Financial Aid at Aquinas College

Outside Scholarships


Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA) is pleased to announce the fourth round of its student entrepreneurship scholarship challenge - the Independent Innovators Network scholarship.  This program awards scholarships up to $7,500 based on the strength of student applications outlining a business or social entrepreneurship concept.  This scholarship opportunity is open to all full-time undergraduate & graduate students studying in any major.  For application and additional information, please go to: is March 1, 2019.


Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career. A full list of scholarships awarded by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation can be found on their website, along with their online application at:
Deadline is March 1, 2019.


The application form for the Grand Rapids combined Theatre Scholarships is now available for the 2019-2020 academic year. Download the application at: under the "Additional Scholarships" section. Scholarships will be awarded to individuals who have participated in a Grand Rapids community theatre program and have demonstrated ability, talent, and dedication to the theatre arts. The scholarships generally range from $1,000 to $2,000 and are available to full time college students attending an accredited institution located within the United States, with preference given to theatre arts majors. The applicant must have experience in a Grand Rapids area community theatre venue.
Deadline is March 1, 2019.


The Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce that the application for students studying or interning abroad during the Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 (academic year) is now available online. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell grant funding at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions). Additional information along with the application is available online at:
Deadline is March 5, 2019.


The Polish Heritage Society will award scholarships to (2) two students this year. There will be a first prize of $1,000 and a second prize of $500. Applicants must be a full-time student, with a minimum 2.75 GPA. Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis. Character, academic excellence, financial need, community involvement, dedication, commitment to goals, proof of Polish heritage, and the recommendation letter will be considered. In addition, applicants must write an essay of 100 words or less stating your goals in life, how higher education enters into these goals, and why you feel that you are deserving of the Polish Heritage Scholarship. For additional information and to pick up an application, please come to the Financial Aid Office, 34 Hruby Hall (lower level).
Deadline is March 15, 2019.


The Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) has launched its scholarship competition for the 2019-20 school year. This year, we will be awarding 21 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $1,500. The awards are not based on financial need. High school seniors, college freshman, sophomores and juniors may apply. To be eligible, the student or his/her parent must be employed at a business that is a member of Michigan Retailers Association. To find out if a particular business is a MRA member, students or parents should check with their employer or call MRA's Rachel Schrauben at 800-366-3699. To learn more about this scholarship opportunity and to apply online, please go to:
Applications must be requested by March 15 and submitted by April 1, 2019.


The Disability Scholarship Program for the 2019-2020 academic year is now available for students to apply. Mary Free Bed is one of the first to offer a scholarship with the goal of recognizing and rewarding individuals with disabilities that are seeking to better themselves by pursuing a college degree, and to further help them overcome any obstacles that pursuing higher education may create. Applicants must possess a diagnosed physical disability related to a brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, limb difference, or overcoming any other serious acquired or congenital neurological condition treatable through rehabilitation. You may request an application online at: Or you may pick up an application in the Financial Aid Office, Hruby Hall, Room 34 - Lower Level.
Deadline is April 1, 2019.


To celebrate our 10th year, we are offering a $2,500 scholarship to be awarded to a college student from West Michigan. This scholarship honors a son, brother, friend, and mentor and community activist who passed away as he was entering an exciting time in his life, at age 22.  Eric Verhaar touched many lives and his family wants to continue his legacy by providing assistance to deserving West Michigan students.  Applicants must be attending a Community College, 4 year College or University, or Trade School within Michigan.  Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and will be judged on community service, leadership/extracurricular activities, short answer essays & an essay.  For specific instructions and the application, please click hereDeadline is May 15, 2019.


The Fremont Area Community Foundation has scholarships available for Adult students who reside in Newaygo County, MI or are residents of a Newaygo County-based school district. For purposes of scholarship awards, the Community Foundation defines adult students as individuals who have been out of high school for at least two years and/or have a gap in their postsecondary education. Adult student scholarship applications are accepted year-round, and scholarships are awarded while funds remain available. For the online application, please go to: For any questions you may have, please contact Robin Cowles at 231.924.5350 or email her at Applications will be approved or denied by the last day of the month following submission. 


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