Warrior Scholarship Bulletin - February 2023

February2023

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts    This bulletin covers the first steps in applying to college and scholarships.

Steps in Applying to College:
1.         Completely fill out the college application. (Most are online applications.)
2.         Request that ACT or SAT send official scores to your school of choice.
3.         Sign up at www.parchment.com to have official transcripts sent to your  school    of  choice.      

Reminders:
·       In order to work on scholarships with your college or university, you may need to have applied and been accepted to the college or university 
·       Scholarship and Application deadlines for schools may be as early as November 1!

Scholarship Websites:
1. http://www.fastweb.com/ 
2. www.finaid.org 
3. http://www.scholarshiphelp.org/   
4. www.fafsa.ed.gov   
5. www.grants.gov
6. https://www.isac.org/e-library/applying-for-financial-aid/scholarship-searches.html
7. http://act.org
8. www.ed.gov/finaid  
9. www.goingmerry.com
10. www.college-scholarships.com

10 Tips on Scholarships
1.         SEARCH! Persistence is the key to getting a scholarship.
2.         Be organized and prioritize.
3.         Never assume: Don't believe that because you don't have straight A's and can't shoot a 3 pointer, there's nothing available to you.
4.         Identify the goal of the scholarship and double check the eligibility requirements.
5.         Be able to write about a variety of topics that may or may not be exciting to you. 
6.         Understand yourself well enough to create a compelling portrait of who you are. You must understand your audience well enough to be able to position your skills and strengths as deserving of their support. Demonstrate that you are a scholar or would like to be a scholar. 
7.         Use concrete examples in essays.
8.         Watch deadlines like a hawk.
9.         Apply early and for many scholarships.
10.       Proofread your application one more time.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, DON’T GET SCAMMED!! "If you must pay money to get money, it might be a scam." 

These are Six Examples of Possible Scholarship Scams:
1.         "This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back."
2.         "You can't get this information anywhere else."
3.         "May I have your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship?"
4.         "We'll do all the work."
5.         "The scholarship will cost some money."

6.         "You've been selected by a 'national foundation' to receive a scholarship.", or "You're a finalist in a contest." (that you never entered)

JANUARY 2023

January 31st, 2023 – Application Deadline
Busey Bank Scholarship Program- (Essay)-The goal of Busey Bank’s Community Scholarship Program is to assist graduating high school seniors in continuing their education beyond high school at a university, college, trade, or vocational school. The scholarship will be $2,000 per year for up to four years of full-time enrollment per student. Applications and requirements for the scholarship are located in the Guidance Office.

January 31st, 2023 – Application Deadline
NACME is responsible for over $5 million in scholarships awarded annually to underrepresented minority (URM) students. NACME expects to support approximately 1,000 underrepresented minority engineering and computer students annually.  To be eligible to be named for any of the NACME administered scholarships students must either be a high school senior applying to an engineering or computer science program at a NACME Partner Institution, or be currently matriculating in an engineering or computer science program at a NACME Partner Institution, a US citizen or permanent resident, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. NACME's mission is to increase representation of Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic-American and Native/American Indian in the fields of engineering and computer science.  To apply go www.nacme.org

January 31st, 2023 – Application Deadline
Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) – Are you interested in becoming a Future of STEM Scholar in 2023?  FOSSI is intended for high school students who have interest in pursuing a career in chemical manufacturing, engineering, environmental health and sustainability or related chemical-industry fields.  To be eligible you must have a minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted).  For more information and to complete the application visit http://futureofstemscholars.org/fossi.  

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution- offering the DAR Good Citizens award. This program is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. The scholarship is open to all senior class students. Students must demonstrate qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. Applications are available in the guidance office. Applications are accepted November 1, 2022- January 31, 2023. Go to www.dar.org for more scholarship info. 

Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), Scholarships and other monetary support are available when you join Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), which allow you to focus on your education by relieving some of the financial pressure. You'll graduate with a respected and secure career path as an Army Officer, and with less debt for the school years your scholarship covers.  You’re eligible to apply for a ROTC scholarship—which could get you up to 100% tuition coverage—if you’re a high school student enrolling in college, enrolled in college, or an active-duty enlisted Soldier.  Visit goarmy.com for more information

FEBRUARY

February 1st, 2023 – Application Deadline
Saint Louis University Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship- The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship is a competitive award granted to students who are committed to social justice, academic success, service, leadership and intentional cultural awareness experiences. More information is available at https://www.slu.edu/financial-aid/types-of-aid/scholarships.php

February 3rd, 2023 – Application Deadline
American Legion Essay Contest - Department of Illinois,     American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion are co-sponsors of this AMERICANISM  ESSAY CONTEST.  Its purpose is to aid the schools of Illinois in the teaching of AMERICANISM and GOOD CITIZENSHIP.  % awards will be given:  1st Place $1200.00 Scholarship  2nd Place $  700.00 Scholarship  3rd Place $  400.00 Scholarship  4th Place $  375.00 Scholarship  5th  Place $  300.00 Scholarship.  For more information visit www.illegion.org

February 6th, 2023 – Application Deadline
2023 Elks Legacy Scholarship-- Legacy Awards $4,000 scholarships ($1,000 per year for four years) to any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2020, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2019. The Foundation will offer a total of up to 250 awards. Online applications are available at http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars/legacy.cfm

February 23rd, 2023 – Application Deadline
Greater St. Louis Mother of Twins Club. - Each year the Greater St. Louis Mother of Twins Club offers scholarships to graduating seniors of multiple birth who live in the Greater St. Louis area including eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois.  This year I’m pleased to share that we are able to offer four $1,000 scholarships.  Specifics about the application process are available at stlmotc.org/scholarship and attached to this email.  New this year, we will accept either a print-based or a digital application through Google Forms.  Required application documents can either be mailed (postmarked by February 23) or emailed to scholarship@stlmotc.org by February 23.  

February 23rd, 2023 – Application Deadline
Josephine Marley Beckwith Future Leader Scholarship- A renewable $1000 scholarship award will be presented to a young woman who have a 2.5/4.0, plans to be a full time student at a two or four-year institution, completes an essay and can be available to meet with the selection committee. More information can be found at www.altonywca.com.  Applications are located in the Guidance Office!

February 28th, 2023 – Application Deadline
SAE International Scholarships Program—SAE International scholarships assist in developing the future engineering workforce by helping students achieve their dreams of becoming an engineer.  These various scholarships encourage academic excellence. Applications and detailed scholarships eligibility information is available at www.sae.org/participate/scholarships   Applications open February 1st, 2023.

MARCH

March 1st, 2023 – Application Deadline
SWIC College Foundation Scholarships—More than 300 scholarships are available for Southwestern Illinois College students.  Scholarships range from $100-$5,000 annually.  Scholarships are offered based on a variety of career fields, interests and life circumstances.   Eligibility requirements may be based on GPA, financial need or current major.  For additional information apply at www.swic.edu/foundation.  Applications open January 1, 2023

March 1st, 2023 – Application Deadline
Township Officials of Illinois Scholarship Fund – Each year, since 1989, TOI awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors to continue their education at an Illinois college/university.  So far a total of $345,500 has been awarded to 207 students.  A short essay, 500 words or less, is required about what you think “The role in Township Government in todays society and in the future” consists of.  Please pick up an application in the Guidance Office!

March 3rd, 2023 – Application Deadline
CBAI Foundation for Community Banking Scholarship Program- The CBAI Foundation for Community Banking provides $21,500 in scholarship funds for top high school seniors state wide. One semifinalist may be chosen from each of the 12 CBAI groups via an essay-writing contest.  For additional information contact CBAI Foundation Community Banking at 1-800-736-2224, or visit website www.cbai.com.  

March 10th, 2023 – Application Deadline
Southwestern Electric Power for Progress Scholarship- Southwestern Electric is offering academic assistance to students from member families. The co-op will award 11 scholarships valued at $1000. Applications may be downloaded from Southwestern Electric’s website https://www.sweci.com/scholarships or by requesting an application by calling Susan File at (800) 637-8667 ext. 5924.  

March 15th, 2023 – Application Deadline
Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship- Sheriff John D. Lakin, Madison County, will be awarding one scholarship in the amount of $500. Applicants must be an Illinois resident, utilize their scholarship at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois, and must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 22-23 school year. Applications can be found online at www.ilsheriff.org

March 15, 2023 – Application Deadline
Horatio Alger Association ScholarshipsThese scholarships range from $5,000 to $25,000.  Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA, demonstrate critical financial need and be involved in extracurricular and community activities to be considered.  Visit https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/  to receive more information.

March 31, 2023 – Application Deadline
1st MidAmerica Credit Union-  is offering five $1000 scholarships to any graduating high school senior who will be attending a post-secondary institution and is a current 1st MidAmerica member. All completed applications must be received at a 1st MidAmerica Credit Union office by noon on  March 31, 2023 with an official copy of the applying student’s transcripts.  Apply online at https://www.1stmidamerica.org/services/member-benefits/scholarship-program

March 31, 2022 – Application Deadline
Dawn Bruder Educational Scholarship - This scholarship is being given to two GCHS seniors who will be going into education. Dawn Bruder was a teacher in the granite city school system. Dawn was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. Throughout her journey she remained faithful to her faith and to her students, often taking treatments in the early mornings, just to be in her classroom ready to teach. She loved teaching! Dawns’ journey ended in December of 2019. Her family is using the sale of a song called (this journey) written by her brother-in-law to fund this scholarship. The family will be offering two $500.00 scholarships. This is the second year for this scholarship and we are looking for two students who we feel they have a real “Dawn Bruder” heart for teaching! Applications will be available in the Guidance Office by February 1st, 2023!

Granite City Federation of Teachers Local 743—Four $500 scholarships will be awarded this year to graduating seniors of Local 743. To be eligible, applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5/5.0. Applications will be available in the guidance office in February 2023. 

Doug Winfield Scholarship—The Doug Winfield Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Douglas C. Winfield by his family. This fund will be used to assist students who have played golf at Granite City High School and are planning to attend college. Students must have a minimum 3.2 GPA and have played a minimum of two years of high school golf. Applications can be picked up from Mr. John Moad (Athletic Director) in the spring Semester

APRIL 

April 13th, 2023 – Application Deadline
Steelers Alumni Scholarship-In order to be eligible for this award, graduating seniors must be a descendent of someone that attended Granite City North High School.  Applications are available in the guidance office. 

April 15th, 2023 – Application deadline
Danny Kreher Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship fund was set up in memory of our father Danny Kreher,  Our dad always served others.  He served the Long Lake Department for over 50 years with 30 of those years as Fire Chief.  With the loss of this great man, we have decided to keep his memory alive by creating the Danny Kreher Memorial Scholarship Program.  This program is designed to award scholarships to students interested in an education as a First Responder(Firefighter, law enforcement, EMS) however, we also wish to award scholarships to anyone seeking higher education  All awards will be given to graduating students from Granite City High School.  Applications can be picked up in the Guidance Office.  Please return completed application and essay to Mr. Fandrey in the Guidance Office! 

April 15th, 2023 – Application deadline
Illinois Society of Professional Engineers- offering college scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to study engineering. Several scholarships of $2000 will be awarded. Applications are available at https://www.illinoisengineer.com/ Applicants must complete the entire application.

April 15th, 2023 – Application Deadline
The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis- The Scholarship Foundation provides access to area students through interest-free, fee-free loans and grants. In 2017, The Scholarship Foundation provided nearly $3.0 million in interest-free loans and $1,033,952 in grants to 454 students. In 1920, The Scholarship Foundation made its first interest-free loan for $15; since then, 11,200 students have received more than $83.6 million in interest-free loans and grants. We are now accepting applications for 2023-2024 and interested students may apply at https://sfstl.org/ 

April 15th, 2023 – Application Deadline
The National Defense Transportation Association Scholarship—The purpose of the NDTA Scott/St. Louis Chapter scholarship program is to promote careers in Business, Transportation Logistics, and Physical Distribution. All students may apply, although preference will be given to students pursuing these fields of study. Applications are available at https://www.ndtahq.com/foundation/

Carson Niepert Memorial Scholarship- This scholarship was set up in memory of Carson Alexander Niepert in 2008 to give back to the community. This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from GCHS and the recipient will be an individual that has an appreciation for their community and will use the award as a tool to pursue their college education. Applications will be available in the guidance office soon!

Babe Gantt Memorial Scholarship-This scholarship is awarded to one male golfer and one female golfer in the amount of $1000. It will be payable in the fall with proof of attendance & paid tuition at a two-year, four-year, or trade school. Students must have a minimum 3.6/5.0 GPA, show good attendance and complete a short essay as to why this scholarship is important to them. Applications can be picked up from Mr. John Moad (Athletic Director) in the spring Semester

MAY

SWIC Top 20% Scholarship- High school students must be ranked in the top 20% of their graduating class. Proof must be provided by submitting an official transcript. A Top 20% application must be submitted by the second week of the first semester of attendance following high school completion.

May 1st, 2023 – Application Deadline
Granite City Scholarship Foundation-The Granite City Scholarship Foundation will be awarding several $2000 scholarships based on financial need and signs of ability to succeed in a chosen field. Applications are accepted through May 1, 2023 and are available at www.mygcscu.com/member-center/education/gcs-scholarship.html

May 21st, 2023 – Application Deadline
B. Davis Scholarship- This scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors with an award value of $1,000 and requires applicants to write an essay of less than 1000 words. More information can be found at: http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm

May 31st, 2023 – Application Deadline
The Colwell Law Group-is pleased to announce the offering of The Single Parent Scholarship.  We have put together this wonderful scholarship for the 2023 school year and would like to share this with the students at your school. The Colwell Law Group understands the difficulty of obtaining a college degree as a single parent or a child of a single parent and we want to help fund that person’s education.

Here is some brief information about their scholarship opportunity:

- One time award of $1,000
- Must submit application no later than 05/31/2023
- Must be a single parent or child of a single parent to apply
- Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

To view the scholarship application and other pertinent scholarship information please go to the following page:  https://www.colwell-law.org/albany-divorce-lawyer/#scholarship-application

June 30th, 2023 – Application Deadline
Calvin and Juanita Ritchey Whitlock Education Scholarship

The Whitlock Education Foundation was established by Calvin Whitlock to provide educational scholarships to students furthering their education at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois. The amount of money awarded will vary annually based upon available funds. Visit jerseystatebank.com for application.  The deadline for submission of new and renewal applications is June 30th for the fall semester and December 15th for the spring semester.  Contact Anna Fessler at 618-498-6466 ext. 224 for additional information.





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