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FAFSA REMINDER:

NOVEMBER 22nd Medical Lake Library

Have you completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) yet? This is an essential component to your student moving on to post-secondary training and education. However, completing the FAFSA can be complicated. If you need help getting started or need questions answered, financial aid expert, Tammy Zibell, will be available at the Medical Lake Library on November 22nd from 6:30-8:00 p.m. She will demonstrate how to navigate the federal financial aid system and laptops will be available after the class for those who want to continue the FAFSA process.

The Medical Lake Library is located at 321 E. Herb St.

1) The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application opens OCTOBER 1st this year!
That means if your student will be attending any post-secondary institutions in 2017, you should fill this out.
The closer you can fill it out to Oct. 1st, the better chance you have of getting aid if you qualify.
Here is the website: https://fafsa.ed.gov/

2) Even if you think your income level will be too high, many institutions
REQUIRE the FAFSA. It never hurts to fill it out, as your circumstances can change.

3) In order to submit the FAFSA, you must first create an "FSA ID." There are no longer pin numbers,
so everyone must create an ID this year. Both student and parent need an FSA ID.
You can go to fsaid.ed.gov to start the process now.

4) If you have questions or get "stuck" on the FAFSA, feel free to call any local institution's financial
aid departments (i.e., SFCC, EWU, Gonzaga, etc.). They should be able to answer general questions
even if you don't intend to apply there. You can also call FAFSA directly at 1-800-4FED-AID
(1-800-433-3243).

• 7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the FAFSA
http://blog.ed.gov/2015/12/7-things-before-fafsa/

• 7 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA
http://blog.ed.gov/2015/12/7-steps-filling-out-fafsa/

• 11 Common FAFSA Mistakes
http://blog.ed.gov/2016/01/11-common-fafsa-mistakes/

Common Questions about Filing the FAFSA
http://www.onlinecolleges.net/for-students/fafsa/. This guide answers the most common questions that students
have about filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Topics include eligibility, special cases, what you need to actually apply, and questions to expect.
SCHOLARSHIPS 2016-2017

Violet Richardson Award

The deadline for applications for the Violet Richardson Award, is December 1. This award is given to honor a young woman for her volunteer activities. The $600 cash award may be used in any way the winner desires.

Applicants must be active in volunteer activities in school or the community. They must be at least 14 and not older than 17 on December 1, 2016. Academic achievement is not a factor.

Examples of activities include fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; working to end discrimination, violence, bullying, or poverty; tutoring young girls in STEM classes, reading, math, or problem solving; encouraging girls learning about nontraditional occupations; teaching young girls about hygiene, beauty, and personal pride activities. Activities that benefit women and girls are of particular interest, and the scope of them is almost limitless.

The application is attached or hard copies will be available in the Counseling Center.
WASHINGTON STATE OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship was launched in 2011 to reduce the barriers that low- & middle- income students face in college and on their way into rewarding careers in high demand fields. This year we will award 1850 scholarships worth up to $22,500. Please help us in promoting this scholarship within your schools. Interested and eligible students can use these funds at 67 Washington colleges and universities to pursue 200 fantastic majors. We hope that these points and files help:

OVERVIEW | See attached document.

DEADLINES | Applications received online from January 3 - February 28, 2017.

ELIGIBLE MAJORS | http://www.waopportunityscholarship.org/document.doc?id=675

ELIGIBLE COLLEGES | http://www.waopportunityscholarship.org/document.doc?id=678

SAMPLE APPLICATION | http://www.waopportunityscholarship.org/document.doc?id=680

PROMOTION POSTER (ENGLISH) | http://www.waopportunityscholarship.org/file/publications/WSOS-Poster.pdf

PROMOTION POSTER (SPANISH) | http://www.waopportunityscholarship.org/file/publications/WSOS-Poster-Spanish.pdf

SIGN UP FOR A REMINDER | On the WSOS homepage, https://www.waopportunityscholarship.org/home

WEBSITE FRIENDLY TEXT| Low- and Middle- income high schools seniors and qualifying college students with a 2.75+ GPA and a desire to pursue a science, technology, engineering, mathematics or health care major and career are encouraged to apply for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship. Awardees receive up to $22,500 over 5 years. Application open from Jan 3 - Feb 28, 2017 at www.waopportunity scholarship.org.
 
NRMCA ESSAY CONTEST

We are happy to announce the return of the Concrete Essay contest, presented by the WA Aggregates & Concrete Association and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association. This contest is open to all High Schools in WA State. For more information on this great opportunity for your students, please read the attached document. We would love for you to forward this information on to the person in charge of scholarships/career development at your school.
Racine Olson Injury Scholarship

This scholarship is open to high school seniors in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington who plan on either attending a 4-year college or 2-year community college. These applicants have either been a victim of a personal injury accident or has a parent(s) or guardian(s) who has been a victim of a personal injury accident.


- Funds will be sent directly to the college you'll be attending
- Scholarship is a one-time award of $500
- Scholarship is due by May 31, 2017
- Winner will be announced on July 8th, 2017.

Would you consider adding this scholarship to your school website's scholarships page to help spread the word to your students? If so, please include our online application which is located below. Here you can also see our eligibility requirements and other pertinent information.
To access our scholarship, visit: http://www.racinelaw.net/practice-areas/idaho-personal-injury-lawyers#scholarship-application
Michael Anderson Scholarship
 
We are offering two $1000 Michael Anderson scholarships to young people in good academic standing. Our deadline is rapidly approaching and we have only had a few responses Would you be willing to contact your counselors or teachers to advise them of this opportunity? We would like to get the word out to as many eligible young people as possible. I have attached the scholarship application criteria. We may be able to extend the deadline until Monday, October 24.
 
ELK 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. Applications for the 2017 contest are available online at:
http://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm
The 2017 MVS application deadline is November 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time.

BBB Foundation

BBB Foundation offers the
Students of Integrity Scholarship
to recognize high school juniors and seniors who personify and communicate ethics in the real world, as demonstrated through community service, personal integrity, and academic accomplishments.

Deadline is February 13, 2017 @ 11:59 p.m. PST

Apply today at go.bbb.org/nw-scholarship
 
FRA Scholarship

The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) is sponsoring an essay contest for grades 7-12 called "What Memorial Day Means to Me." The deadline is December 1, 2016. Please visit the following link for more information: http://www.fra.org/essay

The local chapter is Inland Empire Branch 038 (Spokane) and you can contact Peg Burke at 509-385-7275 or FRAbranch38@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Horatio Alger Scholarship Program

Please visit the following link for scholarship opportunities. Scholarship programs offered include:
1) National Scholarships
2) State Scholarships
3) Career and Technical Scholarships
4) Targeted Scholarships based on college and major

https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/

Feel free to contact Bart Barrett at (509) 680-5416 or barrett@gcu.edu if you have questions.

BBB Foundation Scholarship

BBB Foundation offers the Students of Integrity Scholarship to recognize a high school seniors who personifies high ethics, as demonstrated through leadership, community service, overall personal integrity and academic accomplishments. A scholarship of $10,000 is awarded to the winning application submitted by students residing in Alaska, Oregon or Western Washington.

With $10,000 of college funding on the line, more than 300 applicants participated in the 2016 Students of Integrity Scholarship online application. Putting their creativity to the test, qualified applicants submitted a 90-second video that demonstrated how Better Business Bureau helps people become smart consumers.
http:// http://www.bbb.org/northwest/charities-donors/about-us/bbb-foundation/bbb-students-of-integrity-scholarship/

Scholarship Essay

Please see the enclosed link for an essay contest scholarship open to grades 9-12. The deadline is November 1, 2016. Hard copies are also available in the counseling center.

https://www.vfw.org/uploadedFiles/VFW.org/Community/2017VoiceofDemocracyStudentEntryForm.pdf

Michael P. Anderson Scholarship
Please see the attached documents regarding the Michael P. Anderson Scholarship. The deadline is October 21st. Please direct questions to Ms. Elaine Tyrie at 509-456-7785 or Dr. Jeanne Baynes at 509-255-6013.
HORATIO ALGER SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarship Form

WASBO Members:

AXA Advisors asked us to pass along information regarding their amazing scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors. The scholarships range from $2,500, $10,000, and $25,000. They will be accepting applications starting Sept 1, 2016 until December 15, 2016.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Scholarship Information AXA

We award $8,000 in scholarships every year to students who share their stories of how quitting smoking helped them to change their lives and their views on how we can create a smoke-free world. It’s free to apply for everyone.

You can find more information at: tobaccofreelife.org/scholarship

ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

The Washboard
Looking for scholarships? theWashBoard.org makes it simple.
We connect Washington students of all types with Washington scholarship providers….for FREE.Whether you’ll be attending in state or out, you save time by entering your profile once and letting us find the scholarship opportunities that fit. theWashBoard.org is spam-free and will never sell your information.

Fast Web
Need Money for College? Try the Internet's largest free scholarship search! This site allows borrowers to search through the databses of 180,000 private scholarships. This database is set up to e-mail the borrower when it find grants or scholarships that match the borrower's profile.

College Scholarship Guide (The Simple Dollar)
Higher education costs are at an all-time high, and landing the right scholarship could be the difference between graduating debt-free or paying off loans for years and years. This online guide walks you through the whole process, including preparing, searching, applying, deadlines, etc.

General Scholarship Information

http://www.spokanefalls.edu/Resources/career Click on the SFCC scholarship link
http://www.freschinfo.com Free scholarship search
http://www.colegescholarships.com College Connection – listing free college scholarship information
http://www.fastweb.com Customized scholarship search
http://www.collegeplan.org/cpnow/pnwguide/pnwguide.htm Pacific Northwest Scholarship Guide
http://www.ccs.spokane.edu/Foundation/foundation.htm Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation
http://www.hecb.wa.gov/paying/waaidprgm/eog.asp Educational Opportunity Grant for WA State
http://www.all-ink.com/scholarship.html Write two 50-200 word essays
http://www.aynrand.org/contests Write an essay on the novel “Atlas Shrugged”
http://mach25.collegenet.com/cgi-bin/M25/index no fee scholarship database search
http://www.upromise.com Register and earn college savings
http://www.nationalservice.org/scholarships/ Promoting service and citizenship
http://www.scholarshiphelp.org/index.htm How a scholarship application is evaluated
http://www.freegrants.com
http://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/all-articles-and-videos/College Tax tips for students going to college from TurboTax

College Savings Plans Network

This site provides information on state sponsored prepaid tuition and college savings plans throughout the U.S.
College Savings Plans Network

Scholarships at Geoportals

This valuable tool allows the entry of a student's personal and academic information. Parents and other non-students will be entering information as well. Once entered, the scholarship search engine searches the database, of more than 8,000 funding sources comprised of more than 600,000 individual awards, and selects those matching the student's profile. It provides each funding source's eligibility requirements, due dates, number of awards, award amounts, and contact information. Scholarships at Geoportals

Super College

Get free cash for college from loans, grants, and scholarships. Plus, search our free scholarship database, with over $1.1 billion in prizes. Super College

Educational and Training Voucher (ETV)
Program for Former/Present Foster Care Youth

The Educational and Training Voucher (ETV) Program offers financial assistance to current and former foster youth to help them attend colleges, universities or vocational training programs. Students may receive up to $5,000 per academic year to help pay for tuition, fees, books, room and board, rent and other school-related expenses not covered by financial aid.

You may qualify if you:

have been accepted into or are enrolled in a degree, certificate or other program at an accredited college, university, technical or vocational school; and
have not yet reached your 21st birthday; or
have not yet reached your 23rd birthday and received ETV funds as of your 21st birthday; and
are currently in foster care; or
aged out of foster care at age 18 or were adopted from foster care after your 16th birthday; and
show you are making progress towards a degree or certificate.

For more information or for an application form online, go to www.collegesuccessfoundation.org.

Western Washington University

Multicultural Achievement Program (MAP) Scholarship
Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000 and are available to incoming freshmen and transfer students who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to multiculturalism and/or diversity.See Mrs. Long for more information.

Inland Northwest Community Foundation

Inland Northwest Community Foundation manages more than thirty Scholarship Funds established by donors interested in helping students from the Inland Northwest attend college, university or vocational school. Examples of some of the scholarships available are: Carol Fahlgren Crispin Scholarship (for students planning on attending WSU Intercollegiate College of Nursing), Stanley A. and Bernice F. Fahlgren Scholarship (for students planning on attending EWU School of Education to become elementary and secondary school teachers), and Robert and Anna Neill WSU Scholarship (for worthy and deserving students planning on attending WSU). For a complete list of scholarships, visit INCF's website at www.inwcomfound.org.

Tuition FundingSources.com

Unlike other scholarship search websites, the TFS website does not collect student’s names and other personal information.

Go to http://www.tuitionfundingsources.com/ Click on Login and then the “First Time User?” link. Select the state where you live and school you attend. Enter your email address as your username and then create a password.

University of Washington Undergraduate Admissions

The Husky Promise guarantees that full tuition will be covered by grant or scholarship support if you are a low- or lower middle-income student and a Washington resident. These grants and scholarships do not have to be repaid. If you qualify for the Husky Promise you can be assured that if tuition increases, the University of Washington has you covered.

Here is the website for you. http://admit.washington.edu/Paying/Freshman/HuskyPromise

For students with confirmed financial hardship, the University of Washington is happy to provide a waiver of the $50 application fee. For more information see Mrs. Long.
Spokane Community College Technical Education

Construction Trades, Engineering, Manufacturing, Mechanical Trades and Service Industries. This is a new Career Planning Guide that can be looked up in the CHS Career Center.