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COLLEGE PLANNING INFORMATION/RESOURCES



College Info
ACHIEVEALABAMA.ORG

AchieveAlabama.org was created by C.A.M.P. (College Admissions Made Possible) in partnership with the Rotaract Club of Birmingham to give high school students in Alabama a tool to assist in the college admissions and scholarship application process.

Site powered by Cappex, to help connect students throughout the State of Alabama with the school that best fits their needs and with scholarship opportunities that will enable them to pursue their goals and dreams.

http://achievealabama.org

PETERSONS.COM

The Peterson’s databases includes over 50,000 accredited Schools and Programs, and over 5,000 Scholarships. Use our search tools to find the school, program, or scholarship that’s right for you. You can focus your search on the categories important to you.

http://www.petersons.com

COLLEGERESULTS.ORG

College Results Online (CRO) is an interactive, user-friendly Web tool designed to provide policymakers, counselors, parents, students, and others with information about college graduation rates for nearly any four-year college or university in the country.

CRO allows users to:

  • Examine colleges' graduation rates, and see how those rates have changed over time.
  • Compare graduation rates of similar colleges serving similar students.
  • Learn about colleges' track records in graduating diverse groups of students.

This information reveals that some colleges do a much better job of graduating students than others. It also shows that at many colleges, significant gaps exist in graduation rates between white students and students of color.  But, it also provides powerful examples of colleges that prove that low graduation rates - especially for diverse students - are not inevitable.

http://collegeresults.org

COLLEGETOOLKIT.COM

College Toolkit can help with every step of the college admissions process, from picking the right college, to paying for, to researching majors.

http://collegetoolkit.com

ABOUT.COM: COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

About.com:College Admissions page provides a wealth of information and links to articles regarding Admissions, Scholarships, College Essays, and more...

http://collegeapps.about.com

ACCREDITEDSCHOOLSONLINE.ORG

Accredited Schools Online is a comprehensive accreditation resource that provides prospective students and families with the tools needed to make well-informed decisions about their education.

http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/

BESTCOLLEGES.COM

Bestcolleges.com seeks to empower students by providing the information needed to make informed higher education decisions. Through proprietary research, website offers user-friendly guides and rankings that lead students of all ages on their personal path to a college degree. Bestcolleges.com is a site dedicated to helping students find the school that best meets their needs.

http://www.bestcolleges.com/

BIG FUTURE BY THE COLLEGE BOARD

Find Colleges, Explore Careers, Research Scholarships, and much more!

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR COLLEGE ADMISSION COUNSELING

Site includes tools to help students transition from high school to college. Includes advice on:

  • College Preparation - what can you do to make sure you are ready for the next phase.
  • College Search - Expand Horizons - there are 1000's of schools in the US alone!
  • Applying to College is a detailed process - Start your research
  • Paying for College can be stressful - Examine options, start building a plan
  • Succeeding in College - Find the right fit and prepare for the next chapter in life!

http://www.nacacnet.org/studentinfo/Pages/Default.aspx

CAPPEX

Cappex.com makes the process of finding the perfect college simple. There's a college out there that's just right for you, and Cappex, Your College Decision Headquarters™, makes finding it much simpler. MeritAid.com provides Cappex with comprehensive details about $11 billion in merit scholarships offered by colleges across the country. It is the first centralized website dedicated to matching students with merit-based scholarships from more than 3,000 colleges. Knowing what merit-based scholarships are available before students apply to colleges can help them make a more educated decision on where to apply.

http://www.cappex.com

BRIDGE TO MUSIC

Bridge to Music is a resource guide for musicians at every level. Featuring over 3,000 music schools and teachers.

http://www.bridgetomusic.com/

CHRISTIAN COLLEGE GUIDE

ChristianCollegeGuide.net is dedicated to helping college-bound students and their families in the search for Christian higher education. We provide tools and resources to find and connect with Christian colleges and universities, plus expert, trustworthy content on the college search and preparation process, all from a Christian point of view.

http://www.christiancollegeguide.net

COLLEGECONFIDENTIAL

Considered to be the leading college-bound community on the Web. Includes hundreds of pages of articles about choosing a college, getting into the college you want, how to pay for it, and more. You'll also find the Web's busiest discussion community related to college admissions, and a CampusVibe section.

http://www.collegeconfidential.com

COLLEGE LIVING EXPERIENCE

College Living Experience helps students with special needs prepare for life as independent adults.

Young adults with autism, Asperger’s, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy and other special needs can successfully transition to independent adulthood with tailored support. With new-found skills and a degree or certificate in hand, our students find meaningful work and relationships as independent adults. CLE provides support in three areas: academics, social skills and independent living skills.

http://experiencecle.com/

THE COLLEGE ESSAYIST

The College Essayist is a student-led organization dedicated to assisting college bound students in the college admissions process by pairing up potential students with a school-specific mentor, who can help to devise, edit, and finalize an admissions essay to the school of their dreams. Site is 100% free in order to ensure equal access to higher education for all.

http://www.thecollegeessayist.com/

COLLEGEVIEW

CollegeView is a Web site for student and parents searching for college-related information. CollegeView contains hundreds of articles pertaining to the college planning process, along with over 4,000 college-specific information pages. Students and families can also use our leading college search tool, SuperMatch, to search for and find colleges that match their interests and needs.

http://www.collegeview.com

COLLEGENET

CollegeNET, Inc. is the world's leading 'virtual plumber' for higher education internet transactions, featuring over 1500 customized Internet admissions applications built for college and university programs. When applying to more than one program you save redundant typing since common data automatically travels from form to form.

http://www.Collegenet.com

COLLEGEWEEK LIVE

CollegeWeekLive offer the following tools to assist students in their college search:

  • Live streaming video presentations from admissions experts, guidance counselors, admissions officers, and current college students – with real time q&a sessions
  • Virtual booths for colleges and universities featuring:Scheduled school-specific presentations by admissions officials
    • Electronic brochures and course catalogs
    • Campus images, videos and podcasts
    • Real-time IM and video chat between students and school representatives
    • Videos that describe a school and its surroundings
  • A resource center for students and parents
  • Networking capabilities so that attendees can communicate with other attendees

http://www.collegeweeklive.com

COLLEGE XPRESS

CollegeXpress is a college planning website, including comprehensive college and scholarship search tools, tons of informational articles and advice, college lists and rankings and spiffy one-click college recruitment.

http://www.collegexpress.com/

GoCOLLEGE

GoCollege.com is one of the oldest and most trusted resources to guide students on how to finance and succeed in college.

http://www.gocollege.com

KNOW HOW 2 GO

Know How 2 Go is a website designed to aid low-income students and their families on taking steps toward postsecondary education. Information on how to be prepared for, and ultimately apply to College.

http://www.knowhow2go.org/

MYFUTURE

Myfuture.com helps young adults plan their next steps in life by bringing together the most recently available information about colleges, careers and military service opportunities from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Education and Labor.

http://www.myfuture.com

NEXTSTEPU

NextStepU – Everything you need to know about life after high school! NextStepU provides great resources for students planning for college, career and life. Online, NextStepU.com offers a college match section, a career finder, planning resources, forum postings, thousands of relevant articles and a chance to win up to $10,000 with the Win Free Tuition contest. Don’t’ have a copy of NextStepU Magazine? Check out the digital e-Mag at NextStepU.com, which you can download for free!

http://www.nextstepu.com

ONLINECOLLEGES.NET

With a focus on emerging trends and developments in online education, OnlineColleges.net provides free student guides and college search information for onlineschools catering to students who cannot or prefer not to attend classes in the traditional, on-campus setting.

http://www.onlinecolleges.net/

       



CAREER EXPLORATION AND RESOURCES



Career Exploration
CAREERTOOLKIT.COM

Free website with tools to help students figure out the right career path.

Information includes:

  • Nearly 200 career profiles of popular careers with an easy to use widget to help sort careers based on criteria most important
  • Top 100 careers ranked based on salary, job outlook, employment changes, and the typical education required
  • Career insights from people already employed in the career in the form of interviews and more ...

In addition to all the career profiles website also has a financial aid center with articles explaining student loans, where to look for scholarships, and more.

http://www.careertoolkit.com

US BUREAU OF LABOR AND STATISTICS

US DEPARTMENTOF LABOR AND STATISTICS Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Information on Careers with ability to search by Median Pay, Occupation Groups, Skill set, etc.

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

CAMPUSRN

Search Thousands of Entry Level nursing jobs, healthcare jobs and allied-health jobs. Site also offers resources for Nursing Scholarship Opportunities.

Healthcare Careers

http://www.campusrn.com/

BSNEDU.ORG

BSNEDU.ORG is an independent group of web publishers committed to developing user-friendly resources on healthcare education. They admire nurses that put in the extra effort to go beyond meeting the base requirements for RN licensure, and respect the unique level of skill and leadership BSN-prepared nurses bring to the clinical environment. They also work to support the larger nursing community and advocate for initiatives that make BSN programs more accessible and more affordable.

Site is not dependent on any outside funding and have no outside affiliation, so they able to develop BSNedu.org as a dedicated resource designed to serve the needs of the nursing community working directly with BSN-educated RNs and BSN students to get a real understanding of the kind of objective resource nursing students are looking for.

http://www.bsnedu.org/

REGISTEREDNURSING.ORG

Website developed by registered nurses who care deeply about the profession and provide the resources future nurses need to succeed. Helping to bring those interested in nursing from the research phase to enrollment to landing that first RN job and beyond. Site dedicated to helping students become a great RN!

http://www.registerednursing.org

GO BUILD ALABAMA

Created by the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute, the Go Build campaign is designed to educate young people on the value of learning a trade, dispel their misconceptions about the construction industry and inspire them to consider building a career as a skilled construction tradesman.

http://www.gobuildalabama.com/

BIG FUTURE BY THE COLLEGE BOARD

Find Colleges, Explore Careers, Research Scholarships, and much more!

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

QUINTESSENTIAL CAREERS

Quintessential Careers is the ultimate career, job, and college site, offering comprehensive free expert career and job-hunting advice (through articles, tools, tips, samples, and tutorials), as well as serving as a directory of links to all the best job sites. Special sections for teens, college students, and all other job-seekers (by industry, geography, and job-seeker type) make this site a comprehensive resource for all.

http://www.quintcareers.com

MYPLAN.COM

MyPlan.com helps students and professionals plan more fulfilling lives by making well-informed decisions about education and careers. Whether deciding on what college to go to, choosing a major, planning ahead for a first career, or thinking about making a career change, MyPlan.com can help explore options and bring clarity and insight into figuring out what may be right for you. 100% independent and unbiased, MyPlan.com gives the truth about colleges, careers and majors. Research and data is the most comprehensive on the subject.

http://www.myplan.com

CAREER ONE STOP

CareerOneStop is your pathway to career success, featuring the broadest and deepest collection of information about careers on the Web. We have information and tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals.

http://www.careeronestop.org

FIND AUTOMOTIVE SCHOOLS

A site that is dedicated to showing all the options in Automotive Careers. All of theinformation on this site is neutral, very in depth and provides every school, training program & certifications. The website provides every career path in automotive that a person interested in a mechanic profession could decide upon. Besides things like Salary, the site also offers ASE Testing schedules, FAQs and interviews with Mechanics running their own business.

There is an Alabama specific page that lists every single school and training program available in Alabama you may find this page by clicking the logo below: 

http://findautomotiveschools.com/

EDUCATING ENGINEERS

EducatingEngineers.com is a site designed to help students find in-depth information on degrees and careers in the engineering sector. Resources on the site provide information such as: what kind of Engineering degrees and careers are in demand, what it’s like making a living in those careers, and lastly, where to look for job openings and who is hiring these types of engineers.

http://educatingengineers.com/

LEARN HOW TO BECOME

This site is to help students (or other aspiring professionals) understand what it takes to land their perfect career, from picking the right school all the way to climbing the company ladder. LearnHowToBecome.org is passionate about creating a one-stop, comprehensive resource that can guide individuals through each of the steps they need to take to begin, further, or change their career path. Several websites publish data to facilitate college and career decisions, but fail to go beyond that first dimension. LearnHowToBecome.org works alongside educational and employment experts so that information on their website is accurate and up-to-date. The website also works with content and design specialists to maximize readability and comprehension for multiple educational levels. The learnHowToBecome.org team creates expert-driven educational content, and presents it both logically and creatively to maximize understanding and engagement.

http://www.learnhowtobecome.org

       



SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION



Scholarships

VARSITY TUTORS MONTHLY SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST

Deadline: Competition is open from the 1st-15th each month.

Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship.

Enter the contest here



RAISEME

RaiseMe is a social enterprise focused on expanding access to higher education, especially among low income and first generation students. Rather than waiting until the end of high school to earn scholarships, which is often too late to impact a student's college ambitions or choices, RaiseMe enables students to earn scholarships throughout high school, starting as early as 9th grade, for doing all the things that best prepare them to succeed, whether that’s getting good grades, volunteering in the community or joining an extracurricular.

More Information...



MILITARY COMMANDERS' SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Deadline: February 16, 2018

  • Only the first 100 applications received will be acknowledged and processed. The website will close when 100 applications are received. Incomplete or ineligible applications will not be accepted.

The New York Chapter of the American Logistics Association (ALA) has established a scholarship program to assist children of select active duty, reserve, National Guard or retired members of the United States military who plan to continue their education in college.

Applicants to the Military Commanders' Scholarship Fund must:

  • be dependent children of active duty, reserve, National Guard or retired members of the United States military who hold valid Exchange & Commissary shopping privileges at the time of application
  • be high school seniors or graduates who have not attended college yet and plan to enroll in a full time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year
  • have a minimum cumulative 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent, at the time of application

More Information...                Application....



THE GENERAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN'S CLUB (GFWC) LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: February 16, 2018

GFWC Legacy is a women’s service organization established in 2000. The club’s objectives are to develop the intellectual, civic and social interests of its members; to advance the welfare of the community through volunteer service; and to promote the progress and work of its parent organization the General Federation of Women’s Clubs – the oldest women’s volunteer organization in the United States.

Scholarship is awarded to a young woman residing in Huntsville/Madison County who plans to pursue higher education at any accredited institute of higher learning including vocation and trade schools as well as two-year and four-year universities.

While academic achievement and financial aid will be taken into consideration during the selection process, they are by no means the primary requirements for selection. Major consideration will be given to those applicants exhibiting a spirit of volunteerism and self-motivation to make a positive difference in their world.

Application...



HUNTSVILLE-MADISON COUNTY AUBURN CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: February 23, 2018

HMCAC works to raise funds for two external scholarship awards to be awarded to deserving Madison County high school seniors in order to aid them during their Freshman year. The HMCAC Scholarship Award is presented to students who best exemplify a balance of academic excellence, involvement in extra-curricular activity, support of their local community, and demonstrate a need for assistance in fulfilling their dream of being an Auburn student. Recipients are chosen by a committee of representatives from the board.

Criteria for application:

  • Must be a resident of Madison County
  • Projected graduation from a public or private high school within Madison County spring of the application year
  • Must have been accepted to Auburn University with planned attendance in the upcoming fall
  • Timely submission of the information requested in the Scholarship Application

More information...                                 Application...



Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship

Deadline: February 20, 2018

This scholarship is for US high school students who are graduating from high school in the spring of 2018. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be vegetarians and have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Applicants will be judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle. To apply for this scholarship, applicants must submit an essay addressing all the topics listed on the website.

Please click here to download a PDF of the application. However, applicants are not required to use an application form. A neatly typed document containing the information will also be accepted as a valid application. Click on Logo for more information.

Vegetarian Resource Group College Scholarships!



REDSTONE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Deadline: February 28, 2018

Redstone Federal Credit Union® (RFCU®)Scholarship Program recognizes, rewards, and supports the pursuits of higher education by its members. RFCU awards twelve (12) scholarships to students pursuing a higher education. Seven (7) of the scholarship recipients are students attending partner colleges/universities, including Alabama A & M University, J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Middle Tennessee State University, Oakwood University, Calhoun Community College and Athens State University. The Clyde D. Bean Memorial Scholarship is open to Tennessee residents only, however students may be applying to/attending any accredited college or university.

The remaining four 'At-Large' scholarships will be awarded to members attending any other accredited college or university

Eligibility:

Redstone Federal Credit Union Scholarships applicants must be primary account holders (Tax Reported Owner), not solely a joint on an account and in good standing at Redstone never having caused RFCU a loss. RFCU employees, elected members of the Board of Directors or, any member of a Redstone volunteer committee, are ineligible.

Online Application...



REGIONS BANK - RIDING FORWARD SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY CONTEST

Deadline: Online Submission of Essay by February 28, 2018

Regions will award $5,000 scholarships to 15 high school seniors who live in states with Regions branches and will attend an accredited college in the U.S. during the 2018-2019 academic school year. To enter, write a 500-word essay about an African-American whose contributions inspire and motivate you.

At the time of entry, you must:

  • Be a legal resident of AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MS, MO, NC, SC, TN, or TX
  • Be 13 years of age or older
  • Be enrolled in 12th grade in a public or private school (or home school) located in one of the Eligible States listed.
  • Have (and maintain through graduation) a minimum 2.0 grade point average in school
  • Plan to attend an accredited College or University in the Fall
The Application Link for Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest will ask that students follow these steps:
  1. Once you create your account and login, please read the contest official rules and complete all applicable portions of the application.
  2. Read and agree to the contest official rules and the Terms and Conditions.
  3. Submit the application.

MORE INFORMATION AND TO BEGIN APPLICATION PROCESS...



VECTOR WEALTH STRATEGIES SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: February 28, 2018

The Vector Community Scholars Fund was established to focus on two groups in the greater Huntsville community. Half of the money raised each year goes to a student(s) whose parents or grandparents work in the local defense industry, while the other half provides scholarship money for a student(s) who is heading to college as a result of The CAP & GOWN Project. The C&G Project focuses on making college a reality for underprivileged kids attending high school in Madison County.

More information and online application...




COLLEGE COUNTS SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: March 1, 2018

The CollegeCounts Board of Directors and Alabama State Treasurer Young Boozer is introduce the CollegeCounts Scholarship—to provide funding assistance to Alabama high school students with demonstrated financial need to attend college.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:

  • Be a high school senior or first-time college freshman
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be an Alabama resident
  • Planning to attend an Alabama eligible educational institution
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Have an ACT score of 26 or below
    (applicants attending a two-year school will not be required to submit ACT scores)



DAVE DRAPER SR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: March 9, 2018

This scholarship has been designed to help assist eligible High school graduates or college students in their matriculation of higher education by providing financial assistance to qualified and deserving candidates toward tuition, books, or fees.

Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled as a senior in high school and accepted to a 2 or 4-yr college/university
  • Have a 2.5 Grade Point Average or higher
  • Be a U.S. Citizen living within Madison, Marshall, or Limestone counties.
  • Upon selection, all finalists must attend the Scholarship Awards Banquet/Program (finalists not able to attend must submit official documentation for requested excuse and if possible have a relative present to accept the award. Failure to comply will result in forfeiture of the award.

Application...



SOUTHERN BOWLING CONGRESS CURWEN-GUIDRY-BLACKBURN SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Deadline: March 15, 2017

The Southern Bowling Congress is proud to support the future of bowling, our youth bowlers. To aid them in their education, the SBC has established the Jacques Curwen/Jay Guidry/Bill Blackburn Scholarship Fund and offers a one year $750 scholarship to the college of their choice.

This scholarship is available to any senior youth bowler, male or female, in our member states.

Criteria:

  1. Must be currently bowling in a USBC Certified Youth league and must be a high school senior.
  2. Must have bowled in a USBC Certified Youth League three out of four years in hs and must have bowled 75% of the league schedule.
  3. Must include an official hs transcript with a minimum of 6 semesters of information and proof of your ACT and/or SAT scores.
  4. Must attach a personal letter of recommendation from either your high school principal or your counselor.
  5. Must have attained an ACT composite score of at least 20 or a SAT composite score of 1410.
  6. Must have attained a composite grade point average of at least 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.
  7. After you have been notified that you are a recipient of a SBC Scholarship, you must continue to bowl in your USBC Certified Youth League until the completion of the schedule or your scholarship may be rescinded.

More Information...            Application...




ALABAMA HOME BUILDERS FOUNDATION

DEADLINE: March 15, 2018

The Alabama Home Builders Foundation awards scholarships to deserving men and women who want to pursue careers in the home building industry. Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Must be a resident of Alabama
  • Must be enrolling in, or attending, an Accredited Post-Secondary School in Alabama
  • Must be enrolled in a construction-related curriculum



MADISON CITY COUNCIL OF PTA'S SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: March 23, 2018

The Madison City Council of PTAs annually awards four $1000 scholarships – two scholarships per high school in the Madison City School system, provided such schools are in good standing with the Madison City Council of PTAs and with the Alabama PTA.  Scholarships are awarded to Madison City School graduating seniors who plan to pursue higher education through accredited vocational or technical schools, as well as community colleges.

Criteria:

  • Graduating senior from either Bob Jones High School or James Clemens High School
  • Overall GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Completed Application
  • Personal Statement

Download Application...



FIRST PRIORITY OF NORTH ALABAMA LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: March 25, 2018

First Priority of North Alabama is one of many First Priority organizations across the country. Serving as a local non-profit in North Alabama, focused on serving middle and high school campuses. By uniting churches, and the community, we seek to provide a bridge to area schools.

Criteria:

Be an active student leader in a First Priority club and an enrolled high school senior. See First Priority Sponsor for more information.

Application...



HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY BUILDERS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: March 31, 2018

The Scholarship applications from any person who is pursuing an education in the fields of architecture, drafting, building science, civil engineering, or other housing industry vocations such as heating and air conditioning, electrical, masonry, carpentry, etc.

Scholarship Criteria:

Applicants must:

  • Be accepted by an accredited two year junior or community college, four year college or university, or state accredited vo-tech school
  • Be pursuing study in architecture, drafting, building science, civil engineering, or other housing industry vocations such as heating and air conditioning, electrical, masonry, carpentry, etc.
  • Students must be residents of Madison County or contiguous counties.

Information...                 Application...



ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY, INC - PSI ALPHA ZETA CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: March 31, 2018

Scholarship open to Female High School Seniors who attend a Madison City or Madison County School District School.

Criteria:

  • Must have applied for acceptance to an accredited two or four year college/university as a full time student.
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must have participated in community service events, have a firm academic foundation and demonstrated leadership in extracurricular activities.

More Information and Application...



ALABAMA ASSOCIATION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS REGION 8 SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Scholarship targets the underserved scholarship student. The middle class 18-26 ACT student that falls below typical scholarship criteria. Must not be Pell Grant Eligible.

Students must submit:

  • Extra-curricular Activities (Organizations, Clubs, etc. Indicate offices held and years of involvement)
  • Honors, Awards or leadership Positions
  • Community, Church, or Related Activities
  • Work Related activities/Have you been employed during high school? If yes, what type of work and how many hours per week?

Three letters of recommendation.

  • One from your sponsoring administrator
  • One from a present/former teacher
  • One from someone unrelated to school or family

Download Application...



NORTH ALABAMA EDUCATORS CREDIT UNION SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: April 13, 2018

North Alabama Educators Credit Union is making available two scholarships to aid students pursuing a higher education at any accredited college/university of your choice!

If you are a graduating high school senior, and an NAECU member, you may be eligible to win a $1,500 scholarship or a $750 scholarship to be awarded in the spring of 2018. All students of public and private schools in Madison, Morgan, or Limestone Counties are eligible to join NAECU.

Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or equivalent.
  • Applicant must be a primary account holder at NAECU (Students are eligible for membership with a $5.00 opening deposit)
  • Applicant must provide a copy of the acceptance letter to accredited college/university of their choice.
  • Essay and Submission information may be found by downloading the Application

Application...



FEEDING TOMORROW SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: April 15, 2018

Feeding Tomorrow has established a scholarship program to assist students who plan to continue their education by pursuing an undergraduate degree in food science. This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation's largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Eligibility

  • Plan to enroll as a full-time freshman student pursuing an undergraduate degree in science of food at an approved university for the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
  • Demonstrate commitment in the science of food profession, such as, but not limited to IFT membership.

Information and Application...



PTSA JETS SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

Deadline: April 30, 2018

The PTSA Jets Service Scholarship honors the outstanding service and accomplishments of one JCHS Senior each year with recognition at Senior Awards Night and a cash award of $500. This award will be paid to the institution of the award-winner's choice (after providing evidence of school registration) to help defray the expenses associated with tuition and fees for scholastic endeavors or professional training.

Criteria and Eligibility:

The award-winner will be a current JCHS Senior who is preparing to transition from high school to pursue further academic or technical instruction.

  1. Minimum 3.0 GPA—provide copy of official transcript
  2. 40 hours of documented Community Service over 4 years of High School
  3. Participation in 3 extra-curricular activities over 4 years of High School (school clubs, church outreach, or even part-time work)
  4. 2 Teacher Recommendations
  5. 500-word essay on community service

Application...



LEAVITT MACHINERY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Deadline: May 31, 2018

The LM Scholarship Program provides a $1000 scholarship to a deserving student who is:

  1. Currently enrolled or expects to be enrolled in a degree program (2 years of length or greater) by September.
  2. A student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and submit an answer to the essay question prior to the submission deadline.
  3. A student must be a US resident or a Canadian resident and must also attend a school in Canada or the US.

More Information and Online Application...



ABBOTT AND FENNER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Deadline: June 14, 2018

The 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.

Application Process:

Student must submit an essay between 500 to 1000 words. Specific topic and submission information are located on the Abbott and Fenner website.



ABODO APARTMENTS OFF-TO-COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: August 31, 2018

ABODO is an apartment search service started by a few guys from UW–Madison. The company is on a mission to spread the love and make the off-campus apartment search easy for students across the country!

Scholarship:

$500 tuition scholarship once a year!

Criteria:

High School student (18 years old+) who will attend an accredited college or university in Fall 2018

More Information and Official Rules...              Application...



AES SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: October 6, 2018

The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students.

Our belief is that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted.

Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.

To Apply:

Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words. Information and essay question may be found at: http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm



       



EXAMS, TEST PREP AND INFORMATION



Exams
TAKING THE ACT/PLAN/EXPLORE

Information on the ACT Series of exams (EXPLORE, PLAN, and ACT) and for students to Register to take the ACT Exam.

http://www.actstudent.org

TAKING THE PSAT/SAT/AP EXAMS

Direct Link for information about the College Board exam series and to register for the SAT exam.

http://www.collegeboard.org

ARMED SERVICES VOCATIONAL APTITUDE BATTERY

Direct Link for information on the ASVAB exam.

http://official-asvab.com/

McGraw-Hill: Online Practice Plus

McGraw-Hill's Practice Plus, a complete interactive test prep center. No matter what test you're taking, we've got online practice exams, videos, and other resources to help you reach your goal. ACT Prep, SAT Prep, PSAT Prep, AP Prep, GMAT Prep, GRE Prep, LSAT Prep, MCAT Prep. 

http://www.mhpracticeplus.com/index.php

VARSITY LEARNING TOOLS

Varsity Tutors has launched a powerful new academic resource called Varsity Learning Tools: a comprehensive suite of completely free practice tests, digital flashcards, and questions-of-the-day for standardized tests and academic subjects of all levels. ACT, SAT, AP, ASVAB, Calculus 1, and much more...

http://www.varsitytutors.com/practice-tests

QUIZLET

Quizlet is a free website providing learning tools for students, including flashcards, study and game modes. It was created by a high school student in 2005 and now contains over 400 million study sets. All of the material is user-generated.

http://quizlet.com/

FREE TEST PREP

Free resource designed with students and educators in mind for ACT, SAT, and GED. Free guides, articles and high quality test preparation.

http://www.freetestprep.com/

NUMBER2 - FREE ONLINE TEST PREP

Must create a free account to access a customized course. Includes tutorials, practice sessions that adapt to ability levels, a vocabulary builder, and more...

http://www.number2.com

4TESTS - FREE ONLINE TEST PREP

4tests.com is a provider of free, online practice exams. Students may access a broad range of Practice Exams. 

http://www.4tests.com

TEST PREP REVIEW

 TestPrepReview.com provides free unofficial review materials for a variety of exams.

http://www.testprepreview.com

TESTING ANXIETY

Website to help provide strategies for dealing with test anxiety, from test prep to coping strategies that will help both before and during the actual test.

http://www.testanxietytips.com/

TEST TAKING TIPS

Website offering Test Taking Tips to help improve test taking & study skills.

http://www.testtakingtips.com/

STUDY GUIDES AND STRATEGIES

Website for students, ages middle school through returning adult, as well as their parents, teachers and support professionals.

http://www.studygs.net/

       



FINANCIAL AID PLANNING



Financial Planning

Applying for Financial Aid in 7 Easy Steps

Step by step video guides for starting and completing the FAFSA



SCHOLARSHIP SCAM INFORMATION FROM STUDENTAID.GOV 

Avoid scams and paying for free services when you’re searching for scholarships, filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and sharing your personal information.



ACHIEVE ALABAMA

The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) and the Rotaract Club of Birmingham have partnered to launch the first State-specific scholarship database - AchieveAlabama.org.

Achieve Alabama is an online scholarship resource providing students, educators, and parents with an effective scholarship search tool and college preparation resource that has the capability to guide students through the entire college admission process.

The site is cost-free and is available to all high school students in the state. It houses thousands of university-specific and private scholarships. The site also focuses specifically on local scholarship dollars that are awarded each year by Alabama businesses and private foundations.

http://www.achievealabama.org/

RAISEME

RaiseMe is a social enterprise focused on expanding access to higher education, especially among low income and first generation students. Rather than waiting until the end of high school to earn scholarships, which is often too late to impact a student's college ambitions or choices, RaiseMe enables students to earn scholarships throughout high school, starting as early as 9th grade, for doing all the things that best prepare them to succeed, whether that’s getting good grades, volunteering in the community or joining an extracurricular.

http://www.raise.me/

COLLEGECOVERED

CollegeCovered.com , powered by Discover Student Loans - a premier resource to help plan for college. A FREE resource features compelling multimedia editorial, insider tips and interactive tools on the college planning process. CollegeCovered.com was created to provide students and parents with the know-how to plan and pay for college. This website offers a variety of resources and tips to help you through each step of the process and provide you with the power to plan your future.

http://www.collegecovered.com

THE STUDENT LOAN REPORT

The Student Loan Report is a site that focuses on helping students and families in keeping up-to-date with the latest news and information in regards to student loans and financial aid. Site provides unbiased coverage on the latest student loan news that may affect students. Resources and Guides for borrowers and their families are available on the site, to aid in making the best decisions when it comes to paying for college and repaying student debt.

https://studentloans.net/

COLLEGESCHOLARSHIPS.ORG

Site to serve people who are interested in college funding. Lists a broad array of funding opportunities without asking for information from you. No long forms to fill out in order to access resources.

http://www.collegescholarships.org/

UNIGO.COM - Formerly Scholarshipexperts.com

ScholarshipExperts.com has been helping parents and students find scholarships and free college money since 2001. Save time and search for scholarships now!

https://www.unigo.com/scholarships#/fromscholarshipexperts

ALABAMA COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education has a great list of financial aid resources to help pay for college.

http://www.ache.state.al.us/Content/Departments/StudentAsst/StudentAsst.aspx

DEBT.ORG

Debt.org is an organization that strives to give consumers a wealth of information on a broad range of topics related to their financial well-being. One of the organization’s goals is to inform and educate students about loans and the debt they can incur during their time in school. The website has a wide array of information on the topic including: different types of student loans, how to repay them, and how to avoid other types of debt.

http://www.debt.org/students/

GO TO COLLEGE CHEAPER

This web site provides suggestions, ideas and advice that can help you spend less on school. Some of the ideas will save several dollars at a time, others only pennies. But what is important to understand, is that many ideas with small savings, coupled together and carried out over time will result in significant savings.  You may not feel the difference at the time, but if you continue to utilize these savings strategies throughout college, you'll save money and keep control of more of your own money - and "go to college cheaper."

http://www.gotocollegecheaper.com/

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCE

Student Scholarships Resource - This site can be used for more information about scholarships as well as information on Universities and career choices:

All Applications may be found the the studentscholarships website at:

http://www.studentscholarships.org

AFFORDABLECOLLEGES.COM

AffordableColleges.com believes in education’s intrinsic value and the right of everyone to pursue a degree. AffordableColleges.com is a free resource to help families address the costs of an education in a way that works for them.

Site Offers:

  • Affordability Center: From scholarships, to financial aid, to loans, Site provides everything needed to explain the ins and outs of making the most for your money. Earn a degree with the smallest debt burden possible and provides scholarship resources and tips on getting and saving money on tuition.
  • College Rankings: Choice of school not only determines how much you pay in tuition, but also employment and salary prospects upon graduation. Site has developed an intensive methodology using government data that is used to determine rankings of the most affordable schools in the country.
  • Degree Breakdowns: Depending on the career you want to pursue, your recommended degree and education path may differ from the standard of earning a bachelor’s degree. Degree pages will help you figure out your best options for reaching your career and higher education goals.

http://www.affordablecolleges.com/

CAMPUSRN

This nationwide scholarship program is the most comprehensive of its kind for nursing programs and nursing students because it features scholarship winners from six different regions across the country in which CampusRN has launched state edition sites.

Scholarships Nursing

Scholarships Nursing
CampusRN has $15,000 in Scholarships Available to Nursing & Allied Health Students.

http://www.campusrn.com/network/scholarship_program

MONEYGEEK.COM

MoneyGeek.com combines decades of experience in financial literacy and data to provide comprehensive, easy-to-use tools to help users make smarter financial decisions. Site provides step-by-step instructions to filling out the FAFSA, alternative ways to pay for college, ranging from scholarships and grants to newer strategies such as raising money through online crowdfunding campaigns and explore different types of college savings plans.

http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/

BESTCOLLEGES.COM

Tuition can add up, but students rarely have to pay the full sticker price for their higher education. Learn about the financial aid options available that can help you lower the cost of your degree, and utilize bestcolleges.com's comprehensive scholarship database to search for more aid opportunities.

http://www.bestcolleges.com/financial-aid/

FEDERAL STUDENT AID

Federal Student Aid for College or Career School - The U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans, and work-study opportunities to eligible students attending participating colleges or career schools. Federal Student Aid is the largest source of financial aid in the U.S. For further information and an online application, visit StudentAid.gov or call the Federal Student Aid Information Center toll-free:1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). TTY for the hearing-impaired:1-800-730-8913.

http://www.studentaid.gov

HISPANIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The nation’s leading Hispanic higher education fund, HSF works to address the barriers that keep many Latinos from earning a college degree.

http://www.Latinocollegedollars.org

FINAID

An award-winning site that has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools -- on or off the web.

http://www.finaid.org

FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID

Direct Link to FAFSA Website for Information and to complete the FAFSA.

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

ACADEMIC INVEST

AcademicInvest.com is a site that offers information on potential career fields as well as current and upcoming opportunities within those fields. Site also provides a venue for information on available scholarships, grants, bursaries and awards to assist students with funding their education.

http://www.academicinvest.com/scholarships?keys=united%20states

SCHOOLQUEST

SchoolQuest is designed for military students, their families and the caring professionals who support them, SchoolQuest is an educational resource tool from the Military Child Education Coalition. Although the primary audience includes military students and their parents, SchoolQuest is well-suited to anyone who is “questing” information about schools, college and workplace readiness, transition, etc. It is meant to facilitate the search for new schools and centralize resources.

SchoolQuest also hasa Scholarship Finder component as part of their services

https://www.schoolquest.org/resource-library/resource/military-scholarship

       



COLLEGE ATHLETICS



Athletics
NCAA

Eligibility Requirements for Division 1, 2, & 3 schools.

http://www.ncaa.org

NJCAA

The National Junior College Athletic Association provides opportunities for student-athletes to continue their athletic careers. The schools who are members of this organization are two-year community and junior colleges.

http://www.njcaa.org

NAIA

Private colleges and universities that are members of NAIA offer most of the same opportunities as NCAA schools.

http://naia.org

Eligibility Center

This site is maintained by the NCAA and helps students prepare for athletic scholarships.

http://web1.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.jsp

       



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SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES



Summer Programs

STUDENT EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Site dedicated to help find Alabama Summer Programs and Camps for High School and Middle School Students. Site also has information on other states of interest.



THE NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE CAMP

Deadline: February 28, 2018

The National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp) is an honors program for two high-achieving high school graduates from each state in the United States and eight additional countries. This unique residential experience has been held in a rustic setting in West Virginia’s eastern mountains since 1963. 

Dates: June 27 – July 21, 2018

The NYSCamp is a broad science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experience that incorporates both creative and performing arts as well as an outdoor adventure series including opportunities for rock climbing, mountain biking, spelunking, whitewater kayaking, and overnight backpacking. The delegation also travels to Washington, D.C. are able to tour museums on the National Mall, attend a Science Policy panel discussion at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and are hosted at a luncheon in their honor with members of the United States Senate. See http://www.nysc.org for more information or http://apply.nysc.org to apply.

Highlights:

  • Lectures and Seminars with leading scientists from across the United States
  • Directed Studies alongside visiting and resident STEM professionals
  • Dedicated natural science, physical science, computer science, creative arts, performing arts, and outdoor recreation program areas
  • Participants attend free of charge – air transportation included! 

Requirements:

  • Graduate from high school between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018
  • Documented superior academic proficiency
  • Recognition for notable achievement in mathematics and/or science
  • Skills and achievements outside of STEM and outside academics
  • Intent to pursue higher education and a career in STEM

See http://apply.nysc.org for complete application information




GETTYSBURG COLLEGE SUMMER PROGRAMS

Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, American government, history, creative writing, or information technology. Please find information to share with your students about our academic camps below: 

  • Camp Psych - Campers will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Campaigns and Elections Academy - This program is designed for highly-motivated students who have a strong interest in American campaigns and elections. Participants learn about the origins and evolution of democracy in America and gain hands-on experiences related to modern political campaigns. 
  • Writing Camp - Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
  • 3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp - Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer. After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.
  • Coding for Robotics & Electronics Camp - Students will gain hands-on experiences in coding, wiring, hardware, and building robots through the open source software known as Arduino. Throughout this camp, campers will learn basic electrical engineering, the physics behind electricity, and how to think like a scientist.
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference - The High School Student Scholarship component of Gettysburg College's annual Civil War Institute summer conference provides high school students an opportunity to explore the history of the Civil War era on the site of the war's most decisive battle. 



DUKE UNIVERSITY SUMMER SESSION

Follow the links below to apply to one of Duke's summer programs:
 
Summer College Application – A four-week, credit-bearing program for US students currently in 10th or 11th grade
 
Summer Academy Application – A three-week program for students currently in 9th – 12th grade in which they take a certificate course.
 
Intensive STEM Academy Application – A one-week, STEM-based program for students currently in 9th – 12th grade that consists of a variety of laboratory tours, faculty lectures, and workshops.



PRE-COLLEGE SUMMER PROGRAMS AT HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE

July 16-27, 2018

Experience Hampshire College to get a sense of it's innovative approach to learning and what life is like on Hampshire's campus. Pre-college participants live in the dorms, eat in the dining commons, and are immersed in rigorous and exciting fields of study. Led by current Hampshire faculty, recent graduates, and experienced alumni, pre-college programs are intended for rising high school juniors and seniors.

Social Media Literacy: Engaging in the Personal and Political

This program will analyze how historically marginalized groups use social media as a tool to evaluate, expose, as well as challenge deeply-entrenched narratives in relation to race, gender, class, etc.

The Science of Food

This is a hands-on program that will take students from the farm to table, with work in the laboratory as well.

Immersion Spanish

Led by faculty from the International Language Institute of Massachusetts, we will offer both Beginner Spanish and Elementary Spanish Plus. Both offerings are experiential workshops that include a strong cultural component in which students learn by doing and spend as much time as possible speaking the language, rather than speaking about the language.

Inside the Cell: Immersion into the Biology Laboratory

This program will return again this summer and introduce students to a wide array of skills beneficial to becoming a successful scientist and/or researcher.

Design for a Better World

This pre-college program will immerse students in the world of design, merging historical and cultural backgrounds of the design fields with questions of social justice and ecological sustainability.

Blacksmithing, Jewelry Design, and Metal Fabrication

Returning for the third summer, this program introduces students to the world of metalworking with an emphasis on hot forging, casting, manipulation, and jewelry-making. Students learn from historical and contemporary examples of this ancient art, and create new works.

Making Music for Film, Games, and Other Media

This two-week hands-on program will explore the art and business of making music for films, video games, and other media.

The Craft of Documentary

This program will help students more deeply engage with the world of non-fiction media by learning about the creative and technical elements that go into making a documentary.

Young Feminist Collaborative

This program is a collaboration between the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program (CLPP) based at Hampshire College and the Soapbox Feminist Camp. It mixes historical and political contexts of activism with exposure to real world careers in social justice and the non-profit sector.

Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics

Now in its 45th year, this is an intensive six-week encounter with college-level mathematics for talented and highly motivated high school students.




ADELPHI UNIVERSITY SUMMER PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAM

Adelphi’s Summer Pre-College program is an exciting way for high school students to get a taste of college life while earning college credit. But, more importantly, it can be an unforgettable experience that leads to a fulfilling, lifelong career. Open to students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school, Adelphi’s pre-college experience brings together diverse students from all over the world to live, learn and explore all that our University has to offer.
Programs Available: Dates Vary by program



SUMMER PROGRAMS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON

Get involved with programs that will help explore interests and hone skills this summer at the University of Dayton.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 – June 17-29

Rising high school juniors, seniors and first-year college students will learn more about entrepreneurship, the idea-generation process, elevator pitches and more. Through engaging lectures and class activities, site visits and guest speakers, students will have the opportunity to earn three credit hours and compete for up to $10,000 in UD scholarship dollars in an elevator pitch competition — all while living on campus and experiencing life in Dayton.

Learn more at go.udayton.edu/entrepreneurship101.

LEADERSHIP 101 – June 17-29

What makes someone a great leader? Open to rising high school juniors, seniors and first-year college students, this two-week experience will help students gain an understanding of the foundations of leadership, assess their leadership behaviors and preferred leadership style, discover the five practices of exemplary leadership and create a personal leadership development plan. This highly interactive session includes extensive discussion and collaborative exchange of ideas, leadership assessments, class and individual exercises, guest speakers and site visits.

Learn more at go.udayton.edu/leadership101.

Questions? Call 800-UD PRIDE.



       



MADISON CITY ENDORSEMENTS



Madison City Endorsements

MADISON CITY SCHOOLS DIPLOMA ENDORSEMENTS

High School Diploma Endorsement options for students in Madison City Schools:

Alabama State High School Diploma

  • Meet Minimum Madison City Graduation Credit Requirements (26)

Alabama State High School Diploma with Madison City Advanced Academic Endorsement

  • Meet Minimum Madison City Graduation Credit Requirements (26) to include the following:
    • 2 World Language Credits
    • Algebra II with Trig Credit
    • One (1) AP Course Credit

Alabama State High School Diploma with Madison City Seal of Academic Distinction

  • Meet Minimum Madison City Graduation Credit Requirements (26) to include the following:
    • 2 World Language Credits
    • Algebra II with Trig Credit
    • Three (3) AP Course Credits