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 Scholarship Pitfalls

Scholarships are not only for college!  Many scholarships are offered for post secondary education (such as: college, technical school, culinary, etc).  Please check the scholarship criteria carefully to see if applicable to your situation!

FAILURE TO CHECK FOR SCHOLARSHIPS:  Remember to check the Guidance Office or the webpage for scholarships that become available. Scholarships are added on a frequent basis so please be sure to check it at least once a week!

FAILURE TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS: Many submitted applications are disqualified because all requested and necessary documentation have not been submitted with the application.   READ THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY!

BEWARE OF DEADLINES: Failure to adhere to stated deadlines can cause you to lose out on scholarship opportunities. Plan of action – Complete and submit your applications well before the deadline.

ENVELOPE & STAMP(S): When an original transcript is required to be sent with a scholarship application, please remember to provide a stamped envelope addressed to the scholarship organization together with a signed Transcript Release form (make sure proper postage is on envelope)! Again….. be aware of deadlines! Transcript releases, SAT/ACT scores, teacher recommendations, etc., take time to assemble so please submit applications 1 week prior to the deadline date!

FAILURE TO SUBMIT SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: Many students will request local scholarship application forms they are eligible for but DO NOT return or submit the completed applications. You won’t be considered for a scholarship if an application is not submitted.   (Ex: Only 28% of a local scholarship  applications were returned the day prior to the deadline and only 33% of the THS Scholarship packets were returned by the due date in 2015)

NOTE: Scholarships are not only for seniorsStart looking for scholarships in 9th grade. Use and  The only person who is guaranteed not to get a scholarship is the one who doesn’t apply.


If transcripts (official or unofficial) are required with any scholarship application, the completed scholarship packet (including the correct amount of postage, addressed envelope to the scholarship organization) and the transcript request form are due to the Guidance Office A MINIMUM OF THREE SCHOOL DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE!  

If the scholarship needs counselor and/or teacher recommendations included, the packet should be SUBMITTED TO GUIDANCE AT LEAST 7 SCHOOL DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE!  An addressed envelope, with the correct amount of postage should also be given to Guidance for mailing on behalf of the student.  

This will allow the transcripts/recommendation forms to be processed and mailed in a timely fashion. 

Official transcripts cannot be given to students, parents, etc. but must go directly to the scholarship organization, committee, etc.  If the scholarship needs to be placed in the mail, students are required to bring their completed scholarship application to Guidance 3 to 7 days before the scholarship deadline along with an envelope addressed to the scholarship organization, the correct amount of postage on the envelope and the signed transcript request form.  We will enclose the transcript/recommendation as needed and place in the mail.


The New England Regional Student Program (RSP)  has attached a brochure called tuitionbreak which discusses college and financial aid options.  Through RSP, students are eligible to pay a lower, regional tuition, instead of the regular out-of-state tuition, when they enroll at out-of-state public colleges and universities within New England and pursue degree programs not offered by their home-state public colleges and universities.

Please visit their website for additional information.

Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest

Monthly Scholarship

Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Entries are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here:

NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Application Deadline:  December 18, 2016

Are you a young entrepreneur?  Graduating high school seniors who operate their own small business are eligible to receive a 2017 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation.

Please visit their website for more information and to apply online.

Sterling Law Offices, S.C. Student Scholarship

Deadlines (2): Bi-annual: June 30 and December 31 every year


Amount: $1,000

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a High School senior who plans on attending post-secondary education full time and has a minimum GPA of 3.0. All majors are encouraged to apply.


Easter Seals of Greater Waterbury Scholarship

Please click here for information regarding this scholarship and to download the scholarship appllication.


Students have the chance to win school, state, and national awards that could include a scholarship worth $1,000 up to $10,000. Ultimately, Wendy’s invites 10 National Finalists to New York City for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Heisman Memorial Trophy® weekend and be a part of the nationally televised Wendy’s High School Heisman award ceremony.

Applying is easy.
  The two-part online application makes it quick and easy for students to apply. Wendy's is also giving away $10 Wendy's gift cards to the first 1,000 applicants. So don't wait to apply!

What Can You Do?
Get the process started by going to their webpage to apply.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Scholarship Deadline:  January 17, 2017

The Ronald McDonald House Charities ("RMHC") is offering various scholarships for graduating high school seniors.  Please visit for complete program details and eligiblity requirements or for the application.

Virginia Military Academy

Application Deadline:  February 1, 2017


The Virginia Military Academy is offering full and partial scholarships to cover the cost of tuition and fees for up to eight semesters of full-time study at Virginia Military Academy.

Please click here for additional information regarding the Scholarship Program and to download the application.

Elks National Foundation Schoarships for Elks Families

Application Deadline:  February 3, 2017

Please click here to view a brochure regarding their various scholarships or visit their website to obtain the online application.

Elks 2017 Most Valuable Student Award Contest

Application Deadline:  November 30, 2016

The Elks National Foundation awards 500 high school seniors the Most Valuable Student Scholarship each year.  To be eligible, you must be a high school senior and a U.S. Citizen and applying to an accredited college or university.  Applications are available online at  Any questions can be addressed by contacting Paul M. Hanlon, Chairman Elks #372 Scholarship Committee at or by contacting local lodges by going to

“B. Davis Scholarship”

Application Deadline:  May 22, 2017

 The creators of the “Student Award Search Aid” website are offering a scholarship for 2017.

Please visit their website at to read about them and to apply for their scholarship. While you’re there, please browse through the rest of the site to learn more about applying for scholarships.

Their website was developed solely for the purpose of helping students locate and apply for scholarships. They are trying to improve the students’ chances for success. The site is free and they charge nothing for the information or the application.

Amount of Scholarship: $1,000

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them at


Scholarship Guidance

Please visit the following website for a High School and University Resource for students.

The Scholarship Programs below are currently accepting applications between Oct. 19, 2016 and December 2, 2016. Please read the application instructions on the website carefully before applying.

Featured Scholarships:

SP Scholarship - October 31, 2016 (10 Awards - $10,000)

YDI Scholarship - October 29, 2016 (1 Award - $1,000)

VIP Scholarship - October 31, 2016 (1 Award - $5,000)

Student Photography Scholarships - November 15, 2016 (500 Awards - $50,000)

Elks Most Valuable Student Competition - November 30, 2016 (2 Awards - $500)

Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers - December 1, 2016 (5 Awards - $2,000)

National Space Club Scholarship - December 2, 2016 (1 Award - $10,000)

National Space Club Scholarship - December 2, 2016 (1 Award - $10,000)

CHET Advance Scholarship

The CHET Advance Scholarship is an annual program offered by the State Treasurer’s Office to help Connecticut students pay for college. This fall, high school freshmen and seniors will be eligible to apply for these scholarships.

To encourage college savings, the CHET Advance Scholarship will award up to 100 seniors with a $2,500 contribution toward their college expenses. Up to 100 freshmen will receive a $2,000 contribution. This scholarship will encourage positive saving behavior by offering each 9th grade winner a financial incentive to open a CHET account of their own in order to save for college. Each 9th grade winner will have the opportunity to receive an additional matching grant of $500 if the student’s family saves $500 or more in a CHET account by the time the student goes to college.

To be eligible, seniors must have a grade point average of at least 2.0. No grade point average is required for freshmen. Scholarship recipients will be chosen through a random drawing. More details and promotional material will be provided to your school in August.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Bjornberg, Director of Financial Education at the State Treasury. She may be reached by email: or phone: 860.702.3292.

Scholarship Experts

Please visit the following website for a free scholarship matching service with a database of over 2.4 milllion scholarships.  These scholarships are updated on a daily basis.

Student Scholarships Now

Please visit the following website for scholarships that Connecticut students are eligible for. 

This webpage has scholarships that change on a monthly basis.  Please check this web site frequently for new scholarships as they appear.

Here are just a few of the scholarships presently being offered:

You Deserve it Scholarship - $1,000            Deadline: Oct 29 2016

Coca-Cola Scholars Program - $20,000       Deadline: Oct 31 2016

$10,000 College Scholarship for High School and College Students - $10,000     Deadline: Oct 31 2016

CARiD Scholarship Program - $1,000         Deadline: Oct 31 2016

VIP Scholarship - - $5,000 Deadline: Oct 31 2016

Voice of Democracy Scholarship - $30,000           Deadline: Nov 01 2016

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards- $5,000       Deadline: Nov 08 2016

Spirit of Innovation Challenge - $10,000     Deadline: Nov 09 2016

Student Photography Scholarships - $2,500     Deadline: Nov 15 2016

Zumper Apartments Scholarship - $1,000         Deadline: Nov 15 2016

Real World Design Challenge - $1,000         Deadline: Nov 20 2016

Elks Most Valuable Student Competition - $50,000         Deadline: Nov 30 2016

Sixt Scholars - $5,000                 Deadline: Nov 30 2016

Good360 Sustainability Scholarship - $1,000         Deadline: Nov 30 2016

Odenza Caption Scholarship - $500             Deadline: Nov 30 2016

Andrew Flushe Scholarship - $500               Deadline: Nov 30, 2016

Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers - $2,000              Deadline:  Dec 1, 2016

National Space Club Scholarship - $10,000          Deadline: Dec 2, 2016


Accredited Schools Online Financial Resources

Accredited Schools Online just updated their guide to financial aid for minority students.   Their guidebook can be found here:

This expert-driven guide includes an extensive list of scholarships and financial aid resources available specifically for minority students. The guide also includes tips for finding and securing scholarships and other financial aid.

College Scholarships

The website is a scholarship search engine that will help students pay for college with scholarships.  Please check the website frequently for updated scholarship opportunities and application deadlines. 

Artists & Writers Awards

Deadlines vary by region

 All students in Grades 7 - 12 can participate and $10 million is available to artists and writers.  Please visit the website for further information. 

This web site is a leading online resource in finding scholarships to help pay for school.

Click here for further information and to access this website.


These scholarships and applications change on a daily basis.  Check back frequently to get the lastest scholarships available.

The Discus Awards scholarship program remains committed to helping students in grades 9 through 12 find money for college, so our popular "Best List of College Scholarships" remains accessible and updated.

Please click here to access this scholarship resource. 

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science


Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science is offering various scholarships.  Please click here to visit their website for further information and applications.

Fast Web

At Fastweb, We Have It All

 Scholarships, Internships, Colleges and More

Also check out their website for some really interesting scholarships:


Scholly has scholarships for high school students and current college students. Scholly's adaptive matching engine will find the scholarships you qualify for in seconds, without sign-ups or long forms that ask for your personal information.

Please click here to access their website:


A team at have put together several guides to help minority students find grants and scholarships. Here are some links to their guides which might be of interest to minority students.

- Scholarship Guide for Black Students:


- Scholarship Guide for Hispanic Students:


- Scholarship Guide for Asian-American Students:


Each guide offers a lists of scholarships specific to those students as well as a "unique circumstances" section for undocumented or first-generation students. The site also has a more extensive scholarship search tool, which you can find at:


Scholarship information is also posted in Naviance as it is received!  Check on a regular basis!

Financial Aid Power Point Link 

Click here for the Guidance Information Page


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