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Next Year's Scholarships - 2017-18 Deadlines 
AGWT Scholarships - June 1, 2017
Mark A. Forester- June 13, 2017
Wendy's High School Heisman  Oct. 2, 2017
Leaders Saves Lives Scholarship (Red Cross) ASAP


Current Scholarships - 2016-17 Deadlines
AES ScholarshipYou are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.  Go about half way down and follow the directions on "How to apply".  Oct.6, 2016
HOBY Scholarship Application Form.pdf (SOPHOMORES ONLY) Oct. 12, 2016
WSU College of Engineering (WISE) Must apply to WSU before Oct. 18, 2016
Dr. Pepper Tuition Give Away (You'll need to get people to go online and vote for you. October 19, 2016
Shadow Day at Kansas State University in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Dates: Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 29, and Nov. 9
The U.S. Department of State - The American Youth Leadership Program Usually late October
(Joseph Carl and Brenna Leahy participated in this program.) 
Coca-Cola Scholarship October 31, 2016
Kansas State University Scholarships (College or University November 1, 2016
University of Kansas Scholarships (College or University) November 1, 2016
Wichita State University - Klose Scholarship (College or University) November 1, 2016
Wichita State University - Distinguished Scholarship Invitational November 1, 2016
(Must be admitted to WSU by Oct. 15)
Prudential Spirit of the Community Scholarship (Open to ALL Middle school and ALL High School students) November 8, 2016
Hagan Scholarship  (for Rural Students) November 15, 2016 (A CSHS student has won this scholarship.)
AGH Scholarship Competition (School of Business at Wichita State University) November 18, 2016
Sixt Scholarship - November 30, 2016
Andrew Flusche Scholarship- November 30, 2016 (create a video against texting and driving)
University of Saint Mary Jubilee Scholarship (Full Tuition for 4 years) December 1, 2016
University of Saint Mary Jubilee Scholarship (Full Tuition for 4 years) December 1, 2016
Lead Roster Scholarship (you make a YouTube video) December 15, 2016
Burger King Scholarship December 15, 2016 (or sooner)
Young Entrepreneur Awards December 18, 2016
Acacia Leadership Scholarship - (Men only) The Priority deadline is December 18, 2016
Nicodemus Wilderness Project December 31, 2016
Tobi Cares Scholarship - December 31, 2016
The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program at UT Dallas January 4, 2017.
Army ROTC Scholarship - January 10, 2017
KLL Memorial Scholarship January 10, 2017
Loofbourrow and Chase Scholarship 2017.pdf -  This is the same scholarship as the one above, just in a different format.
January 11, 2017
The Alexander Hamilton Award (for JUNIORS)  January 13, 2017
Better Business Bureau (BBB) January 13, 2017 - This is a VIDEO contest open to all high school students.  We are in Section 4 the Kansas Plains.
Dairy Farmers of America - January 15, 2017
Dell Scholars Program January 15, 2017
Wheatland Youth Tour Application 2017.docx  - January 20, 2017 - (for juniors)
Navy ROTC Scholarship  - January 31, 2017
Congress-Bundestag Vocational Scholarship  (Study aboard - Germany)  January 31, 2017
BPW Scholarship 2017.pdf - February 1, 2017
KU Hixson Scholarship February 1, 2017
WMIA Scholarship (Woodworking) Feb. 3, 2017
Tony Bergkamp Scholarship  - Feb. 3, 2017
Man of Faith Scholarship (for Men only attending KSU) - February 6, 2017
EWISP-Scholarship Due to Mrs. Ronnau by 10
Cowley County Community College - February 15, 2017
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)  February 15, 2017
Kansas Association of Directors of Plant Facilities (Leora Seiler won this scholarship  2 years agp.)  February 15, 2017
Emporia State University  - February 15, 2017
EWISP-Scholarship 2017February 15, 2017
P.L.A.Y. Scholarship February 15, 2017 (This scholarship is an essay about rescue animals.)
Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Application (leadership camp) February 15, 2017
Cowley County Community College Art, Music and Humanities Day - February 22, 2017
Parentinn's Scholarship February 28, 2017
CS Recreation Scholarship - February 28, 2017 - See email Mrs. Ronnau sent or contact her for info.
Education Scholarship 2017.pdf - (LOCAL) for a CSHS senior ONLY going into education March 1, 2017
Lori Dechant Foundation Scholarship (seniors in South Central Kansas with a physical disability) March 1, 2017
Black Hills Energy Scholarship - Due to their office by March 17th, so you should mail it by March 10th.
BBB Student of Integrity AwardMarch 10, 2017  (They give out 12 scholarships for $2,000 each.)
Busch Endowed Scholarship Guidelines and Application.pdf  March 15, 2017 this scholarship is only for Conway Springs/Argonia area students - in order to promote a career in agriculture 
Facing Acne Scholarship - March 31, 2017
Kansas Boys State March 31, 2017 If you are interested please stop by and see Mrs. Ronnau for a sponsor. This is for JUNIOR BOYS
KCCEOA Scholarship   April 3, 2017
Kansas Financial Scholars Essay Scholarship Contest - April 3 ( Students must complete one of the following KSC or OSBC sponsored programs by the end of the school year: 1) EverFi Financial Literacy 2) The Stock Market Game or 3)Life$marts - EVERYBODY completed in one of those games as a junior in Consumer Education class.  You can ALL apply.  
Booster Club Scholarship - April 5, 2017
AFSA Scholarship April 7, 2017
KSIA-Scholarship-App 2017.doc or  KSIA scholarship must be seeking a degree in Agronomy, Ag Education, Ag Econ/Business, Ag Communications, Grain/Milling Science, Ag Technology, Ag Farm Management or Horticulture. April 10, 2017
Kansas Star Casino Scholarship April 14, 2017 - The application process for the Class of 2017 will begin on March 10, 2017 and complete by April 14, 2017
Pat McAfee Scholarship - April 15, 2017  (Must be the son or daughter of any US Military Personnel, Active, In-Active, Retired, Deceased or in the reserves (provided reservist is honorably discharged from reserve training)
American Legion Legacy Scholarship (Your parent must have been in the military on 9/11/2001.)April 20, 2017
Kansas Military Service Scholarship  May 1, 2017 (or SOONER) The FAFSA, must be completed by April 1.
Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship  May 1, 2017 (or SOONER) Scroll down
Kansas Career Technical Workforce Grant  May 1, 2017 (or SOONER) Scroll down
Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance  May 1, 2017 (or SOONER) Scroll down
Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship  May 1, 2017 (or SOONER) Scroll down
Kansas State Scholarship  May 1, 2017 (or SOONER) Scroll down
Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship May 1, 2017 (or SOONER) 
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WTU SC Kansas Chapter - May 1, 2017 - One scholarship will be given to a CSHS senior.
Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship - May 31, 2017  (for JUNIORS)
CGTrader Scholarship - June 1, 2017
Andrew Flusche Scholarship- June 30, 2017 (create a video against testing and driving)
Solar Scholarships - July 1, 2017
James Koratz/Delta Chi Memorial Scholarship - July 1, 2017 Scroll to the bottom.
Redfin Real EstateJuly 31, 2017
Aperture Education - July 31, 2017
Therapy Pet Scholarship (An essay on the topic of “How Therapy has positively affected your life.” )November 1, 2017
Furious Grill Scholarship - November 15, 2017


Other Opportunites and Scholarship - Deadlines - ASAP
Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest This scholarship is on going with winners selected monthly.
Kansas 4-H Scholarships - There are numerous scholarship with different deadline 

Apprenticeship Programs - Deadlines - ASAP:

Scholarship Sites:
Here are a few scholarship sites that USA Today checked out. 
https://www.scholarships.com/


The key to getting a scholarship is to know well in advance what scholarships are available, how to find them, how to apply for them and finally to actually complete and turn it in before the deadline.

What Exactly is a Scholarship?

Scholarships are essentially free money provided by various organizations or individual benefactors to assist worthy students in pursuing higher education. They can be quite large (although these are harder to find or qualify for) and they can be small, just a few hundred dollars. Small scholarships should not be overlooked, because it’s possible to qualify for several and they can add up.

Grants are also free money, but they are provided by the federal and state government as well as directly from certain schools. Grants are usually need-based and there is no requirement to repay them. Another form of federal aid is work-study, where you are provided a job earning at least minimum wage and your earnings are applied to college expenses.

Types of Scholarships

There are more scholarships out there than you can imagine. While fewer kids can qualify for the full tuition scholarships (although you can’t rule it out if your kid is an exceptional student), there are lots of smaller scholarships to be had. The most common misconception about scholarships is that only the smartest, most talented, or most athletic students need apply. That is far from the truth. There are literally thousands of scholarships available through local community organizations, national associations, churches, ethnic organizations, private companies, and individual benefactors. Some scholarships are awarded based on achievement, while others are awarded just for applying. There could be a dozen with your name on it. You just need to know where to look and how to apply for them.

While many are merit-based awarded for academic or athletic achievement, others are more interested in the quality of your character and vision for the future. In searching for potential scholarships, you will find a seemingly unlimited number of options – some very unique. Here are some examples of what you will find:

Community service scholarships: Available to any student who actively participates in community services activities. Check with your local community organizations.

First in family scholarships: Many organizations seek to encourage students who are the first in their family to aspire to college.

Special scholarships: Students with special or creative talents or interests can find a plethora of scholarships available. There are even scholarships available for students interested in duck calling, or those who can speak “Klingon”.

Military scholarships: Dozens of organizations award scholarships to students with family members, including fathers, mothers, siblings, grandparents, who have served in the military.

Writing Scholarships: If your student has average grades but a knack for writing, there are hundreds of scholarships awarded based almost entirely on a written essay.

Searching for Scholarships

Because of the number of different scholarships that are available, and the fact that they are not all widely advertised, it’s important to be proactive in locating opportunities and applying early on. Begin your search with one of the "Scholarship Sites" (listed above) where you can complete a questionnaire and then use their service to match your child with dozens of potential scholarships. The next place to start looking is in your community. Tap into your associations with fraternal organizations, heritage organizations, employers, and community leaders. High school counselors can be a good resource for finding local scholarships as well.

Your first course of action should be to list potential benefactors starting with local community organizations, affiliations with religious or ethnic groups, employers of your family members, social organizations to which family members belong, and non-profit organizations in your area. You should also make a list of the colleges you are considering as they may also have resources. With your list, meet with your school guidance counselor to enlist their help in mapping out your search.

Your best search tool is the Internet, but don’t ignore networking and word-of-mouth. The more people who know of your determination to earn a scholarship, the more opportunity you have of finding the diamond in the rough. Be prepared to complete lots of scholarship applications.

Learn to Write Effective College Scholarship Essays

Essays are not just required by writing scholarships. Nearly all scholarship providers require an essay as part of the application process. Scholarship providers are interested to learn more about applicants through thoughtfully written essays that reveal more of their character and ability to communicate. Students who are able to write a quality essay stand a better chance of catching the attention of scholarship committees, so it is important to put the effort into writing a scholarship-worth essay. To ensure that you submit a winning essay every time, follow these tips.

  • Make sure you clearly understand the writing assignment. Read the instructions several times.
  • Give a lot of thought to what you want to write. Do a brain-dump of your thoughts on paper and then organize them around a theme.
  • Create an outline of the essay, making sure it touches on all of the elements stated in the instructions.
  • Begin writing your essay by expanding on the key points in your outline.
  • Write clearly with concise and simple language.
  • Pay extra attention to your grammar and spelling. It is the one time when you should be shooting for perfection.
  • Read the instructions again and then read your essay out loud to see if it covers the essential points.
  • Ask someone with strong writing skills to proofread your essay.

Getting a Letter of Recommendation

Next to the essay, the most important part of your scholarship application is a letter of recommendation. Who you choose to provide you a letter of recommendation is just as important as what that person might have to say about you. Having your Uncle Ned or the person who baby sat you when you were young will carry no weight, regardless of all the good things they say about you. In fact, the scholarship committee will consider the “quality” of the person recommending you in their decision.

The person recommending you should not only be very familiar with your background and qualifications, his or her own background and experience should be relevant to the scholarship for which you are applying. For example, if you community service is a part of the scholarship’s criteria, you should ask a past supervisor from the organization where you participated. In other words, be sure to choose a person who is appropriate for the scholarship you are seeking.

To help your letter writer, you should give them all of the information they need about the scholarship. You could take it a step further and provide them with a sheet of bullet points of things you've done in high school. Just be sure the bullets don’t state anything about you that they wouldn’t agree with. You will also want to have the letter printed on their letterhead.

Finally, make it really easy for them to comply by providing a large mailing envelop and postage. Throughout your interaction with them, make sure you show your appreciation and remind them of the important role they are playing in helping you pay for college.

Avoiding Scholarship Scams

Scholarship search services are a big industry for parents who are desperate to land a scholarship for their students. So naturally the industry attracts its share of scammers and fraudsters. It is estimated that more than 350,000 students and families fall prey to these scams every year. The legitimate scholarship search firms can be very effective in widening your search, but as you begin to look into these types of services, keep your eye out for these popular scams:

Upfront Payments: Never pay an application processing fee or send any money upfront. And most definitely do not provide any bank or credit card information. It doesn’t cost money to submit a scholarship application, so if you are asked for upfront money, it is probably a scam. Do your due diligence. There are plenty of free scholarship search organizations you can work with that don’t require any fees.

Guaranteed Results: There are no guarantees when it comes to winning scholarships. If you are offered a refund if a scholarship isn’t granted, it is probably a scam. Remember the previous rule – no upfront payments.

We do the work for you”: Yes, there is a lot of work involved in researching and applying for scholarships, so an offer to take that off your hands is tempting. It doesn’t matter though, because you must still apply for scholarships yourself.

Do the Necessary Financial Planning for College Funding

It should be noted that, while scholarships are a great source of college financing, the amount of scholarship dollars you receive will reduce the amount of financial aid money you can obtain. So, they should first be considered as an option if your financial situation might preclude you from receiving need-based grants, subsidized student loans, or even private student loans. If you are eligible for need-based grants, you will need to work with your school counselor or a financial aid specialist to determine if the offset would reduce your overall financial aid when both grants and scholarships are included.

Don’t Give Up

There are literally thousands of scholarships available. It takes a lot of work to find and apply for them. It also takes a lot of perseverance, because you could get turned down for all of them. But, you can’t give up trying, because it is a numbers game. In addition, your qualifications can change over the course of a year. Any change in your academic or personal circumstances could make the difference on any of the scholarships for which you have already applied. Also, new scholarships are being created all the time. To win the scholarships game, you simply need to persevere – continue to search, follow up, and reapply as warranted. Somewhere, there is a scholarship with your name on it.


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