Smeca Scholarship Essay

College And Career Preparation

El Dorado High School strives to put the learner at the heart of everything we do. We raise expectations and work with our students with mutual trust and respect, to ensure that students are prepared to meet their goals in the post-secondary educational and workplace environments. Our academic counselors continually work with students to establish a course schedule that meets the goals and requirements of the Arizona Department of Education, and academic and vocational institutions of higher learning. To schedule a counseling and college preparation session, please contact the EDHS front office at 480-726-9536.

EDHS Honors Program

El Dorado offers a rigorous honors program for students that want a challenging high school experience. Students are invited to enter the program after one quarter of enrollment once they meet the entrance criteria. Students are welcome to apply for the program upon enrollment if the were apart of an Honors program prior. 

Wolverine Career Pathways

Students at El Dorado High School can begin their career, college and vocational planning as soon as they enroll, by joining one of our Wolverine Career Pathways. Students can select a career emphasis in one of the following areas:

* Business and Entrepreneurship
Medical Studies/ STEM (Science, Technology,        
   Engineering and Math)

​* Liberal Arts
Athletics
Community Relations
Computer Science

Graduation Requirements

FAFSA College Student Aid Information

Here is the website address for FAFSA college student aid information:
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

For more information on student loans and scholarships, please do not hesitate to contact the El Dorado High School College And Career Center at 480-726-9536.

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Universities And Specialized Schools:

Arizona Universities:

Arizona State University (ASU)
Located in Tempe, Arizona
University of Arizona (UofA)
Located in Tucson, Arizona
Northern Arizona University (NAU)
Located in Flagstaff, Arizona

Specialized Schools:

Art Institute of Phoenix
Specializing in digital art, fashion, animation, culinary arts and more.  Get creative!
DeVry University
Specializing in technology and business administration.
Maricopa Beauty College
Learn cosmetology, nail technology and aesthetics.
Arizona Automotive Institute
Want a career in automotive technology?  This school may be for you!
Universal Technical Institute
Get training in automotive repair, collision repair, or become a marine technician. 


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Suggested Scholarship Resources

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  • Abbott & Fenner 
  • This $1,000.00 scholarship is offered to juniors and seniors To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. Describe your educational career and life goals.  Explain your plan for achieving these goals.  Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.
    The essay should be sent to scholarships@abbottandfenner.com. Deadline: June 10, 2016

  • AES Engineering Scholarship
  • Students must submit an essay or no more than 1000 words in answer the following questions: When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful?  What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?  $500 Award. Deadline October 7, 2016

  • AIEF Native American Scholarship 11.1
  • Amount: $2,000
    This scholarship program is granted to Native American students enrolled in any post-secondary education program. The award is handed out to an average of 225 students annually. To be considered, students must provide documentation of their Native American or Alaska Native heritage. Students may not use the award toward an online degree program. Deadline: May 15. Additional Native American Scholarships can be found on this website:http://www.onlinecolleges.net/for-students/financial-aid-minorities/

  • American Indian Education Foundation Scholarships
  • The AIEF scholarship application is available for students who are Native American or Alaska Native descent (student or one parent must be enrolled and have documentation). Student should have a GPA between 2.0-3.4 but ALL current or future undergraduate college students are encouraged to apply. An ACT score of 14 or above is desirable. Essay required. $2,000. Due Date April 4, 2016.

  • AmeriCorps
  • AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, 10-month, residential national service program in which 2800 young adults - 18-24 years old - serve nationwide each year. The NCCC program oversees two service tracks - traditional NCCC and FEMA Corps. Members of both tracks of programming serve on teams of eight to 12 and to a series of different projects that address critical needs. Traditional NCCC members work on a variety of different six to eight week-long projects related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. In exchange for their service, members receive $5,645 to help pay for college, or to pay back existing student loans. Other benefits include travel, a small living stipend, room and board, and professional development. See website for more information and or contact our community relations specialist at 303-844-7420.

  • Arizona Cattle Industry Research and Education
  • One of the major purposes of this Foundation is to provide funds for education programs and scholarships for persons pursuing studies in topics and subjects directly and indirectly related to the cattle industry.  Each year, the Foundation awards scholarships to deserving high school seniors and college undergraduates. The amount of scholarships awarded varies, depending on available funds and number of applicants. Students with high scholastic achievements, financial need and ranching or farming experience will be given greater consideration. Please visit the website below for more scholarship information. If you need additional information please contact Linda Vensel by email at vensel10@hotmail.com. Deadline March 15.

  • Arizona Community Foundation Scholarships
  • The Arizona Community Foundation is a large  private provider of scholarships in Arizona, awarding millions of dollars to help students achieve their educational goals. High school seniors, current college students, or graduate level students attending schools anywhere in the U.S. can apply and there are scholarships available for two-year, four-year, and technical schools. Some awards are given based on merit or financial need, while others are awarded to students in a particular geographic region or with specific demographic characteristics. Students should apply early to qualify for the most awards. Some award deadlines begin in February.  

  • Arizona Earn to Learn - Available through ASU, NAU and U of A
  • The AZ Earn to Learn IDA program is a savings strategy and multi-faceted financial education program designed to help provide low to moderate income residents with the opportunity, incentive, and institutional support necessary for them to save for post-secondary education (College). An Individual Development Account, or IDA, is a special matched savings account for people with low incomes. These accounts are designed to help families and individuals of modest means establish a pattern of regular saving and, ultimately, purchase a “productive asset,” in this case post-secondary education.
     
    If you want to further your education or save for your children’s tuition expenses, you must save a total of $500 in your IDA savings account. A “savings match” is a promise to supplement your saving deposits at a specific rate. The AZEL program will offer an 8:1 savings match, meaning that for every dollar you save as part of the program, you will then be eligible to receive another eight dollars. So when you save $500 throughout the course of the program and meet all the other program requirements and partner university conditions and requirements, you will be eligible for $4,000 match. You will then have a total of $4,500 to apply to tuition and other approved college related expenses. This program is available through ASU, U of A, NAU. Deadline: November 15, 2015.
    http://www.azearntolearn.org/the-process/partner-universities/

  • Arizona Nursery Program
  • Applicants must be a resident of Arizona currently or planning to be enrolled in a horticultural related curriculum at a university, community college or continuing education program; be currently employed in or have an interest in the nursery industry as a career; have an above average scholastic achievement or at least two years work experience in the industry; and, display involvement in extra-curricular activities related to the industry. Scholarship are available in amounts from $500 – $3000. Award winners are notified in July of each year with scholarships made available from the fall semester. Deadline: April 15th.

  • ASU - General Scholarship Application
  • It is that time of year again, where seniors begin to realize that high school is almost over and the next phase of life is around the corner. Students have applied to the colleges of their choice, received admission letters and are now wondering, “How will I pay for college?”
     
    Have no fear, the ASU Scholarship Portal is here! Encourage your students to use the portal to create a profile that will help them search more than 150 scholarships. 

    Many deadlines are in late November and early December - Apply today!

  • ASU - SMECA
  • SMECA awards $3,000 annually, renewable up to five years, to six incoming undergraduate students seeking a degree in engineering, computer science or construction who demonstrate the capacity to become community, industry, and business leaders. Please visit the website for all of the eligibility requirements!  You must also be: 
    • Admitted as an undergraduate student to ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering for the upcoming academic year.
    • Participant in at least one full season of a regional or national science, math or engineering competition* within the past two years.
    • Deadline  March 20, 2016

  • ASU - SMECA (science, math and engineering compention award)
  • SMECA awards $3,000 annually, renewable up to five years, to six incoming undergraduate students seeking a degree in engineering, computer science or construction who demonstrate the capacity to become community, industry, and business leaders.
    Eligibility requirements:How to apply:
  • *Eligible competitions*
    Recipients have demonstrated their commitment by participating in science, math and engineering competitions during high school. Application Deadline March 22.
    • Admitted as an undergraduate student to ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering for the upcoming academic year.
    • Participant in at least one full season of a regional or national science, math or engineering competition* within the past two years.
    • Submit an online application.
    • Download and submit completed SMECA recommendation_2015
    • American Math Challenge
    • Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF)
    • For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST)
    • International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)
    • Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS)
    • Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE’s ROV competitions)
    • Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)
    • Test of Engineering Aptitude in Math and Science (TEAMS)
    • VEX Robotics

  • ASU 1st Generation Scholarship
  • First-generation college students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may apply for over $40,000 in scholarships. First generation scholarship applications are available each spring and scholarships are awarded and distributed for the fall and spring semesters. There are several different scholarships with varied application criteria. Only one application is required for all scholarships. Students will be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. Due by noon, March 1, 2014.

  • ASU Kaibab Scholarship
  • Ten scholarships will be awarded in the amout of  $2,000 - $3,000.  Eligible students should have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and preference will be given to students with financial need as established by the FAFSA who have filed or are prepared to file their FAFSA .  You must be admitted to ASU in order to apply. Application will be available November 1st. Deadline is March 18th

  • ASU Obama Scholarship
  • The Obama Scholars Program at ASU is a scholarship/grant program that may cover the cost of tuition, books and room and board. You must demonstrate a total annual family income of $42,400 or less on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Obama Scholars Program will be closed for the year when program funds have been exhausted. 

  • AZ Earn to Learn 11.25
  • The AZ Earn to Learn IDA program is a savings strategy and multi-faceted financial education program designed to help provide low to moderate income residents with the opportunity, incentive, and institutional support necessary for them to save for post-secondary education (College). An Individual Development Account, or IDA, is a special matched savings account for people with low incomes. These accounts are designed to help families and individuals of modest means establish a pattern of regular saving and, ultimately, purchase a “productive asset,” in this case post-secondary education.
     
    If you want to further your education or save for your children’s tuition expenses, you must save a total of $500 in your IDA savings account. A “savings match” is a promise to supplement your saving deposits at a specific rate. The AZEL program will offer an 8:1 savings match, meaning that for every dollar you save as part of the program, you will then be eligible to receive another eight dollars. So when you save $500 throughout the course of the program and meet all the other program requirements and partner university conditions and requirements, you will be eligible for $4,000 match. You will then have a total of $4,500 to apply to tuition and other approved college related expenses. This program is available through ASU, U of A, NAU.  Survey Deadline is approximately 11/25 of each year for the following Fall 

  • AZCIS Arizona Career Information System
  • There are hundreds of scholarship opportunities listed in the AZCIS program.  Once you have logged into the program locate the Education tab at the top of the page. From there click on the "Arizona Scholarship" link on the right hand side of the page. You will be taken to over a hundred listing of scholarships.

  • Bachus & Schanker 11.1
  • One gift of $2000 will be awarded twice a year to a different student each fall and spring semester to any high school senior accepted to attend a four-year university by the time of the award, or full time student attending a four-year university in the United States who carries a 3.0 cumulative GPA may apply. An essay  is required of no fewer than 800 words about your opinion on the importance and efficacy of the 7th Amendment and how it affects your life. Consideration for the entirety of the Amendment (rather than the well-known nutshell explanation of the right to trial by jury) is encouraged. To be considered for the 2016 fall semester award given in September, students must submit by July 30, 2016.

  • Big Sun Scholarship 11.1
  • The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual $500 scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in.

     Deadline June 17, 2016.

  • Blacks at Microsoft African American Heritage Scholarship 11.1
  • Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) is a company-sponsored employee network dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of black employees at Microsoft Corporation. This year, BAM will award two $5,000 scholarships to outstanding high-school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. The scholarships are renewable, so winners who continue to meet the criteria can receive an annual $5,000 award for up to four years. Deadline: March 1st
    Requirements
    To be considered for a BAM Scholarship, you must:
    Be a high-school senior of African descent (for example, African American, African, or Ethiopian).
    Plan to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of the year following high-school graduation.
    Plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or select business programs (such as finance, business administration, or marketing).
    Demonstrate a passion for technology.
    Demonstrate leadership at school or in the community.
    Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.
    Require financial assistance to attend college.
     
    Additional scholarships may be found on this site: http://www.onlinecolleges.net/for-students/financial-aid-minorities/ 
  • Senior student must have a 3.0 on a 4.0 or better, have attendance above 90% over their high school years. Must have done community service - in or outside of the school. Would like to know of any challenges that the student had/overcame, and/or have and are handling, during their high school years. $1,000. You will be notified of your qualification status by mid-April. If you are among those being considered, you will be called into a Chandler Lion's selection committee interview. Please be prepared to talk about yourself and your future plans, as well as bring a letter of recommendation from a non-relative. Must be received by Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

  • Chinese American Citizens Alliance 11.2015
  • The CACA, Phoenix Lodge is offering five $600.00 scholarships to graduating high school seniors of Chinese descent. Scholarships are based on academic achievement, involvement in school and community services activities. A transcript, letter of recommendation and a short personal statement is also required. Please refer to the link below for additional information. Deadline: March 26.

  • Church's Chicken Scholar 1.1
  • Must be a graduating high school senior and plan to enroll without interruption for the entire 2016-2017 academic year at a two or four year college, university or vocational-technical school. Must have a minimum grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale and be a resident of the U.S. $1,000. Due date February 15, 2016.

  • Culinary Scholarships
  • Le Cordon Blue offers several scholarship opportunities and listed below are just a handful of what they have on their scholarship website.
     
    Alumni Referral Scholarship:
    Le Cordon Bleu offers the Le Cordon Bleu Alumni Referral Scholarship to students who submit a letter of recommendation from an alumnus of Le Cordon Bleu. Each eligible applicant will be eligible for the scholarship up to $1,000. Students will be considered for the Le Cordon Bleu Alumni Referral Scholarship once they have completed the admissions application process and have submitted both the Le Cordon Bleu Alumni Referral Scholarship Application and their recommendation letter.
     
    Best of the Best Scholarship:
    Le Cordon Bleu offers the Best of the Best Scholarship to students who graduate high school or have graduated from a prior college certificate or degree program with a GPA of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Each qualifying applicant will be eligible for the scholarship award of up to $1,500. Students will be considered for the Best of the Best Scholarship once they have completed the admissions application process and have submitted the Best of the Best Scholarship Application and their high school/college transcript.
     
    Le Cordon Bleu Future Chef of America Competition Scholarship:
    Le Cordon Bleu offers the Future Chef of America Scholarship. High school seniors may qualify for the scholarship as outlined in the program rules and requirements that are available by contacting the financial aid office. Applicants will be considered for the scholarship once they have completed the standard application process, met all admissions and eligibility requirements and have submitted all required supporting documentation. All recipients must enroll and begin their program of study at the Le Cordon Bleu campus of their choice in the United States within one calendar year from the date of the award. Failure to do so will void the scholarship. Scholarships can be applied towards tuition costs of an associates or online bachelor degree. Campus Competitions – High school seniors must submit a 75 word essay on why they want to pursue an education and career in the culinary profession and must complete all application requirements prior to the established due dates. Please review the complete rules for the scholarship and competitions as outlined in this application and eligibility materials.
    - 1st Place - $5,000
    - 2nd Place - $2,000
    - 3nd Place - $1,000
    All other campus participants not placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd will receive a $500 scholarship to be applied toward tuition at any Le Cordon Bleu campus in the United States.

  • National Competition – 1st place recipient at each local/regional competition will be invited to participate in a final national competition at a Le Cordon Bleu campus in the United States. Please review the complete rules for the scholarship competitions as outlined in this application and eligibility materials.
    - 1st Place - $40,000
    - 2nd Place - $19,500
    - 3nd Place - $10,000

  • Careers through Culinary Arts Programs (C-CAP)- Member Scholarship:
    Le Cordon Bleu provides scholarships to students associated with the National C-CAP organization. This scholarship is eligible to all applicants who provide documentation of current membership in the C-CAP Organization and submit a student essay explaining how this scholarship will benefit them. Each eligible applicant will be eligible for the scholarship up to $2,000. Students will be considered for the Le Cordon Bleu C-CAP Member Scholarship once they have completed the admissions application process and have submitted the Le Cordon Bleu C-CAP Member Scholarship Application and their essay. Applications and supporting documentation are due by the end of the add/drop period for the student’s first class (or classes).

  • Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) – Member Scholarship:
    Le Cordon Bleu offers the Le Cordon Bleu FCCLA Member Scholarship to students associated with the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Organization. This scholarship is eligible to all applicants who provide documentation of current membership in the FCCLA Organization and submit a student essay explaining how this scholarship will benefit them. Each eligible applicant will be eligible for the scholarship up to $2,000. Students will be considered for the Le Cordon Bleu FCCLA Member Scholarship once they have completed the admissions application process and have submitted the Le Cordon Bleu FCCLA Member Scholarship Application and their essay.

  • National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation- (ProStart) High School Competition Scholarship:
    Le Cordon Bleu offers the ProStart Completion Scholarship to high school graduates who have successfully completed Level 1 & 2 of the ProStart high school curriculum. Each eligible applicant will be eligible for the scholarship of up to $1,500. Students will be considered for the ProStart Completion Scholarship once they have completed the admissions application process and have submitted the ProStart Completion Scholarship Application and their high school/college transcript
     
    National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation- (ProStart) Collegiate Passport Scholarship:
    Le Cordon Bleu offers the ProStart Collegiate Passport Scholarship to high school graduates who have successfully completed Level 1 & 2 of the ProStart high school curriculum and complete 400 hours of externship hours approved by ProStart. Each eligible applicant will be eligible for the scholarship of up to $2,000. Students will be considered for the ProStart Collegiate Passport Scholarship once they have completed the admissions application process and have submitted the ProStart Collegiate Passport Scholarship Application and their National Certificate of Achievement (COA).

  • Skills USA Member Scholarship:
    Le Cordon Bleu offers the Le Cordon Bleu Skills USA Member Scholarship to students associated with the Skills USA Organization. This scholarship is eligible to all applicants who provide documentation of current membership in the Skills USA Organization and submit a student essay explaining how this scholarship will benefit them. Each eligible applicant will be eligible for the scholarship up to $2,000. Students will be considered for the Le Cordon Bleu Skills USA Member Scholarship once they have completed the admissions application process and have submitted the Le Cordon Bleu Skills USA Member Scholarship Application and their essay.

  • CUSD Indian Education Program
  • If you are a Native American, and have never visited the CUSD Indian Education district website, please do so! There is scholarship information, including excellent scholarship sites. Check back frequently for sponsored events.

  • DECA Scholarships for Seniors
  • DECA's scholarship program provides over $300,000 in scholarships at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) each year. Many corporate partners of DECA provide scholarships through the DECA Scholarship Program. DECA Inc. administers the program based on guidelines set by the donor. DECA scholarships are strictly merit based. Scholarship amounts vary. Deadline January 15, 2016.

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter
  • The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority offers scholarships each year to students who are  of African American/Black heritage or descent, a current AZ resident, and have a 3.0 unweighted GPA. Two letters of recommendation, resume and a  500 word personal statement and an official  transcript required (See Ms. Phillips for an official transcript). Postmark Deadline: February 29.

  • Desert Jade Woman's Club - GFWC 11.1
  • The Desert Jade Woman's club annually offers six $650.00 scholarships to high school seniors of Chinese descent. The scholarship is based on academic achievement, involvement in school and community service and financial aid. Click on the link below to down load the application. Transcript, recent photo and letter of recommendation required. Deadline: March 19.

  • Desert Schools Community Scholarship 10.1
  • T his award is valued between $2,500 to $10,000. Senior must have completed 50 hours of documented community service between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015, be a child or relative of a current member, or be a member of Desert School Federal Credit Union and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Student must plan to enroll full-time in an accredited Arizona two or four-year college or university for the 2016-2017 school year. Application deadline is March 1, 2016.

  • Dignity Health Mercy and Chandler Gilbert Volunteer Scholarship 12.1
  • Qualifications for Students: Student transcript and 2 letters of recommendation required.
    • Seeking a college degree/certification in a health-care related field.
    • Provide proof of 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average during his/her high school career and/or college as demonstrated by transcript attached to application.
    • Attend an accredited college, university, or institution of higher learning within the State of Arizona.
    • Carry a minimum of 12 credit hours or be considered a full-time student while in college. 
    • Arizona resident.
    • Service as a Dignity Health Volunteer, Volunteen or Dignity Health Employee in good standing in order to be eligible for a scholarship.
    • Deadline March 16, 2016

  • Dorrance Scholarship
  • This is a competitive scholarship for Arizona seniors.  The foundation awards up to 25 scholarships annually to incoming freshmen at the following universities: Arizona State University,Northern Arizona University, and The University of Arizona. The total educational and programmatic value of each scholarship is estimated at more than $65,000 including a one-time $4,000 international study/travel stipend.The award is renewable for up to three years, a total of eight semesters of full-time undergraduate study. Scholarships are renewed based on academic standing, participation in program events and activities, and community service projects. Criteria includes: First generation to attend college (neither parent holds a four year degree); Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (weighted or unweighted),Minimum combined SAT score of 1040 or composite ACT score of 22 (excluding writing score) Demonstrated financial need. Demonstrated leadership and community service. You must complete your FAFSA by February 14, 2015.Scholarship deadline February 20, 2015.

  • Dream Act Scholarships
  • Please refer to the link below for a list of scholarship opportunities and resources.
  • Dream Scholarship
    • The Dream.US provides college scholarships to highly motivated DREAMers who want to get a college education but cannot afford it. Our scholarships will help cover your tuition, fees, and books for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at our partner colleges. You must be a first-time college student (i.e., a student with no more than 12 college credits excluding credits earned in a dual enrollment program or advance placement testing); Intend to enroll in and attend one of TheDream.US Partner Colleges in 2016 and be eligible for in-state tuition; Have a high school un-weighted GPA of 2.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent GED score); Have been born on or after June 16, 1981 and have come to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday, Be DACA or TPS eligible and have applied for or received DACA or TPS approval; and Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. For More Info: http://www.thedream.us/
      The deadline is February 16.

  • EAA Aviation Scholarships
  • The EAA’s Scholarship Program encourages, recognizes and supports excellence among those studying the technologies and the skills of aviation. These annual scholarships help outstanding students, who demonstrate financial need, to accomplish their goals. Scholarship applicants must be involved in school and community activities, as well as aviation activities. There are two websites to check out: http://www.eaa.org/support/scholarships.asp
  • You may also find internship information on this link:http://www.youngeagles.org/programs/scholarships/ Deadlines vary.

  • Foster Care to Success Scholarship
  • Foster Care to Success scholarships are awarded based on a combination of merit and need, and funding levels are determined based on cost of attendance and availability of other resources. Awards range from $1,500 to $6,000 per academic year, and are renewable for up to five years if a student remains eligible. Scholarships are announced annually in June. Recipients and non-recipients are notified via email, at the email address provided in their online application.
    Applicants must:
    • have been in public or private foster care for the 12 consecutive months prior to their 18th birthday; OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship from foster care after their 16th birthday; OR they must have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday.
      have been accepted into or expect to be accepted into an accredited, Pell-eligible college or other post-secondary school.
      be under the age of 25 on March 31 of the year in which they apply if they have not previously received scholarship funding from FC2S.
    • have been in foster care or orphaned while living in the United States. U.S. citizenship is not required.

  • Friends Place Community Volunteer Scholarship
  • Fifteen $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded. This scholarship is available only for Perry High School Students who live in the town of Gilbert. It is open to all seniors who have as GPA of 2.5 or higher who will be furthering their education through a college, university, community college or vocation school. Students must have community volunteer experiences other than the service hours required by school. Essays and references required. The application must be typed. Completed applicaitons must be mailed no sooner than March 1st and postmarked by March 28, 2016.

  • Great Clips - The Alice Madden Barton Scholarship Program
  • Current students, high school students and anyone interested in cosmetology or barbering as a career can apply for a scholarship through the Alice Madden Barton Scholarship program. These scholarships can be used at any cosmetology or barbering school.
    The scholarships are given out twice a year in January and July to applicants who can demonstrate a passion for the craft and dedication to developing their skills. The deadlines for applications are June 30 and December 31.

  • HENAAC SCHOLARS - STEM Hispanic Student Scholarship 1.30
  • The HENAAC Scholars Program addresses the immense need that the United States has to produce more domestic engineers and scientists. The goal of the program is to ensure STEM college retention with a 3.0 grade point average or higher; to guarantee college graduation with an undergraduate technical degree in four-five years; and, to contribute to Hispanic communities by producing STEM role models for future generations and securing the country's place as the finest technological leader in the world. Each year, multiple scholarship awards are given out and will range from $500.00 to $10,000.00. Deadline April 30.

  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • HSF Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to Hispanic seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher and have plans to enroll full time in a degree seeking program at a two or four year college. Award amounts generally range from $1,000 to $5,000. Deadline: multiple scholarships - each with their own deadline. Click on the link below and check them all out! The official opening date for their scholarships on their website is January 1, 2016 and they close 3/30/16.

  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
  • The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation reviews each Young Scholars Program application individually with the assistance of a panel of national education experts. Open to all high school students. Among the criteria used in the selection process are:
    • High academic ability and achievement: Strong academic record, academic awards and honors, and substantive assessments by educators providing confidential recommendations. We consider grades (typically mostly A's), achievement test scores, participation in available honors or advanced courses, commitment to learning, and work ethic.
    • Unmet financial need: Limited family income and insufficient funds to cover significant out-of-pocket education-related expenses. The average family income of our previous class of Young Scholars was approximately $25,000.
    • Persistence: Determination and perseverance in the face of challenges, ability to set and remain focused on goals and to put in the effort needed to meet those goals in the face of obstacles.
    • Desire to help others: Purposeful and meaningful commitment to others which may be evidenced by participation in volunteer/community service activities.
    Deadline to apply is April 14, 2016.

  • Lion's Club Scholarship 1.8
  • The $1,000 per year renewable four-year scholarship will be awarded to a deserving high school senior who has a 3.0 unweighted GPA after 3 ½ years of high school and is actively involved with school and community functions. Must be able to provide a community service log (documentation)  90% High school attendance is also required. In the past, additional consideration had been  given to candidates with special needs, especially those with visual or hearing impairments.  The scholarship can be used at any accredited Arizona junior or four year college of the recipient’s choice. Deadline: April 6.

  • MENSA Foundation Scholarship 9.15
  • The Foundation's college scholarship program bases its awards totally on essays written by the applicants. Consideration is not given to grades, academic program or financial need.  Scholarships vary in amounts. Deadline to apply is January 15.

  • Nurse Corps Scholarship Program
  • NURSE Corps Scholarship Program enables students accepted or enrolled in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate nursing program, including RN to BSN Bridge Program, to receive funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for working at an eligible Critical Shortage Facility upon graduation. The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program is a selective program of the U.S. Government that helps alleviate the critical shortage of nurses currently experienced by certain types of health care facilities located in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Upon graduation, NURSE Corps Scholarship recipients work at these facilities for at least 2 years, earning the same competitive salary and benefits as any new hire. In exchange for a minimum 2-year service commitment at a critical shortage facility located in a HPSA,  the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program pays: tuition, eligible fees, other reasonable costs, such as books, clinical supplies/instruments and uniforms and a monthly stipend.
    The next NURSE Corps Scholarship application is scheduled to open in March or April 2015. Sign up to receive an e-mail when it does.

  • Nursing Schools Almanac
  • Nursing Schools Almanac is proud to announce our second annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. We will award a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates:
    • A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics
    • A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare
    Competition eligibility:
    This scholarship is open to all US high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Applicants must be in good academic standing and on track to graduate from high school at the conclusion of the 2015-16 academic year. Only one application entry is accepted per student.
    Application Deadline: June 30.

  • Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay ContestOpen to 11th and 12th grade students. Essays must be at least two and no more than three double-spaced pages. Essay must be mailed by an English teacher on behalf of the student (each English teacher may submit only one junior and one senior essay). $1,000. Postmarked deadline April 15.

  • St. Luke's Service League Scholarship/Sybil B Harrington Scholarship 1.8Theses scholarships are available to any American citizen and resident of Arizona pursuing an education in a health care related field. Student must have a 3.0 GPA, have extra-curricular activities, volunteer activities and a written statement of academic goals. Scholarship amount based on total applicants and total awarded. Applications must be post marked by Friday, March 11.

  • The Nina Scholars Program - ASU or Maricopa Community CollegesMust demonstrate financial need. The Nina Scholars Program provides a scholarship award to assist with a student's cost of attendance at Arizona State University or one of the Maricopa Community Colleges, along with a few more. This is available to individuals meeting at least one of the following criteria: • Incoming freshman or continuing students ages 18-25, raised through the child welfare system • College-age youths and adults with physical disabilities • Adults 25 years of age or older who have dependents in their family unit. Deadline March 1. *Scholarship award amount may vary. Amount awarded is based on an individual student's “Cost of Attendance”and financial need determined by  FAFSA.

  • UNCEF Scholarship and Intership programUNCF manages various scholarship programs and each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates and required documentation. To apply for a UNCEF scholarship, you must apply through the on-line application process. As many of the UNCEF scholarships require that the scholarship recipient apply for Federal Student Aid, it is recommended that applicants complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1st of the senior high school year.

  • University of Arizona Alumni Scholarship (multiple scholarships) 1.1​
    Through the generous Alumni donors the U of A offeres several scholarship opportunities to fall freshman including:
    UA Alumni Association UA Maricopa County Engineering and Mines Alumni Council  Due March 14.
    East Valley Alumni Associations Due February 25.
    The University of Arizona Hispanic Alumni Club (UAHA) Due January 29.
    The University of Arizona Black Alumni Assosication Due February 15.
    Asian American Faculty and Staff Association Due February 29.
    The U of A American Indian Alumni  Due February 29.
    The U of A Vets Alumni Club Due March 31.

  • WalMart Dependent Scholarship 11.1The Walmart Foundation offers scholarship programs that benefit qualified Walmart associates and their high school senior dependents. Scholarships are renewable. While our scholarships are not available to the public, the Walmart Foundation also provides opportunities for aspiring students by supporting organizations such as the American Indian College Fund, Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Thurgood Marshall College Fund and others. The application opens at four different dates during the year. 
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Sample Scholarship Essays


If you’re applying for a scholarship, chances are you are going to need to write an essay. Very few scholarship programs are based solely on an application form or transcript. The essay is often the most important part of your application; it gives the scholarship committee a sense of who you are and your dedication to your goals. You’ll want to make sure that your scholarship essay is the best it can possibly be.

Unless specified otherwise, scholarship essays should always use the following formatting:

  • Double spaced
  • Times New Roman font
  • 12 point font
  • One-inch top, bottom, and side margins

Other useful tips to keep in mind include:

  1. Read the instructions thoroughly and make sure you completely understand them before you start writing.
  2. Think about what you are going to write and organize your thoughts into an outline.
  3. Write your essay by elaborating on each point you included in your outline.
  4. Use clear, concise, and simple language throughout your essay.
  5. When you are finished, read the question again and then read your essay to make sure that the essay addresses every point.

For more tips on writing a scholarship essay, check out our Eight Steps Towards a Better Scholarship Essay .


The Book that Made Me a Journalist

Prompt: Describe a book that made a lasting impression on you and your life and why.

It is 6 am on a hot day in July and I’ve already showered and eaten breakfast. I know that my classmates are all sleeping in and enjoying their summer break, but I don’t envy them; I’m excited to start my day interning with a local newspaper doing investigative journalism. I work a typical 8-5 day during my summer vacation and despite the early mornings, nothing has made me happier. Although it wasn't clear to me then, looking back on my high school experiences and everything that led to me to this internship, I believe this path began with a particularly savvy teacher and a little book she gave me to read outside of class.

I was taking a composition class, and we were learning how to write persuasive essays. Up until that point, I had had average grades, but I was always a good writer and my teacher immediately recognized this. The first paper I wrote for the class was about my experience going to an Indian reservation located near my uncle's ranch in southwest Colorado. I wrote of the severe poverty experienced by the people on the reservation, and the lack of access to voting booths during the most recent election. After reading this short story, my teacher approached me and asked about my future plans. No one had ever asked me this, and I wasn't sure how to answer. I said I liked writing and I liked thinking about people who are different from myself. She gave me a book and told me that if I had time to read it, she thought it would be something I would enjoy. I was actually quite surprised that a high school teacher was giving me a book titled Lies My Teacher Told Me. It had never occurred to me that teachers would lie to students. The title intrigued me so much that on Friday night I found myself staying up almost all night reading, instead of going out with friends.

In short, the book discusses several instances in which typical American history classes do not tell the whole story. For example, the author addresses the way that American history classes do not usually address about the Vietnam War, even though it happened only a short time ago. This made me realize that we hadn't discussed the Vietnam War in my own history class! The book taught me that, like my story of the Indian reservation, there are always more stories beyond what we see on the surface and what we’re taught in school. I was inspired to continue to tell these stories and to make that my career.

For my next article for the class, I wrote about the practice of my own high school suspending students, sometimes indefinitely, for seemingly minor offenses such as tardiness and smoking. I found that the number of suspensions had increased by 200% at my school in just three years, and also discovered that students who are suspended after only one offense often drop out and some later end up in prison. The article caused quite a stir. The administration of my school dismissed it, but it caught the attention of my local newspaper. A local journalist worked with me to publish an updated and more thoroughly researched version of my article in the local newspaper. The article forced the school board to revisit their “zero tolerance” policy as well as reinstate some indefinitely suspended students.I won no favors with the administration and it was a difficult time for me, but it was also thrilling to see how one article can have such a direct effect on people’s lives. It reaffirmed my commitment to a career in journalism.

This is why I’m applying for this scholarship. Your organization has been providing young aspiring journalists with funds to further their skills and work to uncover the untold stories in our communities that need to be reported. I share your organization’s vision of working towards a more just and equitable world by uncovering stories of abuse of power. I have already demonstrated this commitment through my writing in high school and I look forward to pursuing a BA in this field at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. With your help, I will hone my natural instincts and inherent writing skills. I will become a better and more persuasive writer and I will learn the ethics of professional journalism.

I sincerely appreciate the committee’s time in evaluating my application and giving me the opportunity to tell my story. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Scholarship Essay Do's and Don'ts

Do:Follow the prompt and other instructions exactly. You might write a great essay but it may get your application rejected if you don’t follow the word count guidelines or other formatting requirements.
DON'T:Open your essay with a quote. This is a well-worn strategy that is mostly used ineffectively. Instead of using someone else’s words, use your own.
DON'T:Use perfunctory sentences such as, “In this essay, I will…”
DO:Be clear and concise. Make sure each paragraph discusses only one central thought or argument.
DON'T:Use words from a thesaurus that are new to you. You may end up using the word incorrectly and that will make your writing awkward. Keep it simple and straightforward. The point of the essay is to tell your story, not to demonstrate how many words you know.

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Planners and Searchers

Prompt: In 600 words or less, please tell us about yourself and why you are applying for this scholarship. Please be clear about how this scholarship will help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Being African, I recognize Africa’s need for home- grown talent in the form of “planners” (assistants with possible solutions) and “searchers” (those with desperate need) working towards international development. I represent both. Coming from Zimbabwe my greatest challenge is in helping to improve the livelihoods of developing nations through sustainable development and good governance principles. The need for policy-makers capable of employing cross-jurisdictional, and cross- disciplinary strategies to solve complex challenges cannot be under-emphasized; hence my application to this scholarship program.

After graduating from Africa University with an Honors degree in Sociology and Psychology, I am now seeking scholarship support to study in the United States at the Master’s level. My interest in democracy, elections, constitutionalism and development stems from my lasting interest in public policy issues. Accordingly, my current research interests in democracy and ethnic diversity require a deeper understanding of legal processes of constitutionalism and governance. As a Master’s student in the US, I intend to write articles on these subjects from the perspective of someone born, raised, and educated in Africa. I will bring a unique and much-needed perspective to my graduate program in the United States, and I will take the technical and theoretical knowledge from my graduate program back with me to Africa to further my career goals as a practitioner of good governance and community development.

To augment my theoretical understanding of governance and democratic practices, I worked with the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) as a Programs Assistant in the Monitoring and Observation department. This not only enhanced my project management skills, but also developed my skills in research and producing communication materials. ZESN is Zimbabwe’s biggest election observation organization, and I had the responsibility of monitoring the political environment and producing monthly publications on human rights issues and electoral processes. These publications were disseminated to various civil society organizations, donors and other stakeholders. Now I intend to develop my career in order to enhance Africa’s capacity to advocate, write and vote for representative constitutions.

I also participated in a fellowship program at Africa University, where I gained greater insight into social development by teaching courses on entrepreneurship, free market economics, and development in needy communities. I worked with women in rural areas of Zimbabwe to setup income-generating projects such as the jatropha soap-making project. Managing such a project gave me great insight into how many simple initiatives can transform lives.

Your organization has a history of awarding scholarships to promising young students from the developing world in order to bring knowledge, skills and leadership abilities to their home communities. I have already done some of this work but I want to continue, and with your assistance, I can. The multidisciplinary focus of the development programs I am applying to in the US will provide me with the necessary skills to creatively address the economic and social development challenges and develop sound public policies for Third World countries. I thank you for your time and consideration for this prestigious award.

Scholarship Essay Do's and Don'ts

DO:Research the organization and make sure you understand their mission and values and incorporate them into your essay.
DO:Focus on your strengths and turn in any problems or weaknesses into a success story.
DO:Use actual, detailed examples from your own life to backup your claims and arguments as to why you should receive the scholarship.
DO:Proofread several times before finally submitting your essay.
DON'T:Rehash what is already stated on your resume. Choose additional, unique stories to tell sell yourself to the scholarship committee.
DON'T:Simply state that you need the money. Even if you have severe financial need, it won’t help to simply ask for the money and it may come off as tacky.

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Saving the Manatees

Prompt: Please give the committee an idea of who you are and why you are the perfect candidate for the scholarship.

It is a cliché to say that I’ve always known what I want to do with my life, but in my case it happens to be true. When I first visited Sea World as a young child, I fell in love with marine animals in general. Specifically, I felt drawn to manatees. I was compelled by their placid and friendly nature. I knew then and there that I wanted to dedicate my life to protecting these beautiful creatures.

Since that day in Orlando, I have spent much of my spare time learning everything there is to know about manatees. As a junior high and high school student, I attempted to read scholarly articles on manatees from scientific journals. I annoyed my friends and family with scientific facts about manatees-- such as that they are close relatives of elephants--at the dinner table. I watched documentaries, and even mapped their migration pattern on a wall map my sister gave me for my birthday.

When I was chosen from hundreds of applicants to take part in a summer internship with Sea World, I fell even more in love with these gentle giants. I also learned a very important and valuable lesson: prior to this internship, I had imagined becoming a marine biologist, working directly with the animals in their care both in captivity and in the wild. However, during the internship, I discovered that this is not where my strengths lie. Unfortunately, I am not a strong student in science or math, which are required skills to become a marine biologist. Although this was a disheartening realization, I found that I possess other strengths can still be of great value to manatees and other endangered marine mammals: my skills as a public relations manager and communicator. During the internship, I helped write new lessons and presentations for elementary school groups visiting the park and developed a series of fun activities for children to help them learn more about manatees as well as conservation of endangered species in general. I also worked directly with the park’s conservation and communication director, and helped develop a new local outreach program designed to educate Floridians on how to avoid hitting a manatee when boating. My supervisor recommended me to the Save the Manatee Foundation so in addition to my full-time internship at Sea World, I interned with the Save the Manatee Foundation part-time. It was there that I witnessed the manatee rescue and conservation effort first hand, and worked directly with the marine biologists in developing fund-raising and awareness-raising campaigns. I found that the foundation’s social media presence was lacking, and, using skills I learned from Sea World, I helped them raise over $5,000 through a Twitter challenge, which we linked to the various social media outlets of the World Wildlife Federation.

While I know that your organization typically awards scholarships to students planning to major in disciplines directly related to conservation such as environmental studies or zoology, I feel that the public relations side of conservation is just as important as the actual work done on the ground. Whether it is reducing one’s carbon footprint, or saving the manatees, these are efforts that, in order to be successful, must involve the larger public. In fact, the relative success of the environmental movement today is largely due to a massive global public relations campaign that turned environmentalism from something scientific and obscure into something that is both fashionable and accessible to just about anyone. However, that success is being challenged more than ever before--especially here in the US, where an equally strong anti-environmental public relations campaign has taken hold. Therefore, conservationists need to start getting more creative.

I want to be a part of this renewed effort and use my natural abilities as a communicator to push back against the rather formidable forces behind the anti-environmentalist movement. I sincerely hope you will consider supporting this non-traditional avenue towards global sustainability and conservation. I have already been accepted to one of the most prestigious communications undergraduate programs in the country and I plan to minor in environmental studies. In addition, I maintain a relationship with my former supervisors at Save the Manatee and Sea World, who will be invaluable resources for finding employment upon graduation. I thank the committee for thinking outside the box in considering my application.

Scholarship Essay Do's and Don'ts

DO:Tell a story. Discuss your personal history and why those experiences have led you to apply for these scholarships.
DO:Write an outline. If you’ve already started writing or have a first draft, make an outline based on what you’ve written so far. This will help you see whether your paragraphs flow and connect with one another.
DON'T:Write a generic essay for every application. Adapt your personal statement for each individual scholarship application.
DO:Run spellcheck and grammar check on your computer but also do your own personal check. Spellcheck isn’t perfect and you shouldn't rely on technology to make your essay perfect.

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