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Three Scholarships that Give More Than Dollars & the Best Online Resource for WA Scholarships

If you are graduating from high school soon and planning on attending college, then you will want to apply for scholarships. The nice thing about scholarships is that you don’t need to repay this money like you may need to do when it comes to student loans. So, you should apply to all of the scholarships that you can. We have compiled a quick list of three great ones that provide more than just dollars that you don’t want to miss. Plus check out a behemoth of a resource that is the match.com of all Washington State scholarships.

1. Act Six

First, you need to check out Act Six, Tacoma-Seattle’s only full-tuition, full-need urban leadership scholarship (Deadline Oct. 28th). Act Six sends scholars together as a group (cadre) with built-in support and encouragement of fellow leaders who share a common mission. Act Six scholars participate in seven months of intensive training with their cadre, equipping them to support each other, succeed academically and grow as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation. On campus, faculty and staff mentors meet regularly with the cadres and with each individual scholar. Mentors provide social support and connect students with campus resources. This support helps scholars thrive academically, but also empowers them to get involved and step out into leadership roles on campus and in the surrounding community.

2. Palmers Scholars

Palmers Scholarship is an excellent opportunity to receive the financial support you need and one-on-one mentors through every step of your academic journey. (Deadline Nov. 7th) Since 1983 Palmer Scholars has helped hundreds of  low income students of color from Pierce County attend college through scholarships and a family-style mentoring program. There are currently 80 Palmer Scholars in the program attending colleges and universities throughout Washington and the U.S. Online application is now available at www.palmerscholars.org

3. College Bound

The College Bound Scholarship offers an early promise of financial aid to qualifying seventh and eighth graders administered by the Washington Student Achievement Council. Students pledge to work hard in school, stay out of legal trouble and successfully apply to a higher education institution when they graduate with a diploma. The scholarship is designed to fill the gap not covered by State Need Grant or other state financial aid. The program assists schools and community partners, using the College Bound Scholarship program to champion early college awareness in middles schools and college readiness in high schools.

4. The WashBoard

TheWashBoard.org is a free, web-based scholarship clearinghouse that matches Washington scholarship
seekers with Washington scholarship providers. Your scholarship matches are ranked based on the number of eligibility criteria that match your profile. Start reviewing scholarships you are most likely to qualify for. Save scholarships to your scholarships of interest and they will send you reminders of upcoming application due dates! You should also know that TheWashBoard.org can be used throughout a student’s educational life — it contains scholarships available to all ages of students, from middle-school to graduate school.

Applying to Act Six

Don’t miss the Oct. 28th deadline

Word of Advice: PAY ATTENTION TO DEADLINES!! Depending on the scholarship there can be a lot of information you need to gather and essays to write to submit a complete application. Start the process as early as possible to meet the deadline. . . and the Act Six deadline is quickly approaching on Oct. 28th. Act Six staff are available to answer questions and help you complete. Marisol Rosado and Taylor Tibbs, Act Six program assistants, have been very busy recruiting students from all over Pierce County to apply now for the 2015 Act Six Scholarship. Do you want to tell some about this opportunity? You can nominate any student you know that may be eligible.

  • Who is Eligible? Applicants must be high school seniors planning to graduate in 2015 or must have previously graduated from high school in 2014 or 2013. Students enrolled at two-year colleges in the region may apply, but students currently enrolled at four-year colleges, including partner colleges, are not eligible to apply. While ethnicity and family income are considered as factors in selecting an intentionally diverse group of scholars, there are no income restrictions, and students from all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
  • How to Start? It’s easy to start your online application, and important that you begin the process early to make sure your application is completed by the deadline. There is no application fee, and your completed Act Six application also serves as an application for regular admission at the colleges you select, even if you are not chosen as an Act Six scholar.  You can check your eligibility and start your application now and then stop and return to the application whenever you wish.

Please share with your networks or apply now at www.actsix.org