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FINANCIAL AID/SCHOLARSHIPS: All students applying to college should be filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). New this year the FAFSA became available online on October 1st (and is due March 1st). It requires information from your 2015 tax documents!  That means you do not need to wait until this tax season to complete it!!

**Check the Counseling Calendar for important dates about FAFSA and Financial Aid.


(Listings are in order by deadline date)

  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation ScholarshipMust have a 3.5 GPA  SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 (based on the old SAT scores) or above and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above.  Plan to graduate from a US high school in spring 2017.  Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2017.  Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant.The deadline for all application materials is November 30, 2016 at noon ET.
  • The Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship open to high achieving seniors.  Awards are between $1,000-$12,500. Everything is now completed online! The Deadline to apply is November 30
  •  Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question:
    “What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn’t matter, or that college is a waste of time and money? “.  Deadline is November 30
  • Have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent.  Plan to enroll full-time, without interruption, for the entire 2017-18 academic year at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico.  Application Deadline is December 15
  • The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund  The theme for the essay is “What Does The Second Amendment Mean to You?”
    Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 9-12) and Junior (grades 8 and below), with separate cash prizes awarded to the winners in each category. First place cash prizes are $1,000, $600 for second place, $200 for third place, and $100 for fourth place.
    The entry deadline for this contest is December 31
  • Descendants of War-time Era Veterans Scholarships

    • Guy Wilson Scholarship  GPA of 2.5 and a grandparent or great-grandparent as a war-time vet.  $500
      Due January 9th (must be post marked by the 8th)

    Lake Michigan Credit Union- Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship  Write an essay answering the following question: “You have the entire country’s attention for one hour. What would you say?  Summit application and essay online.  DO NOT need to be a member to apply!! 10- $2,000 scholarships are being offered!  Due January 31st

    • Must be 18 yrs of age
    • Essay must not exceed 1,200 words
    • How alchol abuse and addiction affects the modern society?
    • And what steps can be taken to decrease the impact of alchol abuse and addictions on people and society
    • Due February 1st
  • Gleaner Life Insurance Scholarship

    • Application is completed online
    • Be a Gleaner member or a member of a Gleaner family (parent, child, grandchild, sibling);
    • Be a high school senior
    • Plan to or currently attend an accredited vocational/technical school, college, university
    • $3000
    • Due February 1st
    • Apply Online
    • Must make an account
    • Due February 1st
  • Montabella Common Scholarship
    • can be typed
    • Check the boxes of the scholarships you would like to apply to (click here for criteria)
    • Requires one short, double-spaced essay
    • Due to Miss Prine on March 1st. No exceptions (So turn it in earlier!)
  • Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation
    • Must have at least a 2.5 GPA
    • Complete Application
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • Essay- 200-300 words on the topic:  “Segregation was the defining social issue when Rosa Parks took her historic stand. Select a social issue that you think should be addressed today. How will YOU use the principles of Rosa Parks to address it?”
    • 1,000 High School students receive- $2,000
    • Deadline is March 1, 2017
  • Isabella Bank Scholarship
    • One will be awarded to a Montabella Senior
    • Have a 3.0 GPA or better
    • Complete online application and essay.
    • Award worth $750
    • Due March 3, 2017
  • Herbert H. Leuth Scholarship
    • Student shall be the child (legal dependent) of an employee at the Medler Electric Company;
    • Student shall be a high school graduate; and
    • Student shall demonstrate academic ability as follows:a minimum 2.0 grade point average for those attending a two year trade school or community college, or a minimum 3.0 grade point average for those attending a four year college or university.
    • 5 awards worth $1,000
    • Due March 3, 2017

    Garland-Schilling Scholarship

    • Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the Garland-Schilling Scholarship:
    • Student shall be the child, grandchild or ward of a current employee, volunteer or other associate of Mid-Michigan Industries (relationship should be stated in the applicant’s essay);
    • Student shall be a graduating high school senior;
    • a minimum 3.25 grade point average;
    • 2 awards worth $500
    • Due March 3, 2017

    Harry Tope Aviation Scholarship

    • Be interested in advancing their education in the field of aviation, OR
    • Be interested in advancing their career skills in the field of aviation.
    • Be a resident of the Mid-Michigan Area (Isabella County, Gratiot County, Mecosta County, Clare County, Midland County or Montcalm County).
    • 1 award worth $3,000
    • Due March 3, 2017
  • Montcalm Community College Scholarships
  • Michigan Retailers Association(MRA)- Student or his/her parent must be employed at a business that is a member of the MRA. Students can contact Ms. Schafer at 800-366-3699 to find out if a particular business is an MRA member. Applications must be requested by March 15th and submitted online by April 1st
    • High school senior
    • Parents or guardians are currently member-owners of the cooperative
    • Primary residence in HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative’s service area.
    • Download the word document off the website to complete
    • 2-$1000  and  2-$500 scholarships available
    • Due March 15th
  • Van Houten- Six Lakes Scholarship
    • Must be typed
    • Minimum of 2.5 GPA
    • Resident of Six Lakes or surrounding area
    • 2017 Graduate of Montabella!
    • Preference to those in band and athletics
    • Due to Miss Prine by March 20, 2017
  • Ash Scholarship
    • Must be typed
    • Please check eligibility requirements here
    • Those attending MCC must apply through MCC’s scholarship application for this scholarship not this one.
    • Complete application and essay
    • Worth up to $8,000 which is distributed $2,000 a year
    • Due to Miss Prine by March 20, 2017
  • Community First Federal Credit Union:  Senior Students who are members of or have family that are members of the CFFCU. Student must reside in CFFCU membership area.  Must have GPA 3.0 or above. Preference goes to students that show participation in community events, volunteerism and involvement in their community. Due March 20 to CFFCU.  
    The Little Store Award: The Little Store in Six Lakes would like to sponsor an award for a student who is planning to pursue a degree in the health professions/ medical field.  The application is due March 23, 2017 to Miss Prine
  • Claudia S. Riley Memorial Scholarship
    • must complete application
    • includes brief essay (1-2 pages)
    • Application is Due March 29, 2017
  • Dennis R. Riley Memorial Scholarship
    • must complete application
    • includes brief essay (1-2 pages)
    • Application is Due March 29, 2017

    Flat River Community Players- Hilda M. Sorvari Memorial Scholarship

  • The scholarship will be given annually by the FRCP to a high school or college student who plans on being involved in theater during his/her college career or in their community theater as an adult pastime.Completed application Due postmarked March 31st
  • Montcalm Conservation District Scholarship:
    • Students who are interested in agriculture, natural resources or environmental fields of study. Applications are due back to the Montcalm Conservation District by March 31st (Miss Prine can mail application for you!) you can download and print a copy to write on or pick it up in the counseling office. 1- $1000 award given
  • American Legion Scholarship– Guy Stanton Post 240- Due April 1st
    2 letters of recommendation needed and a short essay of why you should receive the award
    Award worth $500
  • Mercantile Bank Scholarship:
    This scholarship has been created to recognize individuals who throughout their high school careers have exhibited outstanding academic achievements and community service.  Requires a 3.5 GPA.  Three scholarships are awarded to residents of Mecosta or Montcalm County. Due back at the bank by April 8th the date on the application you can download here (Miss Prine can mail for you!)
  • Sons of American Legion:
    • Must have a Blanchard zip code or have a family member in the Guy Stanton Post 240
    • Must have at least on family member that is currently or has previously served in any branch of the armed forces.
    • Due Postmarked by April 15th, 2017
  • Michigan Emergency Management Association $500 Professional Scholarship- Student must have a 2.5 GPA or higher and is planning to enroll in an Emergency Managemnet Program or Publich safety Track (ex: Law enforcement- more examples on Contact to request an application via email. Due April 15th
  • Michigan Sugar Queen Scholarship- Female graduates must be 18 years old by the end of June 2016 and maintain an overall 3.0GPA. One $2,000 and two $1,000 scholarships are available to those living in certain Mid-Michigan counties. Applications must be mailed by April 22nd. Miss Prine will mail them if received by April 20th.
  • Imagine America Scholarship- Students planning to attend one of the participating career college education programs. High School GPA is a 2.5 or above. Apply online now for your school to nominate you at
  • Scholarship for Central Michigan University Students
  • Complete application & attach a brief summary of your goals you have for yourself. Letter of recommendation from a teacher needed
  • Nina Curtis Scholarship.  Applicants must be Montabella alumni with college credits for Junior or Senior status.  Full time college students only. Due June 30



General Financial Aid Resources

FAFSA:  Free Application for Federal Student Aid:  FAFSA Free Application for Federal student Aid is available online at — paper applications are no longer being sent to schools, but you can get one by calling 1-800-433-3243.  Be sure to fill this out even if you think you may not qualify since the information may be used for other aid by the colleges/universities. The FAFSA Free Application for Federal student Aid is available online at — paper applications are no longer being sent to schools, but you can get one by calling 1-800-433-3243.  Be sure to fill this out even if you think you may not qualify since the information may be used for other aid by the colleges/universities.

MI Competitive Scholarship: JUNIORS to be considered eligible for the state of Michigan Competitive Scholarship you must take the ACT prior to December of your senior year.  Along with that you must:

  • Achieve a qualifying ACT score
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a Michigan resident
  • Enroll at least half-time at an eligible Michigan college/university
  • Be a US citizen, permanent resident, and
  • Not have a bachelor’s degree

Local Scholarship Information

Montabella High School Common Scholarships- Use this common application to apply for any and all of the scholarships at the top of the application that you qualify for. Scholarship criteria is here. Copies are available in the office or downloadable here to type and print out (preferred method). Due Tuesday, March 1st! No exceptions so turn in ASAP!

Applications for the following local scholarships will be available in the office throughout 2nd semester:

  • Blanchard Telephone – Blanchard area code (561) and a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Guy Stanton American Legion Post 240 (In memory of Duane Bohne) – Daughters, sons or grandchildren of veterans.
  • Harry E. Tope Memorial Aviation Scholarship – for aviation major. Essay and references needed.
  • Isabella Bank – 3.0 G.P.A. or better, essay, references, and community involvement required.
  • The Michigan Oil & Gas Producers Education Foundation – offering a $500 Michigan college scholarship to a senior with financial need and at least a 3.0 GPA that is seeking a career in the oil and gas industry, an energy related industry, or an associated industry. The application is also available at
  • Montcalm Community College Scholarships – For students planning to attend MCC. Multiple scholarships with multiple requirements. Students must include a copy of their FAFSA confirmation sheet along with the application. Always due early March.
  • Montcalm Conservation District (R.W. Peterson, Comden Towle) – Agriculture, Environmental, and Natural Resources Majors
  • Rosa Parks Scholarship- $2,000 – Based on essay, community service, financial need, recommendations, and 2.5 G.P.A. or better.
  • United by Faith Christian Church – awards a $250 scholarship to a Montabella senior that best describes how their chosen course of study will enable them to help their fellow man. Applications are available in the counseling office.