How to Pay for College

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There are many scholarship opportunities that are offered at the state and national level. You can find many of these below or by searching on the internet. Scholarship Central does not endorse any particular online resource. When students meet with Scholarship Central advisors, we can help advise students on additional state and national resources. Be wary of any site that asks you to pay to apply for scholarships: don’t pay for free money!

Local Muskingum County Scholarships

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State and National Scholarship Applications

  • Deadlines vary by school. Multiple scholarships totaling $13,000 will be awarded to outstanding freshmen males attending one of these five universities in Ohio next year: The Ohio State University, The University of Cincinnati, The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University and Miami University. The Balanced Man Scholarship awards incoming freshmen who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skills, a commitment to health and well being, and all around excellence in their everyday lives. See guidelines and application for details.

  • The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation encourages the pursuit of education and self improvement by awarding 3 separate scholarships to extraordinary young leaders.

    Ge-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program - awards $10,000 to college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship.

    Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholars Program - $50,000 in scholarships annually awarded to high school seniors who exemplify outstanding leadership skills and personal character.

    The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series is designed to develop proactive, informed, educated, and conscientious citizens and leaders by creating and hosting a national series of high school debates - $40,000 in scholarships awarded to winners annually.

  • This scholarship is for high school students (18 years old+) who will attend an accredited college or university in 2018. Student must submit a short essay (500 to 1000 words) describing what you expect to change going to college and how you will adapt. Winner will receive a $500 tuition scholarship. Deadline is March 31, 2018. Winner will be selected May 1, 2018.

  • This essay contest is for 11th and 12th graders worldwide. Applicants must submit an essay for the book "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand on one of the topics listed on the website. Essays will be judged on whether they are clearly written, articulate, and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of "The Fountainhead." This contest has no citizenship requirements. Essays must be written in English only.

  • This essay contest is for high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students worldwide. To participate in this contest, applicants must read the book, "Atlas Shrugged," by Ayn Rand and write a essay between 800 and 1,600 words in response to one of the prompts listed on the contest website. See website for complete details. This contest has no citizenship requirements. Essays must be written in English only.

  • This scholarship is meant to engage young people from around the world in environmental clean-up and conservation projects. To apply for this scholarship, applicants must conduct their own local environmental stewardship project, take digital photos of the project in action, and write an essay about the project. Applicants should embody the spirit of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative by demonstrating personal leadership, initiative, and environmental stewardship in their project. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 21 and be candidates for a degree/diploma at an accredited college, or university anywhere in the world.

  • To apply for this scholarship, applicants must create and submit a photo, artwork, or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card. This scholarship is open to all high school, college, and university students.

  • This contest is for students of all ages, and entrants are divided into two age groups: one for elementary, middle or high school students, and another for post-secondary, college or graduate students. To enter, applicants must create an original two- to four-minute video examining any aspect of transportation in the United States. See website for more details and suggested topic ideas.

  • 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.

    Basic Eligibility
    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
    *A US citizen, national or permanent resident
    *A minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
     *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.

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