Admissions & Aid

Outside Scholarships

The following outside scholarships have come to our attention as good opportunities for both incoming freshmen and current students. 
Outside scholarships are a form of additional funding opportunities outside of Alma College.

Tips for getting started:

  • Check with your parents; do their employers offer scholarships?
  • Check with your church or place of worship; don’t forget to ask if there are local, regional or national scholarships through your denomination
  • Check with local Rotary, Lions, Eagles and Elks clubs
  • Check to see if your community has a community foundation

In addition to the following specific scholarships, the Financial Aid Office has also compiled a list of websites that may provide additional scholarship resources. You may download that list here

All of these can help students as they make the investment in their Alma education. 

Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

AmeriQuest Traffic Safety Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for an incoming freshman with a unique, thoughtful point-of-view on traffic safety.

Cottage Inn Scholarship - $2,500 scholarship for incoming freshman with a minimum high school GPA of 3.0. 

DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship - $500 scholarships for students who draw upon their cultural heritage to shape their vocational aspirations, add creative value to their future employers and serve their communities.

Hillsdale County Community Foundation - Various scholarships for students from Hillsdale County, Michigan.

Lake Trust Foundation Scholarship - $1,000 scholarships for graduating high school seniors who are members of Lake Trust Credit Union.

PeopleSmart Scholarship Contest - Scholarship opportunity for all incoming freshmen. You could win a $2,500 scholarship or a $500 scholarship.

Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award - $500 available to a student who has completed 50 hours of volunteer work and maintained a 3.5 GPA over the past two years. Essay required.

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Scholarships for All Current Students, Including Incoming Freshmen

AES Engineering Scholarship - $500 scholarship for high school seniors and current students.

AfterCollege Scholarships - Various scholarships for current students. 

Andrew Flusche Scholarship - $1,000 scholarships for an incoming freshman or current student.

Arrow Exterminators Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for an incoming freshman or current student.

ASCO Numatics Scholarship - Merit-based scholarships for engineering students, pursuing careers in industrial automation-related disciplines. 

AT&T Internet and Education Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for an incoming freshman or current student. 

AWeber Email Marketing Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for high school seniors, college freshmen, sophmores or juniors.

Best Medical Assistant Programs Scholarship - $500 scholarship for all incoming students and current students. 

Big Fish Online Games Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for an incoming freshman or current student.

Big Fish Online Games Scholarship - $2,500 scholarship for graduating high school seniors or current college students.

BigSun Scholarship - $500 for high school seniors or current college students currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community.

BrokerFish Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for all incoming students and current students. 

Buckfire& Buckfire, P.C. Student Disability Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for students with any type of disability, including but not limited to physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental& psychiatric conditions, speech& language, learning disabilities, behavioral conditions, and all other conditions. All students are encouraged to apply even if they are not sure if they meet the disability criteria. 

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program - Up to $25,000 in annual scholarships for incoming freshmen or current students.

CableTV.com Scholarship - $1,000 for current and incoming students who participate in an essay contest.

CarCovers.com - $1,000 scholarship for incoming freshman and current students. 

CreditRepair.com - Scholarships ranging from $500- $3,000 for incoming students and current students. 

Dentistry at Happy Canyon Scholarship - $1,500 scholarship for high school seniors and college students.

Discount Park& Ride - $2,500 scholarship for incoming freshman and current students. 

EntirelyPets - One time, non-renewable scholarship for any graduating high school seniors or current college students.

ExtremeTerrain’s Scholarship - $3,000 scholarship for students pursuing a degree in environmental studies, environmental research, land use, earth&atmosphere studies, sustainable land management, parks and recreation, sustainable agriculture systems. 

Foxytote’s Fashion Corner Scholarship - $500 scholarship for current students, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Global Trade Specialist Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for college students and high school seniors. 

Goldstein & Hayes Scholarship Contest - $1,000 scholarship for college students and high school seniors.

Goodwin& Scieszka Innovation Scholarship - Scholarship ranging from $500-$1,000. This is for students pursuing a career in law.

Green Home Improvement Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for incoming freshman and current students. 

Griswold Home Care 2014 Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for graduating high school seniors or current college students.

Horatio Alger Association - A scholarship for incoming freshman and current students in a STEM program. 

HotelsCheap Scholarship Program - Various scholarships for high school students, undergraduate students, master degree students and adult learners.

Insurance Providers - $1,000 scholarship for incoming freshman and current students. 

IssueTrak Help Desk Software Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for graduating high school seniors or current students.

Karin Riley Porter Attorney at Law Good Works Scholarship - $500 scholarship for incoming freshman and current students.

Kenley Farrel Memorial Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for a college-bound high school senior or a current college student. 

Kids’ Chance of Michigan Scholarship - Scholarships of $2,500 to $5,000 for students whose parent has suffered a catastrophic injury or fatality and who demonstrate financial need. Deadline is Sept. 30.

Lamps.com 2013 Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for high school seniors or current college students. 

Lapeer Community Foundation Scholarships - Various scholarships for students from Lapeer County, Michigan.

Larry Swantek Educational Studies Scholarship - for education majors who are members of the Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union.

Lexington Law - $5,000 scholarship for all incoming students and current students. 

LowVARates - $1,250 scholarship for all military students or students whose parents were in the military. 

Mercury Satellite Digital Dreamer Scholarship - $500 scholarship for all incoming students and current students.

Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Scholarship - $500 scholarship for all current students. 

Michigan Women’s Tax Association - $1,000 scholarship for students pursuing a career in taxation. 

My Alarm Center Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for an incoming freshman or current student pursuing a career in law, law enforcement, criminal justice or a related field.

NAVEX Global Policy and Procedure Management Software Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for all incoming freshmen and current students.

Nuvation Engineering Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate students with an interest in science or engineering.

Panrimo Scholarships - Various scholarships ranging from $100-$2,000. These scholarships are for study abroad purposes only.

PicMonkey $1,000 Scholarship - for high school seniors or college freshmen.

Oz Moving & Storage Scholarship 2014 - $1,000 scholarship for current college students or high school seniors.

Race Entry - $500 scholarship for incoming freshman and current students. 

Rasor Law Firm Video Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for incoming freshman and current students. 

RE/MAX of New Jersey 2014 Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for graduating high school seniors or currently enrolled college students.

ReplaceMyContacts.com Contact Lens and Glasses Scholarship - $1,000 scholarships for incoming freshmen or current students.

Revzilla “The Future of Motorcycle Technology” Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for any graduating high school senior, college freshman, or sophmore.

RNtoBSNOnlineProgram.com Scholarship - $500 scholarship for incoming freshman and current students. Pursue a career in the medical field. 

Save Plans Scholarship - $750 scholarship for incoming freshman and current students. Must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. 

Senior Planning Social Work& Eldercare Award - A scholarship for incoming freshman and current students with less than 90 credit hours. 

Spokeo Connections Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for recently graduated high school seniors and current students.

Sports Unlimited 2014 Scholarship - for high school seniors, freshmen and sophmores in college, who are athletes.  

The Lee Steinberg P.C. Law Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for current college students aspiring to go to law school.

Ticket City - A one-time $2,500 scholarship for all freshman, sophomores and juniors. 

uSell Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for incoming freshman and current students. 

VideoSurveillance.com Scholarship - $1,000 scholarships for incoming freshmen or current students who create a video. 

Westway Electric Supply “Illuminating Ideas” Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for graduating high school seniors and currently enrolled students.

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Scholarships for Upperclassmen (Juniors/Seniors)

Alma Area Used Book Sale Group’s Scholarship - A scholarship for residents of Gratiot County, who are at least 21 years of age. To request an application email WRCGratiot@hotmail.com. 

A Place for Mom - $1,000 scholarship for current students within a medical, nursing or social sciences related major. Pursue a career that involves working with senior citizens. 

Army Healthcare Scholarships - For upperclassmen interested in going to medical school and having a career in the military.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program - For students participating in study abroad programs.

East Michigan Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association Scholarships- Scholarships for current students studying for a career in air pollution control, hazardous waste management or another environmental area.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics - Essay-based scholarships for college juniors and seniors.

MassMutual Scholars - Scholarship offered to sophomores, juniors, seniors and 5th years. Students need to be interested in pursuing a career in the insurance and financial services industry.

Michigan Association of REALTORS Scholarship Trust - Scholarships for current students planning to pursue a real estate-related career.

Michigan Chapter of Women in Defense Scholarship - Scholarships for female Michigan residents currently enrolled in an undergraduate (junior or senior) or graduate program at an accredited Michigan university or college interested in pursuing a career related to national security or defense.

Miriam B. Schaefer Scholarship - $1,500 scholarship available to junior or senior teacher education majors with mathematics major or minor.

Nursing Scholarship - A scholarship for current students enrolled in an RN nursing program. 

Portage VFW Scholarship - A scholarship for current students who are combat veterans. Must have been awarded a campaign medal or expeditionary medal. 

Wimdu Scholarship Programme - $2,000 scholarship for students going into their final year of study in a degree connected to the fields of Marketing, Business Administration, or Communications.

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Note: This should not be considered a comprehensive list of outside scholarship opportunities. Incoming and current students are encouraged to continue conducting their own outside scholarship searches; we simply post those scholarships that directly come to our attention as an additional service to students. The Alma College Financial Aid Office will do its best to keep this information updated but cannot provide guarantees of accuracy.