Financial Aid-Scholarships

 

FAFSA & CSS Profile

Free Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA – fafsa.ed.gov

Students and their parents must complete the FAFSA in order to be eligible to receive federal financial aid.  Students and parents can apply for a Federal Student Aid ID - FSA ID -, but cannot complete the FAFSA until after October 1 of a student's senior year in high school and every year thereafter.  For more information visit studentaid.gov.  If you need help completing the FAFSA, check out these videos for some valuable tips: FAFSA:  Apply for Aid

College Scholarship Service Profile through CollegeBoard - CSS Profile Online

This is an online application through the CollegeBoard that collects information used by almost 400 colleges and scholarship programs to award financial aid from sources outside the federal government.  Not all colleges/universities/scholarships require this application so be sure to check your colleges'/programs’ information to determine whether they require the CSS Financial Aid/PROFILE.  A list of colleges that require the PROFILE from at least some of their applicants can be found by clicking on list of participating colleges on the CSS PROFILE Homepage.

 

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.

The WUE reduced tuition rate is not automatically awarded to all eligible candidates. Many institutions limit the number of new WUE awards each academic year, so apply early!

WICHE members include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Visit their website for more information: wiche.edu/wue

Source: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
http://www.wiche.edu/wue

 

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

2018 SVVSD LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

What scholarships are available and how do I know if I'm eligible?

The 2018 SVVSD Local Scholarship List is available below.  This list provides descriptions of each scholarship, the eligibility and application requirements and most importantly, the deadline date and how/where to submit each scholarship application.

How do I apply for the scholarships?

All of the 2018 SVVSD Local Scholarship applications are available in your ICAP Family Connection account.  Please view the 2018 SVVSD Local Scholarship Application Process power point below to learn where to locate the SVVSD Local Scholarship applications in your ICAP Family Connection account so you can save and prepare your eligible scholarship application(s) for submission (please visit with us if you need help with this process).

SOME IMPORTANT TIPS:

  • Most of the scholarships will require two letters of recommendation.  The Student Profile for Letters of Recommendation provided below is a form that you can fill out and give to anyone you are requesting a letter of recommendation from so they can write you a strong, supportive letter.  Please be considerate and allow your letter writers at least two weeks to prepare your letter of recommendation.  Usually, the more time you give them, the better the letter of recommendation they will write so plan ahead based on your scholarship deadlines.
  • Most scholarships will also require a copy of your unofficial academic transcript.  Just let us know if you need help getting a copy of your unofficial transcript. 
  • Some scholarships will also require a short statement or essay on a topic provided by the scholarship committee.  Be sure you complete all the requirements of the scholarship in advance of the application deadlines so you can submit your documents with your application by the scholarship deadline.
  • To help ensure your scholarship application(s) are competitive, we've also provided below some guidelines of What NOT TO DO On Your Scholarship Applications so be sure to read over these suggestions before you begin the scholarship application process.

 MOST IMPORTANTLY:   MEET ALL APPLICATION DEADLINES - LATE AND/OR INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED!  

If you are planning to graduate in the Spring of 2018, are enrolling in a qualifying vocational school, community college, junior college, or four-year university beginning in the Fall of 2018, and are interested in applying for any of these scholarships, be sure to contact us if you need any assistance with your personalized scholarship application(s) process.

We're happy to meet individually with any of our seniors and parents/guardians who have specific questions about any of these scholarship opportunities and/or the college and financial aid process in general...just give us a call and we'll schedule an appointment.

2018 SVVSD Local Scholarship List.doc

2018 SVVSD Local Scholarship Application Process.pptx

Student Profile for Letters of Recommendation.doc

What NOT TO DO On Your Scholarship Applications.doc

 

Everything You Need to Know About Winning a Scholarship  If you need help in understanding the scholarship process, this web site will provide a thorough overview of how to apply and earn the scholarships you apply for:  https://studentloans.net/scholarships/

 

EFSVV and FRCC Partnership Scholarship:  The Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley and the Front Range Community College Foundation have joined in partnership to offer scholarships to students from the St. Vrain Valley School District area who plan to attend Front Range Community College.  Up to ten $1000 scholarships will be awarded annually.  You can download the application at http://www.efsvv.org/programs/student-scholarships.  The scholarship can be applied for anytime throughout the year.

 

WACE National CO-OP Scholarship: 195 merit scholarships totaling $4.5 million are offered annually to students admitted to one of the eleven sponsoring institutions listed on their web site, www.waceinc.org.  Visit their web site for more information about schools and deadlines.

 

Key Thinkers Scholarship:  The Key Thinkers Scholarship (“Scholarship”) awards academically qualified students with a $2,500 USD Scholarship to one (1) eligible recipient (“Recipient”) once every academic term (coinciding with the application schedule below), to one (1) eligible recipient (“Recipient”). There will be a total of four (4) Recipients of the Scholarship per academic year. The sponsor (“MoneyKey”) offers the Scholarship to post-secondary students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. This is an opportunity for students to be a voice in the growing conversation about financial responsibility.  For more information and the quarterly deadlines throughout the year to apply, visit https://www.moneykey.com/scholarship.php.

 

MENSA Education and Research Foundation Scholarship:  The MENSA Foundation awards several scholarship awards from $300-$2500 in value.  Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited US post-secondary institution for the Fall 2018.  All applications are completed online and are due no later than 11:59 p.m CST, January 15, 2018.  For more information and to apply, visit www.mensafoundation.org/scholarships

 

CCHS/CR Scholarship:  The purpose of the 2018 CCHS/CR Scholarship is to assist Colorado high school seniors or continuing college students, who will attend a college/university within the State of Colorado.  CCHS/CR is a voluntary organization and therefore the primary selection criterion for this scholarship will be Volunteerism/Community Service.  Sixteen, $1,500 scholarships will be awarded for the purpose of defraying tuition costs.  The scholarships will be distributed among the seven CCHS/CR districts and the continuing college students and may be utilized at any of the Colorado Council Member Institutions of Higher Education in the State of Colorado.

QUALIFICATIONS:

1.     Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or continuing college student.

2.     Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident and a resident of Colorado for his or her final two years of high school.

3.     Applicant must be accepted at a Colorado Council Member Institution enrolling in the next academic year.

4.     Applicant must demonstrate significant experience in volunteerism/community service. 

5.     Applicant must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

SELECTION:

Applicant will be selected according to the following considerations: volunteerism/community service, extracurricular activities & dedication to others. Selection is based on, but not limited to, these criteria.

The application is due no later than January 29, 2018 emailed to coloradocouncilscholarships@gmail.com.   For more information, visit http://www.coloradocouncil.org/scholarship.

 

Redfin Scholarship:  This $2,500 scholarship is a way for Redfin to help one student on his or her journey through higher education.  The scholarship application period will occur twice yearly with awards delegated in both the Spring and Fall. The Spring application period is from November 1-January 31 of each year. The Fall application period is from May 1-July 31 of each year. Complete the following form within the designated application periods.

Eligibility

  • Legal U.S. resident
  • Eighteen years of age or older
  • Graduating high school senior or current freshman, sophomore, or junior in college attending an accredited university or college
  • Cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale

For more information, visit https://www.redfin.com/resources/scholarship

 

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship:  This is a four-year scholarship worth $28,000.  Deadline to apply is February 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m. ET.  For more information and to apply, visit http://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/

To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant 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
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21
  • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4-year college when applying for the scholarship

 

BurgSimpson Scholarship:  One scholarship of $2,500 and nine scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to graduating seniors to attend the college of their choice. All 10 winners, their families, and a teacher of their choice will be invited to a dinner held in their honor. Winners will also appear at center court during half-time of the Colorado State Boys Basketball Championship game at the Denver Coliseum Denver, Colorado on March 10, 2018.  Deadline to apply is Friday, February 2, 2018.  For more information and to apply, visit http://www.burgsimpson.com/charities/burg-simpson-college-scholarship-program/.

 

Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholarship:  The Northrop Grumman Scholars program will award an $8,000 scholarship over the course of four years ($2,000 per year with ongoing eligibility requirements) to two graduating high school students in Colorado.  Eligible school districts include yours, as you are a close part of the Northrop Grumman community in Colorado.  The application may be completed online at http://www.northropgrumman.com/CorporateResponsibility/Community/Pages/engineeringscholars.aspx.  The deadline for scholarship applications is February 4, 2017.

 

Frederick Town Scholarship:  The Board of Trustees established the scholarship program in 2008. Awarded to Frederick residents who are graduating seniors each year. The scholarship is payable at one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500.00) per year for four the first four years of college eligibility not to exceed six years after the initial award as long as the student maintains their eligibility. Frederick residents who are graduating from one of the following are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

(1) A St. Vrain Valley School District high school.
(2) An accredited high school in Colorado.
(3) An accredited home school program.
(4) A high school that is part of the Frederick feeder system

To apply please complete the Scholarship Application and return to Town Hall (401 Locust Street) no later than April 6, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

 

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver Failure Award Scholarship:  The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) Failure Award Scholarship provides scholarships to deserving Colorado high school seniors who have embraced the spirit of creative risk-taking and innovation. Finalists will be presenting their projects to the public at the MCA Denver on Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th, 2018. 

EligibilityStudents who meet ALL of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Are a resident of and attend high school in Colorado
  • Will graduate from high school in the spring of 2018
  • Will attend an accredited four-year college or university in the fall of 2018
  • Are able to attend the Failure Fair on April 13–14, 2018

Note: Projects of all types will be considered, including, but not limited to visual arts, performing arts, fashion, technology, design, and others. Applicants must demonstrate creative thinking, innovation, and a willingness to risk failure. Applicants must submit a proposal for a creative project, which, if selected, will present to a panel of judges and the visiting public during the MCA Denver Failure Fair. Participants will be evaluated on creativity, innovation, and their ability to present a project within the theme of risking failure as an integral part of the creative process. Award amounts range from $700 to $10,000! If you have questions about this application, please contact Sharon Harper at sharper@denverfoundation.org or call 303-996-7348. If you have questions about the MCA Denver Failure Fair, please contact Molly Nuanes at mollyn@mcadenver.org or call 720-236-1833Applications are DUE Thursday, February 15, 2018.  Students can apply online by clicking here.

 

William Dunn Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship:  This $1000 scholarship is eligible for any student who is a United States Citizen and a college bound, graduating senior from within the geographic area of the St. Vrain Valley RE 1J School District; or a graduating homeschooled senior from within the St. Vrain Valley RE 1J geographic area; or a close relative of a Longs Peak Chapter NSDAR member; or a 16-18 year old receiving a GED, living in the same geographic area, who has been accepted to an accredited college or university.  Only applications completed in detail and submitted in one package will be considered. Only the recipient will be notified. Incorrect applications will be discarded.  Chapter award will be placed on deposit in recipient’s name with the college or university of the applicant’s choice; any unused portion will be returned to Longs Peak Chapter.  The award will be based on academic excellence, commitment to field of study and demonstrated financial need. No affiliation with DAR is necessary. All application materials are due to the Longs Peak Chapter Scholarship Chairperson by the deadline specified on the cover letter, Wednesday, February 28, 2018. The award will be made at the Chapter’s May luncheon.  SVOGA has addtional information and the required application to apply for this scholarship.

 

The Colorado Rolling on the Floor Laughing Scholarship:  You can apply for the Colorado ROFL (rolling on floor laughing) scholarship!  The sponsor of the scholarship, Elevate Pest Control, believes school is important, but paying for school is not always easy.  They want to give back to the community by providing this scholarship to any high school senior or college freshman from Colorado. Take a quick break from your studies and create something funny for a chance to win a $500 scholarship.  Deadline to apply is Monday, April 30, 2018.  For more information and to apply, visit http://elevatepestcontrol.com/colorado-scholarship-application/

 

Divorce Matters Scholarship:  Divorce Matters is pleased to offer our 1st Annual Divorce Matters Scholarship.  This scholarship is available to high school seniors and current college students nationwide who have been personally affected by a divorce. At our law firm, we know life gets complicated and that divorce is sometimes necessary. Our goal is to help students affected by divorce afford a better education.

  • The scholarship is a one-time award of $2,500
  • All applications must be received by 11:59pm MST on May 31st, 2018
  • A winner will be announced in July 2018
  • Funds will be sent directly to the school you will be attending.
  • INCOMPLETE OR LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

You are eligible to be considered for the scholarship if you meet all of the following criteria:

*Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters and/or resumes to substantiate their application for consideration.

  • All applications must be received by 11:59pm MST on May 31st, 2018
  • A winner will be announced in July 2018
  • Funds will be sent directly to the school you will be attending.
  • You are a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States.
  • You have personally been affected by a divorce.
  • You will be attending an accredited 4-year college/university or a 2-year community college for Fall 2018.
  • A current transcript MUST be submitted for consideration.
  • You must submit a 500-word essay explaining answering the following question: How has divorce touched your life? In what ways did it shape you into the person you are today?.
  • Employees of Divorce Matters and their direct family members are not eligible to apply.

To apply, visit https://www.divorce-matters.com/#divorce-scholarship

 

Athnet Sports Recruiting Scholarship:  Athnet offers a $1,000 scholarship available to future college students who play or have played sports at the high school level. This years high school seniors are eligible to apply if they will be attending a two or four-year college next year.  Deadline to apply is June 1, 2018.  For more information and to apply, visit:  http://www.athleticscholarships.net/scholarship-contest.htm.

 

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship:  The $1000 A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution.  To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. Your submissions must be sent to us by email at: scholarships@abbottandfenner.com.  Deadline to apply is June 14, 2018.  For more information and to apply, visit http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.php

 

Big Sun Scholarship:  The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. They offer an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in.  Their participation may be in any capacity, whether as a player, coach or official.   The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community.  Deadline to apply is June 19, 2018.   For more information and to apply visit http://www.bigsunathletics.com.

 

AES Scholarship:  The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing $500 scholarships to deserving students.  This award is available to all students, regardless of their field of study.  To be eligible, the student needs to answer one of the essay questions on the scholarhip web site - http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm.  The scholarship is awarded based on character as determined by the essays sumbitted.  Deadline to enter is October 6, 2018.

 

Check out these other great resources for financial aid and scholarship assistance!

Minority Scholarships

Students w/ Disabilities Scholarships

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