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The Volcano Vista High School Counseling Department's mission is to help all students to reach their utmost potential in academics, personal/social, and career development through a comprehensive counseling program. 


2017-18 Scholarship Bulletin

2017-2018 Fall Scholarship Information


Where do I find scholarships?

  • Try any of these scholarship search engines:

www.fastweb.com                                          https://www.unigo.com/

www.scholarships.com                                   www.collegeboard.com

https://www.niche.com                                 www.finaid.org

www.cappex.com                                           www.highfivescholarships.com                                                                     


What do I need to know about scholarships?


1. They’re worth the effort!  Applying for scholarships can be time-consuming, especially during your busy senior year, but there is a LOT of money available to students who make the effort to search and apply for scholarships.  Set aside time weekly to work on searching for scholarships, preparing requirements (writing essays, obtaining transcripts, requesting letters of recommendation) and turning in top-quality applications.

2. Pay attention to deadlines.  Some scholarships require online applications; some must be mailed/postmarked by a set date or even hand-delivered.  Be sure to apply well in advance of the deadline.  Give your recommenders at least 2-3 weeks’ notice to write you letters, and provide a stamped, addressed envelope (if appropriate) or clear directions about how and when you’ll follow up.  Be sure to thank your recommenders with a nice card or note of appreciation.

3.  Consider what they’re looking for.  Each scholarship has different requirements, possibly including GPA, community service/volunteer work, leadership experience, and/or an essay.  Be clear on the requirements and complete all parts of the application.  Remember: the students you’re competing against will also have strong records; ask yourself what sets you apart, and make sure that comes across!

4. Essays:  Topics vary dramatically, and you want your essay to stand out from the crowd.  Tailor each essay to the individual scholarship.  Be sure to check your spelling AND proofread well.  Ask a trusted person to read over your application and give constructive feedback before you send it off.

5.  Scholarship Types: Scholarships break into two different types: instructional and private. Institutional scholarships are funded by the college or university and usually have requirements such as test scores and GPS. Private scholarships are offered by non-profit organizations or companies who fund a scholarship. Remember these can be national or local, while local scholarships may be less in amount they may also have less competition.

6.  Beware of scams!  Never release your Social Security number, credit card or bank information, or fall prey to “phishing” e-mails you may receive.  If it sounds too good to be true...it probably is.




There are multiple scholarship opportunities at www.albuquerquefoundation.org Visit this website for details. Scholarships range from students living in foster care, to those who have faced extraordinary life challenges, to students living in a mobile/manufactured home.

Scholarship/ Essay Contests

Varsity Tutors College Scholarship Contest              DEADLINE: Varies

Monthly scholarship essay contest. Check website for details. http://www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship

Shout it Out Scholarship                                       

DEADLINE:  September 30, 2017

Open to students 13 and older:  $1,500 scholarship awarded by https://www.unigo.com  to only 1 winner in 2017.  To apply:  submit an online short written response (250 words or less) to the prompt:  “If you could say one thing to the entire world at once, what would it be and why?”  Apply at: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/shout-it-out-scholarship


Education Matters $5K Scholarship                 DEADLINE: November 30th , 2017         

Open to students 13 and older:  $5,000 scholarship – only 1 awarded nationally. To apply:  submit short written response (250 words or less) to the question:  “What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn’t matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?”  Applicants must also complete an online college scholarship search profile. 

Apply at: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/education-matters-scholarship


Top Ten List Scholarship                                                DEADLINE:  December 31st , 2017

Open to students 13 and older: $1,500 scholarship – only 1 awarded nationally. To apply:  submit an online short written response (250 words or less) to the topic:  Create a Top Ten List of the top ten reasons you should get this scholarship. 

Apply athttps://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/top-ten-list-scholarship


John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

 The 2018 contest will open for submissions on September 1, 2017

Open to 9th – 12th graders:  One 1st place award of $10,000; one 2nd place award of $1,000; up to 5 finalists earn $500 each.  Winners also receive all-expense-paid trip to Boston, to be recognized by the Kennedy family at the JFK Presidential Library.  Essays must describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official that occurred during or after 1956, the publication date of Profiles in Courage  of (1,000 words or less)



JUNIORS and Younger

Carson Scholarship                                                                     

DEADLINE: December 21st 2017

Our scholarship program is open to students in grades 4 through 11 who have at least a 3.75 GPA (for the current school year) and are involved in community service. Nomination and Essay required


You Deserve It Scholarship

DEADLINE August 29,2017

A) You must be a resident of any of the 50 United States, District of Columbia or US Territories

B) You must be 16 years of age or older

C) You must either be enrolled now, or will be enrolled in a qualified high school, college or university within the United States.




The MoolahSPOT $1,000 Scholarship                        

Deadline: August 31, 2017

The $1,000 MoolahSPOT Scholarship is sponsored by MoolahSPOT.com and helps students of any age pay for higher education. The scholarship is a competition based on a short essay. Family income, grades and test scores are not used in selecting a winner. The award must be used for any education-related expenses such as tuition, fees, books and room and board. http://www.moolahspot.com/scholarship/


Feels Like Home Scholarship

DEADLINE: October 13, 2017

To Be Eligible for the Feels Like Home Scholarship:
1) You must be a graduating senior in high school or a current freshman, sophomore, or junior in college.2) You must be between the ages of 16 and 22.
3) We reserve the right to verify the date of your high school graduation and/or college enrollment.


2017 Voice of Democracy Scholarship

Deadline: October 31, 2017

 The Voice of Democracy is open to students in grades 9-12 by the Nov. 1 deadline, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions







Maryknoll Scholarship Program:

DEADLINE: November 10 2017


Students in grades 6-8 (Division I) and grades 9-12 (Division II) qualify. Entries must be written in English, only one entry per student. Children of Maryknoll employees, associates and affiliates are not eligible.

Length: 500-750 words. Pages should be typed or neatly handwritten in ink and stapled. Note: Spelling and grammar count.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2017. All entries become the property of Maryknoll and cannot be returned.




James Alan Cox Student Photography Scholarships

DEADLINE: November 15 2017

High school students applying for these scholarships must have completed one year at an accredited high school (student must therefore be a sophomore or older) and should have taken at least one photography or related art class.



Odenza Marketing Group Volunteers Scholarship 

DEADLINE: December 30th , 2017

Applicant must be between the ages of 16 and 22 on December 30th, 2017, possess a GPA of 2.5 or higher in his/her last academic year and student must have contributed at least 50 hours of volunteer (non-paid) service within his/her community over the last 12 months. http://www.odenzamarketinggroupvolunteeraward.com/awards/8/eligibility_odenza_marketing_group_volunteer_award.php






Neal Davis Law Scholarship

DEADLINE: August 25th, 2017

You must be a U.S. resident or resident alien 2) You must be registered at a U.S. college or university. 3) Essays must be unique (not submitted elsewhere) and written by the scholarship application signator.4) Applicants must read, understand, sign and return to us the Neal Davis Law Scholarship Essay Contest Application & Rules along with your submission.
Only one submission per student will be considered.
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DEADLINE:  September 9, 2017


Scholarship awards of a minimum of $1,000 each will be granted to 2016 New Mexico high school graduates. All aspects of the application process MUST be post marked before September 9, 2015. Click here for application


Gates Scholarship

DEADLINE September 15

The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. A high school senior, From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American, Pell-eligible, A US citizen, national or permanent resident, A minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.



Horatio Alger Scholarship

DEADLINE September 25th 2017

National Scholarships

National Scholarship 25,000 scholarships for high school seniors planning to pursue a bachelor's degree program. State Scholarships Scholarships valued at $6,000-$10,500 available in every state to high school seniors planning to pursue a bachelor's degree.



Quest Bridge National College Match

Deadline: September 27, 2017

Academically outstanding high school seniors from families earning less than $65,000/year for a family of four. https://apply.questbridge.org/apply/


 Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship

 DEADLINE: September 30th, 2017

To be considered eligible for the Odenza Marketing Scholarship you must:
A) Be between the ages of 16 and 25 on the day of the deadline.B) Submit answers to the essay questions, which can be found on the application page, prior to the deadline.
C) Have at least one full year of post secondary studies remaining at the time of the award. (Current High School Students are also eligible.)
D) Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater. E) Be a citizen of the United States or Canada



Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Application Deadline: October 2nd, 2017

Our 19th Annual Youth Awards program will award students, graduating Class of 2018, with educational grants to pursue their higher education or to fund a community-based project. Recipients will be selected for their accomplishments in the classroom, community, and for their excellence in various educational categories. http://hispanicheritage.org/



Wendy’s High School Heisman Award           

DEADLINE: October 3, 2017*     

Senior athletes only: who excel in academics, athletics and leadership. Must play at least 1 HS sport and have at least a B (3.0) average.  Awards range from recognition with a certificate, gift card & patch, to school/state/national recognition including potential scholarship money.  1 senior male and 1senior female from every school will be selected as a School Winner & will receive a School Winner Certificate and Heisman Patch.  Apply online at www.wendysheisman.com, click on Students/Parents, then “Apply Now”.



AES Engineers Scholarship                                          

DEADLINE: October 6, 2017       

Seniors only:  $500 award. Consulting firm AES Engineers provides scholarships to deserving students, based on character (as judged by essays submitted) rather than GPA. Submit an essay between 500-1000 words in answer to the following question: Reflecting on your personal experiences and/or circumstances, tell us something about yourself that distinguishes you as a potential scholarship candidate.  Apply at: http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm  (You need not study engineering to be eligible.)


Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student

 DEADLINE: November 27, 2017

The 2017 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Male and female students compete separately. The 2017 MVS application deadline is November 27, 2017. http://www.elks.org/ENF/scholars/mvs.cfm



Daniels Fund Scholarship 

Opens: September 29                                                       Closes November 30, 2017         

Seniors only:  Scholarship covers all “unmet need” of a student’s college education: can be up to a “full ride”, depending on family income! http://www.danielsfund.org/Apply.asp

The Daniels Scholarship offers scholarship funding and mentorship to deserving students who are at risk of not being able to afford a college education.  Applicants must complete the 2018/2019 FAFSA before applying. To get scores in time to apply, applicants must take the SAT on or before November 4, 2017 or the ACT on or before October 28, 2017.


Sixt Scholars Program

DEADLINE November 30th 2017

Sixt rent a car is pleased to offer five high school seniors graduating in 2018 the opportunity to receive a $5,000 scholarship and become a Sixt scholar. The program is designed to assist high school students who plan to continue their education in college. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student's choice.



HSC Home Warranty Scholarship

DEADLINE: December 1, 2017

Applicant Eligibility Requirements for the HSC Home Warranty Scholarship:

1) Open to high school seniors or college students who are legal residents of the United States 2) Scholarship payable to the winner who should be living in the United States

3) Student must enroll in semester beginning no later than Winter 20184) Winner is not based on financial need 5) Relatives of Home Service Club staff may not enter

6) Home-schooled students may apply so long as your course of study is equivalent to a high school senior

7) Applicants required to submit a video (see "Make A Video" tab for details)





Burger King Scholars      

Opens Oct. 15, 2017 and closes Dec. 15, 2017

Most scholarships are non-renewable awards of up to $1,000. Awards cannot exceed educational costs. The scholarships can be applied to tuition, fees or books required for course load at accredited, two- or four-year colleges/universities in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico. Academic achievements, participation in school and community activities



Young Asian American Student Award

DEADLINE: October 31st 2017

Official transcript, letter of support from teacher or community letter, personal resume, and personal statement. Visit www.cie-nm.org




Eugene McDermott Scholars Program at UT Dallas

DEADLINE: January 4, 2017

The scholarship includes: Tuition, fees and book stipends, $1,400 monthly stipends year round, up to $12,000 for study abroad, up to $3,000 for career-oriented support.

Applicants must have a 1450 or higher on the two-part SAT (verbal and math) or 33 or higher on the ACT, be a first-time college freshman.

All McDermott Scholars applicants must apply to UT Dallas before Tuesday, January 4, 2017.





GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program         

DEADLINE: January 5th, 2017

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education. demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent); demonstrate financial need; be citizens of the United States of America; be current high school seniors attending high school in the United States (students living on U.S. Armed Forces base and homeschooled students are also eligible); and plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.




Ron Brown Scholarship Program                    

DEADLINE January 9th  2017

Must be Black/African American,excel academically ,exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities, and demonstrate financial need.

Applicants must be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card and current high school senior at the time of your application. https://www.ronbrown.org/section/apply/program-description


Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund    

DEADLINIE January 11, 2017

Aplicants Must be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census. Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply, enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2016. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED. Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). http://www.apiasf.org/scholarship_apiasf.html



Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship       

Deadline: January 15th , 2017

Competition open to all high school seniors who are U. S. citizens and are planning careers of service to the United States in local, state, or federal government. All awards are for one year.

The three dossiers are to be mailed together, UNFOLDED in one, flat, 9" X 12" envelope. Affix correct first class postage; applications with postage due will be returned to sender. We do not recommend going to the extra expense of express mail or overnight delivery services.

Applications must be POSTMARKED by January 15, 2016 and addressed to :

The Washington Crossing Foundation P. O. Box 503Levittown, PA 19058-0503

TO APPLY http://www.gwcf.org/rules.html


New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers                   

DEADLINE: January 17th 2017

This one-time $1,500.00 scholarship opportunity is available to seniors who plan to enroll in an accredited college or university in an engineering program. Must meet academic and ACT and/or SAT minimums. Application is available in the College and Career Center or by visiting http://www.nmef.net/programs.html



Colleen Conley Memorial Scholarships          

DEADLINE: January 17th 2017

If you are an aspiring female scientist or engineer, please visit www.nmef.net and search for this scholarship opportunity. An essay and a letter of recommendation are needed.




The Society of American Military Engineers,   Albuquerque   Post 

DEADLINE: January 17th

Two  academic scholarships for graduating   high   school   seniors   who   are   pursuing   undergraduate   degrees   in engineering, mathematics or science. Each scholarship will be for a one-time award of $2000.

The   scholarship   committee   criteria   for   scholarship   awards   will   include   academic   records, demonstrated school leadership positions, community involvement, and the student’s ability to partially earn tuition costs and fulfill financial needs.

Criteria and Selection

Applicant must be a graduating high school senior, pursuing an undergraduate degree in engineering, mathematics or science. Preference may be given to a child of a parent that was killed in military action. The entire application should consist of the following:

1. The application form, including the confidentiality agreement

2.Personal statements as described on the application

3.At least one letter of recommendation.

4.An official academic transcript.

The   scholarship   recipient   will   be   determined   by  The   Society  of  American   Military   Engineers,Albuquerque Post and the NMSPE Scholarship Committee.



Pernall Law Scholarship/ Essay Contest                   

DEADLINE January 31,2017


In a 500 word essay describe what Justice means to you. Open to all New Mexico  high school students between ages 13-18. Submit to HurtCallBert.com 1st Prize $2500


Cheryl L. Wase Memorial Scholarship                                    

DEADLINES: January 31, 2017


Applications are encouraged from women at least 18 years of age who are New Mexico residents and enrolled at (or planning to enroll at) Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico State University, or the University of New Mexico, and majoring in or intending to major in Anthropology with a specialization in Archaeology in pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A. or B.S.). http://www.saa.org/AbouttheSociety/Awards/WASEScholarship/tabid/1527/Default.aspx




Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards                 

Deadline: February 3rd, 2017

For the 2017 contest, any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2013, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2013, is eligible to apply. The applicant must be a high school senior. http://www.elks.org/ENF/scholars/legacy.cfm#WhoIsEligible




 DEADLINE: February 11th  2017

Submit a creative work on one of the prompts. Creative work can be Art, Creative Writing, Music, Photography, or Video

You must be a graduating high school senior that will be attending a college or university to continue your education . All United States students are eligible. You can apply to any or all of the five scholarships available, but there will only be one scholarship awarded per person.

Your project must be original & creative! No plagiarism will be tolerated!




Jackie Robinson Foundation Program                       

Opens: November 1st , 2017

Deadline: February 15th , 2018

Up to $28,000/four years to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice.

Be a graduating high school senior; Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States; Show leadership potential; Demonstrate a dedication to community service; Present evidence of financial need; Be a United States citizen; Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21http://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/


NMEC 2018 Scholarship

DEADLINE March 1st 2018

 Must be a senior at a New Mexico public, private, or home school.  Must be a new Mexico Resident and plan to attend a New Mexico Public  institution of higher learning immediately following graduation.  Download NMEC Application Here


505 Southwestern® New Mexico True Scholars

DEADLINE: March 19, 2018

505 Southwestern® New Mexico True Scholars is a new scholarship program designed to recognize passion and commitment to pursue higher education and make a positive impact on the agriculture industry in New Mexico.

•Applicants must have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their first six semesters of high school.

•Applicants must have completed a FAFSA application for the upcoming college year

• Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to making an impact in the agricultural industry and/or overall economy of food and agriculture of New Mexico. 




B.Davis Scholarship                                                        

DEADLINE: May 22nd , 2018

This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post-secondary institution. Write an essay (1000 word or less essay) about the following topic: Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.  Your submissions must be sent to us by email at awards@studentawardsearch.com  http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm

Email your essay and other required information to scholarships@athleticscholarships.net.

See website http://www.athleticscholarships.net/scholarship-contest.htm


Abbott & Fenner Scholarship                                        

DEADLINE: June 14th , 2018

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed. All applicants should include their full name and mailing address with their submissions. To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words: Describe your educational career and life goals.  Explain your plan for achieving these goals.  Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.

Your submissions must be sent to us by email at: scholarships@abbottandfenner.com



BigSun Scholarship...2018                                 

DEADLINE:  June 19, 2018

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. In order to do our part we are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in.

How to Apply

Please send us a short essay (500 - 1,000 words) answering the following questions:

How did your participation in sports during your high school years influence you?

Has your participation influenced your career goals?

Has your participation influenced how you relate to your family?



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Main office: (505) 890-0343


Principal: Dr. Vickie Bannerman

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