Scholarships for 1.7.19

Smith Scholarship Program:  The J. Craig and Page T. Smith Scholarship Foundation (“Smith Scholarship Foundation”) is designed to fund college scholarships for deserving students throughout Alabama.  Students with a minimum 2.0 GPA may apply. In addition to a completed application, the following documents are required: high school transcript, ACT score, three personal recommendations (teacher, counselor, volunteer organization), pages 1 and 2 of the previous year’s tax return, and evidence of completed FAFSA application.  Applicants will also be required to provide two separate essays. For more information, visit and apply online beginning September 15.  Application and all supporting documents must be submitted by January 7, 2019.

McWane Scholarship:  Administered by The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham – Dependent sons and daughters of employees of the McWane family of companies (both hourly and salaried) are encouraged to apply for a scholarship.  Ten $2,000 scholarships will be awarded. Awards are renewable for up to four years.  Applicants must be a current senior with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Apply here.  Deadline is February 14, 2019.

Lisa Martz Hope Scholarship:  The Lisa Martz Hope Scholarship is available to assist students whose families have been impacted by colorectal cancer.  To be considered for this scholarship, seniors must have been admitted into a two or four year institution, be a U. S. citizen and an Alabama resident, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and have been personally impacted by colorectal cancer.  In addition to a completed application, students should submit two recommendation letters from a teacher, counselor, coach, minister, or employer. Students must also include a one-page essay describing how they have been personally impacted by colorectal cancer, and explaining how this scholarship would positively impact them and their family.  For more information and to apply, visit their website.   Deadline is February 28, 2019.

Junior League of Birmingham Scholarship: Administered by The Junior League of Birmingham is a one-year scholarship for female students in minimum amounts of $1,000. Applicants must reside in Jefferson County, enroll as a full or part time student at any 2 or four year school for the 2019-20 school year. Deadline is March 1, 2019.

Application Codes for Next Week

Next week (October 29 – Nov 1 is Alabama’s College Acceptance Week!  We’e heard from a few schools who are providing codes for students to apply to at no cost during that time.  I would encourage you to use these codes next week instead of the fee waiver (fee waivers sometimes slow down the process).

The Codes we’ve received thus far* as beside the name of the school and place in the “promo code” portion of the payment for application.

Jacksonville State University |  FREEWEEK

University of Mobile | ALCAC2018

Troy University | ALCAC2018

The University of Alabama | AL18

University of Montevallo | ALCAC2018

* we will update codes as they are received

 

Scholarships this Week 10.22.18

Two Scholarships this week towards which I would direct your attention:

Coca-Cola Scholarship Program (academics, leadership character, service, first-generation college students) Deadline: Oct 31

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship (integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity) Deadline: Oct 25

I have also spent some time compiling a list of 31 different scholarships mostly specific to Alabama or with a specific Birmingham connection.  Find the list on this link.

Scholarships this Week – 10.15.18

BLSA’s Thomas E Huey Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Decision based on financial need, grade point average (over a 3.0) and achievement.  Deadline: December 31, 2018.  Application Packet. 

Linly Heflin Scholarship:

The Linly Heflin Scholarship Committee grants four-year scholarships in the amount of $6,000 per year to a limited number of Alabama women who have both significant economic need and sound academic records.  Scholarships are restricted to four-year, Alabama, SACS accredited colleges and universities.  The minimum requirement for ACT is a composite score of 23. Applicants must be an Alabama resident and a U.S. citizen.  Visit website for application.  Deadline is December 31, 2018.

Wendys High School Heisman Scholarship Due Date: 10/19/2018

Eligible students must have a 3.0 gpa, participate in one of 27 sports officially sanctioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Student Athletes must also demonstrate active involvement in his or her community and show leadership on and off the field.

For more information and to apply Wendy’s High School Heisman

Elks National Foundation “Most Valuable Student” Scholarship Due Date-11/15/2018

500 four-year awards available at the local, state, and national level to graduating seniors who will be judged based on leadership, financial need, service, and  scholarship.  Applications and complete guidelines are available online at  Elks Most Valuable Student

Elks “Legacy” Scholarships For Elks Families Due Date-2/1/2019

250 $4,000 awards to the children and grandchildren of dues-paying Elks members.  Applicants must be graduating seniors, who are going on to college, and who exhibit knowledge, charity, community, and integrity.  Applications and guidelines available online at  Elks Legacy Scholarship

University of Montevallo President’s Outdoor Scholars 

Created by Dr. John W. Stewart, President of the University of Montevallo, the program gives outdoor minded students a way to stay involved in that passion while in college and provide insight into future employment opportunities within the ourdoor industry, with an emphasis on conservation and game management.

The UM President’s Outdoor Scholars Program rewards current and future students scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 per student per year, for 4 years, aslong as the student maintains a 2.5 GPA.

Visit UM President’s Outdoor Scholars  for more information and to apply.

Contact Audrey Crawford at acrawford@montevallo.edu or 205-665-6030 for assistance

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Due Date-11/20/18

 This scholarship is a highly selective program for top high school senior with significant financial need.  The recipient may receive up to $40,000 per year to attend a 4 year university or college.

The minimum criteria that must be met are:

  • Enroll in an accredited 4 year college beginning fall 2019
  • Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Receive SAT combined reading and math score of 1200 or above OR ACT composite score of 26 or above.
  • Demonstrate unmet financial need.

For more information, visit Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Smith Scholarship Dute Date-1/7/2019

A local scholarship which provides a full renewable scholarship up to $15,000 per year towards:  tuition, room, board, plus college essentials such as a dorm pack along with tutoring, mentoring, and seminars.  Approximately 10 new scholarships will be awarded in 2010. Criteria: Must be a graduating high school senior, minimum GPA of C+, planning to attend a 4-year college in the state of Alabama, volunteer work and assistance to family, need.  Applications will be accepted online only at Smith Scholarship

ALET Debbie Rice Scholarship Due Date-11/16/2018

Must have a minimum GPA of a 2.75, 17 ACT score and plan to attend a 2 or 4 year accredited college or university pursuing a degree in IT or related field

  • Application must have an essay with it
  • Must include a 1 page resume
  • Must have 2 letters of recommendation.  1 must be from a principal or counselor

Visit their website for more information

 

Scholarships this Week

Smith Scholarship Program:  The J. Craig and Page T. Smith Scholarship Foundation (“Smith Scholarship Foundation”) is designed to fund college scholarships for deserving students throughout Alabama.  Students with a minimum 2.0 GPA may apply. In addition to a completed application, the following documents are required: high school transcript, ACT score, three personal recommendations (teacher, counselor, volunteer organization), pages 1 and 2 of the previous year’s tax return, and evidence of completed FAFSA application.  Applicants will also be required to provide two separate essays. For more information, visit and apply online beginning September 15.  Application and all supporting documents must be submitted by January 7, 2019.

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student “MVS” Scholarship:  Since 1931, the Elks National Foundation has helped thousands of students who need financial assistance fulfill their dreams of attending college.  MVS scholars are outstanding students who are at or near the top of their classes, active in their schools and communities, and recognized as leaders by their peers.  Any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen may apply. Applications will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. There are also scholarships available for children and grandchildren of Elks members.  Visit their website for more information and to apply.   Deadline is November 15, 2018.

DAR Good Citizens Program:  Sponsored by the Birmingham Territory Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter.  The DAR Good Citizens program honors an outstanding senior who demonstrates qualities of a good citizen.  DAR Good Citizens also provides an opportunity to participate in the scholarship portion of the program.  Part I of this program consists of the applicant providing a resume, a short essay describing why they feel the four qualities of a DAR Good Citizen –   Dependability, Service, Leadership, and Patriotism – are important, and two letters of recommendation.  These materials will be reviewed by committee.  The candidate selected to represent Restoration Academy will then move on to Part II of this program, which requires a timed essay.  The essay must be written in the presence of a faculty member. The essay prompt is not known until revealed by the DAR Good Citizens program chair.  Student will be given a two-hour limit to write in response to the prompt. Interested seniors should submit materials to Mrs. Stone in College & Career no later than October 26, 2018.

Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship: Eligible students must have a 3.0 GPA, participate in one of 27 sports officially sanctioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Student Athletes must also demonstrate active involvement in his or her community and show leadership on and off the field.  For more information and to apply Wendy’s High School Heisman   Deadline is October 19, 2018

University of Montevallo President’s Outdoor Scholars Created by Dr. John W. Stewart, President of the University of Montevallo, the program gives outdoor minded students a way to stay involved in that passion while in college and provide insight into future employment opportunities within the ourdoor industry, with an emphasis on conservation and game management. The UM President’s Outdoor Scholars Program rewards current and future students scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 per student per year, for 4 years, as long as the student maintains a 2.5 GPA. Visit UM President’s Outdoor Scholars  for more information and to apply. Contact Audrey Crawford at acrawford@montevallo.edu or 205-665-6030 for assistance.

 

 

Scholarships Update this Week

Thomas E. Huey, Jr. Memorial Scholarship: BLSA, a Chapter of NALS, Inc., the association for legal professionals, will award its Thomas E. Huey, Jr. Memorial Scholarship to a high school senior in January 2018. Scholarship applications will be accepted based upon 50% financial need, 40% grade point average (minimum 3.0) and 10% achievements and accomplishments. In addition to a completed application, students must provide a copy of their transcript, a letter of recommendation from either a business teacher or a counselor, and a typewritten biographical statement in narrative form stating school attending, activities, honors, clubs, employment, outside activities, family background, and qualifications for this scholarship. A copy of the first two pages of parents’/guardians’ 2016 income tax return (filed 2017) is also required for income verification. See Ms. Molly in College & Career for an application. Applications and supporting documents must be postmarked by December 31, 2017.

Linly Heflin Scholarship: The Linly Heflin Scholarship Committee grants four-year scholarships in the amount of $5,000 per year to a limited number of Alabama women who have both significant economic need and sound academic records. Scholarships are restricted to four-year, Alabama, SACS accredited colleges and universities. The minimum requirement for ACT is a composite score of 23. Applicants must be an Alabama resident and a U.S. citizen. Visit website for application. Deadline is December 31, 2017.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 29th class in 2017, the Foundation has provided over 5,850 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $63 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. Apply now!  The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

JSU Application Code

I received this email from our JSU Recruiter:

Jacksonville State University is excited to be partnering with ALSDE by offering the following promotional code that will discount the admissions application fee from $35 to $0 during Alabama’s College Application Week, October 30-Novemebr 3, 2017.

JSU2018

Students may visit www.jsu.edu/apply to begin the process of creating an admissions account and completing the application. Students will need to enter the promotional code listed above on the payment screen in order for the application to be free. The code will have to be entered in order for the application to fully submit. Please share this code with your students!

Students will also need to submit all other required documentation, including official high school transcripts and test scores from the test agency, in order for admissions decisions to be made. If a student has already applied for admission, they will not need to submit another application.

For I Know the Plans I Have For You

The questions… they can be overwhelming.  Where are you going to go next year?  How are you going to pay for it?  What do you want to study?  What do you want to be when you grow up? People, with the best of intentions, ask questions daily about your next steps.  For some seniors embarking on this process, those questions can be overwhelming.  For some, those questions may be easily answered… regardless, we have to ask “who is writing the story?”

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

So many times, this verse is taken and used as a “God won’t put you in the fire” type verse.  It’s used to give hope to people in a midst of a storm that whatever happens in life is to give us a future and a hope.  Many times, we throw this verse out when trying to make a decision… or when looking at the path our life has taken. We focus so much on the end part of this verse.  God, bless my plans.  God, you know what I want for myself… let’s make that happen, alright?  I sometimes wonder if God sits in Heaven and just shakes his head.  “Oh Molly” he says, “when are you going to get it?”

Much like the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ couldn’t have happened without His crucifixion, God won’t work out plans to give us a hope and a future without them being his plans in the first place.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord…”  Not the plans you have for yourself.  Not the plans you have for your child.  Not the plans I have for the students… the plans the Lord… the SOVEREIGN God of the Universe… has for YOU.

So the question remains… how are you coming to God in this process?

As we start the college going journey this year, what is your posture before the Lord?  Is it with clinched fists, desperately holding your plans and wants and desires and telling God through gritted teeth, “this is what I want for myself, God… you need to go ahead and bless this.” OR are you coming before him with your hands outstretched, palms facing up saying, “God, here’s my life… show me how you want me to use it for your kingdom.”

I can guarantee you that the first posture (that of gritted teeth) is a path to rocky places.  On the flip side, the posture of hands outstretched doesn’t promise a smooth path either BUT it does promise amazing views and hidden treasures along the way.  Both paths may get you to where you wanted to be in the first place… but if it doesn’t, walking in the light and on the  path God has intended is by far the better adventure and in the end, the journey, not the destination is usually the most fun part of the trip.

Just something to consider.

We’re Back to Blog-land

Welcome to the new College & Career Blog for the College & Career Program at Restoration Academy.  This is a landing site for students to find information specific to college going and college going from RA.  Scholarships, college readiness, FAFSA, applications and everything in between.