View a regularly updated sheet of current scholarship offers.
Kalamazoo Valley Community College Merit Scholarship: https://www.kvcc.edu/merit/
Kalamazoo Foundation Scholarship: The 2020/2021 Scholarship Catalog is available now with a application deadline of March 1, 2021. The General Scholarship application is OPEN with over fifty scholarships with just one application.
Portage Educational Foundation Scholarships These scholarships are open to all Portage Northern Seniors. Applications for 2021 graduates can be submitted at their website. The 2021 deadline is February 15.
Tuition Assistance Program TIP (Tuition Incentive Program) is for Michigan parents and students who meet a Medicaid eligibility history requirement. You can find details on their website as well as a fact sheet and flyer.
Robert P. Amrhein Memorial Scholarship Robert Amrhein was a young man who participated in many activities. In addition to being a valued member of the debate team at PNHS, he competed in forensics, the swim team, was a member of the USS Great Lakes Aquatics team and was a member of the National Honor Society. During high school he received several awards for outstanding academic performance, leadership and citizenship. These awards included the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award, the Portage Northern Principal’s Leadership Award, the Jimmy Holms Perseverance Award and the Portage Northern Debate Departmental Award.
As a PN graduate of the class of 2006, some of Robert’s most admirable qualities were: honesty, integrity, selflessness, acceptance of others, concern for others, leadership, compassion and a general spirit of good will. Robert succumbed to cancer after a long, courageous battle on June 7, 2007.
How to apply: Applications are available online at the Portage Education Foundation webpage typically by early December. Students may be nominated by Portage Northern faculty. Nominated students interested in being considered for the scholarship will be asked to fill out an application. If not nominated, a student may nominate himself/herself.
Deadline: Applications must be turned in to the Portage Education Foundation (PEF) by typically mid-February. Listen for announcements for more info about PEF. Recipient will be selected and notified in April. Recipient will be honored at the Senior Academic Awards Ceremony in May.
Criteria: A PNHS senior who has attended Northern for at least 2 years and plans to attend a two or four year accredited college, university or vocational/technical school. The student demonstrates the following qualities: Honesty, integrity, selflessness, acceptance of others, concern for others, character, leadership, compassion and a general spirit of good will. The award is primarily merit based, but financial need may be considered.
Award: $4,000 non-renewable award…payable only to recipient’s college/university/school.
Clarence L. Remynse Scholarship Seniors: You can apply using Kalamazoo Foundation’s online scholarship application. Students can access information and apply for the Clarence L. Remynse Scholarship on their website. The deadline to apply will be announced, but typically is early December.
Western Michigan GLOBAL AMBASSADOR SCHOLARSHIP: This is a competition for a pre-freshman study abroad course and funds for a later study abroad program at WMU. In order to be considered for this award, students must be admissible to WMU and submit a separate scholarship competition application. Both applications must be received by mid-October (the exact deadline can be found on their website). Up to 100 applicants will be invited to compete in the on-campus competition typically held mid-November.
Western Michigan MEDALLION SCHOLARSHIP: The admissions application deadline for consideration is to-be-announced. The Medallion Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards at the university and worth a total of $60,000. Eligible students will be invited to participate in one of the competition dates, typically hosted in early December (check their website for exact dates. For eligibility, students must have a 3.7+ GPA and a 26+ ACT composite or 1240+ redesigned SAT composite score.
Full details, dates, and deadlines for WMU scholarships are available by visiting https://wmich.edu/admissions/scholarships/firstyearscholarships.
AES Engineers Scholarship AES Engineers scholarship deadline is (TBA). They will be awarding $500 to the winner(s) each year. To apply, visit http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm.
Free $cholarship $earch $ervices Look beyond colleges and universities for scholarships. Educational funding in the private sector has increased dramatically in recent years. Review mainstream sources of funds, and be creative. Think about what makes you different, and find groups that value that difference. Many organizations offer scholarships, including: state and local governments, businesses, employers, clubs, associations, high schools, civic groups, religious organizations, trade associations, labor unions, political parties, military associations, private foundations, private charities, and ethnic organizations..
Kalamazoo Community Foundation: www.kalfound.org for students who live in Kalamazoo County
StudentScholarships.org: studentscholarships.org several relevant scholarships
FastWeb: fastweb.com a searchable database of over 400,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants & loans
BankOne Sponsored College Scholarship Site: www.supercollege.com
MI-SEARCH: www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid a search site for Michigan Residents
Black Excel Scholarship Gateway: http://www.BlackExcel.org/link4.htm
Society of Women Engineers: These scholarships are targeted for women who are majoring in engineering or computer science. Award amounts are from $200 to $5000, and at least 90 are granted. The deadline for students already in college is February 1 but is May 15 for high school seniors entering an accredited program. http://swe.org
Ron Brown: The award: leadership, community service, all fields. The deadline is usually in January. This is a very prestigious scholarships and it’s very, very competitive. http://www.RonBrown.org
Jackie Robinson Foundation: The award is $6,000 per year. Number of winners: about 100. It’s renewable. Academic merit, leadership, community service, all fields. Deadline is usually in April. http://www.JackieRobinson.org
United College Fund: The UNCF is one of our major scholarship gateways. The awards are of varying amounts, and there are a great many under different names and requirements (Grandmet, Duracell, for example). The deadline is usually December. http://uncf.org/
Tips on Applying for Scholarships
Scholarships – They’re Not Just About Grades!
One of the biggest myths about scholarships is that they’re won based mostly on grades. As a result, a lot of qualified students don’t even apply for scholarships that could award them the recognition they deserve and the help they need. High grades and test scores are significant but being a positive, well-rounded person is just as important.
1. Fill out application on line if possible. Otherwise, print carefully and legibly in ink.
2. Use Spell check.
3. Be completely honest about grades, experiences, memberships, qualifications, family finances and other information.
4. Keep developing a “brag sheet” of all your activities. As you participate in school, church, community or other activities update your sheet.
5. Don’t forget to include unpaid work experience. Jobs show initiative and that you know how to budget your time well.
6. Don’t leave a space blank, if it does not apply to you write N/A.
7. Talk to students who have already won the scholarships of interest and what worked for them.
8. Carefully follow instructions. If the scholarship asks for an essay with a word limit, do not exceed the limit.
9. Only apply when the scholarships minimum requirements are met.
10. Proof read everything before sending it.
11. Supplement applications with personal letters of recommendation.
12. Strictly observe deadlines and even strive to submit applications early.
13. Follow up with a telephone call to make sure the organization received the application.
14. Remember to send thank you notes.
15. Know what you want and why. You should be able to explain your goals and know what steps you will take to reach them.
Find your local Michigan Community Foundation: www.forgoodforever.org
Beware of Scholarship Scams
- States you’ve won an award you never applied for.
- Scholarship Organization does not provide valid contact information.
- Guarantees you will win an award.
- Requires personal financial information such as a credit card number or bank account number to “verify” or “hold” a scholarship.
- “For a small fee, we’ll give you a list of scholarships”.
- We will do all the work for you. There is no way to avoid submitting your own work for a scholarship application.
- While the presentation may be free, the services aren’t. You may be pressured to give a check or credit card number to sign up for the service.
- You are told that the program can adjust your income and/or assets to make you eligible for financial aid. Such practices are often illegal.
- The service tells you they can only answer specific questions after you have paid for the service.
Report Scams to:
National Fraud Information Center: www.fraud.org
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): www.ftc.gov
Better Business Bureau: www.bbb.org
United States Postal Inspection Service: www.usps.gov/postalinspectors/fraud