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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.

Eligible children:

  • 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

Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI)

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 or 810-229-5880.

Michigan 2020 Scholarship Competition

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 -- -- 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

Lapeer County Medical Fund

Established to promote various medical related purposes, including scholarship. Applicants must be residents of Lapeer County, at least a second year-enrolled college student in a pre-science medical professional career such as medical, dental, nursing, or physician’s assistant program; and maintain a 3.2 GPA. Preference is given to applicants based on financial need. Award – minimum $500.00

You may also download and mail the general scholarship application form located here.

Amount of award: $500 minimum

Deadline - March 31, 2014

ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation 2014 Engineering College Scholarship

  • The application period is open from January 23, 2014 - March 31, 2014.
  • Applicants must have completed their sophomore year in a bachelor’s degree program or enrolled in a graduate program, at the time of application.
  • For students enrolled in a 4+ year bachelor's program, those who have completed their sophomore/second year when applying for this scholarship will be considered.
  • Winning participants are not eligible to apply for future ASCO Numatics scholarships.
  • ASCO Numatics employees and relatives are not eligible for the scholarship.
  • Scholarships will be paid directly to recipient’s educational institution.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident

Apply by clicking here

Amount of award: $1,000

Deadline - March 31, 2014

Portage Health Scholarship

  • Complete one year of higher education before the fall of 2014
  • Be pursuing a career in healthcare
  • Be a registered resident of Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon or Baraga county
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Provide a transcript of grades
  • Complete the scholarship application (Download PDF here)
  • In a letter, briefly outline career intent, volunteer work and financial need. Include phone number and e-mail address.

Please mail your application, letter and eligibility information to:

Portage Hospital Auxiliary
c/o Jane Manderfield, HR
500 Campus Drive
Hancock, MI 49930

Amount of award: $1,000

Deadline - April 1, 2014

Senior Care Innovation Scholarship

  • The annual scholarship award is for five (5) students enrolled in an associate's degree, bachelor's degree or graduate level program in the fields of gerontology, long term care administration, social work, medicine, nursing, or sociology at an accredited 2-year college or 4-year university.
  • Employees of A Place for Mom and members of their immediate family (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same household, whether or not related, of such employees, are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must complete a letter of introduction and a 500-word minimum essay on selected topic and sign the Scholarship Award Agreement.
  • Scholarship will be awarded to five students who write the most compelling essay as judged by an outside panel of senior living professionals.

Amount of award: $1,000

Deadline - April 30, 2014

Hazel Simms Nursing Scholarship

Established to provide nursing scholarships for residents of Lapeer County. Applicant must have completed one year or more of college and have been accepted into a nursing program approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing. Awards may be used to pay tuition and textbook expenses.

All blanks must be completed on the application. Write N/A on any blank line. Director/Faculty statement by the member of Nursing Program and required transcripts must be mailed directly to the Lapeer County Community Foundation. Additional information felt to be of interest to the scholarship committee may be included with application.   This scholarship application available in MS Word by contacting the Foundation office.  Deadline April 30, 2014.  Award amounts begin at $500.00.

You may also download this application in.PDF format located here.

Amount of award: $500 minimum

Deadline - April 30, 2014

B. Davis Scholarship

This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution.

  • There is no age restriction
  • Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next
  • This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are.

    Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation at this time.

Amount of award: $1,000

Deadline - May 26, 2014

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program

The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution.

To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words.
Your submissions must be sent via email to:

� Every generation faces new challenges and new problems. What do you think is the biggest difference between your generation and older generations? How do you think these differences will affect the future of our country and/or your career choice?

Amount of Award - $1,000.00

Deadline - June 14, 2014

BigSun Scholarship

The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community..

Amount of Award - $500.00

Deadline - June 20, 2014

AES Engineeringing Scholarship

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
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


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