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Scholarships are updated on the web page as they are received, emailed to students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) of record, posted to Family Access and Student Access on Skyward, and posted outside of the Big Rapids High School Guidance Office. 





Mecosta County Community Foundation Scholarships - Deadline March 1, 2019

Students residing in or attending schools in Newaygo County, Lake County, Mecosta County or Osceola County may use a common scholarship application.  Students are not required to apply for specific scholarships.

A list of scholarships available to Mecosta County students is available at

Students may apply for scholarships at or at  

Every year, the Mecosta County Community Foundation awards scholarships to students pursuing career training. These scholarships assist students with tuition, fees, books and other course required materials. 

How to Apply

By completing the general scholarship application, you will be considered for over 15 scholarships. You will need the following information to complete your online application:

  • GPA
  • SAT score
  • Employment history
  • Essay
  • Activities

**You should also submit a copy of the financial information form to your first-choice academic institution as soon as possible. 

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Visit and to get started! Also, you may click here to access screenshots of the steps involved in applying. 

Big Rapids Rotary Club College Scholarship - Deadline April 1, 2019

The Big Rapids Rotary Club is offering a scholarship of $500.00 per year (for a maximum of 4 years) to a graduating senior from Big Rapids High School or Crossroads Charter Academy who has been accepted to either a 2 or 4 year college. Please see click here to view the attachment for more details and the application. The application can also be obtained within the guidance office.

Big Rapids Cardinal Sports Boosters - Teri Marsh Scholarship – Deadline April 11, 2019

Big Rapids Cardinal Sports Boosters is offering a $500.00 scholarship for two college bound seniors.

To apply for the scholarship, you must meet the follow criteria:

  1. Participated in at least one sport in your Junior and Senior year of high school. Preference may be given to student athletes that have participated in two or more sports during their high school career. 
  2. Submit two recommendations:  one from a coach, and one from a teacher or administrator. Two recommendation sheets are attached.
  3. Answer the following essay questions, minimum of 750 to 1000 words total, typed and double spaced:
  • What life lessons have you learned as a student-athlete at Big Rapids High School that you will be able to apply when you leave high school?
  • Have you been a good role model as a student-athlete at Big Rapids High School? Please give examples.

All scholarship materials are due to the High School Guidance Office by 4:00pm on Thursday, April 11th, 2019.

Scholarship winners will be announced at Academic Awards night on Monday, May 6th.

*Please click the title to see the attachment or stop in at the Big Rapids High School Guidance Office to request an application.

Cardinal Spa & Massage Scholarship – Deadline April 12, 2019

  1. Applications received after April 12, 2019 will not be considered.
  2. Only completed applications will be considered. Do not leave items blank.
  3. Be sure your handwriting is legible.
  4. Applicant must be a Big Rapids High School graduate.
  5. Must plan to attend a technical school or college.
  6. Consideration for scholarship award is based on GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, participation in extra-curricular activities, and school organizations.  Please provide a copy of proof of GPA.
  7. Should you be the recipient of this scholarship you will be notified by mail. 
  8. This will be a one-time $500 scholarship and only one person will be awarded this scholarship.
  9. Essay should by typed and be 3 to 5 paragraphs long.
  10. Complete the application, essay, and submit a copy of your proof of GPA.
  11. Submit completed application to Big Rapids High School Guidance Counselor’s Office.

Please type a list on a separate piece of paper that includes all school activities for the last four years of your high school career.  Be sure to include sports activities, groups, clubs and organizations, theater and arts participation, awards received, and any positions held.  Please feel free to include any other information you feel would be relevant. 


On a separate piece of paper type 3 to 5 paragraphs to answer the following essay question.

Describe yourself using references to the lyrics of a single pop song from the decade of the 1980’s, 1990’s, or 2000’s.  Please be sure to include in the essay the name of the song you have chosen, and the artist. 



Michigan Technological University – Summer Youth Programs (SYP)

Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs offers a wide variety of exciting hands-on explorations for middle (6-8th grade) and high school (9-11th grade) students. Whether you have a student who is deeply passionate about biology or someone who wants to take a look at different engineering fields, there is an SYP exploration that will appeal to them! More than 50 explorations in everything from aviation to forensic science, photography to engineering technology, and many branches of STEM in between are offered.

In addition to tuition-based explorations, there are a variety of competitive scholarship programs for high-achieving students. At the high school level, the scholarship programs are Women in Engineering (WIE), Engineering Scholars Program (ESP), Women in Computer Science (WICS), National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI), and Rail and Intermodal Transportation (RIT). Students who would benefit from an academic summer experience like this but who need financial assistance are strongly encouraged to look into these scholarship programs. 

If you have any questions specifically about SYP, feel free to contact or (906) 487-2219. You may also visit the Michigan Tech website at or visit the BRHS Guidance Office for additional information.

We the Students Essay Contest – Deadline February 14, 2019

The Contest is open to all United States citizens or legal residents who are students who are no older than 19 and no younger than 14 as of the end of the Contest Period who (1) attend school in the United States, one of its territories or districts, or an American Armed Forces School Abroad, and (2) who are in grades 8 -12 attending public, private, religious, or charter schools, or (3) are enrolled in a GED or correspondence school program, or (4) are attending a home school program.

Please visit the website for additional information, including the full list of rules and regulations and the application portal.

The Detroit News & Outstanding High School Graduate Scholarship Program - Deadline March 1, 2019

The Detroit News and CATCH, Sparky Anderson's Charity for Children, are seeking to identify and recognize the outstanding graduating high school seniors in Michigan. This program places a premium on demonstrated ability in one of the seven core curriculum areas, in athletics, in vocational-technical education, in journalism and in a special category which recognizes extraordinary achievement in the face of extreme adversity. Each public or non-public high school may submit two candidates in each of the following categories:

ATHLETICS Nominees may come from any sport sanctioned and given varsity status by the Michigan High School Athletic Association. Prime consideration will be given to candidates who: 1) exhibit a high level of athletic skill and participation throughout their high school career, 2) display leadership and sportsmanship on the field and off, and 3) have exhibited strong academic skills.

HEALTH EDUCATION Nominees may be outstanding students in physical education, health education or may be leaders in substance abuse programs in their schools or communities. Prime consideration will be given to students who: 1) exemplify the highest standards of personal health, fitness and leadership, 2) have been recognized through a specific accomplishment, competition or project, and 3) have demonstrated strong academic ability in their academic studies.

JOURNALISM Nominees may be involved in any aspect of journalism, including newspapers, yearbooks and broadcast news. Prime consideration will be given to students who: 1) have demonstrated a commitment to the profession through professional work at work or school, or 2) have made a contribution to furthering the goals of a free press or free speech.

LANGUAGE ARTS EDUCATION Nominees may be from any school program in writing, speaking, literature, or any other commonly recognized language arts area, other than journalism. Prime consideration will be given to students who: 1) have published poetry, prose or other forms of written expression at the regional, state or national level, or 2) have demonstrated exceptional ability in debate or other competitive forms for speaking, or 3) have distinguished themselves in the study of literature.

MATHEMATICS EDUCATION Nominees may be from any area of mathematics. Prime consideration will be given to candidates who: 1) have been recognized in regional, state or national competitions or tests, or 2) have independently demonstrated a superior mathematical ability through the development of a mathematical concept, theorem or exploration of a complex mathematical relationship presented at a conference or in a published article.

PERFORMING ARTS EDUCATION Nominees may be from music, dance and theater. Prime consideration will be given to candidates who: 1) have demonstrated extraordinary performing talent and poise through adjudicated processes, 2) have been recognized through a specific accomplishment, competition or public performance, and 3) have demonstrated strong academic ability.

SCIENCE EDUCATION Nominees may be from any area of science. Prime consideration will be given to candidates who: 1) have been recognized in regional, state or national competitions or tests, or 2) have completed a scientific project which creates new information in a scientific field and has been documented and confirmed by recognized experts in the field.

VISUAL ARTS EDUCATION Nominees may be from any of the visual arts, interdisciplinary work in multiple art forms or any other recognized art form. Prime consideration will be given to candidates who: 1) have demonstrated extraordinary talent and creativity through adjudicated processes, 2) have been recognized through a specific accomplishment, competition or public showing, and 3) have demonstrated strong academic ability.

VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL EDUCATION Nominees may be from any vocational-technical education program. Prime consideration will be given to students who: 1) have demonstrated outstanding performance and leadership abilities related to their chosen occupational field, and 2) extraordinary achievement in academic work, job-related experience, lab training or related projects.

WORLD STUDIES EDUCATION Nominees may be from any social science, history, geography, foreign language or government/civics areas of instruction. Prime consideration will be given to students who: 1) have demonstrated extraordinary achievement through competitions or tests, or 2) have completed and been recognized for special projects in the community such as historical research or community service, or 3) have advanced global or multi-cultural understanding through the personal creation of a particular activity or projects.

SPECIAL DISTINCTION Against all odds nominees may be from any field of study or school program. Prime consideration will be given to students who: 1) have overcome extreme adversity due to economic, social, cultural, physical or mental hardship, 2) have prevailed with strength and dignity, exhibiting extraordinary accomplishments and achievement in their chosen field of endeavor, and 3) have demonstrated great potential. In this category, the special circumstances will be taken into consideration when weighing responses in the review criteria.

Winners will be selected by review panels selected by professional educational organizations. Review criteria are listed on the application form, with the points indicating the relative weighing of each response. The essay response will be used to determine the top students from those selected as finalists.

Rosa Parks Scholarship Deadline March 1, 2019

The Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation offers a $2,000, non-renewable scholarship to Michigan high school graduating seniors. Winners are selected on the basis of scholarship, leadership, financial need, and dedication to the civil rights principles of Rosa L. Parks, whose historic stand against racial prejudice in 1955 brought her national recognition.  The Foundation was established in 1980 to provide equal-opportunity scholarships to Michigan high school seniors.

Scholarships to be applied to tuition, books and/or fees, for first year of college only (cannot be applied to room/board or other expenses).  

A key determining factor in judging is ‘financial need.’ Students with numerous other scholarships (especially full-tuition scholarships) will receive a very low rating for ‘financial need,’ virtually eliminating them from contention for this scholarship. Because of this, these students may choose not to complete the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation application process. 


1.   Graduate by August 2019.*
2.   Have GPA of 2.5 or above.
3.   Describe financial need.
4.   Complete application form and essay.**
5.   Document community activities.
6.   Furnish official copies of high school transcript and ACT or SAT results.
7.   Furnish two letters of recommendation (at least one from a school representative; also suggest clergy, community and/or civic representative).

* Applicants must be graduating from high school in spring of 2019, with plans to enter college as a full time freshman in the fall.   You are not eligible for this scholarship at this time if you are participating in an Early College Program (13th year of high school).  You must wait until you actually graduate from high school.

**Essay question is last item on application. If you want to get a head start, here is the essay requirement. Please write an essay of 200-300 words (include a heading/topic). Segregation was the defining social issue when Rosa Parks took her historic stand. Describe a social issue that you think should be addressed today. How will YOU use the principles of Rosa Parks to address it?

2019 OsteoCHAMPS Rural Scholarship Program Application - Deadline March 1, 2019

Students entering 11th or 12th grade in the Fall 2019 – 

Send a high school student from your community to Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine for a health science summer immersion program.The intent of the rural scholarship program is to increase the number of rural high school students in Michigan who select health care as their profession of choice and to assist in the pre-professional preparation of those interested in the health sciences. The cost of this one-week program is $1,500 per student. The Michigan Center for Rural Health (MCRH) provides full scholarships for up to five qualified rural applicants. 

OsteoCHAMPS is an innovative pre-college enrichment program to help capable young high students pursue careers in nursing, allied health and medicine. The student spends eight days in a structured environment on the campus of Michigan State University. While on campus with tutors and mentors the student studies biology, anatomy, and chemistry. In addition to improving their knowledge of science they enhance their study skills, increase motivation, and develop leadership qualities. 

Eligibility for participation 

  • Students entering 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2019.
  • Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Pledge to abide by all rules and regulations of Michigan State University, the Housing Facility and OsteoCHAMPS Program. 

It's never too early to work with your high school to identify a student from your community that is interested in health science as a career. Learn about the OsteoCHAMPS program at Deadline to apply is March 1, 2019

Michigan Competitive ScholarshipDeadline March 1, 2019

The Michigan Competitive Scholarship is available to undergraduate students pursuing their first degree and is based on both financial need and merit. To be considered, a student must take the SAT (Class of 2017 and beyond) prior to entering college and achieve a qualifying score of at least 1200.


  • Student must provide their Social Security number to MI Student Aid by their senior year in high school.
  • Achieve a qualifying SAT score of at least 1200 prior to entering college.
    • Prior to the Class of 2017, eligible applicants must have achieved a qualifying ACT score of at least 23 (composite) or 90 (scaled score) prior to entering college.
  • Possess a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Enroll at least half-time.
  • Be a Michigan resident since July 1 of the previous calendar year. If a dependent student, parent must also be a Michigan resident since July 1 of the previous calendar year.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or approved refugee.
  • Not be incarcerated.
  • For renewal, maintain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • For renewal, must meet institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.
  • Not be in default on a Federal/State student loan.

Application Process

Applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

The first institution listed on the FAFSA will be considered the priority school. Students are responsible for notifying MI Student Aid of a change in their college choice. This can be done through the MiSSG Student Portal or by calling 1-888-447-2687.


The Federal processors must receive the FAFSA by March 1 each year.

American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Michigan - Memorial Scholarship Deadline March 15, 2019


Daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters, of any honorably discharged or deceased men/women veterans of World War I, April 6, 1917-November 11, 1918; World War Il, December 7, 1941-December 31, 1946; Korean Conflict, June 25, 1950-January 3 1, 1955; Vietnam Hostilities, February 28, 1961-May 7, 1975; Granada and Lebanon Hostilities, August 24, 1982-July 31, 1984; Panama Hostilities, December 20, 1989-January 31, 1990; or Persian Gulf Conflict, August 2, 1990 to date to be set by Congress.


Applicant must be a resident of the State of Michigan at the time of application and for one year preceding the date of this award. Applicant must be going into, or in her senior year of high school, or freshman/sophomore year of college but not over 21 years of age. Complete information must be given as to the applicant's family financial status. A copy of parent or guardian's most recent Income Tax Return (1040 Pages 1 & 2) or a Federal FAFSA Form completed in 2015 must be included with the application. Applicant must mail her own entry. Please fill out all questions on the application. If not applicable, indicate so by N/A.

The application can be accessed here and inside the Guidance Office. For additional information, please visit

Michigan Realtor’s Association (MRA) Scholarship – Deadline April 1, 2019

The Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) has launched its scholarship competition for the 2019-20 school year. 21 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 will be awarded. The awards are not based on financial need.

To be eligible, the student or his/her parent must be employed at a business that is a member of MRA. Please visit the for further eligibility requirements. To find out if a particular business is an MRA member, students or parents should check with their employer or call MRA’s Rachel Schrauben at (800) 366-8699, ext. #346.

Students are encouraged to apply online through MRA’s website at They may also call MRA at (800) 366-8699 for an application. Questions about applications can be directed to MRA, or to International Scholarship and Tuition Services, which coordinates the completion for MRA at (615) 320-3149.

Applications must be requested by March 15 and submitted by April 1, 2019.

2019 LEADS! Scholarship Program – Deadline April 12, 2019

The Ohio-Michigan Association of Career Colleges and Schools offering the 2019 LEADS! Scholarship Program for Ohio and Michigan high school seniors graduating in Spring 2019. To defray expenses, the LEADS! Scholarship Program information is now available online only and will not be mailed to the high schools. All information is available at under the Scholarship link, including the booklet/brochure as well as the application and nomination forms.

Please review all information to take all the proper steps involved in the application process to prevent a delay or possible disqualification of their application(s). The deadline for application(s) is April 12, 2019.

As a reminder, these scholarships are only available to Ohio and Michigan high school seniors of the 2019 academic year and graduating by June 2019. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship program, please do not hesitate to contact the OMACCS office at 614-487-8180 or



Dr. Raana Akbar Scholarship for Women in HealthCareDeadline February 22, 2019

The scholarship funds will be provided for the benefit of women enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a full-time undergraduate or graduate academic program in a health care-related field.

Applicants must:

A) Provide proof of a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

B) Submit a written statement of not more than 500 words stating reasons for pursing the Dr. Raana Akbar Scholarship for Women in Health Care.

C) Attach current letters of recommendation from any two (2) of the following: high school or college/university teacher(s), counselors, administrators, and/or community leaders.

Know Your Rights Scholarship – Deadline February 28, 2019

The Know Your Rights Scholarship is open to students who meet the following eligibility requirements:

A) Students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or law program at an accredited university within the United States.

B) Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

C) High school students who wish to apply must be graduating and/or enrolled in a college or university by the scholarship deadline.

Scholarship Overview

In a 750 word essay, discuss what you think should be done to increase awareness about individual rights and avoiding self-incrimination. One student will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship that will be put toward their education.

Visit for additional information and application instructions.

Mental Health System Reform Scholarship – Deadline February 28, 2019

This scholarship is available for students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or law school program within the United States. High school seniors who are graduating and will be enrolled in college before the scholarship deadline are also eligible to submit an essay. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher for consideration.

Applications for The Mental Health System Reform Scholarship must include the following:

A) A current resume

B) An academic transcript (grade sheet)

C) 750 word essay explaining your opinion on the mental health debate in the U.S. and whether you believe the mental health system is in need of reform. If so, include the steps you believe are necessary to accomplish this reform.

To apply for The Mental Health System Reform Scholarship, applicants must submit their complete application including a resume, transcript, and essay by the February 28, 2019 deadline. Applications must be sent to

Information Security Undergraduate Scholarship – Deadline March 1, 2019


  • Must be pursuing, or plan to pursue, a degree with a focus on cybersecurity or information assurance.
  • You may be a senior in high school, or an undergraduate student who is currently a junior, freshman, sophomore or senior who will be pursuing an undergraduate degree in the fall. If you will have graduated with your undergraduate degree by the fall then please apply for the (ISC)² Graduate Scholarship if appropriate.
  • GPA must be at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or an analogous rank based on a comparable scale).
  • You may be a citizen of any country (US citizenship not required)
  • May be attending on campus or online.
  • May be attending full time or part time
  • May be attending in the US or Internationally
  • You do not currently need to be enrolled, however no awards will be disbursed until the recipient is enrolled in a college or university.
  • If awarded: the award will be sent to the school with instructions that it be applied to tuition, fees and books.

Visit for further details and instructions. For questions email or call +1-727-493-3587. All scholarships are administered by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education

Cosmetology Scholarship – Deadline March 1, 2019

Just 4 Kids Salon provides an annual $500.00 scholarship to current and prospective cosmetology students, ages 16 and up. Also, if an increasing amount of submissions are received, additional scholarships may also be awarded.  Don’t be discouraged!  Finally, if your article is great, it will rise to the top!

 Finally, scholarship will be awarded based on merit.

 Criteria for the scholarship is the completion of an ORIGINAL article (1,000 words minimum) of your choice in the field of children’s cosmetology. Also, please limit the number of submissions per student to three (3).

 Submissions will be judged on:

-Quality of Content (Interesting, Entertaining, Emotional Connection / Passion of Speech)
-Also, Originality
-Finally, Precision of Grammar and Usage

 Submit your article(s) to along with your name, area of study, school, address, hometown, and phone number.  Finally, winners will be announced May 15, 2019.

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