Michigan offers a range of college scholarships for its residents and for students planning on attending a Michigan school. When looking for college funding, many students forget the money they can get on the state level, focusing instead on federal and national private sources. While those aid institutions are useful, students should exhaust all potential funding sources before deciding to take out student loans. State governments and private institutions across the U.S. offer many scholarship opportunities for their students, and Michigan is no exception. Though most scholarships target student from particular demographics, there are five scholarships that students should consider.
Michigan high school students who have a knack for public speaking should look into the American Legion’s Oratorical Contest. Students must give an oral presentation on a part of the Constitution. Five winners receive between $600 and $1,000. It may not sound like a lot, but this is the sort of thing colleges and future employees love to see on applications and resumes.
The state of Michigan funds this scholarship program intended to help qualifying students pay for school. Funds are awarded to students who show both a financial need and a strong academic track record. To be eligible, students must take the ACT before graduating. Qualified applicants are chosen based on their scores and can receive anywhere from $100 to $1,300 per year of their undergraduate career.
This scholarship is for Michigan high school seniors who demonstrate a commitment to the ideals of Rosa Parks. Academic merit, financial need, and community involvement are all considered for this non-renewable scholarship of $2,000
Michigan students who are the children or grandchildren of honorable wartime veterans are eligible to apply for this award. They also must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5, demonstrate financial need, and plan to attend a Michigan college. The award is $500, and it is non-renewable. A similar Michigan scholarship is the William D. and Jewell W. Brewer Scholarship, though students applying for this scholarship may be planning to attend any accredited college in the United States.
The Gerber Foundation operates two scholarship funds for students graduating from Newaygo County, home of Gerber Products Company. The Dan Gerber Sr. Medallion Scholarship provides $8,000 to the winning student for his or her tuition, fees, and other education expenses. This money is meant to be applied to the student’s entire four-year undergraduate education. Students must have at least a 3.71 GPA to apply. The Gerber Foundation Merit Scholarship, also open to students from Muskegon County, is for graduating seniors who have a GPA between 2.0 and 3.7.
These are only a few of the scholarships offered by Michigan. There are many others, and none of them will fit the circumstances or situations of every student. Students should conduct a complete search to find as many as they can. For further assistance, students should contact the financial aid office at their school, which will direct them to more sources of funding.