Scholarships

scholarships

 

Please check your student e-mail and google classroom often for any current information about available local scholarships. Students are encouraged to create accounts with the scholarship search websites below to find out about any national scholarships in which they might be eligible. 


Scholarship Search Sites:


Going Merry has thousands of scholarships, including national, regional, and even local scholarships. To sign up, go to: https://www.goingmerry.com/sign-up. Once signed up, fill out a profile and start getting matched to scholarships that fit your background, academics, interests, etc. It’s that simple. If you want to know more, you can watch a short video on how Going Merry works at https://blog.goingmerry.com/going-merry-demo-video/Going Merry has a table that is updated often with new scholarship information! Check it out HERE.


Fastweb is in the business of helping students achieve that dream through offering a simplified college scholarship search. From the start, their goal has been to eliminate the “search” from the scholarship search, allowing students to find scholarships that match the qualifications and interests. Ultimately, they save students time, match them to college scholarships that they may not have otherwise found and keep them organized throughout the whole process.


Other Scholarship Opportunities:


Kansas Board of Regents Scholarships and Grants


The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.


KC Scholars Scholarship 

General Information:

KC Scholars Mission:

*The mission of KC Scholars is to increase postsecondary education attainment in the greater Kansas City area. KC Scholars will provide the means – through scholarships, financial incentives to promote college savings, and support services – for low- and modest-income students and adults needing access to pursue and complete a postsecondary credit-bearing credential or degree. By doing so, KC Scholars will improve the educational attainment, economic independence, quality of the workforce, and participation in community activities in greater Kansas City.


*KC Scholars serves a six-county area of the Kansas City region: Wyandotte and Johnson Counties in Kansas and Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte in Missouri. The program is designed to serve low- and modest-income high school students who are in public, charter, and private schools and home-schooled; and adults with some college, but no degree.


Traditional (11th grader):

High school 11th graders can apply for up to $10,000/year for up to five years.


College Savings Match (9th grader):

High school 9th graders can apply to receive a 4-to-1 match on contributions into a 529 college savings account. The maximum match granted is $5,000, but an additional $2,000 is available in incentives for completing key college-ready milestones in high school. Annually, a 529 college savings account will be opened for 1,000 students selected through the application process. Of the 1,000 for whom an account is opened, 50 will be selected to be in the match and incentives program. This is a one-time award.


Additional Helpful Tool:

FAFSA4caster Helpful Hints & Tips  Prepared as a guide for the purposes of application to the KC Scholars program 


American Psychological Association Scholarships and Awards APA and its affiliate organizations provide a wide range of grants, scholarships and awards with the aim of advancing the science and practice of psychology as a means of understanding behavior and promoting health, education, and human welfare. 


NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarships High school and college scholarships are available to all students in the areas of academic excellence, entrepreneurship, leadership, literature, medicine, music, STEM, sustainability, visual arts, and more.


Chegg Browse over 25000 scholarship opportunities.


FinAid Information on financial aid and tips on how to help ease the burden of college expenses.


Greater Kansas City Community Foundation  The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation offers over 250 different scholarships for students in and around Kansas City.


Application Hints:

Scholarships are available from a variety of sources – local, state, regional, and national. Scholarships may be sponsored by civic organizations, business, industry, higher education programs, departments, institutions, and public/private foundations.


Students should work closely with their counselor regarding the necessary documentation requested by the various scholarships.


Students need to read scholarship requirements carefully and fully adhere to those requirements (especially due dates/deadlines).


Preparing a well-written essay is one key to a successful application. Students should work with their English/Language Arts teacher to prepare the best writing they are capable of. Many revisions may be necessary to craft a winning general essay that can be easily revised to fit many different scholarships – and worth it!


Students are also encouraged to complete the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is completed electronically and access to past income tax returns is needed. Plan to dedicate time to the FAFSA process.


Students should remember that they must prepare their own scholarship applications. Parents should guide, not do their work!


Apply!  Apply!  Apply!  Hard work will be rewarded with winning scholarships!


Organizations or businesses wanting to have a scholarship advertise to students should contact Debra Woofter at woofterd@usd230.org.