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How are we going to pay for college?

General Financial Planning

Personal Finance Starter Guide

22 lessons on different aspects of personal finance that affect high school students

Virginia Individual Development Accounts (VIDA)

The Virginia Individual Development Accounts (VIDA) program is for individuals saving for a down payment on a home, business equipment and inventory or post-secondary education tuition payments. Eligible participants receive training, support and $2 in match funds for every $1 the participant saves, up to $4,000 in match. Read more about this opportunity on the VIDA website!

Financial Aid


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UNIGO: Directory of scholarships 

Fastweb: internships, scholarships, colleges and more

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge Over 30 scholarship endowments available to local students. The announcement of the scholarship details is in January. A website to explore scholarships and includes a list of those available to apply for now!

Pathways to Science STEM Scholarships Scholarships based on science, technology, engineering, and math. A list of national scholarships from big companies and their programs.

Dupont Community Credit Union Scholarship Dupont gives one scholarship to a local high school student for $1,000. See link for this year's topic!

Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Scholarship

GRASP A comprehensive list of scholarships available specifically in Virginia

America's Junior Miss Scholarship Program For college-bound high school girls. Several awards of varying amounts are available each year for female students participating in a number of contests.

B. Davis Scholarship A $1,000 scholarship, follow link to apply

Bank of America Scholarship For junior and senior high school students who are able to participate in an 8-week internship program in Washington, D.C. Dollar amount and number of awards varies.

Burger King Program A scholars program which offers scholarships from $1,000 - $50,000.

Coca-Cola Scholarships Over 1,400 students are supported every year, for a total of $3.5 million. The scholarship is worth $25,000 and multiple awards are given each year. Minimum GPA of 3.00.

Horatio Alger Association For students who have demonstrated integrity, perserverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, and a desire to contribute to society.

Elks National Foundation, Inc. Elks is offering the 2016 Most Valuable Student Contest. Follow the link for an application.

JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest High school students write an essay on a certain topic with a chance to win up to $10,000. See link for topic information and more.

LendEDU They are offering a $2,500 scholarship for college-bound students who answer the essay topic of, "How do you plan to avoid excess student loan debt?" See link for more details.

Weird Scholarships A website created by a current college student to help find unique scholarship opportunities. A website designed to match high school students with scholarships for which they might be eligible. Check the website frequently as new scholarships are added daily.

Prudential Spirit of the Community Award A scholarship for a “top youth volunteer” in grades 9 - 12. To be eligible, you must have been involved in a volunteer activity in the past year. There will be one winner of $1,000 from each state.

QuestBridge National College Match This program helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and scholarships to many colleges.

High Five Scholarships A variety of scholarships and practice ACT and SAT for high school students.

NAEHCY Scholarship Two scholarships worth $2,000 will be awarded to students who are homeless or who have been homeless during their K-12 career.

The Better Business Bureau's Student of Integrity Award BBB has awarded over $136,000 to 158 student through this scholarship!

West Shenandoah Ruritan Good Will Fellowship Scholarships- Shenandoah County students, speak with your counselors for more information.

National Society for the Gifted & Talented Offers a variety of scholarships to students with financial need

Allen Allen Allen & Allen - 15 Scholarships a year for $1,500.

Early Ace Scholarship - $7,000 scholarship for students interested in majoring in science, engineering, or business.

VBA Bank Day Scholarship Program - Students shadow a banker for a day and then write a scholarship reflecting on their experience with the possibility of winning one of thirteen scholarships of varying sizes.

Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Education Foundation - $1,000 scholarship awarded for students interested in the fields of natural resrouce conservation and environmental protection.

Waynesboro Players, 2018 Lillian Morse Scholarship - Scholarship for students intereseted in pursuing the performing arts in high education.

Ella G. Agnew Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for students interested in pursuing a career in nursing or in a field related to a medical profession.

Booker T Washington Alumni Association Scholarship - $2,000 scholarship across four years.

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