Is high school almost over for your child? If so, the reality of college tuition might be inching closer and closer to your wallet. So, how can you keep the price of higher education from eating you and your child alive? With some of these Michigan college scholarships of course! But how do you find additional scholarships in Michigan outside of filing the FAFSA? Well, we’ve done some digging to find great college scholarships in Michigan that you may have overlooked in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties – and beyond.
Scholarships are always available if you know where to dig! Students can find even more opportunities online through websites like Fastweb, including these scholarships for your average student – or even scholarships with unusual or unique requirements.
Do you know of any other great scholarship opportunities for Michigan students? Let us know in the comments.
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Requirements: Students who apply for this scholarship must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and submit an essay. They are “evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor.” Only current or retired members of participating unions, their spouses and dependent children are eligible. Find a full list of eligibility requirements online.
Deadline: Noon Jan. 31, 2017
Requirements: Choose the category that applies to you and complete the application, which must include a video or essay answering the question, “What do you think your generation does better than any other generation? Tell us why.” Applicants must be a “good standing” member with Michigan First Credit Union, have a minimum GPA of 2.8 and plans to pursue a two- or four-year university, community college, vocational or technical school in fall 2017. High school seniors and current college students are eligible. Plus, find additional tips on applying for scholarships. More details online.
Deadline: 3 p.m. Feb. 6, 2017
Requirements: Foundation manages more than 20 scholarship funds with varying requirements. Students fill out a single application and are matched to scholarships. Transcripts and at least two recommendation letters required.
Deadline: 5 p.m. on March 15, 2017
Requirements: Nearly 100 private scholarships are available to incoming or current Wayne State University students. Some scholarships are need-based, which means students need to have their FAFSA forms complete as well. Fill out the scholarship application online.
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Requirements: Applicant must have at least a 2.5 GPA and should submit a 1-2 page essay about what it means to be a twin, along with a photo of you and your twin. Be sure to include information on academic history, honors, employment experience and volunteer activities. Student must be studying at Eastern Michigan University.
Deadline: April 1, 2017
Requirements: Students must have completed at least 30-plus hours of community service during their junior or senior year of high school and they must be graduating in 2017. Student should also be a member of a family that has belonged to Credit Union ONE of Michigan for at least six months, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, plan to enroll full-time in a post-secondary institution in the fall of 2017. They’ll need to write an essay, obtain two letters of recommendation, and submit their transcript with grading scale. Employees of Credit Union ONE of Michigan and their immediate families are ineligible.
Deadline: April 1, 2017
Requirements: Must be a female who has been “admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science.” Student must provide an official transcript and write an essay.
Amount: unspecified; could range $1,000-$15,000
Deadline: 5 p.m. central time on May 1, 2017 (college freshmen application)
Requirements: Must be of Arab or Chaldean descent, be a resident of Michigan, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, be a graduating high school senior, provide a high school transcript and proof of acceptance to a university or college. Also, please include two letters of recommendation. Students must write a one-page essay responding to the outlined topic and include any information about extracurricular activities or awards.
Deadline: May 6, 2017
Requirements: Participants much attend a high school prom wearing attire completely made out of Duck brand Duct Tape. Submit photos of yourself in the attire and describe in 1,000 words how you created your outfit. Must be at least 14 years old to participate.
Deadline: TBD for 2017. Stay tuned!
Requirements: The state of Michigan offers about 10 scholarships or grants to high school students pursuing a secondary education. Options include dual enrollment, the Children of Veterans Tuition Grant, Fostering Futures Scholarship for teens who have been in the foster care system, the Michigan Tuition Grant and more. All have different requirements and stipulations. Visit the website for more details.
Amount: Some vary based on need, others range anywhere from $250 a semester per academic year to a grand total of $11,200.
Requirements: Scholarships are available by major, county, high school and more. Search by your child’s current high school, county or would-be major to see which scholarships are available to your student. Must be an incoming or current Michigan State University student.
Requirements: Must attend one of 10 southeast Michigan high schools (find a full list online).
Amount: Eight $250 scholarships and eight $1,000 scholarships awarded
Deadline: TBD for 2017. Stay tuned for details.
This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated for 2017 by Megan Krueger.