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One of the biggest buzz words as a student near's their junior and senior year is SCHOLARSHIPS. No matter what finances may be available, scholarships are a necessary step in everybody's transition to college. It is free money that one can use to finance their college education. To find and apply for them may take a little time and effort, but it's well worth the time investment.

Available Scholarships to consider. Note the deadlines.

NAACP:   scholarship awarded to African American seniors who are pursuing higher education who are have financial need, are going into education, engineering, criminal justice, or medicine and have a 2.8 or higher GPA. Applicants will need a transcript, a letter of recommendation from their high school, and a 200 word essay on why they want to pursue their particular career and how the scholarship can help them achieve this goal.  Send submissions to Carol Fails at 2945 Wells Drive, Lima, OH 45804.  Deadline is May 11, 2018.

Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarship: $2,500; for students interested in enrolling in career and technical education programs in Fall 2018 that lead to employment; financial need (must be Pell Grant eligible); go to application.horatioalger.org for more information and to apply; deadline June 15, 2018.

UNOH Tech Prep Scholarship: $2,000; students interested in UNOH College of Business, College of Health Professions, or College of Occupational Professions; must have completed the high school's Agribusiness and Production Systems program AG IV and AG OJT); see Mr. Smith for more information and application. Deadline is May 11, 2018.

C.R. Meyers Scholarship:  sponsored by the Ohio Association of Litter Prevention and Recycling Professionals, a statewide organization which promotes recycling and litter prevention.  Must be enrolled or plan to enroll in and accredited Ohio college university, or technical school with a major related to the Environmental Sciences or Environmental Education and must reside in Ohio; $1,000; application available at www.oalprp.org on the "Scholarships" link.  Deadline is April 15th.

Elida Athletic Boosters Scholarship:  $1,000 each to one male and one female; have to letter in at least two different varsity sports at Elida; activities; honors; accomplishments; community service; applications available in the academic office with a deadline of April 15th.

Travis R. Miller Scholarship:  $1,000; for vocational study such as Machinist Journeyman, Tool & Die, High Performance Engine, or Agricultural-related field; student can choose to use the scholarship at a 2 or 4 yr institution; 2.5-3.75 GPA; strong work ethic with a history of employment and interest in their course of study; activities, service; application available in academic office; deadline of April 15th.

Elida Education Association Scholarship:  $1,000; graduating senior entering the field of education with plans to become a teacher; activities; service; application available in the academic office; deadline April 15th.

Elida Education Association Legacy Scholarship:  $1,000; graduating senior child of an active Elida Education Association member; activities; service; application available in the academic office; due date of April 15th.

Hy-Ho Scholarship:  leadership in school, civic, curricular, and extra-curricular activities; academic achievement; motivation to serve and succeed in all endeavors; African-American senior students of Allen County; plan to attend 2 or 4 year institution; 2,5 GPA; application available in academic office; deadline April 1, 2018

Alvie & Shirley Cockerell Memorial Scholarship:  $500; 2.0 GPA or higher; self-motivated, honest, hard-working, responsible, community-minded, work-oriented; application available in academic office with a deadline of May 1st.

Allen County Bar Association Scholarship:  Two $2,500 available; must be a senior planning to attend an institution of higher education in the fall of 2018; scholarship awarded to the authors of the best two essays submitted; information available in the academic office; deadline is April 24, 2018.

2018 Ohio School Boards Association Black Caucus Leo Lucas Scholarship:  Deadline March 14, 2018; must be ethically diverse, must provide proof of acceptance to an accredited 2 or 4 year college, 2.5 GPA

Class of 1963 Scholarship: two $500 scholarships available; merit, need, activities, service; application available in the academic office; deadline April 15th

Paul Sluss Scholarship: (former Elida HS Yearbook advisor/History teacher); $1,000; GPA that ensures success in college; need; interest in English and/or History will be given preference; application available in academic office with deadline of April 15th

Elida Education Foundation: $500-700; typically 10 scholarships are available each year; based on academic achievement (awards, honors, leadership, sports/activities), educational attitude, career goals, volunteerism, top 25% of class, 2 letters of recommendation); applications available in academic office with an April 15th deadline 

Elida Breakfast Club: $500; typically two scholarships available; health-related career field preferred; applications available in academic office with an April 15th deadline

CIAO Scholarship: $1,000; 3.0 GPA; academic achievement, activities, civic/community/religious service, need; Italian ancestry NOT required; application available in academic office or at www.ciaolima.org Postmarked deadline of April 2nd

The Shinn Family Memorial Scholarship: Four separate $250 scholarships available; merit, activities, need; application available in the academic office; deadline April 30th

Scott Graham Harmon Scholarship: $500 scholarship for a senior athlete who has earned a varsity letter in a minimum of two different sports, must have participated in sports as a senior, must have a 3.0 cum GPA, and must plan to attend a 4-year college/university. Two scholarships available (one male, one female). Application available in the academic office with a due date of April 15th.

Allen County Farm Bureau Scholarship:  $500, must have a current paid Allen County Farm Bureau member, applicant must be going into an agriculture-related program, come from an agricultural background, or been involved in an ag-related service for one year. 2.5 GPA minimum. Application available in academic office, deadline April 6, 2018

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program/Foundation Scholarship:  $1,000 renewable, career goal in the crude oil or natural gas industry to attend college, technical, or trade school in Ohio, 2.5 GPA; application available at www.oogeep.org and due March 1, 2018.

Nancy Steiner Scholarship:  $1,000 for students graduating from an Allen County high school planning to continue their education in the fields of study related to Park Management (Biology, Dendrology, Agronomy, Environmental Law, Wildlife Management, Forestry, etc.), 3.2 GPA, need, leadership. Applications available in academic office. Deadline for submission is April 15th.

Rhodes College Credit Plus Scholarship:  Available to seniors who have successfully completed at least one CC+ course through Rhodes in high school and continue on full-time for college at Rhodes, $1,000 renewable for second year at Rhodes, go to http:www.rhodesstate.edu/scholarships to apply or contact morman.d@rhodesstate.edu for more information.

Durrell Blank Scholarship:  Available to graduating seniors of EHS, $1,000, established in memory of Elida Alum Durrell Blank who had Cystic Fibrosis, winner will be a student who has faced a unique challenge and handling life through that challenge, need, merit (in that order). Applications available in the Academic Office and due by April 1, 2018

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarship: Ten $1,000 scholarships available; female, plan to enroll or be enrolled in an accredited college or university for Fall 2018, graduate of an Allen County high school; merit, service, activities, goals; applications available in academic office; deadline March 16, 2018

William D. Squires Scholarship:  $4,000 renewable (15 available in Ohio); applications accepted from February 15 through April 5th; based on financial need (EFC on FAFSA must be less than $7,000), career goal-oriented, motivation, character, 3.2 GPA; application available at www.wmdsquiresfoundation.org  under the SENIORS tab.

The Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons:  academics, community service, volunteering, involvement; $1200; applications available in academic office; deadline March 1, 2018

Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE):  for a student who has a parent who is an OAPSE union member who is enrolling at accredited 2 or 4 year accredited university, college, technical, or business school for any field of study, $2,500, activities/employment, leadership, academics, applications available in academic office or at www.oapse.org; application postmark or email due date of March 1, 2018.

 Three Fraternal Order of Eagles Scholarships:

 1. George Wilson Memorial Scholarship:  Parent need not be a member of Eagles, 1 male and 1 female winner, $1,000, must pursue a bachelor's or associate's degree at an accredited college, university, or technical school, 3.00 GPA in HS required for consideration, must complete first semester of college with minimum 2.5 GPA to receive money; based on academics, activities, leadership, service; application available in academic office; deadline to March 31, 2018.

 2. Ohio State Aerie Scholarship (Eagles):  Parent or grandparent MUST be member of Lima Eagles #370, $2,500, can be used at college of your choice, merit and need based, must pursue a bachelor's or associate's degree at an accredited college, university, or technical school, applications available in academic office, you MUST return application and necessary materials to the address listed on application by March 31, 2018.

 3. Lima #370 Auxiliary Scholarship:   Parent or grandparent MUST be member of Lima Eagles #370 Ladies Auxiliary, must be female; merit, activities, service. Application in the academic office.

Ohio and Michigan Association of Career Colleges and Schools:  Over 100 different scholarships available; C average or better in HS, must be nominated by a local community leader or current state legislator. Goal is to provide students with training and education necessary to obtain a job in Ohio or Michigan. Application deadline for ALL materials is April 6, 2018 to the OMACCS address. Booklets of info available in the academic office and further info available at www.omaccs.org 

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship:  application located at www.jackierobinson.org; deadline is Feb. 1, 2018; a graduating 2018 senior minority student, to attend an accredited 4-year college; leadership potential, community service, financial need, ACT of 21

Mercy Health St. Rita's Medical Center Scholarship:  Ten $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to seniors 2018 who plan to become a medical providers; test scores and merit; deadline is February 23, 2018; applications available in the academic office.

Ohio State Aerie Scholarship:  $2,500 scholarship available to a child of a current Eagles member; grades, test scores; deadline March 31, 2018; applications available in the academic office.

Robert Kumpe Memorial Scholarship:  5 scholarship available; must have played soccer in high school; grades, test scores, class rank; deadline Feb. 18, 2018; applications available in the academic office

Howard "Butch" Pangle Memorial Scholarship:   a fund has recently been established for residents of Allen County interested in pursuing post-secondary education in the field of law enforcement; character, grades, need; applications available in the academic office

The Bonnie Eddy Educational Supply and Book Grant (for Education Majors):  The NW Ohio region of Ohio school boards has several $500 scholarships available to help pay for college books for students majoring in teaching; top 50% of graduating class, leadership, professional competence, involvement, character. Scholarship applications available in the academic office or online at www.ohioschoolboards.org/northwest-region along right side under "Resources". Completed applications and all required materials to be emailed by you to the email address listed on the application by January 31, 2018.

2018 ACME Baseball Scholarship:  student must have played at least one year ACME baseball, 2.5 or higher cum GPA, activities, academic honors; five $500 scholarships available; applications available in academic office.

Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award:  one senior student from each county will be presented this prestigious, statewide honor; outstanding achievement, grades, test scores, activities, awards. Applications available in the academic office; completed applications due to Elida counselor by January 26, 2018.

William P. and Pauline J. Deisel Scholarship:  $4,000 available to students in Allen County; application available at http://www.community-foundation.com/scholarships/william-p-and-pauline-j-deisel-scholarship?q=deisel; deadline is noon on Feb. 7, 2018.  Applicant must plan to be a full-time student at an accredited college, university, technical, or community college, be a U.S. citizen, 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA, applicants who participate in faith-based community service given priority, financial need is not a requirement.


Midwest Electric Scholarships:

1) General Scholarship: parents must be Midwest Electric customers; six scholarships available ranging from $1,000-2,000; 3.5 GPA

2) Touchstone Energy Achievement Scholarship:  parents must be Midwest Electric customers; one $2,000 scholarship available; 2.75 GPA; students judged on how well their activities reflect the following core values: accountability, integrity, innovation, commitment to community and their drive and dedication to achieving a college education despite personal obstacles/challenges they've faced. Deadline is January 12, 2018. Applications and scholarship information can be found at www.midwestrec.com

"Go Bucks" Scholarship:  A scholarship available to an Allen County senior who will be attending Ohio State University (Columbus or Lima), recipient must be admitted to OSU, class rank top 10% preferably, recommendation required, school/community involvement; deadline January 19, 2018; application available in academic office

Vicki Mauk Memorial Scholarship:  a $1,500 non-renewable scholarship to one senior female athlete; must have earned a varsity letter in at least two different sports during high school, must have participated in sports her senior year, minimum 2.5 GPA, and plan to attend a 4-year college/university; deadline is April 6, 2018; applications available in the academic office.

FFA Scholarship:  $1,500 scholarship available from Monsanto; students need not be an FFA member to apply but have an interest in science, technology, business, communication, engineering, etc.  Deadline to apply is February 1, 2018.  Go to growagleaders.com for more information.  Apply at FFA.org/scholarships 

American Legion High School Award Scholarship:  must be a direct descendant of a Legion member in good standing or a deceased legion member in good standing, 3.5 GPA, 25 ACT, must start college in fall 2018, deadline April 15, 2018, information and application available at https://www.ohiolegion.com/programs/scholarships/

Charles River (Spencerville) Biomedical Research College Scholarship:  $1,000 non-renewable; student must have an interest in research and pursue a degree in biological or chemical sciences; deadline March 1, 2018; applications available in the academic office. The Application is available in the academic office or it can be accessed by clicking here.


Prudential Spirit of Community Award:  graduating seniors who are deep-rooted in volunteerism; up to $1,000 and travel opportunity; deadline November 8, 2017; spirit.prudential.com

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship Contest:  Based on scholarship, leadership, need; various amounts available; deadline is November 27, 2017; www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation:  3.5 GPA or higher, 26 or higher ACT, financial need; deadline is November 14,2017; www.jkcf.org

Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation:  Over 200 scholarships available to seniors; deadline is Feb. 1, 2018; information, requirements, and applications available at www.epsilonsigmaalpha.org/scholarships-and-grants; please be advised that there is a $5.00 fee per each application.

Bowling Green State University:  If applying to BGSU, a current competition is being held for a full tuition scholarship.  Students with a 3.8 cumulative HS GPA and 30+ on the ACT qualify.  Apply at https://choose.bgsu.edu/honors/

Rhodes State College:  For students who are applying/have applied to Rhodes State for fall of 2018, they have over 50 different scholarships available through one application.  Go to www.rhodesstate.edu/scholarships to apply for those scholarships.  Deadline is December 8, 2017.

Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship:  A scholarship opportunity for high school seniors who have an identified learning disability and/or ADHD are encouraged to apply. Deadline is November 6, 2017. Further information and how to apply can be found at www.ncld.org/scholarships

Elks Legacy Award  $4,000, open to children and/or grandchildren of a current Elk's member, apply at www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/legacy.cfm Deadline 2/2/18. 

Horatio Alger Scholarship: $6,000-$25,000, US Citizen, 2.0 GPA, financial need, ($55,000 or less adjusted gross family income) activities, service, apply at scholarships@horatioalger.org  Deadline:  10/25/2017  

Hauss-Helms Foundation:  $1,000-$7,500, based on need, 2.0 GPA, top 50% of class, scores, apply at www.hauss-helmsfoundation.org   Deadline: 3/15/18

Merit Scholarships:  Once students are accepted to a college, many colleges have scholarships available based on GPA and ACT scores.  Ask your college for more information.  Various deadlines per the college/university

Various Student Scholarships:   StudentScholarships.org    Fastweb.com  Various Deadlines