Scholarships / Financial Aid

Tennessee Lottery Scholarships–Details on Tennessee Lottery Scholarships

TSAC Scholarships–Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation Scholarship info

East Tennessee Foundation – Scholarships – Applications available online November 15, 2019 –  Deadline February 15th

FastWeb Scholarship Search

College-Scholarships.com

Scholarships.com search

CollegeXpress – a free college-planning website for anyone who needs help navigating the college search and application process, financial aid opportunities, and more.

FAFSA  Federal Application for Federal Student Aid  (You must do this to qualify for a lottery scholarship!)

Financial Aid Information

Pay for College (tips from the College Board)

NCAA Clearinghouse Information   You must register to be eligible to play at a Division I or II school

University HQ – top scholarships for college

Nursing Scholarships – published by Purdue University Global. This resource highlights current nursing scholarship opportunities

$5,000 Ongoing Monthly Scholarships– Must attend a university or plan to attend a university (a four-year or a two-year college)- Must be a US Citizen – Must be at least 16 years old

$10,000 Merit-Based Scholarship

– Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
– Must attend a university or plan to attend a university (a four-year or a two-year college)
– Must be a US Citizen
– Must be at least 16 years old
– Must submit an essay (500 words or less)

College Board Scholarships – Details about the College Board’s other scholarship partners connected to the PSAT/NMSQT® and PSAT™ 10.


Altrusa International of Oak Ridge – is offering scholarships of $1,000 or more to deserving women who have returned to college or other schools after interrupting their education or who are beginning their post-high school education and who demonstrate a genuine financial need.  Applications and additional materials must be received by email or postmarked by close of business, Monday April 1st 2019.  For an online application click here.

Anderson County Democratic Women’s Club – This scholarship is awarded yearly to a female student who plans to attend a local college or other institution.  Fill out the ORHS local scholarship application and turn in a paragraph explaining why you would be a good candidate for the scholarship by March 2, 2020 and turn that into the Counseling Office.  For more information contact Jo Ann King (davjoaking@bellsouth.net ).  AC Democratice Women’s Club Scholarship Flyer

Automotive Technology Scholarship – The East Tennessee Region, Antique Automobile Club of America is offering a $1000 scholarship, to be awarded to a student interested in pursuing a career in automotive technology.  The scholarship may be applied to tuition, fees, books, or supplies relating to a curriculum in the automotive industry.  Application deadline is March 31st.  Application details and materials are available on their website 0r in the ORHS Counseling Office.

Barnes Law Firm Scholarship – This scholarship is worth $1,000 and students who apply need to write a 500 word essay explaining how they are involved in helping out their community.

Bezos Scholars Program – a year long leadership development program, for current high school juniors, that amplifies youth voice and action.  Click here for more information.  Applications are due January 31, 2020.

Boys and Girls Club of Oak Ridge – David Hahn, Kevin Hurt, Charles Burger, Jim Vines, Charles Kennedy and Mike Anderson Memorial Scholarships for 2020 – Applicants must submit the documentation listed in the General Requirements section and a completed application to the Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee or the Boys & Girls Club of Oak Ridge by April 30th. Late or incomplete application will not be accepted – no exceptions. For details see flyer. Boys ang Girls Club 2020 Scholarship Application-FINAL (002)

Calvin Rosser Scholarship – This scholarship is designed to empower and inspire the next generation of extraordinary women leaders.  Click here for details and instructions for applying.  Application deadline if April 1, 2020.

The Caring.Com Scholarships – As the population of older adults continues to grow and life spans lengthen, more and more young people are taking on the role of caregiver for older loved ones. While the exact number of young people taking on this responsibility is not well understood, it’s estimated to be well over 1 million. On top of their demanding care-giving duties, many of these young people are simultaneously pursuing high school, college or graduate-level education. Scholarships for student-caregivers help ease the financial burden faced by these extremely hardworking students.For a list of available scholarships, click here www.caring.com/caregivers/scholarships-for-student-caregivers

Course Hero – Junior and Senior Scholarships – Course Hero is on a mission to help students by offering scholarships, study resources, and tutoring services

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Scholarships – The DAR has a variety of scholarship opportunities – click here to find a list of scholarships and information on applying.  Applications are available through February 15, 2020.

Diabetes Scholars Foundation Scholarship program available to incoming freshman with type 1 diabetes

The Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship – Open to any high school or University student in the world. Current employees, officers, directors and agents of The Derrick Law Firm and members of their immediate families (defined as spouse, parents, siblings and children) and persons residing at the same address are not eligible to win.  HOW TO ENTER: To enter, beginning January 1st of each year, submit an application at the website (https://derricklawfirm.com/scholarship) no later than December 15 of that year at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Limit one (1) Application per person per year. By submitting an Application, you fully and unconditionally accept and agree to The Derrick Law Firm’s application process, which is final and binding.

EduMed.org – Top 50 Scholarships for nursing, allied health, and medical students.

GETTYSBURG COLLEGE – Eisenhower Scholarship is for $160,000 for four years of full-time study.  Additionally, Gettysburg College recognizes students’ academic achievement in high school by awarding four categories of academic merit scholarships.

Geneseo Migrant Center – Scholarships offered to migrant students

Jimm A Snoddy Memorial Scholarship – Crossroads Christian Church is offering this scholarship to graduating high school seniors who are performing well academically, who demonstrate character in their life, and who will be enrolling in a post-secondary education institution (university, community college, or other two year training program) completing a degree or training program in the career fields of music, math/sciences or health sciences.  This is a one-time scholarship provided to assist candidates with the purchase of books and/or other academic materials in their programs.  Application packet can be picked up in the Counseling Office and must be submitted no later than March 13, 2020.

Kids’ Chance of Tennessee – provides public high school, technical, vocational, and college scholarship awards to qualified applicants who have had a parent suffering a catastrophic, permanently disabling, or fatal injury pursuant to the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Act.

National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspirations Award (NCWIT) – NCWIT is a non-profit community that convenes, equips, and unites more than 1,100 change leader organizations to increase the influence and meaningful participation of girls and women from every community — at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability status — in the influential field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development.  The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors 9th-12th grade students – information sheet – 2020_aicawards_hsinfosheet.  The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Educator Award information sheet – 2020_aicawards_educatorinfosheet.

Rex Hitchcock Memorial Scholarship – Bank of Putnam County and Citizens First Bank (an office of Bank of Putnam County) and its affiliates will each award their own $2,000 scholarship made payable to the chosen student. The scholarship will be awarded as two $1,000 checks – one for the first semester and one for the second semester of the year.  The purpose of this scholarship is to reward local students for graduation and the pursuit of higher education.  Deadline to turn in application materials is March 1st.  Details and application materials are available online and in the ORHS Counseling Office.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards The Scholastic Awards partners with organizations to offer students Special Awards: special opportunities to receive additional scholarships for works in certain categories or dealing with particular themes.

Society of Women Engineers Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program

The Team Investment Group of Oak Ridge has announced its Renfro Henderson, Jr. Memorial Scholarship for 2020.  The purpose of this scholarships is to help current and past Scarboro residents to advance their education beyond the high school level.  Come by the Counseling Office for details and applications.  The deadline for this scholarship is April 30th.

University of Dayton – Leadership in Service Scholarship –  This scholarship is worth $10,000 ($2,500 per year for four years), and recipients will also be considered for a merit scholarship, worth up to $98,000 over four years.  While the chosen students need to meet our admission standards, we are looking for students with an innate desire to learn and grow in service to others – not necessarily ones with the highest GPA. The Leadership in Service Scholarship will be included on the recipients’ financial aid award letter, which will be available in January. To be considered for this award, please see your school counselor for nomination.

University of Notre Dame – Merit Scholarships – For a full list of available Merit Scholarships available through the University of Notre Dame, visit meritscholarships.nd.edu

University of Tennessee Chattanooga – Mathematics Department2020 Dorothy Dean Shelton Mathematics Scholarship will insure that all tuition, fees, books, room and board for an in-state student are fully paid.   And the 2020 Marjorie Watson Mathematics Scholarship is a $5000 scholarship and provides $2000 in the freshman year and $1000 in each of the sophomore, junior and senior years.  Click here for details and to apply.  Complete applications, including teacher recommendations, must be received by February 15, 2020.  —

University of Tennessee Chattanooga – Chemistry and Physics – Westbrook Scholarship – – Awards of $14,000 will be given to as many as seven entering freshmen majoring in Chemistry or Physics.  While the Westbrook is a merit scholarship, financial need will also be considered during the selection process.  A separate “Application for Admission” to the university may be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions at UTC by February 1, 2020.  The completed Westbrook application (submitted online) and two letters of recommendation (emailed) are due February 14, 2020.  Click here for details.

VFW Auxiliary VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

VFW Youth Scholarships – The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $30,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you.

Testing and Post Secondary Education Information

ACT Test Prep : Sample Tests on line–Free!
ACT/SAT Prep from Number2.com
ACT test dates Registration deadlines etc…
ACT Registration on-line  Register on-line
SAT Test Prep:  Sample questions
SAT dates Registration deadlines etc…
Register for the SAT  Register on-line
Tips for Dealing with Test Anxiety
College Search (College Board)
College Search-ACT
College Search (From FastWeb)
Tennessee Board of Regents  Links to Tennessee Board of Regents Schools (ETSU, TN TECH, MTSU, Roane State, Pellissippi State, Technology Centers…)
Virtual College Tours , College Planning, Scholarship Search – eCampusTours  You can search for colleges & then take a virtual tour + more!
Free PSAT Prep Live: Register today to gain instant access to online resources for the PSAT.  Register at http://www.kaptest.com/psatpreplive

EduMed.org – A Student’s Guide to Financial Aid: How to Pay for College Responsibly – https://www.edumed.org/financial-aid/

College Summer/Study Programs

Oxbridge Academic Programs – Academic Summer Programs for students aged 13-18.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange – Scholarships to study abroad in Germany.

Stanford – Pre-Collegiate Studies. For students in Grades 7-12.

Barnard College – Pre-College Programs – Summer enrichment programs in entrepreneurship, women’s and gender studies, urban studies, social justice reform, art history and fashion…and much more.  Eligible for female-identifying students entering their sophomore or junior year of high school in the Fall of 2020.  Students must be 14 years of age by the first day of the summer program.  Click here for more information.

Robertson Scholars Leadership Program – The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program seeks students with a genuine interest in expanding their leadership skills to enable them to have an outsized impact on the world around them. Our scholars have the unique opportunity to receive full access to the resources of two of the country’s leading research institutions, Duke University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, our scholarship covers full tuition, room and board, mandatory fees, and stipends for three individualized summer experiences.

eVOL10 – Unlock the Success from Within – The Office of Engineering Diversity Programs offers an array of pre-college engineering-focused enrichment programs for high school students. For more information visit: http://www.engr.utk.edu/diversity/pre-college/

Boston University Pre-College Programs– This summer, prepare for your future in college with exciting and challenging summer programs for high school students at Boston University Summer Term. With five programs to choose from, you can earn college credit, discover a new subject area, perform cutting-edge research in university labs, or immerse yourself in hands-on learning. You will have the opportunity to push yourself academically while experiencing college life, making friends with fellow students, and engaging in social activities around Boston and on campus.

BU Summer Term offers one-, two-, three-, and six-week programs for high school students, with options to live on campus, commute from home, or study online. We invite you to join other motivated teens from 50 states and 87 countries to experience this great introduction to college life and academics.

Experience America – We know the future is exciting and unknown. That’s why we’ve designed two exceptional summer camps to enable the next generation of movers and shakers to make connections and learn from the best. These are the best summer camps in America for high school and middle school students looking for something unique. We empower students to pursue their passion, and give them honest insight into the career that’s right for them.

Princeton University High School Diplomats – High School Diplomats (HSD) is a scholarship program that brings together high school students from the United States and Japan each summer through two parallel experiences.  HSD U.S. provides the opportunity for American and Japanese students to meet at Princeton University for ten days of cultural exchange.  HSD Japan allows American students who have successfully completed HSD U.S. to apply for a full scholarship to travel to Japan for a month the following summer.

Miami University Oxford, OH – The Miami University Summer Scholars Program is an opportunity for academically talented rising high school juniors and seniors to spend two weeks on Miami’s campus exploring a topic of their choice alongside our leading faculty and professional experts.  Please visit MiamiOH.edu/summerScholars or email them at summerscholars@miamioh.edu

Discovery Business – Discovery Business aims to help improve a student’s chances of landing a scholarship by making the search process a little easier. We do not charge for this resource, and no login information is required to access it: Business Degree Scholarships from DiscoverBusiness.us

Brandeis University – Brandeis University is looking for motivated and academically talented high-school students eager to take things to the next level this summer.
Genesis precollege programs are hands-on, immersive experiences that give students the chance to work with world-class faculty, develop leadership skills, and learn within the traditional Brandeis framework of social justice and Jewish values. Students will encounter ideas and perspectives that will challenge, engage and prepare them for a lifetime of inquiry and Jewish community-building. To be considered for nomination please schedule and appointment with your ORHS Counselor.

University of Southern California – Bovard Scholars – a program which aims to help high-achieving high school rising seniors with financial need gain admission to and succeed at the nation’s top universities.  The summer program is scheduled for July 12-August 31, 2020.  During their senior year, Scholars will work with coaches for support and to answer questions.  Click here for more information.

University of Tennessee – College of Veterinary Medicine2020 Veterinary Summer Experience Program –  This program has been designed to provide valuable educational experiences and acquaint students with all facets of the Veterinary Medicine profession.  Students will shadow in local veterinary practices for five weeks and then spend one week in Knoxville as guests of the veterinary college.  While there, students will be involved in various educational programs including lectures, laboratories, and clinical rotations.  Applications must be electronically submitted by 11:59pm on March 1, 2020.  Supplemental materials must be postmarked by March 7, 2020.  Click here for more information and to register.

College Visits/Events

Exploring College Options – Exploring College Options is a special recruitment program sponsored by the undergraduate admissions offices of five of the country’s leading universities: Duke UniversityGeorgetown UniversityHarvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University. During the spring or fall of each year, the Exploring College Options group will visit all 50 states, Puerto Rico, USVI and the District of Columbia. At each event, representatives from the five universities will conduct brief slide presentations about their institution and answer your questions about the sometimes-mystifying world of college admissions.

You will learn what distinguishes one fine university from another, what competitive colleges look for in the selection process, and what you can do to enhance your college application.The programs start promptly at 7:00pm unless otherwise noted. We suggest arriving 15 to 20 minutes beforehand to complete the sign-in process and find a seat. Programs typically last one and a half hours. Please feel free to bring your parent or guardian to the program, and if you have a friend who you think might be interested, please direct him/her to this website for registration information.

Career Information

Career browser from College Board
Princeton Review career quiz
Occupational Outlook Handbook  Information about hundreds of careers.
Planning your Dreams–Tennessee Career Center from KUDER

The Career Key
Keirsey Temperament Sorter