Financial Help Is Available

The people in your high school counseling office are well-connected experts whose mission is to help you find and win college scholarships.  Higher education is expensive, but you don’t have to manage it alone — if you’re willing to put in the effort now.

The valuable information below was provided by the counseling staff at Troy Athens High School.  Please check the School Life Troy website regularly because we’ll be expanding this list as new opportunities open up.  Be sure to tell your friends about it, too.

Visit your counseling office today for information on these scholarships:

H.T. Ewald Foundation Scholarship
Harold I. Gach Memorial Scholarship-$1,100
Michigan State Troopers Assistance Fund (MSTF)
MSU Alumni Club of Oakland County
REALTORS Association Scholarship-about $1,100
Troy Rotary Scholarship-$400-$500
AAA Michigan’s School Safety Patrol Scholarship Program-$1,000
Amy Tucker / ATC Memorial Scholarship
Andrew Stindt Memorial Scholarship-$1,000
Athens Athletic Booster Club Senior Scholarship
Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship-$1,000
Jeremy St. Cyr Memorial Scholarship
Kristen E. Wilhelm Memorial Scholarship “The Clide Award”-$1,000
Martell Alumni Scholarship-$500
Meador Family Autism Inclusion Scholarship-$2,500
Michigan First Credit Union Scholarship-$1,000
Ruth Wass Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship-$500
Walter Bemis Memorial Scholarship-$500
Michael H. Bradley Memorial Scholarship-$500
Southeastern Michigan Association Chiefs of Police-$1,000
Troy Education Association
BUILDING Scholarship-$1,000
Troy Education Association Scholarship – TEA MEMBER-$1,000
Troy Baseball Boosters Scholarship Award-$750

Just starting out?
This site has links to literally thousands of scholarship opportunities:


Scholarships listed below show the amount for a first place winner.  Smaller grants are also awarded for many of the scholarships.

Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here:

The Carson Scholars Program-$1,000: Open to students in grades 4 through 11 who enjoy community service. Apply at

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship-$40,000: For those interested in entering the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Apply at

Buick Achievers Scholarship-$100,000: Seniors who plan to enter in an automotive or other related field in college. Apply at

Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship-$1,000: Open to high school students to submit a photo, artwork, or graphic design to be the front of a greeting card. Apply at

Davidson Fellows Scholarship-$50,000: Applicants must submit a collegiate level project in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, or Outside the Box. Apply at

Optimist International Essay Contest-$2,500: Applicants submit a short essay to a local club which will send an essay to a district competition. Each district gets a scholarship. Apply at

Poster Contest-$1,000: Open to high school students who submit an original poster that is unique to them. Apply at

Doodle 4 Google-$30,00 to recipient; $50,000 to school: Open to students in grades k-12 who have to submit a doodle representing the chosen theme for the year. Apply at

Frame My Future Scholarship-$1,000: Create an original digital image that reflects your plans for the future. Apply at

Davis-Putter Scholarship-$10,000: For those with a passion for social and economic justice. Apply at

GotChosen Social Exchange Scholarship-$5,000: Write a post and have people like it. The post with the most likes wins. Apply at

Conscious World Youth Leader Scholarship-$5,000: For those 18 or older that have uplifted the world. Apply at

Google Science Fair-$50,000: Open to students ages 13 to 18 who have to make an experiment. Apply at

WyzAnt College Scholarships-$10,000: Submit an essay on the power of education. Apply at

Stuck at Prom Scholarship-$500 to $10,000: Make a prom outfit out of Duck Tape and submit your photos at

Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship-$1,000: Write a very short essay on a given topic. This is open to all high school students. Apply at

U.S. Bank Financial Genius Scholarship-$5,000: For students 13 and older who have to fill out an application and complete online modules. Apply at

JW Surety Bond Scholarship-$1,000: Make content for this corporation’s website. Apply at

Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology-$100,000: For high school students who submit a creative research project. Apply at

Quest Bridge National College Match-full scholarship: For low-income students who demonstrate great academic success. Apply at

The Ayn Rand Institute also offers other essay scholarships for students as young as 8th grade. Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest-$20,000: Seniors who submit an essay on an assigned topic. Apply at

Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway-$100,000: For those 18 and older who write an essay. Apply at

First Freedom Student Competition-$2,500: For high school students who submit either an essay or a video about religious freedom. Apply at

Intel Science Talent Search-$150,000: For those who have solutions to complex technological problems. Apply at

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards-$5,000: For middle and high school students for their service to others. Apply at

Voice of Democracy Scholarship-$30,000: For high school students who have to write a speech about their opinion on democracy. Apply at

Elks Most Valuable Students Competition-$15,000: Seniors who are planning to pursure a four-year degree. Apply at

American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest-$18,000: Seniors who demonstrate a deeper understanding of the U.S. Constitution. Apply at

AXA Achievement Scholarship-$15,000: For seniors who demonstrate ambition and desire. Apply at

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship-$20,000: For high school seniors with a GPA of at least 3.0 and are attending a college or university after graduation. Apply at

Poetry Out Loud Competition-$20,000: For those who have an interest in poetry. Apply at

Local Scholarships

MHSAA Scholarship-$1,000: For senior athletes who have already earned their varsity letter prior to the beginning of senior year. Apply at

Goodman Acker Scholarship-$1,000: Write an essay on the dangers of distracted driving. Apply at

NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award-$10,000: For seniors who are involved in starting a business. Apply at

William D. & Jewell Brewer Scholarship-$500: For a child of a veteran. Apply at

Boys State Samsung Scholarship: For direct descendants of veterans who fought in a war. Apply at

Eagle Scout of the Year Scholarship-$10,000: For an Eagle Scout who is graduating. Apply at

Student Trooper Scholarship-$1,000: For those interested in law enforcement. Apply at

Guy M. Wilson Scholarship-$500: For veteran’s family planning to attend a college in Michigan. Apply at

APIA Scholarship Fund-varies: Many scholarships available of Asian and Pacific Islanders. Apply at

University of Dayton Leader in Service Scholarship-$10,000: See your counseling office for details.

Bloomfield Hills Financial Stock to Scholarship Challenge-$5,000: Take part in a virtual setting and try to gain the most money. Players with the most money win the scholarship. Apply at

Michigan Education Association: For those who are a dependent of a MEA member. Apply at

Troy Youth Soccer League Memorial Scholarship-$500: For those who have played in at least two seasons. Apply at

Stephen’s Soldiers Scholarship Foundation-$2,500: For seniors who have survived cancer and are heading to college. Apply at

Troy Community Chorus-$750: For high school students who want to further their musical careers. Apply at

Athens Orchestra Parent Association Senior Scholarship-$500: See Athens counseling office for details.

David Barns Scholarship-$2,500: For seniors who best represent the characteristics of David Barns. Apply at

Troy Community Lions Club: Apply at

American Cancer Society-$1,000: Apply at

Visit for scholarships related to veterans’ family.

Michigan Retailers Association Scholarship: For seniors who have a parent/guardian that works for a business that is part of the MRA. Apply at

The Troy Women’s Association: For females who are dedicated to the community and plan to pursue a career in the business field. Apply at

Skandalaris Family Foundation Scholarships-start at $2,000: For those with special talents. Apply at

National Scholarships

Air Force Aid Society Grant and Scholarship-$2,000 to $5,000: Open to students whose parents are active duty, retired, or deceased of the U.S. Air Force. Applicants need to have a GPA of at least 2.0. Apply at

Arborjet Taking Root Scholarship Program: For students who plan to study forestry, environmental science, or another related major in college. Apply at

Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) Scholarship Program: Open to those who work in a book store or whose parents do. Apply at

CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship Program: For Seniors who live in a Congressional Black Caucus district, have a GPA of at least 2.75, and plan to pursue a degree in a health-related field. Apply at

Cognizant Making The Future Scholarship Program-$5,000: For Seniors who will have to submit a video documentation displaying creativity and innovation. Apply at

Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award: For seniors who enjoy volunteering and helping the community. Apply at

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program-$10,000: For seniors who demonstrate characteristics of President Ronald Reagan, such as integrity, drive, and leadership. Apply at

Globe Education Network (GEN) Scholarship Program: For anyone planning to attend Globe University, Broadview University, or the Minnesota School of Business. Apply at

Great Lakes National Scholarship-$2,500: For seniors who plan to pursue a degree in STEM courses and have a minimum GPA of at least 2.75. Apply at

ICMA-RC Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund: For Seniors whose parents passed while working as a public employee. Awards are based on merit and financial need. Apply at

Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program-up to $10,000: For seniors whose volunteer work significantly gives back to their community. See more details and apply at

James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program: For seniors who want to pursue a career in culinary arts. Apply at

MathMovesU Middle School Scholarship-$1,000: Open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who must explain how math impacts their lives. The school of any of the 150 winners also gets $1,000. Apply at

Military Commanders’ Scholarship Fund: For Seniors who had a family member serve in the U.S. military. See more information and apply at

Rent-A-Center Make A Difference Scholarship: Open to customers and children of employees who plan to attend college. See more information and apply at

State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship: For Seniors who have a GPA between 2.5 and 3.2 and demonstrate leadership in their community. See more information at

Toshiba Machine Co., America Scholarship Program-$2,500: For Seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.0 and plan to enroll in an industrial maintenance or plastics processing program of study. Apply at

Valuable Advice

Guide to Writing an Essay

An essay can show colleges more about yourself, so it’s important to make your essay stand out from the others. Here are a few of our tips to writing a great essay.

  • Make a list of what you want to include in your essay, and an outline of where you think everything would fit best. Here is what a typical outline would include:
    • Introduction: introduce readers to what your essay is going to be about.
    • Body Paragraph(s): include examples and details that would support your introduction.
    • Conclusion: summarize what the main point of your essay was.
  • Make a rough draft of your essay.
  • Start your essay with something strong that would make readers want to continue with the rest of your paper.
  • Be specific with your details. Don’t start writing about something and not finish your thoughts. You don’t want to leave people confused after reading your essay.
  • Try to include only the most relevant or important details, even if you have a lot of things you could say. Readers have a lot of essays to go through, so you don’t want to bore your reader.
  • Try to find something creative or unique to include in your essay. This can be a personal example, something from a secondary source, etc. This is a great way to make your essay different from all the others.
  • If writing about a personal event, don’t try to exaggerate the truth or put emphasis on something to make it sound better. Just state what happened and how it affected you and others.
  • Always answer the big question: “Why?” Why does the personal example you just wrote about matter? How does it relate to what the prompt is asking? What did you gain from that experience? How did it affect you or society? Try to tie all of your examples together this way.
  • Proofread your writing to fix any spelling and grammar errors. Make sure your essay sounds like you and that you have included everything you wanted to say.
  • Give it to a family member, friend, teacher, etc. to look over. Ask for their feedback and what they think should be done differently or improved upon before submission.



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