the application.  The deadline to apply is May 1.  |web post March 16| 

New Scholarship Post The Will Group Foundation offers scholarships to high school seniors that can be applied to tuition, room/board, and books at any college or university the recipient chooses to attend.  Applications are reviewed based on financial need, GPA, SAT/ACT scores, teacher recommendation and service.  Brief statement/essay regarding career goals is required.  To download the scholarship application visit thewillgroup.org and look for the scholarship applications under 'Contact'.  The deadline to apply is May 1.  |web post March 26|

New Scholarship Post High Bridge Foundation Scholarships are now being offered to graduating high school seniors!  Awards range from $500 to $1,000.  The scholarships are intended to help the cost of the recipient's attendance at a trade school, community college, 4-year college or university of the students choice.  Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be prepared to show evidence of academic achievement, hardship condition, community service and demonstrated leadership.  Applications are available at highbridgefoundation.org.  The deadline to apply is May 1.  |web post March 26|

New Scholarship Post The American Institute of Architects is offering scholarships to graduating high school seniors, college freshmen and community college students from a minority and/or financially disadvantaged background who intend to pursue the field of Architecture.  Applications are available to download on the AIA web site.  The deadline for application is April 22.  Application includes submission of drawings and/or sketches as well as recommendations.  |web post March 26|

 New Scholarship Post The League of Educators for Asian American Progress (LEAAP) is offering $1,000 scholarships to graduating MCPS high school seniors who plan to major in the field of again and are members of an Asian American Club or earned Student Service Learning hours supporting Asian American organizations.  Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.  Visit the LEAAP web site to download the application and guidelines on how to apply.  The deadline for application is 3:30 pm, Friday, May 1.  |web post March 26|

New Scholarship Post Montgomery County Executive Hispanic Gala Announces the 2015 Maryland Hispanic Achievement Scholarship.  Offered to graduating high school seniors planning to attend a college or university in the State of Maryland.  Applicants must be US citizens, permanent residents or Dreamer (as defined by the Maryland Dream Act).  Proof of financial need required.  GPA requirement 2.5 or higher.  Online application due by June 30.  To apply visit montgomeryhispanicgala.org/scholarship.  |web post March 20|

New Scholarship Post Ingerman & Horwitz, Attorneys at Law sponsor the "Just Drive, Maryland" scholarship for seniors!  Use your imagination and create a project that illustrates the dangers of distracted driving and/or drunk driving.  For contest rules, guidelines and to see the contest prizes, visit justdrivemd.com.  All entries are due by June 30.  |web post March 18|

NWHS Jaguar Paw The Maryland Association of Private Colleges and Career Schools (MAPCCS) Scholarship Committee has announced their 2015 scholarship program.  Application and a list of participating MAPCCS schools can be downloaded here.  The completed application must be submitted to the chosen career school by May 1.  |web post March 2|

NWHS Jaguar Paw StudentScholarships.org has announced several scholarship opportunities with varying deadlines and awards.  |web post February 19|

NWHS Jaguar Paw 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|

NWHS Jaguar Paw 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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Dollar Sign Lock on ScholarshipsScholarship 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!  Post date refers to the JAG Scholarship Bulletin original pubication date.  Scholarship opportunities with a March deadline:          

NWHS Jaguar Paw   ARMY OFFICERS’ WIVES CLUB OF THE GREATER WASHINGTON AREA & FORT MYER THRIFT SHOP SCHOLARSHIP:  open to SENIORS; applicants must be children of active duty, retired or deceased Army personnel; merit award based on academic achievements, community involvement and leadership potential; applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA; students can download applications by visiting www.aowcgwa.org under ‘Scholarships & Grants’; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  MARCH 27 |Posted December 8|    

NWHS Jaguar Paw THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER FLAG HOUSE SCHOLAR AWARD & ESSAY CONTEST:  open to SENIORS; award of $1,812; 250 word essay requirement; winner must be available to travel to Baltimore to read essay aloud at the Flag House event on June 14; www.flaghouse.org; DEADLINE FOR ESSAY SUBMISSION:  4PM MARCH 27 (ONLINE)  |Posted December 18|    

NWHS Jaguar Paw WISER SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE LEARNING CHALLENGED:  offered to SENIORS; applicants must be college bound and diagnosed with a learning challenge; applicant must have demonstrated community service; apply online at www.wiserdc.org; $1,000 award; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  MARCH 27 (ONLINE) |Posted January 21|     

NWHS Jaguar Paw DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, POTOMAC VALLEY ALUMNI CHAPTER 2015 SCHOLARSHIP:  available to Montgomery County high school SENIORS; applications reviewed based on academic achievement, community service and financial need; $1,500 award; 3.0 minimum GPA requirement; applicant must plan to enroll at a 4-year college or university by fall 2015 with an annual family gross income that does not exceed $75,000; 2 letters of reference, essay, official transcript and copy of FAFSA form required; applications can be downloaded at www.PVACFundinc.org; scholarship materials should be mailed to the Scholarship Committee Chair, Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter Fund, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., P. O. Box 10372, Rockville, MD  20849-0372; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  MARCH 31 (ONLINE) |Posted February 11|    

NWHS Jaguar Paw GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES’ BENEFIT ASSOCIATION (GEBA) SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS:  offered to graduating high school SENIORS; $2,500 awards offered in 3 categories of Academic, Community and Career Training; applicants must be sponsored by a parent or grandparent who has been a GEBA member for at least 3 years; applications and scholarship criteria is available at www.geba.com/scholarship; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  MARCH 31 (ONLINE) |Posted January 12| 

NWHS Jaguar Paw LEGACY OF LIFE ESSAY & VIDEO SCHOLARSHIPS:  offered to SENIORS; awards range from $1,000 to $3,000; convincing essay or video submission on donor registration; rules and entry forms are available online at www.beadonor.org and click on ‘News & Events’ and ‘Scholarship Information’; DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:  MARCH 31 (ONLINE) |Posted October 28| 

NWHS Jaguar Paw PAN HELLENIC COUNCIL OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY THERESA C. SUGGS/ROY T. LYONS SCHOLARSHIP:  offered to SENIORS; applicant must plan to attend a Historically Black College or University with a current cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; essay, two letters of recommendation, official high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores required with application; applications are available online at www.nhpcmc.com; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  MARCH 31  (ONLINE) |Posted January 22| 

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NWHS Jaguar Paw THE ABELSON LAW FIRM TEEN SAFETY SCHOLARSHIP:  available to SENIORS pursuing a college education; create an original 1 minute or less Public Service Announcement (PSA) video showing commitment to the cause of deleting cyberbullying; $2,000, $1,000 and $500 awards; video and application are submitted online at the web site www.seekingjustice.com/scholarship; DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:  APRIL 1 (ONLINE) |Posted February 19| 

NWHS Jaguar Paw THE ESPERANZA EDUCATION FUND COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP:  available to graduating high school SENIORS; applicants must be born outside of the United States or have two parents born outside of the US; applicant must plan to enroll full-time at an accredited public college or university in 2015-2016; application and additional details available online at www.esperanzafund.org; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  APRIL 1 (ONLINE) |Posted February 2| 

NWHS Jaguar Paw NATIONAL NAVAL OFFICERS ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PROGRAM:  offered to MINORITY high school SENIORS; several scholarship opportunities available starting at $1,000; awards are based on academic achievement, positive community involvement, commitment and financial need; recipients select their major, attend the college or university of their choice without any obligation to join or affiliate with the military, unless stipulated by the scholarship sponsor; application and supporting documents required are available online at www.dcnnoa.com; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  APRIL 4 (POSTMARKED OR ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION) (ONLINE) |Posted March 13| 

NWHS Jaguar Paw FEDERAL WATER QUALITY ASSOCIATION 2015 NATIONAL CAPITAL ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARSHIP:  offered to graduating high school SENIORS planning to pursue environmental careers; $2,000; acceptable areas of study include environmental sciences, environmental engineering, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, chemical engineering, or natural resource planning; applications reviewed on the basis of academic achievement and essay content; high school transcript and college test scores required; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  APRIL 13 (Applications will be available in the College & Career Information Center – Jag Scholarships Private Organization files) |Posted January 23|     

NWHS Jaguar Paw IZAACK WALTON LEAGUE THOMAS W. FISHER CONSERVATION & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP:  offered to SENIORS; applicant must plan to pursue advanced learning in the areas of conservation or environmental sciences; $2,000 award; four letters of reference, additional letter of recommendation from counselor required; high school transcript required; applications are available to download at www.iwla-rockville.org/forms/; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  APRIL 15 (ONLINE) |Posted March 3| 

NWHS Jaguar Paw JOSEPH FOX JR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:  offered to SENIORS; applicants must plan to major in reading or a reading-related field and pursue coursework that will prepare him/her for a teaching career; $2,000 award; applicant must have a minimum 3.2 GPA; documented community service required; application is available online at www.somirac.org by clicking on the ‘resources’ link; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  APRIL 15 (ONLINE)|Posted January 21|    

NWHS Jaguar Paw LeadershipMontgomery YOUTH AWARDS:  offered to graduating high school SENIORS who have completed over 260 student service learning hours; $1,000; application and instructions are available online @ www.leadershipmontgomerymd.org/celebration-leadership;  DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  APRIL 15 (ONLINE)    

NWHS Jaguar Paw NORTHWEST BOOSTERS CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS:  offered to Northwest graduating SENIORS; $500 awarded to one male and one female planning to attend a two or four-year college or university; applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and 150 or more SSL hours;  applicant must have also participated in extra-curricular activities;  essay required; applications are available online at www.nwhsboosters.org; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  APRIL 15 (ONLINE) |Posted March 27| 

NWHS Jaguar Paw DC AREA PHI BETA KAPPA ASSOC. HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS PROGRAM Ruth Knee Merit Awards:  open to SENIORS; $1,000 award; applicant must have a minimum 3.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or have the equivalent SAT score of at least 1950; applicant must have a demonstrated interest in liberal arts and sciences studies (membership in foreign language clubs, science or literacy clubs, and fine arts activities); personal essay required; information on how to apply is available @ http://www.dcpbk.org/programs/high-school-awardsDEADLINE FOR APPLICATION (POSTMARKED):  APRIL 20 (ONLINE) |Posted March 4|      

NWHS Jaguar Paw THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS DIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT SCHOLARSHIP:  offered to high school SENIORS, college freshmen, and community college students from a minority and/or financially disadvantaged background who intend to pursue a professional degree in Architecture; application includes recommendations and freehand sketches; visit http://www.aia.org/about/initiatives/AIAB101856 for details on how to apply; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  APRIL 22 (ONLINE) |Posted March 27|     

NWHS Jaguar Paw STUDENT-VIEW 2015 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM:  offered to SENIORS; applicants can be 4-year, 2 year or career school bound; no minimum SAT/ACT or GPA required; no essay or lengthy application, no application fees; applicants are asked to complete a 15-20 minute application survey about colleges in the area; scholarships are awarded via a random drawing of completed surveys; awards range from $500 to $4,000; winners announced in May; visit www.student-view.comDEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  APRIL 22 (ONLINE) |Posted January 28|   

NWHS Jaguar Paw ARMED FORCES COMMUNICATIONS & ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION (AFCEA) Washington DC Chapter SCHOLARSHIP:  offered to high school SENIORS; applicant must be US citizen or permanent resident; applicant must reside within the Metropolitan area; acceptance to a US accredited college or university (4 year) with a plan to pursue STEM fields (i.e., computer science, engineering (all), mathematic, physics, chemistry and/or management information systems); scholarship recipients are selected based on academic achievements, school activities, financial need and letter of recommendation; apply online by visiting http://www.afcea.org/education/scholarships/info.asp; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  APRIL 25 (ONLINE) |Posted March 18|    

NWHS Jaguar Paw DELEGATE KIRILL REZNIK SCHOLARSHIP for District 39 residents:  offered to graduating high school SENIORS that currently reside in Maryland’s 39th Legislative District (check your district at mdelect.net); applicant must plan to attend a Maryland public university or college (with exception for considering of unique majors – see application); unofficial transcript, resume and essay required; completion of the FAFSA by March 31 required; click here to download the application; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  APRIL 30 |Posted March 13|     

NWHS Jaguar Paw FLORENCE EASLEY BUILDING A BRIGHTER FUTURE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM:  offered to graduating high school SENIORS in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area; applicant must be accepted into an institution of higher learning (2 or 4-year college/university, trade, technical or vocational school); applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be a US citizen; official high school transcript, letter of acceptance and two letters of recommendation required; demonstrated leadership; essay and bio required; $1,500 award; click here to download the application; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION (POSTMARKED):  APRIL 30 |Posted March 13|      

NWHS Jaguar Paw MONTGOMERY COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES ACADEMIC SPECIALTY SCHOLARSHIP:  offered to SENIORS planning to attend Montgomery College fall 2015; applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (weighted); official transcript, application and recommendation required; full one-year scholarship that covers tuition & fees (at county rate) pending funding; visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/BOTscholarshipDEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  APRIL 30 (ONLINE) |Posted January 21|    

NWHS Jaguar Paw WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN CHAPTER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS INSTITUTE (WMCCAI) ESSAY/PRESENTATION SCHOLARSHIP:  offered to SENIORS living within a community association; 500-700 word essay or 3-5 minute Power Point presentation on “How Volunteer Leadership Adds Value to My Community Association”; applications are available at www.caidc.org (look for the 2015 scholarship program link); $1,000 award; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  APRIL 30 (ONLINE) |Posted January 21| 

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Dollar Sign Lock on ScholarshipsAdditional Scholarship & Financial Aid Resources:

NWHS Jaguar Paw 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

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.  Look for the 2015-2016 dates to post early next school year.  Registration to attend will be online at CollegeGoalSundayMD.org or call 1.877.632.4709.  FREE to families.  |updated post February 2015|

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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. 

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

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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