SCHOLARSHIPS ARE EVERYWHERE--AT YOUR SCHOOL, COLLEGE, NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATIONS, NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, PARENTS' WORKPLACE COMPANIES, BANKS & CREDIT UNIONS, ETC...... BELOW ARE FEATURED SCHOLARSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIP DATABASES, AND A STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO FIND AND APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS.
FOR ASSISTANCE & QUESTIONS, CONTACT MR. DAHLKE, CAREER SPECIALIST, IN THE CAREER CENTER.
- WA State Fair Foundation - Many Scholarships, One Application: Due Feb. 5, 2021---Apply HERE
- Fair Chance Scholarship
- Anderson Law Enforcement/Police Scholarship
- Wrangler Scholarship for Agriculture Education
- Community Hero Scholarship
- and many more...APPLY HERE
- JHS Scholarship & Award Application: Due Feb. 14, 2021---Apply HERE
- This scholarship is for graduating students. Awards from Everett Public Schools (Foundation-academics and sports) and special private donors are considered from this application. JHS's Scholarship Committee use this application to consider and award students. Good luck!!
- American Indian Endowed Scholarship ($500-$2000): Due March 1, 2021---Apply HERE (Application & Instructions)
- Required: Washington State resident with close social/cultural ties to American Indian tribe or community in Washington State
- Student intends to use their education to benefit other American Indians in Washington State
- Student has demonstrated financial need, will be enrolled full-time in WA college/university for every year this award is granted
- Student not pursuing a degree in Theology
- Washington State School Retirees' (WSSR) Association Scholarships: Due March 1, 2021---Apply HERE
- Two Gene Forrester Memorial Scholarships ($2000)- for students will major in Agricultural Education @ Washington State Univerity (WSU).
- Eight WSSR Foundation ($2500) and 16 Robert J. Handy Scholarships ($900 for 4 years) - for students wanting a degree in areas of teaching, counselor, speech therapist, occupational therapist, or psychologist.
- Soroptimist International of Everett Scholarship: Due March 4, 2021---Application in Adobe and Word
- Criteria for selection include goals, service, financial need, and leadership in school and community.
- Applicants submit application, essay questions, and two recommendation letters to Mr. Dahlke in JHS Career Center.
- Seattle Hiroshima Club Scholarship ($3000): Due March 13, 2021---Apply HERE for application and Selection Criteria
- Student applicant's parent(s), grandparent(s), great-grandparent(s), or relative must be from Hiroshima Prefecture. Parent/guardian must be current paid member of Seattle Hiroshima Club for 2020 or 2021 (by March 13, 2021).
- Student applicant graduating from high school showing GPA 3.5 or higher on latest transcript.
- Application requires high school transcript showing 9-11 grades plus list of all 12th grade classes (current and projected), two recommendation letters (school staff-teacher, counselor, etc-and from community (employer, church leader, etc), and an essay on "What Hiroshima Means to Me (minimum 200 words).
- Sno-Isle (Unit 22) School Retirees Association Scholarship ($2000): Due March 15, 2021---Application
- Student plans to major in Education and attend 2-year or 4-year college/university in Washington State
- Snohomish Country, Camano Island, and South Whidbey Island residents only
- Required: 500 word essay, 250 word essay, three letters of recommendation (two from high school teachers or administrators and one from outside educational field-no relatives)
- Robert Mulvihill Scholarship ($Various): Due March 30, 2021---Apply online HERE (FAQ/Instructions)
- Student is WA State resident and either be an orphan or have been adjudicated "dependent" under RCW 13.04.010
- Cumulative GPA = 3.0 or higher on 4.0 scale
- Demonstrate financial need and attend full-time at 2-year or 4-year college, university, technical, or trade school
- Everett Public Schools Foundation VISUAL ARTS SCHOLARSHIP ($1000): DUE April 2, 2021, 4:00pm---Application & Instructions
- a graduating senior that will continue studies in the visual arts,
- One-page characterization of your commitment to the field of art and your future goals
- At least one, but not more than three, letter(s) of recommendation from a teacher,
- A statement of need,
- A high school transcript
- A minimum of eight and a maximum of ten digital pictures on a thumb drive or via email file showing the quality of your work. Digital pictures are sent to email@example.com
- The Chapter BR, P.E.O. Isabelle Cuthbertson Scholarship ($1500): Due April 15, 2021---Application sent by mail (see instructions)
- Requied essay (500 words) of personal achievements and educational goals
- Certified (official) high school transcript for grades 9-12
- Three letters of recommendation
- A recent snapshot or photgraph (no larger than 4"x6")
- Copies of college test scores, including at least one of the following: College Entrance Examination Board – Scholastic Aptitude (SAT) score, American College Testing (ACT) score, and/or Washington Pre-College Test (WPCT). If no college test scores, the requirement will be met by including a short letter stating the predicament.
- WA State Fair Foundation - Many Scholarships, One Application: Due Feb. 5, 2021---Apply HERE
STEP BY STEP GUIDE - TO FIND AND APPLY TO SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
STEP 1: Start now!!! Keep a notebook to organize your efforts as well as saving information in an Excel spreadsheet. Schedule time to research, choose, and fill out scholarship applications. Come to the Career Center for help to get started. View this brief Scholarships Basics PowerPoint presentation; it is also available in in Adobe pdf format. ALSO, EVEN JUNIORS & SOPHOMORES CAN APPLY!!
STEP 2: Start then complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) with your parents. The Career Center and Naviance Specialist can also help you. Please finish the FAFSA application as soon as you can. Colleges and universities require the FAFSA to be finished near their college application due dates!!
STEP 4: Visit the Career Center, Counselors, and teachers for additional scholarships. Ask your parent/guardian's work, your bank, your workplace, etc, if there are any scholarships available through their organization.
STEP 5: Apply to scholarships from colleges/universities you apply to, either in a separate application or on the school's application. Also, check their Financial Aid and Foundation department webpages.
STEP 6: Search databases and websites for scholarships that fit you and your career and academic goals. These databases are continually being updated so make your database account. Keep track of scholarships that fit you.
- https://scholarships360.org/ - Many scholarships for juniors too!
- https://uncf.org/ - United Negro College Fund
- hsf.net - Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- https://apiascholars.org/ - Asian and Pacific Islander Americans
- https://www.aigcs.org/ - American Indian Graduate Center-The Center for Native Scholarships
- The WashBoard.org
- https://www.artandwriting.org/who-we-are/affiliate-partners/ (Art & Writing Scholarships)
STEP 7: Keep checking these lists for new and updated scholarships and awards. SCHOLARSHIPS ARE ADDED TO DATABASES ALL THE TIME.
STEP 8: College Bound Scholarship: Find out if you qualify for the College Bound Scholarship by calling 1-888-535-0747 (choose Option 1) or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you went to middle school in Washington State, you and your parents may have applied for the College Bound Scholarship. Also, to receive texts from College Bound, text 360-928-7281 and write "Hi Otter" to start receiving messages about finanical aid. Visit the Career Center and your Counselor, they can check if you are on the College Bound Scholarship list.
STEP 9: Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS): Check if your family income qualifies you for this Opportunity Scholarship, which supports students pursuing bachelor (4-year) and associate (2-year) degrees in CTE, high demand trades, STEM, and health care occupations. Students studying certificate and apprenticeship programs are also eligible for this scholarship. View eligible programs at Washington Community and Technical Colleges here: https://www.sbctc.edu/our-colleges/explore-colleges/default.aspx. To view application deadlines, go to www.waopportunityscholarship.org/students/applicants/cts.
STEP 10: Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program: Are you applying to non-Washington State schools? If so, maybe these schools participate in the Western Undergraduate Exchange program, possibly giving you huge tuition disounts!! Go to https://www.wiche.edu/wue and search for out of state schools that offer WUE scholarship. For a list of WUE schools, you can also visit https://wuesavingsfinder.wiche.edu/search-results.php.
STEP 11: Attend Everett Public School district's Financial Aid Night or High School & Beyond Events to learn more. Go to https://www.everettsd.org/domain/1464 to read more about High School & Beyond events.)
STEP 12: Never give up applying for scholarships. Your efforts are well worth your time. Good luck.
- On scholarship applications answer all questions and type/write answers clearly. Double-check your writing (grammar, spelling, word choice, etc). Ask others, friends and adults, to read your essays, which explain who you are, what you have done, who you want to become, and why do you deserve to receive the scholarship.
- Never pay any money to get a scholarship or attend a financial aid presentation. You never should have to pay money to get money.
- Turn in scholarship applications BEFORE their due dates, which means you need to request EARLY required recommendation letters, transcripts, and so on. Keep track of your progress in a notebook or Excel spreadsheet.
- Complete the FAFSA (Go to https://www.everettsd.org/Page/9402 to learn more about Financial Aid). The FAFSA opens October 1 every year and should be completed as soon as you can. Some colleges/universities require FAFSA to be completed by certain dates even though June is the deadline. The earlier you complete the FAFSA the more financial aid money you can receive!