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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. Click here to read more about this opportunity!

Financial Aid


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!

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative Scholarship SVEC will award ten $1,000 scholarships to students whose parents/guardians are members/owners of SVEC. Check out the link for details.

Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Association of Electric Cooperatives Electric Scholarship Foundation If your family is a member of SVEC you are also able to apply for the regional co-op scholarship.

SunTrust Bank Scholarship 30 students will be chosen to win $500 in a sweepstakes format.

Maude E. Wallace Scholarship A $1,000 scholarship for Virginia students who plan on going to college in Virginia and exhibit financial need.

Ella G. Agnew Scholarship A $1,000 scholarship for Virginia students who plan on entering nursing or medical-related fields in Virginia schools and have financial need.

Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Scholarship

GRASP A comprehensive list of scholarships available specifically in Virginia

Updated Scholarships A list of scholarships created by Fort Defiance High School that is available to everyone that is updated monthly.

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

Barbizon Modeling and Acting Scholarship Program An opportunity to win $100,000 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.

Spokeo Connections Scholarship Write the best essay and you could win a $1,000 scholarships.

Weird Scholarships A website created by a current college student to help find unique scholarship opportunities.

Wendy's High School Heisman This national scholarship is open to students who excel in the school, as well as on the field/court, and in the community

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship This $1,000 scholarship recognizes high school seniors for their commitment to community service, academics, and leadership. 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.

VA Private Colleges A tuition grant for private colleges in Virginia

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

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