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2018 Graduation Ceremonies

Volcano Vista's graduation will be on Monday, May 10th, 2018 @ 6:30pm. The comprehensive high school graduations will be held at Tingley Coliseum at Expo New Mexico This is an external link.(mapThis is an external link.), as they have been for the ...more

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Mission Statement

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 Spring 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

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


JiffyLube What Drives You Essay Contest             Deadline: March 12, 2018


Finalist essays will be selected from the 500 word “What Drives You?” essays. Each finalist will be guaranteed a minimum $1,500 award if they create and submit a unique 1-2 min. video that expands on their essay in their own candid words, visuals, etc. The overall $5,000 scholarship winner will be chosen from these videos


















JUNIORS and Younger


The Collidge Scholarship                                                DEADLINE January 24th 2018

2017-18 Coolidge Scholarship applicants must intend to enroll full-time at an accredited U.S. college or university as an undergraduate for the first time in fall 2019. That is to say, students in their junior year of high school, or the equivalent if home schooled, are eligible to apply. (Students who are currently high school juniors but take some courses at a local college are indeed eligible to apply for the Coolidge Scholarship.)

Primary Criterion: Academic Excellence Secondary Criterion: Interest in Public Policy and Appreciation for Coolidge Values Secondary Criterion: Humility and Service



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


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






















Eugene McDermott Scholars Program at UT Dallas

DEADLINE: January 4, 2018

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, 2018

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  2018

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, 2018

Applicants 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 , 2018

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 503 Levittown, PA 19058-0503

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



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 2rd, 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


HonorsGradU                                                              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/

The New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders will award two $3,000 scholarships to New Mexico high school seniors who will be entering a college or university.


 New Mexico Coalition for Education Leaders     DEADLINE FEb. 23rd 2018

Two scholarships in the amount of $3000 will be awarded to the successful applicants at the annual Awards Luncheon at the NMCEL July conference.


 1.  Candidate must be a graduating senior from any public high school in the state of New Mexico 2.  Candidate must have a GPA of 3.0 or better for consideration.

 3.Preference will be given to those entering the field of education. (Teacher, Counselor, School Business Official, etc.)

 4.Interviews with each of the top five candidates will be conducted by the Selection Committee in April.




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



The Society of American Military Engineers,   Albuquerque   Post 

DEADLINE: March 30, 2018

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.



New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers                   

DEADLINE: March 30, 2018

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


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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