SCHOLARSHIP BULLETIN (April 30, 2017) Hello again, seniors! Remember to keep checking your student e-mail account for future scholarship updates, especially around the 15th and 30th of each month. You may also read this bulletin online at www.bths201.org/east (click on Offices, Counseling, and Scholarships). In addition, a hard copy of this bulletin will be available to view in the Counseling Office. Remember that we counselors are here to help you with working through the college admission process. It can be challenging, so let us help you. See Mrs. Kumke to set up a time to meet. * Tips of the Month: 1. May 1 is known as National Decision Day, the day when colleges prefer to be notified of your admission decision. Not only should you notify the college which you plan to attend by that date, but you are also asked to inform the colleges to which you have been accepted but will not be attending. To do so, you may contact the college’s Undergraduate Admissions Office via e-mail, mail, or by phone. Check out the following link for more info: http://www.fastweb.com/college-search/articles/gear-up-for-national-decision-day. 2. Please plan to attend the Senior Honors Ceremony on Thursday, May 11, at 7:00 pm in the PAC. Many seniors will be recognized that evening, including recipients of several scholarships, the Excalibur Award, Departmental Honors nominees, and the top ten percent of the class of 2017. Students being recognized should plan to arrive by 6:30 pm and will sit on the stage. _____________________________________________________________________________________
APRIL Belle Valley Education Association Scholarship is offered to any senior who graduated from Belle Valley. Criteria include educational excellence, participation in extracurricular activities, community involvement, and educational goals for the future. Applicants must write two brief essays. The award amount is $500. For more information, contact the scholarship chairperson at (618) 236-5237. Applications are available in the Counseling Office. Deadline: April 27, 2017.
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.—East St. Louis Alumnae Chapter— Scholarship is for minority seniors in the East St. Louis area, with a 2.5 GPA or higher. Candidates must submit an essay, a resume, a transcript, and three letters of recommendation. Applications are available in the Counseling Office. For more information, go to: [email protected]
Deadline: April 28, 2017.
TFD Unlimited, in collaboration with Earbuds for Education, is offering a scholarship to a senior at a high school in the Belleville area, “to encourage innovation and business savvy among young people.” Applicants who are considering a career in business or entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply. The award amount is $1,000, at least. Candidates must submit an essay (500-1,000 words) explaining why they deserve the scholarship. Information about how to apply is available online at www.tfdunlimitedaward.com. Deadline: Apr. 28, 2017.
The Wolf Branch Association of Teachers, Local #6117, is offering The Dr. James B. Smith Scholarship in honor of his 32 years of dedicated service to Wolf Branch students and community. It is offered to seniors who graduated from Wolf Branch. The award amount is $500. Applicants must submit an essay, a recommendation letter, a high school transcript, and a recent snapshot, along with the application in a cover jacket. Applications are available in the Counseling Office and online at https://sites.google.com/a/wbsd113.org/wolfbranch-district-113/home/district-office/james-b-smith-scholoarship. Deadline: April 28, 2017.
Kids’ Chance of Illinois Scholarship is offered to children whose parent has been killed or seriously injured as a result of a work-related accident. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. For more information and to complete the application, visit http://www.kidschanceofillinois.com/scholarships/. Deadline: April 30, 2017.
The William M. Reiss Foundation Scholarship is for seniors at a Belleville public school with demonstrated financial need (FAFSA must be submitted). Applications are available in the Counseling Office. Deadline: April 30, 2017.
MAY Belleville District #118 PTA Council is offering two scholarships to graduates of District #118, Central Jr. High or West Jr. High. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. The award amount is $800. Applications are available in the Counseling Office. Deadline: May 7, 2015.
JUNE The 2017 Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship Program is open to students who are pursuing a degree in animation at an accredited post-secondary college. The award amount is $1,000. For more information and the online application, go to http://www.animationcareerreview.com/. Deadline: June 1, 2017.
The 2017 Aspiring Business Professional Scholarship Program is open to students who are pursuing a degree in business at an accredited post-secondary college. The award amount is $1,000. For more information and the online application, go to http://www.onlinembareport.com/ (click on the scholarship located at the right side of the page). Deadline: June 1, 2017.
The 2017 Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship Program is open to students who are pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary college. The award amount is $1,000. For more information and the online application, go to www.fashion-schools.org. Deadline: June 1, 2017.
2017 Horatio Alger Career & Technical Education Scholarship recognizes students who have displayed integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, and plan to pursue a degree or certificate in a technical education program. Candidates must demonstrate critical financial need (submit copy of FAFSA’s Student Aid Report). The maximum award amount is $2,500 for ten students from Illinois. Apply online at https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/technical/. Deadline: June 15, 2017.
The Louis and Ruth Henke Scholarship is open only to students from East or West. The amounts may vary depending on the number of recipients selected. One of the awards, the Thomas M. Barlow and Olive B. Barlow Scholarship, is specifically set aside for a student planning to attend Illinois College. Another award is offered to students from Belleville planning to attend any college in the country. Two letters of recommendation (one personal and one from school) and a brief essay are required, along with your FAFSA information (EFC page). Applications are available in the Counseling Office. Deadline: June 20, 2017.
The 2017 Aspiring Nurse Scholarship Program is offered to seniors planning to pursue a career in nursing and have demonstrated academic excellence, especially in math and science. The award amount is $1,000. Apply online at www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com (click on banner on the right). Deadline: June 30, 2017.
AUGUST St. Clair County Community Action Agency’s 2017 Scholarship Program is open to students who demonstrate financial need (see application for details) and have not received other awards already. The award amount is $1,000. For more information, call (618) 277-6790, ext. 3280. Applications are available in the Counseling Office. Deadline: August 4, 2017.
The following scholarships are college-specific, applicable only if you attend there. All colleges offer scholarships. For more information, you may also contact the college’s Financial Aid Office.
The U. S. Naval ROTC Program is offering scholarships to seniors who are planning to attend college and join the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. Applicants should be recognized scholars, athletes, and leaders, with ACT scores of 21 on Math, 22 on English, or higher. Award amounts vary. For more information and deadlines, visit https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/scholarship_criteria.aspx , https://www.nrotc.navy.mil, or contact a local Navy Recruiter.
University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign: Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Balanced Man Scholarship is available for three males who have excelled in the areas of scholarship, leadership, athletics, and community service. The award amount is $1,750. For more information, contact Patrick Lyman at (847) 331- 6058 or [email protected]
Applications are available online at www.illinoissigeps.com/scholarships. Deadline: May 1, 2017.
USE YOUR (FREE) RESOURCES! The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a federally-funded program that provides information about scholarships, financial aid forms, grants, work study, and loans. The EOC will also help you complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 618-235-1776 (110 N. High St., suite 1, Belleville). The Counseling Office is happy to announce another FREE resource: ISAC Representative, Ms. Maya Sansard! She works with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and will hold office hours in our Counseling Office on Wednesdays from 10:30am until 1:30pm. Students and parents are welcome to schedule an appointment to discuss college financing, the FAFSA, as well as many other matters regarding college admission. Her appointment chart is outside B108 in our office. She can be reached at (618) 975-0331 or [email protected]
Best Colleges.com offers scholarships to seniors planning to pursue a career as a teacher. The website provides information about federal aid and loan forgiveness programs, grant opportunities for teachers, as well as information about numerous different scholarships for future teachers. For more information, visit the website at: http://www.bestcolleges.com/financial-aid/education-scholarships/.
Online scholarship searches:
www.blackexcel.org (multicultural search)
www.cappex.com (search for specific college’s list)
www.careerinfonet.com www.careersandcollege.com www.chegg.com/scholarships www.christianconnector.com (scholarships to participating Christian colleges)
www.collegeanswer.com www.collegeboard.com www.collegedata.com www.collegegreenlight.com www.collegenet.com www.collegeprowler.com
www.isac.org/studentportal www.khanacademy.org/college-admissions www.littleafrica.com (African-American Scholarships)
www.meritaid.com www.moneygeek.com/education www.mrdothemath.wordpress.com/scholarships/ (African-American Scholarships)
www.nextstepu.com www.scholarships.com www.sfstl.org www.stlouisgraduates.org/studentsfamilies/scholarships www.studentscholarships.org www.sussle.org/scholarship
www.finaid.org www.whatsnextillinois.com www.free-4u.com/il.htm www.wiredscholar.com www.gocollege.com Guide to Online Colleges- http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/best-colleges-online/ “Most Affordable” Online Colleges- http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/cheap-online-colleges/ Guide to Online Degrees- http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/ Guide to Scholarships and Financial Aid for minoritieshttp://www.affordablecolleges.com/resources/scholarships-for-minorities/