The Scholarship Process
Dr. David Robinson "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts" Memorial Scholarship
Due 4/25/22 to Madison County Central Office or MHS Counselors. Please note that application lists 4/22 as due date but that is during MHS Spring Break. Due to this conflict, applications will be taken until noon on 4/25.
Applicants must plan to major in education and plan to attend a 4-year college or university.
"Make It Count" Scholarship
The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Mars Hill Post 5483 is sponsoring a $1,000 scholarship, payable over two semesters, for a Madison County senior who is planning to attend either a 4-year college or university in the fall of 2022 or a technical school program leading to a professional tradecraft designation or certification. See attached application. Deadline is April 4, 2022 at 3:00 PM.
This scholarship was established to grant scholarships to high school seniors in western North Carolina planning to further their education at a 2 or 4 year institution. The primary criteria for consideration of this scholarship are youth that excel in academic ability and achievement, have exceptional character and are involved in outstanding contributions to school and community. Applicants must be a member of one of the communities active in our WNC George H.V. Cecil Honors Awards Program.
2022 Scholarship General Info
The George H.V. Cecil Journey Scholarship awards between $500-$1000 to selected students, and the Pat Brinkley Shumlison Memorial Scholarship awards an additional $500 to one Journey Scholar who exhibits exceptional leadership.
Students must live in or be involved with one of the following Madison County communities: Center (Petersburg area), Greater Ivy, Revere Rice Cove, Spring Creek, Laurel, Upper Laurel.
Applications open on February 17th, and are available from your high school guidance counselor.
Applications are due Monday, March 21st, by 11:59 P.M. by email*
Scholarship Awardees will be notified by May 4th
Based on merit and financial need. Parent/Guardian must be a member of SEANC to qualify. See link for details.
The Mary Rose Mills-Linda Rankin Memorial Scholarship is open to any student who is currently graduating from an accredited public high school in North Carolina that follows the NC Standard Course of Study and who expects to enroll in a four-year college or university next fall. Specific eligibility requirements are: Academic rank in top 10% of class, Minimum SAT score of 1290 or ACT composite score of 27, good character and participation in extra-curricular activities (school and community). Financial need is not the primary consideration. $2000 Due 3/2/22.
The Eunice Riggins Memorial Scholarship is open to any young woman who is currently graduating from an accredited public high school in North Carolina that follows the NC Standard Course of Study and who expects to enroll in a four-year college or university in North Carolina next fall. Specific eligibility requirements are: Academic rank in top 10% of class, Minimum SAT score of 1220 or ACT composite score of 25, good character and participation in extra-curricular activities (school and community). Financial need is not the primary consideration. $2000 Due 3/2/22.
The Clare Johnson Marley-Mary Earle Berger Fine Arts Scholarship is open to any student who is currently graduating from an accredited public high school in North Carolina that follows the NC Standard Course of Study and who expects to enroll in a four-year college or university next fall, and who is declaring his/her major in an area of the fine arts. Specific eligibility requirements are: Academic rank in top 20% of class, Minimum SAT score of 1220 or ACT composite score of 25, good character and participation in extra-curricular activities (school and community). Financial need is not the primary consideration. (Samples of talent are required to be submitted with the application.) $2000 due 3/2/22.
2021-2022 Live Scholarship Guide Click Here
Every scholarship that the MHS Counseling Department receives notification for is linked in this Google Sheet. Scholarships are listed alphabetically. Criteria, values, and types of scholarships are also indicated. If a link appears to be broken, please copy and paste the scholarship name in a search engine and you should be directed to the site.
Scholarship money is available, but it is important to note that applying and seeking out scholarships can be an involved process. It takes someone who is a go-getter, someone who is persistent, resourceful and not afraid to ask questions!
The first place to look for scholarships is from the school you are planning to attend. Colleges and universities offer scholarships to incoming freshmen, but they are usually very competitive and are often based on academic performance. However, individual schools within the college may also offer scholarships based on need, or that are specific to your choice of major. The best way to start is by visiting the college’s website and then finding your way to the financial aid or scholarship section. All you need to know about available scholarships at that particular school will most likely be listed there.
Private scholarship sources make up a small slice of the total financial aid pie. Nonetheless, there are a number of scholarship opportunities—the trick is finding which ones are applicable to your individual situation.
Scholarship information will be communicated via class remind101 and can be found in the guide above. This is by no means an exhaustive list; websites are listed below to assist with other scholarship searches. Be forewarned—the application process for scholarships is often as detailed as applying for college and sometimes the rewards are not large. The most important thing to remember is to never pay for a scholarship or for scholarship information.
Scholarship & Financial Aid Search Engines
According to Reviews.com: The 4 Best Scholarship Search Platforms
Fastweb - Best for Most Students: https://www.fastweb.com/
Cappex - Best Database: https://www.cappex.com/
Unigo - Best Search: https://www.unigo.com/
Big Future - Best Resources: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/
Raise Me: https://www.raise.me/
Other Search Engines to Explore:
Peterson's Scholarship SearchEngine: https://www.petersons.com/college-search/scholarship-search.aspx
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): https://fafsa.ed.gov/
College Foundation of NC (CFNC.org): https://www.cfnc.org/index.jsp
College Board: https://www.collegeboard.org/
United Negro College Fund (UNCF): http://www.uncf.org/
Thurgood Marshall College Fund for Historically Black Colleges & Universities: http://tmcf.org/
Hispanic Scholarship Fund: https://hsf.net/en/
Latino College Dollars: http://www.latinocollegedollars.org/
I Am First! First Generation College Students: http://www.imfirst.org/
Federal Student Aid: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
College Affordability Guide: http://www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org/
LendEdu College Financial Aid, Scholarships & Loans 101 Course: https://lendedu.com/blog/financial-aid-scholarships-student-loans-101-course/