Seniors file the FAFSA October 1st through March 2nd, 2021 using your 2019 Tax Return Information!
FAFSA is an acronym that stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Colleges and universities use this form to determine your eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs. Therefore, even though the FAFSA is technically the application for federal aid, you have to fill it out to receive state and college-sponsored financial aid as well. If you're hoping for any government or school financial aid for college, you should file a FAFSA.
How does the FAFSA determine your eligibility for financial aid? The FAFSA is used by the US Department of Education to calculate your Expected Family Contribution, or EFC, for college. Your EFC is a dollar amount that reflects how much you can afford to pay for college for the following academic year. The lower your EFC, the more aid you're eligible to receive. Your EFC is determined based on income, assets, and other household information you'll be asked to provide on the FAFSA
Local Scholarship Handbook
Each year local clubs, organizations, and businesses offer scholarships to deserving JFK Students. In the Local Scholarship Handbook, you will find the General Application that can be submitted for most local scholarships. Some scholarships may require a different application than the one in this booklet or have special requirements such as mailing the application to a specific location with a different deadline. You may apply for as many local scholarships for which you are eligible. You must turn in a separate application for each local scholarship you want to be considered for to the JFK Counseling Office. Additional local scholarships may become available throughout second semester. They will be sent out to seniors via Remind. As they become available, Mrs. Carson will e-mail them to students as requested.
To access the Local Scholarship Handbook, please click on the DOCX icon
Please apply directly with scholarship donor or as instructed. Deadline listed for each scholarship may vary. Check with scholarship donor for exact dates and requirements. Many scholarships begin to accept applications months before deadline - CHECK & SUBMIT EARLY!
Ronald McDonald House Charities U.S. Scholarship Program
$5.5 million was awarded last year to California students
Students need a 2.7 GPA to apply.
Nurse.org Healthcare Leaders Scholarship (Ongoing)
Award: $1000 (one-time)
Apply Online: http://nurse.org/healthcare-leaders/
Eligibility: 17 years of age, GPA of 3.0 or higher, US citizen, accepted or enrolled in a healthcare-related program. 600-1000 word essay required.
Burger King Scholars
Burger King is offering up to $50,000 in scholarships to high school Seniors and employees of Burger King. Apply online today at:
Elks National Foundation Scholarship: The 2017 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.
Make Me Laugh Scholarship: $1500 award. Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application and legal resident of US; Submit an online short written response (250 words or less): Describe an incident in your life, funny or embarrassing (fact or fiction), and make us laugh! Apply online at: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/make-me-laugh-scholarship
Courage to Grow Scholarship: $500 MONTHLY award for juniors and seniors. Min. 2.5 GPA and U.S. Citizen; 250 word essay. Apply online at: http://couragetogrowscholarship.com/
Quest Bridge National College Match: Partnering with some of the nation's best universities to serve academically talented, low income students. Over 300 financial aid packages awarded covering 100%of demonstrated financial need. Apply online www.questbridge.org
COCA-COLA SCHOLARS PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP: $1,000 - $20,000 awards; this is an achievement-based scholarship for high school seniors.Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.Apply online at: http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/applicants/#programs; Read Before You Apply. Closes in Oct.
GET UP AND GET ACTIVE: $1000 Awards; Students will need to write a short essay on one of the following topics: Why is being financially literate important to you? -OR- What's the best lesson you've learned about money? Apply online at: http://www.getupgetactive.org/scholarship/
"$1000 Shout it Out" Scholarship: Open to all students 13 or older. Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the scholarship topic: "If you could say one thing to the entire world at once, what would it be and why?" Apply online at: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/shout-it-out-scholarship
We the Future Contest: $1000 award. High School Students may submit: Entrepreneurial, Essay, PSA, Short Film, Song or STEM. Apply online at: http://www.constitutingamerica.org/downloads.php
Just Poetry High School Contest: $1000 awards.All HS students are eligible. Submit Poem of 20 lines or less. Apply at: http://highschoolpoetrycontest.com
AXA Achievement Scholarship: $25,000 in college scholarships to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. Apply online at: https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-scholarship.html
Don't Text and Drive Scholarship: $1000 award; you must be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. Apply online at: http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/dont-text-and-drive-scholarship/
Queen Scheherazade Scholarship Pageant: Girls must be at least 17. Queen Scheherazade $3,500, Princesses $3,000. Apply online at: http://www.datefest.org/
Magic Carpet Music Scholarship: $1500 award; the competition consists of, but is not limited to, a live performance at the Competition for each of the three categories: a. Vocal b. Instrumental (soloist) c. Original Composition; min GPA 2.0; Apply online at: http://www.datefest.org/
AES Engineers Scholarship: $500 award for students majoring in engineering. Apply online at www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm
Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards: $1000-$15,000 awards open to rising seniors who maintain an un-weighted 3.0 GPA. Award categories include, but are not limited to: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Engineering & Mathematics,
Healthcare & Science, Innovation & Technology and Sports & Fitness. Apply online at: http://www.hispanicheritage.org/programs/youth-awards/
TheDream.US Scholarship: $12,500 -$25,000 Award; Scholarship for highly motivated DREAMers who have DACA or TPS approval; Students must be accepted to and eligible for in-state tuition at one of the Partner Colleges to receive scholarship.For info:
College JumpStart Scholarship: $1,500 for 10th thru 12th graders, college student or non-traditional student; U.S. citizen or legal resident;Attend or plan to attend an accredited 2-year, 4-year or vocational / trade school in the U.S.;Be committed to using education to better your life and that of your family and/or community. Apply online at: http://www.jumpstart-scholarship.net/
Horatio Alger CA Scholarship Program: $6000-$60,000; Over 70 programs; $55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required; Community Service & integrity; Min. GPA 2.0 and US Citizen. Apply online at: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/
Stokes Educational Scholarship Program: $30,000+ awards; Various Intelligence/STEM Career Scholarships & Internships; For Stokes: Must be studying computer science or computer/electrical engineering. Attend college full-time, then work during the summer at NSA for 12 weeks; year-round salary. Required to work in your area of study for NSA after your college graduation for at least one-and-one-half times the length of study. For information and application visit: https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/icstudents.html
Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Contest: $30,000 award. Open to students in grades 9-12. Create and record a reading of your essay on an annual topic; this year's topic is: "My Responsibility to America"Apply online at: http://www.vfw.org/VOD/
Good360 Sustainability Scholarship: $1,000 award. What do you do to live sustainably? Post a photo on Instagram with your 200-300-word essay explaining what sustainability means to you; 3.8 min GPA; Open to all majors. Apply online at: https://good360.org/sustainability-scholarship/
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship $40,000 award. Available to high-achieving Seniors with financial need. Application period is from early September to early November. Apply online at:
Footlocker Scholarship $20,000 award. You must be an outstanding athlete who demonstrates exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills.
California Association of Educational Office Professionals $1,000 award. To assist education students who wish to continue with higher education and pursue a career in business administration or education.
BMI Foundation Scholarships $5,000 to $20,000 award. Seven distinct scholarship competitions available. All scholarships are given by musicians.
JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest $100-$20,000 award. Essay topic is, "Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year of JFK's birth."
Check out these websites for more scholarship opportunities!