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

 

CLASS OF 2019 SVVSD LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

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

The 2019 SVVSD Local Scholarship List is available here.  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 2019 SVVSD Local Scholarship applications are available in your NAVIANCE ICAP account at student.naviance.com/svoga.  Please view the 2019 SVVSD Local Scholarship Application Process Powerpoint here 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 here 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.  Please write a Thank You note to each recommender!
  • 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, click here for 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 2019, are enrolling in a qualifying vocational school, community college, junior college, or four-year university beginning in the Fall of 2019, 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.

 

2019 St. Vrain Valley Local Scholarship List Descriptions

2019 St. Vrain Valley Local Scholarship Application Process Powerpoint

Student Profile for Letters of Recommendation

What NOT TO DO On Your Scholarship Applications

 

PRIVATE SCHOLARSHIPS

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

 

Create-A-Greeting Card $10,000 Scholarship:  Each year, in the spirit of Christmas, a $10,000 scholarship is awarded to a student who submits a painting, drawing, or photograph that the judges deem most worthy of being made into a greeting card.  For official rules and deadlines, visit https://www.gallerycollection.com/greetingcardscontests.htm.  

 

MENSA Foundation Scholarship:  The Mensa Foundation Scholarship is offered to students enrolled in an accredited US institution of post-secondary education for the Fall term every academic year.  The annual application period is open from September 15th through January 15th.  Members of American Mensa as well as non-members are invited to apply.  Applicants are required to submit an essay to be considered (grades, academic program, and/or financial need are not included in the final determination of scholarship recipients).  All applications are completed online at mensafoundation.org/scholarships.

 

Alert Magazine Scholarship:  Alert Magazine awards a $500 scholarship for student's with minimum 2.5 g.p.a., plans to attend college after graduation, and willing to share a personal encouter about drug and/or alcohol abuse. For more information and to apply, visit http://alertmagazine.org/scholarship.php.

 

Altech Design Scholarship:  This $750 scholarship opportunity is open to students pursuing any major at an accredited institution. The winner will be awarded $750 to pursue their education. Please apply by 7/15/19 by filling out our application form on our website at https://www.altecdesign.com/#web-scholarship.

 

Elevations Foundation Scholarships:  Elevations Foundation offers several scholarships senior may be eligible to apply for each year.  For a list of scholarships, applications, and deadlines, visit https://www.elevationscu.com/community/elevations-foundation/scholarships 

 

Kit Faragher Foundation Scholarship:  This scholarship supports four Colorado high school seniors who have earned 2.5 GPA's, are in need of fiancial assistance for college, university or technical school, and who demonstrate positive attitudes, strong commitments, and drives towards accomplishment.  Deadline to appy is Friday, March 29, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.  For more information and to apply, visit KitFaragherFoundation.org.

 

Colorado County Clerks Association 2019 Scholarship:  ​The Colorado County Clerks Association sponsors two $1000 and one $500 scholarship.  Applicants must have a 3.25 minimum GPA, participate in extracurricular, community, and service is activities and demonstrate financial need or hardship.  Information and applications are available at SVOGA.  Deadline to apply is March 29, 2019.

 

Colorado Lions Club Foundation Scholarship:  The purpose of the Colorado Lions Foundation's Educational Scholarship Endowment Fund is to provide undergraduate educational scholarship funds to legal citizens within the State of Colorado and MD-6 who may or may not be associated with a Lion, Lioness or Leo. A Lioness or Lions Club is required to sponsor any applicant for this Scholarship.  Students who need a signature from a local Lions Club member, they can contact Marvin Schluntz at mcschluntz@msn.com or call 303-506-9271.  Four $2500 scholarships will be awarded.  For more information and to apply, visit http://colionsfoundation.org/scholarship.php.  Deadline to apply is Monday, April 1, 2019.

 

Frederick Town Hall Board of Trustees 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 5, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

 

Rolling on the Floor Laughing Scholarship:  Welcome to the Utah/Colorado ROFL (rolling on floor laughing) scholarship! At Elevate Pest Control we believe school is important, but paying for school is not always easy. We want to give back to the community by providing this scholarship to any high school senior or college freshman from the Utah or Colorado area. Take a quick break from your studies and create something funny for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.  Deadline to apply is April 30, 2019, at https://elevatepestcontrol.com/scholarship/

 

Divorce Matters Scholarship:  This scholarship is available high school seniors and current college students who have either had parents go through a divorce or who have gone through a divorce themselves.  Divorce Matters understands how difficult it can be to pay for college after being involved in a divorce and want to help someone afford a better education.  Deadline to apply is May 31, 2019, at https://www.divorce-matters.com/#scholarship-application

 

Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship:  A $1,000 award will be given to a student pursuing a health-related degree program. Areas of study that will be considered include, but are not limited to, counseling, social work, emergency medicine, pre-med, nursing, psychology (with a focus on addiction counseling or a substance-abuse related field). Applicants must submit an essay no more than 500 words describing why they are passionate about health care, with a focus on substance abuse and mental health. Essays can draw from personal or professional experience. Deadline to apply is June 30, 2019, at https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/scholarships/.

 

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

Minority Scholarships

Students w/ Disabilities Scholarships

Scholarship Scams - Federal Trade Commission

consumer.ftc.gov/financialaid

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