All students applying to college should be filling out the free application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA.) FAFSA becomes available online on October 1st (and is due March 1st). It requires information from the prior year's tax documents. That means you do not need to wait until the current tax season is completed.
Scholarships that are available to Montabella Students
Below is a list of possible scholarships. Please see the College Advisor for more information. Please also be mindful of due dates!
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship: Must have a 3.5 GPA, SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200(based on old SAT scores) or above and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above. Plan to graduate from a US high school in the spring of 2017. Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in the fall of 2017. Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family incomes up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell Grant.
Elks Scholars: The Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship is open to high achieving seniors. Awards are between $1,000 - $12,500. Everything is now completed online.
Education Matters: 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?" The deadline is November 30.
NRA Defense Scholarship: The NRA Civil rights Defense Fund uses an essay format. The theme for the essay is "What does the 2nd Amendment mean to you?" Essays will be judged in two categories. Senior(grades9-12) 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.
Alcohol Addiction Awareness Essay Contest: Student must be 18 years of age in order to participate. The essay must not exceed 1,200 words and is written on the following prompt: "How alcohol abuse and addiction affect modern society? And what steps can be taken to decrease the impact of alcohol abuse and addictions on people in society." Check the page for the deadline.
Gleaner Life Insurance Scholarship: The application is to be completed online. In order to be eligible for consideration, the student must be a Gleaner member or a member of a Gleaner family(parent, child, grandchild, sibling). The student must also be a HS senior that is planning to/or currently attending an accredited vocational/technical school, college, university. The scholarship is worth $3,000. Check the page for the deadline.
FFA Scholarships - for Members and Non-Members: The application is to be completed online. All applicants must make an account.
Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation: Students must have a 2.5 GPA. The application must be completed and two letters of recommendation are required. The essay should be 200-300 words long and 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.
Isabella Bank Scholarship: One will be awarded to a Montabella senior. All applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or better and have completed the online application and essay. The scholarship is worth $750.
Herbert H. Leuth Scholarship: Student shall be the child(legal dependant) of an employee at the Medler Electric Company. Applicants shall be a high school graduate and demonstrated academic ability as follows: 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. Five awards of $1,000 will be awarded.
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 another associate of Mid-Michigan Industries(relationship should be stated in the applicant's essay); student shall be a graduating senior with a minimum 3.25-grade point average. Two awards of $500 will be awarded.
Harry Tope Aviation Scholarship: Applicants must be interested in advancing their education in the field of aviation, or be interested in advancing their career skills in the field of aviation. Applicant must also be a resident of the Mid-Michigan Area(Isabella, Gratiot, Mecosta, Clare, Midland, or Montcalm Counties.) One award worth $3,000 will be awarded. Due March 3, 2017.
Montcalm Community College Scholarships: Many different awards are available. Apply online through MCC's website.
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. Schafter at 800-366-3699 to find out if a particular business is an MRA member.
Van Houten - Six Lakes Scholarship: Application must be typed. Applicant must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be a resident of Six Lakes or the surrounding area. They must also be a 2017 Montabella graduate. Preference given to those in band and athletics.
Ash Scholarship: Application must be typed. Please check the eligibility requirements here. Complete the application and essay. Worth up to $8,000 which is distributed $2,000 a year.
Porch Scholarship: Porch is very passionate about helping students achieve higher education. The $2,000 scholarship occurs four times a year and is open to high school seniors and current college students!
Montcalm Conservation District Scholarship: Students who are interested in agriculture, natural resources or environmental fields of study. One $1000 reward will be given. Completed application is due back to the Montcalm Conservation District.
American Legion Scholarship - guy Stanton Post 240: Two 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 the residents of Mecosta or Montcalm County.
Sons of American Legion: Applicants must have at least one family member that is currently or has previously served in any rank of the armed forces. They must also have a Blanchard zip code or have a family member in the Guy Stanton Post 240.
Michigan Emergency Management Association $500 Professional Scholarship: Students must have a 2.5 GPA or higher and is planning to enroll in an Emergency Management Program or Public Safety Track(ex. Law Enforcement.) Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application via email.
Nina Curtis Scholarship: Applicants must be Montabella alumni with college credits for Junior or Senior status. Full-time college students only.
General Financial Aid Resources
Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available online. 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.