What is the database and how do I use it? The SSC online databases focuses on opportunities that fit two categories, (A) National Essay/Speech/Video Contests and (B) Local/Regional/State Opportunities. The majority of opportunities are for seniors preparing to graduate, however some scholarships include underclassmen, which tend to be the contests. Scholarship Database Tip from Mrs. Pilon: If a scholarship is listed but still shows "expired" or "pending", if it fits your qualifications then go ahead and click on the link and learn more so you can prepare for the day the scholarship is renewed with a current deadline.
Year Round Opportunities:
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation - Career & Technical Education Scholarships: This scholarship opportunity is for children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen pursuing a post-secondary education at any accredited school—whether that be a career training, trade school, community college, or four-year university.
Digital Responsibility 4 x Essay Scholarship Contests Year-round - ATTENTION Freshman, Sophomore, Juniors & Seniors! This opportunity is for ALL grade levels and worth $1,000 per essay contest. All four quarterly opportunities are 500-1000 word theme essay contests surrounding the topic of "taking control of your digital life". Each of the four opportunities has its own separate quarterly due date. Annual Months & Topics: SEPTEMBER=Don't Text and Drive, JANUARY=Technology Addiction Awareness, APRIL=E-Waste, and JUNE=Digital Privacy.
Writer's Square 3 x Essay Contests Year-round: This scholarship is open to students in first grade through college, and requirements vary by school level. This writing contest takes place three times per year. Applicants must write an essay about what nature's role is in their life. High school students must write a 1,000-word essay.
Online Application Opportunities Listed Below in Deadline Order:
EXPIRED 10/6/2018 - AES Engineers Scholarship: $500 awarded to seniors attending a post-secondary school. 500-1000 word essay required. Character shown in the essay will play a key role in deciding the winner.
EXPIRED 10/12/2018- Young Artists Award: Seniors interested in Dance, cinema, jazz, music photography, theater, visual arts, voice and or writing may apply.
EXPIRED 10/31/2018 - Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation: $1,000 award to seniors. Requires transcript, information about your school, and an account of all participation in school and non-school related clubs, organizations, honors, awards, leadership, and volunteer work since freshman year.
EXPIRED 10/31/2018 - Voice of Democracy Annual Scholarship-"American History: Our Hope for the Future": 9th-12th Graders may apply to this theme based audio-recording essay competition. Requires application and 3-5 minute audio essay that meets the criteria of originality, content and delivery. Special accommodations available for applicants with hearing and speech disabilities. Application and essay recording must be delivered by midnight to a local VFW. Mrs. Pilon shows there is a local VFW Post #9455, 519 S Chipman St, Owosso, MI 48867. She suggests that applicants contact the local VFW Post #9455 to make official arrangements to hand off submissions to someone in authority to receive them, call (989) 723-8655. Valued as high as $30,000.
EXPIRED 11/6/2018 - Prudential Spirit of the Community Award: Seniors who've made a difference by volunteering in their community over the past year may apply. Complete the application and the student/parent agreement. Requires a certifier. Go to the "Certification" page to email or print out instructions for your certifier. You must deliver these instructions to your certifier by November 8, 2016. Your certifier can be your school principal or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or HandsOn Network affiliate. Your certifier has until November 18, 2016, to review applications online and select Local Honoree(s) from the applicants in your school or organization, and nominate them for state-level judging. Worth $1,000 and a fabulous trip to Washington, D.C.
Deadline 11/15/2018 - Elks Lodge Most Valuable Student Scholarship: Seniors may apply online-requires essay and teacher evaluation. 500 four-year scholarships will be awarded to the highest rated applicants. Finalists will attend a Leadership Weekend in Chicago. Value: First Place = $50,000 x 2; Second Place = $40,000 x 2; Third Place = $30,000 x 2; Fourth Place = $20,000 x 14; Runners Up = $4,000 x 480.
Deadline 12/14/2018 - CG Trader Scholarship: Seniors with a min 2.5 gpa may apply. Requires a 500 word essay on the topic “The future of technology in education”. Valued at $500 to $3,000.
Deadline 1/4/2019 - GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program: A $10,000 scholarship awarded to a student who demonstrates at school, workplace, and community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship. Must have a 3.0 or higher G.P.A.
Deadline 1/20/2018 - Girls Impact the World Scholarship: All 9th-12th High School Students: Students must create a 3-5 minute video that creates awareness and focuses, for example, on solutions about why so few girls choose to study STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and why these fields are largely headed by men. Multiple topic ideas are available, please see website for complete guidelines. Here's a peek at 4 specific scholarship focuses all part of the same February 1st deadline and film festival. Click the links below for each highlighted topic.
Deadline 2/1/2019 - Shiawassee Community Foundation (SCF):The SCF is a local area nonprofit organization that manages the application process for dozens of local and regional college fund offerings, such as memorial scholarships. Value: Last year the SCF managed the collective distribution of $156,000 in scholarships to Shiawassee County area students. Don’t miss out by waiting, this is not something you can speed through and below are some steps to begin to prepare.
(1) Take Time - Review Tutorial and Instruction Sheet.
(2) Take Time – Thoughtfully Write and Prepare Your Essay.
(3) Take Time – Recommendation Letters via Recommendation Request Forms in the SSC (Using 1 request form, make copies and provide one copy to each teacher or coach).
(4) Know Who - On the SCF application’s Transcript section you will be asked to enter the name and email address for the individual at your high school that manages transcripts. At Owosso High School the answer is: (a) Name - “Mrs. Lisa Pilon” (b) Email - “Pilon@Owosso.k12.mi.us”.
(5) Take Time – Fill Out Online Application + Uploads = Submit. The February 1st deadline will come faster than you think – don’t delay.
Deadline 2/21/2019 - MEA Scholarship (Michigan Education Association): This scholarship is for seniors who are a dependent of MEA member or MEA-Retired member in good standing, will attend a post-secondary school as 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.) Priority is given on the basis of: ■ Academic achievement. ■ Extra-curricular activities. ■ School and community service. ■ Students from lower income households.
PENDING Deadline 2/24/2018 - Delta Sigma Theta Sorority-Lansing Alumnae Chapter: Greater Lansing Area minority seniors with 2.5 GPA or better, application, photo, transcript, letter of acceptance to a post-secondary institution, 500-750 word themed essay, and two letters of recommendation. Value currently unknown.
PENDING Deadline 2/28/2018 - Owosso Masonic Lodge 81 F & A.M. Scholarship - This is for seniors planning to attend trade/vocational school or college next fall. Masonic membership or affiliation is NOT a requirement. Requires application, official transcript with test scores, and recommendation letters to be Submit to Mrs. Pilon in the SSC by 3 p.m. on Feb 28, 2018. Value: $1,000.
Deadline 3/1/2019 - The American Legion-Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship: Seniors must be daughters, sons, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, great-grandsons of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion. Requires application, letters of recommendation, 1,000 word max essay on theme, statement about the military service (branch, dates of service, photo of discharge papers if available) of the qualifying family member, official transcript, copy of FAFSA Summary Report and Confirmation Page (or FAFSA Student Aid Report-SAR).
Decision Based On:
Financial Need 25%
Academic Achievement 25%
Deadline 3/1/2019 - The American Legion Auxiliary-Spirit of Youth Scholarship: Senior applicants must have been a Junior member of the ALA for 3 consecutive years and continue their membership to current year. Requires a 3.0 gpa, application, letters of recommendation, 1,000 word max essay on theme, official transcript, copy of FAFSA Summary Report and Confirmation Page (or FAFSA Student Aid Report-SAR). Valued at $5,000 annually over 4 years, conditions apply.
Decision Based On:
Academic Achievement 40%
PENDING Deadline 3/2/2018 - GreenStone Farm Credit: Senior applicants planning to study an agriculture related field. Requires a 3.0+ GPA; demonstrate participation and leadership in school, community and agricultural activities; submit complete application with two letters of recommendation written by non-family members by published deadline. Valued at $2,000 each to selected students attending a four-year college program and $1,000 each to selected students attending a two-year college program.
PENDING Deadline 3/2/2018 - Life Lessons Scholarship: A 500 word essay or 3 minute video about how a death of a parent or legal guardian affected your life financially (college planning) and emotionally. 34 winners will be chosen to receive scholarships valued between $5,000 and $15,000.
PENDING Deadline 3/2/2018 - Society of Women Engineers (SWE)-Detroit Section Scholarship: Female seniors planning to pursue an engineering degree at a university or college with a ABET accredited program. Requires a 3.0 minimum GPA, application form, official transcript, and essay. Application requires your counselor's signature. Application submission can be either postmarked mail or sent by email no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2017.
Deadline 3/5/2019 - Sonoco Scholarship: Seniors who are a dependent of a qualified Sonoco employee (plant on Chipman in Owosso) may apply. Requires online application, transcript with SAT or ACT scores, 2 x teacher recommendation letters, 500 word essay, and demonstrate need. Sonoco prefers online applications to be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on March 5th: however late applications, as well as ALL supporting documents must be submitted no later than March 15th. Valued between $2,000-$8,000 each award. 10 x awards will be given across all company plant regions nation-wide including Owosso, MI.
(Warning note: As of 10/2018 the ALA website mentions "2019" on the link to this scholarship, BUT, it opens up to a PDF application that reflects a "March 15, 2017" deadline. It is possibly they are not aware the "year" is showing in the application - this does happen sometimes. Or possibly they have not finalized the update of the scholarship link, but you could consider applying with old form if you don't see a new one on the site closer to deadline.
Seniors that apply must be seeking a medical career within the State of Michigan, as well as meet the specific criteria as daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, sons, grandsons, great-grandsons, of honorably discharged or deceased men or women veterans (see application for veteran details). Requires copy of veteran's discharge papers (review application for instructions on how to acquire such documents), letters of recommendation, transcript, Income Tax 1040 for previous year or FAFSA completion summary. Valued at $500.
Deadline 3/15/2019 - The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Michigan-Memorial Scholarship Application: Seniors *girls* applying meet the specific criteria as daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters of honorably discharged or deceased men or women veterans (see application for veteran details) may apply. Requires copy of veteran's discharge papers (review application for instructions on how to acquire such documents), letters of recommendation, transcript, Income Tax 1040 for previous year or FAFSA completion summary. Valued at $500.
Deadline 3/15/2019 - Capitol Area Chapter MOAA (Military Officers Association of America) Scholarship: Students (under age 24) who are children of an active-duty, reserve, (or) National Guard parent who died on active service (or) children of severely wounded in the line of duty since September 2001 (as defined as Traumatic SGLI) are eligible to apply. Requires registration on the MOAA Scholarship Fund's Educational Assistance Programs prior to applying. Qualified students are selected on a basis of their scholastic ability, activities, and financial need. Valued ranged between $250 to $1,250.
PENDING Deadline 3/30/18 - Memorial Healthcare Foundation-Senior Scholarship Program: Seniors pursuing studies in select health care disciplines can apply. Requires strict guidelines when preparing scholarship application packet, essay, and recommendations. Official transcript required. Valued at $1,000.
Deadline 3/31/2019 - Murtle’s Handmade Chocolates of Owosso: Seniors may apply using the linked fillable PDF application, 250 word goal related essay, and 3 teacher recommendation letters. Valued at $500.
PENDING Deadline 3/31/2018 - Surety Bond Small Business Scholarship: Seniors influenced by small business may apply. Requires online application and a 500-1,000 word essay about how small business ownership (personal, parent, grandparent, or legal guardian) has influenced you. Three awards valued at $1,500 each.
PENDING Deadline 3/31/2018 - Thurgood Marshall Scholarship: Seniors planning to pursue a degree in a Criminal Justice field and can demonstrate a 3.0 GPA and financial need including parent sharing income documentation. Senior is required to submit an application, transcript, college acceptance letter, in addition to a 1,000 word essay about your pursuit of a career in Criminal Justice, your personal hardships, lack of opportunity, and need for the scholarship. Valued at $2,000.
PENDING Deadline 4/1/2018 - Clio Cast and Crew-Krause and Kolkman Memorial Scholarship: Seniors accepted into an artistic program in a post-secondary school. Requires application, letter of recommendation (see application for details), transcript, essay about performance and/or technician experience and goal. Valued at $1,000. More information online, click here.
PENDING Deadline 4/2/2018 - Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) College Scholarship: Seniors who are dependent children of owners or employees of MRA-member businesses. To learn if a business is an MRA member. Applicants are encouraged to apply online. They may also call teh MRA with questions or to ask for a paper copy of the application. Contact MRA at 800.366.3699 ext. 346 or email Mrs. Schrauben at email@example.com. Valued between $1,000-$2,000.
PENDING Deadline 4/11/2018 - Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC): Seniors with a district verified disability (IEP or 504 Plan) and financial need may apply. Requires the submission of an application, photograph, acceptance letter to postsecondary institution in Michigan that officially supports student's special needs, letters of recommendation, and a written or recorded essay (goals, educational plans, community service, and leadership skills). Granted up to $1,500 - funds can be used for transportation, special equipment, tutoring, and tuition.
PENDING Deadline 4/13/2018 - Van Gilder Family Foundation: Seniors with a full time 4 year degree and career focus, with honorable character and a 2.5 GPA or better may apply. Requires application, 140 character Tweet about your character, and 2 essays: (1) 400 word essay must answers the question of "how your life speaks about who you are and how has in influenced the person you have become." (2) 500 word essay must state your ambitions and how you plan to achieve them-as well as why you feel you are deserving of the scholarship. This local scholarship will give away two (2) $2,500 scholarships to two Owosso High School seniors. Submit applications to Mrs. Pilon in the SSC no later than 3:00 p.m. on April 13th.
PENDING Deadline 4/15/2018 - Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police-MLEEF Youth Scholarship Award (MACP): Seniors must submit the application and documents by April 10th to Mrs. Pilon in the SSC in order to be considered. The process requires OHS to narrow applications down to one (1) applicant to continue on and be submitted by OHS to the MACP for further consideration. OHS must mail the chosen applicant's submission to Okemos before the MACP's deadline. Value is estimated at approximately $2,000. Submissions MUST be to Mrs. Pilon by Monday, April 10th at 3:00 p.m.
PENDING Deadline 4/16/2018 - Michigan Career Placement Association (MCPA): Seniors who are currently enrolled in a work-based learning experience and have a placement related to their EDP career pathway, may apply. Requires a resume, reference names, transcript, work-based learning letter of recommendation, photo, and application. Valued at $500.
PENDING Deadline 4/16/2018 - Sam Duncan Scholarship: Seniors with physical disabilities with a goal to attend a post-secondary institution for the purpose of education or training may apply. Requires completed application, character reference letters, transcript, biographical statement (educational background, financial need, and other personal information), and a copy of the acceptance letter to a education or training institution. Value not noted. *New Fillable Online PDF*
PENDING Deadline 4/16/2018 - Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships: Seniors who are (1) social and environmental responsibility-cultural awareness minded AND (2) majoring in and pursuing a degree in fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interactive design/motion graphics, and photography should apply. Requires proof of 2.0 or higher GPA, financial need, max 600 word written "statement of purpose", brief autobiography explaining how your experiences have influenced your creative work and your career plans, and how you see yourself in the future as a creator contributing to the community at large. And although it is not a requirement, minority status is a significant factor considered in the award decisions. Must be a US citizen or green card holder. Value ranges from $2,000-$5,000 per award. Some honorable mention awards will also be given and valued at $500 each award.
PENDING Deadline 4/17/2018 - Kiwanis Club of Owosso Scholarship: Senior may apply. Applications are available online and in paper copy in the SSC. Requires application, biographical sketch that includes goals, community involvement and achievements. Mrs. Pilon prefers that applications are mailed directly to Mr. Shepard by the deadline. Valued at $1,250.
PENDING Deadline 4/18/2018 - Tom Giberson Scholarship: Must have attended OHS for at least 3 years and be graduating from OHS. Students must have a 2.0 GPA or higher and planning on attending a two or four year college or vocational school. Correction: Submit to Mrs. Pilon in the SSC by 3:00 p.m. on deadline.
PENDING Deadline (April 27th) 5/11/2018 - AAA Michigan's School Safety Patrol Scholarship: Seniors who served as a AAA School Safety Patrol member in Michigan, are in good academic standing, have a strong record of participation in the community and extra-curricular activities, has a 3.0 GPA or better, at least a score of 21 on the ACT or 950 on the SAT, may apply. Valued at $1,000. Submit to Mrs. Pilon in the SSC by 3:00 p.m. on April 27th.
PENDING Deadline 4/27/2018 - Jones Memorial: Awarded to a high school student planning to study in the field of agriculture. A copy of your high school transcript must be included. The amount of the scholarship will be reviewed each year not to be less than $500. Click link above for fillable PDF! Hard copies also available in the SSC.
PENDING Deadline 4/27/2018 - OPS John Schleider Educational Fund: Seniors who can demonstrate the need for financial assistance for 2 or more years of college, may apply. Requires an application, minimum 2.5 or above GPA, honorable character (good citizenship), list of extra-curricular activities and leadership positions during high school, and 500 word essay sharing your goals and aspirations. Application is now available as fillable PDF including space for 500 words in essay section, or you can attach essay to application if desired. Scholarship value(s) are contingent on how many recipients are chosen: 2 recipients = $600 scholarship each, or 1 recipient = $1,200 scholarship.
PENDING Deadline 4/30/2018 - LAFCU's "Write to Educate" Essay Scholarship: Seniors planning to attend Lansing Community College or Baker College in Owosso in fall 2017 should apply. The essay should describe: (1) how you have demonstrated leadership ability in and out of school; and (2) how you plan to grow as a leader. Scholarship valued at $2,500 to the winner, along with a $500 donation to a local charity.
PENDING Deadline 5/1/2018 - AIA Flint Area Chapter (includes Shiawassee County) Architecture Scholarship: Seniors seeking a degree in the field of architecture/design are encouraged to apply. Requires the application, official sealed transcript, copy of college acceptance letter, two letters of recommendation, one-page essay, list of academic and non-academic activities-achievements, community service, architecture/design event participation, and image submissions of works you've done that represent your artistic abilities (renderings, sketches, models, photographs, drafting, painting, sculptures, etc.) Valued at $1,000.
PENDING Deadline 5/1/2018 - Ayn Rand "Atlas Shrugged" Essay Contest: Seniors can participate in this contest, applicants must read the book, "Atlas Shrugged," by Ayn Rand and write a essay between 800 and 1,600 words in response to one of the prompts listed on the contest website. See website for complete details. 1ST place is worth $20,000, 1 Winner; 2ND place is worth $2,000, 3 Winners; 3RD place worth $1,000, 5 Winners; finalists win $100, 25 Winners; semifinalists win $50, 50 Winners.
PENDING Deadline 5/4/2018 - Owosso Rotary Club Scholarship: Seniors may apply. Requires a 500 words essay that reflects the Rotary 4-way test: "Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it promote goodwill and friendship?" Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Two winners will be chosen. Scholarship valued at $1,000 each. All applications must be submitted to Mrs. Pilon in the SSC by 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 4, 2018.
PENDING Deadline 5/15/2018 - Harold Cooley #841 Marine Corps League Scholarship: Seniors may apply whose parents or grandparents are currently on active duty or who have served honorably in the United States Marine Corps or the Navy as an FMF Corpsman. Applicants may attend a community college, university, or a technical school. Requires application that includes a list of honors, activities, and service along with your transcript. Valued at $1,000.
PENDING Deadline 6/1/2018 - Shiawassee County Farm Bureau Scholarship: Seniors must be an active members in 4-H, FFA, or their family is a member of the Farm Bureau. Must be seeking a 2 to 4 year agricultural related degree, posses quality academics, leadership and community service. Requires application, recommendation letter, resume, and explanation for purpose and goals surrounding your intended college major.
PENDING Deadline 6/15/2018 - Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarship Program: Seniors pursuing post-secondary career or technical education at a community college. Requires up-loadable transcript (such as your self view PDF copy from Parchment.com), demonstration of critical financial need through FAFSA (copy of Student Aid Report/SAR), community involvement in service activities, display of integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity.
PENDING Deadline 6/19/2018 - Big Sun Athletics: Senior athletes may apply. Any sport is eligible but the student must continue that sport at college or in the community during college. Valued at $500.
PENDING Deadline 6/30/2018 - Delete Cyberbullying: Opportunity available to 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th grade students. A 500 word or less essay is required that focuses on the theme question which focuses on creativity, content and a commitment to the cause of deleting cyberbullying. Valued at $1,000, non renewable.
PENDING Deadline 7/16/2018 - Gemm Learning's Dyslexia Scholarship: Seniors living with Dyslexia may apply. Online application between 4/1-7/15/2017. Requires 500-650 word essay on "Living With Dyslexia". Valued at $1,000.
Owosso High School - Student Services Center 765 E. North Street, Owosso, MI 48867 989-729-5495 *Nondiscrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity: The Owosso Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, (including sexual orientation and transgender identity), disability, age, religion, height, weight, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, (collectively, “Protected Classes”), in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. In addition, arrangements can be made to ensure that the lack of English language proficiency is not a barrier to admission or participation. The following compliance officers have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and grievance procedures: Cathy Dwyer, Dean of Students OMS, 219 N Water St., Owosso, MI 48867, 989-729-5707, firstname.lastname@example.org, (989) 723-8231 or Jeff Phillips, Principal OHS. 765 E. North St., Owosso, MI 48867, 989-729-5492, email@example.com.