Financial Aid & Scholarships

The financial aid process and scholarships resources will help provide an in-depth look at the financial aid process, types of federal aid and directions for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion, myths, and eligibility. Do not hesitate to contact us regarding any questions or assistance you need during your financial aid process.

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Available Scholarships

Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship- Application available Aug 1 - Priority Deadline September 30th - Deadline October 30thStrong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need. Apply at: -
Wendy's HS Heisman Scholarship- Phase I Application deadline October 3rd at 3pm - Phase II Application deadline October 24th at 3pm- Applying for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program is your chance to gain local, state, and even national recognition for all that you’ve put into your high school career. If you’ve maintained at least a B average, participate in at least one school-sponsored sport, are a leader in your community and role model at your school, then you’ve got what it takes to be a Wendy’s High School Heisman. -
AES Engineering ScholarshipOctober 6th •Maintained at least a ‘B’ grade point average •Participated in one of 43 eligible school sponsored sports •Demonstrated active involvement in his or her community. Visit:
Horatio Alger ScholarshipOctober 25th at 5pmVarious amounts. Assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education, and a desire to contribute to society -
Coca Cola Scholars FoundationOctober 31st3.0 GPA Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited US post-secondary institution.
Kenley Farrell Memorial ScholarshipNovember 1st$250 & $1000 GPA 2.5 Planning on attending a MI college in a Science related field. Application and letter of recommendation + essay on pesticide resistance. -
Prudential Spirit of Community AwardNovember 8th$1000 Recognizes students who have distinguished themselves through community service. Online application at: or www.nassporg/spirit.
Central Michigan University Leader Advancement ScholarshipNovember 15th$8000 Highly competitive award designed to recognize students who contribute to their schools and communities. Scholarship application at:
Good 360 Sustainability ScholarshipNovember 30th$1000 Post a photo on Instagram with your 200-300-word essay explaining what sustainability means to you. 3.3 GPA; Open to all Majors.
RARE Everyday Heroes ScholarshipDecember 1st$2,500. Seniors submit an original essay about someone whom they consider to be an everyday hero. Online entry form at
AXA Achievement ScholarshipDecember 15th$2000 Do you have ambition and drive; determination to set and reach goals; do you have respect for self, family and community; do you have the ability to succeed in college? Only the first 10,000 applications will be accepted. APPLY EARLY! Visit: .com
Burger King Scholars$1000+ Recipients are selected based on their grade point average, work experience, extracurricular activities and/or community service.
Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors$2000 Must be a full-time student in the Surveying Program. Michigan residents have priority. Applications at:
NFIB - Young Entrepreneur AwardApplicants MUST be running their own small business in order to be considered for an award. Apply online at:
National Wild Turkey FederationJanuary 1stVarious amounts. GPA 3.0 Application available at: Search Scholarship at this site.
John F. Kennedy "Profile in Courage" Essay ContestJanuary 4thWrite an essay (700-1000 words) on an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1956.. For contest information, registration, and to submit your essay, visit:
Western Michigan University Foundation ScholarshipJanuary 15thScholarship for a senior entering WMU as a degree-seeking student. Cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher by end of junior year OR composite ACT score of 26 or higher. -
MENSAJanuary 15thVarious amounts; 550 word essay. Application information available
National Writer Series Scholarship ContestSubmissions accepted January 15th – March 1st$2500 scholarships in the categories of poetry, fiction or non-fiction. Electronic submissions only, visit
The Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MWWT)January 31stOpen to women of all ages aimed at encouraging female students to pursue technology degrees and certifications. Information may be found at:
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship ProgramNational Scholarship Eligibility - Demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship. 3.0 GPA; financial need. Online application at
Michigan Pork Industry Scholarship$500-1500 Interest in the future of the pork industry. Application, interview and presentation required. Applications in the Counseling Office.
Gates Millennium ScholarshipMinimum 3.3. GPA; African American, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American Ethnicities Chosen study of computer science, education, engineering, library sciences, mathematics, public health or science.
Ronald McDonald House CharitiesRMHC offer scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. for more information.
NALS of Michigan$1000 "B" average, in need of financial assistance and pursuing a degree in the legal field. Applications in the Counseling Office.
Various NMC scholarshipsFor a listing of scholarships and awards offered by Northwestern Michigan College for the 2015-2016 Academic Year visit
MEA Scholarship$750-$1800 Dependent of MEA member or MEA-Retired member in good standing; Will attend a Michigan college. Criteria of Selection: Academic achievement, extracurricular activities, school/community service, students from lower income households. Applications in the counseling office or go to:
GTA Retired School Personnel Vocational or Academic ScholarshipFebruary 26th$1000 each - Two Vocational & Two Academic: Vocational GPA 2.5; Academic GPA 3.5, 27 ACT Will need 3 letters of recommendation. Applications in the Counseling office or online at
Buick AchieversFebruaryScholarships awarded to students who excel both inside and outside of the classroom; who drive a positive change in their community. Those encouraged to apply: any senior who plans to major in a field focused on engineering, technology, design or business with an interest in the auto industry. For more information, go to
NW MI Farm Bureau (Frank Lipinski Memorial)March 1st$1000 Preference given to NW County Farm Bureau Members or residents of GT/Leelanau County. Preference given to students pursuing a degree in the agriculture field. 2.0 GPA; two references, letter of recommendation. Applications in the Counseling Office.
Ann Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial FoundationMarch 1st$2500 Interested in a career in the printing industry; preparing to engage in a course of study in a printing program. MI resident, 2.0 GPA. Applications at:
American Legion Auxiliary: Children of Warriors National PresidencyMarch 1st$2500-$3500 Eligibility: Child or grandchild of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during eligibility dates for membership in the American Legion. Criteria: 50 hours of community volunteer service, financial need. Applications at:
Grand Traverse Area - MSU Alumni ClubMarch 1st$2000@ Criteria for selection includes: grade point average, test scores, positive recommendations from teachers and/or counselors and the applicants written comments on the application. Applications available in the Counseling Office.
Rosa ParksMarch 1st$2000 GPA 2.5, financial need, community service. -
CMU Grand Traverse Alumni ScholarshipMarch 15thAttending CMU. Resident of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau County. Financial Need. Two Letters of Recommendation. Application information in the Counseling Office or visit:
COPASMarch 31st$1000 3.0 GPA. Applicant must be an Accounting, Finance or Petroleum Technology major attending a MI college.
Midwest Youth Tennis & Education FoundationMarch Each year MYTEF provides scholarships to high school seniors attending college in the fall who need financial assistance. Please review the requirements of each scholarship online at:
American Legion Auxiliary: Memorial ScholarshipMarch$500 Eligibility: Child or grandchild of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during eligibility dates for membership in the American Legion. Criteria: Financial need and scholastic standing. Apps at:
Jess Birtcher Scholarship Program$500-1000 Applications will only be accepted from applicants that have chosen a natural resources field of study. Apps in the Counseling Office
ESSAY CONTEST: Economic Club of TC High School Juniors & Seniors in Grand Traverse Region $50-$1000 2 Essay questions RE: Economics.
The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship$2000 Visit
Northwestern MI Korean War Veterans Association$1000/500 GPA 2.50, related to a US military veteran, exhibit a patriotic attitude.
Credit Union One - William G Coyne Memorial ScholarshipApril 1st$1000/2000 Be a member of a family that has belonged to Credit Union ONE of Michigan for a minimum of 6 months. 30 or more documented hours of community service during Junior/Senior years. 3.0 GPA. Applications at
Michigan Retailers AssociationApril 1st$500/$1000 Parent or student must be employed at a business that is a member of the MRA. Apply online at:
MI Oil & Gas Producers Education FoundationApril 2nd$500 Minimum 3.0, financial need, going into a field of study which will allow employment in the crude oil & natural gas industry. Applications in Counseling office.
Suttons Bay Conservation LeagueAprilThree $1000 scholarships. Applicants must show academic excellence, awareness of the community in which they live, with obvious personal goals. Applications in the Counseling Office.
GTA U of M Club ScholarshipsApril 15th(5) scholarships worth $2,000 each per year/renewable. Information on each individual scholarship, eligibility requirements and applications are available in the Counseling Office.
Leelanau Township Community Foundation - Faye Dinsmore Memorial ScholarshipApril$600 Leelanau county graduate with career aspirations in the culinary arts. Financial need considered. Applications in the Counseling office or at:
Leelanau Township Community Foundation - Florence L. Hanes ScholarshipApril$750 for two years. Qualified candidates are individuals who demonstrate financial need for vocational training. Must be a graduate from Leelanau County. Applications in the Counseling office or at:
Leelanau Township Community Foundation - Anson and Ruth Solem Science ScholarshipApril$2600 To be considered for this scholarship, a student must be pursuing higher education in a science field and be a graduate of Leelanau County. Applications in the Counseling office or at:
Leelanau Township Community Foundation - George W. Anderson Community Endowment ScholarshipApril$300 This fund provides tuition scholarships to HS graduates for Alma College, University of Michigan, or NMC. Eligibility requirements include academic excellence, 2.7 GPA, community involvement and strong citizenship. Must be a Leelanau resident. Applications in the Counseling office or at:
WR Angell Scholarship and Peta Williams Memorial ScholarshipApril$2000 Enrollment at NMC as a science major. Awarded to students who have demonstrated a strong scholastic ability and interest in the sciences. GPA 3.0 Teacher recommendations are a necessary part of the process. Applications in the Counseling Office.
Leelanau County Prospectors Club ScholarshipThree $1500/One $2000. Must be resident of Leelanau County. The recipients will be chosen following individual interviews by an independent Selection Committee on the basis of: scholastic achievement, community involvement/extra curricular activities, financial need, application and personal interview.
Cherryland Electric CooperativeApril $1000 renewable for 4 years. Parents have Cherryland Electric Service. 2.75 GPA, academic performance, extra-curricular activities, community involvement and/or after-school employment. Apps in Counseling Office
GTBA MEA- Retired and TBA Credit UnionThree $500 scholarships: Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau County. Child or grandchild of an active MEA member or MEA-Retired member.
Paul T & Frances B Johnson Foundation ScholarshipMay 1st$1-2000 Must be a resident of county 3 of 4 HS years. 4H preference. Financial need. Applications in the Counseling Office.
UofM Balanced Man Scholarship$500-1500 Available to first year freshmen attending the University of Michigan in the Fall. Recognizes outstanding individuals in the areas of academics, athletics and community service. Application available at:
Why College? Scholarship Kaplan Test Prep June100 Word Essay competition. Contest begins May 5 and runs through June 10. This is open to all ages and all grades. Win $3000 towards college expenses. For more details go to:
NMC: John Lewis Veterans for Peace Scholarship$1000 Attending NMC, financial need. Must be a direct descendent of a veteran and/or plan a career in some type of peacekeeping activity.
Zonta - Young Women in Public Affairs ScholarshipJuly 1stThree awards: $1250, $750, $500. Leelanau County Resident. Show evidence of active commitment to volunteerism, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements,evidence of experience in local or student government, evidence in international awareness, evidence of dedication to advancing the status of women worldwide. Applications at: or in the counseling office.



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