Scholarship Name Category Due Date Amount
HORATIO ALGER ASSN OF DISTINGUISHED AMERICANS National 10/25/2018 $6,000 to $25,000

To be eligible for the Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program, applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

  • high school graduation in spring/summer
  • demonstrated critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income)
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.0
  • involved in co-curricular and community service activities


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QUIT SMOKING National 10/31/2018 3 - $5,000

Sharpen up your pencils and let us know why you should be the one to win ECR’s $5,000 scholarship! We at ECR are passionate about smoking cessation and feel that it’s our duty to help prevent suffering and death caused by it around the globe. Show us that you share our vision and our sense of commitment toward this particular issue by writing a cessation-oriented essay and submitting it for consideration. We want to support your education so you could, in turn, help us fight the good fight and bring about a smoke-free world!

What we need from you is an essay between a 1,000 and 1,500 words that provides an answer to the following questions:

  • How is smoking hurting individuals and the society as a whole?
  • Society takes a much stricter stance on a lot of less harmful substances – why is smoking still largely off the radar of most governments?
  • How can we tackle the smoking epidemic? What would be our best course of action in the fight against smoking and why do you believe it would work
  • How do you imagine a smoke-free world and how does it differ from the world we live in today?
  • If you could offer current smokers one piece of advice, what would it be


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VFW - VOICE OF DEMOCRACY National 10/31/2018 Up to $30,000 top prize

Open to all students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in a public or private high school. 

Record your original 3-5 minute essay on an audio CD or a flash drive (one student per CD or flash drive).  All recordings must be in your own voice. No music, signing, poetry, or sound effects are allowed.  The body of the essay must not identify you in any way, although the recording and typed essay should be be labeled with your name, to show ownership. A local VFW Post representative will come to the school to pick up any applications on the due date.


One winner for every 15 entries from each Post advances to District and one District winner advances to the state (department) competition. State winners are invited to Washington DC where their essays compete in the finals competition.


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KOHL STUDENT EXCELLENCE State 11/4/2018 100 - $1,000


Applicants must be graduating high school students who intend to enroll in a postsecondary institution, which may be a public or nonpublic university, college, vocational/technical college, or certification program. Students who are residents of the State of Wisconsin, are in good standing, and who demonstrate probable success in postsecondary education are eligible to apply. This is a highly competitive scholarship. There are no limitations as to the number of applicants who can be considered from any one Wisconsin high school.

Application Process:

Eligible students may apply directly through the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation’s SmartSimple application portal. In order to provide all nominees an equal opportunity, they must follow all instructions in the application form. All applications must be submitted using the SmartSimple application process. Paper applications are not accepted.

The SmartSimple application portal can be accessed on the web here: 

Student’s applications will be evaluated on his or her leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. In addition, students will be evaluated on their ability to clearly articulate goals in each of four areas: future educational goals, personal life goals, community/society service goals, and career goals. Because this is a statewide award, application evaluators may not be fully familiar with a student’s school, community or area that a student is from, so students are encouraged to include information about their personal and school context so that a reader can understand the significance of his or her achievements.

Letters of Recommendation:

Each student applicant must also submit three letters of recommendation: One must come from a teacher (current or previous) with whom the student has worked during high school, one must come from someone outside the immediate school community who is not currently employed by the school district or a board member, and the third may come from any other source the student chooses (other than family members).

Letters may come from teachers, school counselors, principals or administrators, community members, coaches or advisors, family friends, employers, physicians or counselors, public servants, service organization leaders, members of religious communities, or university or college professors. Letters should enhance the student’s application by illustrating specific examples of the student’s skills and contributions, knowledge, or attributes emphasized in the application materials.

A submitted application is not considered complete until all three letters of recommendation have been submitted by the recommenders. An incomplete application will not be considered for an award.

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Criteria - // Kohl Student Excellence Application Guidelines Public Schools.pdf
ELKS - MOST VALUABLE STUDENT National 11/15/2018 2 - $750


  • 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.
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AMERICAN LEGION - ORATORICAL CONTEST National 12/15/2018 $600 - $18,000

"A constitutional speech contest"

The Oratorical Contest presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nations laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Young orators earn some of the most generous college scholarships available to high school students. Students begin competition at the Post level and progress through County, District, Regional, and State finals.  If needed, the local contest will take place in early January at the American Legion Headquarters in Portage.

* Participants eliminated from competition at the Regional level receive $600.
* Three Regional winners receive $1,000 and compete for the State title.
* State 2nd runner-up receives an additional $1,000.
* State 1st runner-up receives an additional $1,500.
* Department winner receives an additional $2,000.
The Department winner also competes for additional scholarship money at the National level in Indianapolis, Indiana.
* Every contestant that participates in the first round receives $1,500.
* Second round eliminations from competition receive an additional $1,500.
* National 2nd runner-up receives $14,000.
* National 1st runner-up receives $16,000.
* National winner receives $18,000.
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ENGINEERING FOUNDATION OF WISCONSIN State 12/17/2018 Up to 12 - $2,000 each

Scholarships are available to graduating seniors who plan to study engineering.  In addition to the state's scholarship program, several local chapters of the WSPE organization throughout the state also award scholarship to students in their area.  They will be using the same application form for their selection and awards.

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OPPU ACHIEVERS National 12/31/2018 $2,500

To apply, OppU Achievers Scholarship provides $2,500 to high-achieving students for tuition costs.  Submit a short response at  The scholarship is awarded four times a year, with submission deadlines on September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30.  To be eligible, students must be a U.S. Citizen and have a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

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VANDOMIAN FOR WOMEN National 1/5/2019 $1,000

At Vandômian we believe in women, in their power and strength, in their ability to change the world. We showcase the very best work from many female designers and jewelry artists. We want women wearing our pieces to make the most out of their days, feeling confident, feminine and powerful.

As a successful female owned business, we want to reach out to undergraduate women who may want to start businesses, become designers, artists and leaders and further their dreams by offering a scholarship award of $1,000 to the student who can best present and explore female empowerment in a well written essay.


  1. All applicants must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled, as a full-time student at an accredited college or university for the semester they are applying to receive the scholarship.
  2. Applicants must identify as female.
  3. Applicants are not required to have a minimum GPA.
  4. Domestic, international, and undocumented students may apply.

Required Application Details

Please write a 1,000 to 1,500 word essay answering the following questions: 

  1. What is female empowerment to you.
  2. What things can we do every day to empower the women around us.
  3. Considering current events taking place that are affecting immigrant women, how can we work to empower them through difficult situations?

Please provide proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university. A transcript, tuition receipt, or acceptance letter will be accepted.



Application Deadline

All applications must be submitted by January 5, 2019. A winner will be selected and notified by January 20, 2019.

Additional Scholarship Details

Winning candidate will be selected by a panel of judges from Vandômian. Scholarship is available on a yearly basis and is non-renewable. Any questions about The Vandômian Scholarship can be directed to: The scholarship funds provided by Vandômian will be sent via check to the college or university. Funds are to be applied to qualified college expenses (including tuition, fees, books, and on-campus room and board) for the current academic year.

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Senior pursuing a career in the auto and truck industry.  Three types of scholarships:  automotive, diesel, and auto collision.

The Foundation of WATDA awards 70 to 90 scholarships per year to students attending Wisconsin Technical Colleges for:

*      Automotive

*      Diesel

*      Auto Collision

*      Motorcycle Technician

Tuition amounts vary and can be up to full tuition.  Average tuition awards are $3,000 ($750 per semester for four semesters).  Snap-on Tool sets may be awarded independently or in conjunction with tuition awards and have a retail value of $3,810.  Students that are not already working in the automotive industry can receive employment assistance.  The goal is to have all students working part-time while attending school to get on-the-job training and mentoring to enhance their education experience and graduate with a full-time job!



Go to: and click on the “apply Online” button.  Supporting documentation will still need to be sent in by e-mail, fax or mail.  See “full scholarship application information” on our website for application requirements.


High School Seniors and current technical college students that are in their first year of a two year program are encouraged to apply.


Supporting documentation may be received after the deadline if the application form itself has been submitted and the applicant has confirmed their intent to complete their application file. 


The instructor/employer scholarship evaluation form is a confidential on-line form!  Just click the button under the scholarship application button and submit your evaluation.

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AMERICAN LEGION - EAGLE SCOUT OF THE YEAR National 3/1/2019 $1,000 - $10,000

The Scout who best meets the qualifications outlined in the Nomination application will be selected as The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year by the Department Scouting Committee. Eligibility requirements and application for the Eagle Scout of the Year may be downloaded from



Scholarship Opportunities:

* Department Eagle Scout Scholarship - $1,000
* The Department Winner is also considered for additional scholarship money at the National level.
* National Eagle Scout of the Year Scholarship - $10,000
* Three Runner-Up scholarship - $2,500
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Three scholarships are awarded to students that best meet the criteria outlined in the application.  They must have participated in at least one American Legion sponsored activity and have family ties to a living relative that is currently a member of the American Legion or Auxiliary.  The application may also be a member of the American Legion, an SAL member or member of the Auxiliary.

The application is available as a fillable form online.  Eligibility requirements may be downloaded from


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AMERICAN LEGION - JR SHOOTING SPORTS State 3/1/2019 $250 - $1,000

Jr. Shooting Sports is a three part program that combines the Basic Marksmanship Course, Qualification Awards and Air Rifle Competition to athletes of any gender through the age of 18.  Annually, the Department  conducts a 3-position air rifle "postal" tournament in the "sporter" category.  A postal match is a match in which competitors' fire on their home ranges using targets which have been ordered from Headquarters.  Entry in either the individual or team postal match is limited to competitors who are active members of a Jr. Shooting Sports program that is run by a Post.


Scholarship Opportunities:

Postal Match - "Sporter" Senior category      1st Place       $1,000
Postal Match - "Sporter" Senior category      2nd Place         $750
Postal Match - "Sporter" Senior category      3rd Place          $250
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Applicants must be an individual member, son or daughter, or a legal ward of a family having current membership in an active club in Columbia County that is a member of the CCASC for at least two consecutive years prior membership. Applicant must be a member of the AWSC. He or she is further required to have passed the classroom Snowmobile Safety Course.

The CCASC Application includes: application, student activity profile, a six-semester transcript, and a 500-word typewritten essay on “What Snowmobiling Means to Me”.

Please submit five copies of the completed CCASC application to CCASC no later than March 31 to:

Columbia County Association of Snowmobile Clubs
c/o Alan Kaltenberg
N2236 Goose Pond Rd
Arlington, WI 53911
  • This Scholarship can only be awarded once per applicant.
  • Applications will be judged on neatness, accurate spelling, correct grammar, completeness, club, school, and community involvement, plus the knowledge of snowmobiling portrayed through the submitted essay.
  • All decision of the CCASC scholarship committee are final.
  • Scholarship check will be awarded at the August CCASC kick-off meeting with proof of school enrollment.


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LatamReady’s purpose is to bring the cloud-based management software, NetSuite, to Latin American and international businesses. Implementing this software into a business enhances the success of the company and its ability to exchange information, communicate and grow.  We are passionate about giving Latin American and international businesses the opportunity to flourish and meet their full potential by utilizing the cloud-based management software - NetSuite.  We understand that many students enthusiastic about technology or business are going to be the minds behind advancing business technology, and we’d love to hear from them.

Are you an undergraduate Latin-American student who has an interest in technology? We’d love to hear from you, and give you the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship towards your education! 


  • All applicants must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled, as a full-time student at an accredited college or university for the semester they are applying to receive the scholarship. 
  • Applicants are not required to have a minimum GPA. 
  • Domestic, international, and undocumented students may apply.
  • Students attending online universities are welcome to apply.
  • Students must be Latin-American.
  • Technology and computing interest desirable but not necessary to apply.

Required Application Details:

Please write a 1,000 to 1,500 word essay answering the following questions: 

  • Why is it important for businesses to have access to new technology?
  • How can businesses having access to new technology technology enhance the areas they are based?
  • Where do you predict cloud-based management software such as NetSuite advancing in the future?

Please submit proof of enrollment or an acceptance letter from an accredited school, college or university. We will accept a recent transcript, acceptance letter, or tuition bill. Please note if you are in the process of applying for colleges and universities, please indicate your current school and submit a document with the institution you have currently applied to. If you are selected for the scholarship, we will ask you to provide proof of enrollment from your college or university at that time. 

How to Apply

Please complete the form with the following information to apply: 

  • Full Name
  • Email Address
  • College or University Name
  • College or University Mailing Address
  • Proof of Enrollment - Transcripts, tuition receipt, or acceptance letter will be accepted. Please submit as .jpeg, .pdf, or .doc
  • Write and essay answering the above questions.  Please submit as .pdf or .doc
  • Confirmation and acceptance of terms and conditions.


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COLUMBIA CO PORK PARTNERS County 4/1/2019 2 - $350

Awarded to a high school senior who plans to enroll in agriculture or related field at UW Platteville, UW River Falls, UW Madison, Madison College, or any other accredited agricultural college. 

Criteria & Application - // Co. Pork Partners Scholarship Application upd.12.16.pdf
AMERICAN LEGION - AMERICANISM & GOVERNMENT State 4/12/2019 33 - $250 to $750

Students from Wisconsin in grades 10 - 12 take the online Americanism and Government Scholarship test during a two-week window from April 1-12, 2019.  This is a timed test and is available to all students that have access to the internet.  Students are tested on their knowledge of U.S. Government, Wisconsin Government, County Government, the Constitution and flag etiquette.  Students are also required to answer a 300-word essay question to qualify.

To access the test, students click on the link found on the website.  NOTE:  Test is only available during the time frame state above.

11 - $250 scholarships for 10th Grade students
11 - $300 scholarships for 11th Grade students
11 - $750 scholarships for 12th Grade students
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AMERICAN LEGION - BADGER BOYS STATE State 6/8/2019 $500 - $20,000

This unique week-long educational opportunity at Ripon College teaches high school boys the workings of the government structure and the principles of our great American heritage - justice, freedom, and democracy.  Every year, the Departments select two outstanding Boys State graduates to represent them at the American Legion Boys Nation held in Washington DC. It is here that they are introduced to the structure and function of the federal government.  



Scholarship opportunities are:

  • Keith Kreul Scholarship - $500
  • Clyde Knox Scholarship - $500
  • Badger Boys State Governor Scholarship - $1,000
  • Samsung Scholarship - $1,000
  • National Samsung Scholarship - $10,000
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AMERICAN LEGION - SAMSUNG State 6/8/2019 $1,000 - $20,000

The Samsung American Legion Scholarship Program” established a series of scholarships derived from interest and other income from the $5,000,000 principal amount. 


High school juniors who participate in and complete an American Legion Boys State Program and are a direct descendant, i.e. child, grandchild, great grandchild, etc. or a legally adopted child, of a U.S. wartime veteran who served on active duty during one or more of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion by the United States government: 

WW I -- April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918
WW II -- December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946
Korean War -- June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955
Vietnam War -- February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975
Lebanon and Grenada -- August 24, 1982 - July 31, 1984
Panama -- December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990
Persian Gulf War -- August 2, 1990 to cessation of hostilities as determined by the United States government. 

You can obtain a DD214 form (proves eligibility) through the attached Standard Form 180


Applications can be turned in at the Badger Boys State session. Applications are to be mailed to:

The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin
Attn: Samsung Scholarship
PO Box 388
Portage, WI 53901




The scholarship is for undergraduate study only and may be used for: tuition, books, fees, and room and board. The selection of the scholarship winners will be based, in part, upon the following criteria: academic record; involvement in school activities; involvement in community activities; community service; financial need and additional bonus points in the selection process will be awarded to descendants of U.S. veterans of the Korean War. 

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AMERICAN LEGION - BASEBALL National 7/15/2019 $500

American Legion Baseball enjoys a reputation as one of the most successful and tradition-rich amateur athletic leagues. The program registers more than 200 teams in Wisconsin with over 3,000 athletes participating. Wisconsin baseball is the only state that has 5 leagues - Class AAA, AA, A, 17U, and 16U - and ranks 4th highest in the Nation in the number of participating teams and ball players.


Department Baseball Scholarship (match) - $500
National Baseball Scholarship - $500
The department winner is also considered for additional scholarship money at the national level:
American Legion All-Academic Team (8) - $2,500
All-Academic Team Captain (1) - $5,000


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