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Scholarship Pitfalls

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 an 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., may take time to assemble so please submit applications ahead of 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 Dick’s Restaurant Scholarship applications were returned the day prior to the deadline and only 33% of the THS Scholarship packets were returned by the due date)

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


 Who can enter?

High school seniors 16 years of age or older
Undergraduate students 16 years of age or older
Must be planning to attend or continuing to attend an eligible college or university.

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When is the entry period?

 Enter to win now through February 29, 2016.

If your name was not chosen for one of the drawings, entries are included in future drawings.

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5 winners will be randomly drawn on:

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Click here to access the website for further information and to register.

Information and Scholarships for Undocumented Students

Click here to find recent scholarships, criteria and application deadlines.  



2015 CHET Advance Scholarship Program

Application Deadline:  October 6, 2015


Up to 100 freshmen and 100 seniors will be awarded up to $2,500 in a CHET 529 college savings account to use toward their higher education expenses.  Scholarship recipients will be chosen through random drawings.

To apply, go to and click on the Apply Now button.

You may email requests or questions to or call toll free (855) 670. ISTS (4787).

AES Scholarship Deadline Is Approaching


The deadline for the 10th annual AES Scholarship is

October 7, 2015. 


Visit their website at

 The winner(s) will be announced within 2 weeks of the deadline.

 Each winner will be personally notified by email.

2016 Horatio Alger Scholarship

Application Deadline:  October 25, 2015

As one of the nation’s largest college financial aid programs in the country, the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is one of the major scholarship programs nationally that specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives.

The National Scholarship Program is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference.

To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2016 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen

Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs: The Horatio Alger Scholarship application is now available for all students graduating from high school in spring/summer 2016. The application will close October 25, 2015.

Please note: there is only one Horatio Alger Scholarship application. Your application will be submitted to all scholarships (National/State/Targeted) for which you are eligible.*

*If you are applying early action/early decision to Ohio State University, University of Chicago, or Vanderbilt University, you must complete your application by September 25, 2015 to be considered for the Horatio Alger Trott Family Scholarship.

We strongly encourage all applicants to review our scholarship pages and frequently asked questions before applying. 



  • One Support Form completed online. This must be completed by an adult over the age of 21 who is not related to the applicanct and who is aware of the adversities mentioned in the application. This form must be filled out online. Faxes, emails or letters will not be accepted.

  • Online Cerficiation Form. A login will be emailed to the applicant’s counselor.

  • High school transcript. Applicants should upload a transcript through the application. Transcripts must be submitted online.

  • Income Verification. A copy of the first page of the applicant’s parent(s) federal tax return or tax transcript (request a tax transcript at www.irs.ov/Individuals/Order-a-Transcript) for 2014 is needed in order to verify income stated on the application. If an applicant’s parents were not required to file a tax return, included statement copies of any government benefits, such as Public Assistance or Disability payment documents. Income verifications may be uploaded online or sent by mail. Applicants of divorced or legally separated parents need to submit tax forms from both parents. No emails or faxes accepted.


Here is an exciting scholarship opportunity at Gettysburg College. Gettysburg has received a generous grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help them achieve their goal of increasing the number of financially disadvantaged students who pursue careers in STEM fields (Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics).

STEM Scholars will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend a STEM-focused pre-orientation workshop with their cohort
  • Enroll in an exclusive First-Year Seminar taught by STEM faculty
  • Participate in bi-monthly luncheons with STEM faculty as well as a variety of learning activities on and off campus
  • Engage in various STEM opportunities, including faculty-student research, peer-mentoring, preferential residence in Gettysburg College's Science House, as well as internship opportunities with institutional industry partners

Please visit their website, which has a link to the application. You may contact Gail Sweezey, Director of Admissions, Gettysburg College @ 800.431.0803 with any questions you may have.


Optimum Community Scholarship Essay

Application Deadline:  November 2, 2015

Optimum is sponsoring a Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest.  Name a Latino, past or present, with whom you would chose to spend a day and explain why in 500 words or less.

Grand Prize:   $2,500 Scholarship

Visit to learn more.


Scholarship Guidance

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

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.


Ponte Women's Club Scholarship

Application Deadline:  September 30, 2015

The Ponte Women's Club will be offering a $1,000 scholarship to a high school graduate.  This senior must be a daughter, grandaughter, son or grandson of a member of the Ponte Women's Club.

Please click here to download the application.

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 at
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


Scholarship information is also posted on the bulletin board or in the Scholarship Box located inside the Guidance Office 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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