It's never too soon to begin your college scholarship search! While most local scholarships are designated for students graduating this school year, there are plenty of scholarships available to students of all ages. Applying for scholarships is a numbers game, so the more scholarships you apply to, the better your chances are of actually winning one. The key to a great scholarship search is to start applying as soon as possible. I would recommend maintaining a scholarship folder and saving essays that can be used for multiple applications. Local scholarships usually become available in the spring.
Helpful information regarding the scholarship process:
How to Apply for a Scholarship (CollegeBoard)
Scholarship Application Tips (fastweb.com)
Winning a College Scholarship (ivypanda.com)
Sarah Dudley Memorial Scholarship (deadline April 28, 2022)
Sarah Irene Dudley graduated from Shawnee High School in 1984. During high school, Sarah was president of National Honor Society, attended Girls’ State, volunteered as a hospital candy striper, and worked at both Mazzio’s and Walmart. Sarah was also an active member of Liberty Baptist Church in Shawnee. After high school, she attended Oklahoma State University until her tragic death in 1987. Sarah’s family established this scholarship to honor her memory. Applications are in the Counseling Offuce.
Marilyn S. Bradford Scholarship (deadline April 28, 2022)
Established in honor of former Shawnee Public Schools Superintendent, this $1,000 (nonrenewable) scholarship will be awarded to a student who has at least a 2.75 GPA and demonstrates personal leadership character, dedication to learning and participation in school and community activities. Preference will be given to students who plan to major in Teacher Education with an emphasis in Fine Arts Education. Completed applications should be returned to the counseling office.
Shawnee Little Theatre/Ronny Jones Scholarship (deadline April 15, 2022)
The SLT scholarship is available to graduating seniors of Shawnee High School who are majoring in Fine Arts. Preference will be given to participants of SLT, whether it be on stage or other volunteer work. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.
The Shawnee Rotary Club SERVICE ABOVE SELF Scholarship (deadline March 31, 2022)
The Shawnee Rotary Club will award a $4,000 scholarship to a 2022 SHS graduating senior who demonstrates exemplary humanitarian service, in any form and at any level, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others. The Rotary motto Service Above Self conveys the humanitarian spirit of the organization’s more than 1.2 million members. Download the application here or pick one up in the counseling office.
Shawnee Kiwanis Club (deadline March 31, 2022)
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. The Shawnee Kiwanis Club awards three $1,000 scholarships to Shawnee High School seniors based on need and scholastic merit.
Shawnee Education Foundation Scholarship (deadline March 31, 2022)
The Shawnee Education Foundation provides scholarships for deserving Shawnee High School graduates. Scholarship recipients will be determined based on a number of factors including academic achievement, school and community involvement, financial situation, etc. Fill out the application and return to the counseling office.
Brian Crawford Memorial Scholarship (deadline March 25, 2022 at 5:00 pm)
The family of Brian Crawford is pleased to announce the fifth annual Brian Crawford Memorial Scholarship. The applicant must be a high school senior with a minimum 3.5 GPA. The applicant must be an active Christian and be in band, music, baseball, or have played in a Brian Crawford Memorial Tournament. The year's scholarship deadline is 3/25/22 at 5:00 pm. The scholarship amount is $1,300. To apply, go to http://www.cfok.org/apply and fill out the 2021 Universal Scholarship application.
Community Foundation of Oklahoma Scholarships (deadlines March 25, 2022)
The Community Foundation of Oklahoma handles 200 different scholarships available to Oklahoma students each year. Fill out the 2022 Universal Scholarship Application and it will select state scholarships for you. Go to www.cfok.org/apply and click on 2022 Universal Scholarship Application.
Junior Service League (deadline Dec. 17, 2021)
The Junior Service League of Shawnee is accepting applications for their scholarships for seniors with a GPA of 2.7 or higher. Varying scholarship amounts will be awarded to students based on demonstrated financial need, community involvement, extracurricular activities, and academics.
Horatio Alger Scholarship (deadline July 15, 2021)
The Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need. Apply here.
Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship (deadline October 31, 2021)
The Coca-Cola Scholarship program is an achievement based scholarship for high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. Go to coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/apply/ to apply!
Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma (deadline Oct. 31)
The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma offers a Senior Essay Contest each year. State winners receive a cash prize and the funds are for the winners to spend as they wish! 1st place receives $2,000, 2nd place receives $1500,… 10th place receives $200. This year's topic is: Oklahoma recently passed a law requiring Oklahoma high school students to correctly answer 60 out of 100 questions found on the US Naturalization test before receiving their diploma. The law also mandates students to study the US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Emancipation Proclamation. Do you think politicians should be required to pass a basic US Civics test to hold office? Why or why not? Requirements and information are listed at mcfok.org/senior-essay-contest/.
Unigo.com offers several essay-based scholarships on a variety of fun topics. Scholarships range from $1,500 to $5,000. Applicants must be 13 years or older, a resident of the United States, and plan to enroll in a post-secondary school after graduating from high school. There are 12 scholarships to choose from (apply for all 12 if you want!); topics range from describing a funny incident to super powers to the zombie apocalypse. Deadlines are different for each scholarship so click here to check them out!
Oklahoma City Community Foundation Scholarships (deadlines vary)
The OCCF awards 120 different scholarships to Oklahoma students (worth nearly $2 million) each year. Create an account at 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.
Oklahoma Youth With Promise Scholarship
One of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation scholarships is for students in foster care. This scholarship is for $3,000 per year. Create an account at occf.academicworks.com and apply for the Oklahoma Youth with Promise Scholarship by answering the supplemental questions.
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)
www.fastaid.com www.cashe.com www.collegequest.com
www.collegexpress.com www.collegenet.com www.okcis.intocareers.org
www.scholaraid.com www.scholarships.com www.bankofamerica.com
www.meritaid.com www.schoolsoup.com www.cappex.com
www.finaid.org www.collegegold.com www.dosomething.org
www.studentscholarships.org www.weeklyscholarshipalert.org http://offers.military.com/v/scholarships/flow/
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. 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.