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December 2014

Thank you to Amy Samelian for sharing her bulletin

Amy Samelian, Harding HS, , 651-744-3149

Contact Steve Olson in the Central Counseling Office if you have any questions.

2015-2016 CSS Profile = a 2nd REQUIRED Financial Aid Application for Carleton, Macalester, St. Olaf, Gustavus & others. This costs MONEY! Fee waivers available. Visit: and use ESTIMATED 2014 data first. BEWARE of CSS Profile & PRIORITY DEADLINES!
THINGS TO DO  Grades 9-12

Free ACT/SAT Review for “At Risk” High School Students (targeting 9th-12th minority & female students). Held at the U of M-Twin Cities for 10 Saturdays from 9am-1pm. Starts on Jan. 10 and ends on March 14 with a free Mock Test. Pick up a flyer in the CCC or Email name, address, phone number, current high school and grade level to ?s – contact Dr. Ernest Davenport 612-624-8241 or Kyle 612-626- 1662

ACT test prep on Naviance. 11 week, self-guided tutorial will give you practice tests and a wealth of preparation information! Go to click on PrepMe. FREE! 
Hands-on career exploration and mentoring with the Exploring program. Ages 14-20.Cost: $25 per year. Visit for a list of careers, including Police, Fire/EMS, Aviation, Auto, Vet, & more
YWCA IMPACT program = Work Readiness, Life Skills, and Academic Services Program for ages 15-24, 375 Selby Ave., Saint Paul. FREE! Possible internships after training. ACT test prep help, college visits, homework help, family nights, test prep help.

Contact Fatima at or call her at 651-265-0750 to learn more/sign up! 

Gap Year Fair Take a year off after high school and experience personal growth through experiential education – travel, learn a new language/language immersion, directed study, outdoor adventure, community service and internships. Especially for Juniors and Seniors and their parent/guardian. Groves Academy, 3200 Highway 100 South, St. Louis Park, MN 55416. Presentation: 6pm-6:30pm, FAIR 6:30pm-8pm. Jan. 28, ‘15

More info at: or or or 1-508-755-2571 ext. 18.

JOBS – pick up the JOB OPPORTUNITIES CHART in the CCC. Go online to search for employment. create a keyword (sales associate, food server, cashier, etc) + zip code,
Teach this Summer! JOBS! ($2,500 for June ?– August ?) Breakthrough Twin Cities is looking for a diverse group of talented high school juniors and seniors & undergraduate college students to teach middle school students in Saint Paul. Breakthrough provides paid teaching internships complete with training & classroom teaching experience. See the website Early application: due in Late Jan.

Regular decision is due: Late February 2015. About 26 spots. Teach at: Mounds Park Academy, which is located at 2051 Larpenteur Ave E, St. Paul, MN 55109.


Go online to search for short term and long term projects, too. Visit: , , and

Science Museum of Minnesota Volunteer and reap the benefits of community service such as professional and personal skills, meeting people, and letters of recommendation and references. Also get free admission, Omnitheater and special exhibit vouchers, discounts at the Explore store and cafes, recommendations and references, and free parking. Apply online at or e-mail

High School Students get extra college help! ?s – call (651) 221-9444

Hands on Twin Cities Volunteer Expo = Saturday, Feb. 14 from 10am – 3pm Mall of America ROTUNDA and FIRST FLOOR. Meet over 75 organizations looking for volunteers. They need volunteers for the Volunteer Expo must be 16 years of age or older, SET-UP 7:15am-10am.

Information at:

STUDY ABROAD in a foreign country while in high school or right AFTER high school. Pick up the STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES CHART in the CCC for info. on Rotary, NSLI-Y and OTHER U.S. State Department programs, PLUS , , , , , , and , + GAP YEAR FAIR for ideas: Jan. 28

Congress-Bundestag Vocational Exchange Program Full Scholarship for 20-25 Graduating High School Seniors.

3.0 GPA or better, US Citizen. Spend a year in Germany living with a host family, participating in a school or training program, and getting hands-on work experience through an internship with a German company. MANY DIFFERENT AREAS! Receive two months of intensive German language training. Must pay for transportation to and from Washington, D.C. and provide own spending money while in Germany (estimated at about $400 per month). To apply visit Visit for other great study abroad opportunities as well! Contact Nacel Open Door St. Paul, MN office at 651-686-0080 or 1-800-622-3553 Jan. 31

Concordia Language Villages Summer Camps Learn Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and English.

1 week, 2 week, and for high school credit (4 week) camps.

Passport Scholarship

Application Process: Everyone fills out a form. ACT FAST! It cannot be faxed!

?s –1-800-222-4750, ext. 1 or email:

Even scholarship students must submit a registration deposit with their application.

Very few exceptions are ever made. You must include a deposit when you register.

Deposit costs are: 1-Week Exploration: $125, 2-Week Immersion: $175, 4-Week High School Credit: $300. Priority: Feb. 20, 2015.
Telluride Association Sophomore Seminars (TASS) Held June 23 – August 5, 2015 at Cornell University, Indiana University AND the University of Michigan. FREE! For: 54 exceptionally promising HS Sophomores. At TASS, 18 students live in a small residence at the host university and participate in an academic seminar let by 2 university scholars. TOPICS related to Critical Black and Ethnic Studies.

Ascending Melody: Contemporary African American Creative Arts and Critical Thought

Growing Up While Black: Coming of Age in Black American Literature, Music, and Film

Dreams of Freedom and Realities of Confinement

Read, write, discuss, + public speaking, computer instruction, field trips, mentoring, & field trips.

DEADLINE: by Paper (postmarked) = January 8. Online = 11:59pm EST on Jan. 8, 2015.

Telluride Association – Seminars led by college faculty - for JUNIORS Held June 23 – Aug. 5, 2015.

At Cornell Univ. in NY and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. COMPETITIVE.

TOPICS: Thinking About Cities: In Particular, Jerusalem / Mapping Fictions of American Identity: 1840–1940 / Science Fiction, Technology, and the Human Horizon / Paris and Edinburgh in the Enlightenment: Moral Challenge and the Ethics of Living, Learning, and Being

Application includes ESSAYS but NO transcript is required. Semifinalists are interviewed.

All expenses paid EXCEPT for transportation to the host college.

However, students with financial need may request financial aid to cover reasonable transportation costs.

In addition, they may get a $500 stipend to replace summer earnings lost while at the Seminar.

?s - email . FREE experience on a college campus!

DEADLINE: by Paper (postmarked) = January 20, 2014.

DEADLINE: Online by 11:59pm EST on January 20, 2014.

Bezos Scholars Program @ the Aspen Institute – JUNIORS with a 3.5 GPA or higher. US Citizen or Permanent Resident. Test high on the PSAT, SAT or ACT. This leadership development program inspires students and educators to put passion into action. 15 public high school juniors and 15 dynamic educators will receive a seven-day, all-expenses-paid scholarship to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival, June 27 – July 3, 2015, in Colorado. Attend seminars, tutorials, lectures and debates. Share meals and Scholars-only roundtable discussions with some of the most provocative thinkers, writers, artists, entrepreneurs and change-makers from around the world. Each day, dedicated leadership trainings help them understand themselves as leaders and prepare them for the challenge ahead: Create sustainable Local Ideas Festivals that will transform your school and community back home. Go to” Due: Feb. 17, 2015

JUNIORS 1.) Must come from a Public High School (including Charter and Magnet schools)

2.) Where At least 25 percent of students are eligible for free/reduced lunch program (this is a firm cutoff) 3.) That offfers Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or college credit courses.
Mayo Clinic Department of Radiology Imaging Careers and Networking Scholarship Program (ICAN) 4 days FREE at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester exploring MEDICAL IMAGING CAREERS July 20-24 Explore MRI, CT, Ultrasound, General Imaging, Nuclear Medicine & Interventional Imaging. For TEN high achieving JUNIOR students of color with a 3.0gpa or higher. or visit NOTE Deadline: February 28, 2015.



American Legion Minnesota State Oratorical (speech) Contest – For Grades 9-12. Must be a US Citizen. $1500 1st place, $1000 2nd place, $700 3rd place, $500 4th place This is a speech contest based on Constitutional ideals. Post winners proceed to the District level, then to Department (State Level). State winners proceed to the National contest and compete for scholarships worth up to $18,000. Contact your District person (see MN pdf) for dates to give your extemporaneous speech on an assigned topic (a section of the United States Constitution). Must also fill out a form. Local Post contests are all DONE BEFORE Jan. 15, 2015, & usually in December. Click “Minnesota 2015 Oratorical Rules in PDF format” & look for “Fourth District” Oratorical Contest Contact Chair. ?s – Call MN Legion at #651-291-1800, Jennifer Kelley, Nearby Arcade/Phalen MN Legion Post = 651-771-8778.

School Band Orchestra MagazineGrades 4 – 12. In 250 words or less, answer this question: “How does your music class prepare you for life?” They give out ten $1,000 scholarships to the winners and also the winning students’ school music program will be awarded matching music products. Register online at Deadline: Dec. 31, 2014.
John F. Kennedy Profiles n Courage Essay Contest9th12th Students are asked to write an original and creative essay of 700 to1,000 words that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. Students should use at least five varied sources such as newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews, including one non-internet source, to address the following topic: Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a United States elected official that took place during or after 1956. Include an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the act. The essay may concern an issue at the local, state, national, or international level. Name of nominating teacher required. Apply online or by mail. First place winner receives $10,000 & free trip to Boston for the Award Ceremony. Second place winner receives $1,000. Up to five finalists receive $500 each. Due: Jan. 5, 2015.

The Best Midwestern High School Writing: A Celebration and Recognition of Outstanding Prose Creative writing, Non-fiction, and Journalism – sponsored by Western Michigan University.

For: 9th /10th graders & 11th/12th graders in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ohio. Cash prizes ($500, $300, $150) and publication, Classroom teacher resources, & Public recognition for your high school. 18 prizes total. Teacher recommendation required. Maximum length: 2,500 words. ?s (269) 387-3230

Due: January 16, 2015.

If I Had a Trillion Dollars Youth Film Festival asks youth UNDER age 23, “If YOU had the power to choose, how would you spend 1 trillion dollars? What could that money do for your family, for your community, for your nation, or for the world?” for more info. Submit on YouTube. Deadline = Feb. 1, 2015
The 2015 Drake Physics Prize Examination. Top winner: FULL-TUITION scholarship to Drake University in Iowa. For ANY major. Must be enrolled in high school in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. Take a physics test on the internet with a Harding proctor at a specified time between Jan. 28-30. TWO PARTS: Multiple choice AND more complicated problems with solutions written on 8 ½ X 11 inch paper. Top 50 Seniors: get an invitation to apply for a 2nd

4-year, full-tuition scholarship, restricted to physics or astronomy majors. REGISTER to take this famous exam by 1:00pm, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. ?s -
C-SPAN StudentCAM 2014 Documentary Contest = an annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think seriously about issues that affect our communities and our nation. Create a short (5-7 minute) video documentary. This year’s theme: “The Three Branches and You”

Tell a story that demonstrates how a policy, law, or action by either the executive, legislative, or judicial branch has affected you or your community. Cash $ prizes. FOR GRADES 6-12.

Visit Due: January 20, 2015.

Submit ONLINE and make sure that your finished documentary is under 1.5gb in size and that it is in one of the following video formats: .AVI .MOV .MPG .MPG2 .MPEG2 .MPEG4 .MP4 .WMV
Media Literacy Project – Bad-Ad Counter-Ad Projects For: Ages 11-18.Find a bad ad in a magazine, internet, or other print source. Write an essay about why it’s bad and how it could be better. OR Take an ad and change it into a counter ad, delivering a more truthful or constructive message using altered images, words or persuasion techniques. Winners in each category (middle school and high school) receive $100. Runners up receive $50. Deadline: Jan. 30, 2015

WWW.DOSOMETHING.ORG CHECK OUT THEIR Campaigns, Causes and Awesome-Things!

Scholarships for students making a difference in the lives of others!

SQ Playing with Purpose Award - $14,000 of scholarships available to Christian Student Athletes Currently in Grades 10-12. Must be a VARSITY level athlete in one or more sports AND have a minimum 2.0 GPA or higher. Visit for list of eligible sports/to apply. Feb. 1, 2015.

Moody’s Mega Math Challenge: Internet-based applied math competition requires students to solve open-ended, realistic, math-modeling problem in just 14 hours! Scholarships range from $1,000 to $20,000 to TEAMS of 3-5 high school juniors & seniors (between the ages of 16 and 18) with 1 teacher-coach from the same school may participate. Register by 4pm CST Feb. 20, 2015

Challenge Day: CHOOSE either Saturday, Feb. 28 OR Sunday, March 1, 2015.

Youth for Understanding - Finland, Japan, Germany Deadline: Jan. 15 Merit-based. up to 50% off the AFS program tuition! = for MN students!

ASSE Deadline: Dec. 1, 2014.

Walking Tree Travel – world-wide Community Service.

Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest For: Middle & High School Students. Essays, poems and/or thank-you letters may be up to 500 words or less and typed in the English language on regular 8.5 by 11 inch paper. Regional winners get a $500 B&N gift card, & the WINNER gets $5,000 & prizes and their school gets $5,000, as well!! Mail your entry (postmark is okay), or hand deliver your work to a B&N store near you, or give to a teacher for them to send or deliver. March 1, 2015.

Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program - $420,000 in awards for students ages 6-18 who have volunteered

and made a BIG difference in their community in the last year. Nominate yourself or others at Applications open January 31, 2015 ?? . Deadline: Mid-March?? 2015.

2015 American Foreign Service Association National High School Essay Contest - Gr. 9-12 who are

U.S. Citizens. WINNER: $2,500 cash prize, free trip to Washington, D.C. to meet the Secretary of State, and full tuition for a Semester at Sea voyage (once the student is enrolled at an accredited university). The runner-up will win a full scholarship to participate in the International Diplomacy program of the National Student Leadership Conference. Essay: 1000 -1250 words. Topic: You are a U.S. diplomat posted to one of the following locations. Explain what you would do, using the resources available to you as a  Foreign Service member, to improve the relations between the U.S. and your chosen post, and how the major foreign policy differences between the two might best be handled in our national interest. This year, all essays must include a discussion of how social media might or might not be helpful as a part of the diplomatic toolbox. and also learn more about the Foreign Service.11:59 pm EST March 15, 2015.

Ayn Rand Essay Contest Grades 8-10. You must read Anthem and write an essay between 600 and 1200 words in length on one of three topics. Prizes: $2,000 - $30. March 20.

Federal Reserve Bank Essay ContestFor Gr. 9-12. Theme: What are the most important influences on economic inequality in the United States? 1st – place: $500 and a paid summer internship at the Mpls Fed., 2nd- place: $400, 3rd place: $300. 30-$100 awards. or call 612-204-5254 March 27, 2015

QuestBridge – College Prep ScholarshipFOR JUNIORS ONLY. FREE mentoring, summer camps at places like Yale, support for the competitive college application process, free ACT test prep, and more! Must be high achieving and low income. Application ready in February.

. LATE March, 2015.

Ayn Rand Essay Contest Grades 11 & 12. . You must read The Fountainhead and write an essay between 800 and 1200 words in length on one of three topics. Prizes: $10,000 - $50. April 26.
Minnesota Association of Townships ScholarshipJUNIORS, four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded based on a written essay. “2014 Scholarship Program” Deadline: May 1.

Looking for after-school activities, summer programs, or just fun things to do?

Sprockets = database of after-school and summer programs for kids, teens and youth!

MN Help Youth Corner = Info on Housing, Education, Jobs, Transportation, Money Management, Community Connections, Health Care, and Legal.

Set up an account at



St. Catherine University – Alumnae Referral Scholarship: $600 for St. Paul campus and $300 for Minneapolis campus. DUE: Within 2 weeks of applying.$file/alum_refer_card.pdf or see a counselor.

NROTC Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Scholarship Program For: NROTC students who plan to attend an MSI (including Historically Black Colleges and Universities and High Hispanic Enrollment). Maximum award = Full Tuition! Applications are accepted through June 30, 2014. Can Apply ONLINE through January 31, AFTER THAT, apply by PAPER. (Colleges include: Clark Atlanta, Florida A&M, Morehouse, Spelman, U of New Mexico, Kennedy King College, etc.)
College of St. Benedict/Saint John’s University FoCuS (Future Chemists Scholarships and Support) Scholarship  To be considered, you must APPLY TO THE COLLEGE BY January 1, 2015.

MapCores Scholarship (for Women – math, physics, computer science, research) – Apply there by Dec. 15.

For more info on scholarships at this school,

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS – Apply now! Look up the essay topic first before you apply/write it out. PRIORITY: Jan. 15.

The 2015 Drake Physics Prize Examination. Top winner: FULL-TUITION scholarship to Drake University in Iowa. For ANY major. Must be enrolled in high school in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. Take a physics test on the internet with a Harding proctor at a specified time between Jan. 28-30. TWO PARTS: Multiple choice AND more complicated problems with solutions written on 8 ½ X 11 inch paper. Top 50 Seniors: get an invitation to apply for a 2nd

4-year, full-tuition scholarship, restricted to physics or astronomy majors. REGISTER to take this famous exam by 1:00pm, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. ?s -
U of M-Twin Cities CARLSON SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT ALPHA KAPPA PSI Scholarship Fund: Scholarships of up to $18,000. Must attend Carlson. Apply now, even if you don’t know yet if you are accepted into the Carlson business school. Received by Jan. 30.
Univ. of MN-Twin Cities Puckett Scholars Program $4,000 X 4, for any MN high school Senior attending the U of M-TC this Fall. Preference given to students of color. Must have strong academics, leadership or community involvement, & financial need. Other $1,000-$2,000 awards offered to students with outstanding college GPAs. Each scholar is assigned a faculty mentor. Essay, Resume, sealed letter of recommendation, transcript. Postmark: January 1, 2015.

Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Scholarship Program: CENTRAL SCHOLARSHIP (not open to other Saint Paul Public Schools) The Schulze Family Foundation is committed to providing assistance to students from middle-income families who do not receive federal grant assistance. Students who have distinguished themselves through school, community and/or church activities while showing significant academic achievement in high school are encouraged to apply. Scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded for four consecutive years of full-time enrollment with satisfactory academic performance. The application form is available to download at on January 1, 2015 or see Steve Olson in

Counseling. A signed application form must be submitted by April 1, 2015 along with the other requirements. A flyer with eligibility and complete list of requirements will be sent through your mail in Naviance or see Steve Olson.

National Commission for Cooperative Education - 160 merit-based renewable awards at $6,000/year up to $24,000 total. Open to high school seniors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher (unweighted). For these colleges only: Clarkson U (Feb. 15), Drexel U (Jan. 13), Johnson & Wales U (DUE FEB. 1), Kettering, Merrimack, Rochester Institute of Technology, State University of New York Oswego, U of Cincinnati, University of Massachusetts Lowell (Feb. 1), U of Toledo & Wentworth Institute of Technology. Must apply and be accepted to one of these schools. Essay required. Combine going to college with working in your chosen field throughout your college career. Earn $ while you learn skills at a major company! Make $, reduce debt, get HIRED! Feb. 15, 2015.
College of St. Benedict/Saint John’s University I-LEAD Fellowship = BIG $$ SCHOLARSHIP! Essay, interview. Feb. 13, 2015.

Schools in CANADA: Public schools in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota, PLUS Manitoba, Canada have reciprocity with each other. Federal Pell Grants are NOT allowed, BUT Federal Student Loans ARE at most Manitoban colleges. Cost: One year of tuition at a Manitoban university runs between $3,500 and $4,000. Wow! University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, + four other schools.

Go to for more information.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities –

Submit your EDU, Inc. Common Black College Application to 37 Black Colleges for $35!

Bethune Cookman, Clark Atlanta, Dillard, Fisk, Johnson C. Smith, Tuskegee University, and more!
Thurgood Marshall College Fund = Average award = $3,100. There are 47 TMCF partner colleges. Minimum COLLEGE GPA of 3.0 + financial need.
Northern State UniversityWolf Pact Scholarship for students with an ACT score of 21 or higher. Apply NOW so you are processed and ACCEPTED by March 1, 2015 to get LOTS of money for this very affordable college. NSU is in Aberdeen, South Dakota (5 hours away) & has LOTS of great majors. Must be ADMITTED by March 1, 2015.

Awards = $5,000-$12,000 OVER 4 years. Visit


1800Wheelchair Scholarship 2 $500 awards. Must be: Enrolled at an accredited high school, college or university in the U.S., enrolled at the undergraduate level or your final year of high school, age 16 years or older, attending a US institution, 3.0 gpa minimum, NO requirement in terms of physical disability or ability. WRITE A POEM on the theme of OVERCOMING A PERSONAL CHALLENGE. Include a personal statement about who you are and how your poem relates to a challenge you’ve faced. The poem AND essay combined should run about 750 to about 1000 words. Jan. 30

MAASFEP: Minnesota Association of Administrators of State & Federal Education Programs Offers 4 $2,000 scholarships to former or current Title I participants with a 2.5 GPA (Harding is a Title I school) or Migrant Education Program participants(1 for a 2 year college and 1 for a 4 year college), & 1 scholarship for a student of Hispanic descent attending a 2 year or 4 year college &

1 scholarship for a student interested in education or criminal justice going to a 4 year college. Due: March 15, 2015.

Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship For SENIORS interested in a career in government service. Must be a US Citizen and write a one page essay. $500 to $5000 awards. 33 winners last year. If WIN, must be able to attend Scholarship Ceremony on April 25, 2015 in Pennsylvania (all expenses PAID). Must be RECEIVED by January 15, 2015
Ron Brown Scholar Program for African-American HS seniors. Very competitive.

Apply by Nov. 1 for extra scholarships. For: U.S. Citizens or permanent residents with high academic achievement, leadership ability, community service, & financial need. There are 10-20 $10,000 renewable awards (up to $40,000). Final: Jan. 9, 2015.


GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program – about 20 Scholars will receive a $10,000 renewable scholarship ($40,000 total award). For seniors with a 3.0 unweighted gpa or higher with exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, & citizenship at school, at home, at the workplace, & within the community. Must be nominated, recommended, have financial need, be a U.S. Citizen, pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Apply ONLINE only. 1st 25,000 apps reviewed.

Due: 11:59pm CST on Jan. 8, 2015.
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund & Organization of Chinese Americans For high school seniors and college students who are: Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity, US Citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the US, attending college Fall of 2014. Must have a 2.7 GPA on an unweighted 4.0 scale or better. Over 200 awards ranging between $2,500 - $5,000. FAFSA priority deadline: Feb. 15.

Apply at Deadline: 11:59pm EST on Jan. 9, 2015. = other Asian & Pacific Islander scholarships
Wallin Education Partners Scholarship $4,000 X 4 = $16,000 Total! Must have a 3.0 GPA on an unweighted 4.0 scale AND an ACT score of 19 or above, AND academically rigorous coursework. Must attend a 4-YEAR college or university, public or private, in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North or South Dakota OR a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), Financial Need (taxable income of $75,000 or below and low to moderate assets). SAMPLE APPLICATION, too. Visit See Mr. Flanders in Counseling. Due: 11:59pm, Sun., Jan. 11.

VISIT THE CCC FOR HELP UPLOADING DOCUMENTS. You will need your family’s TAX DOCUMENTS from 2014, IF they worked. If they did NOT work, a note saying you are on MFIP Welfare and/or SSI Disability will suffice OR a copy of a Welfare or SSI Statement.

Mensa (High IQ Society) Education and Research Foundation Scholarships – Must plan to attend college 2015-2016. May also join Mensa and apply for other scholarships. Essay of not more than 550 words explaining your career, academic, and/or vocational goals and how you plan to achieve those goals. Under “U.S. Scholarship Program” Click & type in 55106. Apply online at: Due: 11:59pm on Jan. 15, 2015.
SAE International Engineering Scholarships – For incoming college Freshmen through Graduate School. Various GPA, Class Rank, ACT or SAT score requirements. 1st year students apply by Jan. 15. Other years: by Feb. 15. Go to Due: Jan. 15
Dell Scholars Program 300 $20,000 scholarships offered to seniors with an unweighted 2.4 GPA or higher, financial need, attending a 4-YEAR college Fall 2014, US Citizen or permanent resident, + Participating in an approved college readiness program for a minimum of 2 years total, such as Upward Bound, AVID, and Get Ready(GEAR UP), since they all have TUTORING. Deadline: January 15, 2015

Gates Millennium Scholars - Full tuition, books & living expenses!! Open to 1,000 students of color who plan to attend a four-year college, have an unweighted GPA of at least 3.3, community service, extracurricular experiences & financial need (Pell Grant eligible). Ask your counselor or a teacher & another adult to nominate & recommend you. Apply ONLINE ONLY at

Deadline: 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund $1,000-$15,000 scholarships for high school and college students. Must attend college full time. Criteria: Hispanic Americans, US Citizen or Permanent Resident,3.0 GPA on an unweighted 4.0 scale. Scholarship OPENS on Jan. 1, 2015. Deadline: March 30.
Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship208 $1,500 and 11 $2,500 awards for seniors. Only the 1st 3,000 applications will be reviewed. Selection based on academic record, leadership, school & community activities, honors, work experience, financial need, statement of goals & aspirations, and an outside appraisal. Must attend college Fall 2014. Preference given to first generation college bound students and those attending a 2 year college or vocational school. Financial need of up to $1,500 must be demonstrated. Students submit parents’ 2013 tax returns, IF they worked in 2013. Deadline: February 25, 2015.
Point Foundation Scholarship – High School Seniors + College Students. For involvement & leadership in the LGBTQ Community (Student does not need to identify as such). Proven leadership & desire to make a difference, strong academics. Awarded on a “last provider” basis/fills all need that remains after other things awarded. Online app. closes at 11:59pm PST. Average award = $10,000. PART I part of app. due Jan. 20, 2015.

MAASFEP/NAFEPA Scholarship (National Assoc. of Federal Education Program Administrators) – Open to academically good students (seniors in a high school or college freshmen) who have participated in school & community activities. Three recommendation letters, Personal Statement, Demonstration of financial need. These three $2,500 scholarships are renewable each year in college. One scholarship will go to a student pursuing a degree in education. Visit Naviance for app. Postmark due: Jan ?? 2015????

Public Housing Authorities Directors Association Scholarships Two $5,000 awards and 1 $7,000 award.

For seniors who reside in a PHADA member agency owned or managed unit throughout entire senior year (public housing, Section 8 or other that is PHADA) MUST HAVE A ‘B’ (3.0) Cumulative GPA. Requirements: An application , verification page, school transcript, 2 letters of recommendation (one from a teacher/guidance counselor and one personal, non-family), short essay: “how my public housing and high school experiences have influenced my life (350-500words), + signature of Executive Director of the housing authority +other responsibilities listed on website. The Executive Director must mail in your signed application to the PHADA NATIONAL OFFICE in Washington, DC in time for them to RECEIVE the application by January 30, 2015!

Union Plus Scholarships & others for Union Members OR their Dependents For 2015-2016 school year.

$500-$4,000 scholarships. Academics, social awareness, financial need, & appreciation of labor. A 3.0 GPA is recommended by not required. For: Undergraduate and graduate students. Received by 11am CST on Jan. 31, 2015

\Affinity Plus Credit Union – Foundation Scholarship. Five $5000 awards in four categories: Incoming freshman, current college undergraduate students, nontraditional students going back to college, and graduate students working on their Masters or Doctorate. YOU MUST BE A PRIMARY MEMBER OF AFFINITY PLUS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR ONE OF THESE SCHOLARSHIPS. You are welcome to join this credit union by January 31, 2015 so you may be considered. Visit for a membership and a scholarship application. You may drop off the app by 4:30pm to a local branch, OR send it in the mail. Postmark Jan. 31, 2015

Congress-Bundestag Vocational Exchange Program Full Scholarship for 20-25 Graduating High School Seniors.

3.0 GPA or better, US Citizen. Spend a year in Germany living with a host family, participating in a school or training program, and getting hands-on work experience through an internship with a German company. MANY DIFFERENT AREAS! Receive two months of intensive German language training. Must pay for transportation to and from Washington, D.C. and provide own spending money while in Germany (estimated at about $400 per month).

Visit for other great study abroad opportunities as well! Contact Nacel Open Door Saint Paul, MN office at 1-800-622-3553, ext. 603. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2015

Catch a Break! Scholarship Program is offering scholarships up to $10,000/year. The program is intended to enable recipients to graduate debt-free following four years of study. Open to Minnesota residents who demonstrate academic potential and financial need who plan on attending a FOUR-YEAR public college or university IN MINNESOTA. Other criteria: US Citizen, Under 21 years of age when start as Freshman, Faced CHALLENGES in life & learned from them, have SIGNIFICANT financial need, MUST live ON CAMPUS, 2.5 unweighted GPA or higher. Deadline: February 15, 2015

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship 300 Awards of $2,000 each. For: high school seniors who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Applicants must be United States citizens or legal residents and must have demonstrated ambition and self-drive as evidenced by an outstanding achievement in a school, community, or workplace activity. Only the 1st 10,000 applications accepted. Application closes once 10,000 apps are received OR by 11:59pm CST on Feb. 1, 2015.
LGBT (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender) PFund Scholarships – $2,000 - $10,000. Must be LGBT or allied. Resident of MN or attending a qualifying MN academic institution. Must attend college Fall 2014. Essay questions, two letters of rec., leadership & Feb. 2.

Harding winners in the past!
ESA Foundation Scholarships for MN students. Cost: $5 per application. Must have an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher OR an ACT score of 22 or higher, OR an SAT (math and verbal only) of 1030 or higher. Due: February 2, 2015.
Scholarships for students with a recent or ongoing history of moving to obtain work in agriculture.

NO citizenship requirement. Due: Feb. 1(PLUS others: no deadline, Nov.1, June 1, July 1)

United Educators Foundation Awards – Three $1,000 Awards for high school seniors who are

United Educators Credit Union members or children or grandchildren of members, one $2,000 Educator Award for professional development, & one $1,500 Education Major Award for a CURRENT COLLEGE Sophomore or Junior. Must plan to attend college Fall 2015. Deadline: February 13, 2015

Herff Jones Believe In You Scholarships & Principals Award for SENIORS. Based on LEADERSHIP, academics, and/or community service. SOCIAL SECURITY # is NOT REQUIRED. 47 State Awards at $2,000 each, 1 National Semi-finalist at $5,000, 1 National Finalist at $8,500 and 1 National Winner at $12,000 .

Students go to: & create an account using email address & password. THEN advisor/counselor AND the principal go online and ONE student is chosen. Due = 11:59pm CT on Feb. 8, 2054

Jackie Robinson Scholarship = 4–year scholarships of up to $7,500 per year. MUST: Be a graduating, minority high school senior; Plan to attend an accredited and approved four–year institution within the United States; Show leadership potential; Demonstrate a dedication to community service; Present evidence of financial need; Be a United States citizen; A minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21; and Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4–year College when applying for the scholarship. Each March, Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars travel to New York City ALL EXPENSES PAID for 4 days of developmental workshops, career exploration seminars, meetings with key public and private sector leaders, cultural and recreational outings and practical life skills classes. Visit Deadline: 5pm EST on Feb. 15, 2015.

Minnesota Masonic Charities Scholarships = Signature ($5,000 per year/3.8 GPA or higher), Legacy ($4,000 per year/3.6 GPA or higher), Heritage ($2,500 per year/3.0-3.59 GPA range), Vocational ($1,000 per year/2.5 GPA or higher). Other various requirements may include application checklist, unstapled application, required essay (up to 3 pages about values), 1 short essay (For Signature applicants only. Must review the biographies of 5 outstanding Minnesotans and choose one to write briefly about), 2 letters of recommendation in sealed envelope with signature over seal, most recent official transcript, ACT/SAT scores. Masonic affiliation NOT required! Scholarships for college undergraduates as well! Deadline: Feb. 15, 2015.
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America – AFA Teens Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship 1st $5,000, 2nd $2500, 3rd $1000, plus 7 $500 honorable mention awards. Seniors: submit an autobiography and write 1,200 to 1,500 word essay Re: How has Alzheimer’s disease changed or impacted your life? AND What have you learned about yourself, your family and/or your community in the face of coping with Alzheimer’s disease? Must plan to attend a 4-year college or university within 12 months of applying. Apply online by 11:59pm EST or postmarked by Feb. 15.
DAR American Indian Scholarships – Criteria: American Indian (letter or proof papers required). 3.25 GPA or higher, 3 rec. letters. Financial need. Any age. $1000. Feb. 15, 2015.
DAR – Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarships – $1,000 - $5,000 awards for males/females. U.S. Citizen, show dedication to the pursuit of degrees in diverse disciplines including history, law, nursing and education. Postmark deadline: Feb. 15, 2015.

visit Naviance & click “Deadline” twice to get scholarships by month due.
Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

1.) Go to Naviance – and click “Deadline” once or twice to get Scholarships by month due. This is a much easier way to find scholarships.

2.) See Mr. Olson / read “Scholarships and Things to Do” bulletin
3.) Go to Minnesota Career Information System – Great stuff!


Name: centralhs Password: september

Create a “My MCIS” account and SAVE everything that interests you (Scholarships, Career Articles, Results of College Searches, and Career Interest Inventory results)


Click “Education Completed” Then “High School Students May Apply”


Click “Pay for College” then “Scholarship Search”


Click “Financial Aid” then “Grants and Scholarships”

7.) - Scroll down and click “Scholarships & Aid” and then “Financial Aid Library” then “Searching for Scholarships”
8.) Click “Paying for College”

(“Scholarships Offered by Minnesota Institutions” is GREAT!)

9.) Google “_______________ Scholarships”

if you want to find scholarships for a specific major or interest area such as “Women in Business Scholarships” or ‘Undergraduate Engineering Scholarships”, for example.

10.) &

12.) - Includes a list of upcoming scholarships due SOON! Look on the right hand side!

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