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Do Something Seed Grant
Are you working to start a community action project or program? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? If you answered, "YES!", you are eligible to apply for a Do Something Seed Grant.
Requirements: Age 25 or younger
One award per week
Tell us about the community you are helping or the problem you are trying to solve. 2) Provide evidence that shows why this is an important problem. 3) Why are you the right person to solve this problem? (up to 1,500 characters)
What is the vision of your project/organization? Tell us how you are or plan to achieve your vision, by providing us with detailed goals for your project/organization. Please make them as specific as possible. (up to 1,500 characters)
What's your plan of action? Describe the steps you have and/or you will take to achieve your goals. Please detail your role in the project/organization. (up to 1,500 characters)
How would winning a Do Something grant help you achieve your goals? How will you measure the success of your project? (up to 1,500 characters)
Courage to Grow Scholarship
The "Courage to Grow Scholarship" was created to help students realize their college dreams.
Requirements: High school junior, senior, college student
GPA: 2.5 +
End of each month. One award per month.
Why do you deserve this scholarship? (Up to 250 words)
Giving Soul Scholarships was founded to help students find their passion for making a difference in the world and act on it.
Requirements: High school or college student
Member of Giving Soul (free)
End of each month (One award per
month. Applications resubmitted each month.)
What are you inspired to change in the world and how could you make that change? Describe your experience and how it made a POSITIVE DIFFERENCE for yourself and others.
Zinch, a scholarship matching website, is awarding a $1,000 scholarship every week to one super student who writes the best 2-3 sentence essay on that week’s topic.
Requirements: All high school and college students; required to sign up. (Free)
1-28-13: Chance meetings can make for very interesting experiences. Describe a time when you bumped into someone, and it led to a memorable conversation or event.
Sign up or “Like” on Facebook for weekly updates.
(Two to three sentences; up to 280 characters)
National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Detroit Section, Jewish Youth Awards
NCJW/Greater Detroit is proud to continue the tradition of honoring exceptional high school students who exercise strong leadership within the community
Requirements: High school senior with documentation of formal Jewish education
What experience or person has had the greatest impact on your Jewish identity? (600-800 words)
$2,500 each (up to 10)
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship
To provide an outlet for teenagers to express their thoughts about Alzheimer’s disease and to engage the younger generation in this cause, AFA is pleased to offer the AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship. Requirements: U.S. high school seniors
How has Alzheimer’s disease changed or impacted your life? What have you learned about yourself, your family and/or your community in the face of coping with Alzheimer’s disease?
$5,000, $500, $250
Daughters of the American Revolution
The NSDAR awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of degrees in diverse disciplines including history, law, nursing, and education.
Requirements: U.S. student planning to attend U.S. college.DAR membership not required. See website for requirements for each scholarship
Your career objectives.
(Up to 1,000 words)
25 awards See website for awards for individual scholarships
American 1 Credit Union Community Involvement Scholarship
Our scholarships are funded through our loan Skip-a-Pay program, where American 1 members can choose to skip one month’s loan payment for $25.
Requirements: Michigan high school seniors. Credit union membership not required.
Essay on the benefits of altruism and how you have made an impact in your community through community involvement. (Up to 1,500 words)
$1,000 each (15)
CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship
Presented by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for students pursuing majors related to health.
Requirements: High school senior or undergraduate planning to pursue a degree in the fields of medicine, engineering, technology, nutrition, or other health-related studies.
GPA: 2.75 +
Make a brief statement or summary of your plans as they relate to your educational and career objectives and long-term goals.
Please describe how and when any unusual family or personal circumstances have affected your achievement in school, work experience or your participation in school and community activities.
$2,500 each (Up to 43)
Kroger’s “I Can Make History” scholarship
Celebrating Black History Month
Thank you for helping Kroger celebrate Black History month and the many African Americans who have significantly contributed to our country in the past and the countless others who are working to better our communities today.
Requirements: Michigan students, grades 4-12
Enter essay, poetry, art or music
Essay: How are you and/or your community making history? Or, What does Black History Month mean to me? (500 words)
$2,000 each (Several awards, more than $67,000 total for 4 categories)
For the last several years, a committee of Money Smart Week® partners have sponsored competitions for students to see if they are "Money Smart.”
Money Smart Week will occur April, 2013. See website for updates.
High school students, middle school students
High School: The price tag of a 4-year college degree has grown dramatically, making it much harder for many students to envision how they or their families could afford it. Please choose a university or college you would like to attend if money wasn't a major concern. Research and describe what an average student actually pays "out of pocket" and how much of the cost is covered by loans, grants, and scholarships. What do you plan on doing to help pay for college and how has this information changed your thinking?
See website for updates
Keep the Drive High School Journalism Awards http://www.allstatefoundation.org/HSJ
The Allstate Foundation sponsors the annual Keep the Drive High School Journalism Awards to encourage teens to educate their peers teen safe driving.
Requirements: High school students ages 13-18
PRINT CATEGORY: Articles must have been written by the Participant(s) and published in a high school newspaper. If a high school does not have a printed version of the high school newspaper and is only available in an official online version for the high school, that article would then be considered eligible.
BROADCAST CATEGORY:Segment must be written and produced by the Participant(s), have been broadcasted within the high school setting and aired for the entire student body to view. Segment shall not be longer than 10 minutes in length. Broadcast entry must be a journalistic-styled news story and cannot be a Public Service Announcement.
$2,000, $750, $500 for each category
Chris Armstrong Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2011 by the parents of Chris Armstrong, the first openly gay student elected president of the Michigan Student Assembly.
Requirements: U of M undergraduate student; documented leadership or support for the LGBT community
An essay describing your demonstrated leadership for, support of, or involvement in organizations, activities, or issues that benefit the lesbian, gay male, bisexual and transgender communities.
Varies, “depending on the annual income from the endowment fund”
National Independent Automobile Dealers Association Foundation (NIADA)
The NIADA Foundation promotes academic growth of youth throughout the United State through its scholarships.
Requirements: Michigan high school senior, “demonstrates aptitude for college work as measured by SAT or ACT test scores.”
Discuss the impact of our global economy on the automobile industry. Explain how this can affect the used car market and its consumers. Indicate your interest in the automotive industry and the role it has played in your family’s life. (At least 1,200 words)
$3,500 each (One for each of 4 regions)
H.T. Ewald Foundation
We encourage our scholarship recipients to become catalysts themselves, keeping the tradition of "giving back" toward a better future in our communities tomorrow. Requirements: Metro Detroit area high school seniors in top half of class. Award also based on financial need.
An autobiography (typed) of at least 500 words concerning you and your life and aspirations to date. This is important and originality is encouraged.
$500-$3,500 each (2-18 awards)
Community Choice Foundation 2012 Scholarship Program
We decided it was time to step in and offer aid to students who shared our passion for hard work and dedication to our communities.
Requirements: Michigan high school senior
Attending Michigan college
GPA: 3.0 +
Please discuss in your essay why you have decided to remain a Michigan resident and how your course work and intended degree will allow you to enrich Michigan, its communities, or a Michigan industry. (500 words)
Minimum of $100,000 total
National Association of Black Suppliers (NABS)
The intent of the NABS scholarship is to provide financial and academic support to high achieving African American students who intend to pursue a career in or related to the automotive and healthcare industry.
Requirements: High school senior;
field of study: engineering,technology, business, or related
Choose one: (one page)
1. Describe “A Current Event and how it has impacted your life.”
2. Describe“Whatobstacles have you overcome. What did you learn from it and what life changes have you made because of it?”
3. What does it mean to you to have an African American for President?
4. Please explain or profile “An African American Entrepreneur.”
5. What is the value of individual involvement in community development?
Up to $5,000 per year, up to 5 years
Hays Kirby Memorial Scholarship Contest
The Joe Foss Institute has developed video and essay scholarship contests that ask students to take time to consider what the Founding documents mean, as well as the sacrifices made by those brave Americans defending our freedoms.
Requirements: High school student
What is an American Patriot?
(At least 1,500 words)
Detroit News Outstanding High School Graduate Scholarship Program
The Detroit News, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Education and professional educational organizations, is searching for the best high school seniors in the state.
Requirements: Michigan high school senior.
The most important criterion will be a demonstrated ability in athletics, health, journalism, language arts, performing arts, science, mathematics, visual arts, vocational-technical, world studies or extraordinary achievement in the face of extreme adversity. (One award per category.)
1 Summarize your leadership positions in school or community activity.
2. Summarize your community or volunteer activity.
3. List your non-academic honors, performances, exhibitions or activities that reflect your high achievement at a regional or state level.
4. List academic honors or scholarships received.
5. List any special training, advance courses or unique experiences which may be remarkable in your development.
6. What are your plans for further development in your chosen field?
(Answer the above 6 in up to 200 words each.)
$1,000 for each category
Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation
Ms. Louie is passionate about education, and she is especially committed to the promotion of youth and underserved and underprivileged groups.
Requirements: High school senior
GPA: 3.2 +
SAT: 1800 + or ACT: 25 +
Special considerations for students:
with a demonstrated financial need;
with parents who did not attend college;
with a documented disability;
who have overcome significant adversity; or
who have parents that are United States veterans or are currently in the U.S. military.
1.Describe the characteristics of a good parent. Give specific details to explain your views. Use your personal observations, experience and knowledge.
2.How do you define success? Describe what it means to be successful. Give specific details to explain your views. Use your personal observations, experience and knowledge. (Up to 500 words each)
25 awards, totaling $100,000
Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program
We provide scholarship for talented high school students to attend summer academic programs on college campuses. We believe in the transformative power of educational experiences that stretch comfort zones and raise aspirations.
Requirements: Female students grades 9-11f rom MI, MO, OH, NE (typically top 10% of class) planning to attend summer program at participating university: Barnard, Brown, Cornell, Emory, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, NYU, Smith, and Stanford
1.Describe your leadership qualities and experience. (200 words)
2.Answer one essay question from the Common Application:
Michigan Association of College Admission Counseling Maggie Miller Scholarship
Maggie Miller was a school counselor at both DeWitt High School and Okemos High School. Maggie was known for her passion for life and the profession. The Maggie Miller Scholarship was established through MACAC to honor Maggie's contributions to our field.
Requirements: Michigan senior attending MACAC member high school,
Planning to attend MACAC member college (see website for complete list).
Community service; financial need considered.
GPA: 3.0 +
One-page essay telling about an obstacle you have overcome and how this motivated you to achieve personal goals.
Olive Garden’s Pasta Tales Essay Contest
Hunger is a reality for one in six people in the United States. To bring awareness to the issue and help find solutions, Olive Garden is asking students for their help.
Requirements: Open to all students, grades 1-12
How would you help end hunger in your community? (50-250 words)
$2,500 savings bond and a family trip to New York City, $500 savings bond for winner in each grade
Cancer Survivor’s Fund
We envision to each every young cancer survivor who is actively seeking for a scholarship and/or financial assistance to obtain prosthetics needing our help to continue their education for personal growth and better, brighter future.
Requirements: High school senior or college student diagnosed with cancer, or cancer survivor.
Agree to do volunteer work to help other patients or survivors.
Essay: How has my experience with cancer impacted my life values and career goals? (500-1,200 words)
The Detroit Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Scholarship
The Detroit Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is committed to helping young people succeed academically. This includes ensuring that students have access to the financial resources they need to obtain a college education.
Requirements: High school senior attending school in the sorority’s service area: Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Macomb County and the Grosse Pointes
GPA: Varies. See website for each scholarship’s requirements
Essay highlighting your community service, leadership activities, and college and career goals (one page, computer generated, size 12 Times Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins)
Arts scholarship application requires photos of art work; journalism scholarship application requires writing samples; other scholarships require essay only.
$1,000-$4,000 (8 scholarships offered, student may apply for one only.)
All About Pink Breast Cancer Foundation Education Scholarship
The purpose of our scholarship program is to provide support to families with college age students whose parent is suffering from Breast Cancer or who have succumbed to the disease.
Requirements: High School senior, college student, child of breast cancer survivor or parent who has died from breast cancer.
GPA: 2.0 +
Why I should receive an All About Pink Breast Cancer Foundation Education Scholarship. (500 words)
American Public Health Association’s Get Ready Scholarship
The scholarship is a component of APHA’s Get Ready campaign, which works to help Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies.
Requirements: High school senior (Other contests for undergrads and grads)
High school student essay:
How would you convince your classmates to prepare for emergencies? Choose a specific emergency (hurricane, flu outbreak, flood or earthquake). Then write a plan for increasing student preparedness for that emergency that you would present to your school administrator. (350-500 words)
$500 each for high school students (2)
Michigan State University Alumni Club of Oakland County
We are very proud of the quality of the students that have received our scholarship and expect that future recipients will also show the excellence that makes Michigan State University one of this country’s great universities.
Requirements: Oakland County student accepted to MSU, financial need not required.
GPA: 3.5 +
Why did you select MSU? What are your career goals? Why?
Foundation for Ashley’s Dream
Ashley Marie Easterbrook Internet Scholarship
In memory of a Troy High School student who was killed by a drunk driver
Ashley’s Dream awards scholarships to high school seniors who join the fight against drunk driving.
Requirements: High school seniors who join the fight against drunk driving.
The fight against drinking and driving begins with awareness and we want you to spread the word. Take a stand by becoming a voice in your community and helping your friends, family, and neighbors stay safe on the road. Be creative! Then make a video (or take pictures) about what you did, how it worked, and submit it to our site for the contest.
The National World War II Museum Essay Contest
The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world - why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today - so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.
Requirements: High school students, middle school students.
How can people who disagree still work together to solve a problem? Use WWII as a starting point and base your essay in part on America’s involvement in WWII. But don’t stop in the past. Use specific examples from your own experiences that support your ideas. This is NOT a research paper. Max. 1,000 words
$1,000, $750, $500 for high school, $250 for middle school.
Odenza provides quality incentive marketing solutions that give our select clients a competitive edge in their market. Each school year we are proud to offer opportunities for students to win scholarships to help ease the financial burden of a post secondary education.
Requirements: Age 16-25
GPA: 2.5 +
Two essays required:
Choose a city located anywhere in the world that you believe would, from a future employment prospective, benefit your career. Explain in under 500 words how spending time in this city would help you become more marketable to a potential employer(s). Clearly identify how it will benefit you.
Explain in why you think you should be granted the Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship. (Up to 500 words)
The KarMel Scholarship is a scholarship created to encourage students to write/create something that will express their views on the gay/lesbian/bi/transgender topic.
Requirements: High school or college student. You do not have to identify as LGBT to apply.
2013 information will be posted March 2013
2012 application: Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender theme—any kind of written or artistic work
Ashley's Dream awards scholarships to high school seniors who join the fight against drunk driving and teenage binge drinking.
Requirements: High school senior
Project: The fight against drinking and driving begins with awareness. Take a stand by becoming a voice in your community. Be creative! Your job is to come up with the idea and DO IT! Then make a video (or take pictures) about what you did, how it worked, and submit it to our site.
Essay: “About Me” If there are important things we should know about you, like involvement in other organizations or services, please let us know. (Hint – demonstrating qualities consistent with Ashley’s character will help your score). (1,000 words)
Go Daddyoffers everything you need to make a name for yourself on the Web, from domain names and website builders to complete eCommerce solutions.
Go Daddy’s .ME Scholarship: It’s all about the ride!
Requirements: GPA: 3.0 +
ACT: 21 + or
SAT: 1,000 +
Do you have what it takes to be a Go Daddy Scholar? We want to know how the Internet or Internet technology (e.g., websites, blogs, forums, social media, etc.) has helped you during the course of your studies. Have you used the Internet to advance your athletic, artistic or intellectual pursuits? How do you
envision benefitting from it through college and beyond? (Up to 500 words)
$10,000 scholarship fund (10)
Incight Education: Connecting disabled students to education and employment
Each year Incight awards up to one hundred scholarships to students with disabilities, who have demonstrated outstanding merit in giving back to the community and overcoming obstacles in order to pursue higher education.
Requirements: Students with documented disability
250 words each:
1. A. Describe a handicrap™ (or limitation) which has held you back.
B. What have you done to conquer it?
2. As an Incight scholar, it is expected that you participate in giving back to your community. How have you been involved in your community in the past? What will you continue to do in the future?
3. This essay is open ended. Take this opportunity to share any additional information about yourself, such as a personal statement.
fyi: Only 18% of people with disabilities receive a college education
Davis Putter Scholarship
The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community.
Requirements: Undergraduates and graduate students enrolled in an accredited school.
Active participation in struggles for civil rights, economic justice, international solidarity or other progressive issues.
Financial need, academic ability.
Your personal statement must describe your activism, including the activities and organizations with which you are or have been involved. We are also interested in learning about your perspective on social change. As long as you have covered these topics, you can add anything else that you feel would help the trustees in their decisions. (Up to 1,000 words)