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Updated: 04/28/2020

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. 






Ponton Law $1000 Scholarship - Deadline: July 31, 2020

This scholarship is now available to any high school senior in the United States that desires to apply. More information can be found on our scholarship application.


Construction Trades Scholarship - Deadline May 15, 2020

Construction Trades Scholarship for Students Pursuing an Associate Degree, Pre-Apprenticeship, Apprenticeship or Certificate Program

The Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship will be awarded to students across the United States who will enroll full time as undergraduate students in an accredited nonprofit two-year college or technical school program in the construction trades or enter an apprenticeship program.   Fifty students will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship that is renewable for one additional year.

To be eligible, the applicant must:

  •  be a graduating high school senior or have recently earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED, HiSET, TASC)
  •  plan to enroll full time in a nonprofit community college, technical school, trade school, vocational school or apprenticeship program in the United States of America
  •  intend to complete an associate degree, pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, or certificate program leading to work in the construction trades
  •  have achieved a minimum grade point average (G.P.A.) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, 456 on the GED, or 60 on the HiSET (at least an 8 on each subtest) or equivalent scores on a state-sanctioned test
  •  demonstrate financial need

To apply:

  1.  Create an account on Scholarship Central by clicking "sign up" on the top right of this   page (or click "sign in" if the student has an account): Scholarship Central 
  2.  Complete the Scholarship Central General Application.  
  3.  Select the Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship on the "Recommended   Opportunities" page.  Click the orange "apply" button and answer the additional questions.  Click "submit" on the bottom right of the page.

Questions? Contact us at


Future Leaders Scholarship - Deadline: April 25th

Future Leaders 2020 Scholarships is a Northern Michigan based scholarship designed specifically for the ‘working students’ out there, making a difference within their local community and beyond. This unique scholarship is not based on GPA. We are looking for the students who are putting rubber to pavement—out there bettering the community, outside of school efforts. 

The students that we are looking for would fall into this category as:

  • Have unfailing determination to make communities better.
  • Drive to do the right thing even if that means you are alone in accomplishing it.
  • Have done something to expand your thinking and/or yourself outside of the classroom.
  • Have solved and completed a solution to a problem.

Don’s Auto Clinic, High Point Truck and Auto Center and 9&10 News are wanting to honor the students who normally wouldn’t be recognized. The underdogs with a vision for success. The hard workers that are productive outside of the classroom taking care of their community. This one is for you.


High School Super Senior Scholarship - Deadline: July 3, 2020

Award: $5,000

Description: The Course Hero High School Senior Scholarship is designed to assist high school seniors in transitioning successfully into the next chapter in their academic career. The scholarship will be available only to high school seniors graduating in 2020.Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.


  • Applicant must be a high school senior that has applied or has been accepted to a full-time program at a two-year or four-year college, vocational, technical, or private career institution. Institution must be listed here:
  • Must be at least 16 years old. 
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Upon selection, the applicant will have to verify they have been accepted to a program.


City Property HOA Scholarship - Deadline July 31, 2020

This one time, $1000 scholarship is open nationwide to those who will be attending college during the fall semester of 2020. Special consideration will be given to an undergraduate student who is interested in pursuing a career in HOA Management, but anyone meeting the requirements who can demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the Real Estate field will be considered.   

The Scholarship will be judged primarily on merit and need. Academic achievements as well as any leadership experiences will be taken into account.


  • Completed application must be submitted online by July 31, 2020. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
  • Applicant must plan to attend college by fall semester 2020.
  • Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
  • A transcript must be attached to application for consideration.
  • Applicant must submit an un-opened copy of official transcripts if selected as a finalist.
  • This scholarship is a one-time award worth $1,000 to be awarded the fall semester of 2020.
  • Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters and/or resumes to substantiate their application.
  • Applicant will be required to demonstrate both their merit and their need for this scholarship

See the City Property Management website to apply.



TC Energy Scholarship - Deadline: May 15, 2020

TC Energy has $2,500 scholarships available for seniors who will attend a trade school or college/university in the fall of 2020.  The scholarship categories are Community Leaders, Indigenous Legacy, and Trades. See this link for more information.  


Skilled Trades Scholarship Deadline March 29, 2020

The SET SEG Foundation is excited to announce our new Skilled Trade Scholarship program. This $500 scholarship opportunity is available to Michigan public high school seniors who have participated in a career and technical education program and are enrolled in, or planning to enroll in, an accredited two-year college, technical school or other accredited technical institute within the next 12 months.  


How to Apply: Students must complete the application available here.  

If you have any questions regarding the application process or the scholarship, please contact Lisa Truscott at (517) 816-1616 or via email at  


MIAAA Scholarship – Deadline February 1, 2020

Each school year the MIAAA will award thirteen $1,000 scholarships honoring top high school male and female student-athletes from each Region. Only student-athletes graduating during the current school year will be eligible for the scholarships.

Criteria for Selection

  • Each high school in Michigan may select one male and one female student-athlete.  The school’s Athletic Director must be a member of the MIAAA in order to nominate student-athletes and to be considered for the scholarships.
  • Student-athletes must meet the following criteria to be nominated:
    • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale
    • One Letter of Support from a school staff member
    • Must have earned a Varsity Letter in at least two different sports during their high school career
    • Complete application with approval signatures from Athletic Director and Principal
    • Application must be typed

Application Deadline

  • Applications will be available on the MIAAA website.
  • Deadline for applications is February 1st.
  • Notification of selection will be made in late February.  Scholarship winners will need to provide a wallet size photograph suitable for reproduction.
  • Applications for nominated student-athletes must be mailed/emailed by the MIAAA Athletic Director to: Garrett Simpson, MIAAA Scholarship Chairperson, 1001 N Silvery Ln, Dearborn, MI 48128 -


NFSA Scholarship – Deadline March 6th, 2020

Next spring, the Nottawa-Sherman Firefighters Association will once again award one or more scholarships of up to $1,000 to a current school year high school graduate. A complete copy of the instructions and application in PDF format is also available via a link on the front page of our Web site at .
It is not a requirement, but students should be aware that extra points are awarded during the selection process if they are enrolled in a public safety or public health curriculum.
The scholarship is available only to graduating seniors who live within the boundaries of the Nottawa-Sherman Fire Department coverage area - all of Nottawa, Sherman and Coldwater townships, the entire Village of Lake Isabella and 10 sections of Gilmore Township.  Please make sure that you check the map at the end of the attached scholarship package to see if you meet the residency requirement.
The deadline for applications to be in to the NFSA committee is March 6th, 2020.  This is a firm deadline. The independent panel of judges must have the application packages on that date.
If the applicant wishes to drop the package off in person, they have maintenance, medical training and fire fighting training meetings at their station (6263 W. Weidman Road, Weidman, MI) on the first three Tuesdays of every month 7-9 p.m..
If you have any questions, please e-mail or call the station at 989.644.3221 and leave a message for the scholarship committee.  Be aware that the station is not staffed between emergency runs so it may take a few days to get a phone message.  Emails or a text to 406 223 0396 will probably get a faster response.


Big Rapids High School Alumni Association (BRHSAA) Scholarship - Deadline April 6, 2020 or 1st day back. 

This scholarship is being offered by the combined classes of Big Rapids High School graduates. It is the intent of the Scholarship to provide $1,000.00 to an individual who:

  1. Is serious minded about pursing education after graduation at Ferris State University.
  2. Needs financial help in order to pursue further education. A high grade point average is not essential.
  3. Monies will be credited to the student’s account after enrollment is verified.
  4. Student selected will be expected to attend the BRHS Alumni Association All-Class Reunion Luncheon held on the first Saturday in August.



Char Doerr Memorial Scholarship 2020 – Deadline April 1, 2020

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.


  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 2020.
  3. Applicants must have maintained a minimum GPA of 25.
  4. Applicants must exhibit outstanding community service.


  1. Complete the attached scholarship application. (Available in Guidance Office or Scholarships webpage)
  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 received by April 1, 2020.
  7. Mail application and attachments to: Shamrock Invitational,  Attention: Scholarship Selection Committee, P.O. Box 528 – Stanwood, MI  49346

Shamrock Invitational Scholarship – Deadline April 1, 2020

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.


  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 2020.
  3. Applicants must have maintained a minimum GPA of 25.
  4. Applicants must exhibit outstanding community service.


  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 received by April 1, 2020.
  7. Mail application and attachments to: Shamrock Invitational, Attention: Scholarship Selection Committee, P.O. Box 528 – Stanwood, MI  49346.


Mecosta County 4-H Council Scholarship Opportunity – Deadline April 3, 2020

Information and Guidelines

  1. This scholarship is for college bound graduating high school seniors who are active members in good standing with the Mecosta County 4-H Program.
  2. The number of scholarships awarded will be determined by the 4-H Council annually, based on funds available.
  3. Scholarships can be used for any post-secondary education.
  4. Application deadline is 5:00 p.m., April 3, 2020.  Late applications will not be accepted.
  5. Return your completed application to the 4-H Office, 14485 Northland Drive, Big Rapids, MI  49307
  6. Answer only the questions on this form.  Feel free to add pages to the questions if you need more room. Feel free to submit photos and other things that you feel will help you show your hard work and dedication to the 4-H Program.
  7. Applications should be typed.
  8. The scholarship award will be paid directly to the college, or university the student will be attending.
  9. A letter of acceptance from the college you will be attending must be provided by August 1, 2020 to the Extension Office.

Note:  If the letter of acceptance is not received in the Mecosta County Extension Office by August 1, 2020 the scholarship will be voided!  


Big Rapids Rotary Club College Scholarship 2020 – Deadline April 3, 2020

Eligibility The Rotary of Big Rapids 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. Payment of the scholarship will be made directly to the college/vocational school/University where the student is registered, and it will be submitted as a single payment

The applications will be evaluated based on the following

Academic Achievement: GPA and ACT/SAT Scores 

School Involvement and Activities 

Community Service and Volunteer Experience 

Awards and Special Recognition 

Leadership Experience 

Work Experience 

Career Goals 

Hobbies and Interests 

Application Requirements

1. Completed Big Rapids Rotary Club College Scholarship Application Form

2. Personal Statement 

  • The purpose of the statement is to allow the scholarship committee a chance to understand the applicant on a personal level. It should highlight the reasons why attending college is important to the applicant, and it should address the financial importance of this scholarship to the applicant. 
  • This personal statement should be no more than two pages. It should be written in essay style, using 12 point font and double spacing.

3. Two Letters of Reference 

  • At least one letter should be from a teacher who can share information as to why the applicant would merit this award, and who understands the student's future aspirations. 
  • A second letter should be from someone who knows the student well. Personal Interview Students who successfully submit all of the above items at the same time by the specified deadline will be contacted to schedule an interview with members of the Big Rapids Rotary Club Scholarship Committee. The anticipated interview date for this year is Friday, April 17th. 


  • Applications will be accepted from January 20th through April 3, 2020.
  • Applications received after the due date will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified of their interview date as soon as possible after April 3, with interviews to take place on Friday April 17th. 
  • Award notification will be sent out after April 24, 2019. 


Please submit your Application Form, Personal Statement and 2 Letters of Reference at the same time to: 

Jessica Helfmann, 5/3 Bank 101 North Michigan Ave Big Rapids MI 49307 


Big Rapids Rotary Club Scholarship Committee, PO BOX 521 Big Rapids MI 49307


Big Rapids Cardinal Sports BoostersDeadline April 3, 2020

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 9, 2020. Scholarship winners will be announced at Academic Awards night on Monday, May 18th.


Brookside Elementary PTO Outstanding Alumni Scholarship – Deadline May 1, 2020

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 May 1, 2020. Scholarship winners will be presented at the Senior Awards Banquet May 18, 2020.


• 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.

Attach Information in this Order:

  • Application — typed or completed neatly in black ink
  • One page essay — typed
  • Official high school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation

Submission of this scholarship packet qualifies the student for consideration for one of the Brookside Elementary Scholarships. All information will be considered confidential.

Incomplete packets WILL NOT be considered. Deadline for the submission of the application is due FRIDAY, May 1, 2020. Packets must be received in the Brookside Elementary Office to the attention of Brookside PTO President, by the end of the school day on FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020.


FerrisNow Scholarship

This scholarship is offered through Ferris State University and specific to students enrolled full-time at a Ferris State University site within one year of graduation (with the exception of Kendall College of Art and Design). Additional information may be obtained from the link or at




Mid Michigan College – Laker Distinction Award

Mid Michigan College annually seeks out exceptional high school graduates from the state of Michigan to become new members of the Lakers family. Student are selected based on their academic excellence, leadership skills, service activities, and character.

Seats are limited and reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested students should RSVP as early as possible, and must RSVP in order to attend the initial selection event in November.

Applicants complete a resume, project, and participate in a competitive selection process that takes place on Mid Michigan College's Mt. Pleasant Campus. Apply by visiting Mid Michigan College Laker Distinction Award.


ENF Legacy Award Scholarship – Deadline January 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM


  1. For the 2020 contest, any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2017, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2017, is eligible to apply. The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2020. Great-grandchildren are not eligible.
  2. The applicant must be a high school senior.
  3. The applicant must apply online only. The 2020 Legacy Awards application deadline is January 31, 2020 at 11:59 a.m. Central Time.
  4. If the applicant's parent and grandparent are both Elk members, the applicant must apply through the parent's Elks Lodge.
  5. Applicants must take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) in time to received their scores before the application deadline by December 31, 2019.
  6. Students may apply for more than one ENF scholarship; however, they may win only one. In cases where the student qualifies for more than one, we will award the scholarship with the greater value. Students can accept local and state scholarships, which are separate from the awards at the national level.
  7. Legacy Awards may only be applied to accredited US American schools, colleges or universities. (Note: Applicants from Guam, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Philippines may apply Legacy Awards toward schools, colleges or universities in their respective homes.)
  8. If you are selected as a 2020 Legacy Awards recipient, you will be required to perform service once a year with an Elks Lodge during the four years you are receiving the scholarship. Click here for more information about serving with the Elks.

Eligible students should apply in the following manner:

  1. The student must complete and submit the ONLINE application. The 2020 Legacy Awards application deadline is January 31, 2020 at 11:59 a.m. Central Time.
  2. The Elk sponsor’s membership will be verified through the BPOE Grand Lodge headquarters.
  3. When a student registers to complete the online application, both the applicant and Lodge Secretary will be notified by email.
  4. If you have questions about your online Legacy Awards application, contact the ENF Scholarship Office via email at Visit our Legacy Awards FAQ page.
  5. Upon receipt of the application, the applicant will receive a notification that the application was received. Winners will be announced in late April 2020.

For questions, please contact:

David Hosking

17207 Sierra Dr.

Big Rapids, MI 49307

(231) 796-6627


28th Annual High School Senior Scholarship (Calvin University) – Deadline February 3, 2020

Essay Contest - Awards are given annually for research papers on a topic dealing with John Calvin or Calvinism. One $3500 First Prize and three $2000 Second Prizes are awarded each year. Awards are payable to student tuition accounts at the following institutions: Calvin, Dordt, The King's University (Canada), Redeemer (Canada), Kuyper and Trinity Christian.

For complete details and instructions, please visit For any questions, please contact Calvin University.


MEA Scholarship – Deadline February 20, 2020

Eligibility Criteria

** Please note, if your parent/guardian is a public school employee they may be an MEA member.

  • Dependent of an MEA member or MEA-Retired member in good standing
  • Graduate of a Michigan public high school or private high school that has an MEA bargaining unit.
  • Will attend or is currently an undergraduate student of a Michigan public community/junior college, four-year degree-granting institution, or vocational training institution that grants a degree, certification or license. Those attending the following private institutions ONLY are also eligible: Baker College-Flint/Owosso; University of Detroit–Mercy; Adrian College; Finlandia University; and Albion College. (The aforementioned private institutions are existing local MEA affiliates.)
  • Note: Children of MEA officers, fund trustees, and MEA staff are not eligible.
    (A child of an MEA, MESSA or MEA-FS staff person is eligible if the other parent is an MEA member in good standing).

Selection Criteria

Priority is given on the basis of:

  • Academic achievement
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • School and community service

To apply – go to to access the application. The application can be typed into, saved and then printed for signature to be mailed with the required documentation. If applicants are unable to fill out the application electronically, legible handwritten applications are acceptable. Please note – applications will also be available in the Guidance Office.

The application deadline is Thursday, February 20, 2020 – this is the date that applications need to be received by MEA. A postmark does not constitute being received. Faxed or emailed applications are not allowed. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. Please stress the timely submission of the application to students and school personnel. There will be no extensions granted due to weather delays, snow days or power outages.

 If you have any questions regarding the application or scholarship, please contact Barb Hitchcock at or 517-333-6276.


Fremont Area Community Foundation Scholarship - Deadline March 1, 2020

The common online scholarship application for the Lake County Community Foundation, Mecosta County Community Foundation and Osceola County Community Foundation opens on October 1, 2019 and closes on March 1, 2020. Students may access the online scholarship application on Fremont Area Community Foundation website at

If students would like to view the scholarships available:

Lake County Community Foundation -

Mecosta County Community Foundation -

Osceola County Community Foundation -

Please don't hesitate to contact Robin Cowles (, Maria Gonzalez ( or Casey Houston (  with questions or concerns you may have.


Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation – Deadline March 1, 2020

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 are to be applied to tuition, books and/or fees for the first year of college only. The funds 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 in spring 2020.*
2.   Have a GPA of 2.5 or above.
3.   Describe financial need.
4.   Complete the 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 should come from a school representative. A member of the clergy, community or civic representative is also suggested.)

A link to the application is available at:


Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) Scholarship – Deadline April 1, 2020

Michigan Retailers Association scholarships will be awarded to deserving students whose academic credentials fall within an average to above-average range. In general, average and above-average credentials are, for high school seniors, those that rank a student in the top half of their senior class. Standardized test scores should be at least 18 for the ACT Composite or, for the SAT combined Critical Reading and Math scores, at least 850. Students enrolled in college should present college GPAs that range from 2.50 to 4.00 on a 4.00 scale, in addition to having the proper high school credentials. Consideration also is given for extra curricular activities, including, but not limited to, part-time retail employment.


Those eligible to apply are high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are:

  1. Dependent sons and daughters of owners of MRA member businesses, or of full-time employees of Michigan Retailers Association member firms. The parent-employee must have been employed by a Michigan Retailers Association member firm for at least one year as of January 1 of the year in which the scholarships are awarded.
  2. Part-time employees of MRA member businesses who are full-time students. Part-time employees must have been employed by a Michigan Retailers Association member firm for at least six months as of January 1 of the year in which the scholarships are awarded.

Apply online at or contact MRS at (800) 366-3699, ext 346 for a copy of a paper application.


Richard C. Donley Lions Club Scholarship - Deadline April 9, 2020

The Big Rapids Lions Club annually awards two Richard C. Donley Scholarships.  An applicant must be a graduating Big Rapids High School Senior.  Mr. Donley, a long time educator, was the Superintendent of Big Rapids Public Schools.  He was highly committed to the value of education combined with community service. Mr. Donley was a charter member of the Big Rapids Lions Club and had been honored by Lions Clubs International with a Life Membership for his many years of service to his club and the community.  Applicants should demonstrate these qualities of service to the community. Students planning on a career in education will be given special consideration.

To apply for the Richard C. Donley Scholarship, complete the application form and write a 300 – 500 word essay telling how your school career demonstrates the ideals of promoting educational excellence.  Please include statements of your community service involvement and your future plans.

You may return your completed application and essay to the counseling office at Big Rapids High School, or you may mail them to this address:

Big Rapids Lions Club
Richard C. Donley Scholarship
P.O. Box 807
Big Rapids, MI  49307-0807

The application and essay must be postmarked or turned in by April 09, 2020.  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.

This is a Community Service Project of the Big Rapids Lions Club.  Applications are available at the Counseling Office of Big Rapids High School.  If you have any questions regarding the completion of the application, please call 231-527-1509 and leave a message.


PB & J Scholarship - Deadline May 31, 2020

The PB&J Scholarship began in Hawaii back in 2013 to help students who experienced challenges in life that may not have allowed them to perform well academically but have the drive to succeed.  The scholarship amount is between $500-$1000 and the deadline is May 31,2020. Applicants must be attending an accredited two or four year school.

Please apply at: 

For any questions contact Traven Watase at 808-450-9988 or



Dual Enrollment

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

Lake Superior 



MMC Registration June 5
Ferris Registration June 6
LSSU Registration June 7
Contract Due  June 14




First Day of Class Aug 26
Drop/Add Final Date Aug 29
Withdraw Date Oct 31



First Day of Class Aug 26
Drop/Add Final Date Sep 3
Withdraw Date Oct 11



First Day of Class Aug 27
Drop/Add Final Date Aug 30
*Check dates with each college*

School Profile

Mecosta-Osceola Career Center

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Mental Health Counseling Resources


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**



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

Text: 652729 (OK2SAY)


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.


CALL 2-1-1

Dialing 2-1-1 is a simple way for people to connect with important health, human, and community services in their community. 2-1-1 is free, confidential and our Call Specialists are available 24 hours a day...7 days a week.