Scholarship Opportunities

Students and their families are encouraged to apply for grants and scholarships to reduce the financial burden of continuing their formal education after high school.  While grants are generally awarded for students demonstrating financial need, scholarships are often based on merit and/or financial need considerations.

Scholarship/Grant Searches

Federal Student Aid
Start your search for financial aid using the Federal Government website.  Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, plays a central and essential role in America's postsecondary education community. Its core mission is to ensure that all eligible individuals benefit from federal financial assistance—grants, loans and work-study programs—for education beyond high school. Services include a Financial Aid Wizard and Scholarship Search.

This free online site lets you search for scholarships based on specific characteristics such as college, ethnicity, gender, activities, area of study and interests.  Members are matched to relevant scholarship opportunities. Additionally, members can access financial aid tips and job and internship matches in our area.

Career Cruising
Students may search for scholarships or complete the Financial Aid Selector under the Schools tab and save it in their EDP. The link to access a student’s EDP:

MeritAid is a comprehensive resource for merit-based scholarships.  Students can subscribe to weekly scholarship alerts with 5-10 college scholarship announcements.

Local Scholarships

Many organizations in the Farmington area community offer scholarships for seniors. The Farmington Public Schools Local Scholarship Common Application is used to determine scholarship finalists and/or winners for the scholarships listed below. Additional local scholarships are available with separate applications and are awarded by the sponsoring organization’s scholarship committee. (Some of the additional local scholarships may also require the FPS Common Application as a supporting document.) Students should contact their high school counselor with any questions. A limited supply of printed applications is available in our Counseling Office. The FPS Common Application may be completed once for all scholarships requiring its completion. Photocopies are accepted.

Local Scholarships – All High Schools

Every spring, our community offers scholarships to graduating seniors. Scholarship applications are due, unless otherwise notes on the application, no later than March 27, 2015. Please follow the submission instructions indicated on each application.

Common Application
Students may apply for the following local scholarships by completing the Farmington Public Schools Local Scholarship Common Application.  Students must submit the common application and supporting documents directly to their school’s Counseling Office.  FPS Common Application

  • Farmington Education Association Scholarship – four up to $1000 awarded
    Based on scholarship, financial need, community service, leadership, attendance at Farmington Public Schools for at least 3 years, GPA above 3.0, strong SAT/ACT scores; connections to education (intending a career in education, parent who is an educator, etc.); attending an in-state college or university.

  • Farmington Area Senior Scholarship – three $1000 awards
    Based on attendance at a four year college, majoring in math or science, GPA of 3.5 or better, outstanding character and participation in extracurricular activities.

  • James V. Ellis Farmington Rotary Foundation Scholarship – two $1000 awards
    Based on U.S. citizenship, community service, citizenship, leadership, GPA, interview, financial need, essay

  • Susan H. Zurvalec Scholarship -1 $1000 award
    The candidate must have been actively involved in a volunteer activity in the last 12 months that has had a significant, positive impact on race relations in his/her school or community and demonstrated recent school and community involvement and leadership in diversity. This scholarships has two applications, the common application and a seperate scholarship specific application.

Separate Applications
The following local scholarships have separate applications and should be submitted with supporting documents directly to the scholarship committee indicated on the application form.

  • Beechview Alumni PTA Scholarship – two $500 awards
    Student must have attended Beechview Elementary School for at least two years; must currently be enrolled in a Farmington Public School; and must have “accepted” status at an accredited institution of higher learning.

  • C. Robert Maxfield PTA Council Scholarship - three $500 awards

  • Gill PTA McKennett Memorial Scholarship - $500 award
    Attended Gill Elementary, interested in music, religion, art, sports and putting those interests into action through community service/volunteer work; member of a high school PTSA; and not related to a member of the Gill PTA Scholarship Committee.

  • Grand Tavern/Police Association Scholarship – three $1000 awards
    Seniors attending community college or college/university

  • Kenbrook Elementary PTA Scholarship - two $500 awards
    Student must have attended Kenbrook Elementary for at least one year, currently be enrolled in a Farmington Public School, must have “accepted” status at an accredited institution of higher learning.

Local Scholarships – Farmington High School

  • Kay Briggs Memorial Scholarship - $1000 renewable award
    Plans to major in Education or Engineering; US Citizen; Farmington area resident for more than two years, and demonstrates school and community involvement and leadership
  • Dick Burgess Memorial Scholarship - $250 award
    Must have taken a choir and/or acting class; maintained a B average in all choir/acting/English classes; accepted to an accredited institution of higher education; and participated in a play or musical at FHS in any capacity.

  • Fred Nassar Memorial Scholarship - $1000 award
    Active in soccer and/or drama and exemplifies Mr. Nassar’s dedication to school and community service.

Local Scholarships – Harrison High School

Local Scholarships – North Farmington High School

  • Chaldean American Student Association Scholarship - $300 award
    Active member in CASA and must have been a member of the club for a minimum of two academic years;  minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Dick DePaolis Memorial Scholarship - $500 award
    Male varsity sports athletes who demonstrate leadership, academic discipline and good sportsmanship on and off the field; minimum 3.0 GPA

  • L.E. Gilson Scholarship - $500 award
    Continuing education through vocational school or college; students with documented disability who have experienced success hard work and perseverance; financial need

  • Kara Norman Memorial Scholarship - $2500 award renewable for 4 years
    Attending Michigan State University (MSU) in the fall of the current year; minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5; participated in community service and extracurricular activities; financial need.

  • The David and Madlien Khami Scholarship - $500 award
    Continuing education through vocational school or college;  overcome hardship; financial need