Admissions & Aid

Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships—those not awarded by Alma College—can help students as they make the investment in their Alma education. 

The following outside scholarships have come to our attention as good opportunities for both incoming freshmen and current students. Incoming freshmen should also consult with their high school guidance counselors regarding scholarships in their local communities.

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.

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.

Avalon School of Cosmetology Annual Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a minimum GPA of 3.0 enrolled in an accredited college or university. Requires a writing sample.

Cameo College of Essential Beauty Annual Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a minimum GPA of 3.0 enrolled in an accredited college or university. Requires a writing sample that opines on technology, artistry and the beauty industry.

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.

Echo Limousine Annual Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a minimum GPA of 3.0 enrolled in an accredited college or university. Requires a writing sample.

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

Immigration Lawyer Network Annual Scholarship for U.S. Students - $1,000 scholarship available to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a minimum GPA of 3.0 enrolled in or planning to enroll in an accredited college or university. Requires a writing sample about immigration.

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

Niren & Associates Annual Scholarship for U.S. Students - $1,000 scholarship available to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a minimum GPA of 3.0 enrolled in or planning to enroll in an accredited college or university. Requires a writing sample regarding immigration.

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

VIP Fishing Charters Annual Scholarship - $500 scholarship available to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a minimum GPA of 3.0 enrolled in or planning to enroll in an accredited college or university. Requires a writing sample about successful fishing.

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.

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. Deadline is March 31, 2014.  

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

Beliz Law Firm Vide Essay Scholarship Contest - $500 scholarship for an incoming freshman or current student.

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.

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.

Chief Marketing & Advertising Scholarship - $500 for high school and undergrads only with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.

CleanIt Supply Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for an incoming freshman or current student.

ClickInksScholarship - $1,000 scholarships for incoming freshmen or current students.

Connect Your Home Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for an incoming freshman or current student.

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

Disguise your External Hard Drive Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for high school seniors and college students.

Emergency University $1,000 Scholarship - for graduating high school seniors, college freshmen, sophmores and juniors.

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

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

Free Country Principles Scholarship Essay Contest - $1,000 scholarship for graduating high school seniors, college freshmen and sophmores.

Gilbraitti Scholarship - $500 award available to a Michigan student between the ages of 16-20 attending college or university in fall 2013.

Global Trade Specialist Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for college students and high school seniors. Deadline is August 31, 2014.

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.

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

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

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

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. Deadline is June 1, 2014.

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.

Members First Credit Union Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for students who have an account through Members First Credit Union. Deadline is March 7, 2014.

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

Michigan Sugar Company Scholarships - Various scholarships for incoming freshmen, including one for young women between the ages of 18 and 23.

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.

NutraPlanet Nutrition and Health Fitness Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for an incoming freshman or current student.

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.

Penny Stocks Lab - $1,000 scholarship for students with an avid interest in finance or investing.

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.

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.

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.  

StudentScholarships.org - Various scholarships ranging from $500-$5,000.

Sunoco Rewards Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for an incoming freshman or current student planning a career in marketing.

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

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.

Zingbroadband.com Scholarship - $1,000 technology and blogging scholarship for an freshmen or currently enrolled student who has expressed an interest in web development, digital media, online marketing or e-commerce.

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Scholarships for Upperclassmen (Juniors/Seniors)

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.

BrokerFish Study Abroad Scholarship - $1,000 for a current college student planning to study abroad.

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.

Everest Nutrition - ‘Krill Oil-Education Your Heart’ Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship for current college students; application requires answering two essay questions related to health and holistic well-being.

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 Association for the Education of Young Children - $1,000 scholarship for current students majoring or minoring in early childhood education, child development or a related field.

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.

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.