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|
SAVE THE DATE... Northwest Financial Aid Seminar. December 1. 6:30 pm. Presentations in English and Spanish.
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!
Elks National Foundation "Most Valuable Student (MVS) 2016" Scholarship Competition is underway! Eligibility requires the applicant be a high school senior who is a US citizen. Applications will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Awards range from $1,000 to $12,500 per year over four years. Applications should be submitted to the Elks Lodge closest to the student's permanent address, which for our area is the Washington-Rockville Elks Lodge #15, located at 5 Taft Court, Rockville, Maryland 20850. A download of the application is available at www.elks.org/enf/scholars/. Click on "Download the 2016 MVS Scholarship Application - Due December 4, 2015". |web post October 5|
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 an OCTOBER deadline:
YOUTH AWARDS: open to SENIORS; applicant must be of
Hispanic/Latino descent (at least one parent); minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0
scale); willing to travel (at own expense) to regional awards ceremony; up to
$3,000 awarded in educational grants; award categories are business &
entrepreneurship, community service, education, innovation & technology,
engineering & mathematics, healthcare & science and sports &
fitness; visit www.HispanicHeritage.org
and select Programs ► Youth Awards; DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
OCTOBER 15 |ONLINE| JAG Scholarship 'Apply Now' original post date: August 17 |
HORATIO ALGER SCHOLARSHIP: open to SENIORS; applicant must plan
to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private
institution in the US; applicant may start their studies at a 2-year
institution and then transfer; demonstrated financial need; involvement in
extra-curricular activities and community service; display integrity and perseverance
in overcoming adversity; 2.0 minimum GPA; US citizenship required; apply online
by visiting scholars.horatioalger.org; awards range from $5,000 to $22,000; APPLICATION
MUST BE COMPLETED BY: OCTOBER 25 |
ONLINE | JAG Scholarship 'Apply Now' original post date: August 14 |
SCHOLARS: open to SENIORS; applicants must have
a minimum 3.0 GPA; evaluation based on demonstrated leadership in school,
commitment to community and academic achievement; online application
coca-colascholarsfoundation.org; awards begin at $1,000; DEADLINE TO APPLY: OCTOBER 31 | ONLINE | JAG Scholarship 'Apply Now' original post date: August 14 |
UNIVERSITY NANCY THORP POETRY CONTEST: open to SOPHOMORE and JUNIOR young
ladies; $5,000 renewable Creative Talent Scholarship and free tuition and
housing for the HollinsSummer creative writing program; $200 cash prize; up to
two poems can be submitted by any one student; for contest guidelines and more
information visit www.hollins.edu/poetry-contest; DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: OCTOBER 30 | ONLINE | JAG Scholarship 'Apply Now' original post date: September 28 |
OF NORTH CAROLINA CHARLOTTE LEVINE SCHOLARS PROGRAM – open to SENIORS; applicant must be
applying to UNC Charlotte; COUNSELOR NOMINATION REQUIRED; official high school
transcript and test scores required as part of the UNC Charlotte application;
completed UNC applications are due by November 1; two recommendations required;
Levine Scholar profile seeks outstanding seniors who can demonstrate an average
unweighted GPA of 3.8 to 4.0 and 1900-2400 on the SAT or 29-36 ACT composite;
students applying should demonstrate a commitment to community service, hold an
academic record that reflects a sustained intellectual curiosity, and possess a
capacity of ethical leadership that will carry students through college and
beyond; Scholars receive full tuition, room and board for 8 semesters including
4 summer experiences; COUNSELOR NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BY: OCTOBER 15; online nomination can
be accessed at levinescholars.uncc.edu; | ONLINE
| JAG Scholarship 'Apply Now' original post date: September 4 |
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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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