Financial Aid

Important Financial Aid information for 2021-2022 Seniors

          - Please review this document Paying for College to learn more about Financial Aid Applications and FAFSA/TASFA.

          - Submitting a Financial Aid Application, or opting-out, is now a graduation requirement in Texas. Learn more here.

To apply for this scholarship, students should fill out the application, provide proof of current attendance at a high school, college, or university (by submitting, for example, a transcript) and upload their current resume and essay. Essays should be roughly 1,000 words in length and should answer ONE of the following questions:

  1. How has the Federal Reserve System helped or hurt the American economy?

  2. Most economists, even those who support private property and free markets, think that money (or monetary services, or money and banking, etc.) is a special good that must be produced and controlled by the government. Do you agree or disagree, and why?

  3. How do you think the free market would handle money, if there were no government intervention of any kind?

  4. How could America best return to a gold or bi-metallic standard?

September 30, 2019

Do you know how far you will drive on the freeway if you take your eyes off the road for five seconds, the average time it takes to send a text? An entire football field. According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, texting while driving makes drivers 23 times more likely to get into a "safety-critical event." The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the risks of texting while driving.

September 30, 2019

Have something on your mind? Let it out, or better yet SHOUT it out. Give your thoughts a voice and earn free college money at the same time. Our Shout It Out Scholarship committee wants to know what you have to say. Submit an online written response to the question: "If you could say one thing to the entire world at once, what would it be and why?" (250 words or less) 

September 30, 2019

Applicants must have DACA, TPS or certify that you meet the following immigration eligibility criteria:

  • Came to the United States before the age of 16

  • Have continuously resided in the United States since November 1, 2014 up to the present time and have had no lawful status

  • Are currently in high school or have graduated from a United States high school or obtained a general education development (GED) certificate from a United States Program; and

  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors in the categories which would have disqualified you for DACA and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety 

September 30, 2019

  • This scholarship is open to high school seniors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

  • Eligible students must be enrolled in a two to five-year institution by Fall 2020

  • Eligible students must plan to pursue a degree in a STEM field

  • Eligible students must be the child of an alliantgroup client, CPA partner, or industry alliance partner OR be nominated by the CEO of an alliantgroup client company, CPA partner, or industry partner

  • Previous alliantgroup STEM scholarship winners are not eligible

  • Previous applicants must re-apply

October 7, 2019

The “Create Real Impact” contest is offered only in the United States and District of Columbia by the Impact Teen Drivers Fund to promote our ongoing commitment to providing awareness and education regarding the dangers of reckless and distracted driving and poor decision making behind the wheel—whether as a driver or passenger. 

Requirement: Create an original work showcasing your idea for a SOLUTION or STRATEGY to fix the very real problem of reckless and distracted driving.

Four ways to enter: video, music, creative writing, artwork (see website for entry requirements). 

October 15, 2019

Those students who have exceptional drive and ambition should submit a 700-1500 word essay to telling us who you are and how you plan on using your automotive education to incite positive change and innovation within the custom car industry. All entries must be submitted as a PDF or Microsoft Word document to be eligible for consideration and must also be accompanied by proof of current enrollment in an accredited United States college or university.

October 15, 2019

Applicants must be a high school junior or senior.

The school the applicant attends must be located in the state in which either one of the applicant's parents or guardians legally reside. A student who attends school in a state other than the state of legal residence of his or her parents or guardians is not eligible. Additionally, students must be enrolled in high school and not graduating prior to spring 2020. 

The student applicant must hold a leadership position in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations during the entire 2019-2020 academic year:

  • Student Body President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer

  • Class President, Vice president, Secretary or Treasurer

  • Student Council Representative

  • National Honor Society President, Vice-President, Secretary, or Treasurer (includes discipline-based National Honor Societies)

  • Student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission or board) to a local, district, regional or state-level civic, service and/or educational organization approved by the state selection administrator

  • Organizations such as FFA, FBLA, Key Club and other national service groups are allowable organizations if the student is serving in an ongoing and active high-level elected or appointed leadership position for the entire academic year.

October 15, 2019

Briefly describe your goal – how will you change the world? 

Upload a video. Help us get to know you and your academic and professional goals but stay on topic. Tell us how winning this tuition will impact your life. 

Be passionate. Be creative. Be you.

October 17, 2019

Undergraduate Scholarship 

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2020 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation

  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)

  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)

  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities

  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity

  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and

  • Be a United States citizen

Career & Technical Scholarship

  • Have completed high school (or earned a high school equivalency credential)

  • Will be enrolled in eligible program in Fall 2019

  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program (up to 2 years) at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States

  • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)

  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity

  • Be under the age of 30

  • Be a United States citizen

October 25, 2019

Applicants must be:

- Current high school (or home-schooled) students attending a school in the U.S. (or select DoD schools) who will graduate during the 2019-2020 academic school year

- U.S. Citizens (not a Temporary Resident), U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees - based on the guidelines utilized by U.S. Department of Education for Federal Financial Aid eligibility

- On track to graduate this academic year (2019-2020)

- Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution

October 31, 2019

Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regard to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. The 2019-20 theme is: 
What Makes America Great

October 31, 2019

This scholarship is part of our effort to bring awareness and inspire solutions on issues such as cyberbullying, online predators, teen suicide and childhood depression in the age of technology. Choose ONE prompt and submit a well thought out essay or video.

October 31, 2019

Create awareness and promote U.S.-grown rice, National Rice Month, and the importance of rice to your state via video — and earn scholarship money in the process. It’s easy to participate! Make an original video about rice production, healthy eating, sustainability … the list goes on! You can also conduct promotion activities in your community and showcase your work in a video. 

October 31, 2019

  • High school seniors applying to UT Austin

  • In-state and out of state students

  • You must first submit the Texas Exes Entering Freshman Scholarship Application before you can access the Forty Acres Scholars Program supplemental short answers.

November 1, 2019

The 2020 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen.

Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

  • Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.

  • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.

  • High school graduates are not eligible to apply.

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.

November 5, 2019

Scholarships will be awarded to those students whose videos or photographs “tell a story”. We are looking for photojournalism – or “stories.”  Your towns and cities are filled with them:  families greeting soldiers returning from war zones, doctors and nurses saving lives, church members helping others while on mission trips, 4th of July and Memorial Day parades with veterans of wars past, firefighters and policemen performing heroically, heart-warming rescues of family pets, a young person helping an older person cross a street, a resident returning to a home that had been severely damaged by a natural disaster.  

Human-interest stories told in photographs can be understood without the need for words.  How does the image make you feel?  Is there humor in the pictures?  Is there movement?  We are asking you to do a lot with this application – write an essay and send us your transcript and recommendations – so please don’t ruin your chances of being considered by submitting pictures taken of flowers, glamour shots or kittens – no matter how adorable they may be.  Good luck!

November 15, 2019

We ask students to write an essay explaining how and with whom they share the Good News of God’s love.

All Essays submitted in the Contest must comply with the following guidelines: (i) Entries must be written in English; (ii) Entries should be 500–750 words; (iii) The core theme of the Essay is to explain how and with whom the entrant shares the good news of God’s love; (iv) the entrant’s name must not appear anywhere within the Essay other than on the accompanying Contest entry sheet; (v) Essays submitted online must be uploaded to the Website in a single electronic file in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF file format, and named in accordance with the following naming convention: “[ESSAY TITLE] – [FULL NAME OF ENTRANT]”; (vi) Essays submitted by mail or courier must not be bound; (vii) the Essay must be original and have been written solely by the entrant; (viii) the Essay must not previously have been published or won any award; (ix) the Essay must not contain any material that violates or infringes upon the rights of any third party, including without limitation any copyright, trademark or rights of privacy or publicity, or that is defamatory, unlawful or in violation of or contrary to any applicable law or regulation; and (x) the Essay must not contain any material that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, deems inappropriate for public viewing.

November 15, 2019 

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