College Planning Resources
Alabama College Scholarships Deadlines
The Better Business Bureau of North Alabama is pleased to announce our
2015 scholarship program. Both junior and senior students are eligible.
The local scholarship is for $1,000 each. (The number of scholarships
awarded will be determined by the scholarship funds received.) Judges
will select the scholarship recipients based on their overall personal
integrity and character, their personal achievements, contributions to
their communities and schools, and academic accomplishments.
Deadline: Sept. 25, 2015
Horatio Alger Scholarship - $5,000 - 50 Awards (Deadline: October 25,
Student Eligibility:To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Be enrolled full-time as a high school senior in the United States, progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2014 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation.
Applications can be found here...
THE COCA-COLA SCHOLARS PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP is an achievement-based
scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year.
Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their
commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and
communities. To apply, visit
Deadline: October 31, 2015
The Wendy’s High School Heisman program honors student athletes who perform on and off the field of play. To nominate a senior or to nominate yourself go to https://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com/application by October 2, 2015.
Points Scholarship - $10,000 - 10 Awards (Deadline: November 3, 2015)
Student Eligibility: A) Be at least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the US. B) Be a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico.
More information here...
The Foundation Scholarship for spring semester is due by November 1st. The Foundation has also moved to an electronic process for this scholarship and will no longer accept paper applications. Students interested in applying or re-applying for the foundation scholarship may do so by visiting the following link: http://wscc.imodules.com/s/1520/index.aspx?sid=1520&gid=1&pgid=332
The Mercer University School of Engineering is pleased to invite seniors from your school to apply for our annual Scholarship Challenge at our Macon, Georgia campus on Saturday, November 14, 2015. We plan to award valuable scholarships this fall to high school seniors who are interested in Mercer's engineering, industrial management and technical communications program. More information about Mercer Engineering is available at engineering.mercer.edu
Good360 Sustainability Scholarship-$1,000-1 Award (Deadline: November
Student Eligibility: We want to hear how sustainability has touched your life. If you are a high school senior applying to college, or you are currently a college student, and you have an interest in sustainability and the environment, then we would love to hear your thoughts on what sustainability means to you. Thus, we are sponsoring a college scholarship with an award of $1,000 to go towards tuition.
Applications can be found here...
Flosum Scholarship-$750-1 Award (Deadline: December 15, 2015)
Student Eligibility: 1. The applicants must be enrolled in an accredited 4-year university or college located in United States; 2. Graduating high school seniors with a GPA of 3.5 or above are also eligible to apply for the scholarship;
Applications can be found here...
Cullman Electric Cooperative Foundation Scholarship-$1,000
Eligible students must attend Addison or Meek High School
Applications can be obtained from your counselor or at www.cullmanec.com . Applications will be available in 2016.
"National Technical Honor Society" students that belong to Career Technical Student Organizations at Winston County Technical Center may be eligible for scholarships found at this link: https://nths.org/member-resources/scholarships-awards/scholarships-97.html The National Technical Honor Society serves over 180,000 student members annually. In 2016, NTHS will award over $200,000 in scholarships to career and technical education students. NTHS honors the achievements of top CTE students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce.
In recent years, Burger King has awarded millions of dollars in
scholarships to thousands of college students. Making the decision to
apply is the first step towards being one of those thousands of
J. Craig and Page T. Smith Scholarship-Graduating seniors in the state of Alabama are eligible to apply for this scholarship. For eligibility requirements, visit www.smithscholarships.com
The Smith Scholarship Foundation Application has new deadlines for submission.
Part I December 5, 2015
Part II January 15, 2016
The Linly Heflin Scholarship Committee grants four year scholarships in the amount of $3,000 per year to a limited number of applicants who have both significant economic need and a sound academic record. Scholarships are restricted to Alabama women attending a four year Alabama college. The completed application form and supporting documents must be mailed to the Linly Heflin office and must be postmarked by January 2016.
LINLY HEFLIN SCHOLARSHIP Application and Information.
Naval ROTC Scholarships-The purpose of the NROTC Program is to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the Navy's unrestricted line, the Navy Nurse Corps and the Marine Corps. As the largest single source of Navy and Marine Corps officers, the NROTC Scholarship Program plays an important role in preparing mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps. The Application submission cycle starts in the spring approximately 18 months from the beginning of the school year for which we are soliciting applications. Deadline for submitting your application is the end of January for the school year for which we are soliciting applications. Early application improves, but does not guarantee the chance of placement at your first choice school. If you apply early and are not selected at the early Selection Boards, your application may be reconsidered at a later Board. For more information, visit http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/apply.aspx
Air Force ROTC Scholarships-If you are a high school student graduating in 2016, the High School Scholarship Application is currently open. To apply for an Air Force ROTC scholarship, you must have your application submitted online before midnight, December 1. Once you have applied, you must download, complete and upload required forms to our website. The deadline to upload these is January 12.
Army ROTC Scholarships-The Four-Year High School Scholarship is for high school students planning on attending a four-year college program. Contact your high school counselor for more information. The application process is very comprehensive so interested students should not wait until the deadline to begin the process. http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/high-school-students/four-year-scholarship.html Final submission deadline: February 29, 2016
Alabama Home Builders Association Students interested in
construction-related occupations can go to
www.ahbfoundation.org . (Deadline: March 2016)
Alabama College Counts Scholarship-Award amounts of $4000 for four-year college enrollees and $2000 for two-year college enrollees for Fall 2015. For eligibility information and to apply visit www.collegecountsalabama.com .
Application available January 2016. Deadline: March 2016
Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) is a teachers’ sorority that provides an
education scholarship each year to one deserving senior girl who is
definitely going into the field of education. See your high school
counselor for an application.
Award amount: $500 Deadline: April 2016
Nursing Schools Almanac has just launched its second annual Aspiring
Nurse Scholarship. Our website will award a $1,000 scholarship to an
aspiring nurse who best demonstrates:
+ A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics
+ A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare
This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2016.
We ask interested students to visit www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage. Here they'll find detailed scholarship information and the official application form.
Learn About Insurance Scholarships. These top insurance scholarships
offer financial support from $500 to $10,000 to a full-ride. Here is a
list of the best ones your students can apply for.
All Winston County students are encouraged to volunteer and participate in community service activities in order to gain real-life experiences, explore career opportunities, and build a thorough resume. Students who participate in community service and volunteer activities learn the value of giving back to the community as well as become more marketable and competitive for scholarship opportunities. Winston County students have volunteered at animal shelters, hospitals, nursing home/assisted living facilities, children’s summer camps, etc. Your high school counselor can assist you in locating possible volunteer opportunities. As organizations contact the schools with opportunities, they will be posted in this section.
What is a SAR? EFC? DRN?
SAR: The Student Aid Report (SAR) summarizes the information you report on your FAFSA. The schools you list on your application can request electronic copies of your SAR and use the information to determine if you are eligible for federal financial aid.
EFC: If your FAFSA information is complete, an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will appear on the upper right hand corner of page one of your SAR (Student Aid Report) that you receive in the mail. The EFC will be based on the financial information you provide on the FAFSA, and your school will use it to award your financial aid.
DRN: In the bottom left hand corner of your SAR, you'll find your four-digit Data Release Number (DRN).
How Do You Receive Financial Aid?
The schools to which you are applying use your SAR (Student Aid Report) to prepare a financial aid package to help meet your financial need. Financial need is the difference between your school's cost of attendance (including living expenses), as calculated by your school, and your EFC (Expected Family Contribution).
The amount of your financial aid award depends on whether:
You're a full-time or part-time student
You attend school for a full academic year or less
You believe you have special circumstances such as unusual medical or dental expenses
Federal Student Aid will be paid to you through your school. The school will notify you by sending you an award letter.
Federal Student Aid Programs
Your financial aid package is likely to include funds from the Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs. Note that not all colleges participate in all FSA programs. These FSA programs, described below, are administered by Federal Student Aid and provide over $150 billion a year to students attending post secondary schools:
Federal Pell Grants are available to undergraduate students. Graduate students in a teaching credential program may also qualify. Grants do not have to be repaid.
Federal Stafford Loans are student loans that must be repaid and are available to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Stafford loans are provided through the Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program, meaning the federal government provides the funds for the Stafford loan.
First-year undergraduates are eligible for loans up to $5,500. Amounts increase for subsequent years of study, with higher amounts for graduate students. The interest rates may vary based on when the loan is borrowed. There are two types of Stafford loans:
Subsidized Stafford loan - A loan for which the government pays the interest while you are in school, during grace periods, and during any deferment periods.
Unsubsidized Stafford loan - A loan for which you are responsible for paying all the interest that accrues at any point in time.
Federal PLUS Loans are unsubsidized loans made to parents of undergraduate students. If your parents cannot obtain a PLUS loan, you may be eligible to borrow additional Unsubsidized Stafford loan funds. The interest rates may vary based on when the loan is borrowed.
Graduate and Professional Student PLUS Loan (Grad PLUS). Graduate and professional students are eligible to borrow under the PLUS Loan program, effective with loans originated on or after July 1, 2006.
Campus-Based Programs are financial aid programs administered by participating schools. There are three Campus-Based programs.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are grants available for undergraduates only; awards range from $100-$4,000.
Federal Work-study provides jobs to undergraduate and graduate students, allowing them to earn money to pay education expenses.
Perkins Loans are low-interest (5 percent) loans that must be repaid; the maximum annual loan amount is $4,000 for undergraduate students.