Scholarships for High School Students in Michigan

Looking for some free money to help pay for your child's college education? Here's a list of great scholarships for high school students in Michigan.

Is your child in their senior year of high school? If so, the reality of college tuition might be inching closer and closer to your wallet. So, how can you tame the price tag of higher education for your child and minimize their student loan debt?

With some of these scholarships for high school students, 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 for high school students 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 in their extended lists or explore our affording college checklist, too!

Do you know of any other great scholarship opportunities for Michigan students? Let us know in the comments.

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Scholarship Programs

Requirements: This 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.
Amount: $250-$7,500
Deadline: March 15, 2024

Detroit Promise Scholarship

Requirements: This scholarship is open to students from Detroit who are attending one of 18 partnering Michigan universities and offers continuous funding to those that maintain a 2.5 GPA, remain a full-time student and stay on track to complete a four-year degree.
Amount: Varies but covers all four years of high school.
Deadline: Visit

Diabetes Scholars from Beyond Type 1

Requirements:The application is intended for students to complete and not parents. They provide a holistic review process by seeking to understand each applicant as a whole individual, using factors such as academic excellence, extracurricular activities, volunteer history, unique interests, and strength of character demonstrated through personal essays.
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: The 2024 Beyond Scholars applications will open Monday, March 11th.

Duck Brand Duct Tape “Stuck at Prom” Scholarship Program

Requirements: Participants must create high school prom attire — either a dress or tux — completely made out of Duck Brand duct tape. Submit photos of yourself in the attire and fill out the entry form. Must be at least 14 years old to participate. It’s no longer required to wear your creation to prom!
Amount: $500-$10,000
Deadline: 2024 application not available yet

Eastern Michigan University First-Year Scholarship Opportunities

Requirements: EMU’s Global Tuition Rate eliminates out-of-state fees for undergraduate students, allowing all undergraduate students from the U.S.—and around the world—to pay in-state rates. Scholarships are customized based on a mixture of criteria and considerations.
Amount: $4,000-$8,000

  • Emerald Scholarship: The scholarship award amounts will be applicable to applicants starting in Fall 2024
  • Eastern Tuition Advantage (ETA): deadline each March 15 for the following fall semester.
  • Presidential Scholarship: The Presidential Scholarship Application is closed for the Fall 2024 application cycle. Information for the Fall 2025 Application will become available in August 2024.
  • 4WARD Graduation Scholarship: If you’d like more information or steps to opt-in, reach out to your Admissions Advisor or email

Michigan First Credit Union Scholarship Competition

Requirements: Students are challenged to create a video or essay focused on a certain theme; most recently it was “If you could be any exotic animal for a week, what animal would you choose and why? What would you do during this time?” Applicants must be a good standing member with Michigan First Credit Union, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and plans to pursue a two- or four-year university, community college, vocational or technical school the following fall. High school seniors and current college students are eligible. Plus, find additional tips on applying for scholarships.
Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: Applications start on April 8, 2024.

Society of Women Engineers Scholarship

Requirements: SWE Scholarships support those who identify as a woman and pursue an ABET-accredited bachelor or graduate student program in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology, and fields related to engineering globally. In 2023, SWE disbursed over 330 new and renewed scholarships valued at more than $1,500,000!
Amount: Up to $1,500,000

  • ABET Upperclass (rising sophomore, junior, senior undergraduates and all graduate students): December 1, 2023 – January 31, 2024 at 5:00 PM CT – CLOSED for 2024-2025 Academic Year
  • ABET Incoming Freshmen (incoming first year students): February 2, 2024 – March 31, 2024 at 5:00 PM CT – Apply Here!
  • India (undergraduate or graduate students at select schools): December 1, 2023 – January 23, 2024 at 11:30 PM IST (12:00 PM CT) – CLOSED for 2024-2025 Academic Year
  • *Please note that deadlines are 5pm CT (except India deadlines at 12pm CT/11:30pm IST) and there will be no exceptions to any scholarship deadlines*

State of Michigan Scholarships and Grants

Requirements: The State of Michigan offers about a dozen scholarships or grants to high school students pursuing a postsecondary education. All have different requirements and stipulations. Click the title above to visit the website for the latest details.
Amounts: $2,000-$10,000
Deadlines: Varies. Some of their scholarships’ deadlines are:

Thurgood Marshall McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden Scholarship Program

Requirements: Must attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Amount: Up to $15,000 for the 2024-2025 school year.
Deadline: March 28, 2024

Union Plus Scholarship

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.
Amount: $500-$4,000
Deadline: January 31, 2024

Wayne State University Scholarship Opportunities

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.
Amounts: Varies
Deadline: Varies. Some of their scholarships’ deadlines are:

  • First-year undergraduate scholarships: For maximum scholarship consideration, you must complete the undergraduate admission application (including submission of all transcripts and test scores) by December 1, 2023. The final deadline for scholarship consideration is April 1, 2024
  • Transfer Merit Scholarships: Winter 2024 semester: October 1, 2023. Fall 2024 semester: June 1, 2024. Winter 2025 semester: October 1, 2024
  • WSU Private Scholarships: The 2024-25 Scholarship Application will open in December 2023. File the 2024-25 FAFSA to maximize your award options. The deadline for the majority of WSU scholarships for the 2024-25 academic year is March 1, 2024

This post was originally published in 2021 and is updated regularly.

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  1. Hello, I am a member of the French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan and we would like to help future students by giving back a little something to help them offset the costs of education. Our non-profit organization has recently created a small scholarship ($250) we would like to offer to qualifying freshman students for the 2023-24 academic year. We are hoping to be able to increase it in future years, based on the response we receive. If you would be willing to place our scholarship on your site or send it out to your seniors with the other scholarships, please let me know and I can forward you our application, or you can find it at the following link on our website:

    Thank you for your time!

    Loraine DiCerbo
    Editor – Michigan’s Habitant Heritage
    French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan


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