Scholarships

MARCH SCHOLARSHIP BULLETIN

Select the city nearest you to visit your local school district's website for area scholarship information:

The list below is not an exhaustive list of scholarships available to you, but a summary of options. There are many out there that require your own research. Please take advantage of the various resource sites that have been provided to do so.

1800WHEELCHAIR SCHOLARSHIP  This scholarship is open to senior high schoolers at least 16 years of age or undergraduate students enrolled at accredited institutions in the U.S. Students must hold a status of "good standing" and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (or equivalent). Apply here. Application deadline is May 1, 2019.

ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA LAMBDA NU OMEGA SCHOLARSHIP – This scholarship is open to all students who would like to attend college. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is needed. Scholarships will be awarded to students who demonstrate academic merit and upstanding character. https://akaeaf.org/scholarships. Completed applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2019.

BETA SIGMA PSI NATIONAL LUTHERAN FRATERNITY SCHOLARSHIPS – Applicants for these scholarships should be male, confirmed members of a Lutheran congregation.  Well qualified individuals will be honored with these Christian Leadership Awards.  Scholarships range between $1,500 and $2,000.  Deadlines vary.  (Check individual applications for exact due date.)  Please go to http://wp.betasigmapsi.org/scholarships-grants/high-school-scholarships/ for applications.

COLOR OF HOPE SCHOLARSHIP – Scholarship is open to undergraduate student from NE Wisconsin who will be pursuing the study of Music, Art and Psychology. Applicants must submit a 500 word essay on why they have chosen this field of study and why they feel they should be honored this scholarship. Please visit www.thecolorofhope10517.com Deadline to apply is March 31, 2019

DISCOVER ACCOUNTING SCHOLARSHIP – Free educational resource for people looking to learn about careers and education in Accounting. Go to https://discoveraccounting.org/scholarships/ for different scholarship opportunities!

FUELING THE MINDS OF THE FUTURE SCHOLARSHIP – Award: $2,000 - Awards will be based on the information provided on the application form, the personal statement, academic performance, extracurricular activities, work experience, individual goals and demonstrated financial need. See website for Criteria and includes Financial Need, a specific GPA, and an essay (500-750 words) on this statement, “What have been the most important experiences during your high school years that have prepared you for college? What do you wish to achieve from your college education? Why should you be considered for a Fueling The Minds of The Future Scholarship?”  Website: http://fuelingminds.com/ Deadline: March 15, 2019

GATEWAY TO COLLEGE

Madison College's Gateway to College program helps students between the ages of 16 and 23 who dropped out of high school or are behind in graduation requirements. Through this program, you can obtain your high school diploma and earn college credits at the same time. Many graduates go on to finish associate degrees and transfer to four-year colleges.

https://madisoncollege.edu/gateway-to-college

HOMEADVISOR’S GREEN HOME IMPROVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP––This scholarship challenges students to come up with innovative ideas and thoughts towards green homes and energy-efficient improvements. Apply here. Application deadline is March 15, 2019.

INDIAN STUDENT ASSISTANT GRANT – The Higher Educational Aids Board provides grants to Wisconsin students who are at least 25 percent Native American. Recipients must be attending or planning to attend an eligible college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student. The grants are based on financial need and vary in amount from $250 to $1,100. They are renewable for up to ten semesters. http://heab.state.wi.us/programs.html#ISAG

ITALIAN WORKMEN’S CLUB SCHOLARSHIP – Each year the Italian Workmen’s Club of Madison, Wisconsin will present $5000 in scholarships to seniors who are graduating from a Dane County high school. Seniors intending to go to a four year program of higher education are eligible for awards as high as $2000. Seniors who intend to pursue a two year degree in a technical or vocational program are eligible for awards as high as $100
- Email Mrs. Campbell for application scampbell@wivcs.org

MATC PROMISE PROGRAM – Low-income Milwaukee area high school students who meet specific financial criteria and performance benchmarks in their senior year of high school are eligible to earn free tuition for up to five semesters––plus hands-on support to help students graduate job-ready. It ensures that students access all financial aid for which they are already eligible and then fills the gap with a scholarship for tuition and fees. Apply here.

NATIONAL FARMERS ORGANIZATION SCHOLARSHIP – National Farmers, we are honored to encourage the next generation to chase their ag dreams – and catch them. Part of how we at National Farmers do that, is through the national Farm Kids for College Scholarship.

Farm Kids for College Scholarship Basics: The competition is open to high school seniors who plan to pursue agriculture-related degrees. Students must pursue degrees from accredited colleges or universities. National Farmers announces three national scholarship winners in the spring of each year. All three winners receive $1,000 each. The award is disbursed directly to the college or university. This is a non-renewable, freshman scholarship. Applicants write two brief essays, submit two letters of reference, official transcripts, GPA and ACT or SAT scores. Please visit: https://www.nfo.org/Scholarships/Default.aspx

SAE ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIPS––Discover several scholarships available with various deadline dates. Apply here. Deadlines vary.

PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE AGENTS OF WISCONSIN YOUNG PROFESSIONALS CLUB – The Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin (PIAW) Young Professionals Club, based in Madison, WI, is awarding $25,000 in scholarships to high school and college students who are pursuing careers in insurance or a related field of study such as risk management. The application form (available from the PIAW web site at www.piaw.org) and attachments need to be submitted March 2019. Applicants also need a PIAW sponsor. They can go to the website and find the PIAW agent in their hometown to request a sponsorship, if needed. No insurance has to be purchased to qualify for the scholarships.

RICHARD WEINREIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – Application Deadline: 3/31/2019 Amount: $300 - The Richard Weinreis Memorial Scholarship provides funding to Marathon County (Wisconsin) students who have had formal court contact through the Marathon County Department of Social Services juvenile intake system within the past seven years and are able to demonstrate evidence of a plan for education or training that would provide for personal career advancements.

WISCONSIN METALS SCHOLARSHIP – Applicants must be preparing to study in the welding or manufacturing field. Must be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or vocational/technical college. Applicants will be judged on academic performance, active in school and community and must have a financial need. Applicants must maintain a B/C average in the first semester of college.Email reference letter and email to rtracy@wimetals.com. Please visit http://www.wimetals.com/ for more information. Deadline for scholarship is April 1, 2019.

WISCONSIN WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT – Wisconsin Women in Government provides scholarships up to $3,000 to female residents of Wisconsin, who are enrolled as an undergraduate at a University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College, or a private institution. Applicants should have an interest in public service or government and have a minimum GPA of a C. To apply, students must submit their transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a letter from their school's financial aid office confirming their financial need.

You can learn more about The Wisconsin Women in Government Scholarship here.

RESOURCES

Many more scholarships can be found at any of these great websites:

www.careercruising.com

www.collegerank.net

www.FASTweb.com

www.srnexpress.com

www.FASTAID.com

www.scholarships.com

www.collegequest.com

www.scholarshipguidance.com

www.niche.com

www.unigo.com

 

SCHOLARSHIP GUIDE

Scholarships are awarded to students based upon the criteria in the application. Most scholarships look for students who have a good academic record, extracurricular activities, work experience, goals and objectives for the future, or have overcome a difficult life situation. You do not need to meet all of these qualifications, but you will need to meet some. Applying for scholarships and meeting their requirements takes time and effort, but the payoff can be well worth it in the extra money you receive for college.

CAUTION: Beware of scholarship SCAMS! Never pay money for a scholarship application or information. When in doubt, wait and see your counselor regarding certain websites and scholarships.

 

GENERAL DIRECTIONS

Criteria: Review the list of scholarships and review the criteria to determine if you meet the requirements. Don't waste your time by applying for certain scholarships when you don't meet their basic requirements. Focus on scholarships that you qualify for.

Deadlines: Make sure you pay attention to deadlines. Late and/or incomplete application packets are almost always thrown out! If you begin working on a scholarship several weeks before the due date, it will give you time to pull together letters of recommendation, transcripts, and do a better job writing essays. Sloppy, last minute applications are rarely given much consideration. Show that you really want and deserve the scholarship by putting together a high-quality packet.

Transcripts: If an "official" transcript is required for an application, you can get one from Mrs. Gast—WIVA Registrar (jgast@wivcs.org). Please request transcripts as soon as possible.

Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation are extremely important. Make sure to give teachers, counselors, coaches, etc. at least two weeks to write a recommendation. To help your endorser, present him or her with a resume of your accomplishments and a description of the scholarship's requirements. This will ensure that your endorser mentions your most relevant qualities.