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, especially if attending a large college.  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 2018 filed taxes.   If help is needed, college financial aid offices are great resources.  The FAFSA opens for 2021 graduates on October 1, 2020.


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.”


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** Universities also have scholarship deadlines.  Make sure you are meeting those priority deadlines so you are eligible for their merit scholarships.  Please explore your specific university scholarships link as other private scholarships distributed by them may have different (some earlier) deadlines.  Here are the Ohio Public University Scholarship deadlines - The Ohio State University, Ohio University - NOVEMBER 15University of Cincinnati, Miami University, Shawnee State, and University of Toledo  - DECEMBER 1; Bowling Green - JANUARY 15;  Kent State and Wright State - FEBRUARY 1; Youngstown State - February 15; Cleveland State - March 1; University of Akron and Central State - May 1.


Discover College Covered Sweepstakes  $5000Monthly thru January 31, 2021 Scholarship Flyer 
Ball Recycling Scholarship TBD September 25,2020 Ball Metal Scholarship 
 Sentry One Scholarship $5000 for Spring of 20201   November 15,2020 Data Pros of Tomorrow Scholarship
BK Scholars$1000-$50,000December 15, 2020BK Scholars
Reagan Foundation Scholarship $10,000 Renewable January 5,2021 Reagan Foundation Scholarship 
Foot Locker Scholar Athlete Scholarship


   January 8, 2021Foot Locker Scholar Athlete Scholarship
OACAC Charles Warren Scholarship


   January 22, 2020Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship
Hancock Wood Electric Scholarships

   Up to $2750

Amounts Vary

February 1, 2021Hancock Wood Electric Scholarships
Pheasants Forever Scholarship   $500   February 1, 2021Pheasants Forever Application   

Findlay/Hancock County

The Community Foundation



February 3,2021

The Community Foundation Scholarships
Mercy St Rita Scholarship    $1500February 19,2021    Mercy St Rita Application

Hancock County Retired Teachers Association


   March 1, 2021HCRTA Scholarship

Katelyn Martin Memorial Scholarship


   March 1, 2021Katelyn Martin Memorial Scholarship

Ball Corporation/One Energy Stem Scholarships


   March 6, 2021Ball Corporation/One Energy Stem Scholarships

Valfilm/One Energy Stem Scholarships


   March 6, 2021Valfilm/One Energy Stem Scholarships

Whirlpool Corporation Wind Farm Scholarships


   March 6, 2021Whirlpool Corporation Wind Farm Scholarship

Findlay Service League Scholarship


   March 14, 2021Spirit of Volunteerism Scholarship

Black Swamp Bucks Unlimited Scholarship



   March 19,2021   Black Swamp Bucks Unlimited

Lions Club Scholarship


   March 26,2021Lions Club Scholarship

Findlay Kiwanis Scholarships

Bachelor - $2000

Associate or Technical - $1000

   March 31, 2021Findlay Kiwanis Scholarshps

Marie Berry Scholarship


   March 31,2021   Marie Berry Scholarship

Ohio Gas Association Scholarship Foundation


renewable x3

March 31, 2021   Ohio Gas Association Scholarship

Old Fort Bank Scholarship

(Heidelberg, Tiffin and University of Findlay)

   $1000   March 31, 2021Old Fort Scholarship
Findlay Masonic Bodies Scholarship   $1000   March 31, 2021Oran L. Goodman Scholarship
Blanchard Valley Health Foundation   Varies   April 1, 2021Blanchard Valley Health Foundation Scholarships
Impact Credit Union   $1000   April 1, 2021Impact Credit Union Scholarship
Robert L. Rhoad Scholarship   Varies   April 1, 2021Robert L. Rhoad Scholarship
Zonta Club of Findlay General Scholarship   Varies  April 5, 2021

Zonta Club General Scholarship Description

Zonta Club General Scholarship Application

Blanchard Valley Health System Auxiliary   $1000   April 15,2021BVHS Auxiliary Scholarship
Gerald & Eilene Inbody Scholarship   $500   April 23, 2021Gerald & Eilene Inbody Scholarship
Todd Garlock Scholarship   2-$500   April 23, 2021Todd Garlock Scholarship
Findlay/Hancock Agri-Business Scholarship$500-1000   April 30,2021Findlay/Hancock Agri-Business Scholarship
Millstream Area Credit Union   Up to $2000   April 30,2021   Al Himes Scholarship
Arlington ATA Scholarship$500   May 3,2021Arlington ATA Scholarship
Spirit of the Red Devil Scholarship   $500/$250   May 10,2021Spirit of the Red Devil Scholarship
PB&J Scholarship $500-$1000    May 31, 2021PB&J Scholarship 
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