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Private Scholarship Offerings

The scholarships listed below are provided by private agencies, foundations and companies. Students are invited to apply.



Post-9/11 GI Bill: Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

Public Law 111-32, the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33) to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. The benefit is effective August 1, 2009; the same day the Post-9/11 GI Bill takes effect. Eligible children attending school may receive up to the highest public, in-state undergraduate tuition and fees, plus a monthly living stipend and book allowance under this program.

Who is eligible?

Children of an active duty member of the Armed Forces who has died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, are eligible for this benefit. A child may be married or over 23 and still be eligible.

Eligible children:

  • are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level
  • have 15 years to use the benefit beginning on his/her 18th birthday
  • may use the benefit until his or her 33rd birthday
  • cannot use benefit before age 18, even if he or she has completed high school
  • are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program

How do I apply for this benefit?

Click here for an online application form  Please complete the VA Form 22-5490 "Dependent Application for VA Education Benefits".

For more information, call toll-free 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) or visit the VA GI Bill Web site at



Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI)

The Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI), a non-profit organization, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of all those affected by brain injury through education, advocacy, research , and local support groups; and to reduce the incidence of brain injury through prevention.

Feel free to contact or 810-229-5880.



Michigan 2020 Scholarship Competition

The Michigan 2020 Plan was introduced by Senator Gretchen Whitmer and others. The proposed package of legislation provides Michigan high school graduates – public, private or home-schooled – with the opportunity to have the cost of their college education paid for in its entirety.

The group has created the Michigan 2020 Scholarship Competition. This is an opportunity for a graduating high school student to win $10,000 for college tuition.

Amount of award: $10,000.00



American Legion Scholarship

The American Legion is offering a scholarship for veterans (not their dependents).

To obtain an application, veterans may contact:

Brett Johnson, Contractor
ROTC Scholarship and Enrollment Officer
Western Michigan University


2016 Scholarship Opportunity: West Michigan Air & Waste Management Association

The West Michigan Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association (WM-AWMA) is pleased to announce the availability of up to four (4) individual scholarships, each in the amount of $2,500, to be awarded to selected college juniors, seniors, and graduate students pursuing a career in qualifying environmental studies.  Preferred courses of study include environmental engineering, physical or natural sciences, and natural resources, though students in other, related fields may also qualify. 


1. Geographic area.  Applicants must be attending either:

A. An accredited college or university in Michigan; or

B. For WM-AWMA chapter members (or children of a member), an accredited college or university located outside of Michigan.

2. Academic level and major

A. At the start of the term for which the scholarship is sought, the applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student and pursuing a course of study leading to a career in air pollution control, waste management, or other environmental management field.  Preferred courses of study include environmental engineering, physical or natural sciences, and natural resources.  Questions regarding the eligibility of a major, curriculum, or course of study may be referred to the Scholarship Chairperson.

B. The applicant must be currently in or entering into a Junior or Senior undergraduate class standing and must have declared a major, or must be currently in or entering into graduate school pursuing a qualifying graduate degree.

C. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities and interests, significant life achievements, and the quality of the applicant’s essay.  A successful applicant will generally have at least a “B” grade point average, (i.e., 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale).

Amount of award: $2,500.00  (4 scholarships will be awarded)

Deadline: November 27, 2016



2016 Hartford Technology Rental Information Technology Application Writing Scholarship

They are offering two $1000 scholarships that are available to students studying in the IT or related fields and have demonstrated financial need. Simply fill out the form and tell us about yourself and what you hope to do with your IT degree in the short essay form. One scholarship will be awarded in December and one in May. You may apply for both scholarships separately.


Amount of award: $1,000.00

November 30, 2016


NRC Research Associateship Programs

General Eligibility Criteria

How to Apply

NRC Research Associateship Programs application deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. Note that not all sponsors participate in all four reviews. Applicants should refer to the specific information for the laboratory to which they are applying.

Deadlines: All deadlines for receipt of application materials are strictly observed by the laboratory and the Fellowships Office. No allowances or exceptions are made for late submissions.

Please direct application inquiries to the NRC Research Associateship Programs at or by phone at (202) 334-2760.



Michigan Stormwater-Floodplan Association Scholarship

Each year the MSFA awards at least one scholarship to a full time junior, senior or graduate student studying biosystems, civil or environmental engineering; or related natural resources planning program with a specialization related to the mission and goals of the MSFA at a Michigan University.

Applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Permanent resident of the state of Michigan.
  • Full time Junior, Senior or Masters Student in Biosystems, Civil, or Environmental Engineering, or related Natural Resources Planning program with a specialization related to the mission and goals of the MSFA at a Michigan University.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above at the end of Spring Semester 2016.

Click here for the application.

Amount of award: $2,500

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by: Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

Applicants can expect a response in January 2017.

BigSun Scholarship

How to Apply
Please send a short essay (500 - 1,000 words) answering the following questions:

How did your participation in sports during your high school years influence you?
Has your participation influenced your career goals?
Has your participation influenced how you relate to your family?

All student athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are engaged in. The student must be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute. 

Please remember to include your name and the name of the school that you are attending.

All essay submissions should be sent to: 


The deadline for applications is June 19, 2017.


Amount of Scholarship: $500