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General Information About Scholarships

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2017 Scholarships
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25 Great Scholarships for Outdoor Enthusiasts
Whether you are an avid outdoor sports adventurist, aspiring nature conservationist, or simply an outdoor recreation junky, there are numerous scholarships for outdoor enthusiasts just like you. If you are searching for more resources to afford gaining a college degree, the following are 25 of the most generous outdoor recreation scholarships to help you in achieving your professional goals. This list includes the VANCOUVER WILDLIFE LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. APPLICATION DEADLINES: Varied
AES Scholarship
The AES Scholarship will award $500 to a senior student that plans to attend a post-secondary school. The student should demonstrate strong character. APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 7th, 2017.
The Alert Scholarship
You can help others become more alert by speaking out against the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Eligibility: 2.5 GPA or better, high school senior, plans to attend college. No deadline date.
Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarships
Receive up to $2,500 to pursue a career or technical certificate/degree - 510 Awards to be given out •Have completed high school or plan to complete high school by Spring 2017 with plans to enroll at a non-profit post-secondary institution by Fall 2017 •Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States •Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA) •Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity •Be involved in community service activities •Be younger than 30 years old •Be a United States citizen Rolling deadline - apply ASAP
"Careers That Work!" scholarships for career/technical college students
Apply for a scholarship from this organization if you plan to attend a private technical college in Washington, Oregon or Idaho. See your career specialist for more information.
Chinese American Citizens Alliance
Several scholarships offered for students of Chinese descent. Included: Tiffany Wang Arts Scholarship, Fred G. Lee Memorial Scholarship, David Lee Quan Memorial Scholarship, C.A.C.A. Essay Contest, and the National Art Competition. APPLICATION DEADLINES: Varied
Over $400,000 in scholarships available for local students!
Everest College - Zenith American Dream Scholarship
Students who receive a written reference from a leader in the local community are eligible to apply for the Zenith American Dream New Student Scholarship. Scholarship to be used at Everest College. NO DEADLINE
Fisher & Talwar General Scholarship
To apply, applicants must submit: A completed application. A 500 word essay on the following topic: Who or what is your inspiration for pursuing an education? A valid transcript reflecting current standing and minimum required GPA of 3.0. Also, proof of acceptance and enrollment. APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 15, 2017
"Imagine America" Scholarship & Awards Program for career/technical college students
Nearly 800 career colleges participate in the Imagine America Scholarship and Award Programs. If you are a student enrolling in one of these schools, you could be eligible to receive a scholarship or award.
INCIGHT SCHOLARSHIPS for seniors with a documented disability
As many as 100 scholarships, ranging in value from $500-$2500 (renewable for as many as four years of college or university, will be awarded.
Scott Johnson Open Government Essay Contest
All high school students, grades nine through twelve, in all Washington public and private high schools, as well as home-schooled students at the equivalent stage of their education are encouraged to submit an entry. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and an honorary one-year nonvoting membership on the board of the Washington Coalition for Open Government.
NAVY ROTC Scholarship - 4 Years
Selected applicants must gain admittance to their university of choice and the university must have a ROTC unit. Selectees receive full tuition and other financial benefits worth up to $180,000.
Passport for Foster Youth Scholarship
The Passport to College Promise Scholarship program helps students from foster care prepare for and succeed in college. In the 2013-14 academic year, the program served about 400 students, with a maximum annual award of $4,500. Through Passport, students receive a scholarship that assists with the cost of attending college (tuition, fees, books, housing, transportation, and some personal expenses) and specialized support services from college staff.
QuestBridge National College Match
The QuestBridge National College Match is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges. College Match Scholarships, which are provided by participating colleges, cover the full cost of tuition, room and board, are loan-free, and require no parental contribution. This scholarship opens in the summer to students about to begin their senior year. Deadline is typically at the end of September each year.
Scholarships for students who are cancer survivors (and siblings and children of cancer patients)
Please see this site for several scholarship opportunities.
Sprinting Towards Success Scholarship
There is a powerful but simple lesson to be learned from running: If you do not step forward, you will forever remain in the same place. Those who continue to push forward are those who succeed in the race. Whether for sport or for fun, running offers a myriad of benefits. Running increases life expectancy, burns calories, and strengthens muscles, as well as the mind. Lehmbecker Law Firm is celebrating and encouraging those who run; the individuals who push to better themselves both physically and mentally. Lehmbecker Law Firm’s Sprinting Towards Success Scholarship is a $1,000 college scholarship that will be awarded to a graduating high school senior. APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 1, 2017
University of Washington Nikkei Scholarship
To be eligible students must be of Japanese ancestry and planning to attend University of Washington.
Wendys High School Heisman Scholarship
Open to members of the class of 2018 who have participated in at least one sport and have maintained a 3.0 cum gpa are qualified to apply. Participation in clubs, activities or outside school activities strongly encouraged. Deadline to apply October 2, 2017 by 3pm Eastern Time.



So you hope to win a scholarship. . .


Scholarships are awarded for a variety of reasons. These include good grades, community/school service, leadership, special talent (essay writing, athletic, musical, artistic, etc.), the subject you plan to major in, the career you plan to prepare for, and/or financial need. Some scholarships are awarded on a combination of these factors, while others focus on just one or more of these factors.  Most scholarships are for grade-12 students. However, there are some money-awarding competitions that are open to students in grades 9, 10 and/or 11.


There are 4 main strategies to look for scholarships:

1) Use scholarship “search” websites. Some trustworthy sites are: (for SW Washington students)                      



Websites for DREAMers (undocumented students)


Websites for LGBTQA


Websites for athletes


Websites for Gear Up & application help



2) Check for scholarships in your high school's Career Center about once every three weeks. And check the "Scholarships" page of your high school's Career Center web site. Keep checking all the way through mid-May. Your chances of winning a local competition are far better than your chances of winning a national-scope scholarship competition.


3) Once you apply to any type of college, be sure to ask in that school’s office of scholarships/financial aid what scholarships that school offers to its students for which you are eligible to apply. On average, the main source of scholarships offered to a student is the college or university the student attends.


4) Investigate your family’s affiliations that could make you eligible to apply for scholarships. For example, if a student is an account holder at the iQ Credit Union he/she is eligible to apply for its scholarships in grade 12. Does the student’s church or synagogue have a scholarship program? Does the company the student and/or his parents use for home owner’s or vehicle insurance offer scholarships? Do the student’s parents belong to any clubs or organizations that offer scholarships to its members’ high school-age children? Is/Was a parent in the U.S. military and, if so, does that open up any scholarship possibilities for that person’s child?