Scholarships can help lower the financial burden of higher education, but if you want to win a scholarship, you have to apply. Applying may be as easy as completing and submitting the FAFSA each year, but some applications are more involved. You may have to submit your transcript, your SAT or ACT scores, or write a personal statement or essay response. Unfortunately, we can’t do that part for you, but we can take some of the burden of searching for scholarships off your shoulders. If you’re a student from Michigan, this blog post is for you!
Scholarships offered by the state of Michigan:
The state of Michigan offers several opportunities to residents that meet certain requirements. Some of these eligibility requirements are the same for all scholarships:
- Students must have a high school diploma or the equivalent.
- Students must submit the FAFSA each year.
- Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
- Students must have lived in Michigan for at least one full year prior to applying.
- Students cannot be in default on a federal student loan.
- Students must enroll at least half time.
Further eligibility requirements and application procedures vary by scholarship, but to get to all of the applications, you follow the same process: After filing the FAFSA each year, login to Michigan Student Scholarships and Grants (MiSSG) or create an account. Once you access the student portal, you will be able to list your current or potential college(s) and complete additional application procedures. Completing your applications before March 1 will ensure that you are given priority consideration.
Children of Veterans Tuition Grant: This $2,800 grant is available to children of veterans, provided the veteran lived in Michigan prior to entering the military or became a Michigan resident after joining the military. Children of veterans must be between 16 and 26 years old and attending or planning to attend an eligible Michigan institution to apply. Furthermore, the veteran must be completely and permanently disabled as a result of military service, missing in action, or have been killed in action or died as a result of a complete and permanent service-related disability. This grant is renewable for up to four years, provided the student maintains a minimum GPA of 2.25.
Fostering Futures Scholarship: This $3,000 scholarship is given to students who were in foster care on or after their 13th birthday and can demonstrate financial need. The deadline to apply is June 30, but awards are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis; applying sooner is highly encouraged. Students can use their award at any participating institution in Michigan.
Michigan Competitive Scholarship: This scholarship offers tuition assistance to students with financial need who score well on the SAT (earning a minimum score of 1200). Students are given different awards based upon the type of school they attend: $1,000 for public schools or community colleges and $2,000 for private schools.
Michigan Tuition Grant: This grant provides tuition assistance to students with financial need who attend private schools in Michigan. Students may be awarded up to $2,000 each year.
Police Officer’s and Firefighter’s Survivor Tuition Grant: This grant provides a tuition waiver for the children and spouses of Michigan police officers and firefighters who were killed in the line of duty. Children must have been under 21 at the time of the death of their parent and must be younger than 26 when they apply for the grant. Both spouses and children must demonstrate financial need to be eligible. This grant can be applied toward costs at public institutions and community colleges in Michigan. Award amount varies each year.
Tuition Incentive Program: This program offers assistance to students who received Medicaid for at least 24 months in a 36-month period between the student’s 12th birthday and high school graduation. Students will be notified by Michigan Student Scholarships and Grants if they are eligible. Then, students must apply and be certified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services by August 31 after their senior year of high school. Award amount varies.
Private scholarships for Michigan residents:
Award Amount: $2,000
Minimum GPA Required: 2.5
Members of the American Quarter Horse Association or the American Quarter Horse Youth Association may be eligible to apply for this scholarship. Students must have been members for at least one year and must be from Michigan. High school seniors and current college students are both eligible to apply. Application will be available in August 2018.
Award Amount: $1,000
This scholarship, sponsored by the H.D. Hudson Manufacturing Company, is available to two high school seniors who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in an agriculture-related field. Students must be Iowa or Michigan residents who have a history of completing community service projects. Check the Future Farmers of America (FFA) website in the fall for the 2019 application procedures. (Note: There are other FFA scholarships that are sponsored by private companies available to students from Michigan. However, these other scholarships are open to students from dozens of states, increasing the competition. If you’re an FFA member, be sure to check for other scholarships for which you may be eligible.)
Award Amount: $1,250
Minimum GPA Required: 2.5
Members of the American Quarter Horse Association or the American Quarter Horse Youth Association who are also from Michigan are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants may be high school seniors or currently enrolled in a postsecondary program. (Students who are enrolled in vocational programs must be studying something related to horses to receive this scholarship.) While this award is not renewable, students can reapply each year.
Award Amount: $2,500
Letter of Recommendation: Yes
Michigan residents with bleeding disorders or residents who have an immediate family member with a bleeding disorder are eligible to apply for one of two $2,500 scholarships. The 2018 application deadline has passed, but watch the website for the 2019 application. Students will be required to submit their transcripts, two letters of recommendation, proof of their bleeding disorder, and a statement of purpose.
Award Amount: $500
Minimum GPA Required: 3.0
The Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation maintains this endowment, but students do not have to be members of the foundation to apply. This scholarship is open to Michigan residents who can demonstrate financial need. Therefore, students are judged mainly on their financial need, but decisions are also made based upon their academics and leadership experience. The application will open in the fall.
Award Amount: Up to $10,000
The Michigan First Credit Union awards numerous scholarships to high school seniors (and to three lucky college students) each year. Students must be members of Michigan First Credit Union to apply. Students can choose to enter the video contest or the essay contest; first place winners for each contest will be awarded $10,000, second place winners will be awarded $5,000, and third place winners will be awarded $3,000. Multiple $1,000 scholarships are also available. Watch the Michigan First Credit Union website for rules and procedures for applying in 2019.
This post is a great starting point when it comes to finding scholarships, but remember to do some internet searches of your own, too. You may find that your community offers its own scholarships, or you may decide to apply for a handful of national scholarships. Every bit of scholarship money helps!