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COLLEGE PLANNING INFORMATION/RESOURCES



College Info
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

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

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

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/

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

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

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...



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



ALABAMA ASSOCIATION OF FEDERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM ADMINISTRATORS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

DEADLINE: October 18, 2017

 

On behalf of the AAFEPA organization, we are excited to offer a scholarship opportunity to you and your colleagues. The scholarships are in honor of two AAFEPA Presidents: Leo Brown and Joan Buckley. Both of these charter members provided much leadership and dedicated much of their time and talents to move our association forward as a professional organization.

  • Persons eligible for the Leo Brown Scholarship are senior students presently enrolled in a public school or students currently enrolled as freshmen in an accredited college or university. The student should be pursuing a degree in education.
  • Persons eligible for the Joan Buckley Scholarship are senior students presently enrolled in a public school or students currently enrolled as freshmen in an accredited college or university. The student may be pursuing a degree in any area of their interest.

More Information and Application...



U.S. BANK SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Deadline: October 27, 2017

Enter for the chance to win up to $20,000 in U.S. Bank Scholarship prizes. Receive an entry by completing the online registration and get additional chances to win when you complete each of eight online Financial Genius learning tutorials.

Scholarship Program is available to high school seniors or current undergraduate college students enrolled by September 1, 2016, at an eligible two- or four-year college or university. Winners will be selected at random.

More Information...



THE COCA-COLA SCHOLARS PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: October 31, 2017

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.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must be:

  • Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools)
  • U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees
  • Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application
  • Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
  • Carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school

Applicants may not be:

  • Children or grandchildren of employees, officers or owners of Coca-Cola bottling companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Company divisions or subsidiaries.
  • DACA students
  • International students (with the exception of students at DoD schools)
  • High school graduates
  • Temporary residents

More information...              Online Application...



ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: October 31, 2017

Criteria:

  • Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
  • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
  • Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2022) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education

Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question:

“Imagine that your high school/college has been overrun with Zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Flesh out a plan to avoid the Zombies, including where you would hide and the top 5 things you would bring with you to stay alive.”.

Apply Here...



SHINE BRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: November 1, 2017

DiamondStoreReviews.com offers a $500 scholarship to help one lucky student with their college education expenses.

Applicants must be high school seniors, Junior College, College, University, or Trade School students.

The scholarship will be awarded by December 31, 2017.

Contest Rules

  • 750 word minimum essay entitled “The True Meaning of A Diamond Engagement Ring”
  • One submission per applicant
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States or Canada
  • Must be enrolled and/or attending post-secondary education within the next year

More Information and Online Submission page...



ALABAMA LEADERS OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY (ALET) DEBBIE RICE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 

Deadline: 4:00pm, November 17, 2017

$10,000 scholarship awarded to an Alabama public high school senior, with a record of volunteerism in the community in both non-school sponsored and extracurricular school activities. The recipient must attend an accredited college/university or technical school located in the state of Alabama.

General Criteria:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Must plan to attend a 2 or 4 year accredited college/university or technical school pursuing a degree in IT or related field

More information…                     Application and Detailed Scholarship Criteria...



ALABAMA CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Deadline: December 1, 2017 - Applications available in October 2017

Each year during the ACA Convention, over $20,000 in scholarships are awarded to the sons and daughters of Alabama's livestock industry. Several Scholarships are available to graduating HS students. Criteria varies by scholarship.

More Information...

 



PEO ALABAMA CHAPTER Z SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN

Deadline: Mail completed Application Packet by December 1, 2017

PEO Alabama Chapter Z is proud to announce the Alabama Chapter Z Scholarship for women. P.E.O.’s Alabama Chapter Z Scholarship is open to young women from Madison, Limestone, and Morgan counties, entering college in Fall 2017.

P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) celebrates the advancement of women through scholarships, grants, awards, and loans, motivating women to achieve their highest aspirations. P.E.O International is steward of Cottey College, a fully accredited, Private Liberal Arts and Sciences College for women with two-year and selected four-year programs. Cottey is located in Nevada, Missouri and the only nonsectarian college owned and supported solely by women.

This scholarship is available to all graduating senior women who will be attending an accredited, two or four year institution. The following criteria are provided to better enable you to make your selection for this scholarship.

  1. Student must be graduating by Summer 2018 and entering in Fall 2018 at a post-secondary institution where she can earn at least an Associate’s Degree. 
  2. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0)
  3. Must provide two letters of recommendation, at least one of which is by a counselor or school employee who knows their abilities and character.
  4. Must be actively involved in extra-curricular activities, community service and/or employment.

While this is not a need-based scholarship, our goal is for the awardee to be a student who has not received other scholarships, or multiple scholarships.

For Inquiries, Please contact: alzscholarship@gmail.com                         Download Application...



SMITH SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION

Initial Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

Letter of Recommendation Deadline: January 15, 2017

The Smith Foundation Scholarships are designed to help young Alabamians obtain a higher education and fulfill their personal goals to give back to their communities. We are a Last Dollar Scholarship providing up to $15,000 per year, renewable for four years to a qualified Alabama institution of higher learning, after all other financial aid is applied.  The Smith Scholarship provides funding for tuition, room/board, books, study abroad opportunities, dorm pack, business attire, mentors available 24/7, emergency assistance and professional advancement seminars.

Criteria:

  1. Be a graduating Alabama high school senior
  2. Possess A minimum of a C+ grade point average
  3. Planning to attend college in the State of Alabama
  4. Must have made a significant contribution to family or community.
  • Application for scholarships at student’s “preferred” universities and application to other scholarship providers must be completed before submitting your SSF scholarship application.
  • Submission of FASFA forms for 2018-19 before submitting your SSF scholarship application.

Special consideration is given to applicants who would be the first in either their mother’s or father's (or both parents') families to attend college-hence the name "First In Family."  However, it is not a requirement that an applicant be the first in their family to attend college. 

MORE INFORMATION...         FAQ'S...         ONLINE APPLICATION (OPENS SEPTEMBER 15th)



AXA ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Deadline: December 15, 2017 (First 10,000 Applications accepted - Apply Early) 

The AXA Achievement Scholarship offers college scholarships of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. Scholarship winners are known as AXA Achievers. They are ethnically and economically diverse, but they share these qualities: ambition and drive; determination to set and reach goals; respect for self, family and community; ability to succeed in college.

Criteria:

  • Be a US citizen or legal residents or claiming residency in one of the 50 US states, Washington, DC or Puerto Rico
  • Current High School Seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities.
  • Special consideration will be given to achievements that empower society to mitigate risk through education and/or action in areas such as financial, environmental, health and/or emergency-preparedness.

More Information and Online Application...



ALABAMA HORSE COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIPS

Deadline: December 30, 2017

The Alabama Horse Council Scholarship is awarded to outstanding youth in Alabama pursuing higher education in a college or university. The Alabama Horse Council Scholarship is awarded to the sons and daughters of AHC members or to an individual AHC member in good standing.

Criteria:

  • Applicant, or applicant’s parent, must be a current member of the Alabama Horse Council in good standing.
  • Applicant must be majoring in a field of study preparing them for a career in the equine industry.
  • Applicant must have demonstrated a record of activity in the equine industry prior to college application.
  • Scholarship may also be used for Graduate School or Vet School.

More Information...           Application...



ACT STUDENT CHAMPION AWARD

Deadline: December 31, 2017

The ACT Student Champion Award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place. 

ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, plaque, and state-level recognition. 

Criteria:

  • Be a student who has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions
  • Must have a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
  • Preference given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.

If applicants are under the age of 18, they must complete this form in addition to the application. 
All questions may be directed to ccrc@act.org

More Information...                   Application...



JOHN F. KENNEDY PROFILE IN COURAGE ESSAY CONTEST

Deadline: January 4, 2018

The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate.

Requirements

  • Essays can be no more than 1,000 words but must be a minimum of 700 words. Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count.
  • Essays must be the original work of the student.
  • John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy are not eligible subjects for essays.
  • Essays must describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. The official may have addressed an issue at the local, state, or national level. See Contest Information and Topic Guidelines and Helpful Tips for Writing Your Essay for more information.
  • Essays about past recipients of the Profile in Courage Award  will be disqualified unless they describe an act of political courage other than the act for which the award was given. 
  • Essays about the senators in Profiles in Courage will be disqualified.
  • Essays must have a minimum of five sources.

More Information, Contest Guidelines, Rules and Eligibility...



NORTH ALABAMA MENSA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

DEADLINE: January 15, 2018

The Foundation's college scholarship program bases its awards totally on essays written by the applicants. Consideration is not given to grades, academic program, or financial need. It is NOT necessary that the applicant be a member of Mensa. However, Mensa members may apply for both these scholarship programs and the additional Mensa Member Award Program.

Emphasis in judging will be placed on a goal statement that includes specific information on experience or steps taken toward the goal, persuasiveness (e.g., how your past achievements/experiences and your future planning increase the probability of reaching your goal), why you think that you will succeed, and also grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Begin the Application Process here...



DIGITAL RESPONSIBILITY - TECHNOLOGY ADDICTION AWARENESS SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: January 30, 2018

Digital Responsibility was started by a group of Silicon Valley tech employees who wished to share with young people the personal and public consequences of technology. Technology is part of our daily lives, but we have an obligation to use it and share it responsibly.

The purpose of this scholarship is to help students understand the negative effects of too much screen time.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level. There is no age limit.
  • You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

More Information and online submission...



WE THE STUDENTS ESSAY CONTEST

Deadline: February 5, 2018

The Contest is open to all United States citizens or legal residents who are students, no older than 19 and no younger than 14 as of the end of the Contest Period.

Students Must:

  • Attend school in the United States, one of its territories or districts, or an American Armed Forces School Abroad, in grades 8 -12 attending public, private, religious, charter schools, enrolled in a GED or correspondence school program, or attending a home school program.

Esay: In 500-800 words, answer the following

To what extent in the U.S. does the government–federal, state, and local–have the duty to monitor internet content?

In your answer, incorporate Constitutional principles and specific examples (including current events) that support your conclusion.

Rules and Regulations...          FAQ...              Online Submission...



OPTIMIST CLUB OF HUNTSVILLE - ESSAY CONTEST

Deadline: February 6, 2018

The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship!

Eligibility:

Students under the age of 18 as of 1 October 2017.

Interested students submit an essay on the pre-assigned topic to the Optimist Club of Huntsville's Essay Chair at hsvessay@hsvoptimists.org or by mail to Alberto Duarte, 2003 Vanderbilt DR SW, Huntsville, AL 35801-5231.  Telephone  256-929-3286 for more information.

More Information...             Contest Rules and 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!



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...



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...



       



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

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.



Applying for Financial Aid in 7 Easy Steps

Step by step video guides for starting and completing the FAFSA



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

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/

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

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

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

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

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

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.



       



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