Scholarships are a key way to fund your education. It's different from a loan because you don't have to pay this money back. There are so many out there! Look for scholarships that are specific to your school first and once you have applied to those, start expanding your search.
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The Missouri United School Insurance Council (MUSIC) encourages you to apply for the Dr. Darrell “Jack” Holley/MUSIC Scholarships. The funding of the scholarships is provided by proceeds from the golf tournament and corporate donations.
Dr. Darrell “Jack” Holley was MUSIC’s first Executive Director. As a school business official with the Mehlville School District and president of MOASBO, he worked with the Arthur J Gallagher Company and others to create the MUSIC Program in 1985. Jack served as the Executive Director for twelve years developing/enhancing coverages, expanding services and growing the program to include close to 400 school districts, community colleges and educational associations before retiring. We are all very proud of Dr. Holley and honored to provide these scholarships in his name. You can still see Jack at the MUSIC-MOASBO Golf Tournament held each May, playing and telling stories of how it all started.
MUSIC members are designated into three enrollment size categories: small, medium and large. Six scholarships (two in each category) of $2,000.00 each (nonrenewable) will be awarded to 2019 graduating seniors of districts that are MUSIC members.
The following guidelines will govern the scholarship program.
- The public high school you attend must be in a district that is a current member of MUSIC, unless a K-8 district nominates you.
- Only ONE application from each high school is to be submitted.
- The application form must be postmarked by February 22, 2019. Late applications will not be considered.
- All applications must be (typed) printed. No handwritten applications will be considered.
- A copy of your official high school transcript (based on seven semesters) including your ACT or SAT score needs to accompany your application.
- Your application packet should include a letter of recommendation from a district administrator, counselor or teacher (submit only one (1) letter).
- The recipients will be posted on the MUSIC website (http://www.musicprogram.org) by April 12, 2019.
- The scholarship will be sent directly to the recipients once proof of paid college tuition is provided.
The Missouri A+ Scholarship
The A+ Scholarship Program provides scholarship funds to eligible graduates of Missouri A+ high schools who attend a participating public community college or vocational/technical school, or certain private two-year vocational/technical schools.
The following are the requirements for the Missouri A+ Program
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Enter into a written agreement with your high school prior to graduation.
- Attend a designated A+ high school for 3 years prior to graduation.
- Graduate from an A+ designated high school with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Have at least a 95% attendance record overall for grades 9-12.
- Perform at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring, of which up to 25% may include job shadowing prior to graduation. 2
- Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol while in grades 9-12.
- Have achieved a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end of course exam or a higher level DESE approved end-of-course exam in the field of mathematics.
Wendy's Heisman Scholarship - Deadline October 17th
The Wendy’s High School Heisman recognizes two winners—one male athlete and one female athlete—from each state. 90 State Winners receive a $500 scholarship, eight National Finalists receive a $1,000 scholarship, two National Winners receive a $5,000 scholarship along with national honor and recognition during ESPN’s telecast of the college Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation. Winning the Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship requires a GPA of 3.0 or better, participation in at least one school-sponsored sport, and demonstrated leadership at school and in the community. Go to wendysheisman.com to apply today!
ACT College & Career Readiness Challenge - Deadline October 31st
Applications are open for the ACT Student Champion Award! 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, and state-level recognition. Please encourage students in the graduating class of 2019 who have taken the ACT who fit the following criteria to apply: high school seniors who have overcome challenges and can articulate their education and/or career actions, at a minimum students must have a composite ACT score of 22 on a single test date OR a Gold ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate®. Applications can be found www.act.org/readinesschampions. Applications are due October 31, 2018, and champions will be notified on or before January 31, 2019.
Hagan Scholarship - Deadline November
- Must be a U.S. Citizen.
- Must attend an Eligible Public High School.
- Must be a student in the 2019 high school graduating class.
- Must have achieved a high school GPA of 3.50 or higher.
- Must have scored 23 or higher on the ACT (Composite Score) or 1,200 on the SAT.
- Must enroll at an eligible four-year college the first semester following high school graduation.
- Must work 240 hours in the twelve months prior to the start of college; from August 2018 to August 2019.
- Must complete the FAFSA in 2018 using 2017 tax return information; the EFC must not exceed $6,500.
- Must apply for eligible Federal and State grants.
- Must not have been convicted of a felony.
MO School Board Association Scholarship, J. Belcher Award
$1000 scholarship awarded to a student in each of the MSBA's 17 regions. Applicants are reviewed on the basis of academic performance, extracurricular activities and the quality of their essay. A statewide winner is selected from the 17 regional recipients for an additional $1500 scholarship.
**Must see Mrs. Lefler for further information.
- Step 1 - APPLY FOR YOUR SCHOLARSHIP HERE! OR Download our Imagine America mobile app! Create a login and profile - it's super quick and simple - CLICK HERE FOR APPLE and HERE FOR ANDROID to download it now!
- Step 2 - Just follow the prompts that walk you through the steps
- Step 3 - Enter the information to complete your profile - this is a necessary step before you apply for your scholarship to trade schools and career colleges for high school students!
- Step 4 - Save your profile and click on "Apply for Scholarships" in the navigation menu
- Step 5 - Under "Type" select "HS"
- Step 6 - Find your school on our alphabetical list, click on your campus, review your information and submit your application
- Step 7 - Watch the Financial Planning Made Simple (FPMS) video. This is a required step. So pop some popcorn and kick back. We want to make sure you make smart financial choices to reduce the risk of stress while you train for the job you want
- Step 8 - Your application will be sent to your guidance counselor for review
- Step 9 - Once your application is approved by your counselor, it will be sent off to the school and they will make the final determination about the amount and approval of your application