Other Scholarship Options
Many organizations have scholarship opportunities for students. High school guidance offices and local libraries are good sources of scholarship information. Students may also wish to check with local organizations, businesses, churches and parents' employers to see if scholarships are available. It is best to avoid any scholarship service that requires a fee.
Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program
To provide educational opportunities for future generations of scientists, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. offers the Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program. In addition to investing in the world’s future scientific endeavors, Thermo Fisher Scientific prides itself on their eco-friendly operations and products, along with working with customers, industry, and the scientific community to advance environmental management and science.
- Must be a legal U.S. resident age 16 or older
- Must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student for the 2014 Fall Semester
- Must have a declared major of biology, chemistry, bio-chemistry or a related life science field
- Freshmen must have a cumulative college G.P.A. of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
- Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors and Graduate students much have a cumulative college G.P.A. of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
Award: Two (2) $10,000 and Four (4) $5,000
Application Deadline: August 1, 2014
Additional information and application can be obtained at: http://www.pierce-antibodies.com/PierceScholarship/index.cfm
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan Education and Training Voucher
The Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV) provides up to $4,000 (effective June 1, 2013) per year to students that are pursuing post-secondary education and meet the following requirements.
Were in foster care on or after your 14th birthday
Were adopted from foster care on or after your 16th birthday (if adopted prior to 16th birthday, you are NOT eligible)
Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
Must be attending at least half-time at an accredited school
Must receive your first Education Training Voucher (ETV) prior to your 21st birthday
If you meet the above criteria, you can receive the Education Training Voucher (ETV) once each fiscal year until your 23rd birthday provided you receive at least a 2.0 G.P.A. and do not have more than one incomplete or withdrawal per semester.
Award: Up to $4,000 (effective June 1, 2013) per school year. This can cover the following school-related expenses:
Tuition and fees and room and board
Books, supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses
Additional information and application can be obtained at:
Fostering Futures Scholarship
The Fostering Futures Scholarship provides eligible foster youth with scholarship funds for tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies and equipment required for enrollment.
Were in Michigan foster care after their 13th birthday
Attending a Michigan public or private 4-year college/university or a community college
- Can receive funding at any age
Award: Funding can be used for the following:
- Tuition and fees and room and board
- Books and supplies/equipment
- Summer 2014 – Now through July 14, 2014
- Fall 2014 – July 15 through August 15, 2014
- Winter/Spring 2015 – November 1 through November 30, 2014
- Spring/Summer 2015 – March 1 through March 31, 2015
- Summer 2015 – April 15 to May 15, 2015
Additional information and application can be here.
This funding can be used along with the Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV).
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
This grant provides money to college or career school students to help pay their education expenses. expenses.
- You are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution but meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements
- Your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11
- You were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death.
The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the award year but cannot exceed your cost of attendance for that award year. For the 2014–15 award year (July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015), the maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $5,730.
Due to sequestration, award amounts for any Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant that is first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2013, and before Oct. 1, 2014, must be reduced by 7.2 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been entitled. Any Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant that is first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2014, and before Oct. 1, 2015, must be reduced by 7.3 percent. For example:
- For any 2014–15 Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2013, and before Oct. 1, 2014, the maximum award of $5,730 is reduced by 7.2 percent ($412.56), resulting in a maximum award of $5,317.44.
For any 2014–15 Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2014, and before Oct. 1, 2015, the maximum award amount of $5,730 is reduced by 7.3 percent ($418.29), resulting in a maximum award of $5,311.71.
The payment procedures are the same as those for the Federal Pell Grant. Learn how (and when) you’ll be paid.
Information can be found at https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/iraq-afghanistan-service#how-much-money.
Kids Chance of Michigan Scholarship
The non-profit Kids’ Chance of Michigan, a newly established chapter of the national non-profit Kids’ Chance, recently produced a new scholarship for children that have a parent that has been injured or died from a work related accident.
- Parent must have sustained a catastrophic injury or fatality in a Michigan work related accident covered by workers' compensation
- Parent's injury or death must be compensable under Michigan Workers' Compensation Law
- The applicant must meet standards set by the Executive Committee of KIDS' CHANCE OF MICHIGAN, LLC
- Michigan resident between the ages of 17-22
- Demonstrate financial need related to the parent's injury/death
Award: $2,500 to $5,000
Application Deadline: Fall Semester - May 17; Spring Semester - September 30
Additional information and application can be obtained at: http://kidschanceofmi.org/scholarship
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Michigan Scholarships
Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) is an educational scholarship opportunity for child care providers.
Scholarships available are Building Foundations; CDA Assessment; Associate Degree; and Bachelor Degree. Scholarships include the majority of tuition, fees, and books; travel stipend; release time; and cash incentives.
You may be eligible if you are:
An employee working a minimum of 20 hours per week in a licensed center or group home earning $14.25 or less per hour
A registered family home provider, licensed group home owner or center owner/director earning $15.00 or less per hour, and working 30 hours or more per week
For additional information and application contact 1-866-MI TEACH or http://www.miaeyc.org/TEACH/foundations.htm
Online Scholarship Searches
Several free scholarship searches can be found online. It is best to avoid any scholarship service that requires a fee.
Federal Student Aid
College Board's Scholarship Search
Student Scholarships Search