If you missed the Financial Aid Seminar at Northwest, click here to download the program presentation which includes FAFSA review, how to apply, understanding financial aid and applying for scholarships. [web post December 5]
List of Scholarships That Don't Require Proof of US Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency. Click here for more information. [web post November 27]
Maryland Public Television... You Can Afford College. Originally aired on November 25 at 8 pm. Currently a video stream of the presentation is available to view on the MPT web site. Don't fear the FAFSA. Join host Mario Armstrong as he explores the financial aid maze of paying for college. [web update November 26]
Tackle financial aid with College Goal Maryland. February 9, 2014 from 2 to 4 pm at Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus (7625 Fenton Street, Takoma Park, MD 20912 - Charlene R. Nunley Student Services Center, First Floor). Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 4 to 6 pm at the Montgomery College Germantown Campus (20200 Observation Drive). Registration is required. Visit collegegoalsundaymd.org. Click on the 'Students, Families & Counselors' link for Frequently Asked Questions and what you need to bring to this event. Questions regarding the February 9 event should be directed to Wendy Maldonado. Questions regarding the February 27 event should be directed to Alexandra Gonzalez. Spanish interpreters available. For additional financial aid resources, click here. [web update October 30]
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. [web post October 4]
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. [Posted July 16].
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! [web update December 5]
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 August 2013]
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. [Updated October 16]
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! [Updated August 7]
JUST IN SCHOLARSHIPS (listed in the order received)... please remember to look at the current month's posting below and download the complete JAG Scholarship Bulletin with scholarship opportunity listings through May 2013!
The Coast Guard Chapter of Blacks in Government has announced the 2014 scholarship opportunity! Awards range from $500 to $1,000. Scholarships are available to seniors with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. Two recommendations and essay required. Scholarships applications can be downloaded here. A limited number of copies will be available in the Northwest College & Career Information Center. The deadline to apply is March 31. [web post December 11]
The Montgomery County Chapter of the Bowie State University Alumni Association has announced their scholarship opportunity for the Class of 2014. Applicants must plan to attend Bowie State University in either the fall of 2014 or spring 2015. A 2.5 GPA is recommended. Application includes two letters of recommendation, official high school transcript and a copy of SAT/ACT scores. To download the application, click here. A limited number of applications will be available in the College & Career Information Center. The deadline to apply for fall 2014 is May 15. [web post December 2]
AFCEA NOVA (Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association) Scholarship offered beginning December 1! $2,000 scholarships are primarily based on merit to qualified students who are pursuing degrees or advanced training in various technical fields suc as: Information Technology/Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Pure Natural/Physical sciences and other technology-related fields supportive of our National Security. Visit the AFCEA Nova web site to apply. The deadline for application is February 28. [web post November 26]
Army Officers' Wives Club of the Greater Washington Area/Fort Myer Thrift Shop Scholarship. Offered to children of active duty, retired or deceased US Army Personnel. Applicants must be a high school senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Scholarships are merit-based and are awarded based upon consideration of academic qualifications, community involvement and/or leadership potential. Visit www.aowcgwa.org under "Scholarships & Grants" to apply. The deadline for application is March 28. [web post November 20]
The United States Institute of Peace is hosting a National Peace Essay Contest for high school students. College scholarships are awarded up to $10,000. Details about the contest and submission can be found on the USIP web site. Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to compete. The deadline for submission is February 11. [web post November 20]
American Society of Military Comptrollers Washington Chapter 2014 Student Award Program is accepting applications. The applicant must be a high school senior with plans to enter a field of related to financial operations in post-secondary study; e.g., finance, accounting, economics, business adminstration, public administration, operations research, or other related fields. $1,000 award (renewable). Application includes three letters of recommendation, official transcript and copy of college test scores. Applications for Northwest seniors are available in the College & Career Information Center. The deadline to apply is February 8. [web post October 10]
The Washington Regional Transplant Community has announced the Legacy of Life Scholarship for graduating seniors. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000. Essay requirement. Visit www.BeADonor.org for scholarship guidelines and requirements. The deadline to submit your essay is 11:59 pm March 31. [web post October 1]
Scholarship Opportunity for Latino High School Seniors. Done Vida Scholarship Video Based Contest. Make a video. Win a scholarship. Save lives! Create a 2 minute video and compete for up to $3,000 in scholarship money. Video submissions must be made by 11:59 pm on Monday, March 31. Visit www.BeADonor.org and select 'News and Events' for competition rules. Video entries must be submitted by email to email@example.com. [web post October 1]
The 12th Annual National Co-Op Scholarship Program is now accepting applications. Merit scholarships awarded to high school students who plan to participate in college cooperative education at one the nine partnership colleges that include Clarkson U., the State University of NY Oswego, Drexel U., the University of Cincinnati, Johnson & Wales, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, RIT, the University of Toledo and Wentworth Inst. of Technology. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.5 or better (on a 4.0 scale) and apply to one of the partnership colleges. Visit www.waceinc.org for more information. The deadline to apply is February 14. [web post September 11]
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December Scholarship Opportunities (listed by scholarship deadline)...
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR SCHOLARSHIP: offered to graduating high school
SENIORS who operate their own small business; awards begin at $1,000;
application and criteria available online at www.NFIB.com/YEA;
APPLY: DECEMBER 18 (ONLINE APP)[Posted October 2]
MARKETING GROUP VOLUNTEER SCHOLARSHIP: open to high school students between the ages
of 16 and 22; applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and have contributed
at least 50 hours of volunteer service during the past two years; $500;
applications are available online at www.studentscholarships.org/college.php;
APPLY: DECEMBER 30 (ONLINE) [Posted October 3]
January Scholarship Opportunities (listed by scholarship deadline)...
FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: offered to SENIORS; applicant must plan to
enroll full-time at an accredited 4-year college or university in the US;
applicant must be US citizens; applicant must be able to demonstrate financial
need; 3.0 (required on a 4.0 scale) minimum GPA requirement; demonstrated
leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship at school, the workplace, and/or
within the community; apply www.reaganfoundation.org/scholarships;
APPLY: JANUARY 9 (ONLINE) [Posted November 1]
GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARS PROGRAM: open
to SENIORS; applicants must be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native,
Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American with a minimum GPA of 3.3
on a 4.0 scale; applicant must be a US citizen/legal permanent resident; plan
to enter an accredited college or university as a full-time student; have
demonstrated leadership abilities and meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility
criteria; Gates Scholars are awarded the
cost of tuition, fees, books and living expenses for the full college academic
year (based on financial need); the application process is completely online www.gmsp.org; DEADLINE TO APPLY: JANUARY 15 (ONLINE APP ONLY) [Posted August 15]
JCI SENATE SCHOLARSHIP: open to SENIORS; selection is based on merit
and need; awards potential up to $1,000; applicant must be US citizen and plan
to attend a post-secondary institution (college, university or vocational
school); application must be downloaded www.usjcisenate.orgàselect
select scholarship; DEADLINE TO APPLY:
JANUARY 11 (ONLINE APP) [Posted
COLLEGE MC SCHOLARS: open to SENIORS planning to attend MC;
selected students will be offered 2-year, full-tuition merit scholarships
(summer Scholars travel experience pending funding); the Scholars applicant
should have a minimum 3.0 GPA with competitive SAT scores; also considered are intellectual
interests, extracurricular activities, essays, recommendations and other
indications of excellence; applicants must be prepared to submit required
essay, official transcript and test scores; two letters of recommended and
resume; application is available to download www.montgomerycollege.edu/mcscholars;
APPLY: JANUARY 17 (ONLINE) [Posted October 2]
COLLEGE MACKLIN BUSINESS INSTITUTE SCHOLARS PROGRAM: open to SENIORS planning to attend MC; selected students will receive a
two-year full tuition scholarship; MBI issued i-pads for use while attending
MC; experiential learning outside the traditional classroom setting and the option
to travel to regional and national business related competitions; applicants
must be prepared to submit an official high school transcript, essay, SAT
and/or ACT scores, two letters of recommendation and resume; applications are
available to download on the Macklin site at www.montgomerycollege.edu/macklin;
APPLY: JANUARY 31 (ONLINE APP)
[Posted November 20]
COUNTY ‘KEEPING IT SAFE’ STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST:
to ALL Montgomery County public and non-public middle and high school age
teens; compete for up to $1,000; contest challenge is to create a
30-second public service video from one of 3 topics; visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/kis
for topics and application; DEADLINE TO APPLY:
JANUARY 31; 4pm (ONLINE APP) [Posted
MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES (RMHC) US SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM:
offered to SENIORS; varying opportunities and criteria; all applicants
must be US Citizens or legal residents and live in a participating RMHC
geographic area; plan to attend a 2-year or 4-year college or university with a
full course of study;
- RMHC Scholars; open to all seniors regardless of
race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or
- RMHC Asian Students Increasing
applicant must have at least one parent of Asian-Pacific heritage;
- RMHC African American Future Achievers; applicant must have at least one
parent of African or Black Caribbean heritage;
- RMHC HACER; applicant must have at least one
parent of Hispanic/Latino heritage;
apply visit www.rmhc.org and select “What We Do” for complete details and eligibility requirements; DEADLINE TO
APPLY: JANUARY 21 (ONLINE) [Posted October 16]
PRINCETON PRIZE IN RACE RELATIONS: offered to students in grades 9-12;
candidates must have been actively involved in a volunteer activity in the last
12 months that has had a significant, positive impact on race relations –
broadly defined – in his or her school or community (examples of activities can
be found on the Princeton Prize web site); $1,000; visit www.princeton.edu/pprize to begin
the application (there is no relationship between the Princeton Prize in Race
Relations and admission to Princeton University; DEADLINE TO APPLY: JANUARY 31 (ONLINE APP) [Posted October 24]
NETWORK ‘I EMPOWER’ SCHOLARSHIP: open to SENIORS; applicant must have a
minimum 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale); applicant must plan to attend a 4-year
college or university in the fall of 2014; applicant must be able to
demonstrate commitment to community service and have financial need; $2,000
award; essay, copy of FAFSA and Federal Tax Return required; 2 letters of
recommendation, official high school transcript and copy of college test scores
TO APPLY: JANUARY 31 (Applications
will be available in the College/Career Information Center “JAG Scholarships
File – Private Organizations”) [Posted November 6]
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Additional Scholarship & Financial Aid Resources:
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.
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.
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. [Web post January 18]
Assistance with the FAFSA...
- 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 9, 2014, 2 to 4 pm. Registration to attend will be online at CollegeGoalSundayMD.org or call 1.877.632.4709. FREE to families.
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
WIN SCHOLARSHIP MONEY USING PETERSON'S StudentEdge! Northwest High School now offers FREE access to The Student Edge, Peterson's online college and career planning tool. Highlights of the program include finding the best college for a student's academic goals, social interests, and financial needs, access to a scholarship database, college testing preparation & career interest tools.
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