Financial Aid Office
Incoming Students - Private Scholarship Offerings
The scholarships listed below are provided by private agencies, foundations and companies. Students are invited to apply.
Post-9/11 GI Bill: Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
Public Law 111-32, the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33) to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001. The benefit is effective August 1, 2009; the same day the Post-9/11 GI Bill takes effect. Eligible children attending school may receive up to the highest public, in-state undergraduate tuition and fees, plus a monthly living stipend and book allowance under this program.
Who is eligible?
Children of an active duty member of the Armed Forces who has died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, are eligible for this benefit. A child may be married or over 23 and still be eligible.
- are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level
- have 15 years to use the benefit beginning on his/her 18th birthday
- may use the benefit until his or her 33rd birthday
- cannot use benefit before age 18, even if he or she has completed high school
- are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program
How do I apply for this benefit?
Click here for an online application form Please complete the VA Form 22-5490 "Dependent Application for VA Education Benefits".
For more information, call toll-free 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) or visit the VA GI Bill Web site at http://www.gibill.va.gov
The Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI), a non-profit organization, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of all those affected by brain injury through education, advocacy, research , and local support groups; and to reduce the incidence of brain injury through prevention.
Feel free to contact www.biami.org or 810-229-5880.
The Michigan 2020 Plan was introduced by Senator Gretchen Whitmer and others. The proposed package of legislation provides Michigan high school graduates – public, private or home-schooled – with the opportunity to have the cost of their college education paid for in its entirety.
The group has created the Michigan 2020 Scholarship Competition -- http://www.mi2020video.com/ -- this is an opportunity for a graduating high school student to win $10,000 for college tuition. We hope you help market this scholarship competition (we want a student who is planning to attend a 4-year public to win!).
Amount of award: $10,000.00
American Legion Scholarship
The American Legion is offering a scholarship for veterans (not their dependents).
To obtain an application, veterans may contact:
Brett Johnson, Contractor
ROTC Scholarship and Enrollment Officer
Western Michigan University
- Applicant must be a combat veteran and have been awarded a campaign medal or expeditionary medal
- Must be attending a university, college or trade school in the state of Michigan
- Must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. If no post-secondary GPA has been established then high school GPA will be used. Otherwise GPA will be from the post-secondary institution
- Must be a current member of a veterans service organization (VSO)
If you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in competing for the Portage Post 5855 VFW Scholarship then download the following scholarship application
VFW Scholarship Application
Amount of Award - Variable
Deadline - September 15
The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students. To be eligible the student needs to answer one of the essay questions that they will find on their site at http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm
They are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted.
Amount of Award - $500.00
Deadline - October 6, 2014
- Students with high financial need
- Students studying in non-traditional countries, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand
- Students with diverse ethnic backgrounds
- Students from a diverse range of institutions including four-year, public, private, community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions and other Minority Serving Institutions.
- Students with disabilities
Amount of Award - up to $5,000.00
Student application deadline: October 7, 2014 by 11:59pm (central)
There is a new scholarship opportunity for youth who have experienced foster care in the state of Michigan. This scholarship offers foster youth funds for tuition, fees, room/board, books, and supplies/equipment required for enrollment.
- Student must have been in Michigan foster care on or after their 13th birthday.
- There is no upper age limit.
- Student must be attending a Michigan public or private 4-year college/university or a community college.
- Funding can be used only for the following: Tuition, fees, room/board, books, and supplies/equipment required for enrollment.
- This funding can be used along with ETV.
There is no maximum amount, but must be for a specific unmet need for the following: Tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies and
equipment required for enrollment.
Submit the application and send with a copy of your financial aid award letter, tuition bill, most recent transcript or grade report, and
documentation supporting any off-campus expense requested to:
Michigan Education Trust
PO Box 30198
Lansing, MI 48909
Fax: (517) 373-6967
|| Submission Period
| Fall 2014
|| July 15 through August 15, 2014
|| November 1 through November 30, 2014
| Spring/Summer 2015
|| March 1 through March 31, 2015
| Summer 2015
||April 15 through May 15, 2015