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Scholarships

Updated: 4/9/2019

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. 

 

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES:

 

SCHOLARSHIPS SPECIFIC TO BIG RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL:

Shamrock Invitational Scholarship - Deadline April 10, 2019

This scholarship has been created to recognize individuals who throughout their high school careers have exhibited outstanding community service and academic achievements while participating in athletics.  There will be a $1,000.00 scholarship awarded. 
 
 CRITERIA 
 

1. Applicants must be in their senior year of high school. 
 
2. Applicants must be accepted to a university, college or school of higher education as a full time student beginning Fall 2019. 
 
3. Applicants must have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.25. 
 
4. Applicants must exhibit outstanding community service. 
  
INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION 
 

1. Complete the attached scholarship application.

2. Applications should be typed or printed in ink.  All applications that are not legible will be discarded.

3. One letter of recommendation from a non-family member attesting to applicant’s character, academics, and community service.

4. Official transcript from high school.

5. A one-page essay, 500 words or less, regarding your educational plans, how they relate to your career goals, and why you merit this scholarship.

6. Applications must be submitted to the Big Rapids High School Guidance Office April 10, 2019 BY THE START OF SCHOOL.

Char Doerr Memorial Scholarship - Deadline April 10, 2019

This scholarship has been created in memory of Char Doerr.  Char was an integral part of the Shamrock Invitational tournament in addition to her work at St. Michaels’s School in Remus Michigan.  The scholarship is a need-based award with a student’s community service in mind. It is designed to help an individual who has limited resources to pay for a college education.  There will be a $2,000.00 scholarship awarded. 
 
CRITERIA 
 

1. Applicants must be in their senior year of high school. 
 
2. Applicants must be accepted to a university, college or school of higher education as a full time student beginning Fall 2019. 
 
3. Applicants must have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.25. 
 
4. Applicants must exhibit outstanding community service. 
 
INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION 
 

1. Complete the attached scholarship application.

2. Applications should be typed or printed in ink.  All applications that are not legible will be discarded.

3. One letter of recommendation from a non-family member attesting to applicant’s character, academics, and community service.

4. Official transcript from high school.

5. A one-page essay, 500 words or less, regarding your educational plans, how they relate to your career goals, and why you merit this scholarship.

6. Applications must be submitted to the Big Rapids High School Guidance Office no later than the start of school on APRIL 10, 2019. 
 
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.

Big Rapids Lions Club – Richard C. Donley Scholarship – Deadline April 12, 2019

The Big Rapids Lions Club annually awards two Richard C. Donley Scholarships. An applicant must be a graduating Big Rapids High School senior. To apply for the Richard C. Donley Scholarship, complete the application and write a 300 – 500 word essay telling how your school career demonstrates the ideals of promoting educational excellence. Be sure to include statements of your community service involvement and a brief statement of your future plans. The application and essay must be postmarked by April 12, 2019

Recipients of the $1,000 Richard C. Donley Scholarships will be notified no later than the Annual Senior Awards Night at Big Rapids High School. Further information regarding the scholarship and application are available here. This information can also be obtained within the BRHS Guidance Office.

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. 

Essay

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. 

Northern Rocket Football League (NRFL) Scholarship - Deadline April 20, 2019

The Northern Rocket Football League, Inc. is an umbrella organization involving communities/school districts in the counties of Kent, Ottawa, Montcalm, Mecosta, and Ionia. 

Application:

  • There is a one-page application with the sole criteria being that the applicant participated in some NRFL activity within a currently active NRFL member area, eitehr as a football player, cheerleader or as a volunteer referee.
  • A brief essay by the applicant must be submitted with the application. The essay must outline future education plans and goals and how the applicatin feels about their NRFL experience.

The application is attached to the above link and also available in the Big Rapids High School Guidance Office. Please be sure to read all instructions.

Brookside Elementary PTO Outstanding Alumni Scholarship - Deadline April 24, 2019

The Brookside Elementary PTO is offering two $300.00 scholarships to two graduating Big Rapids High School Seniors who attended Brookside Elementary School.  The scholarships will be given based on community service, academic achievement, extra-curricular activity and a written essay. Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in a college or vocational institute as a full-time student for the fall semester to receive scholarship money.  Applications and guidelines are available at the high school counselor office and the Brookside Elementary office. Applications must be submitted to the Brookside Elementary office in care of PTO President, by the end of the school day April 24, 2019. Scholarship winners will be presented at the Senior Awards Banquet May 06, 2019.

Guidelines

● Students should complete the application, typed or in black ink, and attach an official  high school transcript.

●Students must have attended Brookside Elementary for a minimum of two years.  

●Three letters of recommendation must accompany the application, one from an academic representative, one from a community service representative and one from an extra-curricular representative.

Scholarship Criteria

Essay – 30%

Applicants must submit a one-paged (typed) essay.  The subject of the essay must be regarding the applicants experience at Brookside Elementary and how it has affected his/her life

Academic Achievement – 30%

Determined by high school transcript, application responses and academic letter of recommendation

Community Service – 20%

Determined by application responses and letter of recommendation.

Extra–Curricular Activities – 20%

Determined by application responses and letter of recommendation.

Please see the attachment for further instructions and the scholarship application. Reminder that scholarships are also available inside the BRHS Guidance Office.

 

OTHER SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNTIES:

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 syp@mtu.edu or (906) 487-2219. You may also visit the Michigan Tech website at https://www.mtu.edu/syp/ or visit the BRHS Guidance Office for additional information.

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 www.omaccs.org 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 admin@omaccs.org.

Future Leaders Scholarship Program 2019 – Deadline April 12, 2019

What does leadership mean to you?

Don’s Auto Clinic and Highpoint Auto and Truck Center want to reward the future leaders of Northern Michigan for their outstanding leadership skills and experience. Applicants must be a high school senior during the 2018-2019 academic school year, graduating with the class of 2019. They must demonstrate good citizenship and leadership in the community and the classroom while maintaining their academics. Don’s Auto Clinic is looking to reward the top three finalists for making community driven success a priority! Three finalists will be selected to appear in PSA’s on 9&10 News and will be vying for a $2,000 scholarship for college! Two others will also receive scholarships valued at $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place.

To apply, please submit a VIDEO (minimum of :30 seconds, maximum 1:30) of yourself explaining what leadership means to you. Videos need to be in .mp4, .mov, .mwv formats. Maximum file size for the link is 100 megabytes. Please use the link below to submit your entry. Video may also be uploaded to YouTube and the link sent to the scholarship sponsors.

https://www.9and10news.com/2019/02/26/future-leaders-scholarship-program-2019/.

EVERFI Scholarships  - Deadline May 10, 2019

EVERFI is offering three different scholarships this spring:

- $1000 EVERFI scholarship (any K-12 student)

- $500 FutureSmart Michigan scholarship (any K-12 student)

- $2500 Fifth Third Bank scholarship (any 9-12 student)

All scholarships have a due date of May 10, 2019.

For further information and to apply, please visit EVERFI Scholarships.

WMVC Armed Forces Dependent Scholarship – Deadline May 31, 2019

Scholarship Description

The West Michigan Veterans Coalition Armed Forces Dependent Scholarship is available to Spouses and Dependent Children up to age 26 of Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves, Retired and honorable Discharged Service Members who are currently attending either a College, University or Trade School or a High School Senior.  The scholarship may be used to support school expenses such as books, tuition, transportation, housing, etc.  

Eligibility

  • Dependents home of record must be one of the following counties: Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Lake, Kent, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, or Ottawa County.
  • Service Member must be currently serving, retired or honorably discharged Service Member of the United States Military including those that have served in the National Guard or Reserves.
  • Spouse or Dependent Child must be a High School Senior or currently attending a trade school for certification or seeking a degree from a higher educational institute.
  • Currently enrolled students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (or higher) on a 4.0 scale or be able to show hours toward certification of a skilled trade.

Required Documents

  • Completed Application
  • Copy of Marriage License or Dependents Birth Certificate
  • Documentation of Military Service for Service Member (DD214, NGB 22, Letter of Discharge, or current orders)  
  • Authorized copy of his/her most current transcript with cumulative grade point average or credit hours toward certification of skilled trade
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (excluding family members), must be signed and dated (within one year of the date of application) by the writers
  • Provide a 500-1000 word essay on one of the following:

^ What does Patriotism mean to you?

^ Do you feel freedom of speech has a place during the National Anthem?

Applicants can submit their application March 1, 2019 - May 31, 2019 to: West Michigan Veterans Coalition: C/O Debra Unseld, PO Box 355, Hudsonville, MI 49426 or email - info@westmichiganveterans.com, or go to https://podio.com/webforms/22387883/1575900. The applications will then be reviewed and ten (10) - $500.00 scholarships will be awarded based on eligibility requirements and application criteria. 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS FEATURED ON WWW.STUDENTSCHOLARSHIPS.ORG and WWW.SCHOLARSHIPBUDDYMICHIGAN.COM

ASMC National Scholarship Program - Deadline March 31, 2019

The objectives of the National Scholarship Program are to recognize graduating high school seniors for academic achievement, to provide financial assistance that they may accomplish their future financial management baccalaureate educational goals, and to increase local chapter scholarship programs.

Award Criteria

A) Applicant must be a graduating high school senior in the final half of his/her school year, or a high school graduate within six months of the application deadline. Students that have won a national scholarship in previous years may qualify for continuing assistance.

B) Applicant must be entering a field of study directly related to financial/resource management (such as business administration, economics, accounting, finance) Applications that do not fall within these fields will not be considered.

For further information and instructions, please visit https://asmc.secure-platform.com/a/Organizations/main/Home

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