Oakland Community College
Resources & Scholarships

Non-Institutional Scholarships Currently Available

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Student Disability Scholarship April 1, 2015
Future First Nursing Scholarship August 14, 2015
Lapeer County Community Foundation Scholarships 2015-2016 see website
Life Lessons Scholarship Program March 2, 2015
Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship see website
Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship April 1, 2015
Michigan Retailers Association 2015-2016 Scholarship April 1, 2015
Parkside Credit Union Scholarship April 1, 2015
University of Michigan Community College Transfer Scholarship see website
Zonta Club of Lapeer March 13, 2015

Scholarship Name: Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Student Disability Scholarship

Award Amount:   $1,000

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., Student Disability Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is available to students with any type of disability, including but not limited to physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental and psychiatric conditions, speech and language, learning disabilities, behavioral conditions, and all other conditions.  All students are encouraged to apply, even if they are not sure if they meet the disability criteria.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen enrolled at an accredited college or university within the United States.

  • Must have a disability diagnosis from any person qualified to make a diagnosis.

  • Must exhibit academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA.

  • Must have completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited college or university.

  • Preference given to student taking at least one math or science course.

Apply at:  http://www.buckfirelaw.com/library/disability-scholarship.cfm



Application deadline:    April 1, 2015 



Scholarship Name: Future First Nursing Scholarship

Award Amount:   $500

Best Online RN to BSN Program will award one $500 scholarship to a qualified college student.



  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of award.

  • Applicants must be enrolled in an RN nursing degree program with an accredited nursing school.

Apply at:  http://bestonlinerntobsnprogram.com/NursingScholarship.html



Application deadline:    August 14, 2015 



Scholarship Name: Lapeer County Community Foundation Scholarships 2015-2016

Award Amount:   varies

The Lapeer County Community Foundation is dedicated to attracting and managing permanently endowed funds in order to strengthen the community's quality of life.


To access applications and instructions for the Lapeer County Community Foundation scholarships, visit the website:




Application deadline:    see website for details



Scholarship Name: Life Lessons Scholarship Program

Award Amount:   up to $15,000

The non-profit Life Happens announces the Life Lessons Scholarship Program to benefit students who have suffered the death of a parent or guardian.


How to enter:

  • Submit an essay (500 words max) or video (3 minutes max) describing how the death of your parent or guardian affected your life emotionally and financially. 
  • The essay or video should explain how the lack of adequate life insurance (or no coverage at all) impacted your family's finances and the ability to fund college costs.

Go to www.lifehappens.org/lifelessons for eligibility information and to complete and submit the online application form, including the essay or video.  Applications will be accepted online from February 2 to March 2, 2015.



Application deadline:    March 2, 2015


Scholarship Name: 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:

  • Full tuition and fees paid directly to the school for all public school in-state students.  For those attending private or foreign schools, benefits are capped at a statutory minimum amount per academic year.

  • A monthly housing allowance

  • A stipend for books and supplies

Who is eligible?  Children of active duty members of the Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible for this benefit.  A child may be married or over the age of 23 and still be eligible.


Eligible children:

  • Are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level
  • May use the benefit until his or her 33rd birthday
  • Are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program

Rules for eligible children serving, or who have served, in the Armed Forces:

  • If the child is eligible under the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty, Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve, and/or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), he or she must relinquish eligibility under one of those programs to receive benefits under Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • A child's character of discharge from his or her own service does not impact eligibility resulting from the line of duty death of a parent.
  • A child on active duty will receive benefits at the active duty benefit rate.
  • A child may qualify for up to 36 months of benefits under the Fry Scholarship Program, and possibly another 36 months of benefits of the Post 9/11 GI Bill based on their own service.  An individual may also receive additional entitlement if another parent transfers entitlement to the individual.

Children who have used or wish to use entitlement under Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA):

  • If a child is eligible for the Fry Scholarship, he or she may be eligible for VA's Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA).  Although the benefits cannot be used at the same time, a child may be eligible for up to 48 months of benefits between the two programs. 

Find out more about DEA at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp


How to apply:

Go to VA's website, http://benefits.va.gov/gibill and click on "Apply for Benefits."  Paper versions of the form (VA Form 22-5490) may also be printed.  A parent or guardian must sign the application if the child is under age 18.

For more information, call toll-free 1-888-GIBILL-1 or visit the website at http://benefits.va.gov/gibill




Scholarship Name: Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship

Award Amount:   varies

The Fred & Lean Meijer Scholarship is a private scholarship fund for children of Meijer Team Members, as well as Meijer Team Members.  The scholarship is for undergraduate students at an educational institution or training school within the United States.  Scholarship awards are determined by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, a non-profit agency.  To be considered for an award, the application form must be completed and submitted online by 5:00 p.m. April 1, 2015.


Eligibility:  for the year for which the application is being submitted, the applicant must be: 

  1. A current Meijer Team Member who has been employed full-time or part-time by Meijer, with at least one year of continuous service on the application deadline date and will attend college/university or technical school either part-time or full-time, or

  2. A dependent child (natural, legally adopted, or step-child) of a current Meijer Team Member who has been employed full-time or part-time by Meijer, with at least one year continuous service on the application deadline date who will attend college/university or technical school full-time, or

  3. A dependent child of a former Meijer Team Member who worked full-time or part-time for Meijer for at least one year, but whose employment was terminated due to death, retirement, or total and permanent disability, who will attend college/university or technical school full-time.

The scholarship cannot be used to complete a graduate-level program.  Children of Meijer company officers, board of directors, or shareholders are not eligible for a scholarship.


For application and information, visit:  https://meijerscholarship.egrant.net


Application deadline:    April 1, 2015



Scholarship Name: Michigan Retailers Association 2015-2016 Scholarship

Award Amount:   $1,000

Eligibility:  To be eligible, the student or his/her parent must be employed at a business that is a member of Michigan Retailers Association.  If you need to verify MRA member status, please call Michigan Retailers at 800.366.3699. 


Apply online at www.retailers.com

(access code = MIRA)


Application deadline:    April 1, 2015


Scholarship Name: Parkside Credit Union Scholarship

Award Amount:   $1,000

Parkside Credit Union is offering three (3) $1,000 scholarships to be used for tuition, fees, and books.


Eligibility:  This scholarship seeks to recognize and reward those who demonstrate the following:

  • Has achieved a GPA of at least 2.0.
  • Has been accepted into or is currently attending an accredited institution, community college, trade school, vocational school, or university.
  • Has described in an essay (150-200 words) their educational and career goals.

Documentation requirements:

  • Complete essay - Do NOT include your name IN or ON the essay.
  • Complete application form.
  • For high school applicants:  letter of acceptance from an accredited institution, community college, trade school, vocational school, or university.
  • High school or college transcript.
  • List of community and/or school-related involvement.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from influencing adults (teacher, coach, counselor, community leader, employer, or school staff members - may not be a relative of the applicant).

Submit required documentation to:

Parkside Credit Union

Attn:  Scholarship Committee

36525 Plymouth Rd.

Livonia, MI  48150


Late applications will not be accepted.  Incomplete applications will be disqualified.  Scholarships will be paid directly to the institution.  Parkside employees, officials, and their family members are ineligible.  Scholarships will be awarded by July 31, 2015.

Access the application at:    www.parksidecu.org


Application deadline:    April 1, 2015


Scholarship Name: University of Michigan Community College Transfer Scholarships

Award Amount:   varies

The University of Michigan Community College Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving Michigan community college transfer students entering the University of Michigan.


Eligibility:  Students must have significant experience attending a Michigan community college up to and including an associate degree. 

To be considered for a University of Michigan Community College Transfer Scholarship a student must:

  • Be accepted for admission and enrolled full-time at the University of Michigan.
  • Apply for financial aid.  Visit online at www.finaid.umich.edu/Transfer for details specific to transfer students.  Follow these steps to apply:
    • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the federal processor.  The FAFSA is available on the web beginning Jan. 1 at www.fafsa.gov.  Be sure to list Federal Code 002325 so that a copy will be sent to U-M.
    • Complete and submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE application.  The profile is available at http://profileonline.collegeboard.org beginning Oct. 1.  Be sure to list CSS Code 1839 so that a record will be sent to U-M.

For more information:  contact Kendall Flowers at 734-736-4119 or klwest@umich.edu



Scholarship Name: Zonta Club of Lapeer Scholarship

Award Amount:   varies

The Zonta Club of Lapeer Area, a service club of executive women in business and the professions is offering scholarships to eligible women who are Lapeer County residents and require assistance in furthering their career goals.  Scholarships may be used for a variety of expenses related to continuing education, including tuition, child care, and transportation costs.


General Education Scholarships:  These scholarships are available to women aged 21 years and older who demonstrate an established ability to be successful in a post-secondary education program, but need financial assistance in order to complete that program and move into the workforce.

Kalyani Misra Health Care Scholarship:  This scholarship, established in memory of Zonta charter member Kalyani Misra, MD, is intended to support a woman who wishes to pursue a curriculum leading to employment in a field related to the medical care and treatment of human patients.  There is no age requirement. 


Application deadline:    March 13, 2015


an application for this scholarship can be mailed to you by calling 248.341.2181