National Scholarships

Nationally awarded scholarships are listed below.

Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program
Details: Actions must be described in detail and should document efforts above and beyond what is normally expected, volunteer efforts within in the last year, winners are chosen based on projects, benefits and outcome, and have not graduated high school as of March 15, 2010. More than 2,100 nominees will be awarded with more than $410,000 in scholarships and prizes. Visit for official rules and to nominate a deserving young volunteer.

MME (Michigan Merit Exam)
Merit scholarships are awarded to the best and brightest students.

Merit-based scholarships are one of the few types of financial aid that aren’t based on demonstrated financial need. Merit scholarships are awarded to students based on strong academic abilities, leadership skills, artistic or musical ability, and athletic abilities, including specialized activities like cheerleading.
Compared with need-based financial aid, merit-based scholarships are few and far between. Many schools offer no merit-based aid at all. Still, students should apply for any scholarship that seems like a good fit. There are four important things you should know about merit scholarships:

You need to know which schools offer merit scholarships — not all do. You can find this out by contacting the financial aid office of the schools in which you’re interested.
You need to know how and when to apply for each scholarship. Deadlines are critical. Don’t miss out on scholarships because your application was late. The school’s financial aid Web site will provide you with all the information you need to apply on a timely basis.
Parents and students need to keep merit scholarships in perspective. Regardless of what you might hear, merit scholarships aren’t, by themselves, reason to attend a particular school. A merit scholarship may serve to underline the reasons for choosing a particular school, but remember, academic and social interests and goals should drive this decision.
A great place to start your scholarship search is through local organizations and institutions.

The Art Institute Poster Design Competition
Legal resident of the 50 united states, Canada, and Puerto rico who are full or part-time high school seniors. An original poster design no bigger than 11×17 or 10mb, and 2.0 gpa are required. Click link for more information.

The Art Institute Story Tellers Photography Competition
6 pictures + 1000 words could = up to $40,000 scholarship. We’re looking for talented people who can tell a story in pictures. Eight original pictures and 500-1000 words describing what you were going for and how you approached it. Finalist prize: $3,000, Second prize: $10,000, First Prize: $20,000, Grand Prize: $40,000. Visit for more information.

Wendy’s High School Heisman
Eligibility for application is limited exclusively to men and women entering their senior year of high school in the 2010-2011 academic year who have at least a “B” grade average and participate in at least one of the 27 sports officially sanctioned by the National Federation of State High Schools.  We want to hear from all student-athletes who work hard, are dedicated, and have become role models for your school’s underclassmen. Students are judged based on their academic achievements, community service involvement, and athletic accomplishments.

The Dell’s Scholar Program
The Dell Scholars Program enables more under-served students with financial need to achieve their greatest potential through higher education. The Dell Scholars Program is offered to those high school students participating in an approved AVID program. The funding for each Dell Scholar is substantial: $20,000. The value of these 250 scholarships equals $5 million. MSDF believes that funding a significant percentage of their college expenses will enable these students to focus on their college studies and complete their bachelor program.

Dell Scholars are students who demonstrate their desire and ability to overcome barriers and to achieve their goals. Your application will be evaluated on your:

  • Individual determination to succeed
  • Future goals and plans to achieve them
  • Ability to communicate the hardships you have overcome or currently face
  • Self motivation in completing challenging coursework
  • Demonstrated need for financial assistance

To be eligible to apply for the Dell Scholars Program scholarship, you must meet the below listed criteria:

  • Graduating from an accredited high school this academic year
  • Earning a minimum of a 2.4 GPA
  • Demonstrated need for financial assistance
  • Participating in a MSDF approved college readiness program for a minimum of two years
  • Planning to enter a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after your graduation from high school.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency

How to Apply:
All applications must be completed online. No paper applications will be accepted.

For complete details, please visit:
Maximum Amount: $20000

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