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Scholarship Info

It's never too soon to begin your college scholarship search!  While most local scholarships are designated for students graduating this school year, there are plenty of scholarships available to students of all ages.  Applying for scholarships is a numbers game, so the more scholarships you apply to, the better your chances are of actually winning one. The key to a great scholarship search is to start applying as soon as possible.  Students should spend enough time to perfect their application and make sure they turn the application in on time.  I would recommend maintaining a scholarship folder and saving essays that can be used for multiple applications.

Some helpful information regarding the scholarship process:
How to Apply for a Scholarship (CollegeBoard)

Scholarship Application Tips (fastweb.com)


Available Scholarships:

Shawnee Junior Service League (deadline December 15, 2017)
Our local Junior Service League has raises money each year to go toward SHS scholarships. Varying scholarship amounts will be awarded to students based on demonstrated financial need, community involvement, extracurricular activities, and academics. A minimum GPA of 2.7 is required to apply. Download the application here and return to Ms. Lewellen by the deadline.


Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student (deadline November 27, 2017)
The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
  • High school graduates are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
  • Male and female students compete separately.

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic All-State (deadline December 1, 2017)
All-State Awards honor 100 outstanding high school seniors with a $1,000 scholarship. Oklahoma public high school seniors who meet any one of the five criteria listed below are eligible for this award:

  • composite ACT score of at least 30
  • combined SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math score of at least 1340
  • National Merit Scholarship Program semi-finalist
  • National Achievement Scholarship Program semi-finalist
  • National Hispanic Scholarship Program semi-finalist
In addition to the minimum criteria, students will be evaluated on the basis of their leadership abilities, motivation, academic achievement and character as maximized within each student’s learning environment.  Qualified students must nominate themselves through the OFE website and scholarship portal (click on the above link).

AXA Achievement Scholarship (deadline December 15, 2017 -- only the first 10,000 applications will be accepted) 
The AXA Foundation will award winners $2,5000, $10,000 or $25,000. Winners exhibit: ambition and drive; determination to set and reach goals; respect for self, family and community; and the ability to succeed in college


ACT Student Champion Award (deadline December 31, 2017)
The ACT Student Champion Award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place. ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, plaque, and state-level recognition. 
Consider applying if you:

  • Are a student who has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions
  • Have a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
  • Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.

National Honor Society Scholarship (deadline to get packet is December 20; scholarship deadline is January 30, 2018)
To recognize the most outstanding NHS members in the country, the organization has been awarding the NHS Scholarship to hundreds of students every year-helping make their higher education aspirations more affordable (scholarships vary from $2,850 to $22,650). To be eligible to apply, a student must be a current high school senior and a member in good standing of an active NHS chapter. Eligible members from SHS must request a scholarship application packet from Mrs. Bartley in the counseling office by December 20, 2017.   

Oklahoma City Community Foundation Scholarships
The OCCF awards 120 different scholarships (worth nearly $2 million) to students statewide each year. Visit occf.academicworks.com to see what scholarships are available and how to apply. Scholarship deadlines vary, with most closing January through April 2018.  Please note that Shawnee does NOT geographically fall under the "Central Oklahoma Guidance Counselor Network" and our students will NOT qualify for any scholarship that lists that as a requirement.


OK-AHEAD Scholarships (deadline March 1, 2018)
Oklahoma Association on Higher Education and Disabilities offers scholarship money to Oklahoma students with disabilities in post-secondary education.  Scholarships can be applied at any Oklahoma technology center, or any two-year or four-year college or university. Up to three (3) $500 scholarships will be awarded: one to a student who will or is currently attending an Oklahoma two-year institution, another scholarship award for a student who will or is attending a four-year institution, and a third scholarship awarded to a student who attends or will attend a CareerTech program. There are also links to more scholarships for students with disabilities on the OK-AHEAD site.

ScholarshipExperts.com offers several essay-based scholarships on a variety of fun topics. Scholarships range from $1,500 to $5,000. Applicants must be 13 years or older, a resident of the United States, and plan to enroll in a post-secondary school after graduating from high school. There are 12 scholarships to choose from (apply for all 12 if you want!); topics range from describing a funny incident to super powers to the zombie apocalypse. Deadlines are different for each scholarship so check them out soon!


UCanGo2.com maintains a scholarship page sorted by deadline and also category.  It is a great resource!


Types of  Monetary Awards:

National Merit Scholars--This is probably the most coveted prize/usually full-ride.   This is awarded based on test scores on the PSAT which is taken during the junior year. 

Regents Scholars--These scholarships are usually full-ride.  How to win?  Add up each of the sub scores on the ACT (English, Math, Science, Reading)  The total must add to 134.  (Usually a student must score a 34 or higher to have a chance at this award.)

Institutional Awards--These are academic scholarships awarded by a particular college.  These awards are based on a predetermined set of criteria such as score on the ACT or SAT; GPA; and Class Rank.  These scholarships are different at each school and often have a different dollar amount for different test scores.

Performance Based Awards--These are usually awarded for outstanding achievement such as athletics, music, dance, theater, etc. These awards can be full-tuition or partial amounts.  These require a high level of performance or require an audition.

Business/Corporate Awards--These are offered by a company or group.  They can be national competitions or state-wide competitions.  (Examples:  Best Buy Scholarships, Coca-Cola Scholarships, Society for Women Engineers, etc)
These are difficult to win because the pool of competitors is usually large. 

Local Scholarships--Local clubs and organizations offer some scholarships, but these are not available until the senior year (often these do not become available until the 2nd semester of the senior year.)  Examples:  Junior Service League, Kiwanis Club of Shawnee, Gladys Gibson Scholarship, Shawnee Regional Hospital Scholarship, etc.

Grants:  FAFSA  (Many times these awards are still referred to as Pell Grants.)  Students can receive money based on family income by completing the FAFSA or Free Application for Student Aid.  This is a government form that can only be completed by high school seniors after Jan. 1st of the year they plan to begin college.  (For the 2013 graduating class, the form cannot be submitted until Jan.1st of 2013.)  Many families will earn to much to qualify for grant money (money that does not need to be paid back), but most will qualify for student loans through the FAFSA application.

Essay Contests  There are often essay contests for students in 9, 10, 11, and 12th grades.  The dollar amount fluctuates and depends on the sponsoring group.  Some are national scholarships, and students are competing with thousands of students from across the nation.  Some are state-wide, so the pool of applicants drops.  Essays are time consuming, and students need to determine how much time they have to devote to essay contests.  Hint:  Essay contests have strict requirements.  Students may be disqualified for not double spacing an essay.  Be attentive to every detail in the requirements.

Military Scholarships:   http://offers.military.com/v/scholarships/flow/
Listed below are some popular scholarship search engines. Their services are free but students must create a user ID and password and complete a student profile to begin receiving scholarship information. ***DO NOT EVER PAY FOR SCHOLARSHIP SERVICES!***

Scholarship Resources:

www.fastweb.com      This is a free scholarship search engine.  You will receive emails about scholarship opportunities.
You will have to enter your information, and scholarship opportunities will be emailed to you.

http://www.okcollegestart.org/Home.aspx   After you get to this site.  Go to Scholarship Corner.

UCanGo2.com maintains a scholarship page sorted by deadline and also category.  It is a great resource!

Check out the list of available scholarships on this website under "Scholarships Available".   Scholarship opportunities are listed as they become available.   This website will list all local scholarships as they become available; however, this is not a comprehensive national list because not every scholarship opportunity is sent to Shawnee High School.  Fastweb.com is the most comprehensive national site.  Here are some more possibilities.

http://www.questbridge.org/for-students/students-start-here   (high performance/low income)