Many scholarships are merit-based, while others are awarded on the basis of financial need. Some are a combination of the two.
- Although decent grades are usually important, leadership, talent, and community service are often just as critical.
- Some scholarships have simple application procedures, such as writing a short essay.
SHARED WISDOM (Scholarship/Award Announcements)
- (Added 2/13/24): The Indiana Chapter of the American Public Works Association would like to offer an opportunity to Indiana high school seniors to receive our 2024 annual scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a high school senior who would pursue a degree program in a public works related field. Such fields would include Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Parks and Recreation, Municipal Planning, Public Administration Public Works/Municipal Operations and Fleet management among others. The degree may be through a university or technical school course of study. The scholarship awards $1000.00 annually for 4 years provided that the student demonstrates continued progress toward a public works field degree. A paid annual membership to the American Public Works Association is included in the award. Interested high school seniors should complete the attached application. For additional information please go to our website at https://indiana.apwa.org/
resources/scholarship- opportunities/. Deadline is April 26th. For more information, email Angela Erpelding at angela.erpelding@ cityoffortwayne.org
- (Added 2/1/24, ISCA): ISCA 2025 School Counselor of the Year Nominations:
The Indiana School Counselor of the Year Award honors outstanding professional school counselors in Indiana for their outstanding service and achievement. Through an extensive outreach process, Indiana school administrators, school counselors, teachers, and other staff members are encouraged to nominate professional school counselors who run exemplary school counseling programs at their schools. The nominations for the 2025 Indiana School Counselor of the Year awards will remain open until June 2, 2024. If you have an exceptional school counselor at your school we encourage you to nominate them clicking the link below. A recommendation letter will be required when you submit your Google nomination form. Click HERE to Nominate
- (Added 2/1/24, Laurie Ransom, Proteus, Inc): The National Farm Worker Jobs Program Grant helps farm working students pay for college or training expenses. I cover 16 SW IN counties, but all of Indiana is covered. I have attached a map that will show you the contact info for the Career Coach that covers your county. If you have students who have done paid farm work and need financial assistance to pay for college or training, please have them use the QR code on my flyer or they can always call, text, or email me. If a student is eligible for the grant, they can receive between $1500-$3000 a semester for 4-6 semesters. I have 14 spots left for 2024, I look forward to working with you! email@example.com
- (Added 2/1/24, Linsay Osos, CHE):Nomination forms are now open for the 2023-2024 CTE Awards for Excellence (AFE) and may be accessed below. The CTE team at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education annually spotlights excellence in both secondary and postsecondary Career and Technical Education through the AFE. This year’s ceremony will be held on May 06, 2024. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 1, 2024. Nominations are being accepted in four secondary categories including students, programs of study, partnerships and career advising. We invite each high school and career center to submit one nomination per category. Find eligibility and scoring criteria, as well as links to the four secondary nomination forms here. Please use the appropriate link to enter your nominees in any or all four of the award categories. We ask and encourage that you share these nomination form links with school faculty and staff at the secondary level who may have nominations to submit. Questions related to the Awards for Excellence, and nomination process specifically, can be directed to CTE@che.in.gov. The nomination forms were initially released yesterday through our monthly newsletter. You can find that complete newsletter here. As a reminder, this is the main avenue our team utilizes to share information related to CTE and we encourage you to sign up to receive our newsletters if you haven’t already done so.
- (Added 01/23/24, Rebekah Frazer, IDOE): Each summer, rising seniors attend Hoosier Boys State and Hoosier Girls State on the campus of Trine University in Angola, Indiana. This year, the 85th Session of Hoosier Boys State will be held from Sunday, June 16th to Saturday, June 22, 2024, and the 82nd Session of Hoosier Girls State will be held from Sunday, June 23rd to Saturday, June 29, 2024. These programs are ideal for your student leaders, especially members of your Student Council and looks great on college applications. Current junior class students are eligible to apply for these experiential summer camps where they will construct a mock state government, learn about civics, leadership, and citizenship while competing for scholarships (merit and need-based). Additionally, two students are selected from each program to attend The American Legion’s Boys Nation and The American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls Nation in Washington, DC where more than $20,000.00 in additional scholarships are awarded. The application for both programs is now open, and the program is completely free for students (dorm room and all meals are provided). Feel free to encourage as many students as are interested in attending to apply for Hoosier Boys State at www.HoosierBoysState.org that you believe would represent your school well. To learn more information and apply for Hoosier Girls State, visit www.alahgs.org. If you have any questions concerning Hoosier Boys State, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-630-1301. For questions concerning Hoosier Girls State please reach out to HGS Director Sue Wehr at email@example.com or Assistant Director Nancy Magginnis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- (Added 01/05/24, Indiana State Police): 2024 Indiana Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest – The Indiana State Police is partnering with the U.S. Department of Justice for the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest, which provides an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and families to discuss and promote child safety. Indiana’s winner will receive a national award certificate from the U.S. Department of Justice, and the student’s poster will be selected to go to the national judging competition. The national winner, along with the student’s parents and teacher, will be invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Missing Children’s Day ceremony. More information, including contest rules, is available here. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 16. Poster submissions can also be mailed to Sergeant Tumey at 8660 E. 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219. Contact Sergeant Seth Tumey with questions.
- (Added 12/15/23, CHE): Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship Application is Now Available CHE is accepting applications for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship and the Next Generation Hoosier Minority Educators Scholarship. High-achieving high school and college students who plan to teach in Indiana for at least five years can receive up to $10,000 per year ($40,000 total). Current college students who apply must be able to use the scholarship for two full academic years. Apply through ScholarTrack by Wednesday, January 31. Please contact the CHE for more information.
- (Added 11/14/23, Laurie, Ransom, The National Farm Worker Jobs Program Grant): This is a federal grant from DOL that serves agricultural workers. If you have any student 13 yr old or older that has done at least one hour of paid farm work during 1/20/20-5/20/23 they are eligible for a one time $600 gift card from the USDA. The student must be able to prove their work through a paystub, W2 or 1099, have a valid state issued ID and a working email address.
- (Added 11/1/23, JoJo’s Jump Start Foundation): JoJo’s Jumpstart Foundation provides financial assistance through scholarships for graduating high school students for continuing education, trade school, or entrepreneurship. Please see below for a unique opportunity for your students.
- JoJo’s Jumpstart Foundation (Mission, Focus, Plan): Jojo’s Jumpstart Foundation (jojosjumpstart.org)
- Link to the scholarship information, including eligibility, criteria, and procedure: Scholarship Information (jojosjumpstart.org)
- Please note that currently the eligibility requirements on the website say “Central Indiana;” however, Jojo’s Foundation will be accepting applications from graduating seniors throughout the state of Indiana. They are making the edit on the website soon!
- There is also a tab on the website with the scholarship application: JoJo’s Jumpstart Scholarship Application (google.com)
- (Added 10/31/23, Iris Sanchez, Director of HSI initiatives at PNW): Scholarship List: One tab for DACA students and one for students who are undocumented.
- (Added 10/16/23): Class of 2024 Students Can Qualify for $40K by Starting Their Big Future Scholarship List – Students in the class of 2024 who use BigFuture Scholarship Search and save three scholarships to their list will earn entries in monthly drawings for $500 and $40,000 scholarships that can be applied to 2 or 4-year colleges or universities. Students can search for more than 23,000 scholarships on BigFuture, based on their background, interests, and future plans. Encourage students to log in to BigFuture to get started. For the class of 2024, $500 and $40,000 are awarded monthly until February 2024.
- (Added 9/11/23): INACAC SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION INFORMATION
- (Added 8/25/23 – IDOE Update): Nominations Now Open for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program: The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors outstanding high school seniors and encourages high attainment among all students. This memo outlines the required qualifications and nomination process. The rubrics for general and career and technical education (CTE) applications are now available here. Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 27, in order to be considered. Contact Emily Black with any questions.
SHARED WISDOM (Other)
- (Added 9/1/23 – Various School Counselors on CounselorTalk):
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