The Midwest Alliance offer scholarships to eligible applicants with varied and diverse criteria. While most are for graduating high school seniors with plans to attend institutions of higher education, some enable individuals to pursue vocational training and professional development opportunities.
Please note the following universal eligibility criteria for scholarships offered through the Midwest Alliance:
- Must be attending an accredited educational institution
- Must have a minimum grade-point-average of 2.0 (some scholarships may require a higher GPA requirement for eligibility)
- Must be a resident or high school graduate of a Midwestern high school (some scholarships may have geographical requirements for eligibility)
- Applicants may not be a relative of a member of the Midwest Alliance staff or its Board of Directors
2019-20 APPLICATION TIMELINE:
Applications will be available on our website in early January 2019.
March 1, 2019
April 1, 2019
How To Apply
Refer to our Scholarship Listings page to view all available scholarships and their required application method.
Renewal – Some scholarships are renewable provided the student has met the requirements for continued support. To renew a current scholarship for the next academic year, complete and return the Renewal/Verification form and requirements by April 1, 2019.
Basic Application Requirements
Each scholarship requires a completed application and the following basic requirements to be considered “complete” and eligible for consideration. You will need to prepare each of your requirements as ONE PDF document. Some scholarships have additional requirements, and/or request topic specific essays. Refer to the Scholarship Listings to identify your scholarship(s) of interest and learn of any additional requirements needed.
- Current transcript from your school
- Essay/Personal Statement
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
- FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) showing your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
- Letter of Acceptance from the School/ Program you plan to attend
Requirement Details and Helpful Tips
1. Start Now
START EARLY to ensure you complete your application before the deadline and improve your chance for award! Remember ALL requirements must be uploaded as ONE PDF document.
2. Request Letters of Recommendation
Request two letters of recommendation from teachers, supervisors, mentors, or community members. Letters from parents, friends, and relatives will not be accepted. Some scholarships may require a letter from a specific person (i.e. mathematics teacher, civic organization leader, etc.). We recommend that you upload your Letters of Recommendation to your application, but if necessary your references may email their Letters of Recommendation directly to us. If your reference choose to email their letter, please ask them to include your full name (as it appears on your application) and the scholarship you are applying for in the subject line.
3. Obtain and submit your transcript
Include your high school transcript or GED Diploma and any post-high school grade reports. If you have been in college for greater than one year, submit your college transcripts ONLY. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
4. Write a personal statement
Please include a personal statement (maximum two double-spaced pages, 12-point font size) that will help committee members get to know you better and learn more about your personal history, goals, and interests. In developing this statement, please be sure to address the following:
- Your greatest strengths, accomplishments, or challenges you have overcome
- Your field of interest, career goals, and why you are pursuing a degree in that particular field
- How a scholarship will help you meet your goals
- Why continuing your education is important to you
- How you have served or plan to serve your community
Please be sure to thoroughly review the full description of the scholarship(s) for which you are applying for to learn whether a special topic should be addressed in your personal statement.
5. File the FAFSA form
File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. You will need to upload the Student Aid Report (SAR) showing your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). It is available to you after you complete the FAFSA. FAFSA is available October 1.