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  • Adams, Donna W. Scholarship   For students who graduated from eastside Detroit (east of Woodward Avenue) graduating from Detroit Public High Schools.  Applicants must  demonstrate desire, ability, good grades, and financial need. Deadline: March 15th.
  • AES Engineers Scholarship Funded by the consulting firm of AES Engineers based on character demonstrated by completing one of the essay questions on their website. 
  • AICPA Scholarships for Minority Accounting Students  provides awards to outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as the major. Available to full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Successful progress in program of study with an emphasis on grade point average are important.  
  • Abbott and Fenner Annual Scholarship  This annual scholarship awards a $1,000 scholarship for high school juniors and seniors as well as current college students. 
  • Alumni LEAD UM-Dearborn students have received from $2,500-$8,000 in scholarships towards tuition by the University of Michigan Alumni Association. The scholarship will be offered to a highly qualified, admitted student who can enhance diversity at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in terms of race, gender, ethnicity or national origin.
  • Alousi, Dr. Adawia STEM Scholarship It is anticipated that the Dr. Adawia Alousi STEM Scholarship for Muslim Women will be between $2,500 and $10,000 per student for undergraduates, and up to $10,000 for graduate students. The scholarship may be renewable for students maintaining satisfactory academic performance.  
  • American Chemical Society Scholarship Scholarships are available to high school seniors and college students who are committed to the study of chemistry and related fields to encourage African-American, Hispanic and Native American students to pursue undergraduate degrees. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and financial need. Students planning to pursue medical careers are not eligible 
  • Arab American Institute Scholarship Scholarships awarded to qualified high school seniors or college students with special consideration given to mass communications majors. Applicants must be of Arab descent and U.S. citizens or U.S. residents, and must also be Michigan residents. Applicants must maintain full-time enrollment and have at least a 3.5 GPA. Financial need will be considered.
  • Arab American Women's Business Council Scholarship Scholarships are awarded to women of Arabic descent. 
  • Armstrong, Ethel Louise Scholarship Foundation Scholarships target women with physical disabilities who are enrolled in a college or university graduate program in the United States.​
  • Association for Women in Mathematics Essay Contest  To increase awareness of women's ongoing contributions to mathematics, the Association for Women in Mathematics and Math for America are supporting an essay contest for biographies of contemporary women mathematicians and statisticians.  Open to middle school and high school students. Both male and female students can apply, but the subject must be female. Essay must be 500-1000 words in length based on an interview with a women currently working in a mathematics career.  
  • Birmingham Unitarian Church Goldsmith Scholarship Provides one renewable scholarship for the graduates of Pontiac High School and Pontiac Central and Northern High Schools.  Candidates should have a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate leadership and financial need. Deadline: March 15
  • Brown, Ron Scholar Program Provides at least 10 renewable scholarships to students who will make significant contributions to society with an emphasis on African-Americans. Applicants must excel academically, show exceptional leadership potential, make an impact on their communities through their service to others and demonstrate financial need.
  • Canton Community Foundation  The Canton Community Foundation sponsors grants and scholarships for residents of Canton, Plymouth and Plymouth Township accepted at a post-high school educational institution. Additional requirements are specific to each award. 
  • Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is open to US high school students who have a GPA of at least 3.0. Recipients are selected based on leadership, character, civic and extracurricular activities, academic excellence, and community service.  Very competitive program. 
  • Cooke, Jack Kent Foundation College Scholarship The Cooke Foundation awards scholarships to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need.  College Scholars can receive up to $40,000, college planning support, ongoing advising, and a pathway the foundations Graduate Program. Application period is open from September to November. 
  • Cooke, Jack Kent Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship The Cooke Foundation awards scholarships to top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor's degrees at four-year colleges or universities for up to 3 years.  Application period is open from October through November. 
  • Create Real Impact Contest Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens in America, and the majority are preventable.  Create Real Impact motivates young people to promote innovative and effective solutions.  Entries are accepted in 4 formats: writing, art, music, and video.  Contest is open to students (14-22) enrolled in accredited high schools, trade schools, colleges, or universities.
  • B. Davis Scholarship  The B. Davis Scholarship awards $1,000 scholarship to high school juniors and seniors and currently enrolled college students based on an essay, "Describe the three characteristics of leadership that you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual."  
  • DECA Student Scholarships  DECA's scholarship program provides over $300,000 in scholarships to high school and college DECA members at the International Career Development Conference. DECA Scholarships criteria include work history, endorsement from DECA advisors, DECA involvement, and scholastic achievement.  
  • Dell Scholars Program targets students who demonstrate high financial need and are or will be in Michael and Susan Dell Foundation college readiness programs in grades 11-12.  Support comes in the form of up to $20,000 in scholarship funds (more than one year), a laptop, financial aid coaching, and potential employment.  Applications open in October.             ​
  • DePaolis, Dick Memorial Scholarship  Provides a one-time scholarship of $500 for graduates of North Farmington High School who will major in liberal studies in college. Deadline:March 15th.  
  • Detroit College Promise Provides scholarship support to students who attended a DPSCD or DPSCD authorized charter school from 9th-12th grade, lived in Detroit from 9th-12th grade, completed the FAFSA, has a 2.5 GPA, and has been accepted to a Michigan college or university. This program is administered by the DPS Foundation.  
  • Detroit Tigers Willie Horton Scholarship Non-renewable scholarship awarded annually to a graduating senior at Northwestern High School in Detroit who demonstrates leadership and character as well as academic attainment.  Deadline: March 
  • Scholarships Provides a scholarship resource that rewards students who take roles in addressing important social issues with action: anti-bullying, helping homeless teens and domestic abuse survivors and improving the environment with simple steps.  
  •  Ebeid, Russell J. Scholarship  Russell J. Ebeid Scholarship Program provides renewable scholarships for incoming students majoring in the College of Business or the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  Students must be of Arab American, African American or Latino heritage who fulfill the scholarship criteria of the university. Applicants must provide recommendations, an essay on career and personal goals, information about community service, and their Student Aid Report (SAR) from the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The $2,500 scholarship can be renewed by meeting renewal standards.     ​
  • Eckert, Jeanne Scholarship:Taylor Garden Club  Scholarship awarded to a graduating high school senior or college student who has chosen a career in environmental studies, conservation, botany, horticulture, or landscape design.    
  • Elks National Most Valuable Student Competition  The Elks National Foundation awards 500 four-year scholarships to high school seniors.  U.S. citizenship is required. 
  • Jeffrey L. Esser Career Development Scholarship helps to advance the careers of public finance careers employed at least three years in state or local governments.  Candidates must be part-time pursuing an associate or bachelor degree in public administration, accounting, finance or business administration with and emphasis on government.  Funds available from $5,000-$15,000 with one to three awards per year. 
  • FEEA (Federal Employee Education and Assistance) Fund provides assistance to federal employees, their spouses and their children with awards of $500-$1,500.  Must be a current civilian federal and postal employee with at least three years or service of the spouse or child of an employee who meets this requirement.  Dependents must first apply as a high school senior and enroll full-time. Employees may be part-time.  Must maintain a 3.0 grade point average at an accredited school leading to a two-year, four-year, or graduate degree.               
  • Ford, Anne Scholarship The National Center for Learning Disabilities selects a high school senior with a learning disability who can act as a role model for others and has the potential for contributing to society.  The scholarship is $10,000 over 4 years.    
  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships for Minorities  This program is administered by the National Research Council.  Candidates must be enrolled in a PhD or ScD program in Archaeology, Anthropology, Art History, Astronomy, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Ethnomusicology, Geography, History, International Relations, Life Sciences, Linguistics, Literature, Language, Mathematics, Performance Study, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, and Urban Planning.  
  • Fullbright Scholarship Program  The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange.  Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, including university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.  Both U.S. and Visiting Scholars lecture or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields ranging from journalism and urban planning to music, philosophy, business administration, and zoology.  Applications are generally due a year in advance of the program of study.
  • Goldwater, Barry M. Scholarship   More than 200 of Goldwater Scholarships are awarded annually up to a with significant scholarship amount.  Each 4-year institution may nominate up to 4 students who are currently sophomores or junior for the award.  Student must intend to pursue careers in math, science, or engineering.  
  • Government Finance Professional Development Scholars supports the studies of part-time students with a career interest in state and local government finance.  Targets part-time graduate with studies in governmental accounting, finance, economics or business administration (special focus on government.) Support provides 4 $10,000 awards.
  •  Grasshopper Entrepreneur Scholarship  Grasshopper awards one $5,000 scholarship for a student enrolled in a undergraduate or graduate degree program in the calendar year 2019. Applicants must write an essay from 1,000-2,000 words on the topic  to be announced.
  • Goldberg, Daniel B. Scholarship The Government Finance Officers Association awards an $15,000 to a full-time graduate student who is pursuing an advanced degree preparing for a career in state or local government finance.    
  • Greathouse, Frank L. Government Accounting Scholarship The Government Finance Officers Association offers two $10,000 scholarships to full- time undergraduates of at least junior standing or graduate students preparing for a career in state and local government finance.
  • Gillman, Benjamin A. International Scholarship     The Gilman International Scholarship assists students who are studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country, who are U.S. citizen undergraduates, receiving Pell Grant during the study abroad. 
  • Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities  The Google Lime Scholarship's goal is to help college students with a visible or invisible disability attend college full-time (or plan to enroll full-time next academic year) in the United States or Canada. Candidates must maintain a strong academic performance, pursue a degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a degree in a closely related field, exemplify leadership and a passion for computer science and technology. 
  • Google-SVA Scholarships   Student Veterans of America has partnered with Google that will award $10,000 scholarships for student veterans pursuing computer science or related degrees.  
  • Hampton Roads Pride  All LGBTQ as well as those who support and are allied with the LGBTQ community who are attending or have been accepted to an accredited higher educational institution are encouraged to apply.  
  • ​​Hispanic Scholarship Fund  The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers different scholarship program for students of Hispanic heritage who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents for high school seniors, community college transfer students and students pursuing their first undergraduate or graduate degree.    
  • Holmes, Robert Scholarship   Applicants must be the dependents of eligible Michigan Teamsters and high school seniors who will attend a Michigan college or university in the fall as a full-time student. This is a one-time award.   Deadline: March 15th. 
  • Japanese-American Citizens League           
    The National Scholarship Program offers  scholarships in varying amounts of aid to active JACL members at all levels . Students of  any ethnic background can apply, but must be a JACL member.
  • John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest  The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.  The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700, not including citations and bibliography. Use at least 5 varied sources.  Topic describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917.  


  • LAHC- Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities      
    Those eligible to apply for the scholarships students who are Michigan residents, U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents.  Applicants are required to attend 2 mandatory meetings for consideration. 
  • Leonard, Butcher and Smeltzer Scholarship Program        
    Renewable scholarship awarded to graduating seniors at John Glenn High School and Wayne Memorial High School. Deadline: March 15th.                      ​
  • Lobring, Virgil K. Scholarship Program  Scholarship awarded annually to the mostly improved student who has attended secondary school years at Western International High School in Detroit.
    Deadline: March 15th.
  • McLennan Family Foundation Scholarship  The McLennan Family Foundation Scholarship provides incoming and currently enrolled students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn who are majors in the College of Business or the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Students must be of Arab American, African American, or Latino heritage who fulfill the scholarship criteria of the university.  Applicants must provide recommendations, an essay on career and personal goals, information about community service, and their Student Aid Report (SAR) from the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  The $2,500 scholarship can be renewed by meeting renewal standards.           ​
  • Michigan Council of Women in Technology   Sponsors scholarships for women pursuing a degree in a technology-related program in a Michigan college or university who demonstrate financial need. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and Michigan residents.    
  • Michigan Society of Professional Engineers   Multiple scholarships available for engineering students.              
  • Mink, Patsy Takemoto Education Foundation   Targets low income women with children pursuing education or training at an accredited college or university.  Five scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded/
  • Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship  The Government Finance Officers Association awards one $10,000 to full- or part-time undergraduates of at least junior standing or graduate students enrolled in public administration (governmental) accounting, finance, political science, economics, or business administration (with a specific focus on government or non-profit management).   
  • NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program The GSRP provides fellowships for graduate study leading to a master's or doctoral degree in science, mathematics, and engineering.   Approximately 90-100 new recipients are selected each year.               ​
  • National Institutes of Heath Scholarship   The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program is a competitive scholarship program sponsored by the National Institutes of Heath for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in pursuing biomedical, behavioral, and social science careers at the NIH.    ​
  • National Merit Scholarship Competition   To participate in this national competition, students must take the PSAT/NMSQT no later than the third year in grades 9-12 and progressing normally in high school toward graduation with the plan to enter college no later than the fall following graduation. Participants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (or have applied for permanent residency) and will seek to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law.  ​     
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Foundation Provides approximately 900-1000 new three-year fellowships each year to graduate students in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavior and social sciences
  • Nordson Builds Scholarship Program​ Nordson Builds targets majors in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial, or Software), Engineering Technology, Information Technology, Machining, Manufacturing Operations, Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Industrial Management, and Engineering-STEM disciplines.  Candidates must be a high school senior in good academic standing or attending an accredited post-secondary institution with a 3.0 GPA (high school) or 2.7 GPA for college students.  Must attend or live near a Nordson facility (located in Plymouth, Michigan.)   
  • Ocean Awareness Student Contest  Creative challenge for teens worldwide on Presence of Future.
  • Ordonez Family Scholarship  Will award a renewable scholarship to high school seniors who are residents of southwest Detroit attending a southwest Detroit high school for their entire secondary education.  Students must demonstrate financial need.   Deadline: March 15th.      ​
  • Palmer, George L. Scholarship Program   Scholarship awarded annually to a graduating senior at Chelsea High School who will pursue post-secondary degree in a trade or vocation or an associate degree at a non-profit college or university.   Deadline: March 15th.
  • Parks, Rosa Scholarship  Provides up to 40 non-renewable scholarships of $2,000 for seniors attending a public or private Michigan high school and have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. 
  • Pipe Dream Fund Awards one to two $2,000 scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students who are enrolled at University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University or Washtenaw Community College who Polish nationals in the US with a visa, the children of Polish parents, are non-smokers and have a 3.0 GPA.       ​
  • (A) Place for Mom Senior Care Innovation Scholarships  Five $1,000 scholarships are offered to students who are interested in gerontology and aging. The scholarship is open to both undergraduate and graduate student who are in a nursing, medical, or social sciences related major.  Deadline: April 15th.   ​
  • Plante Moran Sons and Daughters Scholarship  Annual scholarship for the undergraduate dependents under 25 of P & M Holding Group, LLP.  Must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  Both high school seniors and undergraduate college students may apply and receive the scholarship for up to two years. Deadline: March 15th.
  • Rand, Ayn  Essay Scholarships  provide awards ranging from $50 to $10,000 based on selected publications. Entrants can range from 8th graders to graduate students. 
  • Rankin, Jeannette Foundation  Grants are available for low-income women who are U.S. citizens, aged 35 or older, accepted to or attending an accredited college or university pursuing a first bachelor's degree. While financial need is a primary criterion, applicants must be able to articulate realistic goals and the ability to accomplish goals.           ​  
  • Rosenthal, Jean and Tom Scholarship Program Two-year scholarship awarded annually to a senior at Pontiac High School who demonstrates leadership and character through community service.  Deadline: March 15th.​  
  • Schaefer,Miriam Scholarship: Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics Non-renewable scholarships for junior or senior undergraduates in an elementary or secondary teacher education program with a mathematics specialty. Secondary education majors must have successfully completed the required calculus sequence. Elementary education majors must have at least a mathematics minor. Applicants must be a Michigan resident with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.           ​
  • Schureman, Jeptha Wade Scholarship   Applicants must be fatherless (defined as deceased or parental rights terminated by the court before reaching the age of majority. Must demonstrate need, maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and attend a Michigan public university with a program of study leading to medicine, dentistry, law or nursing. Deadline: March 15th  
  •  ​Smith, Otis M. Scholarship  Applicants must be single mothers who are the residents of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties and will attend Wayne State University, any campus of the University of Michigan or Catholic University Law School. Priority is given to full-time students but part-time students can also be considered. This award is not renewable but repeat applications are allowed. Deadline: March 15th.     ​
  • Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards   Provides scholarships for women who are the primary support of their families, have financial need, reside in a member country and have not been a past recipient and are not a member, employee or a relative of either. 
  • Soros, Paul and Daisy Fellowships for New Americans   The Soros Fellowships provide for up to two years of graduate study in the US for "New Americans".  New Americans include resident aliens (i.e., holders of a "green card"), naturalized citizens, and the children of two parents who are both naturalized U.S. citizens. Fellows may pursue graduate degrees in any professional field, such as, engineering, medicine, law, and social work, or any scholarship discipline in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
  •  ​Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Scholarship  Applicants must be high school seniors in one of the 21 communities in the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber service area who will begin full-time college enrollment in the fall.   Deadline: March 15th
  • Southfield Legacy Scholarship Programs    Multiple scholarships for high school seniors who are residents of Southfield or Lathrup Village.  Deadline: March 15th      
  • Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowships for Research Related to Education  The Spencer Foundation's Dissertation Fellowships for Research Related to Education are open to doctoral degree candidates at graduate schools in the U.S.  The emphasis is on the improvement of education.    
  • Stempel, Robert Scholarship    Awards a non-renewable scholarship for seniors at Cass Technical High School, Renaissance High School, Detroit School of Arts or University Prep High School who demonstrates potential for achievement in post-secondary science and engineering.  Students must demonstrate financial need and have a strong academic performance with a 3.0 grade point average or higher. Deadline: March 15th   
  • Tillman Military Scholar   Provides renewable scholarship for veterans and active duty service members (both pre-9/11 and post-9/11) from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and spouses of active or veteran service members and surviving spouses who seek an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate degree as a full-time students.  Candidates must demonstrate leadership and character as well as complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Truman, Harry S. Scholarships    The Harry S. Truman Scholarships are open to college juniors who are US citizens and nationals and want to attend graduate school in preparation for a career in public service (government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors.)
  •  Vespa, Enrico and Marie Scholarship    Applicants must be eligible employees or the legal, custodial dependents of eligible employees of English Gardens Corporation who will attend an accredited school on at least a half-time basis. The scholarship is nonrenewable but repeat applications can be considered.  Deadline: March 15th     ​
  • Weier, Monsignor Herbert Scholarship Program  Awards two renewable $500 scholarships to graduating seniors at Divine Child High School who demonstrate financial need, character and good academic performance.  Deadline: March 15th.           ​
  • Women's Independence Scholarship Program  Targets women who have survived intimate partner abuse and has been separated from their abuser for more than one year.  Applicants must have a defined plan to update skills for career advancement or to train for a new field or re-enter the job market.  Candidates must have sought services from a non-profit domestic violence agency for a minimum of six consecutive months and that the agency is willing to continue mentorship throughout her education.​
  • Women Techmakers (formerly Anita Borg Memorial Google Scholarship) Women currently enrolled at an accredited university, who are accepted as a full-time student in a Bachelors, Masters, or PhD program at a university in the United States or Canada.  Candidates must be studying computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related field with a strong academic record and exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for increasing involvement of women in computer science.
  • Young, Coleman A. Foundation  Provides scholarships and mentoring to students who might not be able to attend college without this support.

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