Scholarship Information

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Free Money! From the Federal Government - visit the FAFSA website for all the information

FAFSA Demo Zoom Link


  
View the Northern Virginia Community College Financial Aid Night presentation (PDF)  from September 2020. 

View the Northern Virginia Community College Financial Aid Night presentation (Zoom). from September 2020.

World Wide Learn Scholarships, Grants, Student Loans, and Other Financial Aid Resources Website

Evaluating Financial Aid Award Letters Presentation 2019-20

The College Place (TCP)

At The College Place, students of all ages can get help planning for college. If you are a student looking for resources to help you polish your college applications and untangle the red tape and paperwork of applying for financial aid, you've come to the right place.

Upon completion of this short student survey, you will also be connected with Kaleidoscope, a public benefit company, where you will be able to find and apply for private scholarships offered by companies and other organizations. Based on information you entered into the TCP Online Sign Up, the system will search all the scholarships on the platform and present the scholarships you may be eligible for. Then, like Netflix, students see tiles on the screen, each with branded logos of the particular organization offering a particular scholarship. Once students click on an option and start filling out the application, the system automatically populates the answers to similar questions on any other application they fill out.
The College Place (TCP) Website Link


Here’s a schedule of next week’s college prep events from The College Place:

If the scheduled time for FAFSA Help and Aid Statement Review doesn’t work with your schedule, please contact me via email at tbrown@ecmc.org to schedule a 1:1 meeting at a date and time that would work for you!

We also created recorded resources to help with reviewing the Student Aid Report (SAR) and financial aid offers:
How to Reach your Student Aid Report: https://bit.ly/309ygyx
How to Review Your Financial Aid Offers: https://bit.ly/3bTB2gF

Division-Wide Financial Aid Nights:

 October 7th @ 6pm Paying for College: This workshop provides helpful information for parents and students on the following topics: college costs in VA, federal and state financial aid, the FAFSA, and family conversations about college financial planning. https://ecmc.zoom.us/j/91984333695

 December 9th @ 6pm Sourcing and Applying to Scholarships: This workshop provides insight into the college scholarship search process. The workshop provides strategies and advice on how to search, organize, and apply to scholarships, scholarship applications components, and the do’s and don’ts of scholarships. Students will acquire information on how to produce strong and competitive scholarship applications that increase their chances of winning. https://ecmc.zoom.us/j/92540542598

 March 10th @ 6pm Award Statement Review: This workshop helps seniors and their parents understand the components of a financial aid statement that a college issues them after the student is offered admissions to the school. Participants learn how to calculate their cost of attendance, unpack the various grants, scholarships, and loans that may be included, and determine their financial need gap. This workshop can also be provided as 1:1 support for a student and their parents upon receiving offer letters. https://ecmc.zoom.us/j/94124239416

 February 24th @ 6pm Early Planning- Paying for College: This workshop provides helpful information for parents and students on the following topics: college costs in VA, federal and state financial aid, the FAFSA, scholarships, and family conversations about college financial planning—all important areas of focus for preparing to pay for a college education. Elementary and Middle school presentations include guest speaker from VA 529 to learn more about the education savings option. https://ecmc.zoom.us/j/96102285830

 March 24th @ 6pm Junior Action Plan: This comprehensive workshop focuses on the essential steps rising seniors should be taking now to prepare for the college application process! Students learn about college costs, college application requirements, what to look for in a college, and how to find the best college fit for them as students. https://ecmc.zoom.us/j/97855482334 

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Scholarships & Awards

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For a comprehensive list of all scholarships available, log into Naviance Student and Click on the Scholarships tab.

Esports College Scholarships

One of the fastest-growing sports in the world is played on a computer. Short for electronic sports, esports are team-based video game competitions watched in person or online by spectators on Twitch. Like traditional sports, players wear team jerseys, compete in arenas and communicate with teammates and coaches as the game unfolds. In 2019, the global esports industry is expected to hit $1.1 billion and capture a fanbase of 454 million.

NCSA is built on the belief that all sports—including esports—can help create the path to college and lifelong success. We are the Official Recruiting Services Partner of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE). As the only official governing body for varsity esports, NACE currently has 151 member schools across the country. In this capacity, NCSA works closely with college esports coaches and industry leaders to provide all the information gamers need to successfully navigate the esports recruiting process and find the right college fit.
Esports Scholarships Guide Link

LA Tutors 123 

At LA Tutors 123, we believe that it’s more than just the grades that make a great well-rounded student. Each one of you is creative in his or her own way: some of you blog; others curate documentary photography on Instagram; still others find imaginative ways to solve problems in their public and private lives. Creativity is the air each one of us breathes, but sometimes we get so concerned with grades that we forget that imagination is our natural problem solver.  We at LA Tutors are passionate about sparking the creative genius in students and would love to commend those outstanding students who have a made a difference in the lives of others in some innovative or technological fashion. In order to achieve this, we have established a scholarship for students who meet certain criteria. Amount of
Amount of Award: $500
Deadline: 20th of each month
LA Tutors 123 Scholarship Website

NACME SCHOLARSHIPS

NACME is responsible for over $3 million in scholarships awarded annually to underrepresented minority (URM) students. NACME expects to support approximately 1,000 underrepresented minority engineering and computer students annually.

Scholarship Eligibility
To be eligible to be named for any of the NACME administered scholarships students must either be a high school senior applying to an engineering or computer science program at a NACME Partner Institution, or be currently matriculating in an engineering or computer science program at a NACME Partner Institution, a US citizen or permanent resident, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. NACME's mission is to increase representation of Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic-American and Native/American Indian in the fields of engineering and computer science.
Amount of Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies

NACME SCHOLARSHIPS Website Link

ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Giveaway

ScholarshipPoints awards $10,000 for signing up and earning points — no essay or application needed! Earn points by taking surveys, reading articles, interacting on social media, and playing games. Each point is an entry to win the monthly scholarship drawing. The more points you earn, the more entries you have to win. There’s a new winner each month and multiple chances to score a scholarship.
Award: $10,000
Deadline: Monthly drawing
Start by creating a ScholarshipPoints profile 

OppU Achievers Scholarship

The OppU Achievers Scholarship celebrates achievement in its many forms and honors those who create opportunity for themselves and others.  Founded in 2016, the scholarship provides $2,500 for current or future education costs. Scholarship selections are made four times a year. Annually, the OppU Achievers Scholarship awards a total of $10,000 to students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement.
Amount of Award: $2,500
Deadline: September 30, December 31, and March 31
To Apply: Students submit a short response to the question "What makes you an achiever?"

 
The National College Match: Questbridge

Match Scholarship Recipients are granted early admission to one of QuestBridge's college partners with a full four-year scholarship, worth over $200,000. Finalists typically come from households earning less than $65,000 annually for a typical family of four and have minimal assets. This is not a strict cut-off and they encourage students who feel they have faced significant financial hardship to review these financial criteria carefully to see if they may qualify.
Amount of Award:  $200,000
Deadline: September 28, 2021

The National College Match: Questbridge Website

Be Bold Scholarship

The $25,000 "Be Bold" Scholarship is a no-essay scholarship that will be awarded to the applicant with the boldest profile. It takes less than 2 minutes to apply.

To us, boldest does not mean "best", or "most accomplished". Being bold means being:

A) Earnest

B) Determined

C) Moving

The scholarship will be awarded to the student whose profile is most bold, according to these characteristics.

Furthermore, the scholarship will be unique in that it will favor students who apply earlier-who are bold and seize the day without procrastinating.
Amount of Award: $25, 102
Deadline: September 30, 21

Be Bold Scholarship Website Link

CollegeXpress Scholarship

Since 1995, our mission has been to help connect students with the right schools for them. Carnegie Dartlet, the organization that houses CollegeXpress, is an educational publisher and higher education marketing agency. Every year, thousands of students across the United States and around the world discover their colleges using our websites, magazines, and services.

To be eligible for the CollegeXpress Scholarship you:

A) Must be 13 years of age or older and a legal resident of the 50 U.S. or D.C.

B) Must be currently attending high school, college, vocational, or any other accredited post-secondary institution.

Amount of Award: $10,000
Deadline: September 30, 2021
CollegeXpress Scholarship Website Link

$1,000 Good Fortune Scholarship

To be eligible for the Good Fortune Scholarship:

A) Must be thirteen years of age or older on the date of entry.

B) Must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident of the fifty United States or District of Columbia.

C) Must be currently attending (or planning to attend) a college located in the United States.

Enter to win this scholarship drawing before midnight Pacific on September 30, 2021. The winner will be announced on October 1, 2021. Note that when you get to the sponsors site, you will need to look to the right hand column for the Good Fortune Scholarship information.
Amount of Award: $1000
Deadline: September 30, 2021

$1,000 Good Fortune Scholarship Website Link

Heisman High School Scholarship

The Heisman Memorial Trophy is renowned for symbolizing the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The Heisman High School Scholarship, presented by Acceptance Insurance, extends the Heisman prestige to our nation’s most esteemed male and female high school seniors by recognizing and rewarding outstanding scholar-athletes who understand that the most important victories not only happen on the field, but in their schools and communities. These remarkable young leaders set the example and make a game-changing difference every day, paving the way to greatness for everyone around them.
Amount of Award: Up to $10,000
Deadline: October 19, 2021
Heisman High School Scholarship Website Link

17th annual Student-Athlete Achievement Awards scholarships

The Hall of Fame aims to recognize juniors and seniors from Virginia’s high schools that excel academically, athletically, and in their communities. Last year, the Hall of Fame awarded $12,000 in scholarships through our Student-Athlete Achievement Awards.
Amount of Award: $1000
Deadline: October 22, 2021
17th annual Student-Athlete Achievement Awards Scholarships Website
 

Duckett Local Conservation Scholarship

As a dedicated local attorney and an active member of Ducks Unlimited, Steve Duckett is an outspoken proponent of conservation initiatives throughout the country. He believes that it is our responsibility as American citizens to be active stewards of the land that we inherited from our forefathers.

Mr. Duckett supports local efforts to conserve and manage wildlife and natural resources in his home area of Northern Virginia. Whether it's raising money for wildlife habitat protection, or helping to maintain the trails in Virginia's numerous state parks, he endorses those who go out of their way to improve and conserve natural areas.

Steve Duckett is proud to sponsor a scholarship that contributes to the awareness and active discussion around nature conservation in the digital age. Younger generations are learning about and taking action on serious issues, such as Earth's natural resource supply, maintaining ecosystems, species diversity, and functions of the environment. We have seen that this generation is focused on making actual change and implementing policy to protect future generations.

The Steve Duckett Local Conservation Scholarship will be awarded to an individual who demonstrates exceptional commitment to nature conservation and environmental stewardship in his or her own community. This $1,000 scholarship is an opportunity to give back to those who have already given their valuable time and energy to worthy causes.
Amount of Award: $1000
Deadline: October 31, 2021
Duckett Local Conservation Scholarship Website Link

Elks “Most Valuable Student” National Scholarship

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2022 competition. Scholarships range from $1,000-$12,500 per year. It is open to current HS seniors and they do not need to be members of the Elks to qualify. An independent selection committee will evaluate the applications and select the recipients considering leadership, academic achievements and records, community involvement, and financial need.
Amount of Award: Up to $12,500 per year
Deadline: November 15th, 2021

Elks “Most Valuable Student” National Scholarship Website

Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

The Youth Awards was founded in 1998 by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Now entering its 23rd year, the Youth Awards honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence in various categories including: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Engineering, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, Public Service & Social Justice, Sports & Fitness, Sustainability and Technology.

Gold, Silver and Bronze recipients are selected in each category and receive a one-time grant to fund their college education or to fund a community service effort that tackles a social issue.
Amount of Award: $3500
Deadline: November 14, 2021
Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards Website Link

Conerto High School Musicians Scholarship

"The President's Own" United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, is pleased to announce its Concerto Competition for High School Musicians is open for applications. (All materials due Nov. 15, 2021). The winner will appear as a guest soloist with the Marine Chamber Orchestra and receive a $2,500 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Second and third-place winners will receive $1,000 and $500 scholarships respectively.
Amount of Award: Up to $2500
Deadline:  November 15, 2021
Conerto High School Musicians Scholarship Website Link

Overachievers Student Grant

Overachievers, it's your time to shine. Pilot Pen is once again hosting the $100,000 G2 Overachievers Grant and the $15,000 G2 Overachievers Student Grant. Both grants will be awarded to outstanding overachievers who go above and beyond to improve the lives of others.

The 2021 $100,000 G2 Overachievers Grant will be awarded by Pilot Pen to one exceptional individual who goes beyond their everyday jobs and responsibilities to give back to their community and improve the lives of others. Entrants will need to submit 1,000 to 2,500 handwritten words expressing how they or someone they know is overachieving in this way.
Amount of Award: Up to $100,000
Deadline: November 15, 2021
Overachievers Student Grant Website Link

Dr Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship

Since 1982, USHLI has awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships and internships to students from disenfranchised groups. Most notably, the Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for young Hispanic Leaders seeks to recognize Hispanic students who share Dr. Andrade's lifelong commitment to servant leadership. Application deadline November 30, 2021 @ 11:59 PM CT
Amount of Award: $1000
Deadline: November 30, 2021
Dr Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship Website Link

Terry Crews "Creative Courage" Scholarship

"Never let anyone define you. You are the only person who defines you." - Terry Crews

Before becoming one of the biggest stars in film and television, before becoming a professional athlete, Terry Crews was a kid in Flint, Michigan who loved art. Terry worked hard to practice and develop his skills in both painting and music, earning an art scholarship that allowed him to attend college, where he then began an athletic career that would take him to the NFL.

Today Terry works hard to entertain the world on screen, and to change it for the better off-screen by speaking out and using his voice for good, becoming a source of inspiration for people around the globe.

In an effort to continue to lift up those in need, the Terry Crews "Creative Courage" Scholarship is designed to create more opportunities for struggling artists chasing their dreams. One artist will receive $20,000 to use toward their artistic development and education.
Amount of Award: $20,000
Deadline: Jan 12, 2022
Terry Crews "Creative Courage" Scholarship Website

The University of Arizona 

We want to reward you for your hard work, which means you may be eligible for additional merit aid.  Learn more about additional funding opportunities plus our merit aid terms and conditions.
The University of Arizona Website



ARMY ROTC

Army ROTC offers generous merit-based scholarships to qualified students. They can defray the full cost of tuition, and provide additional tax-free allowances for books, supplies, equipment, and necessary fees. 

ARMY ROTC Scholarship Website

Guided Pathway Support Program

An initiative of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, the Guided Pathway Support Program is a free college and scholarship application advising program for African American students.  GPS engages students and parents through an online college access community that offers unlimited application advising services and mentorship from Ron Brown Scholars and Captains.
Amount of Award: Varies
Deadline:  No deadline, students are accepted and served throughout the calendar year. 
Guided Pathway Support Program Website

Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship

The Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship is an award for any current or soon-to-be undergraduate student in the United States who has had his or her life altered due to an injury from a car or truck accident, be it their own injury, that of a loved one, or an influential individual. The Dirk Derrick Scholarship has a brief submission process, and applicants will be judged on their ability to convey the lasting effect an auto accident has had on their life as well as their journey to overcome those challenges.
Amount of Award: $1000
Deadline: December 20, 2021

Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship Website

Gannon University Cyber Award

Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania currently has an additional $3,000 Cyber Award available to any student who applies to the BS Cybersecurity or BS Cyber Engineering programs for Fall 2021 entry.  In addition to the merit scholarship every student is awarded, this brings the total scholarship for each student to minimum $18,000-23,000 per year.  You can find out more about our programs here:  https://www.gannon.edu/academic-offerings/engineering-and-business/undergraduate/cybersecurity/

Amount of Award: $3000


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Fastweb

Fastweb is your connection to scholarships, colleges, financial aid and more.
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CollegeBoard BigFuture

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U.S. Department of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center

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Scholarships. com

Search Over 3.7 Millison College Scholarships & Grants
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Raise Me

Get micro-scholarships from colleges for your achievements!  Add high school achievements to your portfolio--course grades, clubs, sports, volunteer activities--then earn scholarships for each achievement from colleges which you'll be awarded when you attend that college.
Raise Me Website

Virginia Department of Education

Virginia Department of Education Scholarship Website