One of the best sources of scholarship and financial aid information is the Financial Aid Office and Scholarship Office at the college or university to which you are applying. Check out the website of any college and follow the instructions for deadlines and available forms.
Some free scholarship search areas:
- Going Merry (www.goingmerry.com) - A place for students to find and apply to scholarships online, absolutely free.
- SchoolSoup.com, the largest on-line database of scholarships for students pursuing a post-secondary education with over 250,000 College-specific and Private Scholarships. Go to http://schoolsoup.com/scholarship-directory where students can quickly and easily browse through scholarships by a variety of categories (Major, Athletics, Religion, Disability, State, College, etc.)
Search Fellowships, Scholarships, Paid Internships, and Research Opportunities: PathwaysToScience.org
College Week Live Scholarships:
- Log in or sign up for a free account at Scholarship.CollegeWeekLive.com
- Visit five or more college pages before March 1st to research colleges and chat with admissions counselors
Students can enter each month and during All Access events.
Questbridge National College Match
- Helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation's most selective colleges. If you are a student who has achieved academic excellence in the face of economic challenges, apply to the National College Match. Questbridge's partner colleges offer generous financial aid packages that cover 100% of demonstrated financial need, making them very affordable for low-income students.
Free to enter and eligibility is not based on GPA or financial need.
There are fifteen chances to win with one winner chosen every two weeks from October to May. Enter online at: http://offtocollege.info
- National Beta Scholarship Program
National Beta will award over $300,000 in scholarships with awards ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 to outstanding 12th grade Beta members. The application is open Nov 1. Check out betaclub/scholarship
- The Betty and Ken Isaac Scholarship Foundation
This is a $20,000 scholarship dispersed over four years for a student enrolled in a college within the state of N.C. See Ms. Ardiitti for an application, which is available in the Spring of a student's senior year.
- Catawba County Medical Society Scholarship
CCMS will sponsor five $1,000 scholarships available to Junior or Senior High School students considering a career in medicine. Applicants will submit a 500-word essay in response to the prompt: “Describe a person or event in your life that has shaped your future aspirations to join the medical field.” Application is due in the Spring.
Submission Format: MLA Format, email as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is for seniors who have a 3.0 GPA, plan to attend a 4 year university, and have demonstrated leadership abilities. The application is due by March 31, an essay is required, and the combined parental income cannot exceed $50,000. See Ms. Arditti for additional details. http://jmscottmemorialfund.org
- GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
This national program awards college scholarships to high school seniors who embody the characteristics of President Ronald Reagan at school, in the community, in the workplace, and at home. Recipients receive $10,000 renewable scholarships - up to $40,000 per student. Apply online through
- Careers in Conservation Scholarship Program
- John Hoyle Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship - $500-$1000
Female seniors may apply for this scholarship. See Ms. Arditti for more information.
- Abbott and Fenner $1000.00 Scholarship
Catawba Valley Medical Center awards a $1,000 scholarship to one student in each of the public high schools in Catawba County to seniors who have been accepted into a healthcare-related program. See Ms. Arditti for applications.
- Vivint Smart Home Scholarship
- RMHC/HACER $100,000 College Scholarship for Hispanic Students
Applications accepted Oct 1 - Jan 20. Get your application and details at MeEncanta.com.
- Discover Student Loans Scholarship
Discover is giving away $50,000 in scholarships to high school and college students. Students are automatically entered to win a $2,500 scholarship when they sign up to receive helpful tips on planning and paying for college at CollegeCovered.com. No purchase or student loan necessary for students to enter or win. To learn more about the scholarship, visit DiscoverStudentLoans.com/Scholarship.
Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident
Must be enrolled (or accepted) in an accredited college or university
Graduating high school seniors who meet the above-mentioned criteria may apply
Students need to apply by April 1.
- Carolina Pest Management Scholarship
This merit-based, recurring annual scholarship is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at an accredited university or college located in North or South Carolina and the winning applicant will receive $1,000 dollars towards their costs of education. This scholarship also includes a $1000 match donation by Carolina Pest to a nonprofit of the winner's choice.This is a recurring annual scholarship that is merit-based, requires a 1000 to 1500 word essay submission, and the winning applicant will receive $1,000 dollars towards their cost of education. Plus, Carolina Pest will give a $1000 match donation to a nonprofit of their choice. All of the application details can be found here: http://www.carolinapest.com/scholarship-carolinas.
- The NC Retail Merchants Association Scholarships
The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA) is now calling for students working in retail, or with parents working in retail, to apply for scholarship money towards next year’s tuition. Forty-eight awards valued at $2,500 each are available through NCRMA and its grocery division, the Carolinas Food Industry Council (CFIC). The awards are offered to high school and college students. For more information go to: http://www.retailpaysforcollege.org.
- The State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) Scholarship Foundation
The scholarship is available online at https://www.seanc.org/scholarship
and offers scholarships to the dependents of SEANC members. If a student is interested in applying for a scholarship whose parent is not a member of SEANC, please go to https://www.seanc.org
to join. Applicants must apply through a local SEANC district. The District Scholarship Chairperson's contact information can be found at https://www.seanc.org/scholarship
- The Golden LEAF Scholarship Application
The Golden Leaf scholarship application is available at http://www.cfnc.org/goldenleaf
. This scholarship is for students attending public universities and private colleges and universities who demonstrate financial need. The Golden Lead Scholarship Program will award up to 215 grants, each valued at $12,000. The application deadline is March 1.
- Ellen Stewart Memorial School Nutrition Scholarship - See Ms. Arditti for an application for this $1500.00 scholarship.
- Catawba Valley Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship
- Slemp/Volunteer Health Career Scholarship
Amount of scholarship: $1,000 for a One Time Award
Eligibility: A high school student in good standing with a C+ or better average and is planning a career in a healthcare field. See Ms. Arditti for an application.
- N.C. Child Support Council Scholarship
- Green Room Community Theater Scholarships
- Service League of Hickory Scholarship
Amount $10,000.00 Eligibility: 1) Financial need (Only submit an application if family income is less than $60,000.00 unless there are extenuating circumstances. 2) Academic excellence 3) Leadership 4) Work ethic. See Ms. Arditti for an application.
- N.C. Society of Accountants Scholarship Foundation
$750.00 scholarship for a student who desires to enter the profession of accounting. See Ms. Arditti for an application.
- The Profile in Courage Essay Contest
This essay contest challenges students to think critically, research primary sources, and write for a purpose. This is open to students in grades 9 - 12. For this year only the top prize of $10,000 is doubled to $20,000. There are other cash prizes as well. The deadline is early January.
- Gates Millennium Scholars
Students who are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American can apply. You must be a citizen or legal permanent resident or national of the US, have a GPA of 3.3 (unweighted), be enrolling for the first time at a US accredited college or university, have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities, and apply for the FAFSA (must meet federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria).
- Davidson Fellows Scholarship:
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship goes to high-achieving students who are 18 years old or younger. You must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants must complete a meaningful project in one of these areas: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, music, or philosophy. The form and topic of your project should highlight a new idea or creative way of approaching problems, as well as benefit society in some way.
The extraordinary students who make it through the application process are rewarded with a scholarship in the amount of $10,000, $25,000, or $50,000.
- The Michael A. Demayo Scholarship
The law firm of Michael A Demayo will offer fifteen $2500.00 scholarships to seniors in our community headed to a 4-year university with a 3.0 GPA. The application includes a video, PowerPoint, brochure, website, or essay which discourages underage drinking and driving. Applications are in Ms. Arditti's office. Entries must be postmarked by March 10.
The Ron Brown Scholarship, which has a Jan. 9 application deadline each year, provides support for around 20 academically gifted African-American high school seniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and take part in community service. Besides showing leadership potential, you must also have demonstrated financial need to qualify for this scholarship. Since the $10,000 Ron Brown Scholarship is renewable, winners can receive a total of $40,000 over their four years of college.
- Harry W Clarke Memorial Scholarship
Offered for $2,000.00 to graduating seniors from any public high school in Western NC. Eligible candidates must be accepted for enrollment at an NC four-year university, demonstrate financial need, and be involved in significant community service and/or work experience.
- Education Matters Scholarship
Students must be 13 years or older and a US citizen. Applicants must write an original essay on the topic of "What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn't matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?" In 250 words or less. The application is due 11/30.
- The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory Scholarship
Applicants must be in the top 20% of their graduating class, attend a high school in Catawba County, and thoroughly explain the financial need. After these 3 criteria are met, the motto of Rotary International, "Service About Self", will be the major basis for selection. "Service Above Self," loosely interpreted, means contributions to school, church, and community. See Ms. Arditti for an application. Applications must be postmarked by March 20.
- Tuition Funding Sources - They post a new scholarship on their Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts every day @TFScholarships.
- North Carolina Hispanic College Fund
The North Carolina Hispanic College Fund (NCHCF) is announcing an open call to all Latino students to submit an application by January 15 for the 2019-2020 School Year scholarship awards cycle. The NCHCF awards annual scholarships worth between $500 and $2,500. Scholarship recipients are seniors and recent graduates of North Carolina high schools who are of Hispanic/Latino background. Recipients of an NCHCF scholarship must enroll in a degree program at a community college or a 2 or 4-year college/university and demonstrate a commitment to public service and community development. Visit the NCHCF web site for more information.
- Horatio Alger Association
Receive up to $25,000 for college - Applications due October 25
Will be enrolled in an eligible program in Fall 2020
Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the US. (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution.)
Demonstrated critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income.
Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities.
Maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0
Be a United States citizen
Check out the website for further information:
- The Gallery Collection - Annual Create-a-Greeting Card
$10,000 Scholarship - submit photo, artwork, or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card. Designs should be appropriate for business and consumer use. Entry must be original work.
Scholarships for Students Prior to Senior Year
It's never too early to start looking for scholarships. Explore the following scholarship opportunities for younger students:
Scholarships Students Can Apply To Before Senior Year:
Books for finding colleges and searching for scholarships
- Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward B. Fiske
- Hidden Ivies by Howard Greene
- The Ultimate Scholarship Book, by Gen and Kelly Tanabe
- Peterson's Scholarships, Grants, and Prizes 2016
- How to Win College Scholarships: A Guide for Parents in 10 Easy Steps, by Monica Matthews
- How to Go to College Almost for Free, by Ben Kaplan