The first step in financial aid is to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible.  Whether it is  believed you will qualify or not, it is important to file as colleges use this as the first step in financial aid.  If you do not file, it is likely that the next step will not be reached and financial aid opportunities may be missed.  With few exceptions, most students will need parent tax information to file.  You will use your 2017 filed taxes.   If help is needed, college financial aid offices are great resources.  The FAFSA opens October 1, 2019.


Federal Deadline

Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2020.
Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 23, 2020.

College Deadline
Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about its definition of an application deadline - whether it is the date the college receives your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.   Public Universities of Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland State, Kent State, Miami of Ohio, Shawnee and Youngstown have Priority Deadlines (Must be submitted to be eligible for all possible financial aid and scholarships) of December 1Other Priority Deadlines are Bowling Green and Ohio U -January 15, Central State -January 31, and Ohio State and Toledo, Wright State - February 1.  Any question about private or 2 year college deadlines, please stop in my office.

**** Beware of Scholarship Scams!!  

The Federal Trade Commission offers the following signs that a scholarship offer is NOT legitimate:

  1.       “The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
  2.      “You can’t get this information anywhere else.”
  3.       “May I have your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship?”
  4.      “We’ll do all the work.”
  5.       “The scholarship will cost you some money.”
  6.       “You’ve been ‘selected’ by a national foundation to receive a scholarship.”
  7.      “You're a ‘finalist’ in a contest you have never entered.”


Reputable General Scholarship Search Engine Sites Include  (Active Links):                                                                                



Ball Recycling Scholarship

To Be DeterminedSeptember 7, 2019Ball Recycling Scholarship

Trott Family Scholarship (OSU)

**Must apply early decision**

   5 x $30,000September 25, 2019   Trott Family Scholarship

Horatio Alger State Scholarship

  $10,000   October 25, 2019Horatio Alger State Scholarships

Elks Most Valuable Student

Up to $50,000   November 5,2019Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarships

National Honor Society

   Varies   December 6,2020NHS Scholarship

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship

$10,000  renewableJanuary 3, 2020GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship

Engineers Foundation of Ohio Scholarships

(Required ACT Math 29, English 25)

Varies      January 15, 2020

Engineers Scholarships Information

Engineers Scholarships Application   

Franklin B. Walter Scholarship

   Varies   January 17, 2020

Applications Distributed to

Select Qualified Students

Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship

$1500   January 20,2020Warren Scholarship

Ohio Association of Administrators  of State and Federal Programs

$2500 or $1000   January 31, 2020   One selected Arlington Student

Findlay Community Foundation Scholarships

   Varies   February 5, 2020 by Noon   Community Foundation Scholarships

Ohio Society Daughters of the American Revolution

   $1000February 7, 2020Ohio Society DAR Scholarship
Mercy Health St. Rita's Scholarship   $1500February 21, 2020 by 4 pmMercy St Rita Scholarship

Megawatt Scholarships

$5000   March 6, 2020Hancock County Megawatt Scholarships

Findlay Kiwanis Scholarship

   $1000-$2000   March 15, 2020Findlay Kiwanis Scholarship 

Old Fort Bank Scholarship

For Findlay, Heidelberg or Tiffin Universities

$1000   March 31, 2020   Old Fort Bank Scholarship
Impact Credit Union   $1000   April 1, 2020Impact Credit Union
Potts/Parcher Memorial Scholarship   $500   April 1, 2020   Potts/Parcher Memorial Scholarship
Black Swamp Bucks Unlimited   3-$500, 1-$1000   April 3, 2020   Black Swamp Bucks Unlimited Scholarships
The William D. Squires Scholarship   $5000 Renewable   April 5, 2020The William D. Squires Scholarship   
Fort Findlay Daughters of the American Revolution   Varies April 15, 2020Fort Findlay DAR Scholarship 



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