Funding your future starts with picking the right college for you. There is a school out there for everyone so use these tools to help you pick the right one
FINDING A COLLEGE:
Use THIS site to help you look for colleges that fit your budget and offer the programs you are looking for!
THIS Site contains virtual tours for colleges across the country!
THIS handy sheet shows the average SAT and GPA's for the colleges in Michigan!
THIS is a useful website to get valuable information about colleges including graduation rates, and costs. It allows you to do side-by-side comparisons which can help you make that all important decision of where to attend.
APPLYING TO COLLEGE
Use your Career Cruising Application tracker to help you keep track of deadlines and documents
Are you using the Common Application?
HERE is a link to a digital guide that can help you navigate the application
1. A wonderful site to use is the Parent and Student Financial Aid Resource Center on the Michigan Department of Education website at http://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid
2. You can estimate the amount of financial aid you could be eligible for with this handy site. Click HERE!
3. The website all students should visit to fill out the online FAFSA form is http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. Any website that requests credit card information or any type of payment is not the official government (FREE) website.
4. Download the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet prior to filling out the FAFSA form online. This will make it easier for you and your parents to fill out the online form.
5. Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents. Click HERE for more information on how to create your FSA ID
6. If parents are separated or divorced, THIS is a good resource for determining what parent needs to report their income on the FAFSA.
COMPARING FINANCIAL AID OFFERS:
Trying to make a decision about college is tough. Which college made you the best offer? THIS site can help you make a decision by allowing you to input your awards and compare costs side-by-side.
SCHOLARSHIP SEARCHING MADE EASY!
Here is a list of helpful websites when searching for a scholarship:
Matthew Edwards Memorial Scholarship
The Matthew Edwards Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #123 is proud to offer a scholarship to students from downriver high schools. The scholarship is named in
honor of Cpl Matthew Edwards, a Taylor Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty July 23, 2010.
Candidates must be planning to attend a Christian college or major in Criminal Justice. Click HERE for application and HERE for additional information
Downriver Arts and Crafts Guild Scholarship Fund
Available to a graduating senior pursuing the fields of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Art Education, Architecture, Artistic Welding, Photography, Ceramics, Printmaking, Video, and other Visual Arts. Click HERE for application.
Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists Scholarship program
Current high school seniors who will graduate in 2019, as well as college freshman who graduated in 2018, are eligible to apply. The application and details about both scholarship awards are attached. Applications are due to MAS/FPS by Jan. 8, 2018. MAS/FPS will award three state-level scholarships. The applications of the top two state awardees will be submitted to NAFEPA to be considered for one of the four national scholarships. Click HERE for application directions and HERE for application
American Legion Scholarship Program
Students who are a descendent of and American war-time era veteran are eligible for several scholarship opportunities. Click HERE for more information.
Elks National Foundation: Most Valuable Student Scholarship
The 2019 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.Eligibility:
Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.
Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
High school graduates are not eligible to apply.
Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
City Property Management (Real Estate)
City Property Management, a HOA Management Service in the Phoenix, AZ is pleased to offer the City Property Management HOA Service Scholarship.
The Scholarship is open nationwide to those who will be attending college during the fall semester of 2018. Special consideration will be given to an undergraduate who is interested in pursuing a career in HOA Management, but anyone meeting the requirements who can demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the Real Estate field will be considered. This Award will be presented to current college students, but high school seniors who will be attending school in the fall semester of 2018 are also welcome to apply.
The award will be presented to a college student who is enrolled by the fall semester of 2018, but will not have graduated by fall semester of 2018 & is still attending courses at this time. This will be a one-time award.
The Scholarship will be judged primarily on merit and need. Academic achievements as well as any leadership experiences will be taken in to account. Click HERE for application and additional information
Arab American and Chaldean Council (ACC)
ACC is the premier non-profit human service organization providing services to the Middle Eastern and mainstream communities in Southeast Michigan. As a bridge of understanding, ACC maximizes the skills, resources and expertise of the community to:Build cooperation and understanding
Raise the level of individuals’ well-being
Increase cross-cultural understanding through education
Deliver human services, counseling and opportunities
Gear community members towards achievement
Empower through employment training and placement
Click HERE for the scholarship application
Groth and Associates Scholarship
The Attorney’s at Groth and Associates have spent years in school learning how to help you in different aspects of law ranging from personal injury to business law. They understand the stresses of life and want to lend a hand outside of their normal duties. Their time in school has helped them all understand the importance of education. It takes hard work and perseverance to earn an education and they would like to reward you for your hard work by offering a scholarship to relieve a bit of the financial stress that education can bring. The scholarship awarded will be for $1,000 to one student to use towards furthering their education. Click HERE for application and information.
Work Ethic Scholarship Program
The time has come to announce another pile of free money, painstakingly raised from the sale of C.R.A.P. in my garage, (Collectibles Rare And Precious,) and generously supplemented by a few companies eager to support our Work Ethic Scholarship Program. Thanks to their largess and your generosity, we’ve scrounged up over $400,000 to get people the training they need for jobs that actually exist. Anyone with a pulse is officially invited to apply. Of course, there are some hoops to jump through.
The S.W.E.A.T. Pledge in non-negotiable. It must be signed by ALL applicants. At base, it’s a promise not to become a lazy, self-entitled drone who blames others for their troubles and expects to be taken care of. If you’re in any way offended by its content, this particular pile of free money is probably not for you. Bottom line – Work Ethic Scholarships are for people who wish to learn a skill that’s actually in demand – people who wake up early, stay late, and bust their ass day in and day out. While people like this are hard to find, I know from experience they’re out there. If you think you’re one of them, apply here.
Kahn Law Firm Scholarship
Khalil Khan and the other attorneys at the firm are proud to offer a generous $1,000.00 scholarship to a student of their choosing. To qualify for this scholarship:
- You must currently be enrolled in or have been accepted to (and planning to attend) a college or university in the United States.
- You must be able to provide proof of current enrollment. If you have not received acceptance, you may still apply, but be sure to provide proof of acceptance and enrollment for the scholarship to be released. (ex. screenshot of grades, picture of acceptance letter, etc.)
- You must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
- Write an essay explaining your plans for your education.
The Donovan Xavier Baker Scholarship
A scholarship offered to African-American males ages 17-22 to assist in post high school education. Click HERE for application.
Tim DeWitt HARVEST Foundation Scholarship
The Tim DeWitt HARVEST Education Foundation is pleased to announce it’s now accepting applications for the 2017/2018 academic scholarship. Students who will enroll or are currently enrolled at an accredited university or college are able to apply. The Foundation offers financial aid to students who wish to make a career in the RV and campground, manufactured housing or self-storage industries. In some cases, scholarships will be awarded to students even though their career goals may not lead them back to the industries. In cases like these, awards will be made to outstanding scholars or students with compelling needs. Click HERE for more information and application
Michigan Retailers Association
Dependent sons and daughters of owners of MRA member businesses, or of full-time employees of Michigan REtailers Association member firms may apply. Multiple scholarships are available. Apply online by clicking HERE. Use access code MIRA.
Advantage One Credit Union
Advantage One is offering a scholarship of $2500 to a college-bound senior. Applications are available by clicking HERE. You are encouraged to use the fillable PDF version of the application.
Scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to four graduating seniors attending a Michigan public, private or charter high school. Students must show proof of AAA Michigan School Safety Patrol participation in elementary or middle school, good academic standing and a strong record of involvement in the community and/or extra-curricular activities.
Valeant Dermatology Scholarships
- Are a United States citizen living in the United States
- At the time of application, have applied to, have been accepted to, or are currently attending an accredited, nonprofit, two- or four-year college, university, or advanced (post-high school) vocational or technical school in 2017
- Have been diagnosed with and treated for a dermatologic condition
- Have been treated by a dermatologist, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner working in a dermatology practice
- Used a prescription medicine to treat your dermatologic condition*
Metro Bureau Scholarship
To be eligible students must:
► Intend to enroll at one of the following Metro Bureau Member Colleges/Universities:
- Henry Ford College
- Oakland County Community College
- Oakland University
- Wayne County Community College
- Wayne State University
Click HERE for the online application
ZEAL Credit Union
Zeal Credit Union believes in building strong, lifelong financial relationships. Since 1954, we have proudly supported our members, their families and the communities in which they live and work. The Board of Directors and Executive Officers are devoted to supporting higher education and encouraging the academic excellence of today’s youth. With this commitment in mind, Zeal Credit Union has developed a Higher Education Scholarship program available to our members who are college-bound high school seniors. Click HERE for the applicaion.
NFL Alumni -Detroit Chapter Student Athlete Scholarship
This organization is offering two scholarshiips to one male and one female high school athelete. Students who have not accepted any scholarship or grant to participate in college athletics, or are attending a university that does not offer athletic scholarships are eligible to apply. Application can be found HERE.
Stefan Wanczyk Foundation Scholarship
Senior must attend a Wayne County area high school with a miinimum GPA of 2.5. Must demonstarate a hardship, which could otherwise prevent the student from attending college. The student must attend college full-time beginning with the fall semester. Will post when current application is released. 2019 application
NAFEPA Scholarship Program
The National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators offers 4 scholarships annually. Two for students pursuing an education major and two for other majors. In additon, there will be three scholarships offered at the state level. There is one application and it is available HERE. The deadliine is January 9, 2017.
Rove Pest Control Scholarship
Rove Pest Control in Minneapolis is pleased to offer The Rove Pest Control Scholarship application for 2016. This scholarship opportunity is open to high school students and graduates nationwide in the United States of America who have been accepted to a college or university. This award will be presented to a United States student for the following academic year in the amount of $500.00 and will be paid at the beginning of the fall semester. Click HERE for more information and application
Scholarship award opportunity for Michigan high school students
Chapter 141 of the National Management Association club proudly presents its annual Leadership Speech Contest. It's the first step in one of the nation’s leading competitions among high school age students. Our nationwide speech contest promotes an understanding of Leadership among our nation’s high school students, and encourages the development vital communication skills. Students research, write and deliver a four to six minute speech on the topic of Leadership. Speeches will be delivered at an NMA meeting, where cash scholarships will be awarded to the top three contestants. Winner advances to the next level.Public, private and home school students, grade 9 - 12, residing in southeast Michigan are eligible.NMA members take enormous pride in their educational outreach. We sincerely invite you to Apply for this important program.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Students across America submitted nearly 320,000 original works during our 2016 program year across 29 different categories of art and writing. Click HERE for more information.
Interested in Lawrence Technological University?
Earn up to $4000 per year by participating in the Lawrence Tech Scholarship Competition. Click HERE for dates and more information.
Aspiring Business Professional" Scholarship
This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a business degree at any accredited post-secondary school or college. Find the application by clicking HERE.
BLAKE BOWMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Blake Bowman was an inspiration to each and every life he touched. Although taken from us much too soon, he was small in size but his spirit and his heart were huge. His memory lives on in this scholarship that is dedicated to continuing to help others develp their passions beyond high school. Seniors who have been accepted to a college, university, or trade program and have participated in a Varsity sport are invited to apply. Applications are available in your career cruising portfolio under local scholarships .
MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN
The Michigan Council for Exceptional Children created the Michigan Foundation for Exceptional Children in 2001. This scholarship program is intended to provide support for educational/training opportunities when students are no longer eligible for special education (and Section 505) programs and services provided by public education (i.e., graduation or reaching 26 years of age). Awards can be granted up to $1,500 and would support anything from transportation, special equipment, tutoring, including tuition. These offends are intended to augment, not replace, funds available through other agencies. Click HERE for link to application.
ROTARY--INTERACT COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP
$500 scholarship for a member of the senior class that meets he following criteria:
Financial need; acceptance to a post-secondary school; a history of community service; a letter or recommendation
Applications are available in the counseling office
JON GAMBLE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Two $1000 scholarships for graduations seniors at APHS. Criteria include: Financial need; Varsity letter winner; Acceptance to a post-secondary school; GPA range 2.5-3.5. Applications available in your career cruising portfolio under local scholarships .
HISPANIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND
In the last scholarship cycle, HSF awarded more than 4,400 scholarships funded by 100 different companies and organizations. The HSF application allows students to apply for multiple scholarships with one application! Students have the potential to receive $500-$5,000 for the institution and major of their choice. Click HERE for more information
EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY EDUCATION FIRST OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP
EMU will be offering the Education First Opportunity Scholarship (EFOS) to students who meet the following criteria:
For students to be EFOS eligible we are looking at three things:
1) Students must have a minimum score of 20 on the ACT or 950 on the SAT excluding writing.
2) Have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0.
3) Qualify for any amount of Pell Grant through the FAFSA.
The EFOS is a full tuition and fees scholarship for students who meet the criteria above. Students are automatically considered for the EFOS upon application to EMU. Note that students will not officially know their eligibility until they file the FAFSA. EMU will then notify students if they qualify for the EFOS award. Up until this point many students will have already qualified for one of our Emerald Awards (also automatic consideration for applying to EMU)
WYANDOTTE HOSPITAL MEDICAL STAFF SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of the medical staff at Wyandotte Hospital. Senior must be committed to pursuing a career in the medical/healthcare profession. Applications will be made available in the local scholarship section of your career cruising portfolio
DR. HUNTER AND LUPINI HEALTH SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP
Graduate of APHS and must be committed to pursuing a career in the health sciences. Applications are available in the local scholarship section of your career cruising portfolio
JEFFERY KONIARZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
In memory of Jeff Koniarz. Criteria for consideration: Graduating senior for APHS; Member of the APHS varsity football team for junior and senior year; applied to college for full-time enrollment. Applications available in the counseling office. Deadline is April 13th . Applications are to be dropped off no later than 3pm that day at the Law Offices of MIller & Miller, P.C.
ALLEN PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
Graduating seniors that attended APMS with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applications available in your career cruising portfolio under local scholarships .
ARNO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Graduating Seniors; Must be a former Arno student. Applications available in your career cruising portfolio under local scholarships .
GATESY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Graduating Seniors with a GPA 3.25 or higher. Applications available in your career cruising portfolio under local scholarships .
LINDEMANN LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
$500 scholarship to graduating senior and former Lindemann student. 3.5 GPA or higher and plan to enroll in a college for Fall of 2016. Applications available in your career cruising portfolio under local scholarships .
Graduating seniors that have been accepted to an accredited college or technical school. Application and interview required. Applications available in your career cruising portfolio under local scholarships or can be downloaded from the PTA council website https://sites.google.com/site/apptacouncil/scholarships
Established in 2001, this scholarship is to encourage children and grandchildren of current SAE Detroit Section members to pursue careers in engineering or science. SAE anticipates a need for more student candidates in these fields as a shortage of qualified graduates is expected. Click HERE for information and eligibility.
If you're considering going to school, and are a Meijer team member or a child of a Meijer team member, consider applying for the Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship – you could receive one of two $10,000 awards, or one of numerous $3,000 awards. Click HERE for more info.
YOUNG AND FREE MICHIGAN: MICHIGAN FIRST CREDIT UNION
Once again, the Young & Free Michigan Scholarship Competition (funded by the Michigan First Foundation) offers even more scholarships for high school students. $10,000, $5,000 and $3,000 will be awarded in each category:
- High school senior video
- High school senior essay
SME EDUCATION FOUNDATION
The SME Education Foundation Scholarship application is now open for the 2016-2017 school year. Don’t miss the opportunity! Get the financial support and recognition you deserve. Register and complete the one time online application. By completing the application you will automatically be considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible.
Society of Women Engineers
The Detroit Section of the Society of Women Engineers provides a scholarship opportunity for females graduating with the intent to pursue an engineering degree. Click HERE for details.
Monthly Scholarship Contest
Varsity Tutors Monthly College Scholarship Contest. Write an essay and win Money! Click HERE for more info.
Michigan Education Association Scholarship
Eligible students are a dependent of MEA member or MEA-Retired member in good standing. Please click HERE to view further details and access the application.
The Disability Attorneys of Michigan Scholarship.
This $1,000 scholarship is available for up to 3 high school seniors in the state of Michigan who plan on attending a 4-year college/university or a 2-year community college and whose parent(s) and/or guardian(s) are currently receiving disability benefits through the U.S. Social Security Administration (including Social Security Disability and/or Supplemental Security Income programs) and/or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (including service-connected and/or non-service-connected pension programs). Click HERE for more information.
*Receipt of scholarship funds may be conditioned on the applicant providing a letter of acceptance to their selected school.
- If you have questions concerning this scholarship you can email us at Erika@damichigan.com.
Graduating senior that is a dependent of an MEA member or MEA-retired member in good standing. Click HERE for more information.
National Honor Society (NHS) Scholarship program
Click HERE for information on the National Honor Society scholarship program. Since 1946, more than $13 million in scholarships has been awarded to outstanding NHS senior members. The scholarship program is supported by the parent organization of NHS, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
NASSP is committed to growing the NHS Scholarship program in response to the dire need to increase college access and student success, providing additional resources to help students and families face the rising costs of higher education.
Additional Scholarship OpportunitiesAll NHS members also have access to NHS Scholar Dollars, a scholarship search tool powered by College Board. This tool expedites the scholarship search process, offering filtered results based on the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Use the tool at www.nhs.us/scholardollars.
Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship
This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college. Interested students can click HERE and find the scholarship located at the bottom of the page and click on it.
Aspiring Animation Professional
We are offering high school seniors the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship. This will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college. We ask that you have interested students visit our website, http://www.animationcareerr