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Guidance Office Calendar

Updated: 4/8/2022

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. 






Teri Marsh Sports Boosters Memorial Scholarship - Deadline: April 18, 2022 at 3:00pm 

Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to students who participated in at least one sport both junior and senior year of high school.  You must have two recommendations (please read the instructions carefully), and answer two essay questions.  Applications must be turned into the counseling office by Monday, April 18th at 3:00pm.  Application materials are attached.


Mecosta County 4-H Scholarship - Deadline: April 15, 2022 at 5:00pm

This scholarship is for high school seniors who are active members with the Mecosta County 4-H program. Applications are due to the Mecosta County Extension Office by 5:00pm on Friday, April 15th. Please apply using the attached application.


Brookside PTO Scholarship - Deadline: April 6, 2022 @ end of school day

The Brookside Elementary PTO is offering $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.  Applications and guidelines are attached or are available at the high school counseling office.  


Sparkling Ice Flavorful Futures Scholarship - Deadline: March 31, 2022

These $5000 scholarships go to students with a 2.5+ GPA and who plan to attend college or trade school in the Fall 2022.  Apply at


Michigan Sheriff’s Association Scholarship-Deadline: May 1, 2022

This scholarship was created to provide support to young adults who aspire to further their education and develop a knowledge in Criminal Justice at a College or University in Michigan. The Michigan Sheriffs’ Association will offer a $1,000 scholarship to five graduating seniors. One student from each of the five Districts will be chosen. GPA, Extracurricular Activities, Awards & Honors, Essay Question answers, and any Letters of Recommendation will be considered. Notify your local sheriff if you would like to be nominated.


Lions Club Richard C. Donley Scholarship - Deadline: April 15, 2022

This $1,000 scholarship will go to two students who are committed to community service.  Students who plan to go into the education field will be given special consideration.  Applicants must write a 300-500 word essay describing how their school career demonstrates the ideals of promoting academic excellence along with statements of community service involvement and future plans.  Scholarship applications must be mailed in (not emailed) with a postmark by April 15, 2022. Please see the attached description and application form


Mecosta County Farm Bureau Scholarship -Deadline: April 15, 2022

This scholarship is for a high school senior who is a member of Farm Bureau (or has a parent/guardian who is a member of Farm Bureau).  Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation, application, essay and transcript.  Apply using the attached application


Big Rapids Rotary Club Scholarship -Deadline: April 15, 2022

The BR Rotary Club is offering a $500 annual scholarship to a high school senior based on academic achievement, involvement, community service, leadership, and future goals. The application involves a personal statement, letters of reference, and interview.  Apply with the attached application.


Stage-M Scholarship - Deadline: April 1, 2022

One senior from the Mecosta-Osceola school district who has been involved in theatre will receive a $500 scholarship. Apply using the attached application.  Email Lori Hathaway, with any questions.


Nottawa Sherman Firefighters Scholarship-Deadline: March 31, 2022

This $1000 scholarship is prioritized for a student pursuing a career in public safety or health (i.e. firefighting, EMT, paramedic, DNR officer, etc.). To qualify you must live within the boundaries of the Nottawa Sherman Fire Department. Apply using the attached application.


Wolfy Memorial Scholarship: April 30th, 2022

Dan Wolfram was a well respected member of the BR community and spent many years as an umpire and put in countless volunteer hours.  At the time of his death Dan was working on helping others in the community set up a program to raise money for local kids and youth programs.  These $1,000 scholarships are in honor of Dan’s passion for volunteering and desire to step up and help others.  Please fill out the attached application by 4:00pm on April 30th and return it to the BRHS counseling office.


Susan Jennings - Deadline: April 8th, 2022

Susan Jennings was a 1991 graduate of Big Rapids High School who passed away while she was attending Ferris State University. This $500 scholarship goes to a student who has overcome challenges and/or worked very hard to be successful and plans to continue their education at a college or trade school.  Please apply using the attached application.


BRHS Alumni - Deadline: April 5, 2022

This $1000 scholarship will be awarded to an individual who plans to attend Ferris State University and who needs financial assistance to attend college.  Please apply using the attached application. Anyone is eligible, you are not required to have a family member be a BRHS alumni to apply.


BBB Trust Scholarship - Deadline: March 31, 2022

The Better Business Bureau of West Michigan will award three $1500 scholarships to current seniors who will be attending college in the fall and demonstrate financial need. Applicants will be asked to make a 800-1000 written submission that, using an example or examples from their life, shows how they demonstrate or have demonstrated the characteristics of Trust and Ethics. Full Scholarship details and application can be found here.


Great Lakes Energy Scholarship - Deadline: March 31, 2022

Great Lakes Energy is proud to offer scholarship opportunities for students pursuing careers in electrical linework, electrical engineering, and information technology. Six scholarships will be awarded to those entering a lineworker program. Two scholarships are available for those seeking a degree in electrical engineering, and two more for information technology. For more information and the application please visit the GLE website.


Rosa Parks Scholarship - Deadline: March 1, 2022

The Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation offers a $2,000, non-renewable scholarship to Michigan high school graduating seniors with a GPA of 2.5 or above. 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. Scholarships are for tuition, books or fees the first year of college only (not room and board).  Click here to apply.


PB&J Scholarship - Deadline: May 31, 2022

This is a scholarship up to $1,000 for a high school senior who plans to attend a 2 or 4 year college next school year. This annual scholarship is for students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed. There is NO GPA requirement. Students are encouraged to apply as this scholarship is meant to be inclusive. A flyer with the QR code and link to the PB&J Scholarship is here: PB&J Scholarship Flyer

Use this link to apply:


We the Student’s Essay Contest - Deadline: April 15, 2022

This scholarship is open to students who are US Citizens or legal residents between the ages of 14 and 19.  Prizes range from $500-$7,500. This year's topic is: How does an understanding of natural rights and respect build a free society? For more information and essay guidelines please visit We the Student’s Essay Contest.


Men’s College Scholarship - Deadline: April 1, 2022

The scholarship is designed to identify and reward outstanding high school seniors who have demonstrated an ability to excel in the fields of academics, extra-curricular school activities, and community involvement. The scholarship is available to any senior who identifies as male and who is enrolling in a four-year undergraduate college program for the fall of 2022. Apply at Men’s College Scholarship


Shamrock Invitational Scholarship - Deadline: April 1, 2022

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, 2022 (not postmarked by this date).  Apply using the attached form.


Char Doerr Memorial Scholarships - Deadline: April 1, 2022

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, 2022 (not postmarked by this date).  Apply using the attached form.


EEqual Scholarship - Due March 1, 2022

The EEqual foundation offers scholarships up to $8,000 for students experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity as defined under the McKinney-Vento Act, are in extreme poverty, or their family is currently going through a transition to attain post-secondary education. You can find a more detailed explanation of eligibility and the application at


Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship - Deadline: January 12, 2022 at 5pm EST

The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides four-year scholarships 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. 


Army ROTC Scholarships - Deadline: March 4, 2022

Army ROTC provides full tuition scholarships along with funding for books and monthly stipend.  Any student with a GPA of 2.5 or above, who plans to attend college full time and then serve in the army after college graduation is eligible to apply.  Find out more information and the scholarship application at Army ROTC Scholarship.


Community Foundation Scholarships - Deadline: March 1, 2022 

Fourteen 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 by March 1st.


LMCU Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship - Deadline: January 31, 2022

One of twenty $2,000 scholarships will be awarded.  Students must write a 750-1000 word essay on the topic: “There’s something special about each and every one of us. Tell us about the you of today, and what we can expect to see in the you of tomorrow.”  Apply at LMCU Hutt Scholarship.


Hagan Scholarship - Deadline: December 1, 2021 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, work at a job at least 240 hours a year before starting college, 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


MMC Laker Distinction Scholarship - Deadline: Reserve Spot by December 1 at 4pm  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 must submit a resume by December 4th, attend the Reception Event on December 4th, and submit a project (digital media, visual art, or essay) that responds to the statement, "I have something distinct to contribute to Mid Michigan College” by January 7 at 4:30pm. For more information check out the Laker Distinction Scholarship website.


Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship - Deadline: January 29, 2022

This $5000 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 at least two sports, including hockey.  Applications may be found at and are due to your athletic director by January 28, 2022.


Calvin and Natural Disasters Essay Contest - Deadline: February 1, 2022

Students who plan to attend Calvin University, Trinity Christian College, Dordt University, Kuyper College, The King’s University or Redeemer College are invited to write an essay on Calvin and Natural Disasters for either a $2,000 or $3,500 scholarship. See Calvin Essay Contest for specifics on the essay prompt and how to apply.  


MEA Scholarship - Deadline: February 17, 2022

Students who have a parent/guardian who is a member of MEA (Michigan Education Association) may apply for this scholarship.  Criteria is based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and school or community service.  Apply at


Illinois Tech Admission Scholarship - Deadline: November 15, 2021

Illinois Tech is offering a minimum $25,000 per year scholarship for anyone who applies by November 15, 2021.  If you are admitted you will receive at least this minimum scholarship.  Apply online at 


MSHAA Scholar-Athlete Award - Deadline: December 3, 2021 at 4pm

All senior athletes are eligible. To apply students need to go to and create an account.  Students will need to enter the code scholar2022 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 ENF Legacy Award Scholarship - Deadline: February 7, 2022

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  


Sun Tec Auto Glass Scholarship - Deadline: December 15, 2021at 5:00pm

This $1500 scholarship is for any college bound student with a GPA of 2.5 or above.  Applicants must write a 1000 word essay on “Why you think it is important to support local small businesses.” Winners will be announced no later than December 31, 2021.  Apply by 5pm on Dec 15, 2021 at 


Cooke College Scholarship Program - Deadline: November 18, 2021

An undergraduate scholarship program for high school seniors with a 3.5 or above GPA and financial need.  Applications will be evaluated based on academic merit, financial need, leadership and persistence in character.  Apply through the common app.


Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship - Deadline: Nov 15, 2021

Seniors with strong academics and who are pursuing a 4 year college degree may apply.  Applications will be judged based on academics, leadership, and financial need (you do NOT need to be related to an Elks member to apply).  Up to 500 scholarships will be awarded with amounts ranging from $1,000-$12,500/yr for four years.  Apply at  You must enter Big Rapids Elks Lodge #974 as your sponsoring lodge on the application.  


Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation - Deadline: October 31, 2021 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.  Applicants must have a 3.0 minimum GPA. Apply at:


Heisman Scholarship - Deadline: October 19, 2021 at 6:00pm EST

Seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or above, participation in at least one sport, and demonstrated leadership are invited to apply.  Scholarships range from $1,000-$10.000. Apply by 6:00pm on October 19, 2021 at  


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 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).



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






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



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



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**



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.


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