Friday, August 15, 2014

College Application Saturdays!


Attention Seniors – The first college application Saturday will take place this Saturday, August 16th, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the JPII Library.  Get a jump-start on your college applications in a laid back, yet informative environment.  The College Counseling department will be there to answer questions, assist students in the college search/application process and provide free food.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to get ahead on applications, engage with your College Counselor and enjoy free food!

If you cannot make this Saturday - the next opportunity is SEPTEMBER 6th from 10am- 2pm.

Thursday, July 31, 2014



This fall the School Counseling Office is excited to introduce Ms. Kelsey Wilson to our community. Ms. Wilson originally hails from California and is a graduate of Brown University. She completed her M.Ed. in Human Development Counseling at Vanderbilt University in School Counseling and spent the last two years working as an admissions counselor at Sewanee: the University of the South. Ms. Wilson has already been in contact and has begun working with several of her students. She can be reached at or by phone at 590-6032.


Seniors need to make appointments with their primary counselor to go over college application plans as soon as possible. If you don’t know who your primary counselor is see the Family Connection under ABOUT ME>PROFILE. Seniors should also be working on Senior surveys on the Family Connection!

Just can’t seem to get started on that college application? Have some time to eat pizza on a Saturday? Why not do both? The School Counseling Office has reserved the library and laptop computers from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, August 16th to help seniors with the application process. 99% of all college applications are online – we will help you find the forms, answer the questions, figure out the process, and also go over finding other forms – from scholarship sites to getting teacher recommendations. A second date will be held in September. If you plan to come, please e-mail


JPII subscribes to Recorded Book’s ePrep test prepatation program. All students have access to practice tests and online video tutorials for the SAT and ACT. All seniors can log in with their email address and the password: knights2015 for the first time. You are recommended to change your password after logging in.

The website can be found here: Recorded Books ePrep

There will also be classes offered at JPII through Mary Lee Bunch and Associates. The dates, times and Registration forms can be found at


TEST       Test Date         Registration Deadline

ACT         Sep 13             Aug 8

ACT         Oct 25             Sep 19

ACT         Dec 13            Nov 7

SAT          Oct 11            Sep 12

SAT          Nov 8             Oct 9

SAT          Dec 6             Nov 6

To register for the ACT go to: Registration for the SAT is at:

Please join the counselors for a meeting to go over dates and details for this year in the life of your senior and the college application process.


40 of America’s most remarkable colleges and universities, profiled in former New York Times education editor Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, will be conducting an informational session and college fair at Renaissance Nashville in the Broadway Ballroom at 611 Commerce Street, Nashville, TN 37203 on Monday, August 11th at 7:00 pm. JPII students are strongly encouraged to attend this valuable discussion and program to learn more about the CTCL schools as well as conducting a well-informed college search. Admission is free and pre-registration is not required.

The Colleges That Change Lives program begins with an enlightening 30-minute panel presentation on completing a college search today. It promises to not bore you with a session about how to apply for college, what to expect during a campus visit, and so forth. Rather, CTCL deans and directors will share with you the latest research on specific campus characteristics and learning components that lead to the most successful college experience. They will challenge you to view popular college rankings as just one measure of quality among many, and encourage you to make the college search process a well-informed journey that leads to the best possible outcome: finding the best college fit—one that could be life changing. Immediately after the panel presentation, the college fair begins, lasting approximately 1.5 hours. Students and families will be able to collect information from and speak directly with admission representatives from the colleges and universities that inspired noted education reporter and former New York Times education editor the late Loren Pope to write the book Colleges That Change Lives. For more information on schools attending visit

FairTest released the latest update of their popular directory of test-optional, bachelor-degree granting colleges and universities. There are now 800 accredited institutions that do not require all or many applicants to submit ACT/SAT scores before admissions decisions are made. Click the following link to see the entire list:


Seniors may register for this competition online at Qualifications for the program are leadership and participation in at least one sport. See Mr. Dempsey in the School Counseling office for more information.


Students interested in these scholarship programs need to see Mr. Brown in the School Counseling office before August 28th. These scholarships are for academically superior students interested in competing for these universities’ highest scholarships. Deadlines are soon.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

College Fair 2013

We are excited to be hosting the 11th College Fair tomorrow.  I am including a list of the colleges and organizations that have confirmed they are attending, and we always have a few additional colleges pop up on to the list on the day.

Parents- You are welcome to attend, we just ask that you allow students to have first priority in talking with the representatives. 

Students - A gentle reminder to wear your Uniform.  You can change into Spirit wear after you are done with the fair.

Some Tips:

- Students may wish to print up a few sheets of self-stick address labels. Include your name, address, phone number, email address, high school, year of graduation, intended major(s), and any extracurricular activities you're interested in. At the fair, slap the address labels on the college information cards to save you time in filling out the same information over and over at each college's table.  

The questions you ask should be unique to your interests and not easily found in standard college materials. The college fair is a good time to talk person-to-person with the representative of that school. Your job is to think of good questions.

So cross out the questions like, "How many people are in the freshman class?" Instead, ask what the two or three most popular majors are (that can give you a good idea of the main interests of the majority of the students). If you have a particular major in mind, don't ask "How good is major X?" No college representative will tell you that a program is bad. Instead, ask how many students take that major; what research faculty members are involved in (and the opportunities for undergraduates to participate in it); or what courses you would take your first year in a particular major. Students who are undecided should ask about what services and support are available to help them explore various majors.

Planning ahead ensures that you get to visit the colleges that most interest you. But also make sure to leave time for browsing. So, be adventurous! Don't just focus on 'name' schools.  You may find that a school you've never heard of offers the exact major, extracurricular program, etc., that you're seeking.

By the time the fair is over, you'll have a bag filled with information about colleges--and a possible case of information overload. Don't succumb to the temptation of just piling all those brochures in some obscure corner of your bedroom. If you're feeling overwhelmed, take a day or two away from the college search. Then get out all of those brochures, along with the notes you took while at the fair, and read through them. You may find that some colleges aren't as interesting as you first thought. Others only look better the more you research them. For those colleges, follow up by filling out the information cards in the brochures or by starting to schedule college visits.

Alabama A&M
Alabama State University
Allegheny College
American Baptist College
Aquinas College
Auburn University
Austin Peay State University
Baldwin Wallace University
Baptist College of Health Sciences
Baylor University
Bellarmine University
Belmont University
Berry College
Bethel College
Birmingham Southern College
Bradley University
Brenau University
Brescia University
Butler University
Campbellsville University
Carson-Newman College
Centre College
Charleston Southern U.
Christendom College
Christian Brothers Univ.
Clark Atlanta Univeristy
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
College of Mount St. Joseph
College of Wooster
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia University NYC
Converse College
Cornell University
Cumberland University
Davidson College
DePauw University
East Tennessee State University
Eckerd College
Emory &Henry
Emory U.-Emory C.& Oxford C
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Southern College
Florida State
Fordham University
Furman University
Georgia State
Hanover College
Hendrix College
High Point University
Hillsdale College
Hiwassee College
Hofstra University
Hollins University
Holly Cross College
Illinois Southern Carbondale
Indiana University
Jacksonville State Univ.
Jacksonville University
Kalamazoo College
Kentucky Wesleyan College
King University
Lincoln Memorial University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans
Marist College
Marquette University
Maryville College
Memphis College of Art
Meredith College
Miami University
Middle Tennessee State Universty
Milsaps College
Mississippi College
Mississippi State
Missouri U of Sci and Tech
Murray State University
Navy ROTC Scholarship
Notre Dame
O'more College of Design
Oglethorpe University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Ole Miss
Penn State
Radford University
Rhodes College
Rice University
Roanoke College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Tech
Saint Louis University
Saint Olaf College
Samford Universiy
Savannah College of Art and Design
Sewanee: The University of the South
Southern Methodist University
Spalding University
Spring Hill College
Sweet Briar College
Tennessee National Guard
Tennessee State University
Tennessee Tech University
Tennessee Wesleyan College
The Art Institutes
The Catholic University of America
The Coast Guard Academy
The College of the Holy Cross
The Kentucky School of Art (Spald
TN Student Assistance Corp.
Transylvania University
Trevecca Nazarene University
Tulane University
Tusculum College
Union University
United States Naval Academy
Univeristy of Montevallo
University of Alabama
University of Alabama Early Coll
University of Alabama Hunts.
University of Arkansas
University of Dallas
University of Dayton
University of Evansville
University of Georgia
University of Kentucky
University of Memphis
University of Missourri
University of North Carolina- Asheville
University of Redlands
University of Tampa
University of Tennessee
University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
University of Tennessee - Martin
University of Texas
US Air Force Academy
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Volunteer State CC
Wake Forest
Webster University
Welch College
Wesleyan College
West Point Military Academy
Western KY U.
Winthrop University
Wittenberg University
Wofford College
Xavier University

Friday, September 13, 2013

Congressional Service Academy Days

I just got this information from our Air Force Academy representative, Mr. David Garcia, and wanted to pass it on to interested students and parents:

Greetings! Several congressmen are hosting Academy Days in Tennessee. It's a great time to meet cadets and midshipmen and learn the process of admission. Parents, friends, and counselors are welcome. Here are the details:

Congressman Blackburn, Saturday, September 14th at 10am at Franklin High School

Congressman Black, Saturday, September 28th at 9am at Wilson County Central High School

Congressman Fleischmann, Saturday September 28th at 10am at Roane State Comm College

Congressman Cooper, Saturday, October 19th at 9am at the downtown Nashville Public Library-- 

Please go to the website of your representative for more information.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Linking the Common Application to the Family Connection

The new Common Application has finally updated to where it can link with your family connection account.  This is extremely important for you to make the link as soon as possible in order for teachers and counselors to be able to complete you letters of recommendation and school forms.

We STRONGLY recommend using the common application for all college applications you can.  Even if you are only applying to one school (like the University of Tennessee)  it helps the counselor and your teachers to have a consistent format and to not have to repeat the same work over and over again.

In order to link your Common Application account with your Family Connection Account 

1. Log in to your Common Application account 

2. Go to the "My Colleges" tab.

3. In the Left Column, Click "Assign Recommenders"

4. Click the link under FERPA Release Authorization

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5. Read the following, agree and click "Continue"

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6. You must Authorize us to send educational records, and Then we recommend you Waive your rights to see the recommendations.  Colleges see the choice you make - so it is always advisable to Waive your rights to give you recommendation the most strength.
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Not waiving your rights does not grant you permission to see your recommendations.  It only allows you to see them after you have been accepted to a school, go there, and request to see them (even then, very few schools actually keep your application as part of your student file.) 

7. Log in to your Family Connection Account and go to "Colleges I am Applying to"

8. Type in the e-mail you used for the Common Application in the Box indicated and Click "Match"

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9. You are done!

Friday, August 23, 2013

A Scholarship Smörgåsbord

See the Family Connection or come to the College Counseling office for more information.  You may also visit the college counseling blog for further announcements regarding scholarships as well as other college resources.

John W. McDevitt (Fourth Degree) Scholarships

Official Website           
Deadline:  March 1, 2014 
Maximum award: $1,500

The Knights of Columbus awards John W. McDevitt (Fourth Degree) Scholarships annually. The earnings of the scholarship trust determine the number of scholarships awarded.
An applicant must be:

  1. A U.S. student entering freshman year of undergraduate study at a Catholic college or Catholic university in the United States.
  2. A member in good standing of the Knights of Columbus or the wife, widow, son or daughter of such a member or deceased member. (Fourth Degree membership is not a qualification for scholarship eligibility).
These academic-based scholarships of $1,500 each are administered in conformance with the rules governing the Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarships.  Applications are designed for either Pro Deo or Pro Patria or John W. McDevitt (Fourth Degree) scholarships. Incoming freshmen planning to attend a Catholic college or Catholic university may obtain an application after Oct. 1 by writing:
Department of Scholarships
Knights of Columbus
PO Box 1670
New Haven, CT 06507-0901
or using this form.

Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarships

Deadline:  March 1, 2014 
Maximum award: $1,500

The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council awards Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarships annually to U.S. students, who will be entering The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., or other Catholic colleges or Catholic universities in the United States. The number of scholarships awarded is determined by the earnings of the scholarship trust.
An applicant must be:
  1. Entering freshman year of an undergraduate program leading to a bachelor's degree at a Catholic college or Catholic university in the United States.
  2. A member in good standing of the Knights of Columbus, the son or daughter of such a member or deceased member, or a member in good standing of the Columbian Squires. (Not limited to Fourth Degree members.)
The scholarships of $1,500 each are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and are renewable each year of study, pending satisfactory academic performance, to a total of four years.
Forms for the scholarships at The Catholic University of America should be obtained from the university’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.
Incoming freshmen planning to attend other Catholic colleges or Catholic universities may obtain applications for Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarships after Oct. 1 by writing:
Department of Scholarships
Knights of Columbus
PO Box 1670
New Haven, CT 06507-0901
or using this form.
Completed applications must be received by the Knights of Columbus Department of Scholarships by March 1 of the following year.

Catholic Financial Life College Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2014
Maximum Award: $1000
Student must be a financial member of Catholic Financial Life for a minimum of one year prior to application, which means he/she is the primary insured on a life insurance certificate or on a spousal rider, or an annuitant. In other words, the student must have his/her own policy. THIS IS A ONE-TIME AWARD. Previous winners are not eligible. The student must be 23 years of age or younger. Student must have performed a minimum of ten service hours with one or more of the following: 1) A Catholic Financial Life branch/chapter, 2) Society of St. Vincent de Paul, or 3) Other non-profit organization. Award preference given to students who provide service to a branch/chapter and/or the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and to students who exceed the minimum number of service hours required. Service must be completed between April 1, 2013 and March 15, 2014. Service documentation must accompany the application. Based upon the above criteria and, if necessary, a random drawing scholarships will be awarded as follows: $1,000 scholarships to full-time students attending an accredited four-year private or public college or university and $500 scholarships to full-time students attending an accredited community or technical college.

Carson Scholars Fund

Deadline:  January 10, 2014 -  Nomination required
Maximum award: $1,000

The Carson Scholars Fund awards $1,000 college scholarships to students in grades 4-11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. Scholarship winners receive the honor of being named "Carson Scholars" and are awarded an Olympic-sized medal and a trophy for their school to celebrate their accomplishments. Previous winners of Carson Scholarships are eligible to reapply for Carson Scholar Recognition annually.  Interested students must be nominated by the principal at his or her school to be able to compete for a Carson Scholarship. Only one student from each school is able to apply, ensuring that each nominee epitomizes academic excellence. Carson Scholars must have a GPA of 3.75 and display humanitarian qualities through community service. Scholarships are awarded solely on the basis of academic achievement and humanitarian qualities, without regard to financial need or ethnicity.

Women's Economic Council Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: September 6, 2013
Maximum Award: $1,000

The Foundation and Council recognize that by continuing their education, women increase their earnings potential. To supports these educational efforts, the Foundation is pleased to offer six $1,000.00 scholarships to Tennessee women and girls who are making a commitment to improving their economic autonomy. Three scholarships will be awarded to graduating senior high-school girls, including one who has received the Girl Scout Gold Award, and three will be awarded to non-traditional students who are returning to college after a five-year break. In addition to academic achievement and financial need, the Foundation will consider leadership and participation in community activities in selecting the recipients.

CIA Undergraduate Scholar Program
Central Intelligence Agency
Deadline: October 15, 2013
Maximum Award: $18,000 +

The Undergraduate Scholar Program was developed, in part, to assist minority and disabled students, but application is open to all students who meet the requirements. The program offers unmatched experience. You'll complete work sessions during each summer break, increasing your knowledge and job responsibilities while assisting intelligence professionals and applying your academic skills. Once selected, you will be given an annual salary; a benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, and retirement; and up to $18,000 per calendar year for tuition, mandatory fees, books and supplies. You'll be required to work at an Agency facility during summer breaks and to maintain full-time college status during the school year with a minimum cumulative 3.0/4.0 GPA. We will pay the cost of transportation between school and the Washington, DC area each summer and provide a housing allowance.

Horatio Alger Scholarship Program
Horatio Alger Association
Deadline: October 25, 2013
Maximum Award: $20,000

As one of the nation's largest college financial aid programs in the country, the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is the only major scholarship effort that specifically assists high school students who have face and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many aid programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger program also seeks students who have a commitment to use their college degrees in service to others.

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
Deadline: October 31, 2013
Maximum Award: $5,000

Rewards leadership and excellence as exemplified through academic achievement and extracurricular activities, including commitment to community service. Available beginning in September as an electronic, on-line application.

Tennessee Senate Youth Program
William Randolph Hearst Foundation
Deadline: November 1, 2013
Maximum Award: $5,000

The United States Senate Youth Program brings the highest-level officials from each branch of government together with a competitively selected group of high-school students--two high school juniors or seniors from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity--during a week-long educational immersion program held in Washington, D.C.

Voice of Democracy
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Deadline: November 1, 2013
Maximum Award: $30,000

Created in 1947, the Voice of Democracy scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12 that annually provides more than $3 million in scholarships. The first-place winner, who competes with all the first-place VFW department winners, receives a $30,000 scholarship. Each department's first-place winner also receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC.

Tennessee DAR Scholarship
Daughters of the American Revolution
Deadline: November 1, 2013
Maximum Award: $2,500

The TSDAR Scholarship applicant must be a US citizen and a current resident of Tennessee who will be entering his or her freshman year in an accredited college/university granting a degree. This may be a nursing school or junior college, but not a vocational school. Each applicant is required to write an essay of 150 to 300 words, double-spaced, entitled "My Chosen Profession: My Preparation, My Immediate Need, My Hope."

Prudential Spirit of Community
Prudential Financial
Deadline: November 6, 2013
Maximum Award: $5,000

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor young people in middle level and high school grades for outstanding volunteer service to their communities. Created in 1995 by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the awards constitute the United States' largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteering. Over the past 13 years, the program has honored more than 80,000 young volunteers at the local, state, and national level.

Intel Science Talent Search
Society for Science & the Public
Deadline: November 13, 2013
Maximum Award: $25,000

The Science Talent Search is America's oldest and most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. Since 1942, first in partnership with Westinghouse and since 1998 with Intel, the competition has provided a nation stage for America's best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists.

First Freedom Student Competition
First Freedom Center
Deadline: November 25, 2013
Maximum Award: $3,000

The right to religious freedom is set forth in constitutional and international human rights law. Today's youth play an important role in upholding and strengthening this liberty; therefore, the First Freedom Student Competition has been developed to: help high-school students better understand religious freedom - its history and current significance; encourage high-school students to explore their individual and civic rights to and responsibilities for religious freedom; engage high-school teachers and students in the study of American history and the First Amendment; and challenge high-school students to strengthen their analytic writing skills.

UT Alumni Excellence Scholarship
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Deadline: Application for admission must be admitted to the university by December 1, 2013 to be considered. There is no separate application.
Maximum Award: $1,500

This newly established scholarship will be awarded for the first time during the fall 2008-spring 2009 undergraduate admissions process. This $6000 ($1500 per year) award was created to provide funding for academically talented students with financial need who fall outside of the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s current guaranteed scholarship program limits.

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Elks National Foundation
Deadline: December 6, 2013
Maximum Award: $15,000

500 four-year scholarships, ranging from $1,000 per year to $15,000 per year, for graduating high school seniors based on financial need, leadership and scholarship.

Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: December 15, 2013
Maximum Award: $15,000

Since 2006, the Scarlett Family Foundation has awarded over $720,000 in college scholarships to middle Tennessee students in pursuit of a business degree. These students are attending both public and private colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Nashville Cable
Deadline: December 21, 2013
Maximum Award: $5,000

Two scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who live in or attend schools located in Davidson and contiguous counties. The winning award will be for $5,000, with the runner-up receiving $2,500. Scholarship recipients will be introduced on stage and awards presented at the ATHENA Award program on March 23, 2009, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship
Sons of the American Revolution
Deadline: December 31, 2013
Maximum Award: $8,000

George S. Stella M. Knight Essay Contest
Sons of the American Revolution
Deadline: December 31, 2013
Maximum Award: $2,000

The contest is for an original researched and proven topic written in English. The topic of the essay shall deal with: an even, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Students must source at least 5 references with the minimum of three being published book sources to allow for verification of sources if necessary. References from encyclopedias or internet sires will be accepted, but are not considered as part of the three published book sources.

Young Entrepreneur Awards
National Federation of Independent Business
Deadline: December 8, 2013
Maximum Award: $10,000

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards are non-renewable scholarships created to recognize young people who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and initiative. The NFIB Young Entrepreneur program was established to raise awareness among the nation's youth of the critical role that private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the building of America. A dues-paying member of the NFIB must nominate all applicants.

Profile in Courage Essay Contest
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Deadline: January 6, 2014
Maximum Award: $10,000

The Profile in Courage Essay Contest invites high school students to consider the concept of political courage by writing an essay on a U.S. official who has chosen to do what is right, rather than what is expedient. A “Profile in Courage” essay is a carefully researched recounting of a story: the story of how an elected official risked his or her career to take a stand based on moral principles.

Ron Brown Scholar Program
Deadline: November 1, 2013
Maximum Award: $10,000

The Ron Brown Scholar Program is a national program that awards scholarships to academically talented, highly motivated African American high school seniors who intend to pursue undergraduate degrees full-time. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. The Program honors the late Ronald H. Brown, Secretary of Commerce during the Clinton administration. These scholarships are reserved for exceptional individuals who share Brown's traits of excellence, leadership, commitment to public service and a desire to make a difference. In addition, applicant must demonstrate financial need.

Burger King Scholars Program
Burger King
Deadline: January 10, 2014
Maximum Award: $1,000

Applicants must be high school seniors who maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, work part-time an average of 10 hours per week, 40 weeks per year, demonstrate participation in community service and/or co-curricular activities, and demonstrate financial need.

SAE Engineering Scholarships
Society of Automotive Engineers
Deadline: January 15, 2014
Maximum Award: $10,000

In recognition of the important contributions made by engineers in improving the quality of our lives, particularly those related to mobility, the SAE International is proud to be able to offer a number of scholarships to qualified students who are interested in the study of engineering and the related sciences. These scholarships are made possible by the support of corporate and academic communities.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Deadline: January 17, 2014   nomination required
Maximum Award: determined by GMS based on financial need

The increasing diversity of our society reminds us that all of America's citizens must have access to higher education if our nation is to sustain and advance itself as a global, competitive democracy in the new millennium. The future of our economy and quality of life depend upon the preparation of a diverse cadre of leaders who can help build a stronger society. These potential leaders, especially those drawn from groups that have traditionally and historically been denied access to higher education, require the necessary support and opportunities to earn and complete a college education.

Princeton Prize in Race Relations
Princeton University
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Maximum Award: $1,000

In order to recognize, support, and encourage the young people of our country who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the cause of positive race relations, Princeton University annually sponsors an awards program for high school students--the Princeton Prize in Race Relations. Princeton and its alumni recognize that the issue of race relations continues to be one of the most urgent and important challenges facing our country. The Princeton Prize in Race Relations was created to identify and commend young people who are working to increase understanding and mutual respect among all races. Through this effort, we hope to inspire others to join in these or similar efforts, and to undertake initiatives of their own.

The Legacy Awards
Elks National Foundation
Deadline: February 1, 2013
Maximum Award: $1,000

The ENF Legacy Awards scholarship contest awards four-year, scholarships to children and grandchildren of Elk members who are high school seniors, going on to college and exhibit the core values of the Elks National Foundation: Knowledge, Charity, Community and Integrity. The ENF will award up to 500 Legacy Awards to be used during the 2008-09 academic year.

National Peace Essay Contest
United States Institute of Peace
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Maximum Award: $10,000

The United States depends on knowledgeable and thoughtful student--the next generation of leaders--to build peace with freedom and justice among nations and peoples. In the belief that questions about peace, justice, freedom, and security are vital to civic education, the United States Institute of Peace established the National Peace Essay Contest to expand education opportunities for young Americans.

BMI Student Composer Awards
BMI Foundation, Inc.
Deadline: February 8, 2014
Maximum Award: $5,000

At a meeting in Chicago in June 1951, a group of composers and educators was invited by BMI to devise a plan to encourage and aid young composers. The result was BMI Student Composer Awards, which has won the national support of major American and international educational and musical figures. Awards are to be made for compositions, vocal, instrumental or electronic (or any combination thereof), submitted by students actively engaged in the study of music.

Best buy Scholarship  Scholarship Program
Best Buy
Deadline: February 15, 2014
Maximum Award: $1,000

This year the Best Buy @15 Scholarship Program will award 1,000 scholarships of $1,000 each to students in grades 9-12 living in the U.S. or Puerto Rico who plan to enter a full-time undergraduate course of study upon high school graduation. We’re looking for folks with solid grades, who are involved in volunteer efforts in their schools and communities, and/or have a work history. Students must be planning to attend a college, university or technical school in the fall immediately following their high school graduation. 9–12th grade students from private, public, alternative or home schools are eligible to apply.

Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Hobb Pittenger American History Scholarship
Daughters of the American Revolution
Deadline: February 15, 2014
Maximum Award: $2,000

The Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Hobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship is awarded to graduating high school students who will pursue an undergraduate degree with a concentrated study of a minimum of 24 credit hours in American History and American Government. This award is intended to promote the study of our country's history among our finest students.

Lillian and Arthur Dunn Scholarship
Daughters of the American Revolution
Deadline: February 15, 2014
Maximum Award: $2,000

The Lillian and Arthur Dunn Scholarship is a $2,000 scholarship awarded for up to four years to well qualified, deserving sons and daughters of members of the NSDAR for four years of college. Outstanding recipients pursuing graduate study may reapply each year for an additional period of up to four years of study. DAR Member Number of mother, who is a current dues paying member, must be on the application.

Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship
Daughters of the American Revolution
Deadline: February 15, 2014
Maximum Award: $1,000

The Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship is awarded to students who are accepted or enrolled in an accredited school of nursing. Applicants must be members, descendants of members or be eligible for membership in NSDAR. DAR Member Number must be on the Application.

National Co-op Scholarship Program
National Commission for Cooperative Education
Deadline: February 15, 2014
Maximum Award: $6,000

The National Commission for Cooperative Education, on behalf of the eight NCCE Partner Colleges and Universities, is pleased to announce and sponsor its Eighth Annual National Co-op Scholarship Program. As the largest independently sponsored merit co-op scholarship program in the United States, the National Commission will award 170 merit co-op scholarships of $6,000 each, for a total renewable value of $4,200,000. These merit co-op scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors and transfer students who plan to participate in college cooperative education at one of our Partner Colleges and Universities

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: February 15, 2013
Maximum Award: $7,500

Through its Education and Leadership Development Program, the Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships of up to $7,500 annually to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice.

Occupational/Physical Therapy Scholarship
Daughters of the American Revolution
Deadline: February 15, 2014
Maximum Award: $1,000

The Occupational/Physical Therapy Scholarship is awarded to students who are in financial need and have been accepted or are attending an accredited school of occupational therapy (including art, music, or physical therapy).

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
Deadline: February 17, 2014  nomination required
Maximum Award: $10,000

The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program honors the legacy and character of our nation's 40th President by rewarding college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education. GE-Reagan Foundation Scholars candidates must: •demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship at school, at home, at the workplace, and within the community; •be nominated by an eligible community leader, such as a high school principal, elected official or executive director of a nonprofit organization; •be recommended by an authority figure, such as a student activity advisor, community service coordinator, coach, employer, teacher, counselor or religious leader; •demonstrate strong academic performance (3.0 or greater GPA or equivalent); •demonstrate financial need

Jack Diller Education Award
Nashville Predators Foundation
Deadline: February 20, 2014   nomination required
Maximum Award: $2,500

These scholarships will be awarded to students residing in Nashville and Middle Tennessee and will be presented to college-bound seniors who have excelled in the classroom, demonstrated leadership qualities in the classroom and/or athletics, and been involved in community service. All schools within this area are being provided with detailed information about this scholarship opportunity and are encouraged to nominate four worthy students.

Hadden Scholarship
Youth Foundation
Deadline: February 28, 2013
Maximum Award: $4,000

Youth Foundation's basic objective is the awarding of Hadden Scholarships to exceptionally worthy, financially needy, secondary school seniors for their undergraduate college education. Youth Foundation encourages young people to establish permanent attitudes of self-reliance, confidence, self-discipline, responsibility, volunteerism, and exemplary character thereby benefiting their own lives, and more importantly, the lives of others.

Two Ten Scholarships
210 Footwear Foundation
Deadline: February 28, 2014
Maximum Award: $15,000

Two Ten offers scholarships to students affiliated with the footwear or allied industries. Scholarship awards are based on academic record, personal promise, character and financial need and are offered to full and part-time students.

William Henry Oliver Scholarship
East Nashville High School Alumni Association
Deadline: February 28, 2014

The East Nashville High Alumni Association awards scholarships to deserving graduating seniors who are descendants of an East High School graduate that have exemplified good citizen ship and demonstrated financial need.

ACS Scholars Program
American Chemical Society
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Maximum Award: $2,500

The American Chemical Society, the largest membership organization devoted to the study and advancement of a single science, sponsors a scholarship program for qualified applicants who want to enter the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or other chemically related fields such as environmental science, materials science or toxicology. Students interested in two-year college programs for chemical technology may also qualify for scholarships. The program is designed to encourage African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian students to pursue undergraduate college degrees in the chemical sciences and chemical technology.

ALA National President's Scholarship
American Legion Auxiliary
Deadline: March 1, 2013
Maximum Award: $2,500

The National President's scholarships are awarded to children of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during the eligibility dates for The American Legion. One $2,500 scholarship, one $2,000 scholarship, and one $1,000 in scholarship money will be awarded in each division. Ten outstanding students will be awarded a total of $27,500 to further their higher education. The applicant must complete fifty (50) hours of community service during his/her high school years to be eligible for one of these scholarships.

Spirit of Youth Scholarship
American Legion Auxiliary
Deadline: March 1, 2013
Maximum Award: $1,000

One Junior member in each division will receive a scholarship valued at $1,000 per year for four years (total $4,000). The applicant must have held membership in the American Legion Auxiliary for the immediate past three years, currently hold a 2008 membership card, and continue to maintain her membership throughout the four-year scholarship period.

VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Deadline: March 1, 2013
Maximum Award: $5,000

The VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship program provides a $5,000 award to an outstanding scout who is the recipient of a Boy Scout Eagle Award, a Venture Scouting Silver Award, or a Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.

Eagle Scout of the Year
American Legion
Deadline: March 1, 2013
Maximum Award: $10,000

The Scout who best meets the qualifications outlined in the Nomination Application will be selected as the 2008 American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year by the National Americanism Commission. The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year will join the Youth Champion delegation and participate in the 90th Annual National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, August 22-26, 2008.

Glenn Miller Scholarship Competition
The Glenn Miller Birthplace Society
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Maximum Award: $4,000

In 1976, a group of Clarinda citizens interested in Glenn Miller and his music decided that one way to honor this musical leader of the past would be to seek out and encourage potential musical leaders of the future. It is not the purpose of this competition to select Glenn Miller look-alikes or sound-alikes, nor is it limited to pop music performance. Rather, in honoring Glenn, we wish to seek out and assist promising young talents in any field of applied music who may be leaders of tomorrow.

AABE Scholarship
American Association of Blacks in Energy
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Maximum Award: $3,000

The American Association of Blacks in Energy is a professional organization of African Americans in the energy industry. Through its Scholarship Program, AABE seeks to help increase the number of African Americans and other misrepresented minorities in energy related fields. By doing so, we help our nation address a critical need and a challenge to our future economic vitality in the world market.

Bishop Joseph B. Bethea Scholarship
The United Methodist Church
Deadline: March 5, 2014

Undergraduate scholarship for African American students. Applicant must be a member of the Southeastern Jurisdiction Black Methodists for Church Renewal (SEJBMCR); citizen or permanent resident of the US; GPA of 2.8+; and demonstrate financial need.

Ethnic Minority Scholarship
The United Methodist Church
Deadline: March 5, 2014

Undergraduate award for Native American, Asian, African American, Hispanic, or Pacific Islander ethnic groups. Applicant must have a GPA of 2.5+; citizen of permanent resident of the US; full and active member of the UMC for at least one year.

Rev. Dr. Karen Layman Gift of Hope
The United Methodist Church
Deadline: March 5, 2013
Maximum Award: $1,000

$1000 undergraduate award for applicants who have been active and full members of the UMC for at least 3 years prior to application; must demonstrate strong leadership in the UMC; citizen or permanent resident of the US; GPA of 3.0+.

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Scholarships
Deadline: March 15, 2013
Maximum Award: $2,500

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's Scholarship Program is made up of 38 different scholarship funds established by individuals, firms or organizations wanting to assist individuals in furthering their educations. Students apply to the program and, if eligible, can be awarded grants from one or more of these different funds.

Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarship
Deadline: March 15, 2013   nomination required
Maximum Award: $5,000

Through the Kohl’s Kids Who Care program, parents, educators and community members nominate kids ages 6 through 18 who volunteer in their community to be recognized by Kohl’s for their efforts.

PAS/Yamaha Terry Gibbs Vibraphone Scholarship
Percussive Arts Society
Deadline: March 15, 2014
Maximum Award: $1,000

The PAS/Yamaha Terry Gibbs Vibraphone Scholarship was established in 2005 in honor of legendary jazz vibraphonist Terry Gibbs. Gibbs is recognized as one of the best ever to grace the genre of bop, having played with artists such as Buddy Rich, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker and Dizzie Gillespie, and leading his own critically acclaimed big band, The Dream Band. Funded by Yamaha, the $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a full-time student registered in an accredited college or university school of music for the following academic year. The student must also be a member of PAS.

PAS/Remo, Inc. Fred Hoey Memorial Scholarship
Percussive Arts Society
Deadline: March 15, 2013
Maximum Award: $1,000

Fred Hoey had an illustrious career in the field of music as an author, clinician, and percussion industry innovator. He was a charter member of the Percussive Arts Society and an educator whose influence on percussionists continues with the PAS Fred Hoey Memorial Scholarship. This annual $1,000 scholarship is awarded to an incoming college freshman percussionist enrolled in the School of Music at an accredited college or university.

PAS Armand Zildjian Percussion Scholarship
Percussive Arts Society
Deadline: March 15, 2014
Maximum Award: $2,000

As a charter member of the Percussive Arts Society and a 16-year Trustee of Berklee College, Armand Zildjian sought to create more learning opportunities for today's musicians in both contemporary and classical music. The PAS Armand Zildjian Percussion Scholarship is one step in fulfilling that quest. This annual $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student percussionist enrolled in an accredited college or university school of music.

PAS Hudson Music Drumset Scholarship
Percussive Arts Society
Deadline: March 15, 2014
Maximum Award: $1,000

Established by Hudson Music in 2006, the PAS Hudson Music Drumset Scholarship continues the company's commitment to music education and to the support of student drummers. Funding is provided through proceeds from sales of Hudson Music's "Classic Jazz" series DVDs. This annual $1,000 college scholarship is awarded to a full-time student registered in an accredited college or university school of music during the academic year.

AIA/AAF Minority/Disadvantaged Scholarship
American Architectural Foundation
Deadline: March 29, 2014
Maximum Award: $2,500

The American Architectural Foundation offers the Minority/Disadvantaged Scholarships in order to encourage diversity and equity in the architectural profession. These scholarships are open to high school seniors and college freshmen who plan to study architecture at a NAAB-accredited program. The scholarship program was established in 1970 by a grant from the Ford Foundation to aid students who would not otherwise have an opportunity to enter a professional degree program.

10-Minute Play Contest
Princeton University
Deadline: March 31, 2013
Maximum Award: $500

Any student who is in the eleventh grade this year is eligible for the Princeton Ten-Minute Play Prize. Applicants may enter only one play, ten pages maximum. Please include your name, address, phone number, and email, and the name, address, phone number, and email of your college counselor. Entries should be emailed to with ten-minute play in the subject line.

Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest
Penguin Group
Deadline: April 14, 2014
Maximum Award: $1,000

Signet Classics is proud to host its annual Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest, in which five high school juniors or seniors can each win a $1,000 scholarship award to be used toward their higher education plus a Signet Classics library for their school. Students enter by writing an essay on one of five topics posed for this year's competition book.

Do Something Awards
Do Something
Deadline: April 15, 2013
Maximum Award: $5,000

Since 1996, Do Something has honored the nation’s finest young world-changers. Do Something Award Winners represent the best in their field or issue and are rewarded with a huge community grant, participation in a special award ceremony, media coverage, and continued support from Do Something.

Minority Teaching Fellows Program
Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
Deadline: April 15, 2013
Maximum Award: $5,000

The Minority Teaching Fellows Program offers a $5,000 per year scholarship designed for students desiring to enter the teaching field following graduation. The program requires students to teach in a Tennessee Pre K-12 public school for the number of years they received the award.  In other words, if the service obligation is not satisfied, the student will be required to repay the scholarship.

American Legacy Scholarship
American Legion
Deadline: April 14, 2014
Maximum Award: Varies

Children or legally adopted children or a child of a spouse by a prior marriage or dependent child as defined by the United States Armed Services for active duty personnel of the United States military and National Guard, and military reservists who were federalized and die on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible. The amount and number of awards depends upon the income derived from the trust.

UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program
UCB, Inc.
Deadline: May 29, 2014
Maximum Award: $5,000

The purpose of this scholarship program is to demonstrate the continued commitment of UCB, Inc. to people with epilepsy, their families, and caregivers. The award is a one-time scholarship in the amount of $5000.  Scholarships will be awarded to people with epilepsy, and  family members or caregivers of people with epilepsy, for use toward tuition at a United States-based center for higher learning.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
Deadline: April 30, 2013   nomination required
Maximum Award: $2,000

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to people and out planet. Their leadership and courage make them true heroes--and inspirations to us all. Each year, the Barron Prize selects ten winners nationwide. Half of the winners have focused on helping their communities and fellow beings; half have focused on protecting the health and sustainability of the environment.

Tennessee 4-H Scholarships
Tennessee 4-H
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Maximum Award: various

Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting Scholarship
The Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Maximum Award: $1,000

The Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting offers two scholarships. The recipient for first place will receive $1,000 and the runner up will receive $500 upon acceptance to a four year accredited college or university. The candidates are evaluated on their involvement in their church, school, community, scholastic achievements, and Scouting.

Elizabeth Buford Shepherd Scholarship
Deadline: May 1, 2014

Applications are available in late spring.  The Shepherd Scholarship Foundation was established in 1956 under the will of Mrs. Elizabeth Buford Shepherd and has aided many full-time students attending accredited colleges since its beginning.  Students must be in the top 10% of their graduating class.   There are many applications each year, and a qualified committee carefully reviews each application and considers such factors as academic achievements and extracurricular activities in high school and financial need.

Scholarship to Study a Foreign Language
Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation
Deadline: May 17, 2014
Maximum Award: $1,500

The Foundation will award scholarships to deserving young women who have attained at least the honor of Silver Award Girl Scout and who plan to or are currently pursuing a major/minor in foreign language at a four-year college/university . . .. Scholarship renewal is not automatic, and awardees must submit the renewal application and all required attachments each year.

Bill of Rights National Essay Contest
National Foundation for Women Legislator's, Inc.
Deadline: September 15, 2013
Maximum Award: $3,000

The National Foundation for Women Legislators and the National Rifle Association are co-sponsoring their thirteenth annual bill of Rights Essay Contest for college-bound female high school juniors and seniors, which this year will be entitled “Freedom and Civic Virtues.” The contest’s seven winners will each receive a $3,000 college scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to NFWL’s Annual conference where they will network with, be mentored by and speak to hundreds of women lawmakers from across the United States.

Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest
Sons of the American Revolution
Deadline: June 8, 2014 (National deadline, contact local chapter for their deadline)
Maximum Award: $3,000
Purpose of the National Contest: 
  • To bring American History to the high school student and focus on event of today. 
  • To draw an intelligent relationship between the past and the present. 
  • To clearly demonstrate freedom of opportunity as a basic right of our national heritage. 
  • To place a positive emphasis on the plans of our founding fathers.
  • To emphasize justice under law in the free society.
  • To illustrate how the Revolutionary War influenced our freedom of expression. 
Student must give a speech between 5 and 6 minutes that deals with an event, personality, or document pertaining to the Revolutionary War and show a relationship to America today.

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship
Deadline: June 14, 2014
Maximum Award: $1,000

Abbott and Fenner are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed.
The winner(s) of this annual scholarship will receive their award within 2 weeks of the listed deadline. All applicants should include their full name and mailing address with their submissions.

PPS Scholarship
Perennial Plant Society of Middle Tennessee
Deadline: June 15, 2014
Maximum Award: $1,500

The Perennial Plant Society of Middle Tennessee is proud to offer two scholarships to college students studying horticulture or a related subject area.  Students enrolled in two or four year programs are eligible to apply.  Students should have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

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