NWHS Scholarships & Financial Aid Bulletin 

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New Scholarship Post Senior Exit Survey: Scholarships & Post-Secondary Plans for the
Class of 2014 Graduation Program
 

In preparation of the graduation program and our end of year reporting to the Superintendent, we need to know your plans for next fall and all scholarship offers you received. The Senior Exit Survey can be completed online through Family Connection or by hard copy. Please download the survey and complete before May 5. The survey includes instructions for completing online. Copies of scholarship award letters are requested. Completed surveys and scholarship award letters should be submitted to the College & Career Information Center. Congratulations to the Class of 2014. [web post March 21]

  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. [web post October 4]

 TVLogoMaryland 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]

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.  [Posted July 16]. 

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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]

Coins for webIf 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]

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 August 2013]  


 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.  [Updated October 16] 

 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!  [Updated August 7]   


Dollar Sign Lock on Scholarships 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!  

  New Scholarship Post The Pichler Family $10,000 Scholarship!  Offered to one Northwest senior. Applicant must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and have demonstrated leadership through extra-curricular activities or community service.  The scholarship is available to 4-year (non-renewable) or 2-year (renewable) college bound graduates.  Essay and letter of acceptance required.  Financial need considered.  Click here to download the application.  The deadline to apply is May 2.  [web post April 7]

New Scholarship Post The High Bridge Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Bowie, MD is pleased to offer $1,000 scholarships and $500 book awards to deserving high school seniors.  Scholarships are intended for students who have faced hardship conditions and are in need of financial assistance to pursue post-secondary education at trade schools, community colleges, colleges and/or universities.  Visit www.highbridgefoundation.org to apply.  The deadline for application is May 1.  [web post March 24]

New Scholarship Post The DC area Phi Beta Kappa Association has announced application for the Ruth Knee Merit Scholarship.  $1,000 award is being offered to selected seniors who are in the top 10 percent of his/her class and have a grade point average of at least a 3.7 (on a 4.0 scale), or have the equivalent SAT score of at least 1950.  Personal statement and an essay are required.  Additional details and application can be found on hereThe deadline to apply is May 1.  [web post March 24]

New Scholarship Post Montgomery College On Ramp to Stem Scholarships.  On behalf of MC, the National Science Foundation is sponsoring full scholarships to incoming MC students who are interested in learning more about life science fields.  Scholarships provide full funding at MC for up to two years.  Students majoring in life sciences, biotechnology, or mathematics or students with an interest in the interdisciplinary nature of biosciences should apply.  Visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/onrampThe application deadline is May 12.  [web post March 12]

New Scholarship Post Senator Nancy J. King Legislative Scholarship offered to seniors currently residing in Maryland District 39.  Applicants must plan to attend a Maryland college or university and have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by March 1.  $1,000.  To check your legislative district visit www.mdelect.net.  Click here to download the application.  Applications must be returned to the College & Career Information Center no later than April 6 (please note the attached application deadline of April 15 is not the Northwest deadline)!  [web post March 12]

New Scholarship Post Blacks in Government Carl T. Rowen Chapter announces the Evangeline J. Montgomery Scholarship for high school seniors.  $1,000 award.  Applicants should be prepared to write an essay and should have a minimum 2.75 GPA.  One letter of recommendation required.  Click here to download the application.  The deadline to apply is April 19 (postmarked).  [web post March 7]

New Scholarship Post Minds in Motion Scholar-Athlete Scholarship sponsored by The Allstate Foundation.  $1,000.  Available to high school seniors who have a minimum 3.25 un-weighted GPA and have participated in interscholastic athletic activities sponsored by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association during their high school careers.  Applications are onlineThe deadline for application is 12:00 PM on Friday, April 11.  [web post March 5]

New Scholarship Post Console & Hollawell Legal Leaders Scholarship.  Available to graduating seniors who are pursuing a career in law.  Applicants must be a US citizen with a minimum 3.0 GPA.  $1,000.  Click here for application and additional information.  The deadline for application is July 15.  [web post March 5]

New Scholarship Post Console & Hollawell Paralegal Scholarship.  Available to graduating seniors who are attending community college, technical school or business school in the US pursuing degrees or certifications in paralegal studies, legal assistant, court reporting or other law-related field.  Essay required.  Click here for application and additional information.  The deadline to apply is July 15.  $500.  [web post March 5]

NWHS Jaguar Paw Latino seniors are invited to apply for the Maryland Hispanic Achievement Scholarship!  $2,000.  Applicants must not be more than third generation Hispanic.  2.5 minimum GPA requirement.  Applicant must have leadership and community involvement and plan to attend a Maryland post-secondary institution.  Apply online at Montgomery Hispanic Gala The deadline to apply is May 30.  [web post February 25]

NWHS Jaguar Paw Montgomery College is offering high school seniors the Board of Trustees Academic Speciality Scholarship.  The scholarship covers one year tuition and fees (county rate).  Applicants must be planning to attend Montgomery College in the fall of 2014 and have a current GPA of 3.0 or higher (weighed).  Click here to download the application.  The deadline to apply is April 30.  [web post February 24]

NWHS Jaguar PawThe Delegate Kirill Reznik, District 39 Legislative Scholarship is offered to seniors currently residing in Maryland Legislative District 39.  Applicants must also plan to attend a Maryland college or university (unique majors excluded).  To determine your legislative district, visit www.mdelect.net.  To determine if your major is considered "unique" visit www.mhec.state.md.us and search "Academic Common Market".  Applicants must have completed the FAFSA by March 1.  Click here to download the scholarship application.  The deadline to apply is April 30.  [web post February 19]

NWHS Jaguar PawThe Montgomery County Farm Bureau Scholarship is offered to seniors planning to major in an agricultural field.  Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA.  Awards range from $1,000 to $3,000.  Click here to download the application.  The deadline to apply is May 5.  [web post February 19]

Don't Forget Image LeadershipMontgomery Youth Programs!  The Youth Leadership Montgomery Program is an outstanding self-development program for high school students with long term benefits for college years and beyond.  Benefits from this program include enhancement to college applications, opportunity to meet new people, building confidence while learning communication and leadership skills.  Informational Meeting will be held March 13 from 6:30 to 8 pm.  The deadline for program application is April 11.  [web post February 4]  

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Dollar Sign Lock on ScholarshipsApril Scholarship Opportunities (listed by scholarship deadline)...
Don't Forget Image Download the entire JAG Scholarship Bulletin for opportunities through the end of the year!

NWHS Jaguar Paw BETHANY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH STUDENT OUTREACH SCHOLARSHIP:  offered to SENIORS; applicant must be college-bound and have a minimum 3.0 GPA; applicant should have exceptional character demonstrated by their academic achievement and community service; Click here to download the application. DEADLINE TO APPLY:  APRIL 6 (ONLINE) (A limited number of applications will be available in the College/Career Information Center “JAG Scholarships File – Private Organizations”) [Posted March 12] 

NWHS Jaguar PawSENATOR NANCY J. KING LEGISLATIVE SCHOLARSHIP:  offered to SENIORS; $1,000; applicants must reside in Maryland’s 39th legislative district (visit www.mdelect.net to determine district); applicant must plan to attend a Maryland college or university and must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1; click here to download the application.DEADLINE TO APPLY:  APRIL 6 (ONLINE) (A limited number of applications will be available in the College/Career Information Center “JAG Scholarships File – Private Organizations”) [Posted March 12] 

NWHS Jaguar Paw MINDS IN MOTION SCHOLAR-ATHLETE SCHOLARSHIP:  available to SENIORS who have participated in interscholastic athletic activities sponsored by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association during their high school careers; applicants must have a minimum 3.25 un-weighted GPA; $1,000 award; application includes transcript and SAT/ACT score verification; apply online @ http://www.mpssaa.org/news/release.asp?release_id=542; DEADLINE TO APPLY:  APRIL 11 (12:00 PM); (ONLINE) [Posted March 5] 

NWHS Jaguar Paw IZAAK WALTON LEAGUE THOMAS W. FISHER CONSERVATION & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP:  offered to SENIORS; $1,500; applicant must plan to actively pursue advanced learning in the areas of conservation or environmental sciences; visit www.iwla-rockville.com to apply; applications can be found on the web site by clicking on the “Activities” link on the tool bar, then select “Education” and “Scholarships & Service Learning”; DEADLINE TO APPLY:  APRIL 15 (ONLINE) [Posted January 16] 

NWHS Jaguar Paw BLACKS IN GOVERNMENT EVANGELINE J. MONTGOMERY SCHOLARSHIP:  offered to SENIORS; $1,000; essay required; 2.75 or better GPA requirement; DEADLINE TO APPLY:  APRIL 19 (A limited number of applications will be available in the College/Career Information Center “JAG Scholarships File – Private Organization”) [Posted March 6] 

NWHS Jaguar Paw DELEGATE KIRILL REZNIK, DISTRICT 39 LEGISLATIVE SCHOLARSHIP:  offered to SENIORS; applicants must reside in Maryland’s 39th legislative district (visit www.mdelect.net to determine district); applicant must plan to attend a Maryland college or university (unique majors excluded – for a list of unique majors visit www.mhec.state.md.us); applicants must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1; click here to download the scholarship application. DEADLINE TO APPLY:  APRIL 30 (ONLINE) (A limited number of applications will be available in the College/Career Information Center “JAG Scholarships File – Private Organizations”) [Posted February 19] 

NWHS Jaguar Paw MONTGOMERY COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES ACADEMIC SPECIALTY SCHOLARSHIP:  offered to SENIORS planning to attend Montgomery College Fall 2014; applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (weighted); official high school transcript and recommendation required; applications are available online www.montgomerycollege.edu/BOTscholarship; DEADLINE TO APPLY:  APRIL 30 (ONLINE) (A limited number of applications will be available in the College/Career Information Center “JAG Scholarships File – Colleges & Universities”) [Posted February 24] 

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Dollar Sign Lock on ScholarshipsAdditional Scholarship & Financial Aid Resources:

New Scholarship Post 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. [Web post January 18]


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.  February 9, 2014 and February 27, 2014.  Registration to attend will be online at CollegeGoalSundayMD.org or call 1.877.632.4709.  FREE to families. 


 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. 

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.

 www.SchoolSoup.com
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

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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