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.
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!
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 May 2013!
Quest Bridge offers seniors full scholarships through the National College Match. This program connects outstanding low-income high school seniors with admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's leading colleges. Applicants should be in the top 10% of their class with SAT scores of 1250 (Critical Reading/Math) and/or 27 composite ACT score. To review the partner colleges and submit an online application, visit www.questbridge.org. The deadline to apply is September 26. |web post August 27|
Wendy's High School Heisman is looking for senior student-athletes who never settle - not in the classroom, on the field, or in their communities! Visit www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com to apply and for information on awards and recognition. The application deadline is 5 pm; October 3rd. The first 25,000 completed online applications receive a Wendy's Gift Card. |web post August 27|
The Carol Jean Eiserer Memorial Scholarship was established in 1986 in memory of Carol Jean Eiserer, a graduate of MCPS who attended UNC at Greensboro and graduated with a degree in Physical Education. The scholarship is intended to encourage outstanding students to pursue a degree in kinesiology/sports medicine at UNC Greensboro. Interested seniors can begin the application process by clicking here. Applicants must be accepted to UNCG to be considered for the scholarship. |web post August 27|
The Junior Achievement Essay Competition has been announced! Students in grades 9-12 are invited to compete by entering a 1,000 to 1,500 word essay. Essay prompts will be available online beginning Wednesday, August 20. Visit myJA.org/students/essay. The deadline to submit will be October 29. |web post August 11|
The Hispanic Heritage announces application for their 2014 Youth Awards. Hispanic/Latino seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA are eligible for up to $3,000 in educational grant money. Applications are available online by visiting HispanicHeritage.org. The deadline to apply is September 15. |web post August 1|
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announces up to $30,000 in scholarship money is available to spring 2015 high school graduates. Applicants must plan to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2015 and have earned a cumulative un-weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher. Applicants must receive SAT combined Critical Reading and Math score of 1200 or above (must test by October 11) and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above (must test by September 13). Applicant must be able to demonstrate unmet financial need. Applications will be available online from September 2014 through November 2014. Visit www.jkcf.org. |web post May 29|
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Scholarship Opportunities for the 2014-2015 school year are posting NOW! Click here to download the entire JAG Scholarship Bulletin with postings through July 2014 and additional scholarship resources!
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Additional Scholarship & Financial Aid Resources:
From the American Educational Guidance Center is a link to United States colleges and universities which offer comprehensive programs for studens 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|
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.
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.
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 and February 27, 2014. 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.
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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