Need Money for College? Take A Look At These Scholarships


Danielle Paredes, Reporter

Senior year is a busy year for students given college applications and FAFSA,  not to mention still having to keep up with homework and extracurriculars.

With all the paperwork piling up, some may forget the most important of them all. Scholarships. Scholarships are the key to getting into college with almost no payment at all. It allows for the student to put their knowledge to work and get a reward in return. Here are some available scholarships:

1.  Open to 12th grade high school students in Davidson, Cheatham, Wilson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner and Williamson Counties, who intend to attend an accredited institution of higher learning beginning in 2018.
2. Must complete an one page essay, 300 words or less on topic relating to the First Amendment.
Award: First Place: $3,500, Three additional scholarships for $2,000 each
Application DeadlineNovember 30, 2017
1.  Applicant must be a graduating minority senior with plans to attend a 4 year accredited,
 approved institution within the U.S.
2. Must show leadership potential and demonstrate a dedication to community service.
3. Must present evidence of financial need.
4. Must be a U.S. citizen.
5. Must have a minimum SAT score of 1000 combined on math and critical reading or a composite
 ACT score of 21.
6. Please refer to website for more information.
Award: $28,000 over 4 years
Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
1.  Applicant must be a graduating high school senior in the Class of 2018.
2. Finalist(s) must be available to be interviewed by the Scholarship Committee.
3. Recipient can use the scholarship at the college or trade school of his or her choice within two years of being named a recipient.
4. Essay of less than 1,000 words on the topic:
     Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.

Award: $1,000

Application DeadlineFebruary 23, 2018

1.  Available to juniors and seniors
2. Essay of less than 1,000 words on the topic:
Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.

Award: $1,000

Application Deadline: May 22, 2018

1.  Must be an MTEMC member or dependent of an MTEMC member
2. Funds must go toward a 2 or 4 year college.
3. Must write a one page essay stating how the scholarship funds will benefit their personal goals.

Award: $2,000

Application Deadline: March 15, 2018


1. Multiple Scholarships are available for current seniors.
2.To obtain scholarship information, please list

Award: Award Amount Varies

Application Deadline: February 15, 2018


1. Must submit a 500 word essay on how texting and driving has affected your life or how it has impacted someone you know.
2. Must provide proof of acceptance to a college.

Award: $2,500

Application Deadline: May 30, 2018


1. Must be a high school senior

2. Must be pursuing a law-related degree

3. Must be a U.S. Citizen

4. Must have a 3.0 or higher GPA

5. Short Essay (300-600 words), Short Survey, Application

Award: Monetary Amount Varies

Application Deadline: July 15, 2018

Big Sun Scholarship


 1. Must be a high school senior involved in a school sport or community sport.

Please refer to website for additional information.

Award: $500.00

Application Deadline: June 19, 2018

Lexus Eco Challenge

Criteria: Open to grades 6-12.  Please refer to website for more detail

Application Deadline: December 11, 2017


1. Must have graduated high school (or GED) from one of the eligible counties.
2. Must demonstrate financial need via 1040 tax return.
3. Must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
4. Must be pursuing a business or STEM approved degree at a 4 year, non-profit college or university.
5. Must plan to enroll full-time in the fall of 2018.

Award: Each year, the Foundation will award renewable scholarships in varying amounts based on financial need that is directly tied to the cost of the college the student attends. The minimum scholarship award is $2,500 per academic year, and the maximum award is $15,000 per academic year. The scholarship is applied to tuition, books and fees.

Deadline: December 15, 2017

AXA Achievement Scholarship

Criteria: Open to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace.

Award: $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000 

Deadline: The 2018 program will be accepting applications from September 5, 2017 until 10,000 applications are submitted or December 15, 2017 –  whichever comes first. Your application MUST be one of the first 10,000 submitted electronically by the deadline date.

2018 Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Criteria:  Open to high school students, grades 9-12

Award: $100-$10,000

DeadlineJanuary 4, 2018

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Criteria: Open to high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship.Please refer to website for more details.

Award: Up to $40,000.00 per scholar (roughly 20 scholarships are available)

Deadline:January 4, 2018

 Jack Diller Education Award

Criteria: Open to college bound seniors that display leadership qualities in the classroom and/or inspirational qualities on the athletic field. Applicant must have kept a minimum 3.0 GPA from their sophomore to senior year and must demonstrate a value of education, good work ethic, and community outreach.Please refer to the website for more details.

Award:  4 awards of $2500.00

Deadline: February 9, 2018