Inside Financial Aid & Scholarships at Northwest High School

Quick Link to: Scholarship Resources specific to Northwest HS Students updated 02/15/2024 |
General Scholarship Resources | Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Resources |
Scholarship Application Links | Financial Aid Resources
(incl. new videos to help with FAFSA completion) |

 

NEW!  FAFSA in Spanish!  Thursday, April 4th from 6-7pm.  Priscyla Aguilar-Villatoro from Montgomery College will be presenting information via Zoom, to our Hispanic families about FASFA, application process, how to apply, and much more.  Zoom link | Meeting Passcode: 003403

| Post 29 February 2024 |

NEW SCHOLARSHIP:  The NORTHWEST PTSA and BOOSTER CLUB SCHOLARSHIPThe Northwest PTSA and Booster Club will each award ONE $1000 grant and TWO $500 grants for graduating SENIORS attending a two- or 4-year college or university or other post-secondary program.  The deadline for application is April 21, 2024.

| Post 26 February 2024 |

REMINDER:  SAVE THE DATE.  April 17, 2024 at 6:30 pm.  Virtual.  Class of 2024 Financial Aid Information Night - After the FAFSA. Click HERE to Register | Post 9 February 2024 |

REMINDER: FINANCIAL AID Workshops Outreach offered by the Montgomery College Office of Student Financial Aid and the Educational Opportunity Center.  Registration is required. Details on the events listed below are available via the registration link.| Posted 20 October 2023 |

REMINDER: EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY CENTER SERVICES include assistance with financial aid applications.  The Educational Opportunity Center program is sponsored by a TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Post-secondary Education and Montgomery College.  Visit their website to schedule an appointment (virtual, in-person and by email).

 

Financial Aid (FAFSA) - The CSS Profile  - MHEC OneApp & Dates To Remember:

Updates on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Click on the link to learn more. 

 

The CSS Profile:

The CSS Profile may need to be completed for institutional aid consideration. The CSS Profile is a College Board financial aid application and is not required by all colleges.  There is a cost to complete the CSS Profile.  Deadlines may vary.

RESOURCES FOR COMPLETING THE CSS PROFILE:

 

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC):

NEW The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) has extended the priority deadline to submit the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the MHEC One-App for undocumented students from March 15 to May 15, 2024.  Students who complete and submit their FAFSA or MHEC One-App by the priority deadline are included in the initial round of awards in June of 2024.

NEED MONEY TO GO TO COLLEGE?  USE THE NEW MHEC ONE-APP: The Maryland Higher Educatoin Commission has announced a new financial aid application to help streamline the financial aid process to apply for Maryland scholarships and grants.  Through the new MHEC One-App, students who attend a college, university, or a career/trade school between July 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025 may now apply for all of the financial aid programs offered by the state using one platform.

To get started, students are encouraged to log into or create their Maryland College Aid Processing System account, known as their MDCAPS account.  A current and frequently used email is required to ensure successful communication between the student and the agency - all notifications go through email!  

This includes undocumented students who are eligible for in-state tuition and replaces the Maryland State Financial Aid Application, known as MSFAA, with the new application, also located in the Maryland College Aid Processing System. | Post 31 January 2024 |

 

Northwest Scholarship Resources:

Northwest High School Scholarship Resource (PDF format)

The JAG Scholarships 'Apply Now' Bulletin:  This bulletin includes financial aid resources and will be updated as scholarship opportunities become available.  | Publication date:  1 March 2024

Published weekly, this bulletin summarizes scholarship opportunities that are currently available to Northwest High School students.  The 'Apply Now' Bulletin is available to download using the link provided above.  Included in this publication are the links to the scholarship application, eligibility criteria and deadlines to apply.  The scholarship opportunities are listed by the scholarship application deadline to apply date.

The JAG Scholarships 'Apply Later' Forecast Bulletin:  Published one-time only at the beginning of each school year.  The Forecast Bulletin lists all scholarships available to students at Northwest High School based on the prior year.  Included in this publication will be the criteria for applying, links to scholarship funder web sites and the general time line for availability and application.  The Forecast Bulletin is available to  download using the link provided above.  The Forecast Bulletin lists the scholarship alphabetically by the scholarship name.

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Scholarship Application Links:

If the JAG Scholarship 'Apply Now' Bulletin directs you to this web page for the application, download the application using the link provided below.

Scholarship Transcript Requests: Scholarship Transcript Request Processing Form 

The list below is reflects only NEW scholarships posted and REMINDERS for deadlines approaching. A complete list of ALL scholarship opportunities that have been made available to Northwest students can be found in the JAG Scholarship 'Apply Now' Bulletin, including criteria, ONLINE links to applications, and eligibility.  New scholarship information is posted in the order it is received.  Reminder post dates refer to the original post date in the JAG Scholarship 'Apply Now' Bulletin.

NEW SCHOLARSHIP POSTS | MARCH SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES

NEW  SCHOLARSHIP:  THE LILLIE SCOTT GROOMS FUND FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE SCIENCES BLACK PHYSICIANS AND HEALTHCARE NETWORK (BPHN) SCHOLARSHIPApplicants must be African American/ Black High School SENIORS and residents of Montgomery County who have been accepted to a college, university, or vocational school.  Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree or a certification in a healthcare related field. High School seniors who will be the first in their family to pursue a degree or certification in a healthcare related field are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  MAY 15 | Post 1 March 2024 |

NEW  SCHOLARSHIP:  DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC., Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter ScholarshipSENIORS.  Must reside in Montgomery County.  This year we will be awarding multiple scholarships to Montgomery County, MD seniors. Multiple awards.  Amounts vary with award. Minimum GPA 2.5 required.  Scholarships will be awarded based on the following criteria:  community service, academic achievement, essay, and financial need. DEADLINE TO APPLY:  APRIL 7 | Post 28 February 2024 |

NEW  SCHOLARSHIP:  MINDS IN MOTION SCHOLAR-ATHLETE SCHOLARSHIP.  SENIORS. $1,000 award. Applicants must have a minimum 3.25 unweighted GPA and have participated in interscholastic athletic activities sponsored by MPSSAA during the high school career. DEADLINE TO APPLY:  APRIL 5  | Post 27 February 2024 | 

NEW SCHOLARSHIP:  DC AREA PHI BETA KAPPA ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP.  SENIORS. $1,000 award.  Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and display an interest in the liberal arts and sciences, love of learning, and civic responsibility.  Questions should be directed to awards@dcpbk.org. DEADLINE TO APPLY:  APRIL 6; 11:59 pm  | Post 27 February 2024 |

NEW SCHOLARSHIP:  The NORTHWEST PTSA and BOOSTER CLUB SCHOLARSHIP.  The Northwest PTSA and Booster Club will each award ONE $1000 grant and TWO $500 grants for graduating SENIORS attending a two- or 4-year college or university or other post-secondary program.  In order to qualify for the NWHS PTSA and/or NWHS Booster Club Scholarships you must meet the requirements listed below:

  • Be a graduating Senior from Northwest High School, Class of 2024
  • Have received a letter of acceptance and plan to attend a two- or four-year college or university or other post-secondary program/training
  • Have completed a minimum of 100 SSL hours for PTSA scholarship; a minimum of 75 SSL hours for Booster Club scholarship
  • Submit a 300- to 500-word essay based on the prompts in the application. If you are applying to both the PTSA and the Booster Club Scholarship, two essays are required.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  APRIL 21 | Post 8 December 2023 |

NEW SCHOLARSHIP:   THE ASIAN PACIFIC COMMUNITY FUND SCHOLARSHIP (APCF)SENIORS. APCF is excited to partner with local donors to offer scholarship programs annually to financially assist students in their pursuit of higher education. Through a competitive process, scholarship recipients are selected by a review committee based on academic merits, community involvement, leadership skills as well as recommendation from a mentor. Many of our scholarship programs are intended to support low-income youth, and several programs encourage students to study locally at a community college or state university. Multiple scholarships are available.  DEADLINE TO APPLY:  APRIL 15  | Post 26 February 2024 |

NEW SCHOLARSHIP:  METROPOLITAN KAPPA YOUTH FOUNDATION (MKYF) Lawrence Hamm, Sr. Scholarship Program.  Available to Montgomery County high school SENIORS.  Multiple scholarship opportunities with varying criteria.  Average award $1,500.  DEADLINE TO APPLY:  APRIL 1  | Post 26 February 2024 |

REMINDERS for upcoming MARCH deadlines (in deadline date order):

SCHOLARSHIP REMINDER:  Team DC Student-Athlete Scholarship.  Available to self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) high school SENIOR student-athletes.  Awards up to $2,000 to offset the cost of educational expenses. Scholarships are awarded to self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) student-athletes who have contributed to the sport in which they participate and enhanced the perception of the LGBT community as a result of their contributions and involvement.  Applicants must plan to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university.Candidates must demonstrate dedication to both academic and athletic excellence as well as show promise as an LGBTQ+ role model. DEADLINE TO APPLY:  MARCH 1| Post 11 January 2024 |

SCHOLARSHIP REMINDER:  MASONIC CHARITIES SCHOLARSHIP Pentalpha Lodge #194 .  Awards range from $100 to $5,000.  Available to SENIORS who are US citizens or Permanent residents. Application includes the official high school transcript, recommendations and essay.  DEADLINE TO APPLY:  MARCH 1 | Post 7 February 2024 |

SCHOLARSHIP REMINDER: Ivy Vine Charities Scholarship.  Available to Montgomery County (MD) high school SENIORS.  GPA of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale required. Applicants must plan to attend a four year university of college, or a community college.  Official transcript required along with a written essay (topic specific).  Additional requirements are noted on the scholarship application which can be downloaded HERE. DEADLINE TO APPLY:  MARCH 2 | Post 31 January 2024 |

SCHOLARSHIP REMINDER: The Alpha Wives Club of Montgomery County HBCU Scholarship.  Available to Montgomery County Public Schools SENIORS who plan to attend an HBCU full time in the fall of 2024.  DEADLINE TO APPLY:  MARCH 4 | Post 9 January 2024 |

Scholarship criteria:

  • Be a US Citizen
  • Have a weighted, cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or above on a 4.0 scale documented on an official transcript
  • Will attend a Historically Black College or University (HBCU)
  • Students must provide evidence of Student Service Learning (SSL) hours
  • Students should list participation in school activities academics, sports, clubs, student government, etc. and community involvement

SCHOLARSHIP REMINDER: @MICROSOFT.  Multiple scholarships are available with varying criteria.  High school SENIORS. Awards vary with each scholarship.  General GPA requirements are 3.0+.   HOLA Scholarship Program | High School Internship Program | Careers at Microsoft | Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship | Microsoft Disability Scholarship | Women at Microsoft Scholarship |DEADLINE TO APPLY:  MARCH 13 | Post 2 February 2024 |

SCHOLARSHIP REMINDER :  ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY, INC., 2024 SCHOLARSHIP. Available to Montgomery County Public Schools SENIORS.  Must reside in Montgomery County.  $1,000 (amount may vary).  2.5 minimum GPA with community service and leadership qualities.  Merit based. DEADLINE TO APPLY:  MARCH 15 | Post 16 February 2024 |

SCHOLARSHIP REMINDER:  WOMEN’S BOARD (WB) SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. Available to SENIORS pursuing undergraduate degrees in the healthcare field, including the associate and bachelor’s degrees.  Awards range from $500 to $5,000.  DEADLINE TO APPLY:  MARCH 15 | Post 9 February 2024 |

SCHOLARSHIP REMINDER :  PAVE ESSAY CONTEST. JUNIORS & SENIORS.  Awards from  $1,000 to $2,500.  Visit https://pavecampaign.org/pave-essay-contest/ where you will find an online submission form. You can find further information on the contest rules and guidelines HERE. The PAVE Essay Contest encourages young people to contemplate a future with autonomous vehicles – and what the technology could mean for their communities. Eligible students will select an essay prompt and write an essay of 1,000 words or fewer. The authors of the top three essays will receive college scholarship awards. DEADLINE TO APPLY:  MARCH 15 | Post 7 February 2024 |

SCHOLARSHIP REMINDER:  DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, Montgomery County (MD) Alumnae Chapter 2024 Scholarship Program. SENIORS. Must reside in Montgomery County.  This year we will be awarding multiple scholarships to Montgomery County, MD seniors. Multiple awards.  Amounts vary with award. Minimum GPA 2.0 required.  Available for graduates planning to attend a two or four-year college or university, trade or vocational school.  Visit https://www.mcacdst.org/programs/scholarship-2/ for more information and to apply.  Please note: To be considered for a scholarship, a completed application must be uploaded using the following Jotform link: Submission Form.  DEADLINE TO APPLY:  MARCH 15 | Post 22 January 2024 |

SCHOLARSHIP REMINDER :  AFCEA STEM SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. SENIORS.  To apply for an AFCEA Washington, DC Chapter scholarship, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Resident within the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
  • High school senior or 2nd-year student in a two-year Community College.
  • Acceptance to a U.S. accredited college or university in a four-year, full-time STEM curriculum for computer science, engineering [all], mathematics, physics, chemistry, cybersecurity, and management information systems; and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I)-related fields of study including electrical, computer, chemical, aerospace, or systems engineering or electronics.
  • Winners of full tuition scholarships are not eligible.

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  MARCH 17 | Post 23 February 2024 |

SCHOLARSHIP REMINDER:  National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Scholarship: Available to Montgomery County Public Schools high school SENIORS. 3.0+ GPA required.  Applicants must have participated in extracurricular activities and must have participated in faith-based, religious-based or volunteer activities.  Application includes an essay.  Scholarship Information Sheet | Scholarship Application | Application packet (application form, student essay, and recommendation letters) must be sent to: Ms. Rebecca L. Gibson, Montgomery County Board of Education, Carver Educational Services Center, 15 West Gude Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850 or by email to Rebecca_Gibson@mcpsmd.org.  Questions about the scholarship process should be directed to MoCOScholarshipCommittee@hotmail.com DEADLINE TO APPLY:  MARCH 22 | Post 7 February 2024 |

SCHOLARSHIP REMINDER:  JOSHUA SNYDER MEMORIAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP:  Available to Northwest High School (Montgomery County, MD) SENIORS. Applicants must plan to attend a college (2 or 4-year), a university, vocational/trade school following graduation.  Financial need considered.  $2,500 awards (3).  DEADLINE TO APPLY:  MARCH 22 | Post 31 January 2024 |

REMEMBER:  A complete list of ALL scholarship opportunities that have been made available to Northwest students, including criteria, ONLINE links to applications, and eligibility, can be found in the JAG Scholarship 'Apply Now' Bulletin. 

 

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General Scholarship Resources:

Scholarship Resource:  HBCU College & Scholarship Resource Guide sponsored by Mt. Calvary Baptist Church

Scholarship Resource:  Know the names of your elected officials and legislative district when applying for state scholarships.  Find your district and the names of your elected officials at mdelect.net.

Scholarship Resource:  Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) website.

Scholarship Resource: United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarships presentation.

Scholarship Resource:  United Negro College Fund (UNCF) web site.  Scholarship opportunities for all high school students, including for those planning to attend a Historically Black College or University.

Scholarship Resource:  Montgomery College  Raptor Scholarship Series continues.  A conversation about Maryland State Programs.

Scholarship Resource:  Maryland State Scholarship webinar hosted by Mount St. Mary's University.  Click HERE to access the webinar on YouTube.

Scholarship Resource:  BigFuture Scholarship with CollegeBoard for the Class of 2023.  Become eligible by taking steps to plan for college.  Open to application until February 28, 2023.  Find out more...

Scholarship Resource:  ARMY ROTC Scholarships

Scholarship Resource:  The Howard P. Rawlings Program of Excellence Awards (Maryland Higher Education Commission):

  • Educational Assistance Grant (EA)
  • Guaranteed Access Grant (GA)
  • Maryland Community College Promise SCHOLARSHIP.  Are you planning to attend a community college in the state of Maryland? Do you plan to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) by March 1?  Learn more about the Promise Scholarship and important next steps.  Download the one-page Information Sheet here.

Scholarship Resource:  C. D. Motes, Jr. Incentive Awards Program (IAP) with the University of Maryland College Park and MCPS UMD Accepted Students.  If you are applying to UMD College Park and demonstrate qualities like leadership, being service oriented, committed to striving to be best and perseverance, you may want to learn more about IAP.  Learn more on the IAP website.  Click here to learn more about Becoming A Scholar. 

INCENTIVE AWARDS PROGRAM UPDATE: 1/31/2024.  Due to the late changes to the FAFSA, the UMD priority deadline has been extended until March 1 for FAFSA submission. This later deadline directly impacts us as we rely on FAFSA information (for fall admitted students only) to know who to invite to apply to IAP. We are concerned that many students will wait to submit the FAFSA and create an even narrower window in which to review applications and interview students. We are already working with a compressed timeline!

 

To get a jump start on the process, we invite your students to apply to the Incentive Awards Program now! Candidates who have already submitted the FAFSA should know whether or not they are Pell eligible. These students should definitely be directed to the application. It is "live" and can be accessed here using the password Cohort24, which is case sensitive. 

 

In order for students to move through the application, they must first enter the name and contact information of their recommender. For this year only, we will allow recommenders to use the same letter they submitted to UMD for admission. Please know that we would prefer a letter tailored to IAP as they are a key part of the application.

 

We will still formally invite students to apply as FAFSA information is shared with the Office of Student Financial Aid. There will be rolling due dates according to when they are invited. Interviews will take place in mid-late March and may overlap with your district's spring break. Award notifications will be made on April 1. | End of Update 1/31/2024 |

 

Scholarship Resource:  StudentScholarships.orgNewsletter includes multiple scholarship opportunities with deadlines through the end of the school year.  Click on the link for a list of current scholarships and links to applications. 

Scholarship Resource:  Scholarships for International Students.  A resource from BestColleges.com.

Scholarship Resource:  Immigrants Rising (undocumented) for Scholarships.  A National scholarship search engine.  

Scholarship Resource:  MCPS College Career Information Center Scholarship Updates for Students

 

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Financial Aid Information & Resources:

NEW! Maryland Higher Education Commission:  FAFSA Simplification

Financial Aid Resources:  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

NEW! Financial Aid Resources:  Video tutorials!  

Financial Aid Resource: NORTHWEST FINANCIAL AID WEBINAR for the Class of 2024. | Updated Post 10 October 2023 |

Financial Aid Resource: MyinTuition Cost Calculation.   A college cost estimator for specific colleges and universities. @ https://myintuition.org/quick-college-cost-estimator/. Posted 14 August 2023 |

Financial Aid Resource:  The CSS Profile may need to be completed for institutional aid consideration. The CSS Profile is a College Board financial aid application and is not required by all colleges.  There is a cost to complete the CSS Profile.  Deadlines may vary.  Use the link provided to access a list of colleges that require the CSS Profile.

Financial Aid ResourceMaryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) website and the websites for the colleges you are applying to for financial aid updates and deadlines.

Financial Aid Resource:  Help with FAFSA & MSFAA. TheTRiO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) provides Financial Aid assistance, online and in-person EOC can also provide financial aid award package(s) review.  To schedule an appointment or sign up for a workshop:

Financial Aid Resource:  StudentAid.gov Financial Aid Webinars for parents and students looking for assistance with the financial aid process.

Financial Aid Resource:  Resources and Toolkit supported by StudentAid.gov.  Select your resource platform and topic.

Financial Aid Resource:  Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Financial Aid Questions Answered!  FAFSA workshop/webinar on YouTubeThe workshop was facilitated by Ed Prep PLUS and Outreach Specialist, Mr. Isaiah Ellis, with the MHEC Office of Student Financial Aid.Questions around finances, as well as various family circumstances including citizenship, divorce/separation, and much more are covered.  Additionally, how to search for scholarships and additional (federal) grants is also discussed.

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