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.
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.
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: https://farmington.k12.mi.us/edp.
MeritAid is a comprehensive resource for merit-based scholarships. Students can subscribe to weekly scholarship alerts with 5-10 college scholarship announcements.
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 noted on the application, no later than March 31, 2017. Please follow the submission instructions indicated on each application. Please ensure you are following these three steps:
Step 1: Complete the FPS Common Application
Step 2: Make sure to select the scholarships on the Common Application that you wish to be considered for
Step 3: Complete any additional documentation / application requirements for the separate applications or local scholarships.
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 $1,000 awards
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 $1,000 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.
- Farmington Hills Police Officers Association, Command Officers and Grand Tavern Scholarship - three $1,000 awards Seniors attending community college or college/university. This scholarship has two applications, the common application and a separate scholarship specific application.
- Susan H. Zurvalec Scholarship - $1,000 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 scholarship has two applications, the common application and a separate scholarship specific application.
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. Note: this application has a due date of March 27, 2017
- 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.
- 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. This scholarship has two applications, the common application and a separate scholarship specific application.
Local Scholarships – Farmington High School
- Kay Briggs Memorial Scholarship - Kay Briggs Memorial Scholarship - $1,000 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. This scholarship has two applications, the common application and a separate scholarship specific application.
- Dick Burgess Memorial Scholarship - $500 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 - $500 Scholarship awarded to a student involved in FHS teams or organizations who exemplifies Mr. Nassar's dedication to school and community services.
Local Scholarships – Harrison High School
- Fran Herrington Memorial Scholarship - $100 award 3.0 GPA, some financial need, participation in sports at Harrison. This scholarship has two applications, the common application and a separate scholarship specific application.
- Dan Lee Memorial Scholarship - $200 award 3.0 GPA, some financial need, community service. This scholarship has two applications, the common application and a separate scholarship specific application.
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. This scholarship has two applications, the common application and a separate scholarship specific application.
- 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. This scholarship has two applications, the common application and a separate scholarship specific application.
- The Cary Moore Memorial Scholarship - $2,150 award A male athlete participating in varsity athletics at North Farmington High School; continuing their education at an accredited educational institution in the US.
- The David and Madlien Khami Scholarship - $500 award Continuing education through vocational school or college; overcome hardship; financial need. This scholarship has two applications, the common application and a separate scholarship specific application.
If you are a senior who has received a scholarship this year, CONGRATULATIONS!
We do have one request of you. Each time you receive a scholarship, we would appreciate it very much if you would write a thank you note to the sponsor. This shows the sponsor that the recipients are grateful and encourages them to continue giving without feeling their efforts have gone unnoticed or unappreciated. If you are unsure of what you should write or need help with your thank you, parents and guardians can be a great resource for you and the Counseling Office would be happy to help you as well.
Letter of Recommendation/Transcript Procedures
The Counseling Center is happy to provide students with Letters of Recommendations/Transcripts/Test Scores for any scholarship applications or summer programs. To process these requests, please allow five (5) business days.
In order to be considered official, these materials must be sent directly from the Counseling Office to the sponsoring agencies, therefore, please plan accordingly the timeliness of these requests. Students must turn in all of their completed documents to their counselor before their information can be sent through the U.S. Mail. The completed information will not be given directly to the students and their families for mailing, so it is very important for the student to contact their counselor within the five day guideline in order to meet a postmark deadline.
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION It is the policy of Farmington Public Schools that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, height, weight, or marital status in any of its programs, services, activities or employment.
- Farmington Education Association Scholarship - four up to $1,000 awards