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SCHOLARSHIPS HOW TO HELP PAY THE BILL FOR COLLEGE. duPont Manual High School College 101 Night. RECOMMENDED RESOURCE. “1001 Ways to Pay for College” Practical Strategies to Make any College Affordable Gen and Kelly Tanabe SuperCollege LLC: Belmont, CA 2009

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scholarships how to help pay the bill for college


duPont Manual High School

College 101 Night

recommended resource

“1001 Ways to Pay for College”

Practical Strategies to Make any College Affordable

Gen and Kelly Tanabe

SuperCollege LLC: Belmont, CA 2009

recommended resource1

“Countdown to College: 21 ‘To Do’ Lists for High School

Guaranteed to Get You Where You Want To Go

Step by Step Strategies for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders

Valerie Price with Cheryl Rilly

Front Porch Press

myths and truths
  • Myth:

Since most schools will offer you an aid package based on your need, there’s little reason to shop around

  • Truth:

Colleges have very different ways of dealing with your “need.” They can manipulate their offers based on how much they want you to attend their school, offering more in grants and less in loans, for example. If you receive a better offer of aid from one of your schools, you should by all means let the other schools know and see if you can use that information to receive a better offer.

myths and truths1
  • Myth:

College costs consist of room, board, and tuition

  • Truth:

When calculating college costs, you must add in tuition, room, board, fees, books, transportation, clothing, entertainment, and the 10% rule – take whatever you think a year will cost and add 10% to cover the numerous unexpected costs associated with college attendance, as well as inflation

myths and truths2
  • Myth:

Once you get a financial aid package from your chosen school, you can’t change it

  • Truth:

Actually, you will be renewing your financial aid package each year, and it’s not unheard of for more money to become available, especially for high-achieving students

myths and truths3
  • Myth:

All scholarships are more-or-less legitimate, so it’s a good idea to apply to as many as fit your profile

  • Truth:

There are many scholarship scams out there, so beware

warning signs of a scam
  • Application Fees
  • Other Fees
  • Beware of 900-number telephone services
  • Guaranteed Winnings
  • Unsolicited Opportunities
  • Mail Drop or Residence for a Return Address
  • For more information on scholarship scams go to:

how much will college cost
  • Tuition - payment for required courses, study abroad, exchange programs
  • Fees - registration, parking, activities, health, laboratory, many others
  • Books and Materials - computer, required texts and supplies
  • Room - cost of dorm or apartment plus furniture, utilities, internet access, and telephone
  • Food - meal plans, eating out, groceries
  • Transportation - two to three trips home or, if you keep an auto on campus, your gas expenses, insurance, parking fees, etc.
  • Personal - clothes, laundry, recreation, medical and dental, insurance
  • Miscellaneous - catchall for anything that doesn’t fit in another category - think about adding 10% of the total amount of above
the net price calculator
The Net Price Calculator

Available since the 2011-2012 school year on every college website

Provides students and parents with the college’s annual cost of education

Also provides an easy estimation of what your financial aid package may look like

Bellarmine University has a very easy Net Price Calculator on their website

The Net Price Calculator will be fairly accurate, but does not substitute for actually going through the process of submitting your FAFSA Form

sobering facts
  • The cost of attending the most prestigious colleges for four years is nearing $240,000 - more than double the price of 20 years ago.
  • Tuition at public universities has risen more than 50% in inflation adjusted dollars in the past ten years.
  • As college costs have risen, government aid has failed to keep pace - as a result, student debt has ballooned.
psychology to pay for college
  • Persistence - continue to apply regardless of setbacks and rejections; if you apply for 95 scholarships you may only win a very few but they may be just the amount you need to make the difference
  • Creativity - adapt methods to pay to your own situation
  • Long-Term Vision - start with one penny, then add another and another
  • Faith - there are no immediate results; have faith that what you are doing will pay off in the long run
the never ending search
The Never-ending Search
  • You don’t necessarily have to be Einstein, Van Gogh, Pavarotti, or Peyton Manning, but you do have to be a detective
  • Finding scholarships is like a game of “Where’s Waldo?”
  • There are scholarships for almost everything:

bagpipe players

people under 4 feet tall

majors in parapsychology

women who want to be engineers

so how do you win scholarships

You must be able to organize and prioritize

You must be able to write about a variety of topics that may or may not be exciting to you in a fluid and thoughtful way, demonstrating that you are a scholar or would like to be a scholar

You must understand yourself well enough to create a compelling portrait of who you are.

You must understand your audience well enough to be able to position your skills and strengths as deserving of their support.

Scholarship committees award funding to candidates they can understand and relate to and who distinguish themselves from other candidates by their ability to communicate their special-ness!!!

when to start looking
  • The senior year is the time to APPLY for scholarship, not LOOK for them … You don’t have time!
  • You can begin searching as early as you wish – there are some opportunities available for juniors interested in a particular school (Wofford Scholars; Centre Fellows, etc.)
  • Explore the financial aid and scholarship pages on college websites you are interested in
  • Explore free scholarship search websites
  • Learn what is out there so you will be ready your senior year
  • Read books, articles, start a college savings account as soon as possible
  • Begin compiling a list of possibilities your freshman year and refine the list as you approach senior year
  • By starting the search early, you will have time to take the right classes to strengthen your resume and give yourself a more competitive edge
  • Knowing early about specific eligibility requirements gives you the chance to prepare yourself to be eligible for those awards
  • When your senior year arrives you can then put your name in for many awards for which you’re clearly eligible rather than beating yourself up and thinking of what could have been
start with a personal inventory
Start With A Personal Inventory

Year in school, citizenship, state of residence, religion, ethnic background, disability, military status, employer, membership organizations

Do you want to be in a competition? What are you talents and interests?

What subject do you plan to major in?

What career do you plan to pursue?

Do you want to apply for all types of aid or only scholarships?

Research local scholarships first – check your email/school website/PTSA electronic newsletter

Check the college aid section of your public library – scholarship handbooks

Check out the national scholarships such as National Merit, Gates Millennium, Intel Science Search, Coca-Cola Scholars, Ron Brown, etc.

Check out your membership organizations, employers, religious, community service, fraternal, military, union, and professional groups

Check out fast food companies, department stores, supermarkets, awards related to employment

Use the internet for free scholarship searches

Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority – KHEAA

Research Institutional Scholarships – automatic, merit, talent, financial need, intended major, departmental, ethnicity, or a variety of other factors

develop your personal profile who s joe
Develop Your Personal Profile – Who’s Joe?
  • Plays baseball
  • Spends time inventing gadgets
  • Teaches Sunday School
  • Work’s at McDonald’s
  • Is in the Band
  • Aunt works at Exxon
  • Mom is a teacher
  • Dad works for Coca-Cola
  • Parents have a Visa and Mastercard
  • Enters Math and Science Competitions
  • Family shops at Wal-Mart and Target
  • Works at a local shelter
  • Junior Achievement member
  • Wants to study engineering
  • Wants to go to Texas A&M
  • Grandfather is in electrician’s union
  • Working on Eagle Scout certification
  • Dad is in the Lion’s Club
  • Dad is in the Naval Reserve
  • Parents use Tylenol and Calgon
  • Eats Wheaties, chews Doublemint Gum
  • Scored 227 on the PSAT
joe s scholarship leads include
Joe’s Scholarship Leads Include:


Coca Cola









Mastercard & Visa


Naval Reserve

Lion’s Club

Eagle Scouts

Junior Achievement

Electrician’s Union

Engineering Society

Teacher’s Association

Lutheran Brotherhood


Intel Science Talent Search

Baush & Lomb Science Award


National Merit Scholarship

Texas A & M Scholarships

Sam Walton Community Scholarship

www scholarshiphelp org

How To Win Scholarships

Types of Scholarships

College Costs: An Overview

Scholarship Applications: The Winnowing Process

College Scholarship Personal Assessment Tips

Scholarship Websites

Factors to Consider

Scholarship Essay Tips

Scholarship Letters of Recommendation Advice

Scholarship Interview Tips

Scholarship Links

Online Scams

the scholarship application
  • Read the eligibility criteria carefully (GPA, test scores, other)
  • Collect all supporting documents early (transcripts, recommendations, resume, etc.).
  • Ask the person writing your recommendation to address your personal qualities that match the scholarship criteria with specific examples; If the recommender would not know about these examples, then you have to tell them in a letter
  • If you are asked to document your financial need, list all family obligations and then explain your situation honestly and completely
  • Be neat, thorough, and creative!
  • There may be thousands of students competing for the same scholarship - take it seriously and write essays with your most distinguished effort.
  • Don’t miss the application deadline!
the scholarship letter of recommendation

Essentially, scholarship providers are asking for a written backing of your “self-nomination”

Ask the most appropriate person available – someone relevant to the scholarship for which you are applying

Be punctual and considerate – don’t wait to the last minute

All but write it for them … OK, write it for them!

Request the letter be printed on your recommender’s letterhead

Supply materials – and that includes stamps or an oversized envelope

Mind your manners – be sure to say “thank-you”

the scholarship essay
The Scholarship Essay

When you are faced with the challenge of scholarship essay writing, remind yourself that the effort you put into writing your essay represents the chance to sell yourself to the scholarship committee

A winning scholarship essay is one that truly sets a particular applicant apart from the others

If you tell your story clearly and persuasively, you might just find yourself receiving a congratulatory letter from the scholarship committee

10 tips for writing effective scholarship essays
10 Tips for Writing Effective Scholarship Essays

Read the instructions and make sure you understand them before you start writing

Think about what you are going to write and organize your thoughts before you start writing

Begin the process by writing an outline

Make sure your outline touches on every aspect required per the instructions

Write your essay by elaborating on each of the points in your outline

Use clear, concise and simple language throughout the essay

State your accomplishments without coming across as if you are bragging

Make sure your grammar and spelling are impeccable

Read the question again and then read your essay to be certain that the essay addresses every point

Have someone with strong writing and editing skills proofread the essay before you submit it

the search


The quest for additional college funding

counselor announcements
  • You will be on the scholarship email list your senior year
  • Manual College Career Room
  • College Visitations at Manual
  • College and Career Fairs – two in Louisville and two in Cincinnati
  • Career Day – for YPAS and VA students
school websites
  • Click on Counselors
  • Click on Senior Scholarships
  • Start Browsing
  • Click on Counselor Connection
  • Click on Scholarship Information
local community scholarships
  • Check out the website
  • Keep reading your emails - most contain information about local scholarships and school based scholarships
prestigious all encompassing scholarships
  • Morehead-Cain Scholars: UNC Chapel Hill
  • Danforth Scholars: Washington Univ. St. Louis
  • Wells Scholars: Indiana University
  • Jefferson Scholars: University of Virginia
  • Emory Scholars: Emory University
  • Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars: Notre Dame
  • Belk Scholars: Davidson College
  • Cincinnatus: University of Cincinnati
  • Brown Fellows: Centre College & Louisville
  • Park Scholars: Ithaca College
  • Ramsey: University of Georgia
  • Levin: UNC Charlotte
  • McDermott – UT Dallas
  • Ingram Scholars – Vanderbilt University
  • Templeton Scholars – Hanover College
  • Hunt – Southern Methodist University
  • And many, many others
university academic merit scholarships sample from uk

Academic Scholarships for Freshmen

Automatic Scholarships for Freshmen

The following scholarships will be awarded to eligible students provided the student is admitted and has

the qualifying test score and grade point average on file with the Office of Undergraduate Admission by

March 1, 2014. Please note that combined scores, also known as a superscore, from two or more tests

will not be considered. No scholarship application is required.

Provost Scholarship

"see blue." Scholarship

Bluegrass Spirit Scholarship

Kentucky Heritage Scholarship

Competitive Scholarships for Freshmen

The Otis A. Singletary Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship

The Commonwealth Scholarship

Patterson Scholarship for National Merit or National Achievement Finalists

Kentucky Governor's Scholars/School for the Arts Alumni Scholarships

GSP/GSA Presidential Scholarship

GSP/GSA Provost Scholarship

College and Departmental Scholarships

scholarship opportunities for freshmen
Scholarship Opportunities for Freshmen
  • American Legion Oratorical Contest
  • American and Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund
  • Angel Soft Angels in Action Scholarship
  • Annual Poster Contest
  • AXA Achievement Community Scholars
  • Ayn Rand Essay Contests
  • Courageous Persuaders Scholarships
  • The DuPont Challenge
  • Duracell/NTSA Invention Challenge
  • Eco-Hero Award
  • Fountainhead Essay Contest
  • Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest
  • McKelvey Entrepreneurial E-Scholarship
  • National High School Poetry Contest
  • National History Day Contest
  • National Peace Essay Contest
  • National Vocabulary Competition
  • NetAid Global Action Scholarships
  • NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund
  • Outstanding Students of America
  • Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
  • Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
  • ThinkQuest Internet Challenge
  • Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards
  • Toyota Community Scholars Award
  • Young Naturalist Awards
  • Young American Creative Patriotic

Art Awards

scholarship opportunities for sophomores
Scholarship Opportunities for Sophomores
  • DAR National Society Scholarships
  • Freelance Writing Contests
  • Tourism Cares Scholarships
  • Women Information Technology Awards
  • The Prudential Spirit of Community Scholarships
  • The Siemans Competition for Math, Science and Technology
  • Imation Computer Arts Scholarship
scholarship opportunities for juniors
Scholarship Opportunities for Juniors
  • American Legion Oratorical Contest
  • American and Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund
  • Angel Soft Angels in Action Scholarship
  • Annual Poster Contest
  • AXA Achievement Community Scholars
  • Courageous Persuaders Scholarships
  • Discover Card Scholarship Program
  • Eco-Hero Award
  • Fountainhead Essay Contest
  • Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest
  • McKelvey Entrepreneurial E-Scholarship
  • National High School Poetry Contest
  • National Peace Essay Contest
  • National Vocabulary Competition
  • NetAid Global Action Scholarships
  • NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund
  • Outstanding Students of America
  • Siemens Westinghouse Competition
  • Toyota Community Scholars Award
  • You Can Make A Difference Scholarship
  • Young Naturalist Awards
scholarship opportunities for seniors
Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors
  • AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship
  • Coca Cola Scholarships
  • Best Buy Scholarships
  • Signet Classics Scholarship
  • Bank of America Scholarship
  • America’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program
  • US Bank Internet Scholarships
  • America Planning Association High School Essay Contest
  • CBAI Annual Scholarships
  • Youth Foundation Scholarship
  • Walt Disney Company Foundation Scholarship
  • Junior Achievement Nelnet Scholarship
  • Bruce Lee Scholarship
  • College Matters Scholarship
  • KFC Colonel’s Scholars Scholarship
  • Apple Scholarships
  • The 7th Generation Community Service Scholarships
  • You Can Make A Difference Senior Scholarships
  • Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship
  • Sam Walton Community Scholarships
  • Most Valuable Student Competition
  • Proton Energy System Scholarships
service clubs

American Legion

American Red Cross

Association of Junior Leagues Int.

Boys and Girls Clubs

Campus Outreach Community League

Circle K


Elks Club

Fraternal Order of Eagles

Friends of the Library

Kiwanis International

Knights of Columbus

Lions Club International

National Exchange Club

National Grange

Neighbor Works

Optimist International

Performing Arts Center

Rotaract and Interact

Rotary Club; Unsung Hero


Salvation Army

Sertoma International

Soroptimist International of the Americas

U. S. Jaycees

USA Freedom Corps

Veterans of Foreign Wars


Zonta International

religious organizations
Assemblies of God

Baptist Church

Catholic Church

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Evangelical Lutheran Church


Methodist Church

Presbyterian Church

Seventh-Day Adventist

Society of Friends

United Church of Christ

worker s unions
Air Line Pilots Association

American Federation of School Administrators

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

American Federation of Teachers

American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

Asbestos Workers International Union

Association of Flight Attendants

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union

Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers

Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers

Chemical Workers Union Council

Communications Workers of America Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics, and Allied Workers

Graphic Communications International Union

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Artists and Allied Crafts of the U.S.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots

International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers-Communications Workers of America

workers unions continued
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades of the United States and Canada

Iron Workers, International association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing

National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees

National Association of Letter Carriers

Office of Professional Employees International Union

Professional and Technical Engineers, International Federation

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union District Council

Screen Actors Guild Seafarers International Union of North America

Service Employees International Union

Sheet Metal Workers International Association

Transport Workers Union of America

Union Plus

United Food and Commercial Workers Union

United Mine Workers of America United Transportation Union

Utility Workers Union of America

WORKERS UNIONS - continued
extracurricular activities
American Mensa Society

Amnesty International


Boy Scouts of America

Boys and Girls Club of America


Educational Theatre Association

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

4-H Clubs

Fraternity or Sorority

Future Business Leaders of America

Future Farmers of America

Girl Scouts of America

Interact Club

Junior Achievement

Key Club

Leo Club

Model United Nations

Mu Alpha Theta

National Forensic League

National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship

National Honor Society

National Rifle Association

Quill and Scroll


Skills USA

Students in Free Enterprise

the power of the internet

the power of the internet continued


hitting up big business
Best Buy Scholarship

Burger King Scholars Program

Cargill Community Scholarship Program

Coca-Cola Scholars Program

Coca-Cola Two Year College Scholarship

Dell Scholars Program

Dupont Challenge

Glamour’s Top Ten College Women Competition

Guardian Insurance Company Girls Going Place Scholarship

Hitachi Yoshiyama Award

Intel Science Talent Search

KFC Colonel’s Scholars Program

Kohl’s Kids Who Care Program

Microsoft General Scholarships

Papa Johns Scholars

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Sam Walton Community Scholarship

Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology

Toshiba Exploravision Awards

Toyota Community Scholars Program

Tylenol Scholarship

USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships

professional associations
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation

Actor’s Fund of America

Air Traffic Control Association

Aircraft Electronics Association

American Angus Association

American Association of Airport Executives

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

American Bar Association

American Concrete Institute

American Criminal Justice Association

American Culinary Federation American Dental Association

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

American Meteorological Society

American Nuclear Society

American Nursery and Landscape Association

American Society of Agricultural Engineers

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

American Society of Travel Agents Foundation

professional associations continued
American Society of Women Accountants Scholarship American Welding Society Foundation

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association

Associated General Contractors of America Associated Male Choruses of America

Association for Women in Mathematics

Association for Women in Science

Association of Food and Drug Officials

Association of State Dam Safety Officials

Broadcast Education Association

Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting

Emergency Nurses Association

Entomological Society of America

Executive Women International

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Foundation

Herb Society of America

Industrial Designers Society of America

International Association of Fire Fighters International Food Service Executives International

International Society for Optical Engineering

Iron and Steel Society

Karla Scherer Foundation Scholarship

National Association of Chiefs of Police

National Association of Women in Construction

National Community Pharmacists Association

professional associations continued1
National Press Photographers Foundation

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

National Scholastic Press Association

National Society of Accountants

National Society of Professional Engineers

National Speakers Association

National Student Nurses’ Association

Outdoor Writers Association of America

Physician Assistant Foundation

Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association

Public Relations Student Society of America

Radio and Television News Directors Association

Society of American Registered Architects

Society of Automotive Engineers

Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Society of Nuclear Medicine

Society of Plastics Engineers

Society of Professional Journalists

SWE Society of Women Engineers

University Aviation Association

Wilson Ornithological Society

awards based on ethnicity
Actuarial Scholarship for Minority Students

American Society of Criminology Fellowships for Ethnic Minorities

Armenian Students’ Association of America Scholarship

Asian American Journalists Association Scholarships

Bureau of Indian Affairs High Education Grant

Cherokee Nation Undergraduate Scholarship Programs

Council for Exceptional Children Ethnic Diversity Scholarship

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund

Hispanic College Fund Scholarship

Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation

Hispanic Outlook Magazine Scholarship Fund

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Japanese American Citizens League

Kosciuszko Tuition Scholarship Program

League of United Latin American Citizens Scholarship Fund

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

National Association of Black Accountants Scholarship Program

National Association of Black Journalists Scholarship Program

ethnicity continued
National Association of Hispanic Journalists Scholarships

National Association of Minority Engineering Program Administrators

National Black Police Association

National Society of Black Engineers

Native American Journalists Association Scholarship

Order Sons of Italy in America

Organization of Chinese Americans

Public Relations Student Society of America - Multicultural Affairs Scholarship Program

Ron Brown Scholar Program

The Sallie Mae Fund First in My Family Scholarship

The Sallie Mae Fund American Dream Scholarship

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students in Health Professions

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

The American Chemical Society Scholars Program

The Gillette/National Urban League Scholarship and Intern Program for Minority Students

The National Italian American Foundation

Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund

U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce

United Negro College Fund Scholarships

ETHNICITY - continued
ethnicity continued1
ETHNICITY - continued

Most Colleges Have a Major Scholarship Set Aside for Minority Students:

University of Kentucky – William C. Parker Diversity Scholarship Program

University of Louisville – Woodford R. Porter Scholarship

scholarships for a disability


  • Alexander Graham Bell Association
  • Children of Deaf Adults, International
  • EAR Foundation
  • National Association of the Deaf
  • National Fraternal Society of the Deaf
  • Travelers Protective Association
scholarships for a disability1


  • American Foundation for the Blind
  • Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Christian Record Services
  • National Federation of Music Clubs
  • National Federation of the Blind
scholarships for a disability2


  • Bank of America
  • Chair Scholars
  • Easter Seal Society
  • Ethel Louis Armstrong Foundation
  • Pfizer
  • Spina Bifida Association of America
  • Tourette Syndrone Online
scholarships for a disability3


  • International Dyslexia Association
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities
  • The P. Buckley Moss Society
  • VSA Arts
you do not have to be a superstar athlete scholarships
  • Harness Horse Youth Foundation
  • Ice Skating Institute of America
  • National Amateur Baseball Federation
  • National Archery Association
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association
  • National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board - SAMMY Milk Mustache
  • National Rifle Association
  • Nike
  • Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society
  • Stonehouse Publishing Company (Golf)
  • Wendy’s Restaurants High School Heisman Award
  • Women’s Sports Foundation
strange and offbeat scholarships
Collegiate Inventors Competition

David Letterman Scholarship

Duck Calling Contest

Duct Tape Stuck at Prom Scholarship

Ghostbuster Scholarship

Klingon Language Institute KOR Memorial Scholarship

Little People of America Scholarship Million-Dollar Name

National Candy Technologists Scholarship Program

National Potato Council Scholarship

Tall Student Scholarship

The Magic Scholarship

Top Turkey Recipe Scholarship

contests for writers poets
American Fire Sprinkler Association Essay Contest

Ayn Rand Essay Contests

Biography of the Year Scholarship Challenge

CosmoGirl of the Year Scholarship

Guidepost Young Writers Contest

Holocaust Remembrance Project

Humanist Essay Contest

Inverness Corporation “Is All Ears” Essay Contest

John F. Kenneday Profile In Courage Essay Contest

L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future

Mensa Education & Research Foundation Scholarship

National Council of Teachers of English Student Writing Awards

National Peace Essay Contest

National Schools Project Young Poets Contest

Optimist International Essay Contest Contest

Renau Foundation Scholarship – valued at $20,000 over four years

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Signet Classic Student Scholarship Essay Contest

The Laws of Life Essay Contest

UNA-USA National High School Essay Contest on the United Nations

Thomas Wolfe Scholarship in Creative Writing – UNC Chapel Hill - valued at $180,000 over four years

contests for performing arts
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers

Arts Recognition and Talent Search

BMI Foundation Awards

Chopin Foundation

Donna Reed Performing Arts Scholarships

Educational Theatre Association Thespian Scholarships

Glenn Miller Scholarship Competition

Joseph S. Rumbaugh Oration Contest

Optimist Oratorical Grant

William Tolbert Whittenberg Scholarship for Excellence – Louisville Fund for the Arts – valued at $5,000 or $2,500 if two winners

Young Artist Competition

Young Concert Artists International

contests for artists
  • Christophers
  • Federal Duck Jr. Stamp Competition
  • Images of Freedom Student Photography Contest
  • National Sculpture Society Scholarship
  • Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
  • Worldstudio Foundation
  • Young Americans Photography Competition
contests of chance
  • College Answer $1,000 Scholarship Drawing
  • eCampus Tours $1,000 Scholarship Drawing
  • Next Step Magazine
  • Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes
  • Super College Scholarship
  • U. S. Bank Internet Scholarship Program
guaranteed scholarships
  • National Merit Scholarships
  • University Automatic Scholarships based on GPA and Test Scores
  • State Entitlement Awards
  • Kentucky Governor’s Scholars and Governor’s School for the Arts Scholarships (must qualify with GPA and test scores)
  • KEES Awards (Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship)
kees scholarship gpa
2.5 $125

2.6 $150

2.7 $175

2.8 $200

2.9 $225

3.0 $250

3.1 $275

3.2 $300

3.3 $325

3.4 $350

3.5 $375

3.6 $400

3.7 $425

3.8 $450

3.9 $475

4.0 $500

kees scholarshp act
15 $ 36

16 $ 71

17 $107

18 $143

19 $179

20 $214

21 $250

22 $286

23 $321

24 $357

25 $393

26 $428

27 $464

28-36 $500

kees scholarship totals
  • Freshman Year 3.2 $300
  • Sophomore Year 3.5 $375
  • Junior Year 3.6 $400
  • Senior Year 3.8 $450
  • ACT SCORE 26 $428
  • TOTAL $1953
  • Over Four Years $7812
other scholarship sources
Parents Employer

Parent’s or Grandparents Military Service

Student’s Employer

Businesses Big and Small - check with the Chamber of Commerce

The College Financial Aid Office

Career Service Offices

Visit Your College Department’s Administrative Assistant

Contact Your Local Politician

Search the Courier Journal Website for Scholarship Announcements

Scholarship Books

Dollars for Scholars - double your scholarship dollars at

Scholarships based on Personal Challenges and Hardships

Turn Your Hobbies and Talents into Scholarships

Scholarship organizations love Leaders - check into Leadership Awards

Turn Your Community Service into Scholarship Dollars

Ace your College Application to Get More Scholarship Dollars

Negotiate with your college if they try to take away your scholarship money

r o t c scholarships
R.O.T.C. Scholarships

The ROTC provides scholarships at about 600 schools nationwide.

In exchange for active duty or part time duty in the National Guard or Reserves, you will get the VAST MAJORITY of your tuition paid PLUS a guaranteed living stipend of anywhere from $250 to $500 a month.

You will also get scholarships for books, room, and board.

Enlist in any of the service branches after you graduate and Uncle Sam will help pay off that student loan.

If your parents are or were in the service, loan assistance is also available.

For information on all the ways the military can help you, go to:

scholarships only for manual ypas students
Scholarships Only for Manual/YPAS Students
  • Butch Charmoli Memorial Scholarship
  • David Brown Vocal Music Scholarship
  • David Jones Vocal Music Scholarship
  • duPont Manual High School Scholarship to UofL
  • Manual High School PTSA Scholarship
  • Rachel Caroline Baker Memorial Scholarship
  • Robert W. West Memorial Scholarship
  • YPAS Producers Talent Scholarship
freshman to do list
Freshman To Do List

Start a file for scholarships, awards, and contest – keep adding to it yearly

Search the sites – register at the web sites and update your listing at least yearly or when your GPA change

Check out the scholarship section at the library and bookstores

Enter contests - ask your counselor and teachers what programs they know of

Check out who won. Go to the scholarship’s web site. The winning essay or portfolio is usually available. Study it for tips.

Get extra credit – check if you can use scholarship essays or projects as a school assignment or ab extra credit

Keep your counselor informed about your interests. They may know of related scholarships.

Check volunteer agencies to determine which ones give volunteer scholarships. Consider doing community service hours there.

Join clubs that give scholarships to members. Do this early. Most clubs require at least a one year membership for eligibility.

Write your profile to determine what scholarship opportunities exist. List where you and your parents shop, bank, buy gas, and have your utilities. Put them on your list of organizations to contact.

sophomore to do list
Sophomore To Do List

Update your internet searches.

Check with the guidance office for local scholarships that are available and what their requirements are.

List local businesses, organizations, and clubs. Contact them to determine if they offer scholarships or contests.

Check with any associations and organizations you, your parents, or extended family members belong to for scholarships and contests.

junior to do list
Junior To Do List

Study for the PSAT. Taking it makes you eligible for the National Merit Scholarships.

Study and engage in test prep for the ACT – a high score can pay off in thousands of dollars in scholarship money.

Talk to seniors to find out what scholarship they’re applying for, especially local ones. Ask them about scholarships offered through their colleges.

Send for applications as soon as possible. Keep an eye on deadlines and requirements.

Pick up local scholarship applications that are available from your guidance office. Get them before the school year ends so you can work on the application and required essay during the summer.

Contact the athletic, music, or visual art department at your selected college to apply for sports, performing, or visual art scholarships. Make sure you gain an understanding of any required portfolio or audition requirements and work on perfecting these pieces/works over the summer. Memorize material if it is required.

senior to do list
Senior To Do List

Contact the financial aid counselors at your selected colleges to determine what scholarships they offer. If you know your major, check with that department as well to determine what departmental awards are available. Scholarships differ from college to college. This may be the deciding factor in your final college choice.

Watch the deadlines – some are as early as the fall semester and some are in October.

Keep applying. Check to determine if any essay you’ve written can be used for more than one award. Be careful not to get carried away with this – you might waste time and lose money.

Follow the directions of the application to the letter. Omitting information can disqualify you.

Ask for letters of recommendation early. Allow ample time for your teachers and employers to write and send them. Follow up to make sure they’re sent in on time. Also ask for one copy of the letter that doesn’t refer to a specific scholarship so that if another scholarship comes up, you may use the same letter of recommendation.

Notify the college you’ve decided to attend of scholarships you will be receiving (after they have offered your financial aid package and you have accepted what you want from the package).

insider tips
  • Remember the 10% Rule – total costs of a college, then add 10% to account for unexpected expenses. Don’t get caught by surprise
  • Start Early – start working with the financial aid office even before being admitted. Money is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis
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INSIDER TIPS - continued
  • Non-citizens be prepared. It is even more difficult to receive financial aid if you are not a U.S. Citizen because most colleges have little to no funds available for such students
  • Ask and Ask Again – If your financial aid package will not cover your costs, contact the financial aid office and ask them to review your application. You may not receive a bigger scholarship, but you might receive a loan on more generous terms or better on-campus employment
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INSIDER TIPS - continued
  • Beware of Scams – any scholarship fund that requests an application fee, operates out of a residence, guarantees you a return, or has a name suspiciously close to an organization you know to be legitimate, is probably a scam. Research funds thoroughly before sending money
sample scholarship scenario


Four Year Awards from College Applications and Auditions

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music $64,000

Boston University $114,800

Cincinnati Conservatory of Music $28,000

University of Louisville School of Music $35,600

KEES Scholarship $8,000

Non-Renewable One Year Local Scholarships

Whittenberg Scholarship - Fund For The Arts $2,500

Producers Scholarship – West Scholarship $2,000