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Guidance Office Calendar

Updated: 12/10/2020

Scholarships are updated 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:

 

 

Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship - Deadline: January 29, 2021

This $4000 scholarship will be awarded to one high school senior who exemplifies the characteristics that Ryan possessed (faith in God, passion for his country, and zeal for life).  Applicants must have a 3.5 GPA and received two varsity letters in hockey.  Applications may be found at https://www.ryanfischer.org/legacy-scholarship and are due to your athletic director by January 29, 2021.   

 

 

Shamrock Invitational Scholarship - Deadline: April 1, 2021

This is a $1,000 award for students who have shown strong community service and academic achievements while participating in athletics. Applicants must have a minimum 3.25 GPA.  All application materials must be received by the scholarship committee by April 1, 2021 (not postmarked by this date).  Apply using the attached form.

 

Char Doerr Memorial Scholarships - Deadline: April 1, 2021

This $2,000 scholarship is in memory of Char Doerr.  Char Doerr was an integral part of the Shamrock Invitational tournament and worked at St. Michael’s school in Remus, MI. Factors considered for this scholarship are financial need and community service. All application materials must be received by the scholarship committee by April 1, 2021 (not postmarked by this date).  Apply using the attached form.

 

MMC Laker Distinction Scholarship - Deadline: Reserve Spot Now then submit final application by February 18, 2021

Four full tuition scholarships are available to high school seniors with a GPA of 3.25 or above.  (Students enrolled in an early college program through the career center are not eligible).  Students must reserve their spot in the virtual competition by filling out this online form.  Then students submit a resume, a project (digital media, visual art, or essay) that responds to the statement, "I have something distinct to contribute to Mid Michigan College," and attend the virtual selection event. For more information check out the Laker Distinction Scholarship website.

 

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship - Deadline: February 1, 2021 at 5pm EST

The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides four-year scholarships of $30,000 and extensive support services, including career guidance and internship placement, to highly motivated African American or other minority students. This scholarship is based on academic achievement, leadership potential, and financial need.  Apply on the Jackie Robinson Foundation website.

 

Lincoln Tech CTE Scholarships - Scholarships and deadlines vary

Any student interested in pursuing a skilled trade may take the Lincoln Tech Scholarship assessment eligibility form to determine if they are eligible for a scholarship through Lincoln Tech.  If you are interested in skilled trades, and specifically if you are considering Lincoln Tech, take the Lincoln Tech Eligibility Assessment.  

 

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation - Deadline: October 31, 2020 at 5pm EST

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation believes that investing in students who are leaders, both academically and in service to others, will result in positive, lasting change and sustainable communities.  Apply by October 31st at 5pm EST for a chance at 150 scholarships ranging from $1,000-$1,500.  Apply at: Cokeurl.com/scholarships.

 

 

Cooke College Scholarship Program - Deadline: October 30, 2020 at 11:59pm

An undergraduate scholarship program for high-achieving high school seniors with financial need.  Applications will be evaluated based on academic merit, financial need, leadership and service to others.  Apply through the common app.

 

 

College Board Opportunity Scholarships - Deadlines: Varies according to the scholarship task.

College board has a number of scholarships available to seniors simply for doing the work necessary to apply to colleges (i.e. making a college list, practicing on Khan Academy, updating your college list, improving your test score, completing the FAFSA, and applying to colleges.  Go to collegeboard.com for more information and to start your scholarship task list. 

**Two of the opportunity scholarships are no longer available after the end of October (Strengthening Your College List and Practice for the SAT). 

 

 

Discover Manufacturing Scholarship - Deadline: November 20, 2020 

Discover Manufacturing will offer six $500 scholarships to seniors pursuing a manufacturing related degree in Michigan.  Business, accounting, engineering and marketing are all examples of degrees that could qualify with language in the essay tying the degree to a career in manufacturing.  To apply students must:

Identify their school name and county in their submission.

Indicate their interest in pursuing a manufacturing related future in Michigan (educational degree or manufacturing skills training).

Students must write an essay describing what manufacturing means to them, why they wish to pursue a future in manufacturing, and what they intend to use the scholarship for.

Applications must be submitted to dmcoordinator@westmiworks.org.  Please include your phone number and email.

 

 

Community Foundation Scholarships - Deadline: March 1, 2021 

Thirteen scholarship opportunities for students in the community are now posted. You may review the Mecosta County Scholarships to see which ones you are eligible for. Apply at https://facommunityfoundation.org/scholarships/our-scholarships-awards/ by October 1st.     

 

 

Elks ENF Legacy Award Scholarship - Deadline: February 5, 2021

Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships available to children and grandchildren of Elks members. SAT/ACT test scores have been waived for this year's applicants.  Apply at enf.elks.org/leg.  

 

 

MSHAA Scholar-Athlete Award - Deadline: December 4, 2020 at 4pm

All senior athletes are eligible. To apply students need to go to mhsaa.com/scholarship and create an account.  Students will need to enter the code 2021scholar to gain access to the application.  You don’t have to complete the application all at one time, your work will be saved.  Students also need to provide two letters of recommendation. Students can upload PDFs or Word docs themselves, or they can use the system to have recommenders upload recommendations.   For more information please go to the MHSAA website. 

 

 

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship - Deadline: Nov 15, 2020

Seniors with strong GPAs and SAT/ACT test scores may apply (if you don't have a test score yet please still apply).  Applications will be judged based on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.  Up to 500 scholarships will be awarded with amounts ranging from $1,000-$12,500/yr for four years.  

Apply at enf.elks.org/mvs.  You must enter Big Rapids Elks Lodge #974 as your sponsoring lodge on the application.  

 

 

Hagan Scholarship - Deadline: November, 15 2020 at 5pm

The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship, designed to provide each recipient with the opportunity to Graduate College Debt-Free. Hagan Scholarship recipients are high achieving, self-motivated students who will require substantial financial assistance to attend college. 

Eligible applicants have a 3.75GPA or above, are in the top 20% of their graduating class, and have financial need.  In order to be eligible for this scholarship you will need to complete your FAFSA by the deadline as well.  Hagan Scholarship Application

 

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

Big Rapids High School currently offers dual/concurrent enrollment opportunities through Ferris State University, Mid Michigan College, and Lake Superior State University. This is an opportunity for current high school students to get started on their college coursework before graduating high school.

Helpful Links:       

Ferris State University 

Mid Michigan College

 

 

 

*COLLEGE DATES/DEADLINES*

FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY

First Day of Class Jan 11
Drop/Add Final Date Jan 14 at 5 pm
Midterm Mar 8
Withdraw Date - Family responsible for full cost of class. Mar 25
Classes End Apr 30

 

MID MICHIGAN COLLEGE

First Day of Class Jan 11
Drop/Add Final Date Jan 15
Classes End May 7

 

LAKE SUPERIOR STATE UNIVERSITY

First Day of Class Jan 19
Drop/Add Final Date Apr 30
*Check dates with each college*
 

 

Community Mental Health for Central Michigan (CMH) – (231) 796-5825

Crisis Hotline: (800) 317-0708

 

Mecosta County Location:

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

500 South Third Avenue

Big Rapids, MI 49307

 

Youth Attention Center (YAC) - (231) 592-0129

Youth Attention Center offers different programs to help fit the needs of runaway and homeless youth, and those deemed to be at-risk. Qualified and compassionate case workers meet with youth to identify challenges in their lives, and assist in building basic life management skills to deal with those issues.  Youth may receive guidance in attaining communication skills and building peer and family relationships. There is also assistance with academic/truancy problems and mentoring to foster skills in anger management and coping with difficult life situations.

Office Location:

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

126 Maple Street, Suite F

Big Rapids, MI 49307

**Phones are forwarded to on-call/crisis line after 5:00pm**

 

OK2SAY

Call: 8-555-OK2SAY (855-565-2729)

Text: 652729 (OK2SAY)

Email: OK2SAY@mi.gov

OK2SAY is the student safety program which allows students to confidentially report tips on potential harm or criminal activities directed at school students, school employees, and schools. It uses a comprehensive communication system to facilitate tip sharing among students, parents, school personnel, community mental health service programs, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and law enforcement officials about harmful behaviors that threaten to disrupt the learning environment.

 

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