Non-Institutional Scholarships

Non-Institutional Scholarships are sponsored by a variety of organizations, and a limited number of applications are sent along with the scholarship posting. Students must follow the instructions and meet application deadlines noted in the scholarship profiles.

OCC does not assist in the development of the scholarship criteria nor participate in the screening and/or selection of the scholarship recipient(s) except as prescribed by the scholarship sponsors. OCC also does not approve/disapprove/endorse the scholarship organizations and provides the scholarship information as a public service.

Scholarships

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship See Website
Michigan Schools & Government Credit Union Scholarships See Website
The Uncommon Goods Fall 2020 Scholarship See Website
The Responsify Empowering Others Scholarship 2020 October 5th Annually
Cpt. James Ahn Special Forces Memorial Scholarship See Website
Vietnam War Veteran Descendants Scholarships See Website
Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship See Website
The H&P Veterans helping Veterans Scholarships See Website
University of Michigan Community College Transfer Scholarship See Website
Drug Lawsuit Source College Scholarship See Website
Single Parent Student Scholarship See Website
Tuition Funding Sources See Website
EduBirdie - List of African American Scholarships for 2021 See Website
Fastweb.com See Website
Lake Michigan Credit Union January 31st Annually
Hallie Gay Walden Bagley Scholarship See Website
American Muscle's Student Scholarship See Website
American Truck Student Scholarship See Website
SME Education Foundation Student Scholarships See Website
Association For Career & Technical Education See Website
La Jolla Mom Communications Scholarship April 1, 2022
The Nancy Etz Scholarship See Website
What Will Be Your Trademark? June 15th, annually
The Textbook Nova Scholarship September 1, 2022

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly selective program for the nation’s top community college students with financial need who aim to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year institutions.  Cooke Scholars work with a Cooke educational adviser who helps them navigate their transition to a new campus and connect them to mentors and other resources.  

Programming support includes:

  • Personal Advising about selecting a college and understanding financial aid.
  • Up to $55,000.00 per year for two to three years to complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Guidance with seeking internships, including stipends offered for unpaid opportunities.
  • Networking with the Thriving community of Cooke Scholars and Alumni.
  • The opportunity to apply for a graduate school scholarship awarding up to $150,000.00

Visit The Jack Kent Cook Foundation for more information


Michigan Schools & Government Credit Union Scholarships

MSGCU – We believe in the power of education and we’re proud to offer more than $100,000 in scholarships annually.

 Educational Solutions Scholarship -  Designed for high school seniors who have proven that they have what it takes to succeed in college. Eighteen $2,500 awards are offered.

 Rudolph Heino High School Scholarship - Designed for high school seniors headed to college who have demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to serving others. Five $2,500 awards are offered.

Larry Swantek Educational Studies Scholarship - Designed for college students studying education or high school seniors with plans to study education in college. Four $2,500 awards are offered. 

Milo Perreault Educator Advantage Scholarship - Designed for teachers and school administrators to help cover the costs of continuing education. Four $2,500 awards are offered. 

William Cayen Skilled Trades Scholarship - Designed for students enrolled in a skilled trades certificate program in Macomb, Oakland, or Wayne County and pursuing a career such as machinist, mechanic, welder, electrician, plumber or other industrial and advanced technology trades. Four $2,500 awards are offered.

Stephen Thomas First Responder Scholarships 

Classroom Cash Grants 

Learn More About Other MSGCU Scholarships and Grants.


The Uncommon Goods Fall 2020 Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000

Visit Uncommon Goods for details and application.


The Responsify Empowering Others Scholarship 2020

Award Amount: $1,000

Visit Responsify for details and application.


Cpt. James Ahn Special Forces Memorial Scholarship

Named in honor of Captain James Ahn who died in a tragic parachuting accident while with his unit in Washington State in 2015. Visit the Cpt. James Ahn Special Forces Memorial Scholarship site. This annual scholarship provides sponsoring for a student who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces and is now a full-time student. The award is for $1000.


Vietnam War Veteran Descendants Scholarships

Students have until March to apply for a scholarship that is available to descendants of Vietnam War veterans.

Detroit Chapter #9 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, through a $250,000 endowment managed by the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, established the scholarship program last year.

The scholarship is for post-secondary students between the ages of 16 and 30 who are the natural or adopted direct lineal descendant of a qualifying Vietnam veteran. Priority will be given to descendants of Vietnam veterans who were or are members of the VVAA#9 in good standing for five years.

To learn about the scholarship, go to Community Foundation and to apply visit Community Foundation for South East Michigan.


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.
  • Must submit around 1,000 word essay on any subject related to digital marketing or search engine optimization.
  • 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.

Visit the U.S. Department of Affairs for more information.

How to apply:
Go to VA's website 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,
Toll-free 1-(888) GIBILL-1


The H&P Veterans helping Veterans Scholarships

Hill & Ponton is pleased to be supporting veterans as they further their education and enter a career field that would, in turn, help other veterans. Each year, four scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to the strongest candidates. To apply, visit Hill & Ponton Veteran's Scholarships.

Application Deadlines: May 1st and November 1st.
Awards will be announced June 15th and December 15th.


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. 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. 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 beginning Oct. 1. Be sure to list CSS Code 1839 so that a record will be sent to U-M.

Drug Lawsuit Source College Scholarship

To help driven students reach their educational goals, Drug Lawsuit Source is offering one scholarship in

The amount of $1,000.00. The scholarship will be awarded to the student who best exemplifies determination and perseverance to succeed in their academic endeavors.

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2021. The scholarship will be awarded November 1, 2022.

Visit Drug Lawsuit Source Scholarship to apply.


Single Parent Student Scholarship

To help single parents reach their educational goals, Drug Lawsuit Source is offering one single parent scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00.

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2021. The scholarship will be awarded on November 1, 2022.

Visit Single Parent Scholarships for Moms & Dads to apply.


Tuition Funding Sources

Award amount: see website for details

Tuition Funding Sources is a scholarship database

Visit Tuition Funding Sources for access to their scholarship database


EduBirdie: List of African American Scholarships for 2021

Collected scholarships and grants for African American students


Lake Michigan Credit Union

Enter to Win a $2,000 Scholarship.  Describe one day in your life from the past year.

For more Information, visit the Lake Michigan Credit Union scholarship site.  

Deadline for entries 1/31/2022.


Fastweb

Award amount: see website for details

Fastweb is a scholarship database

Visit Fastweb for access to their scholarship database


Hallie Gay Walden Bagley Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000

Eligibility:

  • Applicant is a high school senior that has already been accepted into a U.S. college or university.
  • Is a current college or university student.
  • Submit a short essay of no more than 500 words.

Visit Hallie Gay Walden Bagley Scholarship for application and information.

Application deadline: November 1, 2020


American Muscle's Student Scholarship

Award Amount: Two scholarships of $2,500 each

Eligibility:

  • Pursuing automotive themed major
  • High school seniors who are pursuing post-secondary education
  • Those students who have exceptional drive and ambition should submit a 700-1500 word essay - telling who you are and how you plan on using your automotive education to incite positive change and innovation within the custom car industry.

Visit American Muscle Scholarship  for more information and application.

Application deadline: October 15th for all spring applicants and by July 15th for fall applicants


American Trucks Student Scholarships Program

Award Amount: Two scholarships of $2,500 each

Eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled full-time in an accredited United States technical institute, 2/4 year college/university with program in construction management, secondary votech school or tuition bearing apprenticeship program in the traditional trades (e.g. carpentry, HVACC, electrical or related fields of study). Students pursuing certificate programs or apprenticeship programs are welcome to apply. or
  • Currently attending high school and will be attending an accredited school in the next academic year to one of the aforementioned programs.

Visit American Trucks for more information and application.

Application deadline: October 15th for all spring applicants and by July 15th for fall applicants.


SMEE Education Foundation Student Scholarships

As the philanthropic arm of SME, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization serving the manufacturing industry, the SME Education Foundation inspires, prepares and supports the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent.

The SME Education Foundation supports students by annually awarding millions of dollars in scholarships to graduating high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students pursuing two-year, four-year or advanced degrees in manufacturing or engineering degree programs.

Minimum Qualifying Criteria

Must be a permanent resident or citizen of the United States or Canada

Must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Must be on a path toward an associate’s, bachelor’s or graduate degree in manufacturing engineering technology, or a closely related field at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.

For more information visit, SME Education Foundation.


Association For Career & Technical Education

This resource is designed to support career and technical education professionals and their students to seek support for their CTE programs and for funding assistance for tuition to pursue postsecondary CTE studies. Check back frequently as new programs are announced routinely.

For more information visit Associate for Career & Technical Education Scholarships.


LaJolla Mom Communications Scholarship
Award Amount: $1,000

Requirement:

Submit short essay (maximum 1000 words) why interested in pursuing a career in the communications field, why you are the best candidate for this opportunity, and
how you will use the scholarship including online application form. For more information and application visit LaJolla Mom Communications Scholarship.


The Nancy Etz Scholarship

To support and encourage students pursuing higher education, Nancy Etz awards this annual scholarship to those currently enrolled as full-time undergraduate or graduate students in the U.S. The Nancy Etz Academic Scholarship was created to recognize an outstanding student and provide them the resources needed to advance in their disciplines and eventually pursue their dream careers.

Nancy Etz Scholarship


What Will Be Your Trademark?

Mandour law Scholarship:

Award: $2,500 awarded to you to be applied to the winning student’s education fees
Deadline: June 15th, annually
Requirements: A written piece (max 500-words) and a resume.
Eligibility: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Terms: The scholarship is non-renewable. We pay you directly via check, students that apply retain rights to their work. Applying students’ details are not shared or used for any marketing purposes. We do not keep applications on file once a winner is paid.

For more information visit, Mandour & Associates Scholarships Contest.


The Textbook Nova Scholarship

We are excited to announce our company’s annual $1000 scholarship, which is available to all current and incoming college students of any major who answers one of the essay questions from the list of subjects on our website.

To enter, applicants are to complete an entry form which will ask students to provide their name, email address, college or university along with institution’s mailing address, proof of enrollment status, intended major, and a phone number to be reached at if they are selected to win the scholarship.  The deadline for submissions is September 1st, 2022.  The winner will be notified individually and announced on or around September 10th 2022.

For more information visit the Textbook Nova Scholarship.


Updated 2/2/2022