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FAFSA INFORMATION
 
1) The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application opens OCTOBER 1st this year!
That means if your student will be attending any post-secondary institutions in 2017, you should fill this out.
The closer you can fill it out to Oct. 1st, the better chance you have of getting aid if you qualify.
Here is the website: https://fafsa.ed.gov/

2) Even if you think your income level will be too high, many institutions
REQUIRE the FAFSA. It never hurts to fill it out, as your circumstances can change.

3) In order to submit the FAFSA, you must first create an "FSA ID." There are no longer pin numbers,
so everyone must create an ID this year. Both student and parent need an FSA ID.
You can go to fsaid.ed.gov to start the process now.

4) If you have questions or get "stuck" on the FAFSA, feel free to call any local institution's financial
aid departments (i.e., SFCC, EWU, Gonzaga, etc.). They should be able to answer general questions
even if you don't intend to apply there. You can also call FAFSA directly at 1-800-4FED-AID
(1-800-433-3243).

• 7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the FAFSA
http://blog.ed.gov/2015/12/7-things-before-fafsa/

• 7 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA
http://blog.ed.gov/2015/12/7-steps-filling-out-fafsa/

• 11 Common FAFSA Mistakes
http://blog.ed.gov/2016/01/11-common-fafsa-mistakes/

Common Questions about Filing the FAFSA
http://www.onlinecolleges.net/for-students/fafsa/. This guide answers the most common questions that students
have about filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Topics include eligibility, special cases, what you need to actually apply, and questions to expect.
 

A variety of options are available to help you pay for college. Check out the options below and contact the financial aid office at the college of your choice.

 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Virtually all financial aid sources in Washington use a single application form called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After you complete the online form, you can choose which colleges to send it to. You must submit the FAFSA to your college's financial aid office to be considered. For instructions, visit the 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA video tutorial.

 

Washington State Financial Aid Programs

Washington Opportunity Pathways logoThe state’s student financial aid programs — for example, State Need Grant, College Bound scholarship, state Work Study, Passport to College for foster youth — help tens of thousands of students annually earn college credits, certificates and degrees.

Known collectively as Washington Opportunity Pathways, some of these programs are need-based, while others are based on merit (good grades). Find out if you are eligible for one or more Opportunity Pathways programs.

 

Funds are Limited, Apply Right Away

Many aid programs are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so complete your FAFSA right away. Priority deadlines vary from college to college, so check the college's financial aid deadline.

Students must apply for financial aid every year.

 

Types of Funding

 After you accept financial aid, ask the financial aid office:
  • How and when you'll receive the money.
  • How much aid will be directly applied to your bill.
  • How much your first bill will be.
  • What you can expect in future years. (Your financial aid amounts might differ from year to year.)
 
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Washington Community Colleges

Quality Education at an Affordable Cost

Washington state community and technical colleges offer the best educational values around. Our tuition and fees average about half the tuition at public four-year universities. You'll save thousands for classes that transfer to universities or prepare you for a career.

 

1.Tuition and Fees

The following tuition and fees are set by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and apply to all 34 colleges. Every college also charges campus-based fees, like technology fees or lab fees. Visit the tuition and fees page at the college of your choice for more complete cost information.

 

2. Quarterly Tuition and Fees

Lower Division Tuition
2017-2018 Tuition* Resident Nonresident
* Rounded to the nearest dollar    
One Quarter (15 credits) $1,312 $3,118
Academic Year (3 quarters/45 credits total) $3,936 $9,354


 Upper Division/Applied Bachelor's Degrees
2017-2018 Tuition*  Resident Nonresident
* Rounded to the nearest dollar    
One quarter (15 credits) $2,105 $6,094
Academic year (3 quarters/45 credits total) $6,314 $18,282


3. Tuition Waivers

Students who meet certain criteria may be eligible for tuition waivers to help pay for college. These tuition waivers vary by campus, so check with your college registrar's office. Some examples are Oregon border county residents, military veterans and senior citizens.

 

4. Calculate Your College Costs

Tuition and fees are just part of the cost of going to college. Students also need to pay class fees, books, supplies and other related expenses. Net price calculators can help you estimate how much you'll pay to attend a college after financial aid is factored in. 

 
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SCHOLARSHIPS 2017-2018
 
 
The Washington Society of Professional Engineers
 
The Washington Society of Professional Engineers (WSPE) will be sponsoring scholarships open to seniors attending school in Spokane County who want to enter an engineering college next year. 
 
Six $4000.00, Carl M. Hansen Foundation scholarships will be awarded to Spokane area students. Please see the link below for the application and requirements.  We will also have paper copies available in the MLHS Counseling Center. The deadline is February 27, 2018.
 
 
Questions should be directed to: Nicole Schuh at Nicole@springenvironmental.com or Leonard Byrne at byrne@cet.com
 
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Dollars for Scholars
 
Last Friday, many of your students had the opportunity to start their Dollars for Scholars profiles in the computer lab.  Dollars for Scholars has a local chapter here in Medical Lake which awards thousands of dollars each year to Medical Lake High School seniors.  Scholarships are awarded to a variety of students, entering a variety of post-secondary pathways.  Please see the link below to access the Dollars for Scholars account or have your student start a new account if he/she was not able to meet with us last week. 
 
Applications will be due some time around the end of February, so please start working on them now.  I will be sending more instructions in the near future.  
 
 
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Please visit the following link for scholarship information if you are a WSECU member, or would like to become one.  $65,000 will be awarded this year to high school seniors in our state.  
About the Scholarship Program:
  • Applications open December 11th and close February 12, 2018.
  • Recipients are selected and notified in the spring
  • WSECU members of all ages are welcome to apply
  • $1,500 awards for two-year college/vocational school
  • $2,500 awards for four-year undergraduate and graduate programs
 
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PLANNING ON GOING TO EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY?

Incoming freshman students (2018) will automatically qualify for our Presidential Scholarship ($3000 per year) if they have: a 3.80 GPA or higher, a 1310 or higher SAT, or a 28 or higher ACT. To renew each year students must maintain a 3.50 EWU GPA. They don't even have to apply for this one, it is automatically awarded.
They will apply for our Dean's Scholarship ($2000 per year) by filling out our general Scholarship application by February 1, 2018. To compete they must have a 3.30, 1080 SAT, or 21 ACT. To renew they must maintain a minimum 3.3 or higher.
For either of these they will need to have applied by our February 1st deadline.

University Honors Program and Scholarship:  The Honors Program at Eastern Washington University cultivates excellence in undergraduate education by providing enhanced educational opportunities to superior students and special teaching opportunities for outstanding faculty. New freshmen and transfer students are eligible for the Honors Program and multi-year Honors Scholarships. which range in annual value from $3500 to full resident, undergraduate tuition. Freshman applicants should have a minimum 3.60 cumulative high school GPA and superior SAT reading and math scores. Transfer applicants should have a complete AA degree and minimum 3.70 cumulative GPA. To find out more, visit University Honors or call 509.359.2822.

Presidential Scholarship:  New freshmen entering EWU Fall 2017 may automatically qualify for the four-year, $3000 (per year) Presidential Scholarship. There is no application. Washington resident students who apply for admission to EWU by Feb. 1, 2017 will be considered. To qualify, students must have a 3.80 or higher high school GPA or a 1310 or higher SAT total score (or comparable ACT composite score of 28 or higher).  To renew each school year, recipients must maintain a minimum 3.50 cumulative EWU GPA. 

Dean's Scholarship:  New freshmen entering EWU Fall 2017 may apply for the four-year, $2000 (per year)  Dean's Scholarship.  To be considered, complete the 2017-18 EWU Scholarship Application by February 1, 2017.  To compete for the award students must have a 3.30 or higher cumulative high school GPA and a minimum 1080 or higher SAT total score (or comparable ACT composite score of 21 or higher).  To renew each school year, recipients must maintain a minimum 3.30 cumulative EWU GPA.

EWU Special Honors Scholarship - National Merit Finalists or Semi-Finalists:  Students named National Merit Finalists (or semi-finalists) and who enter Eastern as a beginning freshman fall quarter 2017 may be eligible for a four-year, $3000 (per year) EWU Scholarship. For consideration, submit verification of your National Merit Scholar status to the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.

Eastern Advantage Scholarship:  Eastern Advantage is a personal academic support program that provides first generation college students with the tools and resources necessary to succeed in achieving their goal of attaining a college degree.  Eastern Advantage Scholarships are open to freshmen who are a 1) 2017 high school graduate, 2) first generation college student (neither parent holds a four year degree), 3) Washington resident, and 4) U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. All new freshmen meeting the aforementioned criteria will automatically be considered for the $1500 award. To find out more, visit the Eastern Advantage Program or call them at 509.359.2487.

EWU First Scholars:  In partnership with Project S.T.E.a.M., EWU offers five, two-year scholarships to students who 1) participated in a FIRST Tech Challenge, a FIRST Robotics Competition or Project Lead the Way during high school, 2) enter Eastern as a beginning freshman fall quarter 2017, AND 3) plan to pursue a degree in engineering, technology, mathematics or computer science at the Cheney/Riverpoint campus.  For consideration, submit verification of FIRST or Project Lead the Way participation to the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office by August 30.

Running Start Scholars:  To support our former EWU Running Start participants, EWU provides a $1500 scholarship opportunity to students choosing to attend EWU immediately following their high school/running start studies. Recipients must have completed at least 30 EWU running start credits with a 3.3 or higher cumulative GPA by Fall 2017 for 2017-2018 award consideration. To apply for this competitive award, complete the 2017-2018 General EWU Scholarship Application by February 1, 2017.  Freshman Only Scholarships at EWU

 
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America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders
 
Please see the attached form and the link below for information on an exciting scholarship for seniors wishing to pursue an agriculturally-related degree. 
 
America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is giving students pursuing ag-related degrees the chance to earn a $1,500 college scholarship. Grow Ag Leaders scholarships are administered by the National FFA Organization as part of the National FFA Scholarship Program. 
 
Click here for more information and eligibility criteria:
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The Washington State School Retirees' Association (WSSRA)
 
The Washington State School Retirees' Association (WSSRA) invites senior students of who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply for the below listed scholarships. These awards are given to students who wish to have a career in the "field of education.” Their degree could be in one of these majors: teacher, counselor, speech therapist, occupational therapist, or psychologist. 
 
*  8 WSSR-Foundation Scholarships - a one-time scholarship of $2500 each 
*  16 Robert J. Handy Scholarships - $900 each for up to four years 
*  1 Neil D. Prescott Scholarship - a one-time scholarship of $2500 
 
The scholarship application is available online on our web page at www.wssra.org. To access the forms click on Forms & Files and then in the drop down menu click on Scholarship Application. The forms must be filled-out online, printed and mailed to the WSSRA District Representative for the student's area. The District Representative's name and address will be displayed once the student has entered the zip code where requested for his/her school. 

For an application to be considered it must be in approved form, with directions followed precisely and mailed and postmarked by March 2, 2018.
 
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Tyler Lockett Pledge For Your Future
Medical Lake High School is participating in a contest called the "Tyler Lockett Pledge For Your Future" campaign.  We are one of 200 schools in Washington that was invited to participate.  The school with the largest percentage (based on the school's total enrollment) of students that pledge why it is important for them to graduate will win $5000 and a visit from the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, Tyler Lockett.  
 
Parents, you also have an opportunity to win $5000 for your student’s future!  Simply visit the link below, click on “parent” and state why you believe it’s important your student to graduate.  
 
 
Thanks for your support! 
Lori Wilbanks
10th/12th Grade Counselor
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Scholarship Value: $10,000
Awards Available: 
Award Deadline: February 13, 2018 (Opens Oct. 3rd)
 
This is a $10,000 scholarship for the accredited post-high school institution of the winning student’s choice. This includes trade schools, community, and four-year colleges. To apply, your students will need to fill out a short online application and create a 90 second YouTube video about how BBB can help them make better decisions. The minimum GPA to apply is a 3.0. Check out the link for more information including the 2017 winning video for inspiration.
 
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Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen at the University of Washington

Note! Applications for our 2018-19 scholarships are now open. Please read the information below then click here to apply. Application deadline is December 15, 2017.

 

M. Williamson working on her 2015 research

Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium annually offers scholarships to incoming freshmen planning to study science, technology, engineering or mathematics at the University of Washington.

These competitive scholarships are open to accomplished high school seniors, Running Start students, and Early Entrance students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and Washington state residents.

Awards are based on high school academic achievement, standardized test scores, personal essays, recommendations, and future academic promise.

 

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GE-REAGAN FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM- Deadline:  January 4

Honoring the legacy and character of our 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistant to pursue higher education.

To be eligible for this award, applicants must:
· Demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship in school and community
· Have at least a 3.0 GPA
· Be a high school senior
· Plan to enroll full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree
· In addition, semifinalists must be nominated by an eligible community leader, such as a high school principal, elected   official.
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Soroptimist International of Spokane

Soroptimist International of Spokane is a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
 
Our club primarily provides services to the Spokane community.   We do this by undertaking projects that provide women with basic literacy, income-generating skills, career development, medical care and safety from violence.   We also administer international programs and grants that serve these needs locally and internationally.
 
Each year we award the Violet Richardson Award to a young woman between 14 and 17 for her volunteer activities.    The $600 award is based on her activities in school or the community, and can be used as she wishes.   Our organization’s name translates to “best for women” and we are particularly interested in activities that benefit women and girls.   The scope of them is almost limitless.
 
The award is not based on academic achievement.   Examples of activities include fighting drugs and crime; cleaning up the environment; working to end discrimination, bullying and violence in school and the community; tutoring girls in STEM classes, including reading, math and problem solving; teaching young girls about hygiene, self-esteem and personal pride.
 
The application is quite simple.   It requires filling out a basic form and writing a brief description of her activities.    The written part can include pictures, newspaper articles, and other items that she may have about the project.   The form can be completed using the writable application or print it and mail it to Lois Tipple.  Attached is a letter of explanation.  The application is due to Lois by December 1, 2017.
 
APPLICATIONS CAN BE FOUND IN THE MLHS COUNSELING CENTER.
 
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National Honor Society Scholarship
The application for the NHS Scholarship Program is administered online by International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS). The deadline to complete
and submit the student portion of the application if January 20, 2018
 

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

All NHS members also have access to NHS Scholar Dollars, a scholarship search tool powered by College Board. This tool expedites the scholarship search process, offering filtered results based on the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Use the tool at www.nhs.us/scholardollars.

Link to NHS Scholar Dollars

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T-2-4 Scholarship 
We hope your student(s) enjoyed the T-2-4 college circuit that was in our building last Thursday.  For those juniors and seniors that participated, please find a link below to a survey and scholarship application.  Once you have completed the survey, it should take you to the scholarship application. The T-2-4 committee would like to award this to one student entering each pathway (i.e., attending technical school, 2-year college or 4-year college, after graduation).
 
 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions,
Lori Wilbanks
Senior Counselor
565-3274
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Parentinn's Scholarship 2016 has achieved a major impact on raising awareness of Cyberbullying to all students, we decided to increase the prize pool up $2500 this year.
 
In an effort to the cause of preventing cyberbullying, we have created the “Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship” for High School students.
 
Award: $1250 for High School students.
 
Deadline: Feb 28th, 18 - We run this scholarship annually.
 
Please check our scholarship page for more information.
 
Link to our Scholarship pagehttp://www.parentinn.com/scholarship
  
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DomCop Scholarship Program

Who can apply: This program is open to all University, College, and High school students who are currently enrolled in an educational program.

Amount of award: $1,000.

Direct link of scholarship page: https://www.domcop.com/scholarship/

Deadline : November 1st, 2017  
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How to Apply for the AED Superstore $1000 College Scholarship

scholarship.jpgAED Superstore is a nationwide distributor of automated external defibrillators and related accessories dedicated to increasing awareness and education around CPR and AEDs. AED Superstore is located in northern Wisconsin and operates under Allied 100, LLC. AED Superstore is offering a bi-annual scholarship of $1,000 to eligible students.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurring out of hospital claims over 326,000 lives each year, but still, many people are unaware of the dangers of this condition. Here are six other facts about SCA and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) you might not be aware of:

  1. SCA can happen to anyone, at any time, regardless of age, race, or gender.
  2. SCA affects roughly 16 people under the age of 18 every day.
  3. Only 1 out of 10 people who have SCA outside of a hospital survive.
  4. The survival rate for SCA victims decays by 10% for every minute without proper
    defibrillation; after 10 minutes, survival is negligible.
  5. AEDs have voice prompts and will talk the rescuer through every step.
  6. Under Good Samaritan Laws, voluntary rescuers are legally protected when aiding those in sudden cardiac arrest distress.

Select one of these six facts you were previously unaware of (and maybe shocked you!) or you wished more people knew about (if you already knew about all of these facts) and submit either a short essay or video which answers the following prompt:

For your chosen fact, address each of the following points:

  • Tell us which fact you’re choosing, starting with “I didn’t know that…” or “I wish more people knew…”
  • Recount your reaction to learning the fact
  • Give us an example of how you might spread awareness at your school or in your community (and please be more creative than making posters)

Guidelines:

  • Submissions may be written or in video format. Written submissions must be kept under 500 words and videos must be under 3 minutes.
  • If sending by email, make sure to use the following document naming format: LastName_FirstName_Fact#
  • The deadline for all submissions is November 30, 2017. The next submission deadline will be May 31, 2018.
  • To submit your essay or video, please submit our Scholarship Application Form. You can also email an attachment to scholarship@aedsuperstore.com with your name and the name of the college you’re attending. If you are unsure of which college you might be attending, please indicate this with TBD.
  • Winner will be selected and notified by January 1, 2018. We have reviewed all of the submissions received during our last scholarship period (which ended May 31, 2017) and our winner has been announced: read about our last winner here!

To be eligible, you must be a legal resident of the U.S. You must be either a college-bound high school senior or a student currently enrolled in an accredited university.

Please be aware that by submitting an essay or video, you are granting AED Superstore an unlimited license to use your submission in whole or in part as we see fit, and relinquishing any copyright to your submission. If you do not agree with this, do not apply for the AED Superstore Scholarship.

Scholarship checks will be made co-payable to the selected student and the university of his/her choice unless otherwise noted.