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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 http://www.torrington.org/page.cfm?p=283 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 2 weeks 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 www.fastweb.com and scholarshipguidance.com.  The only person who is guaranteed not to get a scholarship is the one who doesn’t apply.


IMPORTANT SCHOLARSHIP/TRANSCIPT AND RECOMMENDATION INFORMATION


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.


TUITION BREAK FOR NEW ENGLAND RESIDENTS

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 www.nebhe.org/tuitionbreak 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:

http://www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship.


AXA Achievementsm Scholarship

 Scholarship Deadline:   First 10,000 Applications Received or December 15, 2016 - whichever comes first!

The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship provides over $1.4 million in scholarships to young people throughout the nation representing all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. Students have the opportunity to receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. In addition, for every student who wins a scholarship, a grant in the amount of $1,000 will be made to the winner’s school.

Please  visit their website https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-scholarship.html for additional information and to access the scholarship application.


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 www.NFIB.com/YEA 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.

Application- http://www.sterlinglawyers.com/scholarship/


Easter Seals of Greater Waterbury Scholarship

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


 

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 www.rmhc.org for complete program details and eligiblity requirements or https://aim.applyISTS.net/RMHC 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 enf.elks.org/leg to obtain the online application.


Bezos Scholars Program

Application Deadline:  February 10, 2017

The Bezos Scholars Program is accepting applications for the Bezos Scholar Teams.  Successful applicants are ambitious JUNIORS who demonstrate academic rigor, leadership and a desire to create positive change in their community.  Please complete the online application (www.bezosfamilyfoundation.org) and visit the website for additional information regarding this program.


New England Chapter National Association of Water Companies Scholarship

Application Deadline:  March 1, 2017


Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

For proper consideration, the application must be signed and dated by the applicant and received by the noted application deadline. The following criteria must be met for scholarship consideration:

  1. Applicants will be a graduating High School Senior from an accredited High School or equivalent from any of the following states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
  2. Preference will be given to applicants who are actively pursuing an approved course of study at an accredited higher education institution directly related to Drinking Water, Water Engineering, Environmental Studies or Waste Water.
  3. An academic GPA of 3.0 at their high school is mandatory. The relevance and rigor of the courses taken in high school shall be considered.

Please click here for additional information regarding this scholarship including eligibility, necessary documentation and award protocol.

Click here to download the application.


Application Deadline:  March 15, 2017

Each year The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Auxiliary grants scholarships to qualified graduates of area high schools intending to persue a career in health care. In order to be eligible, the applicant must live in the area served by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

This year the committee will grant a total of 12 scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, to be presented on May 9th, 2017.

Applicants are to complete the appropriate forms (click here for additional information and the forms) and submit them in hard copy by March 15, 2017 (no exceptions to this cut off date). All applications must be in typed Format. Please mail all components of the application in one envelope.


CONNECTICUT WATER WORKS ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

Application Deadline:  March 30, 2017

 

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

The application shall be signed and dated by the applicant and must be received by the application deadline to be considered.

The applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for the scholarship:

1. Applicants will be a graduating High School Senior from an accredited Connecticut High School or equivalent.

2. Preference will be given to applicants who are actively pursuing an approved course of study at an accredited higher education institution directly related to environmental science, water resources, public health or the water industry.

3. An academic GPA of 3.0 at their high school is mandatory. The relevance and rigor of the courses taken in high school shall be considered.

Please click here to access additional information regarding this scholarship and to download the scholarship application.


Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

Application Deadline:  April 30, 2017

This scholarship aims to honor juniors, seniors and college freshmen students who excel as creative problem-solvers as demonstrated through a unique, personal project.  Information and the application regarding this $5,000 per year renewable scholarship (up to $20,000) can be found on their website:  www.rbffoundation.org.


“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 http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm 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 awards@studentawardsearch.com


BigSun Scholarship

Application Deadline:  June 19, 2017

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. Their participation may be in any capacity, whether as a player, coach or official.

Amount of Award  -        $500.00

The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community..

Please visit our website at http://www.bigsunathletics.com to learn how to apply.

This scholarship has been listed with FastWeb


Miscellaneous Scholarships

Listed in US News and World Report  - Best Colleges (2017 Edition)

For Scientists

The following scholarships are available for all STEM students.  Please check their respective websites for criteria, eligibility, additional information and to download or complete the online scholarship applications.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program - www.buickachievers.com

Great Lakes National Scholarship Program https://community.mygreatlakes.org/

SMART Scholarhsip for Service Program - http://smart.asee.org/

American Society of Civil Engineers Scholarships - www.asce.org

American Society of Mechanical Engineers Awards - www.asme.org

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics awards -  www.aiaa-awards.org

Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology - http://siemenscompetition.discoveryeducation.com/

Regeneron Science Talent Search - https://student.societyforscience.org/

Thermo Fisher Scientific Antibody Scholarship Program - www.thermofisher.com


For Women

Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship -  https://www.womentechmakers.com/scholars

Palantir Women in Technology Scholarship - www.palantir.com/college/scholarship

Society of Women Engineers - www.swe.org

Association for Women Geoscientists Awards and Scholarships http://awg.org/

Women in Aviation International Awards - www.wai.org


For Underrepresented Minorities

Gates Millennium Scholars Program - www.gmsp.org

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship - www.xerox.com/jobs/minority-scholarships

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering STEM Minority Scholarships - www.nacme.org/scholarships

National Society of Black Engineers - https://www.nsbe.org/home.aspx

United Negro College Fund/Merck Science Initiative - www.umsi.uncf.org

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers - www.shpe.org

Hispanic Scholarship Fund http://www.hsf.net/

HENAAC Scholars Program - www.greatmindsinstem.org

The Google Lime Scholarship - https://www.google.com/edu/students/

The Generation Google Scholarship - www.google.com/edu/students

The National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program - www.training.nih.gov/programs

Microsoft Scholarship Program - https://careers.microsoft.com/students#programs

Ronald McDonald House Charities US Scholarships - www.rmhc.org


 

Scholarship Guidance

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

www.scholarshipguidance.com

The Scholarship Programs below are currently accepting applications between Oct. 19, 2016 and December 2, 2016. Please read the application instructions on the website http://scholarshipguidance.com 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: Emily.Bjornberg@ct.gov 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.

http://www.scholarshipexperts.com


Student Scholarships Now

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

www.StudentScholarships.org 

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:

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: http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/college-scholarships-for-minority-students/
 

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 http://www.collegescholarships.org/financial-aid/ 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 www.artandwriting.org 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.


DISCUS AWARDS PROGRAM

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.

http://acphs.edu/admissions/freshmen/scholarships-grants-and-loans


Fast Web

At Fastweb, We Have It All

 Scholarships, Internships, Colleges and More

www.fastweb.com.

Also check out their website for some really interesting scholarships:

http://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships/articles/the-weirdest-scholarships?utm_source=nlet&utm_content=fw_a2_20151028


SCHOLLY

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:   https://www.myscholly.com/

MONEYGEEK.COM

A team at MoneyGeek.com 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:

http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/scholarship-guide-for-black-students/

 

- Scholarship Guide for Hispanic Students:

http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/scholarship-guide-for-hispanic-students/

 

- Scholarship Guide for Asian-American Students:

http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/scholarship-guide-for-asian-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: http://www.moneygeek.com/education/scholarship-search/


 Seniors!

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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