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High School Scholarships for Trade Schools - Various Deadlines
Imagine America offers scholarships for trade schools in Virginia. The schools listed below participate in the Imagine America High School Scholarship Program. Take a look at the schools to see if any might be a good fit for you.  Schools include: Advanced Technology Institute, Culinary Institute of Virginia, ECPI University, Medical Careers Institute. 

^^Rappahannock Community College Anthem Scholars Program - Open Now
Still in high school? Start your career prep and college NOW. Tuition money for "C" students or better. Evening and flexible online classes to fit your schedule! Entry into the program will be selective; 2.0 GPA is the minimum criteria. An interview with students and parents will be required, as well as attending an orientation.  For more information and to apply visit https://www.rappahannock.edu/anthem  

The Cameron Impact Scholarship - Deadline: September 12, 2018
The Cameron Impact Scholarship will be awarded annually, in December, to approximately 10-15 high-school seniors (applications are due in May and September preceding the awards). This four-year, merit-based scholarship (“Scholarship”) is intended to cover the full tuition and ‘qualified educational expenses’ (as defined by the Internal Revenue Service) at the recipient’s chosen collegiate institution (estimated to be between $20,000-$50,000 per annum). ‘Educational expenses’ vary amongst higher institutions, but the Scholarship is intended to cover tuition, fees, course-related expenses, books, supplies, and equipment.   More information available at 

The Gates Scholarship - Deadline: September 18, 2018
The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Starting in 2018, the scholarship will be awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation, and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential. To apply, students must be: A high school senior. From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American, Pell-eligible. A US citizen, national, or permanent resident.In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).  Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university. An ideal candidate will have: An outstanding academic record in high school (in the top 10% of his/her graduating class). Demonstrated leadership ability (e.g., as shown through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities). Exceptional personal success skills (e.g., emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.).  Apply online at www.thegatesscholarship.org/scholarship

^^2019 Senate Youth Program - Deadline: September 28, 2018
For high school junior and seniors. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in meetings with the president and a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. Application available below. 

P.E.O. STAR Scholarship - Deadline: September 28, 2018
The  Philanthropic Educational Organization sponsors the STAR Scholarship which provides assistance for exceptional graduating high school senior women for attendance at an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the United States or Canada in the next academic year. Award amount is a non-renewable $2,500 scholarship that must be used in the academic year following graduation. If interested in applying contact Jacklyn Boice at jphero@verizon.net or 540-891-2814.   Information is available in the Counseling office and online https://www.peointernational.org/about-peo

Nut, Bolts & Thingamajigs Scholarship - Deadline: September 30, 2018
To be eligible for a scholarship for a two-year program, you must be currently enrolled in or entering a certificate or degree program which leads to a manufacturing career at a community/technical college, or trade school on a full-time basis (12 or more credit hours). Have a 2.5 GPA (or an 80% competency score).  Submit an official high school or college transcript from the school you last attended for a complete semester. Apply online at www.nutsandboltsfoundation.org

^^AES Engineering Scholarship - Deadline: October 6, 2018
This award is available to high school seniors and all students and all students attending a post-secondary educational facility. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible. Applicants must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question: When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey? Submit essay to scholarships@aesengineers.com  Information sheet available below and in the Counseling office.

Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship - Deadline: October 17, 2018
To achieve award eligibility for the 2018 Wendy's High School Heisman, students must be seniors during the 2018-2019 academic year, graduating with the class of 2019. Applicants must: Have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of a B (3.0) or better. Participate in at least one of the 47 sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Association and sponsored by your school. The full list of qualified athletic events in alphabetical order includes:
Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bobsleigh, Bowling, Boxing, Canoeing/Rowing, Cross Country, Curling, Cycling, Diving, Equestrian (Dressage/Eventing/Jumping), Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Ice Hockey, Ice Skating (Figure or Speed), Judo, Karate, Lacrosse, Luge, Rugby, Sailing, Shooting, Skateboarding, Skiing (Alpine, Biathlon, Cross Country, Free-Style, Jumping), Snowboard, Soccer, Softball, Spirit/Cheerleading, Sports Climbing, Surfing, Swimming (or Synchronized), Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Track & Field, Trampoline, Triathlon, Volleyball (or Beach), Water Polo, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.  And Be a leader in school and in the community and serve as a role model for underclassman.  Apply online https://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com/application/

Coca-Cola Scholarship - Deadline: October 31, 2018
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.  For information and to apply go to https://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/apply/

Hagan Scholarship Foundation - Deadline: November 15, 2018
The Purpose of the Hagan Scholarship is to provide each recipient with the opportunity to obtain a four-year college education and graduate debt free, and to provide a practical understanding of important life skills not typically taught as a part of the school curriculum. These skills are taught via Workshops, Schwab Brokerage Accounts and Study Abroad.  The Hagan Scholarship will pay the unmet financial need of the recipient up to $6,000 each semester for up to 8 consecutive semesters.. The scholarshi is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship. Recipients must graduate from a public high school located in a county in the United States having fewer than 50,000 residents. (Of which King George County is included).  Apply online https://haganscholarships.org/

^^Freedom Alliance Scholarship - 
The Freedom Alliance Scholarship fund is for the children of military personnel who have been killed or permanently disabled in an operational mission or training accident. Currently in their senior year of high school, a high school graduate or a currently enrolled full-time undergraduate student.
Under the age of 26 at the time of application. Students wishing to apply for a Freedom Alliance scholarship should review the following criteria to ensure they meet the eligibility requirements set forth by the Freedom Alliance Board of Directors.
FREEDOM ALLIANCE SCHOLARSHIP FUND APPLICANTS MUST BE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
The dependent son or daughter of a U.S. Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Guardsman or Marine who has:
Been killed in action.
Become 100% total & permanently disabled as a direct result of an operational or combat mission, or suffered a major limb amputation due to enemy action.
*Qualifying parent must have received an Honorable Discharge.
Been classified as a Prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA).
Been awarded the Medal of Honor, the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Air Force Cross, or the Coast Guard Cross.
Been involved in a training accident that resulted in the death of the service member or caused an immediate inability to continue serving (100% total and permanently disabled).   Apply online at www.fascholarship.com/apply/
 
Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Scholarships - Deadline: January 12, 2019
No affiliation with the State or National Societies is necessary to qualify for these scholarships. DAR members' children are also eligible to apply.
Virginia DAR Scholarship - All Majors: Four scholarships of $2,500 each are awarded to high school seniors who plan to major in any field other than nursing. The winners MUST attend a Virginia College or university. Students applying to a Virginia Community college transition program leading to a four-year degree and students who are home-schooled are also eligible to apply. 
Virginia Nursing Scholarship: Two scholarships of $2,500 are awarded to high school seniors who will continue their education at an accredited Virginia school of nursing. Students applying to a Virginia Community college transition program leading to a four-year degree and students who are home-schooled are also eligible to apply. Applications available online www.vadar.org/scholarship.html

^^2019 Union Plus Scholarship - Deadline: January 31, 2019
Students of union families may apply. Award amounts: $500 to $4,000. These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall of 2019. Students may re-apply each year. Eligibility criteria: current and retired members of unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations are eligible. At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant's spouse or parent. The one year minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2019. Applicant must be accepted into a U.S. accredited college, university, community college, technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.  Apply online at https://www.unionplus.org/benefits/money/union-plus-scholarships


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