Community West Credit Union Scholarship Essays

College Scholarships


GRANDVILLE-JENISON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TED TERHAAR MEMORIAL AND GRANDVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS for Graduating seniors pursuing a business degree.  Four – $1,000 Scholarships.  Students need to be residents of Jenison/Georgetown Township or Grandville but may attend any area high school.  Deadline is March 28 by 3:30 p.m.  Applications to be mailed to Chamber Office, PO Box 175 Grandville MI 49468 or FAX (616)328-6559.  TO apply: Application can be found in the Guidance Office, high school transcript, list of co-curricular activities, nomination form from a teacher or counselor, 1-2 typed double spaced essay using the prompt.
Contact Heather Schaedig 616-531-8895 with any questions.


The Kaczmarski Hearing Services Healthcare Professional Scholarship will be awarded to a West Catholic senior who will be going on to college to study and eventually work in the healthcare field.  Scholarship recipients will receive an award of $500.  This scholarship award is to be used for college tuition and a check will be written to the University.

Please note: This scholarship is good for Freshman Year in College ONLY.  It is NOT renewable each year.

The Scholarship guidelines are as follows:

  1. A West Catholic senior graduate, going on to their freshman year in college.
  2. Students must be identified by the teaching, counseling staff and peers a motivated learner with a good work ethic.
  3. Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 at the time of application.
  4. Create your own presentation/digital submission and upload it to YouTube and send us the link.

Kaczmarski hearing services mission is to improve the lives of people by connecting them to the world around them through better hearing.

The digital submission should include the following:

Candidate will interview a person with hearing loss and discuss how hearing loss impacts quality of life and how modern hearing technology has helped the hearing impaired person reconnect.  Identify the career path the candidate is considering and outline how the candidate will aim to help others improve their quality of life.

The Holy Trinity Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a scholarship in memory of Catherine Nicole McManus, Rector.  This is a $500 scholarship that will be awarded to a current West Catholic senior with plans to major in Criminology and Sociology.  Applicants must write and submit a 500 word essay and list of extra-curricular activities.  The topic is “Why I Want to Major in Criminology and Sociology”.  Essays and list of extra-curricular activities are due to the Guidance Office no later than Friday, April 2 @ 3:00 p.m.

The Ezeh Educational Excellence Award is a $1,000 scholarship awarded by the Ezeh family in partnership with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc – Grand Rapids Alumnae Chapter.   Eligibility:  Born outside of the United States or have a parent born outside of the United States, graduating senior attending school in Grand Rapids, MI, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Must enroll full-time at an accredited public or private, 4-year college or university in the upcoming academic year.  To apply and for more information, go to

The Rotary Club of Grand Rapids Charities Foundation has increased the monetary award of it’s Boyden-Shearer Scholarship to $3,000.  They will be offering two $3,000 scholarships annually (non-renewing).  Criteria for the award stays the same:  a minimum GPA of 3.5, achievement in scholarship, participation and leadership in school programs including athletics, music, art, etc., participation in community activities and financial need within the criteria will be considered.  Check list and application instructions can be found in the Guidance Office.  Applications are due to the Rotary Office no later than Friday, March 9, 2018.

Nursing Schools Almanac has launched its fourth annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship.  $1,000 will be award to a future nurse in the high school graduating class of 2018.  The award will be given to the applicant who best demonstrates a track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics and a passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare.  Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on August 31, 2018.  Interested students may visit and click the banner on the right hand side of the website’s homepage.

Kraft Business Systems will award one high school senior in West Michigan with a $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice.  Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be pursuing a degree or further education in an IT-related field after graduation.  Students will be asked to provide some basic information about themselves and to give a minimum 500-word response to an IT-related problem.  Deadline has been extended to May 15, 2018.  Go to for application and more information.

The Polish Heritage Society will be awarding the following college scholarships to full time students of Polish descent for the Fall semester 2017: GVSU = $1,000 scholarship, Aquinas = a $1,000 scholarship and a $500 scholarship, Davenport University = $1,000 or Grand Rapids Community College = 2 – $500 scholarships Applications are in the Guidance Office. All applications must be received by the Financial Aid Office by March 15.

Any student attending a Catholic College who is part of the Catholic College Admission Association, go to:


Hammett, Bellin & Oswald Law & Justice Scholarship. This scholarship is for all first-year college freshman who will be attending an accredited College/University during the 2018-2019 school year (current seniors). Would you please help us spread the word by having a link to the scholarship application put onto your site? Details of the scholarship are below:


– Applicant must be enrolled in and plan to attend a college/university during the 2018-2019 school year.

– Proof of enrollment to an accredited college/university.

– Have a minimum 3.0 GPA.


– The application deadline is May 31, 2018.

– LATE and INCOMPLETE applications will not be considered.
Award Amount: $750


Only online applications will be accepted. The application can be found at: is offering the following:  The Dream U.S.:  The National Scholarship.  Undocumented students can received up to $14,500 annually to obtain an associate’s degree or up to $29,000 to get a bachelor’s.   American Indian Education Fund:  Undergraduate scholarship – Eligible Native American Students can win $2,000 to fund their undergraduate degree; The Jackie Robinson Foundation:  Scholarship Award-Leadership-oriented minority students demonstrating financial need are encouraged to apply to receive up to $30,000 over four years.  Hispanic Scholarship Fund:  2018-19 Scholarship – Hispanic high school seniors and current undergraduate students can win scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 based on merit and financial need.  Foster Care to Success:  Scholarship – Students who have been in foster care for at least 12 consecutive months are eligible to win $2,500-$5,000 based on need and merit.  Nitro:  College Scholarship-Students must simply be U.S. residents enrolled in a college or university to be eligible for this scholarship.  Award $2,018 are given every month.  Go to for more information

The Community West Credit Union will award three scholarships to area students for the 2018 fall semester.  This scholarship is designed to acknowledge and reward outstanding efforts in leadership, volunteerism and community involvement.  All applicants must submit completed application and materials to:  Community West Credit Union, Attn:  Scholarship Committee, PO Box 8069, Kentwood, MI 49518.  Entry Deadline is March 31, 2017.  Applications and eligibility requirements are available at any branch or at:

MACAC is a professional organization whose purpose is bringing together high school guidance counselors and college admissions officers.  Our goal is to promote effective and ethical programs for the college bound student in Michigan.  Criteria for this $500 scholarship:  You must be a senior attending a MACAC member high school, must attend a MACAC member post-secondary institution, minimum 3.2 GPA, financial need may be a factor, citizenship – involvement in community service and motivation to achieve personal goals.  Application can be found in the Guidance Office and essay MUST be returned to the Guidance Office by March 23, 2018.

Consumers Scholars is proud to help members reach their goals by helping to fund the Consumers Scholarship program.  To be considered for an iPad and $500 scholarship, applicants must be full-time high school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and an ACT score of 23 and/or a SAT score of 1150 or higher.  Applicants must be an active member of Consumers Credit Union with his/her own account.  Applications are evaluated on academic achievement, community service and essay content.  Application materials must be submitted by March 18, 2018.  For Application materials and for more information, go to

The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) has announced that they are extending their scholarship application deadline for seniors until March 16, 2018.   For students pursuing careers related to Metalforming including tool & die, machine operation, engineering, CAD, etc.  For Application go to

Groth & Associates, a personal injury law firm in Toledo, OH is reaching out with a scholarship opportunity for students.

This is a generous $1,000.00 scholarship for any individuals who qualify:

  1. Must have a G.P.A. of 3.0+
  2. Fill out the form with your contact information
  3. Attach school transcript to verify enrollment or submit any document to help us know you are currently enrolled or have been accepted to a college or university in the United States.
  4. Attach a 500-word essay about difficulties or hardships you have had to personally overcome

The deadline for application submissions is July 31, 2018. Qualifying students can apply to:



Each year the theme for the President Gerald R. Ford Essay Challenge reflects on an important part of Gerald Ford’s character.  The Essay Challenge is a collaboration between the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.   It is open to all 9- 12 grade students in Michigan.  To enter write a 500-750 word essay.   This year’s Challenge theme is:  courage.   For eligibility, official rules and guidelines and online submission, go to  *You may also submit your essay by mail to Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation c/o Clare Shubert, 303 Pearl Street, NW, Grand Rapids MI 49504.  Deadline is March 12, 2018.


Michigan Retailers Association is offering 19 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.  These awards are not based on financial need.  To be eligible, the student or his/her parent must be employed at a business that is a member of the Michigan Retailers Association.  Applications must be submitted by April 2, 2018.  Students are encouraged to apply online at

Students who dream of a career in the media and communication fields can make that dream a reality with a full-ride scholarship to Central Michigan University that could be worth more than $90,000.  Qualifications for the Lem Tucker scholarship must have a 3.0 GPA, a 940 SAT (18 ACT) and major in media related fields such as journalism, broadcasting or public relations.  Deadline is February 9.   For more information go to:

Scholarship applications are now being accepted for high school seniors with a focus on a technology academic program.  Must be female, a Michigan resident and attending a Michigan college or university for the 2018-19 academic school year.  Apply now for a 2018-19 MCWT scholarship at

The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Scholarship Application is now open.  Applicants are considered for over 300 different opportunities and over 1 million dollars in scholarship funds by completing  the online scholarship application.  Simply visit: https: // and log in using their GRCC Blackboard log-in credentials.  Students must be admitted to apply.  Priority deadline to submit applications is March 15, 2018.

KISD Career Readiness – Have you ever wished that, just once, you could be recognized for the amazing traits and talents that make up who you really are?  Are you looking for a way to help you get to the “next level” but lack the funds to even start?  Then this BRAND NEW scholarship is for you!  Wise Up is a student life recognition scholarship program built to recognize high-school student achievement in a broad range of categories including: Academics, Athletics, Leadership, Visual Arts, Performing Arts/Theater, Music, and Community Service.  A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded in each category. To find out more about this scholarship AND how to apply, visit:


UEW Healthcare Scholarship.  The award amount is $1,000 and the Deadline is July 31, 2018.  For more information go to

Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) empowers Latino families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional Hispanic American students as possible.

As the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic American higher education, HSF has awarded more than $550 million in scholarships and provides a range of impactful programs for students, HSF scholars, alumni, and parents.

Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for an HSF scholarship. The application opens January 1, 2018, and closes March 31, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be selected in June 2018. For more information visit

For details about the College Board’s other scholarship partners connected to the PSAT/NMSQT® and PSAT™ 10, please see our scholarships page.

SCHOLARSHIP FOR FEMALE WEST CATHOLIC SENIOR:  FUTURE FEMALE HEALTHCARE LEADERS-ESTABLISHED 2014 – TheMary Kay (Kempker ’76) VanDriel Healthcare Leadership Scholarship will be awarded to a female West Catholic senior who will be going on to college to study and eventually work in the healthcare field.  The goal of the scholarship is to encourage more young women to advance to healthcare leadership positions.

The scholarship also aims to help develop a mentorship mentality, both seeking guidance from mentors and also eventually becoming mentors themselves as they advance in their post graduate professional careers.  (Pay it forward).

Scholarship recipients may receive an award from $500-$2,500, depending on the need and the number of applicants. This scholarship is to be used for college tuition, books, supplies and living expenses.

Please note: This scholarship is good for Freshman Year in College ONLY.  It is NOT renewable each year.

The Scholarship guidelines are as follows:
1.  A West Catholic senior female graduate, going on to their freshman year in college.
2.  Students must be identified by the teaching, counseling staff and peers as a leader.
3.  Students must have a desire to study and work in healthcare.
4.  Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 at the time of application.
5.  Must complete a 1-2 page essay to include the following:

  • Understanding that plans and college majors may change as you advance through college, in two pages or less, explain why you are interested in healthcare.  Also describe how you see yourself contributing to the advancement of healthcare and how you use your successes to help with the mentorship of other females interested in healthcare. Finally, identify the values instilled by your family and the West Catholic education experience.

Scholarship applications are due in the guidance office by April 1, 2018.

Mary Kay Van Driel Scholarship Summary: 

1.   To advance young women to healthcare leadership positions.
2.  To develop a mentorship mentality so West Catholic graduates will find guidance from mentors and
subsequently become mentors as they advance their professional careers.

1.  Identify possible leadership roles in healthcare.
2.  Understand the preparation needed for leadership roles and the job requirements.
3.  Learn and experience the value of a mentor/mentee relationship.
4.  Create an esprit de corp of leadership and mentorship.  Suggest graduates return to mentor young
West Catholic aspiring leaders.

Other possible characteristics:
a.   Self awareness
b.  Knowledgeable
c.  Visionary
d.  Risk taker
e.  Strong relationship builder
f.  Good communicator
g.  Inspiring
h.  Able to lead change

Ave Maria University is now offering The MICHIGAN Scholarship.  This is a $7,000 yearly/($3,500 per semester) add on scholarship for the duration of up to 4 years as an undergraduate student.  Requirements:  Must be a resident of the state of Michigan, first time college freshman with high school GPA of 2.8 or above/ ACT score of 22 or above or SAT score of 1100 or above and is accepted for admission at Ave Maria University for the Fall of 2018.  Applicant must be a practicing Catholic (endorsement letter from parish) and maintain a university GPA of at least 2.5 to keep scholarship.  How to apply:  complete the online scholarship at

Be wary of companies that promise to locate scholarship offers for a fee. There are numerous websites to help you search for scholarships that are free of charge.

Other Resources  – largest online scholarship database – Grand Rapids Community Foundation Scholarships – Micro scholarships that earn you money at partner colleges for your achievements in high school

December 1, 2017


For the past few years, Premier Community Credit Union has awarded scholarships to deserving students.


Premier Community Credit Union Scholarships

Premier Community Credit Union is proud to award one $1,000 and three $500 scholarships to help students with their Fall 2018 college expenses. If you know a high school senior or college freshman or sophomore, please encourage him or her to apply. The student or parent must be a Premier Community Credit Union member, and applications must be received by Monday, February 12, 2018.

To apply, download your application by clicking the link at the bottom of the page. Applicants will be evaluated on academic achievement, demostrated financial need, community services, recommendations and personal essays. Scholarships will be presented at our Annual Meeting held on February 27, 2018 at 3255 West Benjamin Holt Drive.


Stockton Teachers Association - Walter S. Rathhaus Perpetual Scholarship Fund

To download a PDF of the Stockton Unified School District 2017 - 2018 Scholarship Catalog containing information on all available scholarships from the school district and scholarship application materials CLICK HERE. For a description of the Stockton Teachers Association Walter S. Rathhaus Perpetual Scholarship Fund, go to page 49 of the PDF. Please direct all your questions to the Stockton Unified School District.

The Walter S. Rathhaus Perpetual Scholarship Fund is for graduating high school seniors of the Stockton Unified School District in memory of Walter S. Rathhaus, a former San Joaquin County Teacher of the Year, President of the Stockton Teachers Association, President of the Retired Teachers Association, and Chairman of the Board of Premier Community Credit Union. Visit the Stockton Unified School District site for more information or contact your SUSD school guidance counselor. The Premier Community Credit Union Board of Directors is honored to select the scholarship recipient. The Walter S. Rathhaus application must be received by Monday, March 12, 2018.




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