Scholarships

Getting ahead of paying for the cost of nursing education can pay big dividends. There are a variety of scholarships available for all types of nursing students. Learn more below.

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AORN (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses) Foundation Academic Scholarship

More Details and Application Scholarship Category:

To be eligible, individuals must be nursing students (applicant must be in an accredited program leading to initial licensure as an RN) in baccalaureate, master, and doctoral programs with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher. International students are welcome to apply. The applicant must possess an interest in the field of perioperative/surgical nursing. This interest and/or experience must be clearly demonstrated in the personal statement. Application due date: June 15

A Nurse I Am Scholarship

More Details and Application Award Amount(s):
$1000 - $2000
Number of Awards:
10
Scholarship Category:

Cherokee Uniforms is offering up to 10 scholarships of $2,000 each for nursing students who complete an application, submit an essay on the required assignment, and are judged as winners. Applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited LVN/LPN, RN degree (ADN or BSN), or RN-to-BSN program, and must begin/have begun classes not later than Jan. 31. Enrollment may be on a full-time or part-time basis; applicants must be U.S. Citizens or legal residents; applicants’ nursing education programs must be locate within the 50 U.S. states; and must submit the application and the essay requirement with a postmark date of April 30.

Air Force Nurse Corps Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)

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The Air Force offers scholarships for healthcare professionals:
- 1-2 year scholarships for allied health specialties
- 2-3 year scholarships for nurse corps specialties
- 3-4 year scholarships for medical corps and dental corps

Scholarships cover all tuition, fees, textbooks, small equipment items, and supplies. Recipients also receive a monthly allowance for living expenses. While on scholarship, recipients will spend 45 days on active duty, and after graduation, serve 1 year of active duty for each year of scholarship, for a minimum of 3 years.

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) Foundation

Learn More Award Amount(s):
$2000 - $5000
Number of Awards:
4
Scholarship Category: Who can apply?:
Members of AAOHN

Liberty Mutual Insurance and the UPS Foundation will provide (4) $2,500 scholarships based on the following eligibility criteria  and an acceptable application (see Academic Education Scholarships on linked page below).  Estimated due date:  December 1

Eligibility Criteria (Bachelor’s Degree) - The candidate must be a nurse enrolled full- or part- time in a nationally accredited school of nursing program and demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, occupational and environmental health. Applicants must submit documentation of enrollment status. Must be a member of AAOHN.

Eligibility Criteria (Graduate Degree) - The candidate must be a nurse enrolled full- or part- time in a graduate program that has application to occupational and environmental health and demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, occupational and environmental health.  Applicants must submit documentation of enrollment status. Must be a member of AAOHN.

American Legion Auxiliary Department of Michigan

More Details and Application Award Amount(s):
$500 - $1000
$1000 - $2000
$2000 - $5000
Number of Awards:
21
Scholarship Category:

Six scholarship funds for students meeting the eligibility requirements, one of which is being a member or related to a member of the American Legion or American Legion Auxiliary. Some of the funds are for Michigan residents only. Twenty one awards will be given through these 6 programs. Scholarships range between $500 - $3,500, and deadlines range from March 1 – April 1.

Amita Mridha Healthcare Scholarship

Award Amount(s):
$500 - $1000
Scholarship Category: Who can apply?:
Undergraduates in healthcare-related field

The scholarship funds ($1,000)  will be provided for the benefit of an undergraduate student enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a full-time academic program in a health care-related field. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must submit a written statement of not more than 500 words stating reasons for pursing the Amita Mridha Health Care Scholarship, and include two letters of recommendation.   Must be submitted by April 18 for enrollment commencing in the fall session of the academic year.

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AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Dept. of Michigan Scholarships

Application Award Amount(s):
$500 - $1000
Number of Awards:
2
Scholarship Category: Who can apply?:
Members of AMVETS or AMVETS Ladies Auxilary and some relatives

This organization awards two scholarships of a least $500 per year.  Students who are members of AMVETS (is serving or has served in the American Armed Forces)  or the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, or are the child, spouse, or grandchild of a member are eligible.  The Career Scholarship is available to students enrolled in programs that do not lead to a bachelor’s degree.  Applications are due June 1.

ANNA (American Nephrology Nurses’ Association) Scholarships & Grants

http://www.annanurse.org/professional-development/grants-and-awards/educational-... Award Amount(s):
$1000 - $2000
$2000 - $5000
Scholarship Category: Who can apply?:
ANNA Members

Each year ANNA offers scholarships that provide funding to support members in their pursuit of higher education. ANNA also offers grants for clinical research projects and patient or staff education programs. The Career Mobility scholarships are usually due in October and range from $1000-$2,500.  

Bill Kane Undergraduate Scholarship (Society of Health and Physical Education or SHAPE)

More Details and Application Award Amount(s):
$500 - $1000
Scholarship Category:

This award is a $1,000 scholarship awarded annually to an undergraduate health education major at an accredited college/university in the United States or a U.S. territory. To be eligible, the applicant must be currently enrolled full-time at a college or university for both the fall and spring semesters of the academic year during which the student is applying. The student must have sophomore, junior or senior status at the time of application. Must have a minimum, current overall grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale at the AAHE application deadline, which is November 15. Prior award recipients may not apply.

Career Mobility Scholarship Award

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Available to students in LPN-to-RN, RN-to-BSN, RN-to-MSN, or MSN-to-doctorate programs. Must be a member of Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses for at least one year. Up to 9 $2000 scholarships may be awarded each year.
Deadline: March 31

Cooley Scholarship, Masters Scholarship (Society of Health and Physical Education or SHAPE)

More Details and Application Award Amount(s):
$500 - $1000
Scholarship Category:

The award is open to a master’s level student who is currently enrolled in a health education program at an accredited college/university in the United States or a U.S. Territory. To be eligible, the applicant must have a minimum current overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Prior SHAPE scholarship recipients are not eligible. This award is a $1,000 scholarship, which recipients may spend in any manner they desire. The completed application form must be received by November 15 of each year.

Detroit Black Nurses' Association (DBNA) Geraldine Doby Scholarship

Scholarship Category: Who can apply?:
Members of the Detroit Black Nurses Association

Interested in applying for a scholarship from the Detroit Black Nurses Association? Scholarships are given annually to deserving students who are members of DBNA. The deadline is April 15 of each year.

Eligibility Criteria: Active member of DBNA in good standing, minimum of 3.0 GPA, must have one full year of school remaining

Required Documentation in addition to application: Official school transcript of most recently completed academic semester/quarter sent from school to DBNA, personal statement reflecting contributions to DBNA, academic and professional goals, community involvement (limit to 2 typewritten pages), one personal reference and one reference from current nursing instructor addressing academic ability.

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Detroit Black Nurses' Association Sadie Thomas Book Scholarship

Detroit Black Nurses Assocation Award Amount(s):
< $500
Scholarship Category: Who can apply?:
Members of the Detroit Black Nurses Association

Scholarships for books are given three times annually to deserving nursing students who are members of the Detroit Black Nurses' Association (DBNA.)

Eligibility Criteria: Active member of DBNA in good standing, minimum of 2.5 GPA, evidence of enrollment in a nursing program at any level, with one full year of school remaining.

Required Documentation to accompany application: school transcripts, personal statement reflecting professional goals and community involvement (limit to one typewritten page,) one personal reference and one from current program instructor. Applicants who have not begun the nursing program must send proof of acceptance.

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Dr. Raana Akbar Scholarship for Women in Healthcare

Award Amount(s):
$1000 - $2000
Scholarship Category: Who can apply?:
Women in healthcare

The scholarship funds ($1,500) will be provided for the benefit of women enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a full-time undergraduate or graduate academic program in a healthcare related field. Applicants must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher, must submit a written statement of not more than 500 words stating reasons for pursing the Dr. Raana Akbar Scholarship for Women in Healthcare, and submit two letters of recommendation. Must be submitted by April 18 for enrollment commencing in the fall session of the academic year.

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Emergency Nurses Association Academic Scholarship Opportunities

More Details and Application Scholarship Category: Who can apply?:
ENA Members

ENA Foundation academic scholarships provide support to individuals and emergency nurses who are seeking a high level of education. Categories of scholarships are non-RN, undergraduate, graduate/masters, and doctoral. Application period is March 1-April 29. Eligibility requirements: A minimum of a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) is required for consideration. Applicants must be attending a NLN, CCNE or AACN accredited school and must provide verification of the schools current accreditation. Previous scholarship recipients are not eligible to reapply under the same category. However, qualified previous recipients may apply for the next category.

Leo Krziza and Esther Krziza-Condry Healthcare Education Scholarship Fund

More Details and Application Award Amount(s):
< $500
$500 - $1000
$1000 - $2000
$2000 - $5000
Scholarship Category: Who can apply?:
Only individuals in Cass, Berrien, Van Buren and St. Joseph counties

Administered through the Lee Memorial Foundation, this fund provides scholarships and financial assistance to individuals pursuing careers in the field of healthcare from the Cass, Berrien, Van Buren and St. Joseph counties area. Primary focus will be given to those individuals seeking careers in nursing, radiological technology, laboratory technology, pharmacy, health information technology, respiratory therapy, and other related fields. Scholarship amounts range from $250 to $2,500. These are one-year scholarships, which can be renewed upon application. Applications for the Healthcare Education Fund must be received by March 1 each year.

March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarships

Learn More Award Amount(s):
$5000 - $10,000
Number of Awards:
2
Scholarship Category: Who can apply?:
Enrolled in graduate program of maternal child nursing

To recognize and promote excellence in nursing care of mothers and babies, the March of Dimes offers several $5,000 scholarships annually to registered nurses enrolled in graduate programs of maternal- child nursing. Applicant must be enrolled in a graduate program in maternal-child nursing at the master’s or doctoral level and must be a member of at least one of the following professional organizations: the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; the American College of Nurse-Midwives; or the National Association of Neonatal Nurses.   Deadline:   February 1; 2017 application expected to be available in September 2016.  

Mary Free Bed Guild of Grand Rapids Disability Scholarship Application Annual Scholarship Program

Learn More Scholarship Category: Who can apply?:
Residents of select west Michigan counties

The Mary Free Bed Guild has established annual scholarships for students with disabilities pursuing a post-secondary degree. An individual is eligible to apply for a one-year scholarship for education-related expenses if he or she meets the established criteria. The scholarship amounts will vary depending on individual needs. Application deadline: April 1

Eligibility Requirements:

• Must possess a diagnosed physical disability related to a brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, limb difference or overcoming any other serious acquired or congenital neurological condition treatable through rehabilitation
• Must be able to competitively apply oneself in the desired field of study, potentially with reasonable accommodations
• Student currently enrolled in, or accepted into an accredited college or university as at least a half-time status. (Half time as determined by your school.)
• Demonstrates a commitment to serving diverse populations
• Demonstrates leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other volunteer activities
• Must be a permanent resident in one of the following counties: Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Muskegon, Montcalm, Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun
• Cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale (overall and in the chosen area of study)
• Citizen of the United States

Mary Free Bed Guild of Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship Application Annual Scholarship Program

Learn More Scholarship Category: Who can apply?:
Residents of select west Michigan counties

The Mary Free Bed Guild has established annual scholarships for minority students pursuing degrees in nursing or rehabilitation therapy programs. An individual is eligible to apply for a one-year scholarship for education-related expenses if he or she meets the established criteria. The scholarship amounts will vary depending on individual needs. Application deadline: April 1

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Black or African American, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale (overall and chosen area of study)
  • Currently enrolled in, or accepted into an accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student in a nursing or therapy program (PT, Speech, OT)
  • Demonstrates leadership abilities through participation in community services, extracurricular, or other volunteer activities
  • Demonstrates a commitment to serving diverse populations
  • Applicants must have a permanent residency in the West Michigan area
  • Citizen of the United States

Michigan Nurses Foundation Scholarship

Learn More Award Amount(s):
$500 - $1000
Number of Awards:
4
Scholarship Category:

The mission of the Michigan Nurses Foundation is to promote a healthy, educated, and professional nurse workforce through the advancement of nursing research, support for nursing education, and assistance for the recovering nurse. Through the Michigan Nurses Foundation, founded in the year 2000, opportunities are provided for those who wish to establish a legacy today for tomorrow’s nurses.

The Michigan Nurses Foundation awards scholarships each year. MNF is funded through private contributions and fundraising activities. A minimum of four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2015.

The following are the minimum nursing scholarship eligibility criteria:

  • The applicant must be a student currently enrolled in a Michigan college/school of nursing that grants a certificate for practical nursing or an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing.
  • The applicant must be in good academic standing with demonstrated progress toward degree completion.
  • Applications must be POSTMARKED by July 31 in order to be considered.
    • CURN Award
      Michigan Nurses Foundation manages the Conduct and Utilization of Research in Nursing (CURN) Award. The CURN Award is a $5,000 competitive research award designed to fund either conduct of research or utilization of research in practice. Managing the CURN Award falls directly in line with a function of MNF - to award nurses and nursing students educational scholarships and research grants.

Michigan Nursing Scholarship (MNS)

See Fact Sheet Award Amount(s):
$2000 - $5000
Scholarship Category:

Must be attending a participating school at least 1 /2 time on track to gaining one of the following:
LPN certification, ADN, BSN or MSN. Recipients are selected by your school’s financial aid office. How they determine recipients is up to them. Also, if you receive the award you’ll be agreeing to work as a nurse at one of several healthcare facilities in Michigan that participate in the Michigan Nursing Scholarship Program. Or you could opt to teach nursing at a specified institution for however many years you received assistance.
Award: up to $4,000
Awards per Year: Varies
Open to: Michigan Nursing Students
How to Apply/Contact: Contact the financial aid office at the Michigan school you plan to attend for information about being considered for a Michigan Nursing Scholarship. There is no application form for students to submit to the Michigan Nursing Scholarship Program.

Muskegon County Medical Society Alliance Scholarship

Learn More Scholarship Category: Who can apply?:
Residents of Muskegon County

Available to legal residents of Muskegon County enrolled in a medical science related field such as pre-medicine, nursing, physical therapy, dietetics, bio-medical engineering, medical technology, radiology, medical school, etc. For more information, contact the Muskegon County Medical Society Alliance Scholarship Committee, c/o Ms. Shirley Green, 2574 Morton Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49441, fax (231) 759-9000. Available November 1, for the following school year.
Deadline March 1.

National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Scholarships

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The National Black Nurses Association, Inc. offers various scholarships each year ranging from $1,000 to $6,000. Candidate must be currently enrolled in a nursing program (BSN, AD, Diploma or LPN/LVN and in good scholastic standing at the time of application, must be a member of NBNA and a member of a local chapter, and must have at least one full year of school remaining.
Applications must be post-marked by April 15th of each year. Application must be submitted by email.

National Student Nurses Association

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Scholarships are based on academic achievement, financial need, and involvement in nursing student organizations and community activities related to health care. U.S. citizens and students with an Alien Registration number currently enrolled in state-approved schools of nursing or pre-nursing in associate degree, baccalaureate, diploma, generic doctorate, and generic master’s programs are eligible. Funds are not available for graduate study unless it is a first degree in nursing. RN to BSN/MSN and LPN/LVN to RN students are also eligible.

Opens: August
Deadline for Submission: January

Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program Scholarship Category:

The application is typically due by February of every year. This program helps address the shortage and distribution imbalance of nurses across the country by offering loan repayment assistance to RNs and APNs working at health facilities and nurse faculty employed at accredited schools of nursing. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Click on the link for the application, program guidelines webinar, conference call opportunities, and more.

Nurses Educational Funds, Inc.

Learn More Number of Awards:
20
Scholarship Category: Who can apply?:
RNs enrolled in masters or doctoral program

Registered nurses who are masters or doctoral students may apply for up to 20 different scholarships.  The main criterion is academic excellence.   The deadline for 2016 has passed;  the new application timeline is estimated to be  October 1 – Feb. 1.  Application fee: $20.

Oncology Nursing Society Doctoral Scholarships

Learn More Award Amount(s):
$5000 - $10,000
Scholarship Category:

Provide scholarships to registered nurses who are interested in and committed to oncology nursing to continue their education by pursuing a research doctoral degree (PhD or DNSc) or clinical doctoral degree (DNP). Doctoral scholarships awarded at $5,000 and $7,500 annually. The candidate must be currently enrolled in (or applying to) a PhD, DNSc or DNP nursing degree program for the upcoming academic year; have a current license to practice as a registered nurse and must have an interest in and commitment to oncology nursing. Other requirements: two professional letters of support, one must address the applicant’s ability to perform doctoral level work; at the end of each year of scholarship participation, the nurse shall submit a summary describing the education activities in which he/she participated. Next application process dates: Sept. 1 – Feb. 1.

Oncology Nursing Society Bachelor’s In Nursing Degree Scholarship

Learn More Award Amount(s):
$2000 - $5000
Scholarship Category:

Provide scholarships to individuals who are interested in and committed to oncology nursing and pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing.   Bachelor’s scholarships awarded annually at $3,000-$5,000  each. Scholarships are available to individuals who are enrolled in their senior year of a bachelor’s degree program at an NLN or CCNE-accredited school of nursing, and are either currently licensed as an RN,  not currently licensed but have a bachelor’s degree in another field, or those who do not currently hold an RN license and do not have a college degree., but are enrolled in the nursing component of their program.  Next application process dates:  Sept. 1 – Feb. 1.  

Oncology Nursing Society Master’s in Nursing Scholarships

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$5000 - $10,000
Scholarship Category:

Provide scholarships to registered nurses who are interested in and committed to oncology nursing to continue their education by pursuing a master’s degree in nursing. Master’s degree scholarships are awarded annually at $5,000 each. The candidate must be currently enrolled in (or applying to) a masters nursing degree at an NLN or CCNE-accredited School of Nursing and enrolled in the upcoming academic year; the candidate must have a current license to practice as a registered nurse or possess a bachelor’s degree in another field; and must have an interest in and commitment to oncology nursing.   Next application process dates:  Sept. 1 – Feb 1.

Portage Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship

Learn More Scholarship Category: Who can apply?:
Residents of select northern Michigan Counties

Each year, the Portage Hospital Auxiliary awards a scholarship to outstanding local college students who are pursuing a career in the healthcare field. The funds are raised through the Lights of Love project. Scholarships are awarded to students from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon counties. Scholarships are paid directly to school. Students must: Complete one year of higher education before the fall of the award year, be pursuing a career in healthcare, be a registered resident of Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon or Baraga county, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, provide an official scholastic transcript, write a letter briefly outlining career intent, volunteer work and financial need. For more information about the scholarship program, please call the human resources department at (906) 483-1569 or (800) 573-5001 (toll free).
Application due date: April 1:

The Bernard F. and Melissa Anne Bailey Family Fund Healthcare Scholarships

Learn More Scholarship Category: Who can apply?:
Residents of select mid-Michigan counties

A student scholarship program administered by MidMichigan Health, funded through a gift from the Bernard F. and Melissa Anne Bailey Family. Scholarships are given to students in health care fields on the basis of merit and established criteria as determined by an overseer committee.

Eligible applicants must be: Mid-Michigan area residents or have immediate family living in one of the following counties: Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, Montcalm, Ogemaw, Roscommon or Saginaw; accepted into an accredited program in one of the following fields of study: nursing, medicine, occupation therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, social work, medical technology, medical assistant, pharmacy, physician assistant, radiology, respiratory therapy, sonography, nuclear medical technology, or other; pursuing undergraduate, graduate or professional schooling.

Application forms for the upcoming school year will be posted on December 1 with a deadline of March 1.
For more information, please contact Colleen Markel at colleen.markel@midmichigan.org or (989)839-3120.

The National American Arab Nurses Association (NAANA) Scholarship

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The National American Arab Nurses Association (NAANA) scholarship is for academically meritorious nursing students enrolled in Associate, Bachelor, or RN-BSN nursing programs. To be eligible, applicants must be members of NAANA, be of Arab heritage, be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., and must reside in the U.S. or its territories. Scholarships range from $500 - $1,000. For requirements, see eligibility criteria attached.

The deadline for applications is May 30th.

TravelNursing.org Nursing Education Scholarship

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The $1,000 annual scholarship to be awarded to chosen applicant. Pleased to offer scholarships for those who have been accepted to nursing or medical educational programs or are currently pursuing education and employment in the fields of nursing and medicine. One applicant will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship to help with the costs associated with attending medical or nursing school.
Application must arrive before 5-17-16.

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

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The Tylenol Future Care Scholarship program is designed to assist students pursuing careers in public health/health education, med school, nursing, or a pharmacy degree program to manage the rising costs of education. Up to 20 awardees will receive between $500-$2,500, ten grand prize winners will receive $10,000 each, and thirty winners will earn $5,000 grants.
Eligible candidates must be pursuing their education at an accredited, non-profit 2 or 4-year college or university in the U.S.
The 2015-16 application was due in June 2015.
Award: $500-$10,000
Awards Per Year: up to 60
Open to: Undergraduate or Graduate students
How to Apply/Contact: www.tylenol.com/news/scholarships

WOCN Society Accredited Nursing Education Scholarship

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Awarded to deserving individuals committed to working within the wound, ostomy and continence nursing specialty. Scholarship applicants must be accepted into a WOCN -accredited Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Education Program.
Scholarship applications are accepted twice yearly, May 1 and November 1.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority National Education Foundation, S. Evelyn Lewis Memorial Scholarship in Medical Health Sciences

Learn More Award Amount(s):
$500 - $1000
Scholarship Category:

Available to graduate or undergraduate young women enrolled in a program leading to a degree in medicine or health sciences .  Awarded for full-time study for one academic year (Fall-Spring). Amount varies from $500 to $1,000 paid directly to the college or university. Proof of enrollment required.   There are also a few other scholarship programs on this page for general high school senior, undergraduate and graduate scholarships, as well as for those with high honors and leadership experience.  Next application process dates:  Sept. 1- Feb. 1