Northeastern Oklahoma State University (Sep. 24)
Register online at NSUOK.EDU/SENIORDAY to visit the campus of NSU in Tahlequah, OK on Sep. 24. All students who apply in person that day will have their application fee waived.
Wichita State University
If you are interested in attending Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, see Mrs. Floyd in room W25 for scholarship information.
CVEC Essay Contest (deadline Sep. 25)
The American Legion of District #4 in combination with Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative is offering one $250 scholarship to the winner of their essay contest. The contest is available to all high school students. Applicants must submit a one-page essay titled: “What the Flag Means To Me.” Forms are located in English classes and in room W25.
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards (deadline Nov. 5)
Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, this scholarship honors students who have participated in a volunteer service activity in the past year. The top high school volunteer in the state will receive a $1,000 scholarship and be eligible for the national award. Applications can be found at spirit.prudential.com.
ECU Instrumental Scholarship Auditions (Nov. 23, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, or Mar. 7)
East Central University School of Fine Arts in Ada, OK is offering auditions for their instrumental scholarships. For more information or to reserve a time, please contact Dr. Nicholaus Meyers, Director of Bands, at 580-559-5390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior Service League (deadline Dec. 13)
The Junior Service League of Shawnee is accepting applications for their scholarships for seniors with a GPA of 2.7 or higher. Applications were sent to all seniors through email on Sep. 11.
Oklahoma City Community Foundation Scholarships (deadlines vary)
The OCCF awards 120 different scholarships (worth nearly $2 million) to students statewide each year. Visit occf.academicworks.com to see what scholarships are available and how to apply. Please note that Shawnee does NOT geographically fall under the "Central Oklahoma Guidance Counselor Network" and our students will NOT qualify for any scholarship that lists that as a requirement.
How to Apply for a Scholarship (CollegeBoard)
Scholarship Application Tips (fastweb.com)
Check out the list of available scholarships on this website under "Scholarships Available". Scholarship opportunities are listed as they become available. This website will list all local scholarships as they become available; however, this is not a comprehensive national list because not every scholarship opportunity is sent to Shawnee High School. Fastweb.com is the most comprehensive national site. Here are some more possibilities.
http://www.questbridge.org/for-students/students-start-here (high performance/low income)
National Merit Scholars--This is probably the most coveted prize/usually full-ride. This is awarded based on test scores on the PSAT which is taken during the junior year.
Regents Scholars--These scholarships are usually full-ride. How to win? Add up each of the sub scores on the ACT (English, Math, Science, Reading) The total must add to 134. (Usually a student must score a 34 or higher to have a chance at this award.)
Institutional Awards--These are academic scholarships awarded by a particular college. These awards are based on a predetermined set of criteria such as score on the ACT or SAT; GPA; and Class Rank. These scholarships are different at each school and often have a different dollar amount for different test scores.
Performance Based Awards--These are usually awarded for outstanding achievement such as athletics, music, dance, theater, etc. These awards can be full-tuition or partial amounts. These require a high level of performance or require an audition.
Business/Corporate Awards--These are offered by a company or group. They can be national competitions or state-wide competitions. (Examples: Best Buy Scholarships, Coca-Cola Scholarships, Society for Women Engineers, etc)
These are difficult to win because the pool of competitors is usually large.
Local Scholarships--Local clubs and organizations offer some scholarships, but these are not available until the senior year (often these do not become available until the 2nd semester of the senior year.) Examples: Junior Service League, Kiwanis Club of Shawnee, Gladys Gibson Scholarship, Shawnee Regional Hospital Scholarship, etc.
Grants: FAFSA (Many times these awards are still referred to as Pell Grants.) Students can receive money based on family income by completing the FAFSA or Free Application for Student Aid. This is a government form that can only be completed by high school seniors after Jan. 1st of the year they plan to begin college. (For the 2013 graduating class, the form cannot be submitted until Jan.1st of 2013.) Many families will earn to much to qualify for grant money (money that does not need to be paid back), but most will qualify for student loans through the FAFSA application.
Essay Contests There are often essay contests for students in 9, 10, 11, and 12th grades. The dollar amount fluctuates and depends on the sponsoring group. Some are national scholarships, and students are competing with thousands of students from across the nation. Some are state-wide, so the pool of applicants drops. Essays are time consuming, and students need to determine how much time they have to devote to essay contests. Hint: Essay contests have strict requirements. Students may be disqualified for not double spacing an essay. Be attentive to every detail in the requirements.