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 fafsa.ed.gov.  If you need help completing the FAFSA, check out these videos for some valuable tips: FAFSA:  Apply for Aid

What types of financial aid are available by completing the FAFSA?  Check this out:  https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/an-ultimate-guide-to-understanding-college-financial-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 NAVIANCE ICAP 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 NAVIANCE ICAP 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.

 

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

 

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.

 

Daniels Fund Scholarship:  The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a four-year annually renewable college scholarship for graduating high school seniors in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities. It is a “last dollar” scholarship that pays toward tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and miscellaneous educational expenses. Scholars may attend any nonprofit accredited school in the United States. For more information, visit www.DanielsFund.org/Scholarships.  The scholarship application runs from October 1, 2018, to November 29, 2018.

 

Greenhouse Scholars Scholarship:  The Greenhouse Scholars Scholarship is a 4-year commitment to support students who demonstrate exceptions courage, leadership, accountability, and are ready to create lasting impact in communities around the globe. Deadline to apply is December 17, 2018.  For more information and to apply visit greenhousescholars.org/apply.

 

Burg Simpson Scholarship:  For the past several years, Burg Simpson has awarded college scholarships to the graduating high school seniors from their essay competition regarding the importance of the civil jury system and how it is being threatened.  This year, they are awarding a total of 10 scholarships: 9 scholarships for $1,000, and 1 scholarship for $2,500.  This competition is an outstanding opportunity for high school seniors to obtain additional funds for college, and to learn about the importance of the U.S. civil jury system.  The deadline for students to submit their 1500 word essays is February 1, 2019.  Scholarship information is available on the Burg Simpson website at:  https://www.burgsimpson.com/charities/burg-simpson-college-scholarship-program/

 

Gold Star Award Scholarship:  ​This $500 scholarship is awarded to selected graduating female seniors for any college related expenses.  Students must be graduating from a public, private or home school in the St. Vrain Valley School District and must show proof of acceptance to a college, university or training/professional institution for the fall of 2019.  Applications are available at SVOGA or through From Nest to Wings web site https://www.nesttowings.org/.  Deadline to apply is Februay 8, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. 

 

 

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

Minority Scholarships

Students w/ Disabilities Scholarships

Scholarship Scams - Federal Trade Commission

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